Seems like a good time of year for it... put up your good stuff!
I'll start. These are famous around my family (and I have a LARGE family)
Ga-Ga’s Surprise Cookies
Ga-Ga was my grandmother. She got that name cause my oldest brother, as a baby, couldn’t say “grandma” and it came out ga-ga. It stuck with her the rest of her life. When we were teens, saying Ga-Ga just wasn’t cool so it got shortened to Gogs. She would often make these cookies on special occasions. When we got older, she would send them to her grandkids wherever we happened to be… summer camp, college, mission field, married and moved. An old shoebox, lined with tin foil, and filled with the powdery goodness of Ga-Ga’s Surprise Cookies, was always a cherished box full of love. They never lasted more than a day or two.
When she died, I found the original recipe card in her handwriting.
1 cup Butter or Margarine (I use butter) ˝ cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla 2 cups sifted flour 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (I like pecans) 1 package (5 3/4 oz) Hershey’s Choc. Kisses Sifted Confectioner’s Sugar
At medium speed on electric mixer beat Butter, Sugar, and Vanilla until light and fluffy. Add flour and nuts - Beat at low speed to blend well Chill dough about 30 minutes
Peel foil from choc. Kisses. Shape about 1 teaspoon of chilled dough around each Kiss to form a ball covering the kiss completely.
Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake in moderate oven (375) 12 minutes till cookies are set but not brown. Roll in confectioner’s sugar while still warm. Cool.
Roll in or sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar again. Makes about 30 cookies
I also modify them for this recipe as follows:
Turtle Surprise Cookies
Use only Butter (I don’t like the water content of margarine for baking) Use pecans and increase amount to 1 ˝ cups finely chopped Use Rollo candies instead of Kisses Roll/dredge in confectioners sugar twice.
There's nothing I love more than cookies. My biggest weakness
I made some ginger snap cookies for thanksgiving and they turned out pretty good. Here's the recipe
2 3/4 cups self-rising flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup margarine or butter, softened
1/4 cup light molasses
Combine flour, soda, and spices in a bowl and set aside. Cream sugar and margarine. Beat in egg and molasses until light and fluffy. Stir in flour mixture just until blended. Chill for 2 hours or more. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls, roll in granulated sugar, and place on lightly greased baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Flatten each ball with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. Bake about 8 to 10 minutes, until set.
Makes 8 dozen cookies.
Instead of the rolling in sugar part, I made an icing instead
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar (sifted) and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and vanilla (or almond) extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
I just used a spoon and spread it on top of the cookies