Some of the best recipes I have are ones I have collected from friends. This frosting recipe is no exception. My friend Carol (who needs to start a blog) gave me this recipe for royal icing years ago when I was a newbie at cake and cookie decorating.
3 Tbsp meringue powder (I get mine at a cake decorating store, but they have it at Meijers in the cake decorating section)
4 cups sifted powdered sugar
6 Tbsp water
Beat on low speed for 7-8 minutes.
Make the icing a little stiffer for making lines and adding details. Add a little more water to fill the entire cookie in.
The cookies in my header are a picture of last year’s annual cookie decorating party. I think those particular cookies are my creation but Larry can decorate a Santa like nobody’s business. Today I whipped up the dough in my KitchenAid mixer and sometime this week the girls and I will roll out the dough and cut out and bake the cookies. I have tried many different recipes for cut out cookies but this one is my all time fav.
Thick Sugar Cookies
2 cups butter or margarine (I use butter)
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
6 cups flour
3/4 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. milk
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Add Vanilla, salt and milk. Add flour one cup at a time. Divide dough into 4 parts and wrap in plastic wrap. (I shape mine into rounds.) Refrigerate for at least one hour. Roll out dough 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Bake on a greased cookie sheet (I use parchment paper) at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Makes 5-6 dozen cookies(really!).I make the cookies a week ahead of time and store in the freezer until the decorating day.
The Set Up (These pics are from 2005)
Recipe for frosting coming soon.
I really am going to start a cooking blog with all the people at church that have been asking for my recipes. It seems like we are always having to make something and I like to keep it cheap and easy. That’s right. I just called myself cheap and easy.
I found this recipe at The Pioneer Woman Cooks. I adapted it to fit what fruit I had in the freezer.
The Pioneer Woman’s Blackberry Cobbler
1 cup sugar
1 cup self rising flour (just add 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt to flour)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter (melted)
2 cups berries ( I used frozen triple berry)
1/4 cup sugar for topping
Mix together the sugar, flour and milk. Add butter. Whisk together. Pour into a buttered dish. Sprinkle berries on top. Sprinkle sugar on berries. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.
I love cookies. I love cookies so much that I can’t stand to bake them at home and not eat half a dozen…in one sitting…while I am making them.
My mouth is watering just thinking about the cookies I made on Sunday for church. If I bake for an occasion I can usually keep my paws off the goods, but these cookies Sunday were the best cookies I have ever made in my entire life. They were perfection. Okay, now that I have built them up to be some kind of food of the gods, I hope this recipe does not let you down. Oh, and they are not healthy so you know they have to be good.
And if you make some call me. I’ll be there before they are out of the oven.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies
(Or Cookies so good you’ll want to name your first daughter Julie)
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 cup oatmeal
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups butterscotch chips
Cream together sugars, shortening, margarine, and peanut butter. Add eggs one at a time. Mix together flour, salt and baking soda. Add gradually to creamed mixture. Add oatmeal. Fold in chips.
Scoop rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Cool on pan for 2 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.