Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Baking Day

Glenda's Super Delicious Sugar Cookies

Faithful readers will recall that I have mentioned choir treats several times – both the yumminess when other people bring them, and the psychological trauma involved when I bring them.  They can be a delight on the one hand, and an ordeal on the other.  On Sunday mornings during our first years in the choir, Rebecca and I would get up and check the treats calendar, and then decide whether we needed to eat a good breakfast or if we could depend on the treat provider of the day to provide well.  Once, I told Rebecca that it was ***** bringing the treats, and so we had better eat a good breakfast.  “She'll probably bring a packet of Lorna Doones,” I said.  Now, I love Lorna Doone cookies, but one packet will not feed a sixty person choir.  When we got there, we were convulsed with laughter.  She had actually brought a packet of Lorna Doones.  And nothing else.  I recall that that year, my friend Glenda had brought, among other things, a big plate of home-made sugar cookies and some sliced cucumbers spears.  I thought that these were odd things to bring for breakfast, but the sugar cookies were the best I had ever eaten.  I am sure that I made a real piggy of myself.  And the cucumbers (the odder part,) were the perfect thing for throats needing solace from an hour of hearty singing.  They were divinely delicious.  Ever since, on my treat day, I have included cucumber spears.  And I always think of Glenda as I prepare them.  After choir that Sunday, I was going on and on about Glenda’s sugar cookies, and Rebecca looked a little crestfallen.  I asked what the matter was, and she said that she thought I didn’t like that sort of cookie, and so had never made them, although they were a fave of hers too.

Well, a week or two ago, I was thrilled to see that Glenda had brought her sugar cookies again, although no cucumbers.  I ate the lioness’s share and was thrilled to get the recipe, which Glenda has said I may share with you.  Triple Yum!

Glenda and I chose the same color one Sunday.

Glenda’s Sugar Cookies    (updated per Glenda Nov 29)

2 cups flour  (256 g)
½ tsp soda
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cream of tartar
½ tsp vanilla

1 cup sugar (200 g)
1 cup shortening  (226 g) – Glenda used butter flavored – I used half Crisco and half butter
2 eggs

Preheat the oven to 350°
Whisk the dry ingredients together.  Beat the sugar and shortening (or butter) till fluffy, and then beat in the eggs and vanilla.  Mix in the dry ingredients, and then form teaspoon fulls of dough into little balls and place on an ungreased or silpatted cookie sheet.  Flatten the cookie dough balls with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar, and bake for 12 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown.  Put the finished product on a rack to cool, and then eat up! 

This recipe seems like it would lend itself to many flavor options - a bit of lemon extract, orange extract, or even peppermint extract.  I would definitely skip the peppermint, but there are many who might like it.


Tootsie said...

I am going to make these this instant!, maybe I will bring them for treats for the EM's also (We are so envious of the choir treat days)

Marta said...

What a cute photo of you and Glenda. The pink cougars.

Laura said...

Thanks to the 'pretty in pink' ladies for sharing this yummy looking cookie recipe!

Pru said...

How kind of Glenda (and you!) to share this recipe. The cookies themselves look very much like an old wartime recipe of my mother's called Shrewsbury Biscuits. The only difference I can tell is that Shrewsbury Biscuits have a few dried currants thrown in.