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Cooking from Scratch - Cookies and bars!

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by on Dec. 21, 2008 at 12:40 PM
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michiganmom116
by Group Owner on May. 13, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Snowball Cookies

1 c. butter or margarine

1/2 c. powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 1/4 c. all purpose flour

1/4 tsp. salt

3/4 c. finely chopped nuts

Mix butter, sugar and vanilla thoroughly. Stir flour and salt together; blend in. Mix in nuts. Chill dough for about 1 hour. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheet, cookies do not spread. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until set but not brown. While still warm, roll in more powdered sugar. Cool, then roll in powdered sugar again.

michiganmom116
by Group Owner on May. 13, 2012 at 5:11 PM

BonBon Cookies

1/2 c. butter or margarine

3/4 c. powdered sugar

1 Tbsp. vanilla

food coloring, if desired

1 1/2 c. flour

1/8 tsp. salt

fillings: maraschino cherries, pitted dates, nuts, chocolate pieces

Icing:1 c. powdered sugar, 2 1/2 tsp. cream or milk, 1 tsp vanilla and red, green or yellow food coloring if desired.

Toppings: chopped nuts, coconut, shaved chocolate, colored sugar or sprinkles

Mix butter, sugar, vanilla and food coloring if desired. Blend flour and salt in thoroughly by hand. If dough is too dry, add 1 to 2 Tbsp. cream.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. For each cookie, wrap 1 level Tablespoonful of dough around one of a filling piece. Bake 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet 12 to 15 minutes or until set but not brown. Cool; dip tops of cookies in Icing. Add one of the suggested toppings if desired.


michiganmom116
by Group Owner on May. 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM

These are YUMMY to serve with coffee or hot chocolate or hot tea around the holidays!

Gingerbread Biscotti

Ingredients

Directions

In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; In another bowl, combine the egg and egg whites, brown sugar, molasses and vanilla until smooth. Stir the egg mixture into dry ingredients just until moistened; fold in pecans and currants; cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Divide dough in half; shape each half into a ball; on a baking sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray, roll each ball into a 14-inch x 1 1/2-inch rectangle;Bake at 325 for 24 to 28 minutes or until frim to touch; remove from the oven and reduce heat to 300 degrees. Cool for 5 minutes, transfer to cutting board; cut diagonally with a serrated knife into 1/2-inch slices; place cut side down on baking sheets coated with nonstick cooking spray; bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned turning once, remove to wire racks to cool, store in an airtight container.

 

michiganmom116
by Group Owner on May. 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

  • 1 3/4 c. sifted flour
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. margarine or butter
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter (smooth or crunchy, your choice)
  • 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • Hershey's chocolate kisses, unwrapped

Sift together flour, soda and salt. Cream margarine or butter, peanut butter and sugars. Add milk, vanilla and egg and mix. Add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Shape by rounded teaspoonfuls into balls. Roll ball in additional granulated sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and place a Kiss on top of each cookie, pressing down so that cookie cracks a bit around the edge. Return to oven and bake 2 - 4 minutes longer. Remove to rack to cool.

michiganmom116
by Group Owner on May. 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM

My Scottish grandmother and my mother made these for Christmas cookie trays.

Empire Biscuits

  • 1/2 c. butter at room temp
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • Strawberry jam or seedless raspberry jam

In medium mixing bowl cream together butter and sugar. Add egg; mix well. Sift together frour, cream of tartar and bakind soda. Add to creamed mixture. Mix well. Roll out dough on floured surface to about 1/8 inch thickness. Cut out with 2 inch round or fluted cookie cutter. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Cookies do not brown. When cool, spread a cookie bottom with jam and top with another cookie, bottoms together. Repeat with all cookies.

Icing:

  • 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Spread icing on each cookie. Top with 1/2 candied cherry or small cinnamon red hot candy. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

michiganmom116
by Group Owner on May. 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Quick, easy, and a nice not-so-sweet treat.  Use colored sugars for the holidays.

Scotch Shortbread

  • 1 lb. butter or margarine (best with butter)
  • 1 c. white sugar
  • 4 c. flour
  • pinch of salt

Cream butter, add sugar gradually and beat until light and fluffy. Mix flour and salt and add gradually and mix well. Press into 2 ungreased 8 x 8 square pan or 1 9 x 13 ungreased pan. Prick with fork and sprinkle with colored sugar. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 - 35 minutes until light brown. Cut into small squares while warm.

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