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Angel Crisp Cookies

Angel Crisp Cookies - Cookies Grandma used to make!

Angel Crisp Cookies - Cookies Grandma used to make!

I have to say, I am really enjoying our first week with no camps or anything going on. It is nice to spend time with my son, and relax a little. Get a little work done, for both of us, in the morning and then hit the pool or something else fun in the afternoon.  He had a great time at his camps, and he said he wished they could go on longer, but I really think he likes these kind of summer days as well.  It is a shame we couldn’t have spaced out his camps some, but such is life.

Angel Crisp Cookies - a favorite from Grandma!

Do you have those recipes that have been passed down from your grandma, and that you remember your mom making as a kid?  These angel crisp cookies are one of those in my family.  I never realized what the name of them was, so when my mom was talking about them recently I was very confused.  So she sent me the recipe, and I made them.  As soon as they came out of the oven, based on the shape alone I remember these cookies.  They did not happen often as a kid, because my dad pretty much only liked chocolate desserts.  But I do remember angel crisps were even served the day of my wedding for lunch with my bridesmaids.

Angel Crisp Cookies - A classic cookie that is straight from my Grandma

The original recipe, and the way I wrote it below calls for shortening instead of butter.  That is what my grandma used all of the time, so that is how I make these cookies.  BUT, I know there are people who are against shortening for whatever reason.  You can use butter in its place, they will just taste a little different.  They will still be soft, tender, and delicious, so no worries there.  A few times my mom even frosted these cookies, or just drizzled with a little glaze.  I might have spread Nutella on a couple of mine :)

Angel Crisp Cookies
 
Serves: 4 doz
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A classic sugar cookie that Grandma used to make
Ingredients
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • Additional sugar for rolling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a stand mixer bowl combine sugar, brown sugar, and shortening. Mix until well combined. Add egg and vanilla and mix. Mix in flour, baking soda, salt and cream of tarter until well combined.
  3. Roll into 1 inch balls, and roll in granulated sugar. Place on a baking sheet. Using your thumb, gently press into the center of each ball.
  4. Bake for 9-10 minutes until just starting to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and cool for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Store in an air tight container
Notes
You can use butter for the shortening if desired

 

S’mores Cookies Bars

S'mores Cookie Bars - perfectly ooey, gooey, and chocolatey treat! {Dinners, Dishes & Desserts}

S'mores Cookie Bars {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Getting back into the swing of things after being gone for 4 days is work.  With all the unpacking, the laundry, the work to catch up on, the family you want to spend time with.  But, I think I am finally there.  I am sharing lots of pictures and talking about my time in Miami tomorrow.  Thank you so much to STAR Fine Foods for making it possible for me to attend the conference.

S'mores Cookie Bars - perfectly ooey, gooey, and chocolatey treat!  {Dinners, Dishes & Desserts}

S’mores are everywhere, in every way shape or form.  I have seen cake, bars, cookies, milkshakes…you name it, it is out there.  I first made these s’mores bars a few years ago.  I had kind of forgotten about them, but remade them recently, and they will now be on repeat at our house.  They were insanely good, and so addicting.  I brought them to the end of the year flag football pot luck for my son’s team.  I had a hard time staying out of them ahead of time, and I wasn’t the only one.  At the picnic, everyone kept talking about them!  I am not sure that I came home with any left.  And considering I also made a full batch of Frosted Sugar Cookies (decorated like footballs) for the team of 10 kids, I think you could say they were a hit.

S'mores Cookie Bars - a classic summer treat you can make any time of the year

S’mores Bars start with a graham cracker crust and then are topped with chocolate chip cookie dough that is full of lots of chocolate and marshmallows.  Then as the bars bake you top with the classic Hershey bar.  A classic summer treat that you can enjoy any day of the year, no campfire required.

S'mores Bars
 
Serves: 24
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Ingredients
Crust
  • 1½ cups Graham Crackers (1 sleeve), crushed
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup sugar
Cookie layer
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1¼ cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 bag chocolate chips
  • 3 Hershey Bars, broken into pieces
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13x9 baking pan with foil. Set aside
  2. Mix together the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 7 minutes. Allow to cool slightly.
  3. Cream butter, shortening, sugar and brown sugar together. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, salt and baking soda. By hand mix in the chocolate chips and marshmallows.
  4. Spread over the graham cracker crust. Bake for 15 minutes. Top with broken pieces of Hershey Bars. Return to oven and bake for 20-25 more minutes. Remove and allow to cool completely before cutting.

 

S’mores Bars

 

Lemony Greek Easter Cookies

Greek Easter Lemon Cookies

Lemony Greek Easter Cookies

With Easter coming up soon, it is time to start menu planning. Do you have a set menu each year, or do you change it up? We have ham each year, but the sides are pretty much up for grabs. And the dessert always changes.  Last year I made this French Silk Pie.  I am craving a chocolate cake recently, but that doesn’t really seem fitting for Easter.  My husband’s parents are going to be here this year, but I haven’t figured out anything but the ham yet.  Guess I better gone on that!

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

We have actually had sun the past two days, and some of our snow is melting!  My husband calls it the “solar plow”.  It appears, that no matter how much snow we get, they do not plow our neighborhood streets.  We live in town, in a normal neighborhood.  We have gotten up to about a foot of snow, over the period of 2 days, and not once has a plow been through.  Needless to say, it can be kind of dicey having to get out of the neighborhood.  So yesterday it was amazing to actually get to drive on the actual road (in parts), while picking my son up from school.  Hopefully by the weekend, the road, at the very least will be melted.

