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Old 03-09-2005, 05:45 PM
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Default Melt in Your Mouth Sugar Cookies

Melt in Your Mouth Sugar Cookies

I was at a 4th of July parade & a woman running for office handed out
recipes. This was one of them. They are my husband's favorite - I'll
you my secret at the end of the recipe. The parade was in Pleasant
Hill, IL.
If you're not familiar with the geography of our state, imagine the
state of
IL as an expectant woman facing west. Pleasant Hill is in Pike Co.
would be the woman's belly button.


1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. oil*
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. flour


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter, oil and sugars. Add egg and
vanilla. Sift together dry ingredients and add them slowly to the
mixture. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
Flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. Bake 8-10 minutes
until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet and cool completely on

*The secret to an outstandingly tender cookie with this recipe is to
olive oil. I found this out when I ran out of vegetable oil.

This is a wonderfully versatile recipe. Aside from being easy to
You can make cookies any size and they turn out well. You can play
with the flavorings (Fiori di Sicilia is wonderful, so is butternut,
pecan, etc.) You can dredge the cookie in sugar and then flatten to
save a
little time. You can top with vanilla sugar or rum sugar. I love
making huge
cookies (with those big cookie scoops Wal-Mart carries.) They can be
and given as greatly appreciated gifts. My newest adventure was
morning. I made the big cookies (approx. 5-6 inches in diameter - this
recipe will make nine or ten cookies that size) and before baking,
took big
chunks of sugar my husband brought back from a mission trip to India -
are approx. 3-5 mm in size, colored them blue and sprinkled them on
cookies before baking. Made a cookie to rival any found in
bakeries, especially if you use parchment paper on the cookie sheets
so the
cookies slide right off without marring the symmetry of the cookies.

Submitted by: Joy Zbinden of Illinois

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