Well, the groundhog certainly was right this year! We have 6 more weeks of winter left, and like the rest of the Baltimore area, I am snowed in here in Cockeysville. Since I am stuck indoors, I like to bake on days like this. It makes the house warm and cozy and it feels comforting. This week, I am providing my readers with a recipe that was a favorite of my great-grandmothers. It is easy to make, and by altering the recipe can be adapted to the taste of any family. My Nannie's favorite thing to add was maraschino cherries, but I think nuts, raisins, or cherries would be good in them. You could of course add other ingredients such as any type of chocolate chip, some flaked coconut, or even crystallized ginger in small pieces to the recipe. Enjoy making these cookies.
Nannie's Cocoa Drop Cookies
½ c. Crisco
1 c. Sugar
¾ c. Buttermilk or sour milk
1 t. Vanilla
1 ¾ c. Flour
½ t. Soda
½ t. Salt
½ c. Cocoa
1 c. Nuts, raisins or chopped maraschino cherries
Mix shortening, sugar, and egg together. Stir in the milk and vanilla. Sift together
dry ingredients in a separate bowl and add to first mixture. Fold in nuts and or fruit.
Chill dough 2 hrs. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees for approximately 10-12 minutes. Remove to a baking rack to cool. Enjoy!