Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

A recent Audubon Society meeting had me in the kitchen…seems odd I know but it was my turn to help with the refreshments and thats when I rise to the occasion! So for the meeting I prepared Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, and Lemon bars! They were so good that I literally came home with clean plates! Here’s what you need!

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350F. Line cookie sheets and set aside. In a medium mixing bowl combine dry ingredients except sugars, and oats. Stir together and set aside in a large mixing bowl combine sugars, butter, vanilla mix on medium speed until well combined. Add egg and mix again until light and fluffy. Add in dry ingredients, mixing together with a spatula until combined add oats and raisins fold together. Spoon onto baking sheet and bake 6-9 minutes until golden brown. Enjoy!

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Hand-piped Spritz Cookies

My final recipe from round one of my holiday baking are Spritz cookies. These light, crispy sweet short bread cookies are perfect when you want something sweet but no too sweet this holiday season.

Spritz cookies are traditional Christmas cookies in Scandinavian countries. They are simple butter cookies, shaped by putting the dough through a cookie press. The name comes from the German word spritzen, meaning “to squirt” because the soft dough is squirted or pushed through a cookie press to make fancy designs.

My great Grandma Reeves would make these every Christmas and they were always one of my favorites because although homemade they always looked so perfectly pretty. The collar for my cookie press was found to be broken this year when I went to make my cookies…probably from being moved all over the place during the kitchen renovation, accidents happen I guess… so I improvised and used a piping bag with a large star tip to hand pipe these pretty little cookies.

This is a simple recipe with common ingredients making it all that much better so here is my recipe for Hand-piped Spritz Cookies. Enjoy!

1c. butter

1/2c. granulated sugar

2 1/4 c. all purpose flour

1/4 tsp. salt

1 egg

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

colored sugar or sprinkles for decoration

Pre-heat oven to 350F

Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, salt, egg, and vanilla extract. Place dough in cookie press or piping bag. Form desired shapes on ungreased cookie sheet. top with decorations. Bake 5 to 8 minutes or until set but not brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. To decorate cookies after baking, use a drop of corn syrup to attach decorations to cookies.

Cookie dough dip!

My mother in law Meri Beth had a wonderful idea this Christmas to host a pot luck dip party for this years family get together. Everyone made something a little different from sweet to savory there was something for every palette.

I made two dips for the party the first was cobb salad dip you can find that recipe in one of my earlier posts. The other was a variation of my cousin Terra’s famous cookie dough dip! My kids love this dip, and it’s so easy to make!

Here’s what you’ll need

2 Tbsp butter

1 8oz. Package of cream cheese

1/4c. Light brown sugar

Pinch of salt

1/2c. Powered sugar

1 c. Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Graham crackers

Blend together all of the ingredients and fold in the chocolate chips. Chill for about 20-30min. Serve with graham crackers for dipping. Enjoy!

Fall cookie series, Finale!

I wish I had a grand finale for you but with my kitchen out of commission I decided to share another bloggers fall cookie recipe for you to enjoy!

I started following Michael J. Wurm several years ago, and I love his blog http://www.inspiredbycharm.com

He and another blogger joined forces for a fall cookie week and here is one of my favorites!

Salted caramel shortbread cookies! Enjoy!

Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies

I thoroughly enjoyed the fall cookie series and will likely do it again. I’ll be following up on kitchen progress soon hopefully, and then we’ll select a new wonderful thing to blog all about!

Apple Cider Cookies-Fall Cookie Series

Another fabulous fall flavor, apple cider! There’s always a little nostalgia with cider, visiting the orchards in he fall, warm cider on a cold day…so good!

These cookies can be made a few different ways. I tried several versions before adapting my own. I found that incorporating cider itself into the dough didn’t transfer enough of that yummy apple flavor, and even when boiled down it made the cookie dough loose and the cookies would spread too much. So I thought long and hard and came up with using instant spiced cider! It worked like a charm great flavor and texture!

Here’s what you’ll need!

1c softened butter

1/2c granulated sugar

2 Tbsp spiced cider mix

1 tsp vanilla

1/4tsp salt

2 c all purpose flour

2-3tbsp sugar for rolling

Preheat oven to 350F. Blend together butter, sugar, cider mix and vanilla. Add salt and Flour mix well. Roll into balls, roll that in sugar and flatten onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8-10minites or until edges are browned.

While the cookies bake make the glaze.

1Tbsp cider mix

1c. Powdered sugar

1-2tbsp milk

Mix until thin glaze consistency. Pour into cookies after you remove them from the oven.

Enjoy!!