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Published December 18, 2013, 05:09 PM

The Great Indoors: Sugar cookies take top prize in Great Indoors baking contest

Sugar cookies are a staple of the Christmas season. What other cookie can literally be molded into any Christmas symbol you can imagine? Heck, if given enough dough, you could make a life-size representation of Will Ferrell’s “Elf.”

By: Tracy Briggs, INFORUM

Sugar cookies are a staple of the Christmas season. What other cookie can literally be molded into any Christmas symbol you can imagine? Heck, if given enough dough, you could make a life-size representation of Will Ferrell’s “Elf.”

But if I have one complaint it’s that sugar cookies can be dry, crumby and lacking in flavor. That’s not the case for the winning recipe in our Great Indoors Community Cookoff Christmas Cookie Contest.

Marshall Sugar Cookies are incredibly moist and delicious. Not only are they made with two full sticks of butter, they include a cup of oil and two types of sugar. (We can start that diet after the New Year, right?)

The recipe, submitted by Fargo South freshman Julia Youngs, has been in her family for four generations and was named after Josephine Marshall. Marshall was a friend of Julia’s great-grandmother and the wife of Fred Marshall, a U.S. congressman from Minnesota from 1949-1963.

I’m not sure what Rep. Marshall accomplished in Congress, but his wife left behind the best sugar cookie I’ve ever eaten. Congratulations Julia.

Marshall Sugar Cookies

1 cup powdered sugar

1 cup white sugar

1 cup butter

1 cup oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

4½ cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Powdered sugar frosting

4 tablespoons butter (melted)

2 tablespoons heavy cream

1 cup powdered sugar (or more if you like a thicker frosting)

For the cookies, cream together sugars and butter. Add oil, eggs and vanilla. Beat until fluffy. Add the dry ingredients and mix well. Roll into small balls and press down with glass-dipped in sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes.

While the cookies are cooling, make frosting. Combine all ingredients, adding more cream if you’d like more of a glaze or more powdered sugar if you like a thicker frosting.

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