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[livejournal.com profile] stillscape asked for a recipe of the cookies that were giving me so much trouble today. How sweet of her to want to share in my frustration!

Please note that this recipe was very possibly written by my grandmother and doesn't have instructions like you might find in a cookbook, such as the order in which to mix things together. Good luck!

Mabel's Favorites

1 c softened butter
3/4 c powdered sugar
2 c flour
1 tsp vanilla*
pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients together. Chill a short time so dough is easier to work with. Roll out on cutting board, cut into rectangles and add lines with butter paddle.** Place on cookie sheet and bake 8-10 minutes at 350° F until edges are slightly brown. Remove from pan and let cool on cooling racks. When completely cool microwave a small amount of chocolate chips and mix with a little milk until smooth. Dip end of cookie into chocolate and then dip into sprinkles or coconut.*** Let chocolate harden before storing in cookie tin.

Here's a picture I found of some finished Mabel's Favorites from a couple years ago.

mabels favorites

*I always double the vanilla, but maybe my blatant disregard for following directions is part of the trouble I'm having with the dough. So do with that information what you will.

**I had no idea what this thing was called until I did some googling while writing this out. We've always used the ridged part to add vertical lines on the rectangles just to make them more fancy, though that of course is purely voluntary.

***Do not dip into coconut. Coconut is disgusting.

Date: 2013-12-12 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stillscape.livejournal.com

*Coconut is delicious and I will not hear otherwise.

Date: 2013-12-12 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Ew, I just clicked through here to comment specifically on the grossness of coconut. Preach it, Emily.

Also pineapple, although I may be in the minority on that one.

Date: 2013-12-12 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emilyla.livejournal.com
Wow, you must seriously hate pina coladas. (I do too, but that's because of the coconut!)

I super love pineapple. I volunteer to do immersion therapy with you like mayonnaise girl (http://gawker.com/5951836/heres-a-woman-with-a-phobia-of-mayonnaise) (which is one of the most hilarious things I've ever seen on TV).

Date: 2013-12-12 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
I'm also not big on getting caught in the rain, although I'm reasonably into health food (longtime vegetarian here)?

To be honest, I *want* to like pineapple--fruit in general is one of my favorite food groups in the world, even over some desserts--but we've just never clicked. I'm also not a huge mayo fan, but I blame that on my being a third- or fourth-generation American Jew.

(Seriously, my mum used mayo-to-tunafish ratios as an argument for dating fellow members of the tribe once. She was only half joking.)

Date: 2013-12-12 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stillscape.livejournal.com
Pineapple is also delicious. Not on pizza, or in things like upside-down cake, but on its own it is delicious.

Date: 2013-12-13 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saucydiva.livejournal.com

Date: 2013-12-13 12:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] throwingpens.livejournal.com
that looks super good even if it's not named after someone's fictional aunt

Date: 2013-12-13 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] owlsaremonsters.livejournal.com
These look amazing! Definitely going to have to try this recipe out sometime.

Also, a butter paddle is what you use when you are pressing and washing your butter, of course! When you come to my house eventually, we'll make butter in my churn and I'll show you how that part works.

Date: 2013-12-13 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emilyla.livejournal.com
Butter churns, moose calls...your house has quite the interesting array of things in it. :)

Date: 2013-12-13 02:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] owlsaremonsters.livejournal.com
Damn right! Should I make you an instructional video on butter churning? haha.

Date: 2013-12-13 07:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] k8-26-2.livejournal.com
Those are adorable; I love the sprinkles. Clearly, it's the sprinkles that make them a favorite.

Date: 2013-12-27 12:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ballroom_pink.livejournal.com
These were very good.


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