Happy September – it is really hard for me to believe that we only have a few months until Thanksgiving and Christmas! Can you believe it? But that means it’s time for a new cookbook – and this one has great ideas for baking for the holidays!
This month, the new cookbook is titled “Simple Old Fashioned Baking.” The tagline is “The Best Recipes from Grandma’s Kitchen.” You can see the picture on the back that shows what every grandmother should look like!
I found this book several years ago in a used bookstore. Visiting used bookstores is one of my favorite hobbies and I always look for books on baking. Anywhere we go, I am always scouting out used bookstores. I have found some great deals at these places.
This was one of those deals. The title of “baking” drew me in first and then I was hooked the minute I saw the easiness of most of the recipes. Quite a few of these recipes have only 4 or 5 ingredients. How much easier can you get in baking?
This is why I prefer older cookbooks and recipes. In my opinion – and you can do with it what you will! – it seems that in an attempt to come up with new and fabulous, simplicity and ease have gone by the wayside. When our grandparents and great-grandparents were cooking and baking, they didn’t have a gourmet grocery store or tons of ingredients to use. They had to rely on simplicity and their pantry. Enter this cookbook.
The first recipe I want to share is the first recipe I tried from the book – Easy Lemon Cookies. Most everyone in the house loves lemon desserts, so this one seemed perfect to try. It has only four ingredients and makes up so quick you won’t even believe it! That is baking at its best!
EASY LEMON COOKIES
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (can go up a little if you like a strong lemon taste)
- 2 cups flour
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.
Add lemon juice and cream again.
Slowly add in flour. Dough will not be sticky and will leave sides of mixer bowl.
Drop teaspoonfuls of dough on to well greased cookie sheet. I used the smallest Pampered Chef scoop to do this as it was the perfect size. They will come out as balls but you can flatten if you want.
Sprinkle on a little bit of sugar. I used regular sugar this time, but you can use decorative colored sugar if you want.
Bake 14 to 15 minutes until just brown around the edges.
Remove to cooling rack and cool on pans for 3 minutes, then remove to rack and cool another 5 to 10 minutes (if they last that long without getting snatched off the rack!).
That’s it! Can you believe how simple that is? The cookies come out easy and delicious – and rarely last long in my house!
I will be sharing more great recipes from this month’s cookbook and most all are easy to make. Many have only a few ingredients that you may have in your pantry already!
I would love to know below if you made these cookies. How did they turn out? Did you change up the recipe? Let me know!
Until next time