Cookie Cutter Cookie Recipe

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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. 

Cookie Cutter Cookies
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  1. 1 cup shortening
  2. 2 sticks butter, slightly softened
  3. 1 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 cup granulated sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  7. 4 teaspoons vanilla
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 5 cups flour
  10. 1 cup corn starch
  1. 1. Beat shortening, butter, sugars, salt, baking powder, and vanilla until well blended.
  2. 2. Add the eggs and beat until well blended.
  3. 3. Mix the flour and cornstarch in a bowl, then add to dough.
  4. 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. 5. Bake in a 350 oven for 8-10 minutes. Cool on racks. Frost and decorate if desired.
The Excellent Wife


Salted Caramel Oatmeal Bars

Beware!  With over a pound of butter, salted caramel oatmeal bars are deadly to any diet.

Salted Caramel Oatmeal Bars

Salted Caramel Oatmeal Bars

These gems form a sugary, buttery crisp bottom that is topped with

oozy caramel and a layer of crumbly oatmeal goodness.  

Salted Caramel Oatmeal Bars
A crisp, sugar-butter bottom topped with ooey caramel and a layer of crumbly oatmeal.
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  1. 4.5 sticks of butter, melted
  2. 2 T vanilla extract
  3. 2-1/4 cups brown sugar
  4. 3 cups flour
  5. 3 cups oats
  6. 3 teaspoons baking soda
  7. 11 oz bag of Kraft caramel bits
  8. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  9. sea salt (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a 9x13 pan with greased parchment or foil.
  2. In a large bowl combine butter, vanilla, sugar, flour, oats, and baking soda.
  3. Spread 1/2 the batter on the bottom of the pan and bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, melt the caramel bits and heavy cream in the microwave in 30 minute increments until a creamy caramel sauce is made.
  5. Spread all of the caramel sauce on the cooked crust, then crumble the remaining batter on top of the caramel. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste.
  6. Bake 20 minutes.
  7. Bars must set before cutting or you'll have a gooey mess! (and remember that the caramel sauce will BURN you if you touch it too soon!). Setting can take up to 4 hours, or as little as one hour if you use the refrigerator.
  8. Cut into squares and enjoy.
The Excellent Wife








Candy Corn Cookies ~ Tutorial

These cookies are SO very cute!  I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were also simple to make.  I hope some of you will give these tasty treats a shot as they are sure to be a hit wherever you serve them.

First, mix up a double batch of your favorite sugar cookie recipe.  I love this lemon one from the Kathie Cooks blog which is where I learned to make these adorable candy corns.

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Then separate the dough into three equal-ish mounds.

Add food coloring to two of the mounds:  make one orange and one yellow.

Line something rectangular, such as a loaf pan or plastic container, with plastic wrap.  Layer the white dough, then orange, then yellow dough by pressing and stacking them.

Wrap in plastic then refrigerate until nice and solid. Slice the dough and then cut out triangles from your slices.

Arrange the triangles on parchment-lined cookie sheets.  I gave a little extra shaping to each of my triangles and I also flattened them out a bit so they don’t puff up as much when baking.

Bake.  Remove from the oven and dip in granulated sugar.  Let cool.  Serve!

Rose’s Christmas Cookies

If you want some fantastic cookie recipes, consider this book by Rose Levy Beranbaum.  It has everything from fancy tree decoration cookies, to delicate melt-aways, to homemade dog biscuits!

I turn to this book every year to make traditional Christmas-time cookies!  See if you can find it in your local library to try it out first.

Andes Mints Cookies

These cookies have never failed to get “Ooooos” and “Ahhhhhs” from a crowd.  They’re easy to make & fun for children to help with.  Enjoy!

Andes Mints Cookies

3/4 c. butter
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
2 tbsp. water
12 oz. bag chocolate chips
2 eggs
2 3/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 tsp. soda
Melt together butter, brown sugar and water. Add chocolate chips and stir until melted. Let stand 10 minutes to cool. Add remaining ingredients.
Chill dough at least 1 hour. Roll into balls and place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 9 minutes.
Remove from oven and place 1 Andes mint on top of each cookie. Let melt for a minute or so (stick them in the oven for 10 seconds if necessary) . Swirl top of cookie with a spoon to make a pretty design.