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Cookies for when time is short

"Easy Cookies" are indeed easy to do when you need a sweet treat fast!
"Easy Cookies" are indeed easy to do when you need a sweet treat fast!

There are times when we get so busy, we forget to keep a sweet treat on hand for our family. Between working, hobbies, errands and other activities, we sometimes don't remember to have any cookies, a cake or pie ready for dessert, snacks or for when company comes by. Of course, you can always pick up something ready-made at the grocery store, but you may be partial to something fresh and homemade. I know I am!

What to do when you need a sweet treat and you're in a time crunch? Let's look at a recipe for "Easy Cookies". And this recipe is appropriately titled, for it IS a fast and easy recipe for cookies! And they are also very good, so you have everything in your favor to try them!

This is an old recipe, going back to the 1950's. This came from a representative of a flour company that made self-rising flour. All that's required is to beat eggs and add vegetable oil, vanilla extract and grated lemon rind. Some sugar is added, then self-rising flour. The batter is dropped from the teaspoon onto baking sheets and bake for 6-10 minutes. They're immediately removed from the baking sheet and placed on a cooling rack. In a few minutes, they'll be ready to enjoy with some cold milk, lemonade, tea or coffee!

This recipe is easy enough that a young cook can do with little supervision. As easy as this recipe is, there's no need for an electric mixer, so they can stir the batter together with a sturdy spoon. This is also a good recipe if you have a youngster who wants to learn the basics of baking. Since it's an easy recipe, they can be taught how to break eggs, measure ingredients and mix together a mixture.

This recipe makes four dozen cookies, so there will be plenty to go around! Good just as they are, these are also good served with ice cream or sherbet, which would make a fine company dessert. Also, if you would rather use grated orange rind in place of the lemon, feel free to do that.

Since I mentioned that this cookie would go well with some lemonade, just recently I shared two great recipes for lemonade made completely from scratch. In case you missed those recipes, click on this link to get them:

When you need a sweet treat in short order, let this recipe come to your rescue!


  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 cups sifted self-rising flour

In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in the oil, vanilla extract, lemon rind and sugar. Add the flour, stirring to make a moderately stiff batter. It should form a soft ball and clean the sides of the bowl. Drop by the teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake at 400 degrees for 6-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove immediately to a cooling rack. Yield: 4 dozen cookies.

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