Our family was lucky enough to be invited to our friend’s ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming this summer. We had never been to this part of the US before so we were very excited to explore. If you have never been to Jackson – go! My gosh – there is so much to do here the – days are long and full. The sun doesn’t seem to set until after 9 and today when I opened my eyes at 5:40am the sun was already up. Horseback riding, tubing, white water rafting, swimming, hiking, singing cowboy songs with the wrangler, s’mores by the bonfire – endless!
The day’s activities are planned around breakfast, lunch and dinner which is served at the ranch in a dining cabin and are quite a highlight in the day.
See the bell up at the roof? It is rung 6 times a day – once to warn you and once to say the meal is served.
Yesterday for lunch we had cold cuts and salad and pasta salad and lemonade and iced tea and ranch honey. And for dessert a wonderful cookie with a surprise icing. It was sort of like a black and white cookie – kind of soft and cakey. And the frosting looked like it would be lemony but surprise! It was cream cheesey and almondy – yum! Had to ask the cook for the recipe.
And after a littler flattery she was happy to share:
Snake River Ranch Sugar Cookies
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups sifted flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Now, Celesta did not give me much more in terms of directions but I imagine you just mix the butter and add the sugar and then the eggs. Then alternate all the dry ingredients with the buttermilk until combined. She said if the dough rests overnight in the refrigerator it is easier to handle.
Drop onto a cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.
When the cookies are cooled they can be frosted. Now, Celesta also did not give me a cream cheese frosting icing recipe – she just wrote “Cream Cheese frosting with almond flavoring” – but I’m guessing if you mix a room temperature block of cream cheese with a cup of sifted confectioner’s sugar, a 1/4 cup of softened butter and add a teaspoon of almond extract you will get pretty close to the SRR recipe. I guess Celesta wanted to keep some secrets after all.