Cookies

Peach Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwiches

Peach Ice Cream

So, I’ve made this delicious peach ice cream when ice cream sandwiches were brought to my attention.  My mom used to make gingerbread and serve it with cold sliced peaches. Peach Ice Cream

I bought a box mix of ginger bread (Betty Crocker) and made the soft cookie recipe off the box.  They turned out perfectly soft and chewy.  Just what was needed for these ice cream sandwiches.

I can remember eating ice cream sandwiches on a hot summer afternoon and trying to lick every bit of the ice cream as it oozed out the sides of the chocolate wafer cookie.  The last bite was usually runny and it was the best.  Don’t you find that true of a sandwich or a biscuit?  The last bite has just the right amount of mustard, meat and lettuce or butter and jelly to make it the perfect bite.

Well, these ice cream sandwiches were the perfect bite all the way around – from the first bite to the last.

I made up the cookies according to the soft and chewy recipe on the box and let them cool completely before I stored them in an air-tight container.

Peach Gingerbread Ice Cream Cookies

When ready to serve, I pulled out the little bit of ice cream leftover from the first round and let is slightly soften.  I used a small ice cream scoop and placed the ice cream in the center and used an off-set spatula to spread it.  Then topped that with another gingerbread cookie.

I returned each to the freezer as I made it.  They were stored in a freezer container to be served as needed.  They won’t last long.

Spiced Apple Oatmeal Cookie Bars & Cookbook Review

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Cookies in Minutes Cover from which I produced this bag of mix!

I was lucky enough to win this sweet cookie book Cookies in Minutes by Mable and Gar Hoffman from Robin at Simply Southern Baking. Have you checked out her blog? You should if you like good Southern baking cuisine.

Robin introduces herself this way: “Welcome to Simply Southern Baking. I’m Robin, the girl behind the recipes wishing I had more time to spend in the kitchen!”
This is a baker after my own heart.

You should check her out on Pinterest too.  She has the best mix of recipes. I drool all over my keyboard just reading the recipes!  She also has a delightful selection of cookbooks on a pin board. I’m sure I need some of these. Friend her on Facebook too.

I collect cookbooks as I’m sure you do. I can tell you where I’ve travelled by my cookbook collection. Then I have my favorites – like my mom’s Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook – the 1947 edition.

I love to make cookies. It is sort of therapeutic to mix up, spoon out, bake and cool and store all those little desserts. At Christmas, when I have all my baking done, I can begin to package up various goodies for all my friends, I love to look at all the different colors, shapes and sizes. (Doesn’t take much to make me happy!) :)

What I think I like best about this book are the cookie mix recipes. I tried the Oatmeal- Cookie Mix and made a delicious Spiced Apple Oatmeal Bar. It was a little dry the first day, but after an overnight stay wrapped in foil, they were moist and delicious. The nutmeg in the icing was just right. Now I have an extra package of mix already made up for some Hasty Oatmeal Fruit Drop cookies.

It’s too bad this book is out of print.  But I will gladly share recipes with you from time-to-time so you can have a taste of Cookies in Minutes.

Spiced Apple Oatmeal Bars

Lucky Charmers for St. Patrick’s Day

Kim (a dear foodie friend at my office) told me she thought a cookie she saw on Tumbleweed Contessa’s Facebook page looked great. She asked why I hadn’t made that for them. I never realized people think I make all those wonderful things you all post to FB! So, I told her I’d make them. I frantically went to FB to find the recipe. However, it was from a boxed cake mix. I prefer “scratch” cookies.

I got the idea, but adapted it to fit my favorite cookie recipe. Everybody is raving about these here at work. They love Lucky Charms. I don’t think I ever bought Lucky Charms cereal. (I’m certain my children will correct me.) It took me forever to find them on the grocery aisle with all those cereals. Now I have this opened box of cereal in my pantry. To use up some more I put one of the little marshmallows on the top of each cookie for an added attraction and because Kim said she loved those little marshmallows.

St. Patrick’s Day in El Paso isn’t one of the biggest celebrations, but we try. What do you do to celebrate St. Patty’s Day? Tell me tomorrow on What’d You Do This Weekend? We can make it a BIG GREEN party!

