Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Mamie Eisenhower's Sugar Cookies

"Ike said you might enjoy some cookies, so I baked these. I hope you like them. I took time out of arranging my hair to roll them out and all."

As predicted, they're kind of plain and dry. A bit on the heavy side. Not bad, mind-just nothing terribly exciting. I made sandwich cookies from half the dough which at least made them look attractive. Maybe she shipped them to Ike in Europe during the war to catapult at the enemy. I could see them as a weapon.

Interestingly, the book has a fudge recipe attributed to Mamie that sounds positively indulgent with marshmallow fluff and condensed milk. There's also a fudge recipe from Martha Washington that calls for paraffin as an ingredient (my guess is that chocolate was not of the same smoothness we get today and the wax would help even it out, but that's just a guess).

You Will Need:

2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 tablespoon vanilla

Sift dry ingredients together. Cream the butter and sugar until light. beat in eggs. Add cream and vanilla. Mix in dry ingredients. Wrap dough in wax paper and chill several hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. The recipe said to grease the sheets, but that sounded absurd for this type of cookie so I skipped it-mine did not stick.

Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with a 3 inch cookie cutter. They don't spread much, so you can place them close on the pan. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly bropwned (mine were done at around 8 minutes, so check on them early.

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