I very often dream with my grandmother. I can clearly remember her white hair, scent of a cream she would put on her skin every morning, her voice and her home. But one of the things that I remember lately is her pantry and jar of vanilla cookies she always had ready for visitors.
I know I would open the pantry door every time I visited her seeking for cookies and they would be there, waiting in the jar. It’s vanilla scent and a touch of lemon , they just melt in the mouth.
Yesterday was a holiday in Portugal, and for some reason I walked up very early. I made coffee for me and turn oven on. I decided to bake these cookies. At a time kids walked up, cookies were almost done. I hope my kids keep memories of this as I remember my grandmother’s cookie jar.
Recipe from my grandmother’s recipe notebook
500g wheat flour
4 tbs of sugar
1 egg yolk
juice of one lemon
powdered sugar with vanilla scent (I keep always powdered sugar in a pot together with vanilla pods so it gets a strong vanilla scent)
berry jam (originally it’s used rose hip jam )
Preheat the oven to 200ºC
Mix the butter and sugar. Add egg and egg yolk, mix well. Add lemon juice, mix and add flour.
Work the dough until it gets together. Roll it out on a lightly floured board (to be 1.5 cm thick).
Take out circles with a cookie cutter, place them on a baking sheet and put in the oven (get them out when they become white).
When cookies get cold join two of them with some jam and sprinkle with powdered sugar.