AMISH SUGAR COOKIES 4 WAYS

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What a hit these cookies are!!! I loved the Lemon flavor and Cinnamon flavor. Bob was crazy about the Lemon. I haven’t brought the cookies to our new neighbors yet, but I will later.

The recipe is the same exact recipe for Amish Sugar Cookies that I posted before, but with flavor and color variations. It was so simple!!! And now instead of bringing just Vanilla/Almond cookies to the neighbors, I’ll be bringing Lemon, Orange, Cinnamon and Vanilla/Almond.  Full instructions below.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SHARE THIS WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY. THEY’RE GOING TO WANT THIS ONE FOR SURE!

Ingredients 

1 cup butter, (2 sticks), softened

1 cup vegetable oil

1+ cup sugar

1+ cup confectioners’ sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

(my addition – ½ tsp almond extract)

4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter, oil and sugars. Beat in eggs until well blended. Beat in vanilla and Almond extract. Add baking soda and cream of tartar. Gradually add flour.
  2. Drop by small teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen. I USED MY LARGE SCOOP AND BAKED FOR  12 -13 MINUTES.

NOTE:  If you want to make a variety of flavors/colors, scoop part of the batter out and put it in a medium size bowl.  Add food coloring and whatever flavor extract you want.  Then bake that sheet, rinse out the bowl and do your next flavor/color.

If you make 1 ½ batches of dough, you can make one orange tray, one lemon tray (I added lemon zest and lemon food coloring), plain vanilla/almond, and cinnamon.  For the cinnamon flavor, I added some Saigon cinnamon to the dough, scooped the cookies out and then sprinkled cinnamon sugar on top.  Make sure you bake that batch last.  You don’t want cinnamon getting mixed in the fruit or plain flavored cookies.

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Browned Butter Chocolate and Variety Chip Cookies

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Make these cookies for your family!  It’s like having a variety pack!  They’ll think you went to the bakery.

     There’s something homey and comforting about Chocolate Chip Cookies. Everyone loves them, and for good reason. They’re delicious. For years though, I was plagued by flat cookies. You know the ones I mean. They’re beautiful when they come out of the oven, but as they cool, they became flatter than a fritter. What was wrong that it happened time and time again? Time to put my thinking cap on to figure this out. 

     It had to be the recipe on the bag. Something or some things needed serious adjustments. I decided that browned butter was the first place to start. Eureka! It made all the difference. The texture is wonderful, the cookies are chewy, and the best part is they stay soft for days. And the flavor? Delish!! So here is my all-new recipe and how I did it. (Yes, of course I had to change almost everything. You know me by now.)

     The cookies will remain soft for days if kept in a covered plastic or glass container. Of course, that’s providing they last that long.
INGREDIENTS: YIELDS 30 LARGE COOKIES

1 ½ sticks salted butter, roughly chunked

¾ cup Dark brown sugar, packed

½ cup granulated sugar

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

2 eggs

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

2 cups AP flour (If you want a firmer cookie, add a few extra TBSP flour)

 

Remember that at any given time I may have 20 different bags of chips, nuts, dried fruit, etc. in my freezer.  I mix and match a lot, so they last me a long time because I won’t use a whole bag of one flavor in one recipe.

OPTIONAL FLAVORS: Semi-sweet chips, Milk chocolate chips, Caramel chips, Peanut butter chips, White chocolate chips, Cherry chips, Cinnamon chips or even some of those crushed candy bar flavors.  Pecans, walnuts, raisins, dates, coconut. If it sounds good, it probably will be.  You can always make a few test cookies to taste before you make a whole tray of something you aren’t sure of.
PREPARATION:

In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium/low heat. It will begin to foam, and that is due to the moisture escaping. Swirl the pan every minute or so. The color will change from yellow to light brown. You will also notice a difference in the scent. Some people say it smells nutty when it’s done. I can’t say that I smell nuts, but the scent definitely changes to something much richer. To me, it smells like brown sugar. Sediment will begin to form at the bottom. Either strain that out or leave as much as possible in the pan. Set aside to cool, and then refrigerate for 30-45 minutes, but not until it sets up again.  Remember, starting with hot ingredients will make your cookies spread. 

