What happens when you combine a murder mystery writer with a sentimental favorite recipe? You’ll just have to listen to find out! June Cline and Sandy Weaver Carman had a blast with author, artist, baker and dern creative lady, Conda Douglas. Where did that unusual first name come from? You’ll just have to listen to find out!
The story behind how the sugar cookie recipe became Conda’s favorite is sweet, as is the fact that, in addition to authoring murder mysteries, she also writes a tween fiction series and cookbooks. The wit and wisdom that Conda shares about writing will inspire anyone who’s ever thought of writing a book to sit down and do it! Enjoy this episode of Happiness Recipe, and then head for the kitchen. Let us know how your cookies turn out!
CONDA’S GRANDMA’S SUGAR COOKIES
2/3 cup cooking oil (I use canola, my grandmother used lard. Don’t use lard, because … well, it’s lard.)
2 teaspoons vanilla (or more if you love vanilla)
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind (or 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract)
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups flour (I sometimes use 1 cup unbleached flour and 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour. This makes the cookies crumbly but I love cookie crumbles. Use only unbleached flour if making sandwich cookies.)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (can be omitted)
Place the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add the cooking oil, vanilla, lemon extract and eggs and mix well (easy to mix). Mixture will be oily. Pat a palm sized amount into the shape of a cookie and place on a baking sheet 3″ apart. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.
These cookies make a great base for all sorts of sandwich cookies because they are all close to the same size. So fill with frosting, marshmallow, peanut butter and jam, whipped cream or my favorite, ice cream. Yum.
For chocolate sugar cookies: add a couple of tablespoons of Dutch cocoa to the dough and omit the lemon zest or extract. For chocolate orange sugar cookies, substitute orange extract for the lemon extract.
These do great with butter frosting as Christmas cookies, too. They also freeze well, although it can be a struggle managing to get them to the freezer uneaten and they are very edible frozen.