Ma Horton’s Sugar Cookies

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This post was originally shared in March of 2013. It has been requested for a couple of cook books recently. The Farmer’s Lamp family has grown so much that I thought some of you may have missed it. I wouldn’t want that, so I’m resharing it. Let me know what you think. Enjoy!

This sugar cookie recipe has been handed down in our family for at least four generations. I was fortunate to know my grandparents on both sides.  I was also blessed to know my great-grandparents on my maternal grandmother’s side and my great-grandmother on my paternal grandmother’s side.  I have fond memories of each.  Ma Horton passed away in 1978 at the age of 85.  I thought I would share one of my favorite recipes of hers.

One of my favorite memories of her is the way her house always smelled like cookies and coffee.  Silly, I know, but it did.  She, of course, cooked on a wood stove and in cast iron as I still do, the cast iron that is, I’m still waiting for my wood stove.  Her Molasses Cookies, Coconut Cake, Chocolate Pie, Egg Custard, and Sugar Cookies were my favorites.

You know, we expect our recipes to turn out “just like Grandma’s” when we don’t use the same ingredients she did.  Yes, it may be flour, salt, and sugar, but the quality of ingredients she had access to is harder to get for us and require a certain determination and way of life.   She would never have dreamed of having to buy organic; everything  was “organic” and most of it came from her farm.  There were no such things as GMOs.  But that was then, and this is now.

So in light of that, I want to clear up some wording. You will notice I say things like organic flour, real salt, coconut oil, organic butter, things of that nature. I do this so that you will know the ingredients that I use to get the equivalents of the ingredients she had. See our post Is Your Food Really Organic  for more discussion about why your grandmother’s recipes don’t taste the same when you fix them. You may also want to see our post about the importance of using natural baking soda.

Today I thought I would share her Sugar Cookie Recipe. FYI, I use a gas stove/oven.

Ma Horton’s Sugar Cookies
1 1/3 cup of sugar               3 large eggs (I use my yard eggs)
2/3 cup brown sugar          1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup butter                         3/4 tsp sea salt (she used Kosher salt)
4 cups flour                         1 1/2 tsp vanilla
In medium size bowl, combine flour, soda, and salt. In mixing bowl cream sugars and butter together.  Add eggs one at a time until well blended. Add dry ingredients, mixing well.  Add vanilla while mixing.
I use a teaspoon to dip out an amount according to the size cookie I want. Roll it into a ball and smash with fingertips to sorta flatten.  Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and use the flat bottom of a glass or other object to pat out flat (I use a wooden spoon or my fingers, just depends on how I feel).  Bake in a 375 degree oven until golden brown on the edges. I usually leave mine in around 9-10 mins.  We like them to be crunchy on the edges, but soft in the middle so this is the time it takes for that.  Let them cool on a wire rack.
I usually make a small batch of butter cream frosting for mine, but they are wonderful without it.  Ma Horton did not frost hers!
How about your ancestral help, wisdom, or guidance?  I would love to hear about it.  You can always reach me through comments below or by using the Contact Me page.
Safe and Happy Journey,
Rhonda and The Pack

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  2. Mommar6 on May 7, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Have you shared your other recipes from Ma Horton?

    • Rhonda on May 8, 2015 at 7:16 am

      I have shared some of her recipes, but not all of them, yet 🙂 You can find her molasses cookies recipe, her chocolate pie recipe, and a post on her tips for the household, and the kitchen. I hope you enjoy. Be sure to let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by.

      • Mommar6 on May 8, 2015 at 7:31 am

        Thank you for taking the time to put the links up. I so enjoyed reading the stories about your Ma Norton that I know I will love her recipes.

        • Rhonda on May 8, 2015 at 7:52 am

          You are so very welcome. You will find that my great-grandparents and especially my grandparents are a major part of who I am. I was very blessed to have been their grandchild. I’m so warmed to know that you enjoy them too. 🙂

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