Grandma’s All-Occasion Sugar Cookies (Tuesdays with Dorie)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Grandma's Sugar Cookie (Tuesdays with Dorie)
Sugar Cookies

First, thanks to everyone for my birthday wishes! I had a perfect birthday! And only 363 more days til my next one!

Ulrike of Küchenlatein (one of my favorite bloggers!!) chose Grandma’s All-Occasion Sugar Cookies for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie selection. You can find the recipe on her website or page 146 of Dorie's book, Baking: From My Home to Yours.

My immigrant Okinawan-born Japanese grandma didn't make cookies in her home in the West Adams area of Los Angeles...I remember her making orange mochi in a big bowl. She stirred the gooey, sticky mass with the bowl and sat on the floor for added leverage. Her 18 grandchildren would always find a bowl of semi-stale arare (Japanese crackers) on the coffee table as well. Funny the things you remember about your grandma!

I made half the recipe, added the zest of one Meyer lemon and attempted the quick and easy slice and bake method (after freezing the dough for one hour). However, my log was far from cylindrical and I ended up with funny looking blobs. I like to pretend you can see famous people or places in them, and will try selling them to a casino on eBay.

Grandma's Sugar Cookie (Tuesdays with Dorie)
Do you see Madonna, Elvis or Michigan in these cookies?

Grandma's Sugar Cookie (Tuesdays with Dorie)
For the second batch, I abandoned my wacky roll and rolled them into balls. These weren't my favorite sugar cookies, but I'm glad I tried them out!

Be sure to check out the other Tuesdays with Dorie bakers! I'm sure everyone had a million different creative ideas! Also, don't forget that Dorie's book Baking is always a great holiday gift!
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Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

They ALL look lovely...I think you did a wonderful job on them and presenting pretty and festive!

The Blonde Duck said... [Reply to comment]

They look lovely to me! I love sugar cookies!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

They look cute and tasty (tasty being the important part in my book).

chocolatechic said... [Reply to comment]

They look great!

vibi said... [Reply to comment]

LOL LOL Wacky roll!
They do look much better made with your good old hands (not that your hands are old, as they are in fact younger than mine! blink blink!!!) ...just as they should in the tradition of things!

Megan said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for the laugh! Although I didn't see anything recognizable in the sugar pattern, they still looked great.

Tammy said... [Reply to comment]

they look lovely and Christmassy!

Lisa magicsprinkles said... [Reply to comment]

Too funny. Wait! Isn't that Bart Simpson in that one? I thought I saw his spiky hair. Maybe Matt Groening would be interested.

dharmagirl said... [Reply to comment]

your cookies look festive and fun!i love the story about your grandmother, and had a good laugh at the cook visions:)

doughmesstic said... [Reply to comment]

very festive! and by the way - NICE Pies With That won! I will be posting it later...but YOU WON!! Such a cool idea.

Carol Peterman/TableFare said... [Reply to comment]

Don't start your birthday countdown for next year just yet, there is still a lot of birthday month to be celebrating. In fact, you should have another one of your lovely looking cookies as a little celebration right now. As I was cutting out shapes with this dough, I started thinking round-log cookies would have been a good idea.

Rachel said... [Reply to comment]

SO cute and festive!

Judy said... [Reply to comment]

I'm not sure there is a perfect sugar cookie recipe, but it's good to keep trying. I like how yours turned out.

Judy said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, congratulations on your pie win!

Engineer Baker said... [Reply to comment]

Not gonna lie, I don't see Elvis, Madonna, *or* Michigan in those. They're pretty darned cute though. I'm glad your birthday was good, and now I have a hankering for mochi. Which is odd, since I've never had it before...

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Actually, I see Hitchcock. They look mighty tasty to me.

Di said... [Reply to comment]

I like your red and green sprinkles mixed together. =) Nice job.

Di said... [Reply to comment]

I like your red and green sprinkles mixed together. =) Nice job.

Shari said... [Reply to comment]

They look very Christmas-y!

Jessica said... [Reply to comment]

I love mochi! I also think that your sugar cookies look so festive. There's just something about the red and green sprinkles that puts me in the holiday spirit!

kimberly salem said... [Reply to comment]

they look really delicious :) ooh and i love mochi! never tried making it, though.

Cristine said... [Reply to comment]

Very festive! I like the idea of selling them on Ebay! :)

Nancy/n.o.e said... [Reply to comment]

Love your grandma memories! There's something to be said for drop cookies, although I don't think your sliced ones look outlandish at all.

AmyRuth said... [Reply to comment]

Glad you tried the cookies and yes, I totally remember funny things about childhood as well. Like freezers with ice trays that crack when opened for a late night Dr. Pepper. he he The bright side is that next week we get to try a new cookie recipe. Yippee

betty geek said... [Reply to comment]

You are definitely my favorite librarian in the world, but you already know that. Your cookies look exactly like mine. It is uncanny! ;) I am going to post mine tomorrow morning since night time pictures look caca. Good job!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I think the cookies look great! Who wants perfect circles anyway? :)

Pamela said... [Reply to comment]

Cute cookies! I was searching the sprinkles for Madonna and Elvis. Sort of like one of those "Magic Eye" books!!

27Susans said... [Reply to comment]

I think the cookie on the left with green sprinkles looks like Kermit.

Pearl said... [Reply to comment]

looks beautiful! my brother adores sugar cookies.

ostwestwind said... [Reply to comment]

Sorry that this recipe wasn't yours, but thanks for joining TWD and baking with me and trying it out.

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

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