August 4, 2016

Soft Glazed Pumpkin Sugar Cookies



Soft Glazed Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
The perfect sugar cookie for Fall! Sweet, spicy and soft!
Yield: 3-4 dozen
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

Ingredients:
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup pumpkin puree {canned pumpkin}
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
for the glaze-
3 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and set aside. In a large bowl, stir butter, oil, pumpkin, sugars, vanilla and eggs together until incorporated and smooth. Slowly mix in all dry ingredients until completely incorporated. Scoop onto prepared baking sheet using 1 1/2 tablespoon scoop and flatten to 1/2 inch thick using the bottom of a glass. If the dough is sticking to the glass, press the bottom of the glass in granulated sugar before flattening. Bake 8-9 minutes.
While cookies bake, stir all ingredients together for glaze until smooth.
Once cookies are finished baking, cool 3 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to cooling rack. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons glaze over each warm cookie. Let glaze harden 2-3 hours before serving. OR eat them warm with lots of runny glaze :)

August 9, 2014

Corn & Black Bean Salsa

Corn & Black Bean Salsa
(Compliments to cousins Katie & Emily!)





 


3 Cans Corn, drained
3 Cans Black Beans, rinsed & drained
8-10 Roma Tomatoes, chopped
Bunch of Green Onions, chopped
5-7 Avacados, chopped
Cilantro
Salt & Pepper
Squeeze 1 Lime (add Zest if you like)
1 Jalapeno, seeds & ribs removed, minced-optional

Dressing:
2 Packages Good Season Zesty Italian Dressing
1/2 C. Vinegar
1 TBSP OliveOil
1 TBSP Water

Combine and pour over salsa, mix and serve.

Instead of canned corn I used frozen. I just pulled it out of the freezer, rinsed it in a strainer to start it to defrost and added it first. By the time I was done chopping and mixing the corn was perfect.
You can find the Good Season dressing packs by the dressing where you'd find the Hidden Valley Ranch packs.

March 19, 2014

Sesame Chicken

SESAME CHICKEN-Crock Pot Style! Serves 4-6 People


1 1/2 pound boneless/skinless chicken breasts (2-3 pieces)
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons dried onion
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon oil
1/8-1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 clove
(It didn't call for it but I added 1/4-1/2 cup Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 3 Tablespoons water
Sesame seeds

Put chicken into crock pot.
Combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, and garlic. Pour over chicken.
Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hours, or just until chicken is cooked through.
Remove chicken from crock pot, leave sauce.
Dissolve 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in 3 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce. 
Replace lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes or until slightly thickened.
Cut chicken into bite size pieces and return to crock pot - can leave chicken in and simmer on low or serve.
Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice.

My recipe turned out to look nothing like the picture. It was however delicious. I'm assuming the juice from the chicken added too much liquid to the recipe and it was not thick at all. So, next time I may cook the chicken, drain it maybe 15 minutes before its done then add the sauce and continue to let it marinate. Then remove the chicken and follow the recipe from that point.

I made jasmine rice and had green beans with it. All of us liked it. Yay!! A successful dinner :)

January 18, 2014

Chewy Deliciousness Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2-1/4 c.  Flour
  • 1 t. Baking Soda
  • ½ t. Salt

  • 1 c. Butter, softened
  • ½ c. Granulated Sugar
  • ¾ c. Brown Sugar, packed
  • 2 t.  Vanilla
  • 1 Egg

  • 2 c. (12oz) Milk Chocolate Chips

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine first 3 ingredients. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars together until fluffy.
  4. Add vanilla and egg. Beat well.
  5. Add dry ingredietns to creamed mxture. Mix well.
  6. Add chocolate chips. Mix well.
  7. Drop by rounded teaspoonfulls, 2″ apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  8. Bake 7 - 8 minutes at 375°F.
  9. Remove cookies from oven, place on cooling rack.

November 7, 2013

Homemade Chili

2 lbs cooked hamburger with onion
2 large (28 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 can Rotel tomatoes (mild)
2 pkgs McCormick Chili mix
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp cumin
2 Tbsp white sugar
2 cans red beans
1 can black beans
1 can white northern beans
1 can kidney beans (optional)

Put all ingredients in crock pot on HIGH for 4 hours, then turn to LOW/KEEP WARM.
Can be served with cheese, sour cream, and Fritos/tortilla chips if desired.

October 10, 2013

Butternut Squash Soup

This is such a yummy Fall soup. And its so different from your typical chicken noodle. Not to mention, your house will smell so good while its cooking. Enjoy!

