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Cookies! Cookies! Cookies!

I've been baking cookies all day~yummy!! One tried & true recipe and one new-to-me recipe. They both turned out delicious!!

These are platters of Amish Sugar Cookies that I'm taking to the kiddos' teachers & workers at church tonight. (Don't worry, I saved a few for home:). This is my *tried & true* recipe, it's so wonderful:

Amish Sugar Cookies
(from my friend Sandy)
2 cups sugar
2 cups powdered sugar
2 cups butter/margarine, softened
2 cups oil
4 eggs
9 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cream of tartar
2 tsp. vanilla
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Combine the sugars, butter and oil in a mixing bowl (it needs to be a big one!). Mix well; add the eggs and beat again. Combine the four, soda and cream of tartar; slowly add to the sugar mixture, blending well. Finally, add the vanilla. Use a cookie scoop or roll dough into balls and place on cookie sheets. Then use a cookie stamp or the bottom of a small glass to slightly flatten the dough balls (you will need to dip the stamp/glass in sugar so that the dough doesn't stick). Bake at 375F for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are just starting to brown. Makes 8-10 dozen cookies, depending on their size (I made 8 dozen today).
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Then I wanted to use my cookie press to make some fun shapes, only to discover that it's broken (the gun part). Since I had already mixed the dough for the recipe, I just rolled it into tiny balls, then made a finger print in the middle and added Christmas sprinkles. They turned out very cute! And so good! So here's my *new* recipe:
Buttery Spritz Cookies
(from Taste of Home)
1 cup butter, softened
1-1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2-1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
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In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg, vanilla and almond extract. Combine the flour and salt and gradually add to the creamed mixture. You may tint part or all of the dough with food coloring at this point, if you desire. Using a cookie press fitted with a disc, press dough 2" apart onto baking sheets. Top with colored sugar or sprinkles. Bake at 375F for 6-8 minutes or until set (do NOT brown). Remove to wire racks to cool.

Then I got out my favorite Christmas cookie tins and filled them up! Aren't they cute?!


The smallest one:


The middle one:


and the biggest one:



How is your holiday baking coming along? What's your favorite thing to bake?

Comments

steviewren said…
Mmmmmm, buttery cookies..there's nothing better. The tins are cute too. ME is one of my favorite illustrators. I was so sad when the magazine folded.
Steviewren~
I was sad, too! I have been a ME fan for years.
this Christmas i had limited baking time so I made the CAke mix cookies and they were loved by the kiddies!! yours look fabulous!! i so want to dip one in some cocoa.. lol
I love a good sugar cookie!
Susan said…
Mmm, both recipes look good...and I love the tins!

Thanks for sharing at TTM this week :)

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