Going through my recipe box, I came upon a recipe from days of yore. When the boys were young, this cookie appeared in the cookie jar from time to time.
It is a recipe that I clipped from the newspaper and taped to an index card. No idea of what newspaper or the date. I would say that this recipe is about 35 years old.
Sweet Hearts – these are rolled sugar cookies with a twist. They have rolled oats (oatmeal) added to the mix. I learned from trial and error and laziness that it also works well as an ice box cookie.
Ice box cookies are my favs because it is handy to keep a roll or log of dough in the frig or freezer and pull it out to slice 12 or so and come up with a quick, warm afternoon treat.
Finally, the recipe:
3/4 cup butter or margarine (I use half butter and half margarine.)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
dash of salt
1 1/3 cups rolled oats, quick or old-fashioned
Beat butter until creamy; gradually beat in sugars. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Mix together flour, soda, and salt; add to creamed mixture, mixing well. Stir in oats. Chill several hours or overnight.
When I turn this mixture into ice box cookies, I chill the dough for two hours, and then I shape it into rolls or logs and put it back into the refrigerator to continue chilling.
For rolled cookies, roll to 1/4 inch thickness on board dusted with powdered sugar. Cut with heart-shaped cutter which has been dipped into confectioners sugar. For ice box cookies, cut 1/4 inch thick slices from a log of dough. Add sprinkles, if desired.
Place cookies on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in preheated 350 oven for 8 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes. Cool on rack.
After the cookies have cooled, frost, if desired, with powdered sugar frosting and top with sprinkles or colored sugars.
This cookie is a crisp sugar cookie with a chewy middle. The oatmeal and brown sugar add an interesting variation to the regular sugar cookie taste.
Yield: 5 dozen cookies
And here is a plate of cookies that I just sliced off and baked for you.
I have so many recipes that I have used over the years to bake treats for my children and grandchildren. I shall be sharing these recipes with you publishing one on the 4th Wednesday of each month.
Did you notice that in this month – February 2012 – we have FIVE Wednesdays? Yes, it is Leap Year. We all have an EXTRA day this year. How will you spend it? Of course, if you are employed, I imagine your employer will expect you to show up as per usual. I, as a retired person, have decided that on this EXTRA day I shall do something unusual. What will I do? No clue yet. I’m pondering. No blog entry next week because I’ll be out doing “the unusual.”
Thank you for visiting Grandma in the Mailbox. I hope you stop back again. Enjoy your EXTRA day. Have a fun Leap Day.