Years ago I used to take a Saturday and bake up a storm..dozens of cookies and pumpkin bread would be filling containers and the freezer. Now a days not so much.
Yesterday..I managed two dozen sugar cookies and 8 small loaves of pumpkin bread. I did get some laundry done..and a few other odds and ends.
My day didn’t start out great. My computer was all goofy and a little dash was blinking on the screen. The problem ending up being a security update and the computer was having problems rebooting. I was sure that it would have to go into the repair shop..but Far Guy researched the code and miraculously came up with a fix. It seems to be working fine now..knock on wood.
His reward..Sugar Cookies. They are soft and not at all crunchy. He has been talking about sugar cookies in the shape of a tree with green frosting for the past week. Far Guy has a real problem with crunchy foods. Crunchy foods are triggers for his Trigeminal Neuralgia, and makes his pain worse. I knew the soft Sugar Cookie recipe from Mary Lou was just what I was looking for. Even if they dry out somewhat they will be good coffee dippers!
I searched half the morning for the recipe. I could have called Mary Lou..but she has Alzheimer’s. So I called my Mom and sure enough she had the recipe I was seeking.
Mary Lou’s Sugar Cookies
1 Stick of margarine..I used butter as I do not have margarine in the house
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
Cream first three ingredients together.
Add one egg and mix until fluffy
Then add 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
1 teaspoons Vanilla
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Cream of Tarter
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 1/2 cup plus 1/8 cup flour.. a strange measurement I know..I cut the entire recipe in half because I didn’t want a huge batch of cookies.
I kinda rolled them out..I wanted them thick. My rolling pin is in some box upstairs..so I used what we have been using for years..the wooden dowel from inside an old paper towel holder. It works. I half squished the dough down ..and half rolled it out.
Baked them at 350 degrees for 11 minutes.
Then the frosting..I mixed up some powdered sugar, lemon juice and green food coloring. I tried to swab some of it on with a spoon..it was taking forever..so I put the frosting in a baggie, cut a hole in a corner of the baggie and did an graphic kind of artsy fartsy squiggle. As I was squiggling I thought..hmm..my squiggles kinda look like snakes..oh well perhaps that will keep me out of the cookie jar.
Yes, in my old age I use parchment paper..it makes the clean up so much easier and I haven’t managed to start any fires in my oven..yet:)