Butternut Squash Soup

1 3-pound butternut squash
3 T. olive oil
3 tsp. kosher salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 T. butter
1 large yellow onion
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 T. chopped fresh sage leaves
32 oz. chicken broth


Heat oven to 400°.  Peel and seed the squash.  Cut into 1 inch cubes and place them on a rimmed baking sheet.  Drizzle with 2 T. of the olive oil, 2 tsp. of the salt and the pepper.  Toss to coat.  Spread in a single layer and roast for 15 to 20 minutes.  Turn and roast until soft, about 15 minutes more.

Meanwhile, heat the butter and remaining oil in a stockpot over medium heat.  Add the onion, celery, and sage and cook until softened, about 7 minutes.  Add the broth, 2 cups of water, remaining salt, and the squash and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Let cool for 10 minutes.  Use an immersion blender to puree the soup or work in batches in your stand blender. 

TO FREEZE:
Let cool and ladle into resealable freezer bags.  Place bags in plastic container  and freeze.  Store for up to 3 months.

TO REHEAT:
Thaw overnight in the fridge or partially in the microwave.  Warm in covered saucepan over medium-low heat for 20 minutes. 

October 4, 2013

Pumpkin Lush

Pumpkin Lush (Its like Lemon Lush but Pumpkin! Mmmm)
Ingredients
  1. 2 sticks butter, melted
  2. 2 cups flour
  3. 2 cups chopped pecans-seperated
  4. 4 tbs sugar
  5. 1 (8oz) package of cream cheese, soft
  6. 1 cup powdered sugar
  7. 2 (8 oz) containers cool whip (or one 16 oz container)
  8. 2 small packages (3.4oz) of Jello Instant Pumpkin Spice Pudding
  9. 3 cup cold milk
  10. Nutmeg for sprinkling

The Crust
  1. Combine butter, flour, 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans and sugar and press into a 9 x 13 in baking dish. Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes or until golden. Let cool completely. (I like to put my butter directly in the pan and put it in the oven while its preheating to melt it. Saves a dish and a step.)
Cream Cheese Layer
  1. Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and 4 oz. cool whip until smooth. Spread over crust.
Pumpkin Layer
  1. Mix both pudding with cold milk, whisking for several minutes. Set it in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to let it thicken. Spread over the cream cheese layer. Top with remaining container of cool whip. Sprinkle with nutmeg and 1/2 cup chopped pecans.
  2. Refrigerate for an hour before serving.
  3. Cut into squares and serve. Keep refrigerated.

January 28, 2013

Caramel Rice Krispie Treats


So, I was at the grocery store today and had a hankering for some Rice Krispie Treats. I found the mallows and I was wanting to make some flavored ones. Well I found this:

 




What? Well you know I couldn't just make one recipe, it had to be doubled, so I grabbed 2 bags.  
When I came home I googled recipes because I also didn't want to make just the original one. So this is what I found and let me tell you, amazing doesn't even begin to describe them! So, without further ado, here is how you make them.

Caramel Rice Krispie Treats:
 5 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
1/2 cup salted butter, browned
(if using unsalted butter add 1/4 tsp salt)
one 8 ounce bag Caramel Vanilla Marshmallows 


Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside or use parchment paper & no oil is needed! Much easier to to use. In a large mixing bowl, add 5 cups cereal; set aside.


In a large pot, melt butter over medium-low heat, stirring nearly constantly. Butter will melt, foam, turn clear, golden, turn brown, and will then smell nutty. As soon at the butter begins to turn brown, take the pan off the heat, and continue to stir for about 1 minute, to ensure carryover heat doesn't continue to cook and subsequently burn the already browned butter.

Add the marshmallows and the residual heat should be enough to melt them, but if not, heat pan over low heat stirring constantly until they melt, taking care not to cook them; just warming to melt. Pour mixture over cereal and toss to coat

Pour into 8x8 pan, make sure your hands are clean! and get them wet with hot water. Use your hands to press into the pan. This method is the easiest & cleanest! Nothing with stick to your hands

Allow to cool, about 30-60 minutes, cut into squares and enjoy! You can always add 3/4 extra cereal if you don't want it as gooey. 

