Mother’s Day is a special opportunity for each of us to take the time to show our appreciation for the women that have shaped us. Strong women of all kinds come into our lives, and whether they’re biological family or not, they hold the potential to pass along lifelong lessons that only a mother can. In January of 2011, my mother-in-law passed away due to advanced dementia. While I’m thankful to still have my biological mother in my life, I’d like to recognize the great woman that graciously embraced me as a part of her life. In remembrance, I’d like to share with you a piece of her legacy. Enjoy!
- 1 cup shortening
- 3 oz. cream cheese
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups white flour
- In a large bowl, add the shortening and cream cheese. Mix well by hand with a large spoon or with an electric mixer until fluffy.
- Next, add the sugar, egg yolk and vanilla extract. Mix well.
- With a large spoon, add the flour, a half a cup at a time, until all the flour is well incorporated.
- Cover with plastic wrap and put into the fridge for about 30 minutes.
- When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and set aside. Roll the dough into 2 1/2 dozen equal sized balls, or if you prefer bigger cookies roll into 15 equal sized balls.
- Flatten with the bottom of a drinking glass and sprinkle a little white sugar on top if desired.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges and the bottom of the cookies are starting to turn brown.
- Let the cookies cool five minutes and then move them to a wire rack to continue cooling.
Cathy is originally from Maryland, but has been living in the Midwest for more than 13 years. She has been “retired” from the paid workforce since 1996 to raise her family, which includes her husband, adult stepson, an adult daughter in college and a son in middle school. She has been baking and cooking for as long as she can remember in “Cathy’s Kitchen”. She is very excited to be able to share her recipes with other home cooks!