Monthly Archives: December 2012

Old Fashion Rolled Out Sugar Cookies with Icing

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Tin of Cookies

If you’re looking for a great sugar cookie recipe, look no further,  I present you with my Nanny’s recipe for Old Fashion Rolled Out Sugar Cookies with Icing.  The cookies are soft, moist, and all around delicious!  Every year for as long as I can remember my brother and I would make rolled out sugar cookies at our grandparent’s house.  When it got to  be too much for Nanny to make the dough my dad and I started making it at our house, and Nanny would come and help.  Now  my cousin April brings her son Caleb to join in the festivities.  These cookies are definitely a family tradition, and for me it wouldn’t be Christmas without them!

For this recipe you’ll need sugar, lard (yes lard), eggs, vanilla, half & half, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar, and flour.  Mix up the dough, chill it over night, and then the fun begins.

Caleb and Aunt Linda

Aunt Linda and Caleb, getting ready to cut out some cookies!

Caleb and April working the flour (although I think Caleb did more play than work...)

Caleb and April working the flour (although I think Caleb did more play than work…)

The dough will be pretty sticky, so you’ll need to have extra flour on hand.  I generally roll out about 1/3 of the dough at a time, adding flour as necessary.  When the dough is soft, pliable, and not sticky, start rolling it out, I usually roll it about 1/2 and inch thick, but you can make it thinner or thicker depending on how you like your cookies.

My dad and I kneading the dough (check out his apron...)

My dad and I kneading the dough (check out his apron…)

Caleb really liked rolling out the dough

Caleb really liked rolling out the dough

After you have them all rolled out put them on greased baking sheets and pop ’em in the oven.

Nanny was in charge of greasing the baking sheets

Nanny was in charge of greasing the baking sheets

When the cookies have cooled you whip up some icing with powdered sugar, vanilla, half & half (or milk, whatever you have on hand), and food coloring.

Soooo many cookies!

Soooo many cookies!

After icing them, all that’s left is to enjoy!

Yummmmm!

Yummmmm!

Recipe

Old Fashion Rolled Out Sugar Cookies with Icing

Yields about 6 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

Cookies

     1 3/4 cups sugar

     1 cup lard

     2 eggs

     1 tablespoon vanilla

     1 cup half & half

     4 cups flour (plus more for rolling)

     1 teaspoon baking soda

     2 teaspoon baking powder

     1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Icing

     1 pound of powdered sugar

     1 teaspoon vanilla

     1/4 cup half and half (add a little bit at a time until you reach the desired consistency)

     food coloring as desired

 

– Cream together the lard and sugar, then beat in egg and vanilla

– Stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cream of tartar

– Alternate adding dry ingredients and the half & half to the lard/sugar mixture

– Refrigerate over night

– Preheat oven to 375°

– Working with 1/3 of the dough at a time, add flour until dough is soft, pliable, and not sticky, then roll out to about 1/2″ thick, cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters

– Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes on greased baking sheets

– Take out of oven, remove from baking sheets and cool

– For the icing mix powdered sugar, vanilla, and half & half, then separate into bowls and add food coloring

– Ice cookies as desired

 

 

 

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have a fabulous recipe for all of you, one of my all time favorite cookies – pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

This recipe comes from an old cook book from my great grandmother’s church.

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It’s a really simple recipe and the cookies are soft, moist, and delicious!  Everyone I’ve ever made these for falls in love with them.

recipe

Gather all of the ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, butter, vanilla, egg, cinnamon, pumpkin (fresh cooked or canned), and chocolate chips.  The recipe calls for nuts but I just add more chocolate chips because more chocolate makes everything better!

pccc ingredients

I don’t have pictures of the normal cream butter and sugar, sift dry ingredients because I got impatient and wanted to eat the cookie dough… oops

dough and chocolate chips

After you’ve mixed everything up drop them on a cookie sheet (the dough isn’t as thick as normal cookie dough, and it’s pretty sticky) , pop ’em in the oven, and wait about 10 minutes.

on cookie sheet

Then take them out and enjoy!

cookie close up

cookies and milk

Recipe

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yields 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 stick butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup fresh cooked or canned pumpkin

1 cup chocolate chips (I use semi-sweet, but I’m sure any kind would be delicious)

1 cup nuts (or an additional 1 cup of chocolate chips)

– Preheat oven to 350°

– Cream together the butter and sugar, then beat in egg and vanilla

– Stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt

– Alternate adding dry ingredients and pumpkin to the butter/sugar mixture

– Then stir in the chocolate chips and nuts

– Drop by spoonful onto greased cookie sheets

– Bake at 350° for 10-12 mintues

Penne with Vodka Sauce

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Looking back on my recent posts I realized I haven’t actually posted any recipes in a really long time, so this post is the remedy to that.  I present you with my recipe for penne with vodka sauce.  I came up with this recipe a few years ago after searching foodnetwork.com for a vodka sauce recipe.  I didn’t find one that I was happy with so I ended up combining a couple different ones (which I tend to do a lot when I’m looking for a recipe).  Anyway, it’s pretty simple and is incredibly delicious!

penne with vodka sauce

First, gather all your ingredients: penne, onion, garlic, olive oil, crushed tomatoes, bay leaf, basil, vodka (I recommend NOT using the cheapest vodka you can find… trust me, spend a little more), basil, crushed red pepper, heavy cream, and grated Parmesan.

Vodka Sauce Ingredients

Mince the onion and garlic and cook in the olive oil until translucent.

Onion and garlic

Then add the crushed tomatoes, bay leaf, salt, and pepper, and simmer, stirring occasionally for one hour.

crushed tomatoes and basil

Add the basil, crushed red pepper flakes, and vodka and simmer the sauce.

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Stir in the cream and Parmesan cheese and simmer 5-10 more minutes.

creamParmesan

Finally, stir in the cooked penne pasta.  Top with basil and serve.

finished pasta

Recipe

Penne with Vodka Sauce

Serves 6

Ingredients:

1 box penne pasta

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 small onion – minced

1 clove garlic – minced

34 oz crushed tomatoes

1 bay leaf

salt & pepper

4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil + more for garnish

1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 cup vodka

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

– Cook garlic and onion in olive oil over medium-high heat until translucent (about 3 minutes)

– Add tomatoes, bay leaf, and salt & pepper.  Simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally

– After one hour add the basil, crushed red pepper flakes, and vodka, simmer over low heat stirring frequently until reduced by about 1/4 (about 25 minutes)

– Stir in cream and Parmesan cheese, simmer 5-10 more minutes

– Cook penne according to box directions

– Stir cooked penne into sauce, sprinkle with fresh basil and serve