Recently a friend from high school dropped me a note and asked if my Grandma had any cookie recipes that would be good for a Christmas cookie sale. I was actually very excited about this inquiry, because it gave me a sense of "mission" as I started thumbing through all her cookie recipes. I will admit, I have pulled several out that have what I would consider to be "potential". The cookie recipe I chose today is titled Cinnamon Cookies. It isn't the recipe I started with, because, what I found was, that my Grandma wasn't opposed to the "2-sided recipe card". Well, as I look at this one, it isn't even a recipe card, it is a post card. Yep, I told you she would write a recipe on anything. These recipes are written on a "Happy Birthday" post card. It's hard to read the recipe date, but it is dated 9/26/71. Seems like a really long time ago.
Cinnamon Cookies Mix 1 cup soft shortening - part butter (I used all butter) 1 1/2 c. sugar 2 eggs Sift 2 3/4 c. flour or 2 1/2 2 tsp cream of tarter 1 tsp soda 1/4 tsp salt Roll in a ball the size of a walnut. Roll in mixture of 2 Tbsp sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon. Place 2" apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned but soft. 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. 5 dozen cookies.
These are pretty easy, probably the hardest part is rolling them in the cinnamon/sugar mixture. I used a cookie scoop that was probably a little too big (it's been a long time since I have seen a "whole walnut" - that's my excuse and I am sticking too it). In fact, mine were probably closer to golf ball size (ok, not really, but they weren't the size of walnuts either).
For Christmas, I like the idea of putting a dozen of these in a cellophane bag and add some ribbon or bows. I tried to get a rating from Bubba, but he was too busy eating them to give me one. Ultimately I think he gave them a 7 (He's too tough!).
A while ago I inherited my grandma's recipe boxes, in fact 7 of them and for quite some time I have been wondering what to do with all those recipes. Well, I finally figured it out, I am going to cook my way through those boxes, I'll share the recipes and pictures of the food I cook with you. Along the way we'll laugh a little, remember a few things from our past and I hope some of the aromas from my kitchen make their way to heaven and make my grandma smile. This is going to be fun and I'm looking forward to sharing it all with you!