Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Makes approximately 1 dozen cookies
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 large chocolate bar - I used dark chocolate
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup shortening
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl combine shortening, applesauce, white and brown sugar and mix until all ingredients are blended together well.
Add baking powder, baking soda, flour, salt and vanilla.
Mix until doughy and flour is completely absorbed.
Let dough stand 3 to 5 minutes.
Melt chocolate (I melted in microwave for about 20 seconds and mixed until thoroughly smooth.)
Add chocolate to dough and incorporate into mixture.
Place golf ball size dollops of dough (I used ice cream spoon) and place on ungreased cookie sheet and space about 2 inches apart.
Bake for 11-13 minutes and let cool on cookie sheet.
Monday, February 15, 2016
After trying that new recipe I decided to go back to my favorite cookbook - The Doubleday Cookbook. This cookbook was originally published in 1975. Over 40 years ago. Doesn't matter...it's still my favorite and the one that I have gotten the most successful recipes from. It's like my baking bible! Never had a bad recipe come out of this book!
These are called Sand Tarts but they are very much like a good basic sugar cookie and a wonderful dough to work with. I think you will like them if you try them.
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 3/4 cups sifted flour
Cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy; beat in egg, then vanilla. Mix in flour and salt
, one third at a time, beating just to blend. Wrap dough and chill 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll a small amount of dough at a time to 1/8" thick and cut with a 2" round (or whatever shape desired) cookie cutter. Arrange 1" apart on greased baking sheets, brush with egg white and sprinkle with sugar or sprinkles. Bake 8 - 10 minute until pale golden. Cool on wire racks.