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Ultimate Sugar Cookie

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
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I am a proud new great-grandmother of three new members of the family. Two, a little girl Sydney and boy Branden both living near Dayton, so I have only made their acquaintances through pictures and Facebook correspondence and I’m not to adept at that. But the third little guy is right here in Spring Valley not to far from great grandma so I have been able to be involved with watching him grow and to see him often. He has an unusual name, it is Zander shortened to “Z.” Recently we celebrated his first birthday with the guest list including close immediate family, myself included.

We celebrated with cupcakes and punch and the guest of honor (who had just learned how to use his chubby little legs for motivation) entertained us all with his antics. Wish I could bottle a little of that energy.

Birthday parties usually bring up the question of what to gift the birthday child. I like to give a gift that is thoughtful and something that will contribute to making memories. At this time of my life, I have to be as creative as I can while watching my pennies closely - so what to bring this child?

All of a sudden I remembered his father at a very young age spending time with me when I was still on the farm and I had a large cut glass cookie jar sitting on the island in the kitchen and how his father at about the age of 2 or a little older would stand up against the side of the island, stretch as far as he could reach and ease that cookie jar down the side of the island and carefully set it on the floor. Then he would remove the lid and remove his cookies, then replace the lid and carefully ease that heavy jar back up the side of the island and teeteringly push it over the edge to stable it and then pick up his cookies and go off munching. That jar was heavy and awkward, but he got what he needed, the first time I saw him do that I thought, ‘he’s going to drop it and it will break and he’s going to get cut or hurt some way,’ but it never happened. So you ask what’s the point here?

Well, a friend of mine left some crockery canisters in my garage after a city wide garage sale and I got the bright idea that “Z” should have his own cookie jar from great grandma, so I filled his cookie jar with cookies and wrote a note on his birthday card, that when the jar is empty, have mom or dad call grams and I will do a refill for as long as I am able, although I am sure at the present time his father will benefit more than “Z” will for awhile. So I hope this will help build memories for “Z” and me.

Since we are all thinking about Christmas baking, I am going to include a recipe for a rolled sugar cookie (let you in on a secret, I do not like to putz with cut-outs, but if they are requested, this is the recipe I like to use). The dough handles well and scraps can be reworked back into the dough so all the dough can be used and there is very little waste. Instead of spraying the cookie sheets, I use parchment paper.

Ultimate Sugar Cookie

1 1/4 C sugar

1 C butter flavor Crisco

2 eggs

1/4 C white Karo syrup

1 T vanilla

3 C flour

1/4 t baking powder

1/2 t baking soda

1/2 t salt

Combine sugar and Crisco until blended and fluffy. Add eggs, syrup and vanilla, mix well. Add blended dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mix thoroughly. Then divide into quarters, wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour or can be left over-night. Using a small amount of flour on a large piece of wax paper, flatten dough slightly - turn over with another piece of wax paper. Roll to 1/4” cut into desired shapes.

Bake 9 to 10 minutes at 375 degrees, let cool a couple minutes before removing from cookie sheets.

These are the next cookies “Z” will be getting, already have them baked and in the freezer, (sometimes grandmas will do what they are not fond of for the grand kids, right) just waiting for the call. Enjoy!

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