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COOKIE RECIPE FOR TWO – DOWNSIZED BAKING

There is nothing more delicious to me than a warm, homemade cookie.  

I bake a lot of cookies and I do mean a lot of cookies.  My husband and I have 13 grandchildren so there are never too many cookies.  I don’t bake a downsized recipe for my cookies but I have been asked to create a recipe for this.

I created a recipe for Snickerdoodles as the base cookie because any variety of ingredients can be added to them. 

Some of my favorite additions are dried blueberries with almonds or cranberries and pecans.  I have used fresh and dried cranberries and they both work wonderfully.  I love to mix up a glaze to drizzle over them also to really add variety. This recipe only makes 1 1/2 dozen cookies so if you don’t want a large amount, this is perfect. 

Make this basic recipe and add your choice of fruit and nuts.

The cookie in the first picture has cranberries, pecans, and is dipped in melted white chocolate.

The second one has dried blueberries and almonds added to the snickerdoodle dough.

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MY COOKIE RECIPES IN TASTE OF HOME MAGAZINE

taste of home magazine, cookie recipes, published recipesI am always so excited and feel so honored when one of my recipes is published in a magazine.  This week I received 2 magazines from Taste of Home with one of my cookie recipes in each.   


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This is my recipe for Halloween Party Cutout Cookies.  It is in the Taste of Home magazine posted above.  I have not made my cookies yet for this year but here are a few from last year.tatse of home magazine, decorated sugar cookies

 

I use my recipe for decorated sugar cookies.  I decorated these very simple and some of the grandchildren helped.  
The second magazine is a cookie swap edition and is full of great looking recipes. I will be trying several of them out this year.  The cookie recipe of mine they published was actually one I created a few years ago as an after school snack for some of my grandchildren.  taste of home magazine, cookie swap 
trail mix, cookie cups, nutella, peanut butter cookie cupsThis recipe only has 4 ingredients.  If you like chocolate and peanut butter together, this will hit the spot.
Trail Mix Cookie Cups
Yields 24
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 roll (16.5 oz) refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough
  2. 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  3. 1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread (Nutella or Jif)
  4. 1 1/2 cups trail mix
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 24 cups of mini muffin pan with non stick cooking spray.
  2. Shape the dough into (24) even size balls, about 1 1/4 inch each. Press each into the bottom and up sides of a muffin cup.
  3. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from the oven and make an indentation in the center of each cup, using a wooden tart maker or the end of a wooden spoon handle. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
  4. Carefully remove each cookie cup and place on a wire cooling rack.
  5. Spoon 1 teaspoon of the chocolate spread and then 1 teaspoon of peanut butter into each cup. Top with a tablespoon of the trail mix. Transfer to serving platter and enjoy.
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SWEET 16 PARTY AND DECORATED SUGAR COOKIES

A few weeks ago one of my friends asked me to do some cookies for her daughter’s “Sweet 16” Birthday Party.  The theme was a Victoria Secret Theme. VS cookies, decorated sugar cookies for girls, pink sugar cookiesVS cookies, decorated sugar cookies for girls, pink sugar cookies

 

They turned out cute,  co-ordinated  with her other sweet 16 decorations and cake, and the guests really liked them.

Another grand-daughter was having a “Spa” themed birthday party the following week and wanted some of the cookies too.  She turned “12” so I made these. pink sugar cookies, decorated sugar cookies for girls party

I bought the dog cookie cutter at a kitchen store in our mall and for the other cookies I just used heart shaped and a round cookie cutter.  I did not take great pictures as I did not really plan to post them but they are a cute idea so I wanted to share them. 

I used my recipe for decorated sugar cookies.

 

 

 

Sugar Cookies For All Occasions…

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I LOVE cookies. .. I could be the cookie Monster.  Especially when it comes to decorated Sugar Cookies. I have been making these for over 40 years.  I made them for my children when they were growing up and now make them for my grandchildren.   I try to make them for each occasion during the year and on their birthdays.  The children have always loved helping me make these. 

I remember baking cookies with my mother from the time I was a very young girl.  This is one of the special memories I wanted to create with my own children and grandchildren.  One of my grandchildren,  a 4 year old who lives in Denver, has even called me to say “Honey,the cookies are gone”  That means I need to get a box in the mail! When I visit them we do make cookies too.

I have used this recipe for about 35 years and find it to be fool-proof.  You can create these special cookies for any event just by purchasing a cookie cutter or being creative and designing your own cookie shapes.  I find most of my cookie cutters at Craft 2000 or www.coppergifts.com.  My tips are to use the metal or copper cookie cutters and to use only the best ingredients.  I always use my baking stones, they keep the bottoms from becoming too dark and the cookies remain softer.  If you do use metal cookie sheets, line with parchment paper.  Another good tip I recommend is to use the Wilton Coloring Paste when coloring the icing. I use a toothpick or the end of a small plastic knife to add the coloring to icing bowls.  When I am preparing the icing, I divide it out into heavy disposable bowls and use plastic silverware .   EASY CLEAN-UP!

Please see a few pictures of some of the cookies I have made and try this great recipe

 

DECORATED SUGAR COOKIES
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups all purpose flour
  2. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 cup butter,softened (Land O Lakes Unsalted Butter)
  5. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  8. 1 cup flour for dusting
  9. 2 lb bag confectioner sugar
  10. 1/3 cup solid shortening (Crisco)
  11. water
  12. food coloring paste
  13. sprinkles/other decorative candies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. ( I use baking stones)
  2. In a large mixing bowl,stir together the flour,baking powder,and salt. Set aside.
  3. In another large mixing bowl,using an electric mixer on a medium speed ,beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Add the sugar and combine well. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Gradually add the dry ingredients in 3 parts,beating only enough to combine. Shape dough into a ball,cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. Place the remaining flour into a small bowl. Sprinkle some of the flour onto a flat work surface. Scoop out about 3 tablespoons of the dough and place on surface. Dip cookie cutters and small rolling pin into the bowl of flour. Roll dough out to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out the cookies and place on baking sheets. Continue to cut out all of the cookies, re-rolling the pieces of dough.
  5. Bake about 10 minutes or until cookies are light golden brown around the edges. Remove baking sheets from oven and allow to set 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack.
  6. To make the frosting,place the confectioner sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the shortening and 1/4 cup water. Slowly beat together on the lowest speed of mixer. Add additional water a tablespoon or 2 at a time and increase speed on the mixer. Beat until smooth.
  7. Divide icing into separate small bowls. Using a toothpick or end of a plastic butter knife,add the coloring paste to each bowl. If icing is too thick,add drops of water and stir to desired consistency;if too thin,add small amounts of confectioner sugar. Decorate cookies as desired.
  8. May place icing in pastry bags also to decorate cookies.
Notes
  1. Dough may be made a day ahead of time and allow to come to room temperature before cutting the cookies out.
  2. Using a plastic pastry mat makes cutting out the cookies so easy.
  3. Use heavy, disposable bowls and plastic silverware to make clean up a breeze.
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