Have you ever found a cookie recipe that EVERYONE LOVES? This is one of those.
When I first began blogging, I shared a bit about my mom...aka "The Cookie Lady". At 91, Mom has forgotten a lot about the recipes she has prepared for oh so many years. She struggles to remember how to measure, how to set the oven. and other rudimentary cooking details. BUT...she has not forgotten how to bake Cracked Sugar Cookies!
In her residence, she shares her baking efforts...carrying little ziploc bags of these cookies down to the dining room. People clamor to get some of Helen's cookies...and those who miss out, often come knocking on her door to ask if she has any more. She's become so popular that her kids have begun to give her the makings of these cookies for any special occasion.
Why are they called Cracked Sugar Cookies? Well look at the cutaway... the center of these cookies are hollow!
These cookies are among my family's favorites. The first time I made them, I sent my future husband across the state with 6 dozen cracked sugars to give to his grandmother...she got CRUMBS! The first recipe all three of my sons asked to have was cracked sugars and my DIL asked me to bake these cookies for her to take to her company Christmas party. My neighbor likes when she leaves a dish here...she wants the Cracked Sugars I usually put in her dish as a thank you. It's one of my most requested recipes. And so I will share it with you.....
CRACKED SUGAR COOKIES
1 stick butter
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
3 egg yolks
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
2 cups flour
In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, sugar. Add yolks and vanilla. Mix together. Sift together the salt, baking soda, cream of tartar and flour. Combine all the ingredients. Roll the dough into 1-1 1/2 inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet (I always line with parchment paper)...about 2 inches apart. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 20 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container to maintain crispness.
Makes 6 dozen.
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