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Cookie Monsters

Posted Jul 09 2009 12:00am

Hey guys!  So, in my last post I told you that we have a luncheon coming up at work.  Well, today I had multiple requests for specific cookies that I have brought into the office previously.  You see, before I went back to school, I would bring homemade baked goods to work at least once a week.  This wasn’t just a dozen or so muffins or cookies either.  I made cakes, candies, cookies, cheesecake…etc, and I made enough for the entire department.  I just love to bake/cook.  The requests for the luncheon were all cookie requests.  None of these cookies are my healthy recipes unfortunately.  But, I will give the people what they want!! lol I would say this is because cookies are portable and easy to take back to one’s desk or wrap up for later for the kids.  The first request was for my frosted soft sugar cookies.  The sugar cookie recipe that I use is a family recipe which means it’s TOP SECRET!!!  No, not really.  I love you guys -so if you feel like something soft and sweet, I won’t deprive you.

Grandma Rose’s Sugar Cookies

2/3 cup shortening

3/4 sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 egg

4 tsp. milk (why 4 tsp. I do not know she has just always done it that way lol)

2 cups sifted all purpose un-bleached flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

Pre-heat oven to 375 and spray cookies sheets with non-stick spray.  Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl and set aside.  With an electric hand mixer or stand mixer ( I use my Kitchen Aid), cream together shortening, sugar and vanilla.  Add milk and egg and mix until fluffy.  Add dry ingredients in small portions until incorporated. But, be careful not to over-mix.  You don’t want “tough cookies”.  Divide dough in half, wrap in wax paper and  chill for 3 hours or overnight.  (Sometimes I do that sometimes I put it in the freezer for 5 minutes.)  Roll one half of the dough onto a lightly floured surface and cut into desired shapes. 

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The original recipe says to roll it to 1/4 in thickness.  I make mine a little thicker.  Place shaped cookies on sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.  I like to underbake mine slightly.  But, that’s all preference.  Remove them from the oven and let them cool.  Frost with your favorite homemade or store bought frosting and enjoy!!

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The second cookie request was for gooey butter cookies.  These a decadent and so easy to make!  You can view the recipe here

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The third request is for a recipe that I have devised from my own preferences.  I use this as my go-to quick and yummy recipe for BBQ’s and family gatherings.  I originally adaapted it from Better Homes and Gardens.  But, after omitting the oatmeal and adding more flour, taking out the nuts and adding lots of chocolate chips and doubling the PB.  I feel like I have kind of adopted it.  Yes, I do mean adopted not adapted.  This time, I also added a finely chopped Kashi bar…

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I used to eat a Chewy Kashi Go Lean bar for lunch almost every day!  They seriously taste like candy bars.  Not to say that they are junk.  I don’t think that.  But, I am moving farther away from processed foods.  These bars also taste like candy bars for a reason.  They have a decent amount of sugars and a few preservatives. 

Did I indulge in some cookie goodness? No.  I see no problem with the occasional indulgence.  To me, that indulgence should be something special.  It should be something that I’m not able to have all the time: my Nan’s homemade chocolate pie,  freshly made dessert at an organic restaurant, a dessert made from seasonal ingredients that are only freshly available for a short time.  The cookies that I made today are something that I could whip up any time that I choose.  I have the recipes memorized.  This, to me, is not worth the indulgence.  But, please don’t deprive yourself all of the time or beat yourself up when you eat something for the taste and the way it makes you feel!  Life is too darn short.  ;)

So, you know I want to know…especially from a certain RD….what do you guys think about occasional indulgences?  How has your treat philosophy changed over the years?

 

Once again, I am sorry for the blurry pics.  I can’t wait to get a new camera! Two months until my birthday!!

 


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