Once there was a little kitchen that had no counters, this proved to be quite a problem for the cook, who loves all of her stuff, and she has a lot of stuff. One day the cook was scanning craigslist for something, anything that would improve the counterless conditions. And she found a 1960's built-in dining room "hutch", that had been removed in a remodel.
It was a good deal (financially), had lots of storage, and was ready to use now, with very little work. Done deal. Love the hutch, the storage capacity and being able to put out my pantry items in jars and have immediate access. I was so proud, I even submitted the whole thing to Perfect Pantry, and my little hutch was showcased that Saturday, it was great!
But we did not increase the counter space in any way.
I then began to realize that the counter space issue was head on and a problem. What to do, what to do. I had suggested to Honey that we hang the shelf portion (this unit is like most, it is two sections) on the wall. "No that was not a good idea, very heavy with all the stuff". My verbal reply was "OK" my silent thoughts were, "and why not?".
Fast forward a year or so and still the counter space issue is so bad, I am now searching once again to see if there is a different something, anything that could be found to take the place of this hutch and offer the needed counter space. And then it hit me, legs. I know sometimes the simplest things take the longest time to understand. I proposed my idea, and here we have our hutch, with counter option:
In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and coconut oil. Beat in the sugar beat until creamy and the sugar has begun to melt into the shortening. Add the egg and vanilla, beat until creamy.
Add the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon, mix on low until dough is even, with no wet or dry pockets.
Using a large cookie scoop or a spoon, drop dough into sugar mixture, roll around in the bowl to coat with the cinnamon mixture. The dough balls should be about 1 inch in size.
Place dough on sheet, and flatten lightly with a cookie stamp or potato masher.
Bake 15-18 minutes, or until done in your oven.
Let cool on the baking sheet, 7 - 10 minutes, remove to a rack or towel, to cool completely.
Makes 15 large cookies.
* to make a cinnamon extract, put cinnamon sticks in a small jar (or large jar if you want to make a lot!) and cover with vodka. When it is brown in color and smells like heaven, it is done.
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