Its been real pretty out today – about 70. I made cookies this morn. for the deep freeze & this aft. Buck & I fished at the pond & then me & Puz tore down hog house. Dale came tonite & we went to church & then home with his folks to look at pictures.
Ooh, what a nice spring day! And Hazel was sure busy.
The women in our family all share a recipe around called “Refrigerator Basic Cookie Recipe” — real imaginative, huh?
Anyhow, this recipe makes a basic dough, and then you can add all sorts of things to it to make different kinds of cookies. Then you roll the dough in sticks, wrap it up and put it in the freezer, and when you want cookies, you just take out a stick, slice it up, and bake what you want. That way, you can have several varieties of cookies, all on short notice — a great idea, right?
So here’s the recipe . . .
When you have some spare time, just whip up a batch for the freezer, and you’re good to go the next time you have company on short notice, or need cookies for some event or other.
Refrigerator Basic Cookie Recipe
2 cups butter
1 cup sugar
3 cups brown sugar
(You may also use 4 cups brown sugar and no white sugar, if you prefer)
Add and beat until smooth:
2 teaspoons vanilla
Sift together, then stir into above mixture:
6 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
Mix until dough is smooth.
This makes a fairly large batch of dough.
Now, you can leave them plain, or you can divide the batter up and add in various ingredients to make all different kinds of cookies. Some suggestions for add-ins are:
Raisins or Craisins
Chocolate chips (or other flavored chips)
Melted chocolate (adding a little extra flour, if necessary)
M&Ms (or other candy bits)
Once you’ve made your additions, roll the dough into sticks about 1 1/2″ in diameter. Wrap them in wax paper. Chill or freeze.
When you’re ready for freshly-made cookies, just take out a roll, slice it, and bake them on a lightly greased cookie sheet for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
It’s wonderful to have cookies ready this quickly when you get a hankerin’ for a sweet snack!