Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Our Christmas Cookies

My kids and I had a good time making Christmas cookies this year. Both of the kids were a big help--even though if it were left up to my daughter, she would eat them in dough form and skip the baking!

Santa cleaned his plate, too, and drank all of his milk!

Thanks to my Mom and my new mixer, the cookies were a breeze to mix up this year. Here they are from left to right:

Across Top: My soft sour cream sugar cookies

Bottom Left: chocolate chocolate chip cookies

Next to choc. choc. chip: "cleaning out the kitchen cookies"

Right side below sugar cookies- TWD sugar Cookies covered in cinnamon sugar

Right side bottom - My mil's soft oatmeal raisin cookies

The recipes:

Tami's Soft Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

1/2c. shortening(part butter or margarine)
1c. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 2/3c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 sour cream

Heat oven to 425 degrees

Mix shortening, sugar, egg, & vanilla thoroughly.

Blend dry ingredients.

Add to sugar mixture alternately with sour cream.

Divide dough, roll out on a well-floured board. Cut with cookie cutters (metal cookie cutters w/ open tops are the easiest). You can make these as thick as you want...the thicker, the chewier.

Place cookies on greased baking sheets. Sprinkle with sugar unless you are going to ice them. Bake 7-8 min or until very lightly browned.

The Chocolate Chocolate Chip cookies can be found here. I've written about them already and they've become a favorite at our house.

"Cleaning out the kitchen cookies" come about when I have bits and pieces of things left over from other recipes. For example, in this recipe I used chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and crushed pecans. I've used coconut, almonds, mint choc. chips...whatever I have leftover that I think will tasted good when stir together. For the dough, I used a recipe from Five Forks
She posts about the ultimate chocolate chip cookie--and I think that she's absolutely right! This recipe is delicious!! Instead of using all of the chocolate chips that the recipe calls for, I divided up my ingredients into equal amts. I used my small cookie scoop instead of rolling the cookie dough into balls. These cookies are so good because they don't go flat when you bake them and they stay chewy! She has posted beautiful pics of the cookies on her blog.

The TWD Sugar Cookies can been found here. I had leftover dough so I rolled them into logs and stuck them in the freezer. I layed them on the table for about 5 minutes before I sliced them into circles, and then I dipped them into a cinnamon/sugar mixture and baked them. To me, they tasted better this way but I'm still not really crazy about this recipe. The dough was too much of a hassle for me to worry about. I'm totally biased toward sugar cookie recipes because I LOVE my recipe above.

Aud's Soft Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - if you like "dunking" cookies, you have to try these!
Here is the recipe:

½ c. sour milk ( ½ c milk with 1 & ½ tsp vinegar)
2 c. shortening
2 c. sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
2 c. raisins
4 c. flour
5 c rolled oats
Cover raisins with boiling water and let sit to soften ; drain well.

Blend shortening and sugar ; add eggs, one at a time; add vanilla & salt, mix thoroughly. Add raisins to dry mix. Dissolve soda in milk. Add flour alternately with milk. Add rolled oats
Bake at 375 degrees 12-15 minutes or until light brown


Susan said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog...I really enjoyed both of your blogs...I loved your surprise trip home. Your cookies are amazing...you really put that kitchen aid to work.
Hope you have a New Year filled with blessings!

Anonymous said...

I'm definitely going to have to try the sour cream sugar cookies. I LOVE chewy cookies. The chewier the better!

Jacque said...

Mmm, they all look delicious! I've been looking for a good chocolate chocolate chip cookie recipe. I will have to try yours.

Tami said...

Susan, Cynthia & Jacque, Happy New New to you and your families!! Thanks for stopping by and saying "hi". Do try the cookies..they are good! :)

LuckyMe said...

They look delish AND gorgeous! Happy New Year!

Tami said...

Thank you so much!

Happy New Year to you, too!

Tami said...

Whoops! I just realized that I wrote "Aud's soft oatmeal sugar cookies" for my MIL's soft oatmeal raisin cookies! They are so good that they deserve the correct name on them! Sorry!

Barbara Bakes said...

My family would feel so spoiled to have such a wonderful collection of cookies!

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