Sunday, December 14, 2008

REFRIGERATOR COOKIES

This recipe is from an old Pillsbury cookbook. It doesn't have a date but the original price on the front is .15. I would say the book is quite old!

2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Cream mixture well and add egg and vanilla; beat well. Blend the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture; mix thoroughly. Add in the pecans and mix in well. Divide the dough into two equal parts. Place each part on a sheet of waxed paper and shape into a roll 1 1/2-inches in diameter. Wrap in waxed paper and chill for several hours or overnight. Dough should be chilled thoroughly. To bake, preheat oven to 425 degrees, remove dough from the refrigerator and cut into slices about 1/8-inch thick. Place on ungreased baking sheets and bake in a hot oven of 425 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes.

VARIATIONS:
Chocolate Nut: Blend 2 squares of unsweetened melted chocolate in with the egg and vanilla. Bake at 400 degrees.

Coconut: Omit the nuts and blend 3/4 cup shredded coconut, chopped fine, in with the dry ingredients.

Orange-Nut: Add 1 tablespoon grated orange rind in with the nuts.

Lemon-Nut: Add 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind in with the nuts.

Spice: Sift 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon cloves in with the dry ingredients.

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