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Sugar Cookies In A Fun Bouquet

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESMy sous chef dish-washing mom and I belong to a garden club. By the very nature of “garden” club one might think we are gardeners.  That would be wrong.  We like plants, we have both toyed with growing a flowering plant or two, but gardeners we are not.

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We do have this little garden close by the house but the “real” gardening (and weeding) is done by the love of my life, our Chief Gardener!

Weeding The CornOnce a year it is “our turn” for mom and I to host the garden club members for a brunch/lunch meeting.  Typically members will decorate the center of each table with a floral arrangement.  Mom and I were talking about what we should do for our floral arrangements  and we got to thinking about doing what we know best — something from the kitchen!

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We decided on making sugar cookies in the shape of flowers (great idea) and then making them into a table arrangement (another great idea!)

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Our first practice round looked like these.  Cute, very tasty but not much like flowers.  That was when we knew we needed to call in reinforcements!

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We wanted our flowers to be free-form and so we made the dough into a ball, squished it with the bottom of a glass and then carefully inserted baking dowels gently into the middle of the dough.

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When our very-talented and darling neighbor Abby arrived, we had 80-some cookies frosted with a glossy colorful frosting, ready to be transformed into flowers. SONY DSC

Abby is a culinary arts major and decorating cookies is child’s play for her.  I suggested I could “help” since we had so many cookies to decorate.  After one attempt we both agreed that I would be the cookie foreman, keeping the frosting made, mom would do the dishes and Abby – well, she would create!

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I am including three recipes with this post.  My Gram’s sugar cookie recipe which you can see HERE as Christmas cookies.  Then there is the colorful glossy icing that dries hard and shiny and is perfect for frosting the cookies.

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Buttercream Decorator Frosting

And finally, the butter cream frosting Abby made to use as decorator icing.  All-in-all I wouldn’t do anything different.

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My neighbor Kathy can’t eat chocolate and so whenever we bake something that is “non-chocolate”  she gets some!  I am told she shared these with her granddaughter.

Happy Baking!
Blessings, Catherine

Sugar Cookies
 
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After making this sugar cookie recipe you won't want to use any other one. Crispy on the outside and moist and yummy on the inside. Just perfect every time.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Cup Butter or Margarine,* softened
  • 1 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Cups and 4 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • Sugar, frosting, or sprinkles as desired
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cream sugars and butter; add oil and beat on high until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla.
  4. Mix flour, salt, soda, cream of tartar. Stir into the wet ingredients.
  5. Use medium cookie scoop, roll dough into balls. Using the bottom of a glass, press into sugar and then press cookie ball down on cookie sheet to flatten slightly. If you are making into flowers then gently insert a cookie stick into the middle of the dough, making sure it does not poke through the dough.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes. The cookies will be light colored but done at 10 minutes. If you want them crisp and brown add another minute or two. They will spread slightly when baking so be sure and allow plenty of space around the dough.
  7. Frost and decorate as desired.
Notes
* I use butter, not margarine, but the original recipe says either one works.

To place cookie flowers into floral arrangement, add floral oasis into a flower pot, making it as tight as possible. Gently stick each cookie into the oasis forming a bouquet. Cover top with decorator grass.

Glossy Sugar Cookie Frosting
 
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This frosting will "dry" hard and is a perfect frosting to use alone or in conjunction with decorator frosting on sugar cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: Frosts 2 dozen cookies
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Confectioner's Sugar
  • 4 Teaspoons Light Corn Syrup
  • 4 Teaspoons Milk (or more for desired consistency)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ Teaspoon almond extract * Optional
  • Food Coloring as desired
Instructions
  1. Mix all together with small wire whip. Add milk for desired consistency.
  2. Add food coloring as desired.
  3. Frost cookies using small amount of frosting as this will spread slightly as you use it. Try not to put so much on the cookie that it runs off the sides.
  4. Enjoy!
Notes
After this frosting is dry, decorator frosting can be piped over this for a "stand up" look.

Buttercream Decorator Frosting
 
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Exceptional frosting and very easy to make. Use alone to frost cookies or cake, or place in piping bag to create a lovely decoration.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Softened Butter (2 sticks)
  • 32 Ounces Powdered Sugar (Approximately 8 cups)
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • Milk to desired consistency.
Instructions
  1. In a mixer combine butter, sugar and vanilla mixing slowly.
  2. Turn mixer to medium and begin to whip the frosting add milk 1 teaspoon at a time.
  3. Continue beating until the frosting is very light and fluffy. Keep adding milk 1 teaspoon at a time until frosting is desired consistency.
  4. Use as base frosting for cookies or cake or as piping for decorating.

 

Snicker Doodle Cookies For Santa!

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Do you have cookies ready for Santa tonight?  Well, I didn’t until we made a stop to visit Lee’s Aunt Mattie Lou this morning!  Mattie Lou reminded me of a recipe I had given her for Snicker Doodle cookies.  She said, “I made that recipe and they turned out great!”

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She had them all packaged up in cute little brown paper bags with little cutouts of snowmen, Christmas bears and such.  I only slightly remember even giving her the recipe and I was pretty sure I had never blogged it.

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I remember making Snicker Doodle cookies for a 4-H project a kazillion years ago.  I’m not sure I have made them since.  But I have been wrong in not keeping these on hand for family and friends.

