Saturday, May 16, 2009

Ranting + Old Fashion Tea Cakes

First things first, I have to rant a bit because I am so upset I can hardly see straight. My laptop CRASHED again! What in the world is going on. This is the second time this has happened. I really don't think that the Computer-Tech that worked on it last time was very techy.? Is that a word? So I gave up and ordered a new one. It really has to get here soon because I really can't handle being stationary at our desktop computer. I must be mobile!!!!

Anyway....enough of that. Let's get to what really matters. Cookies! Right? Right!

I am pulling out an Oldie but Goodie from my family recipe collection. It was my Nannies recipe (I must be missing her more than usual. I've been talking about her a lot lately.) This vintage picture brings back memories of me and my Mom baking cookies together too.
These cookies are called Old Fashion Tea Cakes but really are more like a sugar cookie. Different than most of my cookies, this one doesn't use butter but shortening instead. They are the most requested cookie that I make and seem to be the most addictive. I love dipping mine in coffee and can make myself sick on them.

Now it's your turn to try this simple recipe and share it with your family. Maybe it will become one of those family recipes that will be handed down just like ours did.

Old Fashion Tea Cakes

3 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup shortening
*Enough Self Rising flour to make a stiff dough (About 4 1/2 cups)
1 cup AP flour for dredging
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine sugar,eggs,vanilla,and shortening in large mixing bowl. Mix until well blended and fluffy. Add flour slowly until a stiff dough is achieved (not dry). Separate dough into 4 or 5 dough balls. Keep cover until ready to use.

Dredge or flour counter top or surface used for rolling dough. take one ball of dough and roll out to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutter and place on greased or parchment covered cookie sheet. Bake for 8-12 minutes. (I like mine soft, you can be the judge on how you like yours)

Cool on wire rack and store in an airtight container.

Enjoy with the family!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Cookies for Mother's Day!

I wish each and every Mother out there in Bloggy land a very Happy and Blessed Mother's Day. Enjoy you day with you children, family and friends. If your Mom is still with you, cherish that and give her the biggest hugs and kisses you can. She is precious!
If you really want to sweeten her up then make her some of these wonderful cookies too.

Peanut Butter Cookies

2 cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 sticks butter,softened
3 eggs
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups peanut butter morsels

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Mix dry ingredients and set aside.
Blend sugar and butter until fluffy.
Add eggs, peanut butter and vanilla and mix well.
On low speed add dry mixture to wet until barely mixed.
Add morsels and blend well.
Drop by Tablespoons onto greased cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.
Use sugar dipped or wet fork to make crisscross pattern.
Bake 18-20 minutes. Cool on flat surface.