My all time favorite cookie is this one. I make them all year round but Christmas is when I yearn for them the most.I have lots of memories from our family making these cookies. What I do not have is the memory of ever making these with my Mamaw. These cookies are a staple in my holiday tradition. So much so that I whipped these up the day before I went to Italy just so I could share them with my Italian family and leave one out for Santa!
My holiday just would not have been the same without these. Over the years we have had so much fun with the kids gathering at my mom’s house to make these. The kids would gather around the card table to see who could make the biggest cookie or who add the most sprinkles.
Hope you have as much fun making these as we do!
GRANDMA’S CREAM COOKIES
YIELD: 4 dozen
PREP TIME: 30 minutes
COOK TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 40 minutes
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 to 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1. Preheat oven to 325. Prepare cookie sheet using parchment paper.
2. In mixer beat shortening and sugar. Add in egg and mix.
3. In separate small bowl dissolve baking soda into sour cream.
4. Alternate adding flour and sour cream into mixing bowl.
5. Incorporate all for a nice soft dough. Put on counter top.
6. Roll the dough out using more flour if needed so it is not sticky.
7. Use cookie cutters to make your favorite shapes.
8. Place on cookie sheet. Decorate with sprinkles.
9. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until edge of cookie is brown.
10. Cool and enjoy!
1. These cookies can be cooked longer if you like a crunchy cookie, which my husband does so I make a tray just for him.
2. You can decorate after the cookie has cooled using frosting of your choice.
3. This is the half recipe, it can be doubled.
4. Lastly, these cookies can be made any time of the year! I use just random cookie cutters. They can be frozen up to a month.
Let me tell you, these are good! Really good! It’s just to bad that I didn’t get to enjoy them. You see, I made these the day before my trip so the girls and I could have a snack. I packed my hand bag and placed it on the couch then my husband and I ran to my daughter’s preschool for her play.Little did I realize that my dog had planned a snack for her as well. In the rush to get out the door I forgot to put her in her kennel.
Well bye bye to the granola bar snack on the plane. I am glad that I managed a taste them before she got them all.
I will definitely be making these as soon as I get home.
CINNAMON RAISIN GRANOLA BARS
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 15 minutes
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 corn syrup
2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup rice crispy cereal
1.Melt butter, sugar, cinnamon and corn syrup.
2.Boil till all sugar has dissolved.
3.Take off heat and add oats and cereal to butter mixer.
4.Stir in raisins.
5.Press into 8X8 ungreased pan.
6.Refrigerate for 5 minutes till set.
I was trying to think of a fun and festive type snack to feed to the kids this last weekend while we were celebrating our Christmas together.
I have been thinking for some time to get creative with popcorn. I am a little boring when it comes to popcorn. I like mine plain with a little bit of salt and NO butter. I want to actually taste the popcorn.
Anyways so I was figuring out how to spruce it up and this came along. We were eating it faster than I could make it. What I would do next time is go more heavy handed on the drizzling of these delicious flavors. You can definitely skip the wait time and just dig in!
YIELDS: 4 CUPS
PREP TIME: 25 minutes
COOK TIME: 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes
1/4 cup butterscotch chips
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Pour oil into a pot and add popcorn kernels. This should be enough to just cover the bottom of your pot.
2. Cover with lid and cook over medium heat.
3. Popcorn is done when the popping sound slows and only happens every 4-5 seconds.
4. Lay out cooked popcorn on a baking sheet with parchment paper.
5. Melt butterscotch chips and drizzle.
6. Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips and drizzle.
7. Wait for 15 minutes for it to harden and ENJOY!!
Okay so I am totally into butterscotch right now! It is like discovering a new food that you have never tasted before. I have been trying to rack my brain to try and remember if I have ever tasted butterscotch.
Surely I have. Somewhere. At some point.
This recipe consist of two different variations. I wanted to test to see which one made the better pancake.
All of the males in the house preferred the white pancake. All of the females in the house preferred the one with chocolate. Surprise, surprise.
So since there are more females in the house than males. The chocolate butterscotch pancake wins! OH YEAH!
Which one will reign supreme in your house?
recipe adapted from here
YIELDS: 12 PANCAKES
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
COOK TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoon oil
1/4 cup butterscotch chips
Add 1/4 cup cocoa to 1 cup of flour.
Do not add cinnamon.
1. Mix flour, baking powder, sugar and cinnamon in large bowl.
2. Whisk together milk, water and oil in small bowl.
3. Add milk mixture to flour and mix well.
4. Stir in butterscotch chips.
5. Cook on griddle or in non stick pan till bubbles form and break.
6. Then flip and cook for 2 minutes more or until brown.
7. ENJOY with your favorite maple syrup!