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Sugar Cookies #2

I’ve made several kinds of sugar cookies for Plenty Sweet Life, and these Sugar Cookies #2 are just one more in the long line of them. You can find the recipes here for Sugar Cookies, Brown Sugar Cookies, White Cookies, Orange Sugar Cookies, Rolled Butter Cookies That Never Stick, No-Roll Sugar Cookies, and Aunt Julie’s Summer Cookies. This list includes both the cut-out kind of sugar cookies and the kind that start by being rolled in a ball. Let me just say that I think you should try them ALL! All of them are really good and melt in your mouth. This is another recipe from the tiny book I found at my sister’s house. I’m so glad we found that book – it has been full of really good recipes.

These cookies hold their shape well.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Sugar Cookies #2

Cream together:

1 cup shortening – part butter (I used all butter)

1 1/2 cup sugar

Add in order:

2 eggs

3 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup milk

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Roll out on floured surface and cut out shapes with cookie cutter.

Sprinkle with colored sugar or bake plain and frost with icing.

Bake at 425 degrees for 5-9 minutes.

It’s a little hard to see here, but the dough was very soft. It didn’t say in the recipe to put it in the refrigerator to chill, but I did wrap it in plastic wrap and put it in there. Actually, full disclosure, I was interrupted and had to leave the dough in there for a few days. It seemed just fine.

I usually have to roll out cookies on my kitchen table, which inevitably ends up with flour getting through the crack in the middle of the table and ending up on the floor. Oh well, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

These cookies hold their shape very well when cut. On this batch, I used sanding sugar because they weren’t necessarily for a holiday – just for fun.

Grandma never liked her cookies to get too brown, but I happen to like the flavor of them just a little brown on the edges.

This is a really good recipe. The cookies are not really soft, they’re more like a sweet cracker – firm instead of soft. I may try this recipe at Christmastime when I make my cut-outs. These Sugar Cookies #2 are delicious – you’re going to love them!

 

 

 

 

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4th of July Soda Cracker Bars

I wanted to try to use a recipe I posted a couple of years ago to make some festive 4th of July Soda Cracker Bars. Grandma’s recipe for Soda Cracker Bars is so incredibly delicious and addictive – I thought, why not try to make them red, white, and blue? Well, this was a mistake. Not a total mistake as much as that I made a mistake. I just assumed I could make the same bars, but use white chocolate chips instead of regular chocolate chips. Nope. I’ll elaborate as we go along.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Soda Cracker Bars

Butter a jelly roll pan and layer on:

soda crackers (about 1 1/2 sleeves of crackers)

Cut or break crackers to fill pan.

Combine in saucepan:

3/4 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

Boil 2 minutes.

Spread hot caramel over soda crackers.

Bake in 325 degree oven for 5 minutes or until bubbly.

Put on top of hot caramel:

2 cup white chocolate chips, melted in microwave according to instructions on package

Carefully spread the white chocolate on top of the caramel.

Top with sprinkles.

Cut while warm.

Put in refrigerator to cool and firm up.

I used a sharp knife to cut through the soda crackers and make them fit the whole pan.

Here is the caramel on top of the crackers, and the white chocolate chips sprinkled on top of that.

So far, so good, right? No. DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT do it this way. I guess when there’s a specific way to melt the white chocolate chips on the package, you should take it seriously. You can see that the chips are shiny, which means they’re melting when you use regular chocolate chips. Not so with the white ones. They never did melt enough to spread.

In fact, I could actually scrape them off the caramel. Which I did after trying to put the pan back into the oven in case the pan had cooled off too much for some reason, and wasn’t hot enough to melt the white chocolate chips. That wasn’t it, either.

All that did was ruin the caramel, too. I scraped off the white chocolate chips, but we kept the caramel-coated soda crackers to snack on anyway. They’re still tasty, just not very festive.

Ok – let’s just start over. Here we are at the point where the caramel is on top of the soda crackers. After baking for 5 minutes, it does get bubbly.

Here’s the trick – melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave or double boiler and THEN pour it on top of the bubbly caramel on the soda crackers. I melted them in the microwave while the crackers were in the oven to get the caramel bubbly. Then I let them sit in the warm bowl for a few minutes after the pan came out of the oven. There are people on Pinterest making these bars and not having a problem with the chips melting. I had a problem, so I decided to melt the chips separately. I hope this all makes sense at this point. It really is a very easy recipe!

Spread the melted white chocolate chips over top and then sprinkle with jimmies, sprinkles, or colored sugar. You could also use red, white, and blue M&Ms or other candies – anything that would be yummy and festive.

