Monday, March 4, 2013

Cookies, Cookies, Cookies!

When you decide to make cookies, why not make three batches at once... especially if you have a 7 month old who insists on your constant attention unless sleeping :).
These are three family favorites, they always turn out great, plus they freeze well!

Rolled Sour Cream Cookies
**My Grandma B's recipe and my dad's favorite!  Light, fluffy, and lemony!**
1/2 c. shortening
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1/2 t. soda
1/2 t. salt
2 t. baking powder
1 c. sour cream
1 t. lemon extract
1 t. vanilla (optional)
3 1/2 c. flour

sprinkles (optional)

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.  Mix in eggs.  Add rest of ingredients, mix until blended.  Roll out 1/4" thick and cut, add sprinkles.*  OR simply use a cookie scoop then add sprinkles.  Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.  Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.
*This dough is very soft, it helps to stick the dough in the refrigerator for a good hour until it stiffens up if you plan on rolling it out and using cookie cutters.  Flouring the work surface, rolling pin, and cookie cutters before using the dough also helps.  I prefer to use the cookie scoop because it's easier.  They should not be browned on top.

**My Grandma Q's favorite!  Sugary outside, soft inside, smell amazing!**

1 c. butter or shortening
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 c. flour
2 t. cream of tartar
1 t. soda
1/4 t. salt
2 T. sugar
1 t. cinnamon

Mix butter, sugar, and eggs thoroughly.  Sift together flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt; stir into first mixture.  Form into balls the size of a walnut.  Roll balls in mixture of 2 T. sugar and 1 t. cinnamon.  Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.  They puff up during baking but settle down and look sugary and crinkly.  Bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes.  Yield: 5 dozen.

Peanut Butter Cookies
**My hubby's favorite!  Chewy, chewy, chewy :)**
1 1/4 c. packed brown sugar
3/4 c. creamy peanut butter
1/2 c. butter or margarine
3 T. milk
1 T. vanilla
1 egg
1 3/4 c. flour
3/4 t. baking soda
3/4 t. salt

Preheat oven to 375.  Combine brown sugar, peanut butter, butter, milk, and vanilla in large bowl.  Beat at medium speed until well blended.  Add egg, beat just until blended.  Combine flour, baking soda and salt.  Add to creamed mixture at low speed.  Mix just until blended.  Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart unto ungreased cookie sheet.  Flatten slightly in crisscross pattern with fork.  Bake 7-8 minutes.

Happy baking!

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