Add the browned butter to your mixer bowl and beat for about a minute. Then add the sugars and beat until the batter is smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat again. Add cinnamon, baking soda, and salt, giving it a quick mix to incorporate. Add the flour and beat on low speed only until incorporated. Add chocolate chips and nuts. Chill dough for an hour.

NOTE: Chilling the dough and baking at a lower temperature along with using the browned butter keeps the cookies from spreading into a flat cookie.

Preheat oven to 350° F. It’s always best to use a stoneware baking sheet, but if you don’t have one, use a silicone mat or parchment paper. I make large cookies and they need to bake about 14 -15 minutes or until edges are set.

INSTRUCTIONS TO USE VARIOUS CHIP FLAVORS:     If you want to make a variety of chip flavors, all you do is grab some of the dough from the bowl and plop it into a small bowl.  Stir in peanut butter chips, for instance.  Scoop the dough onto the baking sheet and top each unbaked cookie with a few extra peanut butter chips.  This will help people identify them after they’re baked.  Then put more dough in the same small bowl and add white chocolate chips, remembering to put a few white chocolate chips on top of each unbaked cookie. People will think you’re a genius, really!  (Or they’ll think you’re nuts, and spent 3 days making seventeen varieties of chip cookies.) I wanted some with coconut, of course, so I mixed a bit of coconut and semi-sweet chips with another small portion of dough in the small bowl.  After placing the dough on the cookie sheet, I sprinkled a bit of coconut on top of each.  (Look at the photos and you’ll see an example of marking each cookie for identification later.)

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you’re using regular baking sheets instead of stoneware, always make sure your baking sheets are cool before you drop a new batch of dough on them, even if you used silicone or parchment paper. Otherwise the dough will get hot and begin to spread before you put the sheet in the oven. This will mess with baking time, and possibly give you flat cookies.  I usually throw the unbaked dough in the fridge between batches.

WHY BROWN THE BUTTER? When butter melts, the water evaporates and the milk solids are exposed to heat and start to turn brown. They will sink to the bottom of the pan and begin to brown. You should see dark bits in the bottom. While you’re busy messing with Mother Nature’s perfect butter, it is taking on not only color, but flavor and aroma! It smells SO good!!

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BRAIDED DANISH WITH LEMON CURD

Braided Danish with Lemon Curd

Homemade Danish?  Yes!  Yes, you can.  It isn’t hard, and if you do it often enough, you’ll be able to do it in your sleep.  The dough mixes up in a blender or food processor.  Roll it, fill it with your own Lemon Curd, and bake.  Don’t forget the Glaze.  Oh, my ever lovin’ delicious.  And talk about impressing guests? Serve this at breakfast or brunch and you’ll have people begging for more!  If you plan ahead, you can make the Lemon Curd the day before.

LEMON CURD

     This tart and creamy lemon curd is SO delicious.  And, it’s not hard to make.  You’ll never buy store-bought again.  It’s perfect with fruit, pound cake, angel food cake, white cake, filling for muffins, donuts, cream puffs, or eclairs.  You can even pour it over ice cream or stick your finger in it and have a taste when nobody is looking.  I for one, have never done that.  OK, maybe I did it once.

     If you can make pudding, you can make lemon curd.  

INGREDIENTS:

¾ cup fresh lemon juice

1 TBSP grated lemon zest

¾ cup sugar (sugar is adjustable to taste)

3 eggs

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter and dash salt – OR – ½ cup salted butter

 

PREPARATION:

In a 3 qt saucepan, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, eggs and butter.  (It will spatter as it’s cooking, so you need a big pan.  Cook while whisking over medium/low heat until thick and bubbly.  (About 6 min) Let it simmer for another 2 minutes or so, whisking constantly. It should be about the consistency of gravy. (If you walk away, I promise you will have to strain your curd.  So don’t do it.) Cover and refrigerate.  It will thicken as it cools.

Keeps about a week.

