Grandma Alice’s Plain Cookies…Recipe!
Yesterday, (see link below) I said I would provide this plain cookie recipe from my Grandmother on my Mother’s side….Grandma Alice.
It is a quick recipe that does not require putting the dough in the fridge….you take it right from the mixing bowl to a floured surface.
The dough is very soft which makes the cookies very soft.
If you like crisper cookies….just leave them in the oven a little longer.
But soft is the way Grandma made her cookies and that is the way I make mine.
According to Grandma’s recipe…beating the eggs well…is an important step.
So I beat the eggs well with a whisk and set aside.
Then cream the sugar and the butter…there is not a lot of sugar in this recipe and I use butter and not shortening.
Add the well beaten eggs to the creamed mixture.
I did use a mixer which makes the dough even softer….so if you prefer a stiffer dough…by all means mix by hand. 😉
Sift the flour…(I normally don’t sift but for this recipe…I follow it to the letter and I sift. 🙂
Add the baking soda to the sifted flour
Add the cream of tarter….
Add the salt….and normally, I omit salt (or at least I cut it back some) but I did not on this recipe.
Add the sifted flour, and I found that if you use a mixer, you will need all the flour.
Add the vanilla and mix well.
Turn the dough out on a floured surface
Rolll dough to about 1/8th of an inch
and cut the cookies, using either a biscuit or cookie cutter…or use a glass like Grandma did.
Bake them in a hot 400 degree oven…on a lightly greased cookie sheet… for about ten minutes or until the edges start to brown but the top remains light in color.
Do not over bake or the cookie will be crisp instead of soft….unless you want them to be crisp. 🙂
Excuse me, but I am going to have a cookie…or two…or three! 🙂
These are soooo good…and they are not a sugar cookie.
Grandma never frosted these cookies although I suppose you could easily.
Enjoy! And have a great Friday!
The printable recipe is below:
- 2 well beaten eggs
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2-2 cups of sifted flour
- 1 teaspoon cream of tarter
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Cream the butter and the sugar
- Add the well beaten eggs and mix well
- Sift the flour, and add the salt, baking soda, and cream of tarter.
- Mix thoroughly, and add vanilla.
- Roll dough in thin sheet 1/8th of an inch thick
- Cut with a floured cookie cutter and place on a slightly greased baking sheet
- Bake in hot oven (400 degrees) for about 10 minutes
- If you bake the cookies longer than 10 minutes..they will be crisper. I like a soft cookie so I bake mine like Grandma did....about 10 minutes so the cookies are light colored but have a slightly brown edge.