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Home cooking: 'Tis the Season Sugar Cookie

January 08, 2013

Teri Leiter and her husband, David, are co-owners of Leiters' Fine Catering in Williamsport and Hagerstown.

But this Christmas sugar cookie recipe is actually a family recipe, according to Teri Leiter.

"We first started doing this in the shape of a heart for Valentine's Day. We'd cut out a small heart in the top cookie," she said.

She said the Leiter family has been involved with food for 40 years. David's parents owned Richardson's restaurant in the 1940s, then sold the restaurant in the early '70s and dedicated themselves to catering. David and Teri took over the catering company about 20 years ago. Now, Teri said, the third generation of Leiters are in the kitchen.

"Three of our four kids are involved in the business," she said. "Jessica has always come into the kitchen. Now, she's a better cook than I am. She's gone off in the direction of cupcakes — brought a new dimension to the family business."

Teri and Jessica Leiter submitted this cookie to The Herald-Mail's 2012 Cookie Exchange Contest.

— Chris Copley, Lifestyle assistant editor



'Tis the Season Sugar Cookie

1 cup butter

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

5 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup milk



Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, and blend thoroughly.

In separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda and baking powder.

Alternate adding flour mixture and milk to butter mixture. Mix thoroughly.

Chill dough for an hour.

Heat oven to 275 degrees.

Roll out to 1/4 inch and use favorite cookie cutters to cut shapes. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Combine dough scraps and roll out again; cut more shapes. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Cool cookies completely. Frost cookies with buttercream frosting or favorite icing; make sandwiches by placing one cookie on another. Dust top with powdered sugar. Decorate with sprinkles.

— Courtesy of Teri and Jessica Leiter, who entered this recipe in The Herald-Mail's 2012 Cookie Exchange Contest



Buttercream frosting

1/2 salted butter, softened

4 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons 2 percent milk; use more as needed

3 drops green food coloring



Combine butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk and mix with mixer on low speed. Then beat on medium speed until fluffy. Add green food coloring and frost cookies.

— Courtesy of Teri and Jessica Leiter, who entered this recipe in The Herald-Mail's 2012 Cookie Exchange Contest

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