What kind of cookies did your Grandma keep in her cookie jar? My grandma had a cookie drawer. These cookies taste like the ones I often found at her house. But they don’t look like them. She dropped big blobs on the cookie sheet. They usually grew together as they baked making for square cookies after she cut them apart. So they were pretty ugly–but still delicious.
I have tweaked this recipe over the years although I never had Grandma’s original recipe. Found it in a Betty Crocker Cookie Book. Last Christmas, I entered the revised recipe into the Star Telegram Christmas cookie contest. The recipe got as far as the semifinal round. I had to take a box of baked cookies to the newspaper office. Sadly, that was the last I ever heard about that little adventure.
Meanwhile, these have probably become the most popular cookie I make. We especially like to take them camping. Did you notice the beat up cookie tin in the picture above? Whenever I show up with this tin, the Hastings family (our camping buddies) expect these cookies. We have become as sentimental about the tin as the cookies. It was originally given to us full of goodies from Holland by our friends Harm Engel and Anke. As you can see, these cookies are more than just a cookie with icing to our family. They represent good friends and good memories.
Try them for yourself. They are mild, soft and not too rich. They go down real easy–which is why I will NOT be putting them in the Skinny Secrets category.
- ½ cup shortening
- ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 egg
- ¾ c. plain yogurt or buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Cream shortening, sugar and egg. Stir in yogurt and vanilla extract. Blend in flour, soda, salt and cinnamon. Chill in freezer for about 30 minutes or 1-2 hours in the refrigerator.
- Use ice cream dipper to drop on to lightly greased baking sheet or use parchment paper (or Silpat). Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes. When barely cool, ice with Browned Butter icing.
- Melt 2 tablespoons butter (do not substitute margarine) in small skillet using low heat on stove till golden brown. Be careful not to burn. If any solids turn black, start over. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
- Start out by adding about 1 tablespoon of milk into the butter. Stir in 2 cups powdered sugar and beat till smooth, adding milk as you go in very small increments till spreading consistency. Because icing becomes thick as it cools, stir in small amount of milk if necessary to make icing spreadable as you go. If you get it too thin, let it sit for awhile or add more powdered sugar.
- Leftover icing is good on graham crackers. (The Hastings tell me they like icing on animal cookies too.)