We grew up eating these delicious oatmeal cookies! Now I prefer to skip the shortening and use beans instead –it makes me feel like I’m eating health food! I usually double the batch and freeze the extras for cookies on demand. It makes the texture less crunchy and more chewy. So good! –Mellyn
These are yummy and relatively easy to make! I’ll be honest — pie crust and I are not the best of friends. On this particular day I ruined my first batch. I thought I’d be clever and combine the shortening and flour in my electric mixer. It was fine until I turned the speed up to get that last little bit of shortening mixed in and melted the shortening. Oops! I just stuck (no pun intended) to the tried and true pastry cutter after that. Out of curiosity, we also tried them using sugar cookie dough instead of pie crust! My kids loved them! -Mellyn Continue reading →
If you find yourself in the mood for cinnamon rolls, but without the time for a yeast dough, try these baking powder biscuits for a delicious alternative. –MellynYield 18-20 biscuits
4 cups flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon soda
2/3 cup shortening
1 1/3 cups milk
1 Tablespoon vinegar
¼ cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
¾ cup raisins
Mix the dry ingredients together.
Cut the shortening into the dry mixture.
Mix the vinegar and milk.
Pour the milk and vinegar mixture into the dry mixture.
Using a fork, mix until it is all the same consistency.
Let it rest for 5 minutes.
Lightly flour the surface where you are going to roll out the dough.
Grease a jelly roll pan.
Heat your oven to 375 degrees.
On the floured surface, roll the dough into a rectangle about 11 X 14 inches.
On the rectangle, spread butter and sugar. Dust with cinnamon and sprinkle with raisins. The ingredients in this part of the recipe are very forgiving. You can increase or decrease according to your preferences. For instance, Mellyn doesn’t like raisins so I make some of them without raisins for her.
Starting with the long edge of the rectangle, roll it into a log shape.
With a thin bladed knife, cut into about 1 inch rounds and place them on the greased jelly roll pan.
Cook 12-15 minutes.
Drizzle hot biscuits with glaze recipe below and serve warm!
The best place to find easy recipes with simple basic ingredients is my grandmother’s recipe box. As the wife of a dairy farmer she cooked with what she had and that is what her recipes call for. I loved her cooking as a child and I am still looking toward her, through her recipes, for advice!
Recipe courtesy of Grandma C.Continue reading →