|Grandma - very young!|
Aunt Phyl told me that a friend of hers was looking through one of her friends’ cookbooks and came across the newspaper clipping with Grandma’s name at the bottom of the recipe so she gave it to Aunt Phyl. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) had a weekly column in which readers shared their favorite recipes ~ it may still have it for all I know ~ and Grandma mailed them her recipe for bowl cookies many years ago.
|Aunt Phyl & Unc Jake|
We always called them “bowl cookies” and I have no idea how Grandma came up with that name. The cookies are not rolled out, no cookie cutters were used; maybe Grandma used a small bowl to judge the size (?). They are a sugar cookie that Grandma made with lard. I’m sure it’s the lard that gave her cookies the unique taste and I doubt if they would be good using butter or margarine as they would be too bland and spread too much on the cookie sheet when baking. Bowl cookies are large soft cookies, almost cake-like; baked until they are very lightly golden around the edges, requiring no frosting or decorations.
My guess is that this would have been a Depression era cookie recipe since the cookies were made with just a few ingredients that were most always available and the price was right. It seemed like she made these weekly when I was young and also another great cookie with walnuts; another recipe I don’t have!
I’m just sooooo happy to have this recipe and I’m sure Bill is also because he won’t have to listen to me whining anymore about how I wish I had this recipe!
Sadly though, I must confess ~ when I made them, they just didn’t taste the same as back then and I know exactly why: because my dear Grandma didn’t make this batch and because she is no longer here to enjoy them with a cup of coffee and me...
Here’s Grandma’s recipe in her exact words: