Monday, November 30, 2015

Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop - My Day

So when my friend Carol announced she was going to host this blog hop, I quickly emailed her and said I'd love to join in!  I can't wait to see everyone's fun creations!  Thanks for a fun idea and for hosting Carol!!!

I am known in certain circles as the "One Who Brings Cookies"  and it is fun for me to make them for others to enjoy.  

At Christmastime, I make dozens and dozens...always at least a double batch at a session and many are made ahead of time to freeze for pulling out as needed for family gatherings, church youth group, and sometimes "just because" for my son...the recipes I am sharing all freeze well and are easy to make.

I have been scaling back the amounts of baking I do in this last year as my husband has been on a very low carb diet in which he lost 50 pounds.  

I must say I appreciate the opportunity to share with a few like-minded people who might not consider my cookies to be a hindrance to their diet :)  Buaahhahahhahahahahahahaa!!!!  insert evil laugh here.

**Hint number 1:  Puuuhhhhlllleeeeeeze use Parchment Paper, it really makes for a better cookie!!!**

Cookie 1:
Chocolate Chip...(Rise High Cakey version)
I am a fan of thick chocolate chip cookies, light on the chips...when making these for others though I usually do put in the full amount of chips as most are traditional about these things.  I think they are best with only one or 2 chips per cookie, hehehehe.
Cream together -
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup crisco butterflow shortening
1 cup brown sugar
then add -
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Mix together in separate bowl-
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
Combine and chill batter for at least an hour.
Use a #20 disher or Tablespoon to drop batter onto parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for 13 minutes at 375 degrees F.
Makes around 3 1/2 - 4 dozen cookies.
Cookie 2:
Oatmeal Raisin
The secret for these is the baking raisins, they make a big difference.  Also be aware that the cookie continues to bake when you remove it from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet. Don't overbake these!  They should be crispy on the edges and chewy in the centers. Taste testing maybe required to get perfect bake time, hehehehe.
Cream together -
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup minus 2 tsp Crisco butterflow shortening
3/4 cup brown sugar
then add -
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Mix together in separate bowl-
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1  tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon

Combine and mix well.

Add/Fold in-
3 Cups Quick cooking Quaker Oats
1 Cup Baking Raisins

Drop by rounded Tablespoons onto Parchment paper lined baking sheets and bake 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees F until golden brown.  Cool on baking sheet .
Makes 4 dozen cookies.

Now, finally...when my family thinks of ginger cookies it is not the little men we think of.  I do make those, but we use sugar cookie dough and mini m&m's and little sugar eyes for those to especially appeal to my younger nieces and nephews...
 No, for gingery spicy cookies, this is our go-to recipe...

Cookie 3:
Molasses Cookies
The secret for these is the Turbinado coarse sugar, it makes them chewy inside and crispy outside.  
Cream together -
2 cups sugar
1 cup Crisco butterflow shortening
1/4 cup softened butter

then add -
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses

Mix together in separate bowl-
4 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 tsp ground ginger
2  tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves 

Combine and mix well.

Place in a separate bowl-
1 cup Turbinado Sugar in the Raw  Coarse Sugar to roll cookie balls in

Shape into 1 1/2" balls and roll in coarse sugar then place on Parchment paper lined baking sheets and bake around 10-11 minutes at 385 degrees F until golden and tops are cracked.  Remove to wire rack to cool.
Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

Thanks for taking the time to visit with me today!  Please continue on with the hop and visit the others I am fortunate to share today with listed below!

December 1

And don't forget to check back on the rest of the hop with these folks!


Kathy MacKie said...

Ok, now I must bake cookies and soon and I'm using your recipes so thanks for the tips and extra pounds, ha ha.

Carol Swift said...

Every one of these cookies need to be on my baking list. My hubby loves oatmeal cookies, so these would be right up his food alley. I wish I could really be tasting these right now. Yum! I'll have to use parchment paper to see the difference. Thanks for sharing your recipes!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

They all look delish! But the oatmeal cookies - oh my!!

KaHolly said...

You really are The Cookie Queen!

Deonn said...

These all look sooo delicious! Those ginger cookies are making my mouth water. No wonder you are the the Cookie Girl! And I agree - parchment really saves the cookies.

Sugar Free Quilts said...

They all look delicious...I especially love how you clearly keep them close at hand while stitching away!

Carol said...

Oh, my, your cookies look delightful!! I can't wait to try the oatmeal raisin recipe--I wish I could reach into the photo and take one! Thanks for sharing!

Patty said...

They all look delicious! Must have been so difficult to make all these batches of cookies just for your blog. Thanks for taking one for the team. :-)

Needled Mom said...

They all look and sound fabulous. I'm a fan of thicker chocolate chip cookies too.

Little Quiltsong said...

Thank you for sharing all your delicious cookie recipes. I need to get baking cookies again. It seems to be squares or banana loaf bread lately.

tink's mom said...

What a wonderful collection of yumminess. I'm not a baker but I am seriously thinking of trying the oatmeal raisin. Thanks for sharing your cookies with us.

SuperMomNoCape said...

All your cookies look delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your family favorites!

Linda Loosli said...

Oh my gosh, I love every one of these cookie recipes! Thanks for sharing your recipes!

Mary Ann said...

They all look good but the ginger spice cookies have my mouth watering. Thanks for taking the time to share not only the recipes but the pictures.

Just Quilt It said...

These all look so good! I can't wait to give them a try! Thank you for your special hints to make theses successful!

Mary Pat Callihan said...

Oh Kris! Oh my! You have outdone yourself! ....and in my humble opinion, you saved the best for last...the molasses cookies as we call them at my house. Oh, I could just taste them! Thanks for the great recipes :) said...

Oh your cookies look yummy. I had a hard time finding the time to make cookies even.

Createology said...

Wow all of your cookies look delicious! Thank you so very much for sharing your recipes. Creative Cookie Bliss...

Quilt Granny said...

Great cookie recipes. Also I snooped into previous post. Love your spools quilt.

Aunt 'Reen said...

These all sound (and look) Delicious!
Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes.
Will definitely give a couple a try this holiday season.

Carla said...

You are a baker! THese all look yumilicous. I'll be baking the Molasses cookies first.

Lin's Kitchen said...

I like the idea of making "gingerbread" men cookies with sugar kids would love that! All of these look great!

Corrie said...

They all look delicious!

Soma @ said...

Yummmmm!!!! I love to bake, but I am desperately lacking cookie recipes. Thanks so much for these delicious recipes, Kris! Cookies on your sewing table and light on the chips - just they way I like it! :)


Michelle said...

All three look really yummy!

Lara B. said...

Oh my do all those cookies look great Kris! We are a cookie making family at Christmastime too. :)

Paige said...

I want cookies now!