January 8, 2013

Oma's German Stollen Recipe

Stollen
1 lb. + 2 TBSP Flour or 4 cups + 2 TBSP
3 tsp Baking Powder
6 1/2 oz. or 3/4 C Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Rum (Oma always used real and not the extract)
1 tsp Almond
2 Eggs
4 TBSP Shortening
3/4 C or 1 1/2 Sticks of Butter
10 or 1 1/4 C Golden Raisins
5 oz Finely Chopped Almonds
2 oz. Finely chopped/Peeled Lemon Peel
1/2 lb or 8 oz Small Curd Cottage Cheese


Mix all ingredients together and knead into dough.
Shape into loaf
Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 Hour
While still hot, brush with butter and roll in sugar.


Can be made into cookies by dropping spoonfulls onto cookie sheet.
Bake 10-15 minutes until bottoms start to brown.
While hot brush with butter and roll in sugar.

December 19, 2012

Soft Ginger Cookies

So I have been on the hunt for a copy cat recipe of Paradise Bakery's Ginger Molasses Cookies. I think I finally found it!
 

Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies

1 1/4 C Butter
1 C Brown Sugar
1 1/2 C Molasses
1 Egg
2 tsp. Ginger
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp All Spice (ground)
1 C Bread Flour
4 C Flour (NOT PACKED, as loose as you can get it without sifting)
1/2 C Boiling Water
3 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 C Flour-Yes, you add more.

Directions:

Add ingredients in that order!
If you're using an electric mixer, Kitchen Aide, Bosche, etc., make sure you treat the dough as though you were mixing by had, stirring until all ingredients are just mixed together.
The consistency of the dough will feel a lot like sugar cookie dough: thick, easy to shape.

When adding the flour, add 5 C straight and mix together.  
Then add the remaining 2 cups
AFTER YOU ADD THE BOILING WATER, and mix well--almost kneading dough.

Separate into 2 in. balls, roll into sugar and press a little flat with spoon or fingers.  The cookies need to be bigger or they will be too dry when you bake them.  You can fit about 8 balls on each cookie sheet.  No need to use non-stick spray, the butter will take care of that!

Bake 375ºF for 7-8 minutes.  Let cool on the cookie sheet.  Re-flatten them with a spoon, if needed. The cookie will look doughy at first, but will settle hours after cooling completely.  Sprinkle with Powdered Sugar.


These cookies are even better the next day, as they will not lose their softness.  ENJOY!!!


November 10, 2012

Pumpkin Better Than You Know What Cake

Pumpkin Better Than You Know What Cake...it almost is. HAHAHA But seriously, this is really yummy and you can never have too many pumpkin recipes!!

-1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
-1 Small Can Pumpkin
-1 4 oz. Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
-1 8 oz. Tub Cool Whip
-1/2 Bag Heath Bits
-Caramel Sauce

Directions:
-In a large bowl mix cake and pumpkin. You do not make the cake according to box instructions. Just mix the powder and pumpkin. Mix until smooth.
-Pour into a well-greased 9x13 pan. It will be thick!
-Bake at 350* according to box (28ish minutes?)
-Let cool 5-10 minutes then using the bottom of a wooden spoon, poke holes about 3/4-1 inch apart throughout the entire cake.
-Pour the Sweetened Condensed milk over the cake. Make sure you get some into each hole.
-Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes.
-Spread Cool Whip like frosting, drizzle caramel and sprinkle Heath Bits.
-Refrigerate for 3-4 hours but it tastes better when you let it sit over night. I did not add the whip cream, caramel and Heath Bits until I was ready to serve it.
-ENJOY!!

Alterations. I made my own caramel and whip cream.

Caramel Sauce:
 4 TBSP Butter
1/2 C Brown Sugar
1/4 C Heavy Cream

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Add brown sugar and mix well.
Add cream and bring to a simmer.
Remove from heat. Let cool for 10 minutes.
Transfer to a drizzle-type bottle. (I got mine from Walmart for .97)
Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until cool but not set or it will be too hard to drizzle.

I added my Cool Whip and placed tinfoil over the cake to keep in the fridge. It was too warm and made condensation on the foil so the Cool Whip sort of melted. So with the remaining Heavy Whipping Cream I made Whip Cream.

Whip Cream:
1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
2 TBSP Brown Sugar
Dash of Pumpkin Spice
Dash of Cinnamon
(the sugar and spices are to taste, I didn't exactly measure but that's about what it was)

Mix on High for several minutes until stiff peaks form. Remove and spread over COOL cake.

