Recipe: The Nursing Home Romancer and a Whole Lot of…Sugar Cookies

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Aunt Esther, known as “Little Esther; Grandmother Esther and Aunt Hilda

For a while when I was in college I lived with my Great Aunt Doris.  Aunt Doris was a very kind soul and spent many hours each week voluteering to care for patients in our local nursing home where my Grandmother Esther resided.  One day Aunt Doris came home just chuckling.

It seems that in her youth my grandmother had garnered quite a bit of interest from young fellows and had more suitors than just grandpa.  As it turned out one of those fellows, who had been sweet on her so many years ago, was also a resident at the same nursing home. He was quite happy to see her and had been chatting her up and frequently tried to secure a seat at the same dining table during meal times.

Grandmother Esther was a very polite woman blessed with a lot of patience, a great sense of humor and a very strict uncompromising moral compass.  One of her favorite sayings was, “Enough is a enough!”  When you heard that proclamation, everyone knew that the line had been crossed, was somewhere behind you and it was time to straighted up and fly right.

Well that day at the nursing home, this fellow was overheard telling my grandmother that he had always had a crush on her and still found her very attractive. He went on to explain how, now that grandpa was no longer in the picture, he would like to spend a lot more time with her.

Without missing a beat, my wheel-chair confined grandmother rapped him smartly across his shoulders with her cane as she admonished, “Well, if you’re not the limit! I have never heard such foolishness! If you ever get fresh with me again, you can expect more of the same.”

And, so the poor’s fellow’s attempt at romance was foiled by a woman who provided me with a four-inch hat pin to keep my admirers on their best gentlemanly behavior when I was old enough date.  She also demonstrated how to use it…to achieve the desired results. When it came to “rooster defense” whether with a broomstick, hat pin or cane, the woman could have been a fencing master.

I have been thinking about my Grandmother Esther this morning as I am baking one of her favorite recipes for two dear friends who are ailing and have requested cookies…to supplement their diets. Their doctors have told them to put on some weight.  After thinking about which cookie recipe to use to help increase their daily calorie totals, I decided that my Grandmother Esther’s sugar cookie is the sure cure.  This cookie recipe is a buttery, carbohydate-rich, refined-sugar laden little piece of heaven.

Grandma Esther’s Melt in Your Mouth Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
2 eggs
4 cups flour
3 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon soda
2 teaspoons vanilla

In a large mixing bowl cream together butter and sugar. Next add eggs and oil, mix well.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine dry ingredients. Gradually add the dry ingredients slowly to the butter, sugar, egg and oil mixture. Add vanilla. This is a soft dough.

Chill for 1 hour.

Roll into walnut-sized balls, then roll into sugar, colored sugar or cookie sprinkles. Press down with glass.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Do not let get brown


One thought on “Recipe: The Nursing Home Romancer and a Whole Lot of…Sugar Cookies

  1. Reblogged this on The Swedish Farmer's Daughter and commented:

    After reading today about Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor getting fired for sexual harassment, I have decided that what this country needs is a whole lot more uncompromising grandmothers, hat pins and canes! Or, as in our family, when a young woman reached dating age, a Great Uncle Ed that would make her a “noodle knocker”. This device was a small oak baseball bat that could fit into a purse or backpack and was used to knock upside the head (the noodle) any male that crossed the line. If you did not have a “noodle knocker” a well aimed fist could and should be substituted.

    This recipes for sugar cookies is really the best. They are so light and crispy. I made these cookies yesterday. My little three-year old neighbor boy asked very politely if he could have some cookies yesterday. He is a brave little lad as both of my 100 plus pound German Shepherds were barking him. They wanted to be petted through the fence.

    Horror of horrors, Grandma Pat was out of cookies. I couldn’t even find my emergency child stash in the freezer. I did give him some homemade bar cookies, but that is just wrong for kids. They need cookies with either sprinkles or chocolate chips.

    These cookies are a great Christmas favorite and look wonderfully festive covered with brightly covered sprinkles. Enjoy!


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