This is my husband Terry’s grandmother’s recipe and is one of our favorites. I have made these cookies for bake sales, silent auctions and just for the kids and grandkids to enjoy. Hazel was a marvelous cook. She could feed a crowd with one chicken and some vegetables out of her garden. She passed away at 91, but the whole Branstad family will always remember her wonderful food and hospitality.” —Chris Branstad, Iowa first lady
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
2. Combine butter, powdered sugar and 1 cup granulated sugar in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer.
Add oil, eggs and vanilla, mixing to combine. Gradually add flour mixture. Chill dough 3 to 4 hours until firm.
3. Preheat oven to 350F.
4. Shape dough into walnut-size balls and roll in remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Place cookies on an ungreased baking sheet. Dip the bottom of a glass in granulated sugar and press onto each ball to flatten.
5. Bake 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove cookies from pan and let cool on paper towels.
Makes 3 dozen
Nutritional facts per cookie: 190 calories, 11g fat, 25mg cholesterol, 2g protein, 22g carbohydrates, 0g fiber, 70mg sodium