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Simple Sugar Cookies

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This is the same basic recipe that my Mom used all my growing up years. It is quite easy to make, with a few secrets to help make it even better.  Be aware that the pictures were taken when I was making a triple batch for a Cub Scout Activity.  (I needed over 90 cookies).  The recipe you see is for a single batch, which will make somewhere around 36 cookies, depending on size and shape.
 
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Step 1:

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Ingredients:
1 cup margarine (I used butter flavored shortening)
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. Mexican Vanilla (If you can’t go to Mexico to get the wonderful real thing, then go to your local, Mexican Market and get what they have there.  It will work great!)
3 ½ cups flour
2 tsp. Cream of Tartar
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
Extra flour
Frosting
Décors (you know, jimmies, colored sugar, etc.)

Step 2:

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Supplies:
Mixer with mixing bowl (I have a Bosch bread Mixer with cookie paddles)
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Strips of cardboard (wrapped in plastic wrap)
Rolling pin
Cookie cutters (I used a 3 ¼ inch circle)
Spatula (like a pancake turner)
Oven
Cookie sheets
Plastic wrap
Timers
Cooling racks

Step 3:

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In your mixing bowl, cream the margarine and sugar. (Beat until the sugar is less gritty. About 5 minutes.)

Beat in the eggs and vanilla.

Step 4:

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Mix in the dry ingredients. (If you don’t have a stand mixer, use a wooden spoon to mix in the dry ingredients, a hand mixer doesn’t have the power mix to do it well.  So your strong arms will do just fine.)

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Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for, at least, 2 hours (overnight works too.)