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Chocolate Peppermint Dipped Oreos (12 Days of Giveaways)

Chocolate Peppermint Dipped Oreos

Chocolate Peppermint Dipped Oreos

Today is the last day of the 12 Days of Giveaways :(  I hope that you all enjoyed the fun prizes.  There are still a couple days to enter some of them.  Go check out my Cashew Chicken (Calphalon $300 Cookware Set),  Gingerbread Men Cookies (Cake Boss $260 Baking Set), Peanut Butter Cup Fudge ($250 Freund Containers and cookbook), Triple Chocolate Muffins (2 year Cooking Light Subscription) and my Homemade Caramels (Swissmar Roasting pan).  Those are some seriously great prizes up for grabs, I really hope one of you wins!  Today OXO has a whole bunch of goodies for you to win.  My kitchen is stocked with OXO gadgets, so I am really excited about this one!

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Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Today I am sharing my Homemade Oreo Sandwich Cookies with a creamy peppermint filling over at In Katrina’s Kitchen as part of her annual I’ll Bring The Cookies event!

A new cookie recipe every day in December- a virtual blogger cookie swap!

 

Who doesn’t love peppermint this time of year?  It is super easy to make your own homemade sandwich cookies, and then you can put whatever filling you want in them.  Trust me, I walk you thru the process – it is easy!

Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

OXO has generously provided a great giveaway for the event, I hope you will enter.


 

Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Gingerbread Men Cookies (12 Days of Giveaways) #ChristmasWeek #CakeBossBaking

Gingerbread Men Cookies

Welcome to Day #6 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.

Gingerbread Men Cookies

Today is the last day of Christmas Week :(  I hope you enjoyed the full week of Christmas treats as well as great giveaways.  To end the week I am going out with a bang!  I made gingerbread men cookies.  This is the first time I have ever made gingerbread men.  They weren’t something that my mom ever made as a kid, so I never tried to make them before.  This year though, my 8 year old put in a request.

Gingerbread Men Cookies

My husband said his mom made gingerbread men cookies a few times when he was younger, so I asked her for her recipe.  She got the recipe from a free cookbook the electric company gave out in 1958.  So you could say the recipe has been around a few years.  I did up the spices a little bit, to give it that full on gingerbread flavor.  Aside from that, I kept it the same.  These gingerbread men are easy to make thick and chewy or thin and crispy.  I like cookies thick and chewy, so I rolled the dough out rather thick, and baked for 10 minutes.  If you want the crispier you can roll thinner or bake for a little longer.

Gingerbread Men Cookies

I almost have a panic attack when I walk into Hobby Lobby or Michael’s Craft Store.  I am not crafty, and very easily over whelmed with stuff like that.  So decorating these cookies made me nervous!  I had visions of cute little bows and different colors.  The bows came out a big mess, and then I couldn’t figure out how to add color and have it still look good.  In the end, I think they turned out rather cute.  Santa will definitely enjoy a couple of these left out for him on Christmas Eve.

 

Gingerbread Men Cookies
 
Serves: 3 dozen
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Spicy gingerbread cookies. Perfectly festive for the holidays.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 3 to 3½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 Tbls cinnamon
Instructions
  1. In the bowl for an electric mixer pour water over the softened butter. Add brown sugar and molasses, mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together 3 cups flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. Add to molasses mixture, blend well. Add more flour if the dough is really stick.
  3. Cover and chill for 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  5. Roll dough onto a lightly floured surface about ⅛ to ¼ inch thick. Cut into "men".
  6. Bake for 10 minutes. If you want crispy cookies, you can bake a little longer. Remove from oven, and allow to cool.
  7. Frost if desired.

 

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Cake Boss Baking is offering one #ChristmasWeek reader the opportunity to win a prize package full of baking tools and essentials {ARV: $260}, including:

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White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies

White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies

I am taking a break from Christmas Week today to be part of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. This is my first year participating, but the 3rd year it has been around. The organizers Lindsay and Julie out did themselves this year. Each participant paid $4 to be a part of the swap. We then sent out 1 dozen cookies to 3 different people. So you then receivee 1 dozen cookies from 3 different people. This year the corporate sponsors were OXO, Dixie Sugar Crystals, Grandma’s Molasses, and Gold Medal Flour. Each company matched our donations, so we raised over $13,000 for Cookies for Kid’s Cancer.

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Frosted Sugar Cookies (12 Days of Giveaways) #ChristmasWeek

Frosted Sugar Cookies

Welcome to Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.

Frosted Sugar Cookies

Today is the start of Christmas Week 2.0.  You may remember last year we did a Christmas week, with a different theme each day.  Pie, Cake, Cookies, Gingerbread, and Peppermint.  This year things have grown a little.  Each day this week (Monday-Saturday) the Christmas Week 2.0 group will be posting new holiday recipes for you.  Every day there will also be a giveaway involved.  Seriously, there is some great stuff this week: Magimix, Le Creuset, Freund Container Supply, Cake Boss and more!  So be sure to check back each day.

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Cherry Nougat Cookies (12 Days of Giveaways)

Cherry Nougat Cookie

Cherry Nougat Cookie

Time for another giveaway today!  Have you entered to win my all time favorite spatula or a copy of The New Southwest?  After you enter today’s fun giveaway, make sure you go enter those two.  Tis’ the season for giving, next week is full of giveaways almost every day (plus lots of Christmas recipes).  Have you started your holiday baking yet?  Hopefully you have room for more treats, because I have lots of ideas for you over the next couple of weeks.

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