Lucky Charmers

Thin Mint Brownies

Thin Mint Brownie Pie

Girls Scouts.  So many wonderful memories.  We talk about “Make New Friends, But Keep the Old.”  I remember cookie sales and cookie deliveries almost in the middle of the night.  One time at a tennis court at 10:00PM.  Seems like that was the only place this lady spent her time.  I don’t know how Krista found her at home to sell her cookies!

Thin Mints are my favorites.  I don’t usually buy them because I don’t need them around the house to tempt me.  But this cute little girl was with her momma outside a store on a very windy Friday.  She was trying to sell the most of anyone in the troop.  She was campaigning for the Girl Scouts and I was impressed.  So I bought this box of cookies.

I was tempted to open them when I saw a box mix of Duncan Hines Snack Size Brownies in the pantry.  Why not add a little more chocolate to the brownies and a little mint?  We all know how much I like to use mint.  (Check back to the Christmas time cookies.)  These just have to be good.

So I quickly gathered my ingredients.  I put a sleeve of Thin Mints in a plastic bag and beat them up into small chunks with my wooden mallet.

Crumbled Thin Mints

I topped these brownies with 8 more cookies.  (Just to remove the temptation.) There were a few left so I put them in the freezer for safe keeping.  We all know how frozen cookies lose their flavor!

Give these a try and support the Girl Scouts at the same time. They are fine women when they grow up.  I have two of them in my family to prove that.

Speaking of Girl Scouts….it has been a few weeks since we met a new friend.  Come and meet my new friend Rachel who love’s her disorganized life at New Friend Friday.

Red Hot Chocolate Chip Cookies

Red Hot Chocolate Chip Cookies

Don’t you just love cookies?  I love cookies and I love to make them.  Something about a cookie….it’s a total dessert or snack you can grab and no mess involved.  It’s not messy nor any dishes involved.  The perfect bite.

I started thinking about Valentine’s Day before the Super Bowl.  It was really hard to drag myself from it to make anything for our Super Bowl & Chili party.  I had to focus on appetizers all the while wanting to make some valentines.  So I decided I could bake some cookies and maybe get it out of my system.  It did not work.  This served as a delaying distraction though.

I baked them in a silicone heart-shaped cupcake pan.  I did not fill them all the way.  I used about 1 ½ of the smallest ice cream scoops of the batter and pressed in into the form.  Let them cool before trying to remove them. I pressed the red hot in the center as soon as I took them out of the oven.  (I could not find heart shaped red hots in January.)

Don’t forget to stop by to see and share at my weekly party.

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Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies Decorated for Valentines Day

Every Valentine’s Day I pull out my very old Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook that I got when I got married and go to this page to make these cookies.  As you can see I have turned to this page many times.  I have my mom’s 1947 edition too.  I’m planning a series from it.  I love old cookbooks.  I read them like a novel.  I especially like old church cookbooks.  They have wonderful recipes and the peoples’ names intrigue me for some reason.  Church ladies have funny names sometimes.  I digress….again!

Cookbook Page

I have tried a dozen other sugar cookie recipe and this one comes out best for me.  I truly don’t like to make cut out cookies, but once I get started I can’t stop!  It must bring out the little bit of artist there is in me.  Valentine’s Day does that to me.  I had to struggle to focus on Super Bowl food last week, when I was already prepared to make cookies and sweets in heart shapes in delicate pink with roses and twisty vines.  I bought 2 pound of red hots that were supposed to be “heart-shaped” and weren’t.  So be prepared.  I’ll find some way to use them.

Decorated Sugar Cookies

This is exactly how the recipe is written from the book.  Notice not too many details.  I think it assumes we know how to cook.

Valentine's Day Cookies

Cookies Decorated for Valentine's Day

I told you I get carried away!

Now I’m off to a cake decorating class and when I come home I’ll continue!  Stay tuned……

Wonderland Bars

When I see a recipe that everyone is so excited about I go way back to “the olden days” as my children used to say and begin to remember something I made or had to eat.  That is where this came from.  Actually it came from my best friend in high school, Linda, who made these.  I don’t remember eating one, but I’m sure I must have.  I remember her making them. Not from a recipe though.  So I guess it was one of those that she had learned from her sister and could just throw together.  I was amazed.  We never used sweetened condensed milk or graham cracker crumbs from a box that I could remember.  My momma always made everything from “scratch.”  I’m sure that is because that is how she learned to do it from her mother.

