Getting Ready for the Fourth of July

Watermelon Slice Cookies

Watermelon Slice Cookies

 Ingredients:

  • 2 packages (about 16 ounces each) refrigerated cookie dough
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • Green and red food coloring
  • Mini chocolate chips

 Let doughs stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Combine 1 package dough, ¼ cup flour and green food coloring in large bowl, beat with electric mixer at medium speed until well blended. Wrap and refrigerate 2 hours. Combine remaining package dough, remaining ¼ cup flour and red food coloring in separate large bowl, beat at medium speed until well blended. Shape into 9 inch long log. Wrap and refrigerate 2 hours. Roll out green dough between parchment paper into 9×8 inch rectangle. Place log in center of green rectangle. Fold edges up and around log; press edges to seal. Roll gently to form smooth log. Wrap and freeze 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut log into 3/8 inch thick slices. Cut each slice in half. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Gently reshape, if necessary. Press several mini chocolate chips into each slice for watermelon seeds. Bake 8 to 11 minutes or until set. Cool on cookie sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies

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Getting Ready for the Fourth of July

Marshmallow Ice Cream Cone Cookies

Marshmallow Ice Cream Cone Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (about 16 oz.) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 6 ice cream sugar cones, broken into pieces
  • 1 container (about 16 oz.) white frosting
  • 1 package (about 10 oz.) colored miniature marshmallows
  • Colored sprinkles

Method:

Let dough stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place sugar cones in food processor. Process using on/off pulsing action until finely ground. Combine dough and sugar cones in large bowl, beat until well blended. Shape dough into 3 equal balls. Pat each ball into 9 inch circle on lightly floured surface. Cut each circle into 6 wedges, place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10 to 11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. While cookies are still warm, score crisscross pattern into cookies. Cool on cookie sheets 5 minutes. Remove cookies to wire racks, cool completely. Spread 2 inch strip of frosting at wide end of each cookie. Press marshmallows into frosting, top with sprinkles.

Makes 1 ½ dozen cookies

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ rounded tsp. baking soda
  • A large pinch of sea salt flakes
  • 1 stick plus 1 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tbsp. soft light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups dark bittersweet chocolate chopped into chunks

 Method:

Grease and line with baking parchment two large baking sheets. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Sift together the flour and baking soda into a large mixing bowl, add the salt and set aside. Cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar and soft light brown sugar in a stand mixer for 3-5 minutes until pale and very soft. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl, add the vanilla and mix again. Add the beaten eggs, a little at a time and beat until fully incorporated. Add the sifted dry ingredients and mix again to combine. Finally fold in the chopped chocolate using a large rubber spatula or metal spoon. At this point you can bake the cookies immediately (but the flavor develops better if you cover and chill the cookie dough in the fridge 24 hours. Bring the dough to room temperature at least 30 minutes before baking.) Spoon rounded tablespoons of cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets allowing plenty of space between each. Bake in batches on the middle oven rack for 10-12 minutes, until the edges of the cookies are golden brown and the middle is still slightly soft. You may need to turn the sheets around halfway through baking to ensure that the cookies brown evenly. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 3-4 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store the cookies in an airtight container lined with baking parchment for 4-5 days.

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Thinking About Easter

Bird's Nest Thumbprint Cookies

Bird’s Nest Thumbprint Cookies

 Ingredients:

  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup white chocolate, melted according to package directions
  • ½ cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted
  • Garnish: small pastel jelly beans, such as Tropical Jelly Bellies

 Method:

In a medium bowl combine butter, sugar and vanilla extract. Beat at medium speed with a mixer until light and creamy. Add flour, beating to blend. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a levered 1 tablespoon scoop, portion dough 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets. Using a finger or the back of a rounded measuring spoon, press an indentation into center of each dough portion. Bake until edges of cookies are light golden brown, 14 to 18 minutes. If necessary, press centers down again. Transfer cookies to wire cooling racks, and let cool completely. Divide melted white chocolate among indentations in cookies. Sprinkle evenly with toasted coconut. Garnish cookies with jelly beans to resemble eggs in a bird’s nest, if desired. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature until serving time, up to 3 days.

