Menu Monday: Melt In Your Mouth….Butter/Sugar Cookies (Valentines Day Style!)
(I must first confess. These have little to do with “frugal,” and nothing to do with “Christian,” but I would definitely put them into the “living” category…)
Around Valentine’s day a couple of years ago, at the close of our home group, our wonderful Mrs. Paula brought out a plate of these…..
They were buttery. They were goodness. They were melt in your mouth buttery goodness.
“Oh Mrs. Paula”……says I. “These are like those soft sugar cookies you can get at the bakery…..only ten times better!”
The next week, she gave me the recipe.
(I just love my Mrs. Paula)
She then told me two things about these cookies.
- You’ve got to use real butter (if you want them to be the best they can be).
- This recipe is top secret. Guard it with your life.
So now, I’m passing the baton to you……my dear sister. Use real butter, and….
guard it with your life.
MRS. PAULA’S BUTTER SUGAR COOKIES
Blend together: (like you would a pie crust mixture)
- 6 cups flour
- 1 lb butter
In another bowl cream together:
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
then add to the egg mixture:
- 4 tsp. vanilla
- 4 tsp. cream of tarter
- 2 tsp. baking soda
Add the two mixtures together.
Bake @ 350 (until light brown around edges, 7-10 minutes)
And for those who like more detailed instructions……
Add 1 pound of butter to 6 cups of sifted flour….
In case you were wondering, 1 pound of butter is 4 sticks.
Yeah, I know.
Mix it together like you would a pie crust mixture.
I happened to use a pastry cutter….
In a separate bowl, mix 4 eggs to 2 cups of sugar.
Now add the other “stuff”: 4 tsp. vanilla, 4 tsp. cream of tarter, and 2 tsp baking soda…
(I hope it doesn’t matter that I only had 3 1/2 teaspoons of cream of tarter….)
Or that it happened to be left over from my grandmother’s cupboard.
Who died 13 years ago.
And who also very rarely cooked, which would probably make this cream of tarter 15-20 years old.
But I digress.
(And really, what does cream of tarter actually do, anyway??)
Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture….
Mix ‘em up!
At this point, if you don’t want to make a gazillion cookies, you can wrap a softball sized ball of dough in plastic wrap and throw it in the freezer….
I threw three softballs in the freezer.
(When you are ready to use them, just take them out the night before and put them in the fridge overnight to thaw.)
Roll the dough out on a floured surface…
Roll out to about 1/4 inch thickness and cut out with a cookie cutter….
I made hearts for Valentines Day…..
Now, bake them at 350 degrees until the edges lightly start to brown!
Cool them on a sheet of tinfoil…..
And top them off with some icing and sprinkles! (One softball sized piece of dough made 24 cookies by the way…)
I’m thinking we should just stop playing games with ourselves and start calling these by their rightful name…..
Love you, (enough to pass my top secret
sugar butter cookie recipe to you)
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