Memaw's Cookies are a little round hug of love!
Well, here it is! This is my grandmother's cookie recipe she has been making for 60 years. She started making these after my dad was born, and has been making them since that time. She started off with a recipe out of an old Polar Bear Flour cookbook, and of course, with a few changes, made them her own. When I take a bite into these cookies, it is like a great big hug of love from my Memaw. :) And that is exactly how she means for it to taste! Hug your family with some of these, and let me know what you think! Let's get started!
How do you spot a good recipe? By how dirty the page is, of course! Flour and butter coated hands will always leave their marks behind! Here is the recipe that she has always used as her "guideline." If you will notice, it calls for sifted flour. And as my grandmother reminded me.....be sure and sift the flour first...before measuring. I kind of thought it didn't matter...but apparently it does! If you don't sift the flour first, your measurements will be a bit off, and your cookie will not be the same. So, to start, sift some flour in a bowl, then measure from the sifted flour. Don't put that sifter up yet! We are going to have to sift again. :)
Here is my grandmother's recipe--word for word.....
3 & 1/4th Cups Sifted Flour (Sift before measuring.)
1 teaspoon soda
Heaping 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter (2 sticks unsalted butter) softened
1 cup Sugar
5 Tablespoons Milk
1 teasponful vanilla extract
First, start preheating oven to 350 degrees. Then in a large bowl, sift together all measured dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, beat together softened butter and sugar. Then beat in egg, milk, and vanilla.
A quick note about the butter...She made me cut it up in really small pieces and then soften in microwave for about 20 seconds. And I did it JUST like she instructed! Also, it was good she could read all the little words of the recipe, because I was having trouble. Dang 43 year old eyes!
Mix in about 1/3 of the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, then repeat until all mixed together.
Drop cookie dough by teaspoonsful on cookie sheet. She actually greased her cookie sheet with a bit of shortening, but if using a nonstick cookie pan I really think you would be fine with out doing that.
Now, you must find a cup or bowl with a pretty bottom. This of course is VERY important. As a child I can remember how fun it was to find the punch cup or little glass bowl that would leave the prettiest little imprint on the sugar cookies, and I still keep my eye out for those today! Of course, if you don't have one of these, a plain glass will do!
In a small bowl, put about a 1/2 cup sugar and mix in a pinch of nutmeg. This nutmeg step was a surprise to me! I didn't know she did that! Wet the bottom of the cup a bit, so the sugar will attach to the glass. Then dip the cup into the sugar and gently press down on dough to flatten cookies on sheet. Dip cup into sugar each time.
Ok, I loved this! After we had all the cookies on the sheets, she went back with her fingers to round out all the edges of the cookies so they looked perfect! Yes, again I will say, some things are just genetic!
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.
This recipe makes about 36 cookies...or at least we think so..... We ate a few before we remembered to count!
This is an awesome little cookie! It is a perfect example of taking really simple ordinary ingredients and making something extraordinary! And you really cannot get more budget friendly than this. I can't wait until you try them yourself! Be sure and tell us about it below! Thanks for sharing the kitchen with us!
Make someone feel special today!