Fudge Cookies (An Heirloom Recipe from My Family)
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This recipe brings back so many memories. When I saw that Kathleen's mother used lard in the original recipe, I knew I had to try it (my grandmother used lard in all of her recipes too).
These lived up to my expectations! When this was enjoyed in the Test Kitchen the universal comment was "what gives this the crunchy texture?" I did have some cracks in them - to me that is success! I know that my grandad would have loved these.
- 2 c
- granulated sugar
- 3/4 c
- shortening like crisco, do not melt it (we used lard when i was a child.)
- 4 Tbsp
- hershey's cocoa
- 1 c
- flour (all purpose)
- 1 tsp
- we sometimes added 1/2 to 1 cup of pecans when we had them on hand although it wasn't in grandmother's original recipe
1Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Pour all ingredients into a bowl and mix by hand (all at once). (In other words, do not cream sugar and shortening first.)
2Place in greased and floured 13 X 9 metal pan, and bake in 350 degree preheated oven for about 30 minutes.
3Note: I remember when we made these with lard that the tops of the fudge cookies would crackle much like the ground does after a heavy rain and pieces of the ground crack and turn loose from the rest of the ground. I loved these crackly, crunchy flakes. It doesn't do quite the same thing (to the same extent) with Crisco, but they are still good. Now, that everyone worries about the type of fat consumed, lard is long gone from many people's pantries. I think if we worked physically like my maternal Grannie did, we could probably still consume lard (and her favorite--bacon grease). She lived to 99, had no cholestrol or blood pressure issues, and was happy.