Amish Sugar Cakes

I posted this recipe on my main journal back in 2001 and probably haven’t made it since, for one reason or another. Which is strange, because I do really like these cookies a lot. They’re classic soft sugar cookies — light and fluffy, not overly sweet, with a yummy crispy bottom and a chewy inside. Perfect for decorating in various holiday icings or just sprinkling with colored sugars for a pretty presentation. They were some of the first cookies I ever made from scratch and this used to be my go-to recipe for when I wanted to bring sweets to work/parties/what-have-you. …

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I <3 Japanese Labels

And now, a break from the relentless recipe barrage to contemplate the joy that is Japanese food labels’ liberal borrowing from other cultures’ languages. I’m sure there have been many posts made on these beauties, in all their various flavors. I decided to go with the green tea ones myself. They’re individually wrapped sweet biscuits — a bit on the dry side but go great dipped in hot beverages. As for the labeling, I’m pretty sure the word “couque” is related to cookies and baking in general, but the second part is just inexplicable. So I won’t try. Rather, I’ll …

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Bread Machine Love: Peanut Butter Cookies

So the topic of desserts came up a while back and the boy did me the grave injustice of not remembering all the different cookies I had made over the course of our time together. Given, my baking output has slacked a bit recently due to calorie-watching, warm weather, and less spare time, but the fact remains — I bake a mean batch of cookies. And lots of them. So it only seems right that I make sure this blog reflects that as well. Today, another classic: the peanut butter cookie. I typically use a tweaked version of this Allrecipes …

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Bread Machine Love: Snickerdoodles

This was posted in my main blog back in 2001, and I’ve been making them pretty much the same since back then. Since I’ve moved around a bit since 2001, however, I no longer have access to my mom’s industrial stand mixer. However, I found that my trusty bread machine did the same job just fine! Based on the near-perfect Mrs. Sigg’s Snickerdoodles recipe. Soft, chewy sugar cookies coated in cinnamon sugar. There’s tons of good reviews there, for a reason. I’ve made these cookies for bake sales, pot lucks, as holiday gifts, for house warmings and parties of all …

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Soft Ginger Cookies

I posted the recipe for this to my main journal back in 2001. Have been making it for ages, so I suppose it’s about time I actually took pictures of these guys. A perennial favorite that even non-fans of ginger end up liking. And for those of us who *do* like ginger… well, it’s easy enough to pile on extra when making the dough 🙂 This recipe was adapted from the AR “Big Soft Ginger Cookies” recipe which probably has more fans than most major recording artists. It’s one of the oldest recipes there and has more than 1500 reviews, …

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Soft Ginger Cookies, the Californian version.

(We now bring you a Relatively Harmless And Productive Post, to counteract the slashy chaos that has been cavorting in my journal as of late.) This is an adaptation of a recipe that I found at allrecipes.com. Mostly, it was a matter of saying, “What the hell is going on with all this molasses crap? Damned east coasters and their disgusting smelly black gunk. Here, let’s use some nice clover honey instead!” The result was lighter, fluffier, and more pleasing to our sensibilities. Use margarine and egg substitute to make it vegan, use soy milk instead of water if you …

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Death by cookie.

The last two days were spent in a baking frenzy of epic proportions. Just trying to wrap my feeble mind around the sheer number of cookies we made is giving me a headache. I documented it, though, so once those photos will developed, you’ll get an idea. We sat there staring at them, piled on the counter, on plates, in large tins, on napkins, just about everywhere there was room, afterwards, sort of in dazed horror. At least four batches of a dozen each of seven different varieties, plus ten different icings. And wow, did some of those gingerbread men …

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The Return of Diet Sabotage

My dear Persephone asked for a cookie recipe to play with. I shall first point y’all at the recipe I posted last time for snickerdoodles. But that’s not all, folks! For a limited time, you can get two (count ’em… TWO) fabulous recipes for the price of one! And we’ll even throw in a free set of kitchen knives! Call our toll-free number immediately, operators are standing by. *cough* Or… not. But yes, a recipe, then, for… hmm… oh! Bahahahaha. In honor of a Pennsylvania I will never forget, the half gallons of buttermilk we’re constantly trying to find new …

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Diet Sabotage

At the bidding of the lovely Chiller, here’s the recipe for snickerdoodles (cinnamon sugar cookies) that I’ve been using for the last few years as bribes and gifts. You’ll need… (for the cookies) 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 1 1/2 cups white sugar 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt (for the coating) 2 tablespoons white sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F or 205 degrees C. 2. Cream together softened butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, …

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