Jeanette Shoemaker of Frederick wrote: "I would very much like to have an old-time recipe for sugar cookies, the kind that mound up when baked and are cakelike in texture. They were a favorite of an aunt of mine who is now deceased."
John W. Billett of Baltimore sent in tester Laura Reiley's choice.
Mam Mam's Sugar Cookies
Makes about 8 dozen cookies
3 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups solid shortening
2 cups sour milk (see note) or buttermilk
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
8 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
sprinkles or raisins (optional)
Cream together the sugar and solid shortening in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add the sour milk (or buttermilk) and eggs and mix thoroughly. Stir in the baking soda and cream of tartar. Mix in the flour, 1 cup at a time. Finish by adding vanilla.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Drop the batter by mounded tablespoons on lightly greased baking sheets. Decorate, if you wish, with sprinkles or raisins. Bake for 12 minutes, cool for 1 minute on baking sheet and then remove to wire racks to cool completely. Store in airtight container.
Note: To "sour" milk, add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice for each cup of milk and let stand at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes.
Tester Reiley's comments: "The combination of baking soda and cream of tartar means that these cookies rise quite a bit. They spread out as well, but maintain more of their height than the average sugar cookie. If you like them crisp, bake until the edges are just beginning to brown. For a cakier cookie, remove just before any browning occurs. They will be very soft when they are removed from the oven, so give them a minute to firm up on the cookie sheet."
Candace Fowler of Dallas, Ore., writes that she would be grateful for a Pumpkin Chiffon Cake recipe. "It was baked in a tube pan and was high and light, such as an angel food cake."
Irene A. Kelmartin of Hampstead says she has been looking for a recipe for the chocolate icing like that on Bergers cookies. "I would be so grateful for this recipe."
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