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.