Sunday, May 16, 2010
A very basic cookie
Taste of Home Grandma’s Favorites Copyright 2006
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts, optional I didn't use these
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture. Stir in nuts if desired. On a lightly floured surface, shape the dough into 3 10x1-inch rolls. (They don't really spread so shape them to the size you want to end up with.) Tightly wrap each roll in wax paper. Freeze for at least 12 hours. (I only froze them a couple of hours.) Cut into 3/8-inch slices and place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
Yield: about 7 dozen. I didn't get anywhere neat that many, maybe about 3 dozen.
I've been wanting to bake something but I get so confused looking for a recipe. I don't want to buy anything extra to make something. I packed away most of my baking pans so loaves, cupcakes, etc are not an option unless I dig those pans back out. I prefer to use up more of what I have on hand (candies, chocolate, sprinkles, fruits, etc) so I usually skip over these basic recipes. That has led to me making a whole lot of nothing so I finally decided to go simple, even if this recipe doesn't make much of a dent in my pantry.
Sometimes you can't beat simple. Nick loved these and believe it or not, home baked goods are not always an easy win with him. I started out only baking half of the dough but so many disappeared that I went back and baked the rest of them. I won't be able to take these to work.
They have a salty, brown sugar flavor that would be a good base for add-ins (mini chocolate chips, nuts, chopped maraschino cherries, which I considered but then Nick wouldn't have eaten them).
I'm really going to shoot for at least one new recipe a week for now, and not a baked good every time. I'm not making any promises though.