Elena Cookies

These cookies are named after my daughter, who has been helping us to make them since she was about 9 months old.  They are a “sweet treat” (not necessarily nutritious), but they are certainly better than cookies you’d buy in a package!  I’m posting this recipe as so many people asked us over the holidays if we would share this recipe.  Here you go!

4 sticks of butter
2 cups of sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
5 cups flour
1 TBS plus 1 tsp cream of tartar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla


(you can make half of this quantity and still have plenty to cover the cookies); we make in large batches and freeze:
2 sticks butter

3.5 cups powdered sugar
~3 TBS cream
2 tsp vanilla

Directions:  Mix the cookie ingredients and bake at 350 degrees (either cookies on pans or in two buttered Pyrex dishes (9×12) for about 10 minutes—less for cookies.  Just cook until they are starting to brown.  Don’t over-bake!  Once the cookies have cooled, mix the frosting ingredients and spread the frosting on the cookies.  This recipe makes A LOT of cookies and frosting—plenty to share with friends and family!

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