Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Old Fashioned Cookie Recipes

I love baking cookies, but hate having to buy special ingredients. I only keep basic ingredients on hand, and like to keep things simple. Yes, I'm a spur of the moment baker, except at the holidays. These recipes were in a booklet my dad gave me this summer. It was printed by the Detroit Free Press in the 1950's and titled The Detroit Free Press Women's Department Service Bureau. The cookie recipes are basic and simple, which I love. I did change some of the text because the publication has typos and awkward wording.

Rolled Oatmeal Cookies

1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup thin cream
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup oatmeal (rolled fine)
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt

Beat egg until light. Add sugar, cream and milk to egg. Add oatmeal and flour, baking powder and salt mixed and sifted together. Chill, roll out on a lightly floured board, cut with a floured cookie cutter and bake on a greased cookie sheet in a moderate oven at 350 degrees F.

Butterscotch Refrigerator Cookies

1 1/2 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
3 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs

Cream butter, add sugar and well beaten eggs. Mix well. Add flour and baking powder sifted together. Mix to a dough. Shape in rolls, wrap in waxed paper and store in the refrigerator until ready to bake or for at least 12 hours. Slice thin and bake on a greased and floured cookie sheet in a 375 degrees F. oven.

Delicious Drop Cookies

2/3 cup shortening
1/2 white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour milk
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Cream the shortening with the sugars. Add the eggs, unbeaten, and then the sour milk. Sift the flour with the soda and spices in another bowl. Add to the first mixture. It may be necessary to add a bit more flour to make the batter the correct consistency. Drop on a greased baking sheet and bake in a hot oven (400 degrees F.) for 8-10 minutes.

Butter Cream Cookies

1 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs, separated
2 1/4 cup cake or pastry flour
1 tsp. baking powder

Cream butter and add the sugar gradually. Add egg yolks and mix. Add the flour and baking powder sifted together. Mix thoroughly. Shape with a cookie press or mold into slightly flattened balls and dip tops in unbeaten egg white, then in granulated sugar. Bake in a 350 degree F. oven for 15 minutes. Makes 4 dozen.

Notes: With simple recipes like these it's easy to make changes in the spices, and change the flavor of the cookies.

On OFL I have an article with spicy cookie recipes for Fall treats.


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