As I began to see versions of this on other blogs I had to make some.  I have a group from my church who usually plan for me to make a dessert.  So I had to make this one for one of our potluck dinners before our study.  As it turned out, we did our study and then planned an entire series of soup lunches for Lent.  I don’t know how we got around to that from our study; however I think it turned out to be quite productive.  We are a small group.  I hope everybody does their part.

Anyway, back to the Wonderland Bars.  That’s what Linda called them in high school.  I’m sure you have an entirely different name for them and perhaps a little different version of the recipe.  Mine is pretty simple, high in calories and wonderfully rich.

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Orange Icebox Cookies

These cookies are delicate.  I love them the best of all the ones my mom made, except a Christmas Cookie that I still cannot master. (We’ll talk more about that one later.)    These orange cookies smell delicious while baking and when I open the container they are stored in I can smell the orange.  Don’t slice them too thick or they are too soft. Make sure the dough stays cold while slicing. That has something to do with the crispness.  These were best when she made them at Christmas along with other goodies she included on a plate for friends and neighbors.  These are my choice for a cookie exchange.  They are good with a hot spiced tea.

Orange Ice Box Cookies with Semi-Sweet Chocolate Glaze

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg (room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh, squeezed orange juice
  • 2-¾ cups all-purpose
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • ½ cup chopped pecans, optional
  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add the egg, orange juice, and orange zest.  Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl with a whisk to lighten and add to the mix.  Finely chop the pecans and mix well. (optional)

Form into 2 logs and wrap in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours or until you are ready to bake.  Slice about ¼” thick and bake at 400° for 8 minutes.  Remove to a rack to cool.

When cool, dip in the chocolate chips which you can melt in the microwave.  I use a spoon and cover just one end with the chocolate and put on a rack to harden.  (I put them in the frig or freezer to speed this up.)

Store in an air-tight container.

Enjoy!  Now share your cookie recipe with me at the Holiday Cookie Exchange.

Cookies 2012

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2012 Cookie Exchange-Cookies and Memories

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I had a great meal and now I am settling in with my buddy the computer.

Thank you so much if you participated in our Holiday Cookie Exchange.  This is a beautiful collection that I will treasure and use for many years.  If you were voted into the Top 10 please feel free to display this button on your post or site.  We are busy Face-Tweet-Pinning the Top 10 right now.  The collection book is almost ready and we will email it to all participants tomorrow.

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Friday Night Fall Fun Crafts and Baking!

I am playing with my grand girls tonight.  We are baking and doing arts and crafts.  Check out this cool book I found for all kinds of autumn crafts.

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Mixologists or Bakers?

What did we do tonight? We made cookie dough, pumpkin bars and pizza cups.  Maddie requested plain cookies without those chocolate things.  I asked her if she meant chocolate chips.  She wrinkled her nose and said “Yes, I don’t like those.”   “So you want just plain sugar cookie dough?”  “Yes,” she answered, “but don’t bake them.”  We mixed up plain sugar cookie dough to eat with the fingers!  In case you haven’t noticed mom, it is in your refrigerator.  Maddie and Cameron know it is there.

Next we made some Pumpkin Bars for Cameron.  I discovered she liked pumpkin muffins while we were eating lunch at the Greenery for her birthday.  She loved the mixing and putting them in the baking pan.  She wasn’t very patient while they baked.  She was ready to move on.  And she didn’t try one either.

That evening for dinner I let them make Pizza Cups.  Those were a success!  We rolled the dough, formed them in the mini muffin pans with the Pampered Chef Mini Tart Shaper, put on the jarred pizza sauce, mini pepperonis and cheese.  They were even happy to wait to let them bake and we ate dinner.  They were good!  Success!

So I think my granddaughters have moved to “Mixologists” on their way to bakers.  I’m working on them.

 

 

As you may have noticed Maddie is now getting ready for Halloween as Elvira in the wig while she eats the pepperonis rather than put them on the pizzas!