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Drop Sugar Cookies

Drop Sugar cookies

This is the easiest sugar cookies recipe I have ever made. It is a winner from Betty Crocker. I will have to admit that when I read through the recipe I was very skeptical about its outcome, but now after 28 times making them, it’s a beauty! I knew immediately that I could get these cookies in the oven and my students out the door in a 45 minute class. Now just think what you could do with this recipe. In a pinch you could make them before breakfast, have them packed and ready to head out the door with you to celebrate a birthday at lunch! It does not get better than that.

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Basic Spritz Cookies

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This recipe is really a throwback to my college days when I was a flunky for the head of the Home Economic’s Department.  I probably  made a million of these Spritz Cookies and became quite a natural with a cookie press.   These little cookies are quick to make,  but I am hesitant about using the word easy.  The dough is quite easy to prepare as long as you can operate a mixer, but the kicker for some could be the use of a cookie press.   Following the directions  in the Use and Care Manual will be a great help .  I found  the diagrams  are very easy to follow.   Now it may take a couple of tries to get the feel of how long to press the trigger, but you can just throw the dough back in the press and start over.  If you don’t have a cookie press I encourage you to run out an get one especially if you have children.  They love this gadget!  You and your family can make some great  holiday memories!  Check out the little puppies we made at the insistence of one of my angels!

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Martha’s Basic Vanilla Cookie Dough 30 ways

This is a quick way to make your house smell like the holidays in the blink of an eye. Well, almost. You do have to do a little work up front, but then you can float the rest of the way. I saved this recipe last December from Martha Stewart Living. It is one versatile cookie dough. The dough can be flavored vanilla, spice, chocolate, and citrus. The dough can then morph into thumbprint, spritz, slice and bake, or rolled cookies. To add even more variations there’s a ton of mix- ins. In other words one cookie done at least 30 ways!

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Meringue Cookies

In my recipe file are  recipes that I used in my food’s classes in high school and college as well as some that I have asked for from students. I found this recipe in that file.  I have never made it.  I did make it  out of necessity last week.  I hate looking through all the recipes that are out there on the internet.  There is something about the sheer numbers of recipes that just won’t let my brain function properly.  I have this same problem when I am shopping.  I don’t do well at sales where you have to go through rack after rack of clothes.  Big warehouse shopping is not my thing either.  The fewer choices I have the better I am at making a choice.  Just try googling meringue cookies and see what you get!  It is a massive number of  recipes, so after hours of trying to choose what I thought was the best one I gave up! And I’m glad I did because this one is good! Meringue can be tricky to make.  For the novice cook inexperience can lead to frustration.  After my students had such a hard time making their meringue a week ago I set out to try to make it easier to understand.  I also wrote a guest post for Dinner and Dreams  entitled “How to Make Meringue for Puddings and Pies“.  Check it out for the low down on meringue.  Continue reading

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