I had never heard of such a thing as S cookies. Even though I read Baked Occasions, I passed over the page on S cookies as soon as I saw the header description calling them good for dunking. I am not a dunking cookie kind of a person. I’m a chewy cookie kind of person. But along came Baked Sunday Mornings with the S cookies as last Sunday’s recipe selection.
One benefit I wasn’t expecting from bringing cookies into work is learning more about the traditional cookies Matt & Renato included in Baked Occasions. This afternoon, an Austrian woman who works down the hall from me stopped by to thank me for cooking the Italian and German cookies of her childhood (thanks Matt & Renato). She says these S cookies are an exact taste match with the ones her grandma made, which she called “machine cookies”. Apparently, her grandma used a machine similar to a meat grinder – the dough was fed into the top and out came a long strand of cookie dough in a wavy line, which she then cut into pieces that often looked like S’ as a result.
These cookies were pretty simple to make, although the overall amount of time from start to finish is a bit longer than most cookies because of the intriguing milk+sugar dissolving step, the resting stage, and the incredibly high cookie yield (which all has to be shaped). I used the metric amounts for all the ingredients (so 670 g of flour, or 6.5 cups), added an extra 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and kneaded in about 2.5 Tablespoons of shortening. My S cookies took about 14-16 minutes to bake golden brown around the edges.
I disliked these warm, because all I could taste was the flavor of the vegetable oil. Once I let them cool fully, I tried them again and I liked them a lot better. I liked them, but I still didn’t love them. Typically, my co-workers say something about the desserts I bring in, and today nobody said anything about these cookies. People did come back for seconds, although maybe because I was begging them not to leave me with a mountain of S cookies? If you’re looking for a simple, different cookie for dunking in your coffee (or tea or hot chocolate), these cookies are likely a great choice. Head over to Baked Sunday Mornings for the recipe and to see what others thought.