Cookie Recipes

Okay, so here's the 3 that I'm always asked for:

Oatmeal Cookies (from the Quaker Oats package)

1 cup (2 sticks) butter softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar + an extra teaspoon
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon (I use more, plus a shake of nutmeg)
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups OLD FASHIONED (it makes a difference) Quaker Oats
1 cup raisin (optional, I rarely use them)

Heat over to 350 degrees F
Beat margarine and sugars until creamy
Add egss and vanilla, beat well
Stir in (not using mixer) flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt
Stir in oats and raisins
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown

Optional add-ons: chocolate chips, nuts, or cut up orange slices with butterscotch chips to make Maga's "Scotties"

Snickerdoodles (modified from Old Betty Crocker recipe)

1 cup butter softened  OR 1/2 cup shortening and 1/2 cup softened butter

1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs

2 3/4 cups flour
2 tsps. cream of tartar
1 tsp. soda
1/4 tsp. salt
Cinnamon-sugar Mixture
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cinnamon
(or mix to your taste)

Heat oven to 400 degrees F
Cream together butter and sugar, beat in eggs. Stir in (get a strong wooden spoon) flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt until very well mixed. Roll dough into small balls (about the size of walnuts) and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on ungreased cookie sheet (they don't do all that well on non-stick sheets) and bake 8 to 10 minutes


Sugar Cookies

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter (softened)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract (you can use vanilla in place if you're out)
1 egg
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
2 1/2 cups flour*

*if using self-rising flour omit baking soda and cream of tartar

Heat oven to 375 degrees F
Mix (creaming speed is too fast) powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract, and the eggs. Stir in flour, soda, and cream of tartar until well mixed (it should be able to roll into 1 big ball. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours....or do what I do, and just start rolling and cutting.

Divide the dough into manageable sizes and roll out on lightly floured board to about 1/4 inch thick or so. Using lightly floured cutters, cut cookies into desired shapes, sizes, whatever.  If you don't want to decorate them, simply sprinkle granulated sugar on top and bake 7 to 8 minutes.

Frosting for sugar cookies (if you don't want to use store bought)

3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp. vanila
About 2 tablespoons of milk

Mix the powdered sugar and butter. Stir in the vanilla and milk and beat until smooth or of spreading consistency. Frost the cookies!

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