Friday, April 24, 2009

Almost Smith's Cookies

Here in Bakersfield we have a local bakery shop called Smith's Bakeries. They have several locations throughout town. One of their best sellers, especially for holidays and special occasions, are their sugar cookies.

My sister got this recipe from a coworker and these cookies are truly close to Smith's cookies. Topped with your favorite frosting or icing and you've got a sure hit on your hands. As the chef Justin Wilson used to say, "I guarantee!"

This post will be about the sugar cookies themselves. My comments and observations will be in { }. Following will be a post on the icing I used.

The ingredients are: 2/3 cup butter (soft, but NOT melted); ¾ cup sugar; ½ teaspoon vanilla; 1 egg; 4 teaspoons milk (optional); 2 cups flour; 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder; ¼ teaspoon salt.
Mix butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg till light and fluffy.
In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients together.

Stir in milk. (This is optional, sometimes makes the dough too soft.) {Tina here--I've made this recipe a few times now and have never added the milk.}

Slowly add dry ingredients to wet. Chill the dough for one hour. {It doesn't say to wrap in plastic wrap but I do.}
Roll out fairly thick...
...about the thickness of a pencil.
Bake at 375° {on ungreased cookie sheet} until set but not brown. {For me it's about 12 minutes.)
Frost with your favorite type of frosting or icing.

Almost Smith's Cookies
2/3 C butter (soft, but NOT melted)
¾ C sugar
½ t vanilla
1 egg
4 t milk (optional)
2 C flour
1 ½ t baking powder
¼ t salt
Mix butter, sugar, vanilla, egg till light and fluffy.
Stir in milk (optional, sometimes makes dough too soft).
In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients together.
Slowly add dry ingredients to wet.
Chill dough 1 hour.
Roll out fairly thick, about the thickness of a pencil or so.
Bake at 375° till set but not brown. (About 10-12 minutes.)
Cookie bottoms should be just golden or lighter at the edges.
Ice with icing.
{Makes 2 dozen cookies.}
{There was a note at the bottom of the email sent to me. I don't know if it was my sister's note or the lady who sent it to her.}
Sometimes I substitute ground almonds for some of the flour to change it up a bit. I've also added dried cranberries and blueberries to the dough before chilling it.


Anonymous said...

OMiGosh! What is it that you cannot do? You've brought us right there into your kitchen, drooling and salivating all the while!! Hey, I know of a cleaning lady (moi) who can help with all the "clean up"! ; )

Love, M

Anonymous said...

Hi, I use to live in bakersfield and miss smiths cookies so much! I'm glad I found your recipe and I'm going to give it a try! I was wondering could I use this recipe for the thumbprint cookies too?? And what frosting can I put in the thumbprints?? Thanks!!

tina f. said...

I've never tried to use the cookie dough for anything other than a sugar cookie but I don't see why it couldn't work as a thumb print cookie. I'd think just any regular cream cheese or butter frosting would work.

Anonymous said...

What icing did you use for these? And what it anything like smiths? I live in Texas now and miss my Smith cookies

tina f. said...

The recipe I used for the frosting/icing on these cookies is at

This is not the same frosting that Smith's uses. I think they use a butter frosting. The cookies are like Smith's. I think you will like them.

Missy Longanecker said...

I have been searching for this recipe for years. Grew up in Bako years ago. Still miss Smith's, Dewar's and Basque Restaurants! Can't wait to try this, Thanks!