 

DANISH DOUGH

¾ cup cottage cheese

1/3 cup sugar

¼ cup vegetable or canola oil

1/3 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups AP flour

2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

 

PASTRY DOUGH PREPARATION:

In a blender or food processor, process cottage cheese until it’s smooth and lump free. Add sugar, oil, milk, and vanilla.  Process until well incorporated.

Add baking powder and salt, processing until well mixed.  Add flour and pulse just until dough comes together and forms a ball. (Dough will be very sticky). Place dough in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. (or if you have room, put the whole blender jar in the fridge, covered.)

 

ROLLING PASTRY DOUGH:

Place pastry dough ball in the center of an 18” length of parchment paper. Spray two large lengths of plastic wrap and lay side by side on top of the dough, overlapping them 3” – 4”.  You want them to overlap because the dough will grow larger as you roll it out.  (A great trick to avoid frustration!  The dough will not stick and you don’t have to wash your rolling pin.  (Yippee)

Roll dough into a 16 x 12-inch rectangle. Pick up the dough and parchment paper together, placing them on a large baking sheet.  (You may need to angle your pastry to give it room to expand while baking.  See my photo.  I used a half sheet baking pan).

Spread chilled Lemon Curd down the center of dough. On each side of dough, use a very sharp paring knife, and cut 3/4” wide strips. Don’t cut all the way to the filling, it’s best to leave approximately ½” uncut dough.  You don’t want it to ooze out during baking. Fold alternating strips at an angle across Lemon Curd. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Beat egg white with 1 tsp milk; brush over dough.

Bake at 400° F for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack.

GLAZE

3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar

2 tsp milk

½ tsp vanilla

 

GLAZE PREPARATION:

In a small bowl, combine glaze ingredients, and drizzle over warm pastry. It’s doubtful that you’ll have leftovers, but if you do, refrigerate.

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Blueberry Lemon Zucchini Cookies

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     There’s been a new marriage in town, and I’ll bet you haven’t heard about it yet.  It was hush, hush, but I’m here to tell you all about it.  Blueberry, lemon, and zucchini cookies are melt in your mouth good!  Now, get this.  You all know what a sugar addict I am.  While the first sheet of cookies was baking, I dug out my lemon cream cheese frosting recipe and my lemon buttercream frosting recipe.  I was definitely going to use one or the other.  Guess what?  They are so good just as they are, I didn’t frost them.  Yep, they’re nekkie.  Bob and I both agreed that no frosting is necessary.  Our waistlines are thanking me.

Here’s how I made them:

INGREDIENTS:         YIELDS 32 COOKIES

1 stick salted butter, room temp

½ cup white sugar

½ cup packed light brown sugar

½ tsp vanilla extract

¾ tsp lemon extract

1 large egg

2 dashes salt

1 tsp baking soda

¾ tsp baking powder

1 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp AP flour

1 1/2 cups grated zucchini

1 ¼  cup fresh blueberries

 

PREPARATION:

Wash squash and peel most of it.  I always leave a few skinny strips of the skin on just because I like the looks of the dark green in whatever I’m baking.  Grate it, using a box grater.  (Takes less than a minute). Set aside.

In mixer bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add egg, vanilla extract, and lemon extract, beating another minute.

Add salt, baking soda and baking powder, giving it a quick mix.

Add grated zucchini and give it a quick mix, just until incorporated.  With mixer on low speed, slowly add flour, mixing until just incorporated. Gently fold in blueberries.

On a stoneware baking sheet (or baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone sheet), drop batter using large cookie scoop.  Bake about 12 – 12 ½ min at 375° F Cool 2 minutes and remove to cooling rack. Frost when completely cooled.

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Zucchini Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Zucchini cookies with cream cheese frosting

    Oh what to do with all the zucchini?  Not more bread (although I love my zucchini bread recipe).  Cookies it is!  You’ll note the addition of only 1/8 tsp nutmeg.  I want to taste it, but I do not want it to be overpowering.  Nutmeg can be strong.  I think 1/8 tsp is just right.  This recipe makes a soft cake-like cookie.  Vegetables and fiber in every bite!

