A couple years ago, the Ronald McDonald House in Louisville got a call. It was Fran and she wanted to help out.
So she volunteered to cook. And bake. From scratch of course – no boxes, mixes, or short cuts in Fran’s book. And she volunteered to make sure there was never any shortage of ingredients for her labors of love.
Every week, Fran goes down to her basement where she has a collection of baking goods dedicated to the House, donated by friends and family members. She gathers her ingredients, some bowls, spoons, and pans, and heads over the House to make a difference, one cookie at a time.
While most of Fran’s treasury of recipes is guarded, she shared one with us, in the hopes that you might take it and bake at your local Ronald McDonald House. We’re not lying these sugar cookies are the best ever.
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
5 cups flour
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar and butter until pale and creamy. Add eggs and mix until smooth. Add flour, one cup at a time, mixing until well incorporated. Add spices, milk and vanilla. Miss together and roll out. Use a cookie cutter for desired shape.
Bake for five minutes until lightly browned on top.