Mashed cookies are a strange little cookie that my Mom used to make when I was a child. She said she had gotten the recipe from a lady at church. I ran across this recipe last week when I was going through my cookbook. It brought back some fun memories from my childhood.
We always got excited when Mom said she was making mashed cookies, because she always let us mash them, which we thought was big fun!
- 2 cups of light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups flour
- 1 1/4 cups shortening
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- white sugar for sprinkling
- Preheat over to 375 degrees and spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray
- Place the brown sugar and eggs in an electric mixer bowl and turn on slow
- Add the shortening a bit at a time and then add the flour slowly
- When the mixture is well incorporated, add baking soda, cream of tartar and vanilla
- Take the dough and roll into small balls and place on the cookie sheet
- This is the part that the kids got to do: We took a flat bottomed glass and mashed the cookie balls flat!
- The more uneven the edges were, the better! Sometimes we got a bit over zealous and smashed them too thin and they had to be re-rolled and mashed.
- After they were all mashed, we sprinkled the top with sugar and baked them for 8 to 10 minutes until the edges were golden brown
I really loved these cookies as is, however, there was several ways you could tweak the recipe to change the flavor. If you wanted some chocolate flavor, add 4 ounces of bakers chocolate. If you like nuts, you can add 1/2 cup of chopped almonds or pecans. You can even use some flavoring; I remember once time we tried adding some orange extract, and they were yummy! Mashed cookies is a very solid recipe that you can experiment and have fun with.
I loved eating them with a bowl of vanilla ice cream, I just broke them up and sprinkled them on top. Make some of your own and see how you like to eat them!
These are some of my favorite baking items, I especially like the mixer because it is both a hand and a stand mixer!