Friday, August 8, 2014

The Cookie Project: Sal's Favorite Sugar Cookies

This week's contributor to The Cookie Project  is Sal, aka "Sweetness." He is the half and half to my coffee, the Hershey's chocolate bar to my s'mores . . . my boyfriend of 24 years and counting!  Sal has generously shared his mother's recipe for sugar cookies. He would prefer you bake these cookies for yourself because he hates to part with any of his personal stash. Sal is a reformed picky eater and at one point in his life these special treats were the highlight of his day.

Sal's mom Emily was a single parent, working sometimes two jobs to provide for her growing boys on Long Island, New York. Any day that little Sal found two cookies in his lunch bag was a good day. Sal can always expect a batch of cookies at his birthday and Christmas- they make him feel special.  We know you will love them.

Sal's Favorite Sugar Cookies

(makes 4 dozen)

1 Cup Crisco
1 Cup Butter
2 Cups Sugar
2 teaspoons Salt*
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract 
4 eggs
4 Cups Flour

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, bake for 10-12 minutes.

Finished cookies have a golden brown circle around the edge.  I have noticed that on hot or humid days these cookies spread out and are not as pretty- although they taste just as good.  If you want a mounded cookie on a hot day put the dough into the refrigerator for a few minutes before baking.

*Sal's mom never wrote down this recipe, she memorized it.  Once when Sal was home alone he wanted to make the day special by baking up a batch and forgot the salt.  He advises us to to include the salt-not the same without it.