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Hungarian Sugar Cookies contributed by, Grace from the Seven Hills School in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA




1  1/2 cups sugar
1  1/2 cups butter or margarine(do NOT use whipped margarine too much water in it)
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons of sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 teaspoons cream of tarter


Cream sugar and butter. Beat in eggs. Add milk, sour cream and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients and stir (may need to add 1/4 cup of flour).Chill at least 24 hours. (Remember to cover the dough ball with margarine and wrap tight with Saran-Wrap.) Pinch small amount of dough and kneed in food coloring.  While working with the dough cover the rest with plastic wrap so it won’t dry out. Roll out thin and in colored sugar sprinkles, add nuts or small cut outs of the colored dough, options are unlimited.  My kids always used the small gingerbread boy and girl cookie cutters. They made holes at the top of the head with a knitting needle then loaded them up with decorations.  Once baked we strung them onto ribbon which then went on the Christmas tree.  If the dough gets too crumbly add a bit of sour cream.  If you want shiny golden cookies use an egg wash before decorating.  Bake at 350˚F  for 8 to 10 minutes.

To  make natural cookie colors.  You will need to prepare ahead of time.  You’ll need a juicer.  Collect he juice of one red beet.  This will give you a nice deep burgundy color for the dough.  THe orange color would be the juice of a carrot.  These juices really don’t change the flavor of the cookies too much.

Adding the cocoa will make a nice brown which looks awesome as a checkered board cookies.  (Form two thin strips each of regular and chocolate dough.  Press together in opposite brown on top of while etc.  Slice into 3/8 thickness and “voila” checker board cookies)  The food colors, natural or not will leave kids with messy hands which you should clean up with a little lemon juice.

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