I have a confession, I didn’t own a cookie cutter up until two weeks ago.
But good things come to those who wait and I found myself a treasure. I am now the proud owner of a 1950’s retro Lazy Susan cookie cutter. That’s right, Lazy Susan, as in, 6 rolling moulds. I walked in to a bakery in Tuscaloosa and it had this great little random consignment store attached to it. I saw it (with the box) and had to have it, it’s as simple as that.
Oh and the box just also happened to have a basic recipes for cookies with multiple variations. According to the box, I can now make fancy cookies everyday!
This is that box.
For the record, I used the basic recipe, but played around with it a bit, as you’ll see below. I subbed in the brown sugar instead of the granulated sugar and tossed in 4 squares of chocolate with the shortening mixture. I got the color and the taste I was looking for just by tweaking the basic recipe a bit.
If you’re a fan of a crunchy, perfect for dipping-into-milk cookie, this is for you. I found them to be too hard, but warming them up in the microwave for 15 seconds was how I enjoyed them. The middle got warm and soft, but the outside remained crunchy.
Lazy Susan Cookie Recipe
- 4 cups sifted cake flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup shortening
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 eggs, unbeaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 teaspoons milk (ok, this is where it gets a somewhat sketchy. The box is slightly torn and I’m pretty sure I’m seeing a “4”. Although, the dough was a little on the dry side, so I added 2 extra teaspoons, but you normally have to play a bit here and there)
- Sift flour, baking powder, salt together.
- Cream shortening, sugar until creamy: add eggs, vanilla: beat well.
- Add flour alternately with milk: mix well.
- Chill dough 1/2 hour.
- Roll out to 1/3″ thickness on lightly floured board.
- Roll cooky (not a typo, they use the word cooky) roller over dough in continuous movement.
- Place on Wear-Ever cooky sheet 1/2″ apart: bake 8-9 minutes in hot oven 400F. (8-9 minutes was too long, the ones I took out after 5-6 minutes came out perfect)
- Yield: 6 dozen
Butterscotch-Pecan: Substitute 2 cups tight packed brown sugar for granulated sugar. Add 1 cup chopped pecans with flour mixture
Chocolate: Add 4 squares melted chocolate to shortening mixture.
Lemon: Substitute 4 teaspoons lemon juice for milk, 2 tablespoons grated lemon rind for vanilla.
Coconut: Add 1 cup finely chopped, shredded coconut with flour mixture.