Cookies, Desserts, holidays, sugar cookies, Uncategorized

Holiday Sugar Cookies

Happy Finals Week!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…or it will be when this week is over and we can all breathe a sigh of relief that this semester is DONE.

I’m taking my holiday goody plates around today, don’t they look pretty?!

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I just had to use a classic combination – fudge and home-decorated sugar cookies.

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These sugar cookies are special because they stay nice and soft! And they’re so fun to decorate. My husband helped me cut them all out and then we were up till after 1 in the morning decorating them. Well, mostly it was me that did the decorating. Or all me. But Tyler had a lot of fun rolling and cutting the dough!

You will need:

  • 1 C softened butter
  • 2 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 5 C flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar

Cream together butter and sugar, then add everything else. Mix well until a soft dough firms.

Roll out on a clean surface to 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick. I found that my thicker cookies stayed softer.

Cut out cookies with any shaped cookie cutters!

Transfer cut cookies to greased baking sheet and bake at 350 F for 8-10 minutes, or until the bottoms of the cookies are lightly golden’brown.

Decorate! Use different colored frostings, sprinkles, chocolate chips, and little candies. Spread the love. 🙂

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cinnamon, Cookies, Desserts, snickerdoodles, Uncategorized

Snickerdoodles

I don’t have a story for these guys. I just really wanted to make them. I love them, maybe only because they have the funnest name ever. Snickerdoodle. Hee hee 🙂

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Just look at all that soft, crackly, cinnamon-y goodness.

You will need:

  • 1 C softened butter
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 C flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Cinnamon and sugar

Cream together butter and sugar. Add the eggs. Slowly mix in dry ingredients. Roll the dough into small balls and coat generously with cinnamon and sugar. Bake for 8 to 10 mins on 350 F.

caramel, Chocolate, Cookies, Desserts, Easy, rolo

Rolo Cookies

Woo, November was a crazy month! Mid-terms, the holidays, extra tutoring, Nanowrimo…But now it’s December and soon school will be out. Yayyyyy!

I made these cookies the other day when I needed a study break. I had some Rolos leftover from Halloween and remembered these fantastic cookies my grandma made the grandchildren from time to time. They are so gooey and delicious!

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You will need:

  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1 C butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 C flour
  • 3/4 C cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Enough Rolos for 3 dozen cookies

Cream together butter and sugars, then mix in everything else but the Rolos. Form small ball of cookie dough around a Rolo and place on greased cookie sheets. Bake for 7-10 mins on 375 degrees.

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Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Cookies, Desserts

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

When I’m craving a cookie that is purely chocolate, these are always what comes to mind. They are delicious without being overly chocolatey, and seeing your cookies come out perfectly “crackled” is so satisfying!

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You will need:

  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup melted milk chocolate chocolate chips
  • 1/6 cup milk
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • granulated sugar
  • powdered sugar

Cream together shortening and brown sugar until well combined. Then beat in the egg and vanilla.

Melt chocolate chips for 30 seconds. Stir. If not fully melted and smooth, microwave for another 15 seconds and stir again. Wait for chocolate chips to cool slightly (but not harden), then fold them into your cookie dough.

Beat in your milk.

Add salt, baking powder, and flour. Dough should be thick and and clumped together, though still slightly sticky. If it still resembles brownie batter, slowly add flour until you get the correct consistency.

Chill dough in freezer for 10 mins.

Roll cookie dough into one inch balls, then roll those balls first in granulated sugar, then in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet. 15 will fit on a pan.

Bake for 10 mins at 350 degrees. Makes 30 cookies.

My crackle cookie recipe was inspired by Rock Recipes.

Chocolate, Cookies, Desserts, no bake, peanut butter, Quick Desserts

No Bake Cookies

Been craving these for a couple weeks now, but I didn’t have peanut butter. Finally bought some and did not hesitate to mix some up. There is NO better combination than chocolate and peanut butter.

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You will need:

  • 2 C sugar
  • 2 Tbls cocoa
  • 2 Tbls margarine
  • 1/2 C milk
  • Dash of salt

Combine into medium sized pot and bring to boil on stove top over medium heat.Add:

  • 3/4 C peanut butter
  • 2 C quick oats

Remove from heat and spoon onto wax paper. Let cookies set for a half hour.

Cookies, Easy, peanut butter, Quick Desserts

Four Ingredient Cookies!

Sometimes I’m in the mood to cook something intensive, and sometimes I just want something quick. Last night was one of those nights. Tyler donated blood and I figured I’d better have something sweet for him, so I turned to the easiest cookie recipe I know: four ingredient peanut butter cookies.

These cookies were introduced to me my very first weekend away from home by my roommate and they are genius!

 ingredients

You will need:

  • 1 C Peanut Butter
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Egg

And that’s it! Just cream all your ingredients together and bake on 350 for 7 minutes. Enjoy!

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Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Cookies, Desserts

Shirley Cookies

Is there anything that speaks more quintessentially of childhood than the smell of Mom’s chocolate chip cookies greeting you after a long day of school? Not for me.

I grew up on Mom’s chocolate chip cookies. Mom made them for us every first day of school, last day of school, and once every week, it seemed. This recipe is very near and dear to my heart. It’s the first recipe I learned by heart. Arguably, these are the cookies that sparked my interest in cooking.

These cookies are, hands down, the best. Never dry, thin, or crumbly, but always soft and pillowy. We proudly call them “Shirley Cookies,” also known as “The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies You Will Ever Have.”

You will need:

  • 3/4 C Sugar
  • 3/4 C Brown Sugar
  • 1 C Shortening

Cream together. Beat in:

  • 1 Tbls Vanilla
  • 1 Tbls Hot Water
  • 2 Eggs

Sift together and slowly mix in:

  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 C Flour OR 2 C flour and 2 C Oats (I enjoy them both ways, just depends on preference)
  • Chocolate chips as desired (I use about a full average size bag)

Drop by tablespoons on a greased cookie sheet. I like using an ice cream scoop for consistency. For uniform cookies, roll in small balls.

Bake for 8 minutes at 350° F.

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Raw, completed dough

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Dropped dough

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Rolled dough