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These really are melt-in-your-mouth wonderful.  My Chief  Santa could hardly wait until we got home to dig into them.  I said, “wait!  I need a picture first.”  He smiled and sighed, “of course you do.”  :)

These are super easy to make and Santa will love them!  It’s not too late for this year and be sure and put them on your cookie list for New Year’s eve munching!

Merry Baking!
~Catherine

Snicker Doodle Cookies For Santa!
 
Here Comes Santa Claus and the cookies and milk are ready!
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Recipe type: Cookies
Ingredients
Cookie:
  • 2¾ cups (360 grams) all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1½ cups (300 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Coating:
  • ⅓ cup (66 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Cookies: In a large bowl whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  2. In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until smooth (about 2 to 3 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat until you have a smooth dough. If the dough is soft, cover and refrigerate until firm (about one to two hours).
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (190 degrees C) and place rack in the center of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Shape the dough into 1 inch (2.5 cm) round balls.
  5. Coating: In a large shallow bowl mix together the sugar and cinnamon.
  6. Roll the balls of dough in the cinnamon sugar and place on the prepared pan, spacing about 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Then, using the bottom of a glass, gently flatten each cookie to about ½ inch (1.5 cm) thick.
  7. Bake the cookies for about 8 - 10 minutes, or until they are light golden brown and firm around the edges. The centers of the cookies will still be a little soft. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
  8. Makes about 4-5 dozen cookies.
Notes
Can store in an airtight container, at room temperature, for about 10 - 14 days.
Makes 4 to 5 dozen cookies.

Recipe from: Joyofbaking.com

 

Whole-Wheat Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies

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Have you ever heard the term “you can’t out give a giver?”  That saying totally describes my neighbor and friend Gaye. Isn’t she beautiful?  Imagine this — she is even more beautiful “inside” and her love of God is unsurpassed.

Gaye
Recently I baked some fresh strawberry cupcakes (recipe coming soon) and couldn’t wait to take them to Gaye and her family. But, as is usual, before I could take them down the road she showed up at my door with these outstanding Whole-wheat almond butter sandwich cookies! Gaye saw the recipe in the April copy of Living magazine and knew they would be a perfect treat for her family. You can find the recipe on Martha Stewart’s website here.

ww almond butter cookieCan you just taste the crunchy, buttery almonds?  I can and I did!  The best part is these cookies aren’t overly sweet.  Actually not too sweet at all, but packed full of taste!

Thank you Gaye and happy baking!
Blessings, Catherine

John 15:12-15

English Standard Version (ESV)

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

 

 

Key Lime Cookies or What Goes Around Comes Around!

Key Lime Cookies
Once upon a time we were sitting at a big oval table festively decorated for Thanksgiving.  The honored guests that day included friends and family.  After eating ourselves silly with roasted turkey, baked, ham, and all the trimmings I proudly began to serve the homemade pies that my sous-chef dish-washing mom had lovingly slaved over the day before.  There was the southern favorite pecan pie, the family favorite fresh pumpkin pie, and a chocolate chip and walnut pie for those chocolate lovers at the table.

After just a bite or two, our Aunt Mattie Lou exclaimed “Alice! This is the best pie crust I have ever tasted — you must give me the recipe!”  It was at that very moment that I shot my mother a knowing glance.  Without a word my look said, “don’t say a word, just let it go … ignore the request.”  Mattie Lou persisted raving about the pie.  Mother squirmed in her chair staring down at her plate. In the end other conversation took the pressure off and the pie crust wasn’t mentioned again.

refrigerated-pie-crustThe truth is, mom makes great pie crust.  However, this particular Thanksgiving we opted to hit the easy button and use our favorite easy pie crust.

Sprinkled Key Lime
Fast forward to October 2013.  I returned home from our Alaskan cruise bringing with me — the flu!  It was during my recovery week we received a lovely care package of Key Lime cookies from one of our Community Bible Study friends.  I will confess, it was very timely because the Chief and my sous-chef dish-washing mom had just about enough of light meals, no dessert, and my napping all day long!

The key lime cookies were just packed with tart and sweet flavor in every bite.  I knew I just had to have the recipe.  I asked my friend for the recipe.  They said, “I will give it to you, but it isn’t what you are expecting.”

Key Lime Mix
I didn’t understand what that meant until I was handed a grocery bag complete with a box of cookie mix and a can of frosting, “you know I like to bake, but this is my favorite way to do it!”

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I understood completely.  AND we got another batch of cookies out of the deal.  The Chief and my sous-chef dish-washing mom were thrilled I had “gotten the recipe”!

As we are quickly approaching the holiday season, filled with pressures inside the kitchen and out,  I highly recommend this is the time of year to hit the easy button.  Don’t be hard on yourself. Everything does not need to have that homemade stamp on it.  If you have time to start from scratch, great. If you don’t, that is okay too.

Many blessings and happy baking!
Catherine

Thanksgiving_7We Give Thanks

Our Father in Heaven,
We give thanks for the pleasure
Of gathering together for this occasion.
We give thanks for this food
Prepared by loving hands.
We give thanks for life,
The freedom to enjoy it all
And all other blessings.
As we partake of this food,
We pray for health and strength
To carry on and try to live as You would have us.
This we ask in the name of Christ,
Our Heavenly Father.

– Harry Jewell

 

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