Here's a quick and easy recipe for making savory baking soda cookies.
- 2 cups of sifted flour (white or whole).
- 1/4 cup of vegetable shortening.
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.
- 1/2 teaspoon of table salt.
- 3/4 cup of buttermilk
Step 1. Preheat oven to 230 °C
Step 2. Sift all dry ingredients into a bowl
Step 3. Mix the vegetable shortening to the ingredients with a wire cutting tool, or a large fork, until you get a coarse texture
Step 4. Form the mixture into a simple cone-shaped pile
With your fingers or the bottom of a glass or cup, form a "hole" in the center of the mixture.
Step 5. Pour the buttermilk into this space
Step 6. Stir the mixture until the dry and wet ingredients are completely incorporated and you have a smooth dough
Step 7. Roll out your dough on a lightly floured cutting board, or on a tabletop, counter, etc
Step 8. Knead the dough with your hands for about 30 seconds and then smooth or roll the dough to a thickness of about 1 cm
Step 9. Using a 2-inch cookie cutter, cut your cookies
Step 10. Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet
Leave space between them as they will expand with heat.
If you prefer a softer biscuit, let them touch the baking sheet and they will expand upwards rather than to the sides, making them fluffier
Step 11. Bake in the oven for approximately 10 minutes, or until the cookies are golden
Step 12. Ready
- Use butter or margarine in place of shortening.
- Don't have a round cookie cutter in your kitchen? Use the open mouth of a glass, cup or jar of jam.
- If you use whole wheat flour, be aware that the biscuits will come out a little thicker. A good idea is to use half and half of each flour.
- This is a good cooking experience to introduce yourself to young people.
- Use oven mitts or pan supports to remove the pan from the oven.
- Do not leave inexperienced children unattended while cooking or handling hot or sharp utensils.