Process – Cream: ½ C butter, 1/2C brown sugar (packed)
Add: 1 egg + 1 egg yolk (save the egg white) & 1/4t vanilla (optional from original recipe 1/8t maple flavoring)
Sift & add: 1 ½ C flour, ¼ t baking soda, ¼ t salt
Bake: 12 – 15 minutes on greased baking sheet (I have a non-stick so could eliminate grease) Frost when cool.
Frosting: Cream 2 T softened butter, 1 C of powdered sugar
Add: ¼ C cocoa, 2 T water, ½ t vanilla
We three daughters of my mother, grew up thinking that this was our mother’s original recipe. I even entered into a bake-off a number of years ago using it. Last year, my older sister shared an article with me that showed the originator of the recipe and told her story. The original name of the cookies was Snappy Turtle Cookies by Beatrice Harlib of Chicago, Illinois. She was the 1952 Grand Prize winner of the Bake-Off© contest #4. It has now earned the title of Bake-Off© Contest classic. What a hoot to learn the history of this favorite cookie of ours. Beatrice used a different frosting. Here is the original frosting: 1/3 c semi-sweet chocolate chips, 3 T milk, 1 T margarine or butter, 1 C powdered sugar. Melt the chips with the butter & milk. Remove from heat, add powdered sugar. Mix well. We can’t tell mom about this, as she doesn’t have the mental capacity to remember where she got the recipe, or appreciate this story.