Grandma's Sour Milk Chocolate Cookies
I have no idea where my grandmother got this recipe. She passed away more than 40 years ago, so I can't ask her, but she used to make these cookies any time the "milk went off." And whenever I make them, they bring back fond memories.
1 c brown sugar
1/2 c shortening
1 egg, beaten
2 squares bittersweet chocolate, melted
1/2 c sour milk (or buttermilk or sour cream)
2-1/3 c AP flour
1/2 tsp soda
1 tsp vanilla
1. Cream the shortening and sugar together until fluffy.
2. Add the beaten egg and melted chocolate, blend well.
3. Add the sour milk and vanilla.
4. Sift together the dry ingredients. Blend into the moist ingredients.
5. Drop by tablespoon on a greased cookie sheet.
6. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. These cookies are "cake-like", let cool and frost with your favorite chocolate frosting. Or, you could use another frosting, but she always frosted these with chocolate icing. She also made an orange version of these (which are amazing).
I have my grandmother's cookbook--she usually only wrote the ingredients, no instructions, so some of them were "fun" to figure out. This was one of the first recipes we tried to perfect (get the instructions down). Before my mother "lost her mind," she would taste-test everything and tell me if it was like grandma made (my "I hate to cook" mother). She sometimes was able to remember s/thing (like how my grandmother rolled her flatbread--she had to "see" the markings on the pastry board for it to be thin enough).