First off, these cookies are not my mothers. I’m not really sure whose mother they belong to, but I do know that they remind me of my father.
Meet Dad: yeah, the picture is grainy. But you get it.
I recall him remembering these cookies his mother would make. He said they were big and lightly iced and that one was pretty much a meal. This is the kind of cookie that would actually ruin your appetite. My dad went on and on and on and on about these things and casually telling we should make them. We means me. I wasn’t much of a cook back then and it hadn’t dawned on me that he wanted me to make these cookies until one day he went and got my grandmother’s cookbook (yes, my grandmother has her own cookbook, it was strictly for family but maybe it’ll get famous or something) from the shelf and prompted me to try and find the recipe (which was harder than I originally though given the strange set up of the book). It was then I realized. My dad wanted me to make them for him.
“Dad, when you say ‘we should make these’ you really mean ‘I should make these’.”
Hands up, palms up, looking ever so innocent, he replied, “Well…?”
Fine. Fine fine fine. I will make them.
- 5 C. Flour
- 2 tsp. Ground Nutmeg (I like the freshly ground but pre-ground will do)
- 1 C. Sugar
- 1 C. shortening (1/2 of this will be butter, cold, the other half vegetable shortening like Crisco)
That’s pretty much it. You sift the flour, sugar, and nutmeg together and then cut in the shortening as you would a pie crust. Then you chill the dough (at least 2 hrs, or 30 min in the freezer) and then roll it out to about 1/4 of and inch to 1/3 of an inch and cut with a biscuit cutter or into rounds of about 2 1/2 inches. Bake at 350 Fahrenheit for 10-13 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly browned.
P.s. the less you handle the dough the better. Trust me.
I had NO IDEA what the heck cutting shortening was. My family is not a pie family, we prefer cake. No one had ever taught me so I went on a short quest and found some tutorial online. It’s easy as apple pie…
Here are pictures to guide your course:
If you don’t have a pastry cutter you can use two knives, I think it actually works better this way.
Now, my father is a cookie monster. He doesn’t eat a lot of sweets unless it’s cookies.
He works in a shop behind our house and when these cookies, snicker doodles, or really any other cookie, have been made he suddenly takes a lot more trips to the house and every time he comes in he nonchalantly whisks a cookie from the plate on his way out. I love him more than words can describe. This is one of my favorite things to make for my dad and I do at least a few times a year. When I can’t be home for a year I always make him some and send them his way. It’s interesting that this is a cookie that has spanned the generations and will continue to as I will make them for my kids and maybe they’ll be pleading (nonchalantly) to their kids to make them as well.