Did you know not all sugar cookie recipes work well when using a cookie cutter? If the recipe is too soft, your shapes will flatten out too much and not look as cute as you had intended. The key to this stand-up recipe is corn starch.
- 1 cup shortening
- 2 sticks butter, slightly softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 4 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 5 cups flour
- 1 cup corn starch
- 1. Beat shortening, butter, sugars, salt, baking powder, and vanilla until well blended.
- 2. Add the eggs and beat until well blended.
- 3. Mix the flour and cornstarch in a bowl, then add to dough.
- 4. If the dough is too soft to work with then wrap and refrigerate. Otherwise roll out on floured surface and cut shapes as desired.
- 5. Bake in a 350 oven for 8-10 minutes. Cool on racks. Frost and decorate if desired.
- 1 stick of butter
- 1 cup sugar ( 1/2 white, 1/2 brown)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup +2 tablespoons sour cream
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Butter and flour a bundt pan (or a 13x9, or use for cupcakes).
- Cream the butter and sugar for 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time. Add the sour cream and vanilla.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, reserving 1 tablespoon of flour. Add to creamed mixture.
- Mix the reserved tablespoon of flour with the chocolate chips (this helps them not sink to the bottom of the cake). Add chips to the batter. Combine.
- Pour into prepared bundt pan and bake about 40-45 minutes till done. Cool the cake if you'd like to dust with powdered sugar.
Click here for a great video about how to fold shirt using a folding board. What a beautifully organized way to stack shirts, pants, etc. in your closet or drawers!
If you’d like to save $ you can use a cutting board or clip board, too!
Making pretty fall leaf cookies is as easy as a trip to your back yard!
Follow the directions here for tracing leaf cookies onto rolled out sugar cookie dough. You can also try gluten-free rolled out sugar cookie dough that King Arthur Flour makes. The process is easy, fun for little ones to help, and produces a delicious outcome for your family, loved ones, or neighbors.
Here’s a cool trick from Epicurious on how to check if your baking powder is still fresh.
It’s no fun baking with ineffective powder!
Cold brew. You can have it in 12 hours if you leave it on your counter or 24 hours if you soak it in your fridge.
Add grounds, add water, steep, strain twice, add water, enjoy.
Not bitter or acidic, doesn’t need sugar or milk (unless you prefer).
Drink it hot (add hot water to the concentrate) or cold.
Here’s some info on the latest fad that is cold brewed coffee.
Epicurious gives a fancy overview of cold brew.
The New York Times easiest instructions ever.
Expert reviews on the best pre-made brands.
Here’s an idea from Meaningful Mama on how to be organized enough to pack school lunches weekly. These tips are always good inspiration for me & I hope you find them useful, too!
Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; 1 Thes. 4:1
This just in! Exposing children to art, in its many forms, can make them better thinkers. Art History is one of our favorite subjects, so we are happy to hear this news. I encourage you to visit a museum nearby – they often have days where you can visit for free. If there’s no museum in your location, try the library or even the Internet for art history ideas. I bet adults benefit from art as much as children!