Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Valentine's Day was always one of my favorite holidays. I loved the colors, the fancy papers, choosing cards for my classmates, helping the teacher decorate the box where we'd put them; and then coming home to mom's sugar cookies. Of all the cookies in the world, those are my favorites - home made rolled and frosted sugar cookies!
Much as I love them, I don't make them very often. It's a lot of work, I shouldn't be eating that many of them, etc. But when I talked to my daughter earlier today and she said she guessed she was going to go out and buy a big cookie for each of her boys, the sacrilege got the better of me. I told her I'd make them cookies.
Here's my mom's recipe for oatmeal sugar cookies - that she got from her mom. And you can see in the corner of the recipe - ( mama). That's how I know it was grandma's recipe - I have almost never called my mother 'mama'. Also, you see that it's not a good idea to double the recipe - I tried once and it was a holy mess!
Another little note - the dented tin measuring cup you see is my grandmother's very own - the cup that produced such great treats from her kitchen from the time I can remember - and that's a long time!
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c. butter
3/4 c. sugar
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. oatmeal
Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. In another bowl, cream butter, sugar, add milk, egg, and vanilla. Beat till blended, then stir in oats. when you can gather it into a ball, roll out on floured board to 1/4" thickness. Cut into heart shapes. Bake on greased cookie sheets at 375 for 15 minutes. Decorate with tinted confectioner's sugar frosting.
My husband doesn't like frosted cookies - so I left some plain. These have a delicious nutty flavor, so they are absolutely wonderful, even when they are not gooey with frosting!