It’s cold outside, and I’m always looking for an excuse to light the oven to put a little extra heat into the house, but have I ever mentioned I hate cooking?
My Cowboy wanted cookies, but I’m out of brown sugar, so I couldn’t make his favorite Chocolate Chip cookies, so I asked him if he’d settle for these since they don’t require brown sugar. He said yes, and he even helped me mix up the dough.
So without further ado, here is my grandmother’s recipe for:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Mix butter, shortening, sugar, and eggs.
Blend dry ingredients in, and shape into balls.
Mix 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 2 tablespoons sugar together and rolls the balls in the mixture.
Place 2″ apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
Sometimes I substitute butter for the shortening and use all butter, which works just as well. If I use salted butter, then I sometimes leave out the salt. If you chill the dough briefly before rolling it into balls, that sometimes works better, too. Sometimes I’m in a hurry, and don’t bother with that part!
Also, these are always better if your grandmother makes them for you!
Since it’s just me and My Cowboy here at home, I bake half the dough, then refrigerate the other half, and bake them later, because it’s always better to have fresh cookies warm out of the oven, right?