Then I drizzled the caramel and sprinkled the Heath Bits. I used the chocolate covered ones but you can use the plain instead. Even though I made my own whip cream I think I would still use a Cool Whip and add it when the recipe says to.Then before serving, make the whip cream. I think the melted-ish Cool Whip just enhanced the flavor. You could also add warm caramel to the holes with the condensed milk! That would be yummy! MMMMMMM



October 27, 2012

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (from Sprinkles Cupcakes)

Probably the best buttercream frosting I've had.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
1 cup butter, softened
3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt (if using salted butter only add a pinch)

1. In a bowl combine butter, sugar and salt. Beat till blended.
2. Add the milk and vanilla and beat for an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until smooth and creamy.


October 4, 2012

Homemade Pizza Dough

America's Test Kitchen Pizza Dough

-16.5 oz BREAD flour (if you don't have a food scale, it's just a tiny bit under 3 3/4 cups...it converts to about 3.7 cups vs 3.75 cups if that helps any)
-2 tsp sugar
-1 1/2 tsp yeast

-Blend these 3 ingredients together in food processor or kitchen aid.

-Slowly pour 1 1/3 cup ICE water into mixer until there are no dry patches of flour mixture.

-Let this mixture sit for 10 minutes to REST.

-Then, add 1 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (I do olive oil too, just whatever I feel like). Blend for about 30-60sec. *it will be sticky but have a satin texture.

-Put oil on the counter and knead the dough for 1-5 minutes, until it's all nice and smooth.

-Shape into a ball and put in a lightly greased bowl for a minimum of 24hrs and can sit for up to 3 days (the reason it needs to rest for this long is because it becomes more flavorful over time and less elastic)

-After it has rested in the fridge, divide the dough into 2 balls and place on greased cookie sheet and cover w/ greased saran wrap. Let it sit for 1hr

-Then, flour both sides of the ball and shape into a 12inch sized pizza. *make sure that the center is thinner, so after rolling it out, use your fingers to press down on the center.

-It's best with 1/2cup of sauce ( I use Prego Original & Lauren uses a different kind.) and 1-1 1/4 cup of cheese. This is a thinner crust so I wouldn't pile on the ingredients. It'll just make your slice fall in your lap.  

-Place in preheated oven at 475*-500* (if you have a pizza stone, set the stone 4-5 inches from the top and leave it in the oven as it preheats). Cook for 10-12 minutes and rotate 1/2 way through. I like to cook it on the low rack then half way move it to the top.

-My favorite kind is BBQ Chicken. I use KC Masterpiece sauce, cooked chicken, a little garlic mixed in the sauce and onions, tomatoes or olives on top. SO GOOD!!!

August 29, 2012

Mimi's Cafe Carrot Bread...oh my!


Dark, moist carrot bread is a Mimi's Cafe specialty. Now the tastiest carrot bread ever can be yours to create at home with a couple of grated carrots, molasses, raisins and chopped walnuts.


Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. saltb
  • 1 C. vegetable oil
  • 1 C. plus 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 C. molasses
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 C. shredded carrot
  • 1 C. raisins
  • 3/4 C. chopped walnuts
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. In another bowl, combine oil, sugar, eggs, molasses, and vanilla with an electric mixer. Add shredded carrot and mix. Add raisins and walnuts and mix well by hand. Pour flour mixture into the other ingredients and stir until combined. Pour batter into two ungreased 8-inch loaf pans. Bake for 60 minutes, or until done. Makes 2 loaves.

Crock Pot Au Gratin Potatoes

I got this recipe from here. So good and SO simple!!

Crock Pot Au Gratin Potatoes

6 medium potatoes
8 oz cheese, shredded
3 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk (skim is fine)
chopped garlic (optional, but recommended)
salt (not optional)

1. Wash, peel, and slice your potatoes. You want them about a medium thickness. (I ran them through my food processor.)

2. Grease your slow cooker. I used 2 Tbsp of extra butter, but pan spray would work just fine as long as you really coat the pot.
3. Add one layer of potatoes and salt them. You can use regular table salt, Kosher salt, or even garlic salt, but do not skimp on the salt or your potatoes will be bland, bland, bland.
4. Continue layering and salting until you have used all the potato slices. (You could also add chopped onions to each layer, but my kids don’t like them. Don’t add too many, though, because they can overpower the potato flavor.)
5. When all the potatoes are in the pot, melt the 3 Tbsp of butter in a large saucepan.
6. Add the flour and whisk.
7. Cook over medium heat until mixture starts to bubble up, then cook for 2 minutes whisking constantly.
8. Slowly pour in the milk and whisk until thickened. (Add 2 Tbsp chopped garlic now if you like. It’s good!!)
9. Add the cheese and stir until melted.
10. Pour over the top of the potatoes. Don’t stir the potatoes, but give them a jiggle to get some of the sauce down into the bottom of the pot.
11. Place 2 paper towels across the top of the slow cooker and put on the top.
12. Turn the pot on high and leave it for an hour. You can leave it on high for two more hours or turn it to low for 3-4 hours.

