Tagged: cookies

Mar 14

Me want cookies.

Last week, my neice Eva turned two and yesterday we celebrated. With an adorable Cookie Monster party theme. Now, if there ever was a little girl who loved cookies more than anybody in the world, Eva is her. She loves her cookies. So she was in heaven.

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There were Cookie Monster cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal peanut butter cookies. A little cookie-obsessed girl’s dream. (And mine too! I couldn’t resist a little of each!)
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Jenny and her sister decorated these and it sounded like they weren’t quite as easy as one might think. The cupcakes were too soft to cut into and shape. Maybe if you let them dry out for a day or two that would help?
Cookie monster birthday party theme

Those are real chocolate chips on there. I guess they had a problem with Eva sneaking the chocolates off throughout the day. (See the bottom left corner)

Blue plastic Solo cups + googly eyes = Cookie Monster. So simple and cute.
Cookie monster birthday party theme
She was pretty proud of her birthday spread.

Princess Eva and brother Jak. All the kids ate Cookie Monster’s eyes first.

Happy Birthday to Eva!

Eva received a Snow White dress as a gift and immediately put it on for the rest of the night. Even princesses have to go to bed at their own party.

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Jan 22

A well-floured surface.

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For Christmas, my Grandma passed on her old rolling pin to me. It’s old and wooden. And broken in. And beautiful. It’s incredibly smooth and I can still taste all the homemade noodles that she rolled out with it for me and my family.

(Have you ever made homemade noodles? It’s really not as difficult as you may think. I’ve made them several times during the holidays and found it to be very rewarding.)

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I used it the first time last week to make sugar cookies. It was my month to host my Bunco group, so I decided to attempt to make dice cookies. Not once did my dough stick to my new rolling pin!

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For the cookie shapes, I just used a pizza cutter to cut the dough into 2″-ish strips, then cut them again the other direction with a spatula. Simple enough. I make my frosting from powdered sugar and a little bit of milk. The dice “dots” are made from little spoon-drops of melted chocolate that have been pressed between wax paper. I think if I were doing it again, I might attempt to just use chocolate chips, melt them somehow (in the oven?) and press the wax paper over them the same way.

Anyways, I know that there are a million recipes out there for sugar cookies. And everybody prefers a different kind of sugar cookie. Me, I like them all. The fat, creamy kind. The thick, sugary kind. And especially the Lofthouse kind. I don’t discriminate.

Below is the recipe I use. It’s from my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. And I have used it so many times that the page is all splattered with bits of dough and icing and food coloring.

2/3 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. sugar
1 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1 egg
1 T. milk
1 t. vanilla
2 c. flour

Beat butter on medium for 30 seconds. And sugar, baking powder and salt. Once combined, beat in egg, milk and vanilla. Then beat in as much flour as you can with mixer – then the rest by hand. Roll dough 1/8″ think. Bake cookies for 7-8 minutes at 375ยบ. Let cool before frosting. Yum!

And, while I have my recipe books out, I’ll share my noodle recipe too:

Sift together 2 1/2 c. flour and a pinch of salt. Add 2 eggs, 1/2 c. milk and 1 T. butter. Knead until smooth (~5 min). Let rest in covered bowl for 10 minutes. On floured surface, roll 1/8″ or 1/4″ thick. Cut and allow to air dry overnight.

Thanks, Grandma!

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Oct 04

Best chocolate chip cookies ever.

cookies1Whenever I make these cookies, somebody always requests the recipe. In my opinion (and I have done a lot of research), these are the best chocolate chip cookies around. So good, in fact, that I sorta want to selfishly hoard the recipe for myself so I can continue to get all those compliments! But, alas, I know better than that and have decided to share. After all, the recipe was given to me in the first place. So it’s not even mine to hoard.

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

2 eggs
2/3 c. shortening
2/3 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
Mix together.

1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
3 1/2 c. flour
Mix together.

Combine two mixtures and add 16 oz. bag of chocolate chips. Spoon heaping tablespoonful onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 13 minutes. Makes about 30 big cookies.

Go ahead, try it. You will not be disappointed. Or hungry, after you eat the first dozen that come from the oven.

Wait! Don’t waste time writing this down! Download and print the recipe card!

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And, speaking of sharing, how cute are these two?
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Dec 09

Lately.

I’ve been doing a little bit of Christmas crafting and baking and wanted to share:

These are pages from some books that I am making for my neice and nephew for Christmas. Each page features a letter of their names and an animal/word that starts with that letter. I got the idea from Etsy and fell in love with it. One book is done an the other still needs quite a bit of work…



And Lilah and I made some sugar cookies tonight – well, mostly she just licked the beaters and ate the cookies with her bedtime milk. Still, a sweet partner for sure :)


And this project isn’t for Christmas, but in preparation for our newest little one, we’ve been trying to reorganize rooms, etc to give everybody their own space. Lilah’s toys are all downstairs in a spare bedroom/toyroom now. Anyways, I made some canvases to tie it all together. I probably should have taken a shot of the rest of the room so you can see how it all came together (plus see the great quilt that my aunt made us as a wedding quilt and is now on the bed in that room) – another post sometime… Oh, I must say that I did not come up with these all on my own – they were inspired by these.

And, last but not least – I had to share this because I think every woman should know this recipe. It’s the easiest, quickest way to get a couple dozen warm cookies on a plate in a pinch. Just three ingredients:

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies
1 egg
1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter

350? for 10 minutes.

Made some for my thanksgiving because my brother-in-law always appreciates them. And when it’s that easy, why not?

And, I leave you with this:

I cut Lilah’s bangs myself today. I decided that they grow way too fast to be running her into a salon to keep up with them. All in all, it didn’t go too bad. She sat pretty still (because of the handful of M&Ms) and it came out pretty straight. But, I don’t think I’ll be quitting my day job any time soon!

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