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Borgman's
Bed and Breakfast

Arrow Rock, Missouri

Heritage Recipe

Grandma's Sugar Cookies

Photo: Helen Borgman, Spring 1997*

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Borgman's B&B
719 Van Buren
Arrow Rock, MO 65320
(660) 837-3350
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Ingredients:
1 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 Tablespoons cream or milk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon extract
5 cups flour

Cream together shortening and sugar. Add eggs, milk or cream, baking soda, salt, lemon, and flour. Add more flour until you can roll out dough and cut with cookie cutter. Sprinkle with additional sugar, place on cookie sheet, and bake 350 degrees about 15 minutes or until firm to the touch and lightly brown.

*Helen was a partner in Borgman's Bed and Breakfast from its founding in 1982 until her death in 2004 at age 86.

The first Grandma to bake these cookies was Mary Seba, the grandmother of Helen Seba Borgman. Married to Fritz Seba in 1868. These cookies were the favorite of son William. Helen would begin baking these favorite cookies of her father for sale at the Arrow Rock Craft Club in the mid-1960's. More than 35 years later she is still known as the "sugar cookie lady" of Arrow Rock. Her own children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren have also been the recipients of "thousands of sugar cookies!" To get that special "grandma-size" cookie, Helen cut out the bottom of a 13-ounce mixed nut can and used that as her cookie cutter. It seems the lemon extract is the key to this recipe.

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