Baby Step 4 and Sugar Cookie Recipe

Desserts will be very important and comforting to your family during a time of crisis (and if you are living off your food storage, it’s a time of crisis, even if it’s just a financially difficult time for your family). We don’t eat a lot of sweets at our house, but I have several planned in my food storage. What would your family really miss? Cookies, brownies, cake, candy? Birthdays will still come and go. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to make a birthday cake and celebrate, even during a difficult time? Making life feel as normal as possible and provide special foods will be a big comfort.

Write down exactly what it takes to make those desserts (even if it’s a cake mix), including water. If you want more than 11 dinners, choose 2 more this week and write down exactly what it takes to make those dinners, including veggies on the side and any bread you want (French bread, biscuits, cornbread, etc.). Try making a few of the dinners this week with only food storage ingredients.

My sister-in-law gave us this sugar cookie recipe. They are so soft and delicious. I’m going to experiment with adding a little whole grain flour and see how I like it, but this might be one of those recipes that you store white flour for. Do I still need to tell you how much cheaper and more delicious it is to make your own? Not to mention more fun! Kids love making cookies, rolling out the dough, cutting the shapes and decorating. This is a party activity that costs very little and will earn you big points.

Title: Soft Sugar Cookies

1 Cup butter
1 Cup sour cream (or substitute 1 cup yogurt mixed with 1 tbsp cornstarch)
2 Cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
6 1/2 Cups flour (not self rising)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

Combine butter, sour cream, sugar, eggs, and vanilla and beat for 2 minutes. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt; add to creamed mixture. Roll dough out and cut with cookie cutters. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until a few edges are just lightly brown. Do not overbake. These are soft and wonderful.

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