I did cut some of them while they were still warm, and it was easier to break them apart in squares. I didn’t cut the other half – I just left them as is and broke them apart after cooling. Some of it still broke into squares and some of it broke like almond bark would break.

I think that in the end, after making these twice, they turned out to be VERY festive and colorful. They’re cute – and very addictive. It’s that sweet and salty thing. Just don’t forget that white chocolate chips don’t melt as easily as regular chocolate chips, and you’ll be fine. Make a batch (or two) of these 4th of July Soda Cracker Bars and you’ll have your guests totally addicted!

 

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Coconut Cookies

The recipe for Coconut Cookies is from one of Grandma’s old church cookbooks. I was perusing those old books one day, and this one struck me. I must have been in the mood for coconut. And cookies. These cookies fit the bill, even if they are a bit decadent. They’re crunchy, they’re crispy, they’re full of coconut, and we know that since the recipe came from an old church cookbook – it’s a GOOD ONE!! Give this recipe a try and just see if I’m wrong. I don’t think so.

For some reason, I felt like sharing a goofy photo today. This one is REALLY goofy. I know that when Gramp got a new camera, he took a lot of practice pics, and this is one of them. Just little ole’ me. Standing on the ottoman. Holding a doll. In front of my face. Ha. He must have been desperate for practice shots.

Again with the bangs cut up to the top of my head! Why?!!! Ha! So funny! Love my shoes, by the way.

Ok – back to the cookies.

I really like these cookies – but then, I really like coconut.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Coconut Cookies

Mix all together:

1 cup butter

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

4 cups oatmeal

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

Roll in small balls and flatten with hand.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

I’m grateful for my mixer every time I make something, especially when recipes like this just have you mix everything together!

I used my scoop to make the balls, and at first I tried flattening them with my hands like the recipe suggested, but in the end I used a glass to flatten the balls. It was seemed to work better, and then you also get a little sugary crust on top of the cookie.

Oh wow – golden and crispy and delicious!

As my husband is so fond of saying, “a handful of these and a big glass of milk” – heaven!

This cookie is something a little different because it’s full of coconut instead of the usual chocolate chips or raisins. Another recipe that’s very easy and very delicious! They’re another great treat to have for a snack, or your afternoon coffee or tea (they go GREAT with coffee)! I think you’ll like these Coconut Cookies – they’re “plenty sweet”!

 

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Sugar Cookies

This recipe for Sugar Cookies comes from another one of Grandma’s old church cookbooks. You remember those old church cookbooks – where all the church ladies send in their very best and favorite recipe?!! Well, this is the kind of recipe that this one is – someone’s very best and favorite! I have made several kinds of sugar cookies here on Plenty Sweet Life: Brown Sugar Cookies, White Cookies, Orange Sugar Cookies, and No Roll Sugar Cookies. They’ve all been just a little bit different, but all have been heavenly. Sugar Cookies appeal to everyone, and this recipe is particularly melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

Another perk – this recipe is incredibly easy!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Sugar Cookies

Mix in order given:

1 cup shortening, part butter (I used all butter)

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Roll in balls and press with glass dipped in sugar.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

This batch of cookies was for a friend, so I made them a cheery pink and green.

I rolled the dough into balls and then rolled the balls into the colored sugar. The first sheet of cookies was just baked as is – I forgot to flatten them. The second sheet of cookies were flattened with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar (I used my greasy hand to rub the bottom of the glass so the sugar sticks to it better).

You can see the difference here. The cookies on the left were flattened with the glass, and the cookies on the right were just baked as a ball. You can do it either way.

I ended up with these beautiful, delicious, and same-sized cookies. These really melt in your mouth – they are absolutely delightful! You have to try this great recipe for Sugar Cookies – maybe even share them with a friend!

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White Cookies

I’m not sure why the funny name for these cookies – why they called them White Cookies. Maybe it’s because this recipe comes from the tiny book at my sister’s house and there were at least 4 other sugar cookie recipes in there. Maybe they needed a different name for some of them. Who cares what the name is – these cookies are tremendously goo-ood. This recipe makes a smaller batch of beautiful, tasty, roll-out sugar cookies. This batch of went to some friends, and I couldn’t resist using my chicken cookie cutter! Something about chickens just makes me smile, and I hope they made my friends smile, too! I did roll these a bit thick, and I got 37 chickens out of them. I think you could count on getting anywhere from 3-4 dozen cookies from this batch, depending on how thick or thin you roll the dough.

