Saturday, April 21, 2012

An Old Fashioned Treat for Spring

This is a recipe, for lovely cookies, that was given to me by my Grandmother. She and the ladies in her neighborhood passed this old recipe to each other over clothes lines, garden borders and kitchen tables many years ago. Welsh Cookies , as my Grandmother would call them, are  particularly popular in the Northern States, often seen at bake sales and social functions. They are not super sweet, really more aromatic from the nutmeg in them.  Raisins lend a natural sweetness to them. I hope you will try them ... They are buttery and delicious! A note- I often cut this recipe in half when I make them. If you have say, a family of four, then full recipe works.  I 'fry' them on a non stick fry pan- here's the thing.. to 'fry' them, you need only lightly wipe the pan with oil once. You don't want to pour oil into the pan,  or you'll ruin the cookies.  

Welsh Cookies
2 eggs
1/2 cup Milk
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Butter, softened
3 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking soda
1 tsp. Nutmeg
3 cups + Flour
1 cup Raisins

Mix ingredients. Pinch and pat the dough into approx.  2 inch flat and rounded cookies. They should resemble a little pancake before 'frying'.  You may need to dust your hands with flour and work a little bit of flour onto the very outside of each cookie in order to form the little pancake shape.

'Fry' the cookies until the bottoms of the cookies become lightly golden. Then flip each cookie over and press each cookie to the pan, flattening the cookies,  with your turner. As shown. Continue to 'fry' until the second side of the cookie is golden.
Enjoy them!

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