The assignment for January 19th is to post a photo of [something] sweet.

My heart-felt apologies to those who are suffering because of this picture. You are not alone.

My husband’s grandmother kept melt-in-your-mouth cookies in a cookie jar on her counter. Gram was a farm wife who cooked a midday dinner of meat and potatoes every day. She dispensed food, love, and coffee in true Swedish form.   I am thankful that she shared her recipe for these cookies with me nearly 2 dozen years ago.

Gram’s Sugar Cookies

1 cup (2 cubes) butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
4 cups Flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar

*Cream together the butter, sugar, and oil. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Stir dry ingredients together in separate bowl. Add the dry mixture slowly into the moist ingredients, mixing well.
*Roll 1-inch balls of dough, place on ungreased cookie sheet. Press to 1/4 inch thick with a glass dipped in sugar.
*Bake at 350° for approximately 8 minutes, until edges are slightly golden.
*Let cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute, than transfer to brown paper or metal racks to cool the rest of the way.

For years, my husband claimed it wasn’t the right recipe because they weren’t as good as his grandmother’s cookies. I finally figured it out:  Gram usually undercooked them slightly, because when I do the same (no golden brown edges at all) they taste just like hers. Slightly golden brown edges or no, these cookies will melt in your mouth.

Do not ask me for the calorie and fat content. Eggs and bacon, meat and potatoes and jello “salads” — farm wives didn’t count calories or fat grams. Just take a bite and be thankful for a piece of heaven.

January photo-a-day challenge

12 thoughts on “Sweet

  1. Oh my! Sound and look wonderful. I don’t think I have ever made sugar cookies. If you really want to know the calorie count, enter them into recipezaar (which is now food.com) …it will give you the nutrition and calorie count just like on a package of cookies.

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