It’s a very simple but very tasty recipe!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

White Cookies

Cream together:

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg

4 Tablespoons milk

Sift dry ingredients together:

2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Roll out the dough, cut cookies, and bake.

Note that there are no time or temperature again.

I baked the cookies at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

It doesn’t say to chill the dough, so that may be why the cookies spread out a little bit.

First mix the wet (ish) ingredients, and then add the dry ingredients that have been sifted together.

Because the dough isn’t chilled, it is a bit of a soft dough. It does cut beautifully.

Here are the cut out chickens. You can put any colored sugar on these (or frost them, of course), but in this case, I liked the sparkle – and bit of a crunch – of plain sanding sugar.

You can see how they spread a little bit, but that sure doesn’t hurt the flavor.

Here are the beautiful little chickens!

These absolutely delicious, and are perfect with your afternoon coffee. Or evening coffee. Or weekend coffee. Or any coffee. Make a batch of these tasty White Cookies!

 

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Orange Sugar Cookies

Spring is here. At least I think it is. The calendar says so. Ok – I’m going to go ahead and demand that spring is here, so it’s time to make another springtime recipe. The recipe for these Orange Sugar Cookies is perfect for spring. Speaking of spring, I had to share this photo of Grandma and my mom. It looks like my mom is about 1 year old (since her birthday is in the middle of March), and it looks like spring, because the snow is pretty slushy. They always took pictures outside before there was a reliable flash system on the cameras, and I think it’s funny that they took the photo right next to the gas tank. Ha!

My mom has the cutest little coat and hat on – maybe it was Easter Sunday. I love Grandma’s lovely hat, boots, and fur trimmed coat. Very stylish!

The recipe for today is for Orange Sugar Cookies, and comes from one of Grandma’s old church cookbooks. This isn’t a book from Grandma’s church, but it is a good one that she wrote notes in. I’ve said this many times, but I think these old church cookbooks are just the best for great recipes. They’re ALL good ones!

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These are the perfect little tea cookie.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Orange Sugar Cookies

Cream thoroughly:

3/4 cup shortening (I used butter)

3/4 cup sugar

Add:

1 egg

Sift together:

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

Add to creamed mixture.

Add:

1 teaspoon vanilla

Grated rind of 1 large orange

Chill dough (I chilled it for about an hour).

Roll dough into small balls.

Roll balls in sugar.

Do not press down.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden.

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I absolutely LOVE old church cookbooks.

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It didn’t look like a lot of dough, but because you make them smaller, you still get a lot of cookies out of this batch.

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I didn’t use my scoop for these because they would have been too big.

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You can see the orange rind in there! You know they’re gonna be good!

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I thought they might spread out like regular sugar cookies or ginger snaps, but they stayed in these beautiful little round cookies.

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Oh my – they’re gorgeous!

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It’s amazing how much flavor is in that orange rind. These are delicious cookies, and I know I say this a lot, but these are one of my new favorites. They’re perfect for your afternoon coffee or tea, they’re perfect for spring or Easter or any occasion! You HAVE to try these Orange Sugar Cookies – you’ll love ’em!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Molasses Cookies

This recipe comes from my mom’s file, but she doesn’t remember where she got it. I’m just glad she got it because this recipe is a good one. Once I read the recipe, I was interested in making these Molasses Cookies because they’re a very different kind of molasses cookie – they have an addition of coconut and nuts – and that’s unusual. Really – have you ever heard of that? Well, I’m glad I tried them because they’re absolutely delicious! There is also a note on these to double them, so I did and was able to get almost 5 dozen cookies. Let me also say that even though doubling this makes a lot of cookies, they didn’t last long. Not in my house. My husband had a little problem with these. You might say they vaporized. I’m not even kidding.

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Yes – these are really good!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Molasses Cookies

Mix in order given:

1/2 cup shortening

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup molasses

3/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 cup +2 Tablespoons flour

1 cup coconut

1 cup nuts, chopped (I used walnuts)

1 teaspoon vanilla

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These cookies are so unusual with the addition of coconut and nuts.

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I used my trusty scoop to make the balls of dough.

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The scoop worked well to make the cookies close to the same size.

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These cookies are another great treat to enjoy with your afternoon coffee.

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I’m so glad I tried these cookies. They. Are. So. Good. Who knew that adding coconut and nuts to a molasses cookie would be this tasty?!! Give this recipe a try – you’ll love them! Then hurry up and hide them before they vaporize. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Cookies

Christmas can be traumatic for kids, as you can see by the photo I’m sharing today. This is when I was 3 years old, and Santa made an appearance at the house. I always felt that way about Santa – scared to death!