INGREDIENTS:         YIELDS 30 COOKIES

1 stick salted butter, room temp

½ cup white sugar

½ cup packed light brown sugar

1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

1 large egg

2 dashes salt

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp baking powder

1 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp AP flour

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1 1/2 cups grated zucchini

OPTIONAL:  Dates, walnuts, chocolate chips

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

4 oz cream cheese , softened

4 Tbsp butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups confectioner’s sugar

 

PREPARATION:

Wash squash and peel most of it.  I always leave a few skinny strips of the skin on just because I like the looks of the dark green in whatever I’m baking.  Grate it, using a box grater.  (Takes less than a minute). Set aside.

In mixer bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla, beating another minute.

Add salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg, giving it a quick mix.

Add grated zucchini and give it a quick mix, just until incorporated.  With mixer on low speed, slowly add flour, mixing until just incorporated. Stir in dates, walnuts, or chocolate chips.  Or go crazy and add them all.

On a stoneware baking sheet or baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone sheet, drop batter using large cookie scoop.  Bake about 12 min at 375° F Cool 2 minutes and remove to cooling rack. Frost when completely cooled.

 

Cream Cheese Frosting Preparation:

In a mixing bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter and cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla and continue to mix until smooth and fluffy.  Frosted cookies must be refrigerated.

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STRAWBERRY RHUBARB PIE

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  It’s strawberry and rhubarb season.  Need I say more?  Strawberries and rhubarb in a homemade lattice-topped pie crust is sure to wow your guests. It’s quite easy, too.  Really!

INGREDIENTS:

Double pie crust (unbaked)

1 ¼ – 1 1/3 cups sugar

3 TBSP quick-cook Tapioca

¼ tsp nutmeg

3 cups rhubarb, cut into 1/2 pieces (don’t peel)

2 ½ cups fresh strawberries, cut in half or quarters

PREPARATION:

Place all ingredients (except pie crust, of course) into a large bowl and mix with a serving spoon until well combined.  Place pie crust into a pie plate and pour in the fruit mixture.  Go ahead and give the lattice top a try.  It’s very easy.  I usually cut 1″ strips.

Bake at 375° F for about 50 minutes.

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SNICKERDOODLE CHEESECAKE

 

 

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   My daughter-in-law was teasing me with photos and a recipe for Snickerdoodle Cheesecake.  I’ve seen them around before, but I might have been in one of my moods for cinnamon.  And Bob is always in the mood for cheesecake. 

     By now, you must know that I’ve never met a recipe I couldn’t alter.  It’s just my thing, and I can’t help myself.  I added an extra half tsp of vanilla and more cinnamon.  Since most of us have a stand-up mixer with only one bowl, I made a note after the cheesecake portion of the recipe so you can use the same bowl twice.  Oh yeah, one other thing.  I rarely use unsalted butter and then add salt to the recipe.  I think that’s silly.  Each stick of salted butter has approximately ¼ tsp of salt.  If a recipe calls for 2 sticks of unsalted butter and 1 tsp salt, I use 2 sticks of salted butter and ½ tsp salt.  I also added baking soda and salt to main snickerdoodle mixture, and then added flour slowly.  (Saves washing another bowl.)

By the way?  This cake is OUTSTANDING!

Ingredients

Cheesecake

  • 2 blocks cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (I used 1 tsp)
  • pinch of kosher salt

Snickerdoodle

  • 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt (I cut this to 1/2 tsp because I used salted butter)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted (I used room temp salted)
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon (or more)
  • cinnamon sugar, for sprinkling

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease (I used butter) a 9″-x-13″ baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Prepare cheesecake mixture: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla, and salt and beat until combined. Note: If you have only one mixer bowl, transfer cheesecake mixture to a small bowl and set aside. You’ll have to rinse and dry bowl and beater.
  3. Prepare snickerdoodle dough: In mixer bowl, beat butter, sugar and brown sugar until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until just combined. Add baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Slowly add flour and mix on low until just combined.
  4. Press about two-thirds of the snickerdoodle dough into an even layer in the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar on top. Pour cheesecake batter on top and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Break up remaining snickerdoodle dough into small clumps and sprinkle over cheesecake layer. (I found it easy to use a serving spoon and scrape pieces right onto the cheesecake with a butter knife. Sprinkle with more cinnamon sugar.
  5. Bake until edges are set and center of cheesecake mixture is only slightly jiggly, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely until slicing into squares.

