The problem? I let my son choose. Out of all the cookie recipes he could pick, he chose one simply labeled "Cookies". Not all that revealing.
I got all the ingredients out, measured and was ready to get underway. A miracle happened and I actually thought to preheat the oven while I was preparing, only:
1. The recipe did not indicate a temperature to bake at.
2. The recipe did not indicate how long to bake for.
So, I referenced the good ol' Settlement Cookbook (The way to a man's heart. No, seriously, that's the title)
Most of the cookies with the same basic ingredients cooked at around 375. Sounded good to me!
The Recipe Card:
It's a list of ingredients. Plain and simple.
I need a bit more to go on than quantities and ingredients.
With little direction, I went with what I typically tend to do - dry ingredients in one bowl, wet ingredients in the other, combine.
Then I get to this part of the recipe where it says "Date or Raising Filling". I'm not sure if that's for these cookies or another recipe altogether! I've never heard of a cookie having a 'filling'. At this point, I'm about to abandon ship. But seriously, how boring would these cookies be without something in there.
I press on, only slightly concerned about how I'm going to get another 1/2 cup of Brown Sugar into the mix, with a pound of raisins!
Turns out this batter is surprisingly moist. I'm sure that has nothing at all to do with the 3/4 cup of Shortening and 3/4 cup of Butter.
Again, no mention of the pan and whether it's to greased or not. Seeing as it has 3/4 cup of Shortening and 3/4 cup of Butter, it probably didn't, but I gave it a good coat anyways, just to be on the safe side :)
In the oven they go. Then I set my timer (also know as Jack).
Done and done. And delicious.
3/4 cup Shortening
3/4 cup Butter
2 cups Brown Sugar
4 cups Flour (about)
1 tsp Soda
2 tsp Cream of Tartar
1 tsp Salt
3 tbsp Milk
Date or Raisin Filling
1 lbs Date
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
That's it folks, no instructions here. I've made some notes below.
My Personal Notes:
- This recipe yielded approximate 7 dozen. I suspect had my cookies been uniform, it would have been 8 dozen, but some of them got a little out of control.
- Fail-safe of 375 for 8 minutes was perfection!
- For the Brown Sugar, I did not pack it when I measured.
- The "(about)" beside the amount of flour frightened me. I used 4 cups exactly.
- Mixing the 'extra' brown sugar with the raisins is genius. I always have trouble getting raisins to stick to the rest of the dough when I fold them in, but the Brown Sugar coats them and helps them "cling", for lack of a better word.
Absolutely my go-to cookie recipe now! Any sort of combination of fruit/sweets/nuts would be amazing in these bad boys.
And... I've eaten about 6 of them tonight alone.
So glad I was able to share this recipe with you!