Well fed nationwide: Recipes for exchanging cookies

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I have 3 generation family cookie recipes to share.

The shortbread cookies my great-aunt would bake and put a maraschino cherry on top before it’s baked. For the orange cookies, my grandmother wrote my mother a note on the recipe that the recipe was from a neighbor, that my mother would pick plums from her tree as an adult.

The mince biscuit recipe was handwritten with my grandmother’s name.

Old fashioned cookie swap

By Vickie Chynoweth

Shortbread Cookies (Makes 5 dozen)

ingredients

1 pound room temperature butter (salted or unsalted)

1 cup of powdered sugar

4 1/2 cups cake flour (no substitute)

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Shape into walnut-sized balls.

3. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Slightly smooth with your fingers.

4. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden brown.

5. Chill for 5 minutes before heading to a cookie rack to cool down. Optional – cut maraschino cherries in 1/2 and place half in the center of each biscuit before baking.

Orange biscuits (Makes 5 dozen)

ingredients

1 cup of butter-flavored crisco shorting

2 cups of sugar

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1 orange juice and rind grated

1 grated orange peel & 1/2 cup sugar

Directions:

1. Beat the cream, sugar and eggs together. Add the orange juice and the grated zest, mix well.

2. Add flour, baking powder and salt, mix thoroughly.

3. Chill the dough for several hours or overnight.

4. In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of sugar and grated zest. Mix with your fingers to separate the orange peel.

5. Shape into walnut-sized balls. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. With the bottom of the glass dipped in orange sugar, flatten each biscuit with the sugar-coated glass bottom.

6. Bake at 375 degrees for 9-10 minutes or until lightly browned, do not cook too long.

7. Chill for 5 minutes before heading to a cookie shelf to cool down.

Minced Oatmeal Cookies (Makes 42 cookies)

ingredients

1/2 cup butter-flavored crisco shorting

1 cup of brown sugar, tightly wrapped

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/3 cup minced meat filling & topping

1 large egg

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1½ cups of old fashioned oats

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Shorting cream together, brown sugar and egg. Stir in the minced meat filling.

3. Add flour, baking powder and salt, mix thoroughly. Stir old-fashioned oats.

4. Drop a teaspoon full on an ungreased baking sheet about 2 inches (5 cm) apart.

5. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

6. Chill for 5 minutes before heading to a cookie shelf to cool down.



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