So-Easy Sugar Cookies Back to Colleen's Recipes

3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup margerine, softened
1/3 cup oil
1 Tablespoon milk
1 to 2 teaspoons almond extract
1 egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon colored sugar crystals


Heat oven to 375 F. In a large bowl, beat 3/4 cup sugar, margarine, oil, milk, almond extract, and egg until light and fluffy. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt; blend well. Spread evenly in an ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan; sprinkle with 1 Tablespoon colored sugar crystals. Bake at 375 F for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Watch carefully -- they burn quickly. Cool 5 minutes; cut into bars.

Makes 4 dozen bar cookies. 50 calories and 3 grams of fat per cookie.

Tips: Cover the pan with aluminum foil. When the cookies are done, you can lift the whole batch out of the pan. It makes cutting easier.

Cut the cookies with a pizza cutting wheel. Cut them at an angle and then vertically to make diamond shapes.

This recipe is from the Pillsbury Classic Cookbooks, April 1991, #122, Bake-Off Cookies & Cakes, page 8