I love this season. Maybe it’s all the holidays packed together in 3 months or the fact that I can wear sweaters every day or how nice it feels to wrap up with a blanket, cup of hot chocolate, and a good book. And what better way to enjoy this time of year then baking something?
Let me introduce you to Dan’s Mom’s Cookies.
Notice how I blurred the recipe on purpose. It’s secret. Actually, I received a copy from Dan’s Mom when I got married about 2 years ago. I’ve made the cookies a couple times and they keep getting better. Dan’s Mom had to mass produce these things for halloween, christmas, and valentine’s day for our class at school. Apparently she had to quadruple this recipe to feed all of us. They were seriously the highlight of our school parties.
Anyway. Yesterday I attempted to perfect the recipe yet again and I think I’m getting pretty darn close.
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3 cup flour
3/4 tsp. salt
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Thoroughly cream butter and sugar. Add egg and beat well. Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with milk and vanilla. Mix thoroughly. (This recipe calls for a lot of thoroughness).
Roll 1/8-inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Cut with floured cookie cutter; sprinkle with sugar if desired. Bake on greased cookie sheet in 375 degree oven about 10-12 minutes.
Frosting: sifted powdered sugar, softened butter, tiny amount of milk, 1 tsp. vanilla.
(yes, the frosting is a little vague on measurements, but you can always buy frosting at the store. Dan’s mom would not be proud of me for saying that).
And while I was at it, I carved a pumpkin! Knowing the kids around this neighborhood, I hope it lasts till halloween… I saw a story on the news. Apparently bears in Washington are attracted to the pumpkins people are putting out by their front doors. People are waking up in the morning to find their carved pumpkins completely mauled. Good thing I’m in Idaho.