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I’m not sure why, but that’s just how I always felt. That is sheer terror on my face! My mom doesn’t seem to be terrified. In fact, she seems to be enjoying MY terror! Ha! The really funny this was that Santa was actually my Grandpa in a Santa costume. If I had only known!

I found this recipe in Grandma’s file – it’s another clipping, maybe not from a newspaper, but from some publication. She’s written some notes on it, so I thought we’d give it a try. The actual name of these cookies is cut off, but she gives instructions for what she did to make them Christmas cookies, so that’s what we’re going to call them – Christmas Cookies. This recipe is another one that can be made a couple of months ahead and kept in the freezer for whenever you need them. I could see making a batch of these in about October and having them all ready in the freezer. As long as you’re mixing up cookie dough, you might as well mix up a batch of these for next month. They aren’t just for Christmastime, but for anytime you need a quick treat. Note the “Real Good” connotation on this one!

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From the phrase at the top of the recipe, it sounds like these maybe delicious!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Christmas Cookies

Cream together:

1 cup shortening (I used butter)

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

Stir in:

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

Add:

2 cups oatmeal

With your hands, mix in:

1 cup coconut

1 cup walnuts, chopped

(For Christmas cookies add – 1 cup red and/or green maraschino cherries, chopped)

Chill slightly (I chilled the dough about 10 minutes) and roll into 2 logs about 2 inches in diameter.

Wrap tightly and freeze.

To bake:

Slice in 1/4 inch slices and bake on ungreased baking sheets at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

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I split the dough in half to make the two logs.

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I used parchment to wrap the logs, labeled them, and into the freezer they go! I love these recipes that you can make ahead and have ready whenever you need them.

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The recipe suggests using an electric knife to slice the frozen dough, but I used my serrated bread knife and it worked just fine.

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The logs sliced right through, even though they were frozen solid.

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Put the frozen slices right onto a baking sheet and bake. Easy peasy.

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The cookies come out crispy and delicious.

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There’s nothing better than cookies and milk. Nothing.

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Grandma’s note says that these cookies are “Real Good” – she was right! The cookies are delicious and festive – just what you need in a Christmas cookie. I’m keeping one of the logs for sometime in January when we’re ready for sweets again. Make a batch to use when last-minute guests come, or just in case you run out of cookies over the holidays. We can’t have that. 10-12 minutes and you’re golden – and the cookies will be, too!

 

 

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Ritz Cracker Cookies

The recipe for today is one that my mom probably got from a co-worker years ago. She worked at a bank in town, and is still friends with some of those co-workers today. I used to love going to the bank when it was time to pick her up from work. To pass the time until it was time to go home, she would usually have me help with some mundane chore like stamping her tickets with her initial stamp. Or maybe I would go check out the lunch room downstairs and watch TV until it was time to go. At Christmastime, the bank would play Christmas music and have a HUGE flocked tree in the middle of their lobby. That was not something we usually had in our home (we maybe had a flocked tree once), but it was so big and so gorgeous at the bank – I was amazed by it. I have to say, these Ritz Cracker Cookies are one of my favorites. She used to also make them with Wheat Thins crackers stacked 3 high, almost like a petite-four. They are incredibly easy to make, they’re fun and festive, and they’re absolutely delicious. And addictive, did I mention addictive? Yes, they’re very addictive.

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Yes, these are taaasty. And addictive. Did I mention addictive? I think I did.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Ritz Cracker Cookies

Melt together:

1 package of chocolate almond bark

1 12 ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/4-1/2 cup paraffin wax, chipped finely

Spread creamy peanut butter between 2 Ritz Crackers and dip in chocolate mixture.

Put on waxed paper.

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I found it easiest to make the cracker sandwiches first, before melting the chocolate.

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Next, melt the chocolate almond bark, chocolate chips, and wax.

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The chocolate is shiny and ready to go.

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Put your dipped treats on waxed paper – if you put the whole works on a baking sheet, it’s easier to move them around if you need to.

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I put Christmas sprinkles on top – because it’s Christmas. You can decorate according to whatever holiday or occasion you want.

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Aren’t they beautiful?!!

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Man, I love these. Did I mention that they’re addictive?

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Try these tasty treats as part of your cookie tray – they’re a quick and easy addition to it. Just make sure to make plenty of them – they’re very addictive. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 9 – 12 Days of Scandinavian Christmas – Krumkaka

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This is Day 9 of the 12 Days of Scandinavian Christmas, and we’re going to revisit a post I did last year about Krumkaka. Check out the link below to learn how to make them

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Krumkaka

 

 

 

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