Being a music teacher, I have many opportunities and liberties to do fun things with my students. Each semester I help my students prepare for a recital, Christmas and “Spring”. My first year as a music teacher, my students seemed to lack the drive to practice their songs. Slightly stumped, I decided to do a slightly different incentive and announced a “cookie week”. I set up a system of “points” where the children might earn cookies as rewards. I wasn’t entirely sure what to make, but I figured my best bet would be to make the two most popular cookies: chocolate chip and sugar. My chocolate chips had always been a wild success, but I had never yet made a sugar cookie. I called up my mom and asked for a recipe which she had previously used as a “cutout” cookie recipe. I was definitly not going to be cutting out cookies for over 50 students, especially when you could earn up to 5 cookies for each student!
I don’t remember all of the details of how this recipe transformed into what it is today, but I think some of it was experimentation, and some of it was accident. Either way, these cookies are OUT OF THIS WORLD. After I made them that very first year, I have had students and teachers alike requesting I make them again. The cookies became a bit of a legend around the school and each year when I would announce it being time for “cookie week” I would see the excitement in my students eyes, and magically all the work I wanted them to do would miraculously happen!
Last year, because of wedding preparations and whatnot, I never got around to making the cookies. This year when I announced to one of my students about the upcoming “cookie week”, he replied with big eyes “I’ve only HEARD about these cookies!”.
While I was preparing to make these cookies, my husband Tom told me I should call them the “try them if you dare” cookies. I laughed and asked him why, “well,” he said,” Because you can’t just eat one, you have to eat at least 5 or 6 and then you just have to keep coming back for more; they’re SO good!”
By far, my most popular cookies, these finiky little jewels are worth the trouble. Beware, the batter is incredibly addictive, but far more addictive is the end result! Do not make if you are trying to stay on your diet! 😉
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 beaten eggs
- 1 tbsp. vanilla
- 3 tsp. baking soda
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 4 cups flour
Preheat the oven to 357 degrees F. In a stand up mixer, beat together the white and brown sugar with the shortening. Add the salt. Beat in each egg. Add the vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the baking soda and buttermilk, set aside and let them react. The mixture should about double in size. Add the buttermilk mixture to the original batter and stir only just enough that the ingredients are combined. Add flour, if the batter looks too wet, add 1/4 c more. Cook for 8 minutes, or until there is a light tan color on just the tips. DO NOT OVERCOOK! Set to cool, and frost with your favorite frosting and sprinkles! 🙂