Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cookie Sticks

I love baking this recipe because it’s so easy, but also different at the same time. This recipe is perfect for different events and get-togethers, or can be enjoyed on a nice summer afternoon with a glass of milk. I use butter instead of oil to add richness to it, but if you don’t want a vary rich cookie, then add half butter and half oil. I also find that after I add all the dry ingredients the dough is still crumbly… but that’s okay cause when you roll out the dough on the cookie sheet the dough will pack down, just make sure that the dough is NOT dry.

"perfect for different events and get-togethers"

Cream together:
~1 cup of vegetable oil (or 1 ¼ cup of butter)
~1 cup of sugar
~1 cup of brown sugar

~1 large egg
~2 teaspoons of vanilla

Mix until the dough is smooth, but heavy.

~3 cups of flour
~1 teaspoon of baking soda
~1 teaspoon of salt

(dough will be crumbly)

~3/4 cup of chocolate chips

On a GREASED baking sheet, roll out dough to the sides of the baking sheet. Next, sprinkle chocolate chips and sliced almonds on top. Bake at 375`F for 8-10 minutes (depending on the different ovens). Let it cool and serve!

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Kolache Treats

Kolache is a pastry that originates from Czech and Slovakia. I find that the kolache is a little bit heavier then a typical pastry with a tint of creaminess, although some may disagree. Most people serve it with fruit as a filling, but traditionally kolaches were served with cheese or meat as the filling. I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as I do!!!

Cream together
-1 cup of softened butter
-6 ounces of softened cream cheese

-2 Tablespoons of sugar

Beat all three ingredients until creamy

-2 cups of sugar

Mix well, next shape the dough into a ball and chill for 1 hour.

Work with half of the dough at a time. Keep the other half chilled until ready to use. On a well-floured surface, roll dough out to 1/8-inch thick. Using a large round cookie or biscuit cutter or a large glass, cut the dough into circles.

Next, place a filling of your choice in the middle of the circles and fold the dough in half, make sure to pinch the edges to seal the dough. (wrap the edges of the dough together if your filling is cheese or meat)

Finally, bake the pastry at 400`F for 15 minutes. Cool on wire racks after they come out.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Olympic Patriotic Cookies

With the Olympics over and Canadians feeling more patriotic then ever before I decide to be creative and bake a maple leaf sugar cookie! These cookies were relatively easy to make but like all sugar cookies they did take a longer amount of time to bake. I used a cut-out-maple-leaf pattern that I found on the web and used a sharp knife to cut around the edges. After they were cooled I glazed the top with 2 teaspoons of milk and 1 cup of icing sugar mixed together.

If you want to use the sugar cookie recipe that I used, you can find it on the Classic Recipes page ( Also, if you’re looking for some maple leaf cookie cutters, I found some on for a good price.


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Monday, March 1, 2010

Shortbread recipe

I greatly enjoy baking these simple tasty cookies!!!

1 cup of butter
1/3 cup of sugar

*cream together the butter and sugar gradually until the dough is creamy*

2 cups of flour
1/4 cup of cornstarch

*knead the dough until it cracks around the edges and chill it for 30-60 minutes*

*roll out the dough on a floured surface until the dough is roughly 1/4 inch thick and cut out into desired shapes*

*bake 15-20 minutes at 325`F and make sure the shortbread doesn’t start to brown around the edges*

*option-place the dough in greased pie plates and let them cook for an extra 5-10 minutes*

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