While going through one of my vintage cookbooks I found the following recipe taped inside. It comes from a newspaper and I have no idea how old it is. It is old enough, though, that the tape has dried and turned brown.
The reason these are called clown cookies is because you can make clown faces onto them. It sounds pretty good, though I admit I have not yet tried them. I wonder if I can interest my children in trying this? (Said with deep sarcasm, as I am sure they would give me a hearty “YES!” if I suggest this recipe.)
Summary: These fun cookies can be decorated with the faces of clowns. Please rate this recipe in the comments below.
- 1/3 cup shortening
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 ready-to-eat-bran
- 1 3/4 cups sifted flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon mace
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/3 cup chopped seeded raisins
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Use a mixer to thoroughly blend the the shortening and sugar. Add egg and beat well.
- Stir in the milk and bran.
- In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices.
- Add to the first mixture, then slowly mix in the raisins. Mix well.
- Chill the mixture.
- Grease a baking sheet.
- Roll the dough to about 1/8″ thickness, then cut or use cookie cutters and place cookies on baking sheet.
- Bake for about 12 minutes.
- Remove cookies and let them cool on a wire cooling rack.
- When cooled, frost the cookies with confectioners’ sugar, and use chocolate frosting in a pastry tube to make clown faces.