You are the proud new owner of a generous stack of Cute as a Button Sugar Cookies! I guess I'm sending them to Mexico. I don't think my cookies have ever been on such a long journey before. I hope you like them!
Source: Memorized from high school foods class.
2 1/2 cup flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350 and position a rack in the center. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease them with cooking spray then set them aside.
In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. With an electric mixer in a large bowl whip the shortening and sugar until it's light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat it well. Gradually combine the dry ingredients and mix until it's smooth.
Now the fun part.
Separate the dough into two even pieces and wrap the one you're not using in plastic wrap. With a rolling pin roll one out one at a time on a lightly floured surface. Using a medium sized round cookie cutter cut out the cookies. Place them on the prepared baking sheets and lightly press the flat bottom of a sugared glass into each cookie. Make sure not to squish them, just get the sugar to stick to the surface of the cookies. Using a slightly smaller round cookie cutter press an edge into the cookie to act as the inner ring of the button. Then take a medium sized straw and poke four symmetrical holes into the middle to act as the button holes.
Bake them for 7 – 10 minutes until lightly golden brown on the edges. Transfer them to a cooling rack and feel free to string ribbon through the holes and make a unique gift for someone special. Enjoy!