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ST PATRICK’S DAY CUPCAKES W/MINT FROSTING

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     Green Mint Frosting for St Patty’s Day?  You bet!  Use your standard frosting recipe and add Spearmint Extract and Green Food Coloring.  I used a Russian Ball tip to pipe.

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CARROT CAKE COOKIES W/ORANGE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

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    These cookies are so delectable, nobody will guess that they’re chock full of healthy ingredients.  Low in sugar, full of beta carotene, Vitamin C, as well as fiber.  They are like taking a piece of carrot cake to go!  You can add dates, chocolate chips, raisins, or walnuts. You can frost them or eat them plain.  You can add walnuts to the delicious Orange Cream Cheese Frosting.  You can omit an egg and make them a little firmer, or use both eggs and end up with a soft cake-like result.  They’re your cookies.  Bake them your way. It’s more fun!

INGREDIENTS:  Yields 36 cookies

1 stick room temp butter

½ cup shortening

½ cup white sugar

¼ cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs for cake-like (1 egg, 1 TBSP canola oil if you want more cookie-like)

1 cup carrots, cooked, mashed and cooled (3 – 5 carrots)**

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 ½ rounded cups AP flour (or 1 rounded cup AP flour and 1/2 cup wheat flour)

½ cup oatmeal

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp cloves

Couple dashes salt

OPTIONS:  chopped nuts, dates, raisins, chocolate chips.

 

PREPARATION:

Peel carrots, cut into chunks and cook in covered pan with about 2” water until soft.  When cool, drain (reserving water) and mash with fork.  (Cooked a bit too much?  No problem.  If you have a baby, there’s lunch.  If not, give the dogs whatever is left over.  I also pour the cooled liquid over their dry food to provide extra nutrients.   The cooled liquid can also be frozen to use in soups or stews.)

In mixer bowl, beat butter and shortening for 30 seconds.  Add sugars and beat for 1 minute.  Add eggs, cooled carrots, vanilla, oatmeal, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, cloves and beat until well incorporated.  Add flour and beat until thoroughly mixed but not over beaten.  Add Optional Ingredients.

I use my large cookie scoop (2 TBSP or so per cookie.)  Bake at 350 ° F for 16 – 17 min on stoneware, silicone sheet or regular sheet with parchment paper.

 

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

2 oz cream cheese, at room temp

1 TBSP butter, room temp

2 TBSP orange juice +/-

2 tsp orange zest

½ tsp vanilla extract

1 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar

Dash salt

OPTIONAL:  ½ tsp cinnamon, crushed walnuts

PREPARATION:

In mixer bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until just combined.  Add remaining ingredients and beat until desired spreading consistency is reached.  Add a bit extra orange juice if it seems too thick.  If too thin, add a bit extra confectioner’s sugar.

If you want the crushed nuts, they can be added directly to the frosting, or sprinkled on top.  I usually do half with nuts on top and half plain.

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AMISH SUGAR COOKIES

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     You know that it’s rare when I make someone else’s recipe, but I’ve seen this Amish recipe a few times and noticed that it had a nice high rating.  I wanted to give it a try.  Quick prep time makes these a wonderful every-day dessert.  Lightly sweet, barely crispy on the outside while chewy on the inside makes these cookies pretty perfect.  

     The original recipe is below.  It was perfect as is.  The only thing I changed was to use my large cookie scoop and bake for 11- 11 ½ minutes.  Yielded 46 Larger cookies. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter, oil and sugars. Beat in eggs until well blended. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  2. Drop by small teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen. I USED MY LARGE SCOOP AND BAKED FOR  11 MINUTES.

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