Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

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 The best-ever sugar cookie/ Granny Mac’s peanut butter cookie

Cookies!  Cookies!  Cookies!

I love to bake cookies!  My cookie recipe collection is endless. My favorite cookie is a crisp sugar cookie.

The Best Ever Sugar Cookie

2 sticks margarine 

1 cup Crisco oil

1 cup sugar

1 cup powdered sugar

Then add:

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

Cream the first 4 ingredients in your mixer. Then slowly add remaining ingredients. 

Keep the dough in the refrigerator or in the freezer (if you are in a hurry) until it is easy to handle. 

I usually roll all of my cookies in ball shape. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 12-15 minutes. 

Remove these from the cookie sheet while they are still warm. Also, roll your cookies in the sugar while they are still warm.

Andy’s Note: These are so versatile. I have tinted these in different colors for teas and weddings. It is so much fun to roll these in different sprinkles for children’s parties. 

This is a crisp, crisp cookie!

Granny Mac’s Peanut Butter Cookie

1/2 cup shortening (she used lard)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 egg

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream shortening and peanut butter. Add sugars, beaten egg and vanilla. Sift flour, soda and salt together. Add egg mixture.

Form into small balls (I make mine larger than a quarter) and press with a fork. 

Bake at 325 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Andy’s Note: This recipe I hold close to my heart. My Granny Mac would always have these in her kitchen on Sundays when we all visited.

 In fact, I think she instilled in me my love for baking cookies. 

One year when I was substituting at Gaston, I received 25 graduation invitations. Guess what I gave them? Yes, I gave each graduate a dozen decorated cookies in plastic bags tied with red ribbons. God has given each of us special abilities and I have always thought mine was baking and serving others with gifts of food.

Happy Cooking to all of you!

Andy Bedwell

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