🔕 🔔
Loading…

My Basket ()

All questions

Great Grandmother's "Oil Cookies"

Hi F52 community,
I'm in the midst of creating a cookbook from family recipes. One beloved recipe that my Dad and Aunts gush about is my great Grandmother's Oil cookies. They say the cookies resemble shortbread but are lighter due to the oil. They are formed into a coil shape (or she would make their initials!)

However, when I've made them the dough is really difficult to form (breaks easily when you roll it) and the resulting cookie has a lumpy surface. They are light, but not very flavorful. I suspect crisco has changed over the years, but not sure that's the whole problem.

Before I go crazy testing every variation on this... has anyone come across a cookie recipe like this, or have any suggestions on crisco/oil/etc.?

Recipe:
4 cups flour
¾ cups sugar
3 Tbsp baking powder
½ cup oil
½ cup crisco
2 eggs
½ cup orange juice
cinnamon sugar

Put flour, sugar, and baking powder in mixing bowl. Make hole in the middle and add beaten egg, mix to combine. Add oil, crisco, and orange juice and combine. Roll dough into rope, then dip in cinnamon sugar and roll into coil. Bake at 350 until brown for 30 minutes.

asked by margo sivin over 1 year ago

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

6 answers 813 views
F92231df 227e 4486 9cc8 279621ca1481  harvest party
added over 1 year ago

I don't know of a recipe like this but here are a couple of observations. If you are using a neutral oil and crisco neither of those will add any flavor - so the oj and cinnamon sugar are the only flavoring agents here. I use butter in some old family recipes that called for unspecified shortening or bacon fat. You could try that. The other observation is that childhood memories are created by more than flavor - its the time and place, our youth, the people who cooked for us - as well as perhaps the treat of a sweet food when that was scarce. If your grandmother made a cookie shaped into your initials what is not to like you were the center of attention being loved and cared for.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added over 1 year ago

Thanks C! Good note and great observation on memories. :)

092efd1a f34b 461d 89b1 f3e76e0ce940  dsc 0028
added over 1 year ago

They are rather similar to the Greek Christmas cookies called Melomakarona, which are also oil cookies flavored with orange juice. You will find many recipes online with which to compare your family recipe. I can provide you with my family's Melomakarona recipe, if you'd like.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added over 1 year ago

Great tip! I'm guessing no one used Crisco in Greece? I'll try all oil. Thank you!

092efd1a f34b 461d 89b1 f3e76e0ce940  dsc 0028
added over 1 year ago

Ha! Yes, no Crisco in any Greek recipes I know of!

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
Maedl

Margie is a trusted home cook immersed in German foodways.

added over 1 year ago

Where was the family from and when was the great grandmother making these cookies? Early 1900s? Knowing more about the time and origin might help in choosing the ingredients.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

Loading…

Reset
Password

  Enter your email below and we'll send you instructions on how to reset your password

Account Created

Welcome!

Logged In

Enjoy!

Email Sent

Please check your email for instructions
on how to reset your password

Successfully logged out

Let's Keep in Touch!

Get the recipes and features that have us talking, plus first dibs on events and limited-batch products.

(Oh, and $10 off your order of $50 or more in the Food52 Shop, too.)

Please enter a valid email address.