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These cookies are a recipe my mother got from a  friend. They are soft and yummy, perfect for decorating!

Cookie Ingredients:

1 2/3 cup sugar

2 sticks butter

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

2/3 c. buttermilk (or 1 tablespoon of vinegar + milk)

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

4 3/4 cup flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Icing: (from Rockhill Mennonite Cookbook)

2 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar

2/3 cup crisco

3 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon vanilla

 

For the cookies:

Cream together the sugar, margarine, baking soda, and salt until smooth. Add the eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla to the mixture and mix well. Mix the flour and baking powder separately and then add to the mixture and stir it all very well. Chill the dough overnight, or your cookies will not hold their shape as well when baking.

To cut out the cookies, flour a flat surface, such as a table with a layer of flour. Flour your rolling pin and roll the dough, not too thin, perhaps a quarter of an inch thick. Take your favorite cookie cutter shapes, dip them in flour, and carefully cut out shapes and place them on a pan and stick them in the oven for 6-8 minutes at 375F. DO NOT let them brown. You want them to be nice and light colored. They’re soft cookies.

While you let them cool, make the icing.

 

Icing:

Mix all of the ingredients together and beat for 5 minutes straight. This icing does not need to be refrigerated and can be kept for weeks in a tupperware container.

Separate the icing into different bowls, and mix different colors. Usually my family does red, green, blue, and white, but this year we found some neon food color and went a little crazy with the colors. Ice your cookies, and feel free to stick any kinds of candies, such as mini m&ms, or other small delectable treats on your cookies, personalize them and make them your own!

 

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These cookies are very festive and easy! And tasty! From Betty Crocker’s Cookbook!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup margarine or butter, softened

1/3 cup shortening

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 package (8 oz) candies (red and green m&ms, in this case)

Heat oven to 375 F. Mix sugars, margarine, shortening, vanilla, and egg. Stir in remaining ingredients. Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until light brown, 8-10 minutes. (centers will be soft). Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet. Makes about 3 dozen cookies

Emily’s notes: My favorite scent ever is vanilla. Every time I bake with vanilla, I take a huge whiff of it and my insides get happy. I went to bake at my friend’s and she had imitation vanilla, and it did NOT smell the same. Nothing can beat the smell of pure vanilla extract. Period.


These cookies are very easy and yummy! I got this recipe from a lovely book called “Southern Living: 1986 Annual Recipes”

Ingredients:

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 egg

2 tablesppons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sugar

approx 36 chocolate kisses

Cream shortening and peanut butter; gradually add 1/2 cup ugar and brown sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat well.

Combine flour, soda, and salt seperately; add to creamed mixture.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls; then roll in 1/2 cup shugar. Place balls 2 inches apart on a  lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 F for 8 minutes. Remove from oven; press a chocolate kiss into teh center of each cookie. Yield: 3 dozen.

Emily’s notes: Make sure you unwrap the kisses in advance so you can put them on top right after the cookies come out of the oven so they can melt to the cookie. That’s about it, they’re pretty simple to make.


Well, I’m considering turning this into a quasi- baking type blog. Intermixed with personal ranting and stories, of course. So here are photos and links to recipes of some of my latest conquests in the kitchen. I’ll make individual posts for the ones that I have to type out the recipes for, otherwise I’ll just include links. Enjoy!

Strawberry Cream Roll
I believe this fairly impressive! Creamy delicous strawberry on the inside, spongy cake on the outside. Topped with strawberries, tastes amazing! And really not as hard to make as you might think.
Recipe: http://dessertfirst.typepad.com/dessert_first/2010/08/strawberry-cream-roll.html

Peach Tart

I decided to forgo the maple syrup and almonds, and it was delicious! And looks pretty dang awesome, if I do say so myself. So colorful!
http://cafefernando.com/peach-tart-with-almonds-and-maple-syrup/

Mango, Papaya, and Chocolate cake
http://cafefernando.com/passion-fruit-mango-and-chocolate-cake/
So i couldn’t find passion fruit, which is what this is supposed to contain, so i used papaya in passion fruit juice. Still tasted pretty awesome! Doesn’t look as nice as Cafe Fernando’s version, obviously, but pretty good for a novice. Most complex thing i have ever made! Took me all day to make all the parts.

Mango Mousse Tart
http://dessertfirst.typepad.com/dessert_first/2006/08/mangos_and_maca.html
I love mango! this was pretty delicious, and very easy. Very light and fluffy; it would probably taste a million times better with fresh mango in a tropical country, but halifax is what I have…

Apple Cinnamon Muffins-
they don’t look too hot, but they taste amazing! Got the recipe out of one of my mom’s murder mystery food books- they have names like “death by chocolate” and are extremely weird. But apparently they have good recipes!  https://tropicalpengawin.wordpress.com/2010/12/29/to-die-for-glazed-apple-streusel-muffins/

Hershey Kiss Cookies

Peanut butter and chocolate- a classic combo. These cookies are simple and elegant. A classic for every Christmas! https://tropicalpengawin.wordpress.com/2010/12/29/hershey-kiss-cookies/

Sugar Cookies with Icing

I’m always the only one who actually enjoys decorating these. My mother just ridicules me- “You’re just going to eat them! Just slap the icing on!” But I still like to make them semi pretty. Though, as I’ve gotten older, they get more and more abstract…

Red and Green M&M cookies!

Classic. Basically chocolate chip cookies with M&M’s in them. Very festive!

https://tropicalpengawin.wordpress.com/2010/12/29/candy-cookies/

Chocolate Mousse
There was a recipe on Cafe Fernando’s blog that involved only chocolate and water. I was intrigued, so I tried it. It was very rich and chocolately, a bit much so for my brother and mother. But I thought it was tasty!
http://cafefernando.com/the-best-chocolate-mousse-of-your-life-under-5-minutes/

Mint Swirl Brownies!
I felt like making something with the mint extract in the cupboard, and I have a party this afternoon. So I made mint swirl brownies! Fairly simple and fun, no crazy accidents to speak of.
http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/28/MintSwirlBrownies67184.shtml

Strawberry Mousse Cheesecake

Well, I finally have a chance to bake in a kitchen again! This is my first creation of the summer- very light and fluffy and delicious! Perfect dessert for a sunny summer afternoon. And who doesn’t love strawberries? https://tropicalpengawin.wordpress.com/2011/04/27/strawberry-mousse-cheesecake/

Homemade Pop Tarts

So delicious and flaky and awesome! Thanks again to Mennonite Girls Can Cook. https://tropicalpengawin.wordpress.com/2011/04/28/homemade-pop-tarts/ . Way better than the store bought.

Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread

This is freaking delicious- like cinnamon buns, but in a loaf! So warm and tasty right out of the oven, and not too hard to make either.  https://tropicalpengawin.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/cinnamon-sugar-pull-apart-bread/

Easy Breezy Peanut Brittle

Recipe from my awesome roomie Heather! Just corn syrup, sugar, peanuts, and butter. Yum! Tasty treat. https://tropicalpengawin.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/easy-peanut-brittle/

Banana Muffins!

Simple, easy way to use up leftover rotten bananas! (Shhh, we won’t tell anyone if you just let your bananas rot as an excuse to try this delicious recipe.) Add nuts or chocolate chips to your taste to make it your own muffin. https://tropicalpengawin.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/banana-muffins/

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