Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sponge Cookies with Marshmallow Icing

These cookies sure take me down memory lane. I remember my Grandmother's big kitchen with her tall white cupboards and her tupperware 'bins' of cookies. These cookies would be lovingly layered between sheets of wax paper so that they would not ruin the beautiful colours of icing. The recipe my mom used is written below and is the same one her mother, my grandmother, used.

Ingredients (makes about four dozen)

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 tsp soda
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 tsp cream of tarter
1 tsp vanilla

Mix the above together and let stand for about 1/2 hour or more Then add 1/4 tsp salt and enough flour to make it thick enough to roll into about 1 inch balls. (As usual...older recipes assume we all know how much that is. However, I used between four and 5 cups so try four cups first and then add in flour a bit at a time.) Place about 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake in a 350 degree F oven til golden brown. When cold, cover with the following marshmallow icing. I will give the recipe below but I just melted coloured marshmallows in the microwave - only 30 sec at a time - and dipped the cookies in there. However, you will get a flavoured topping using marshmallows versus the gelatin recipe below.

Marshmallow Topping:

2 pkgs. gelatin
3/4 cup boiling water
2 tsp vanilla
4 tbsp cold water
1 1/2 cups white sugar

Dissolve gelatin in cool water. Then add boiling water, stirring until blended. Add sugar, then start beating about 12 minutes. Add the vanilla and colouring. Ice cookies, dip in coconut and lay on wax paper. Leave out to dry for 3 hours. Then pack in layers putting wax paper in between to prevent from sticking.

4 comments:

  1. I think it's the icing that makes these! So pretty.

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  2. Such a pretty cookie, Trish! I like your shortcut..just melting marshmallows intead of making them.

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  3. I was thinking these would be so pretty for a litle girls tea party.

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  4. How pretty and festive! You have some beautiful memories! I'm so glad you share them with us!

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