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Count Down To Valentine’s Day

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A great treat to make for you Valentine.

A Cookie Within A Cookie

Ingredients:

  • 21 Oreo Double Stuf Cookies
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 5 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Twist open 13 Oreos and scrape the filling into a small bowl. In a food processor, grind the separated chocolate cookies until fine; alternatively, put them in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add the flour, baking soda and salt and whisk to combine. Chop the remaining 8 Oreos into large chunks. Put the Oreo filling in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and brown sugar and mix on medium speed until smooth and well blended, about 1 minute. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until completely combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just combined, scraping the bowl if necessary to incorporate the dry ingredients. Add the chocolate chips and mix on low speed until evenly distributed. Remove the bowl from the mixer and gently fold in the Oreo chunks with a spatula. The dough should be smooth, dense and somewhat pliable. Using a small ice-cream scoop or tablespoon, drop well rounded balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through the baking time, until the centers look dry but are still soft. When cool enough to handle, transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Stored in an airtight container at room temperature, the cookies will keep for 2 to 3 days.

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Count Down To Christmas

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Use Christmas cookie cutters to make these delicious cookies more festive.

 

Orange Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp. grated orange peel
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups (12 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Method:

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, orange peel and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Cover and chill for 2 hours or until easy to handle.

On lightly floured surface, roll out dough to ½ inch thickness. Cut with a lightly floured 3 inch round cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on greased baking sheets.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

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Count Down To Christmas

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This recipe is great to make with little helpers.

Cookie Dough Bears

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (about 16 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1 cup uncooked quick oats
  • Mini semisweet chocolate chips

Method:

Let dough stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Combine dough and oats in medium bowl; beat with electric mixer at medium speed until blended. Cover and freeze 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray. For each bear, shape 1 (1 inch) ball for body and 1 (3/4 inch) ball for head. Place body and head together on cookie sheets; flatten slightly. Form 7 small balls for arms, legs, ears and nose; arrange on bear body and head. Place 2 chocolate chips on each head for eyes. Place 1 chocolate chip on each body for belly button.

Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on sheet 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Makes about 9 cookies.

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Getting Ready For Thanksgiving

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An easy recipe and delicious too.

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 2 to 2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid pack pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons orange juice

 

Method:

In a bowl, combine the cake mix, oats and pumpkin pie spice. In another bowl, beat the pumpkin, egg and oil; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Drop by 2 tablespoonfuls onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray; flatten with the back of spoon.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 18-20 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.

In a bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar, orange peel and enough orange juice to achieve desired spreading consistency. Frost cooled cookies.

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Fun Food For Halloween

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Fun and easy to make.

Witches Hats

1 package of Keebler Elf Striped Cookies
1 package of Hershey’s Kisses
1 tube of orange decorators frosting

Flip over the Keebler Elf Cookie and apply a nickel sized portion of frosting. Press the Hershey’s Kiss down onto the frosting and cookie. Let harden, and enjoy.

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Fun Food For Halloween

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Try different flavors of jelly or almond butter to change up this recipe.

Peanut Butter Alien Cookies

Ingredients:
1 package (about 16 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
½ cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
Green decorating icing
1 cup strawberry jam

Method:
Let dough stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Grease 2 cookie sheets.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine dough, peanut butter, flour, powdered sugar and vanilla in large bowl; beat with electric mixer at medium speed until well blended. Reserve half of dough; wrap and refrigerate.
Roll out remaining dough between parchment paper to ¼ inch thickness. Cut out 14 circles with 3 inch round cookie cutter; pinch 1 side of each circle to make teardrop shape. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until set. Cool on cookie sheets 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
Roll out reserved dough between parchment paper to ¼ inch thickness. Cut out 14 circles with 3 inch round cookie cutter; pinch 1 side to each circle to form teardrop shape. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Cut out 2 oblong holes for eyes. Make small slit for mouth. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until set. Cool on cookie sheets 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
Spread icing on cookies with faces; let stand 10 minutes or until set. Spread jam on uncut cookies. Top each jam topped cookie with green face cookie.

Makes 14 sandwich cookies

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