May 19, 2012

Maple Syrup

In making your own maple syrup, you realize just how unhealthy it is, but it's so good! So I try to not remember all the sugar and butter that goes into it as I eat this yummy syrup! :)

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups water
1-2 dashes of cinnamon
4 cups white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Karo light syrup
1/2 cube butter
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 tablespoon maple flavor

DIRECTIONS:

Bring water to a boil. Stir sugars and cinnamon together before adding to the water. Add sugar and all other ingredients to the water. Bring to a boil again. Reduce heat to medium/low and simmer for 1-2 minutes.

*I usually let the leftover syrup cool and then store it in a container (i.e. the ones that you usually put salad dressings in). Not sure how long it's supposed to last in the refrigerator, but we keep ours for months and it tastes fine warmed up again in the microwave!

Pancakes from scratch!

A few years back I ran out of pancake batter mix and as my 18mo old demanded pancakes for breakfast, I frantically searched for pancake recipes on the internet. Over time, I have tried a few recipes, but I settled on this one and made a few tweaks and haven't gone back to the box stuff since!

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tablespoon white sugar

1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted

DIRECTIONS:
1. In large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg. After mixing, slowly add the melted butter and mix until it's all smooth.

2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour about 1/4 cups of the batter onto the griddle. Brown both sides and serve hot!

*Pour homemade syrup over the pancakes (recipe found above) to make it even tastier!!!

Lasagna Roll-Ups

Ever want homemade lasagna, but dread the process of making all of the layers! Well, lasagna roll-ups are super easy and taste just as good and are a fraction of the work! This is a family favorite right now and one we make often!

INGREDIENTS:
1 lb of ground turkey, chicken or Italian sausage (Jenny-O Italian seasoned ground turkey is best)
1 cup Ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated (or fresh) Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup milk
Ground Black Pepper to taste
Salt to taste
8 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
2 cups of your choice of spaghetti sauce
Mozzarella cheese (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Combine the cooked chicken, cheeses, milk and pepper in a bowl.

2. Spread 1 cup of the spaghetti sauce in a 13x9 baking dish.

3. Lay the cooked lasagna noodle flat, then spread about 1/2 cup of the cheese/meat mixture on each noodle. Roll it up (like you do jelly-rolls)

4. Place all of the lasagna rolls, seam-side down in the sauce in the baking dish.

5. Top the lasagna rolls with the remaining spaghetti sauce AND sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese or mozzarella cheese if you so choose (it tastes better that way)!

6. Cover with foil

7. Bake at 375*F for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly!

Lemon Zest Cookies

I do not like lemon flavored candy. Lemon baked goods, however, are some of my favorites! Here is a cookie recipe that sounds amazing.

Zesty Lemon Cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper (or just grease them up)

In the bowl of a standing mixer on medium speed, cream the butter and sugar together until well blended. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. With the mixer on low speed, add eggs, one at a time, until blended. Add lemon juice and zest, mixing until blended.
Add salt, baking powder and flour and mix until blended.

Drop by rounded scoopfuls onto prepared baking sheets and bake until edges are firm with no color, 12 to 15 minutes.

Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks and let cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar. Servings » Makes 2 1/2 dozen (I used my cookie scoop and got 3 dozen cookies)

Paradise Bakery Sugar Cookies

Have you ever had a Paradise Bakery Sugar Cookie? Well, they are to die for!!

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups shortening
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg, beaten
41/3 cups cake flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Sugar for decorating

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix together the sugars and shortening using an electric mixer.

Mix on slow speed 30 seconds, then scrape down the bowl with a spatula. Increase speed to medium and mix for 3 minutes. Slowly add vanilla and beaten egg while mixing.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the mixing bowl, mixing on slow speed until just blended. Do not overmix.

Dough may be rolled out on a lightly floured board and cut with cookie cutters, or scooped with an ice-cream scoop and placed directly on cookie sheet. If scooped, flatten with palm of hand.

Bake at 375 degrees for 9 to 10 minutes. Cookies are done when small cracks appear. Ideally, the edges do not brown.

Sprinkle liberally with sugar after baking. Makes about 3 dozen small cookies.