The original card
We made cookies tonight. An old family recipe. When my paternal grandmother died (when I was about 10) I inherited her recipe box. I wasn't very excited about it at the time but as I got older I realized what a treasure trove it was. This is one of my favorites. It says in the top corners M.K and used often for over 60 years. Now, the M.K would have been my Aunt Margaret before she was married. When she died in 1997, she had been married for 60 years. So that makes this recipe at least 120 years old. WOW!!! The original card is written in pen and ink and is now old and tattered. I don't use the original card anymore. But anything that measures the flour in quarts and says it will keep for weeks in a stone crock, covered, is worth keeping. The original recipe makes LOTS of cookies. I scale it down for manageability- it divides well by thirds.
1 cup milk
3 cups sugar
1 cup clarified drippings (shortening)
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
8 cups flour (2 qts)
Cream sugar and drippings, add well beaten eggs. Sift baking powder with flour- more may be needed to make dough stiff enough. Add to eggs, etc, alternating with spoonsful of milk. Finally stir in vanilla. (I either add the vanilla with the eggs or into the milk) Roll thin and bake (375 F)
I'm not a big frosting fan so we usually make an egg wash and paint our cookies before we bake them. The other bonus to this is that they are done when the come out of the oven. And it allows for some creativity.
K8 painting cookies
I even have a set of small paintbrushes that are used just for this purpose. We also put on the sprinkles before the cookies are baked. One nice thing about this recipe is that it isn't overly sweet and without frosting it is even better.
The finished product!
I have these wonderful old floursack towels that I got from my Mom that are the cookie towels. She always lay her cookies to cool on one of these on the counter. They are ancient but cookies are the only thing I use them for.