1/2 cup sugar1/3 cup packed brown sugar1 egg2 tablespoons milk1/2 teaspoon vanilla1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats1/4 cup chopped walnuts1/2 cup raisinsStir together flour, powder, soda and salt and oats in a small bowl.Cream together shortening and butter (you really need both for this recipe - grandmother used thewhite vegetable shortening in the blue can). Add sugars and vanilla and beat until fluffy. Add eggand milk, beating well. Stir in the dry ingredients, beating until well combined. Fold in nuts andraisins.Chill 2 hours.Roll into one inch balls and dip into a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Place onto ungreasedcookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Grandmother used to press a piece of walnut and a raisin intothe top, but that is optional. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rackand store in an airtight container. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.What would childhood have been without Peanut Butter Cookies.In a small bowl sift together:1 1/4 cup flour3/4 teaspoon baking soda1/4 teaspoon saltIn another bowl cream 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup peanut butter. Add 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cuppacked brown sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1 egg. Beat well.Beat in the flour mixture.Drop by teaspoons onto an ungreased baking sheet. Press a crisscross pattern in the top with afork. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 10 minutes or until just beginning to brown around theedges. Cool about a minute before moving to wire racks. Try drizzling these with a fudge frostingthinned with a little milk. You can use creamy or chunky peanut butter in these as well or you canadd nuts, but this is the traditional version.There is one more cookie that brings back happy childhood memories and that it the simple andoften overlooked Sugar Cookie. Most people think of these as holiday cookies, but they are greatadditions to the cookie jar any time of year and they are not difficult to make. You could, of course,buy a mix, but these are so easy you can make twice as many for the same amount of money youwould spend on the mix. The light hint of lemon will leave a lasting impression. These are a light,thin, crispy version of a classic sugar cookie that lends itself to a variety of celebrations or fitsnicely into the every-day lunchbox.
You will need:2 cups butter,softened4 cups sugar4 eggs3 tablespoons lemon juice3 tablespoons cream2 teaspoons grated lemon peel1 teaspoon vanilla extract6 1/2 cups sifted flour (all-purpose is best)1 teaspoon baking soda1/4 teaspoon saltSift, measure, and re-sift the flour with the salt and soda. Set aside.In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is lightand fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in the lemon juice and vanilla.Add the 1/2 the flour mixture, beating well. Add the cream beating well and finish with theremaining flour. You will have a thick but soft dough. Chill for 2 hours or until easy to handle.Cut dough in half. Working quickly on a lightly floured surface, roll half of the dough to 1/8 inchthick. Using a drinking glass dipped in flour or a round cookie cutter (grandma always used a jellyglass) cut out cookies and lift with a spatula onto an ungreased baking sheet. You may want toline the sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle with a little additional sugar and bake at 350degrees F. for about 8-10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Repeat for the rest of thedough. You can add the scraps back to the dough ball and continue rolling and cutting until youhave used all the dough. Try to use as little flour as possible for re-rolling the dough.Cool on wire racks and store in air-tight containers. Makes about 13 dozen cookies which meansyou have plenty to share. To decorate for the holidays or any special occasion you can use thedecorator icing sold in most grocery stores, press fruit, nuts or decorator candies into doughbefore baking. Sprinkle warm cookies with colored decorator sugars, or what ever strikes yourfancy. You can also use decorative cookie cutters.I am Barbara Cagle and I have been working and playing online since 1989. I am a certifiedteacher and as such I find that people are constantly asking me how to do ____. I startedhttp://www.cagleonline.com in 2001 and it is now my internet portal where you can accessinformation on a variety of subjects, find free products and resources, and get help for yourbusiness or just to make your life just a little bit easier.At http://www.mealtime.us you can download free cookbooks and find great lots of recipes. Checkit out and dont miss the Master Site Index with links to all my online content. My Holiday cookbookis still available in case you missed it, and my newest cookbook,for Diabetics, is almost ready andwill be available in time for Thanksgiving. So, head on over and see how I can help YOU today?
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