Fantastic Bake Along – Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies

I have enjoyed this month’s Bake Along so much. Kate @ Life, Tea, and Everything was our star baker and she chose her Grandma Thompson’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.  You can get the recipe on her website here.

I thought of my grandma as I was making my batch of cookies. I am so grateful for her love of me.  I wish I could see her again and give her a hug and kiss.  

I couldn’t think of a better accessory to these cookies than this grateful wood cut out.  It is exactly how I am feeling today.


This recipe was quite different from many other cookie recipes.  I felt like a bit of a chemist as I boiled water and added the baking soda to dissolve.  I also liked the fork marks that were similar to a peanut butter cookie.


And the taste, mmm….yum!  They were so delicious!  I doubled the recipe and made the cookies a bit larger.  Bigger is always better in my book:)


It has been a fun Bake Along.  I’m excited to head over to see how the other bakers fared with their cookies this week.

Here is the list of those who said they would joining in:

Thank you for dropping by today.  I hope you will join in the fun next month. You can read about how to join in here.

Have a super SWEET day!

Oh, So Soft, Sugar Cookies

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I make sugar cookies once a year…only once a year, beacause I have no self control when it comes to these soft, SWEET, and absolutely DELICIOUS cookies!

The hardest part about making sugar cookies is knowing when to take them out of the oven. You want to cook them JUST until they look dull and are slightly bubbly and golden on the edges.If you cook them too long, they are crispy. If you don’t cook them long enough they are kind of limp.   A good rule when making  a soft sugar cookie is to cook one or two and play with the time.  Cook one and check the time for the perfect texture.  If it comes out limpy, add more time, crisp, less time.   When you get the perfect texture, bake the rest of your cookies to match:)Another key to a soft sugar cookie is to roll the dough about 1/2″ thick.  Starting with a  1/4″ roll will result in a crisp cookie. So remember, 1/2″ inch….

Ok, now we are ready.  Here it comes, the golden soft sugar cookie recipe.   Here it is, the most wonderful sugar cookie recipe ever.  I apologize in advance for the sugar high due to the “must eat me now and eat that one too” factor that always accompanies these cookies…..sorry:)

Oh, So Soft, Sugar Cookies

recipe by Tracy @It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Ingredients:

  • 1c softened butter
  • 1 1/2c sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 1/2tsp almond extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 4c flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4tsp baking soda

Instructions:

Pre-heat oven to 350*.  In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar, vanilla, almond extract and eggs until light and fluffy.  Beat in the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda until thoroughly blended.  On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/2″ thick.  Cut into desired shapes.  Place on a greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 10-12min until dull white and the edges are golden.  DO NOT OVERCOOK! –They should not deflate when they are taken out of the oven.  If they do, they are underdone and need a minute or two more to the cooking time:)  Let cool and then decorate.

Frosting:

  • 1/2c butter
  • 1/2c shortening
  • 1pkg powdered sugar
  • 1tsp almond extract
  • milk
  • food coloring

Cream shortening and butter until smooth.  Add powdered sugar and extract.  Blend until mixed.  Add milk a few tablespoons at a time until you get your desired thickness.  Try not to make it too thick or it will be hard to pipe.


I really do hope you have a SWEET Valentines Day.  If you make these cookies, I know you will:)

Snickerdoodle Love

I cannot put into words how delicious these cookies are.  They are crispy cinnamon goodness on the outside and soft, flaky, moist deliciousness on the inside.

Most Snickerdoodle recipes make a flat, limp cookie.  This recipe makes a thick, firm, but oh so soft cookie.   They are the number one asked for cookie around our house.

Many years back, I went to my best friend, Dana’s house just as she was pulling out a batch of these cookies.  Snickerdoodles, really?  I thought Snickerdoodles were just a cookie you make when you don’t have any chocolate chips!   I took a bite and knew that these were not your ordinary Snickerdoodle.   The cookie melted in my mouth but also had quite a bit of  substance to it.  I was converted and now am a big fan of the Snickerdoodle, but only THIS snickerdoodle.

My daughter has become the queen of the cookies around our house. One summer she made every cookie recipe in our church cook book. She made a new recipe everyday. My other kids say it was the best summer of their  lives!

She has a magic touch with cookies and especially this recipe for Snickerdoodles.  I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t just LOVE them!  She made up this batch for the photo shoot because my sister came in town and ALWAYS likes to have them when she comes.  They have become her family’s favorite as well:)

Snickerdoodles

  • 3/4c room temperature butter not margarine
  • 1 1/3c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2c flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 1c sugar
  • 2tsp cinnamon

Combine cinnamon sugar ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Preheat oven to 400*.  Blend butter and sugar until creamy.  Add eggs and blend well.  Add flour, baking powder, and salt.   Form into 1 1/2″-2″ balls and roll in the cinnamon sugar

Place on a greased pan about two inches apart and bake until lightly browned.  Touch the top of a cookie, it should feel crisp to the touch, but the edges will not be brown.  Start checking at 8 min and cook about 10-12min depending on how big of dough balls you made.

The balls will not spread very much, instead they will kind of rise.  Take a flat cup or jar to press the cookies right out of the oven to flatten them.
Remove the cookies from the pan and cool on a wire rack. Makes 12-15

You can eat these warm or cold.  They are abso-DOODLY wonderful!!!!

Thank you for stopping by:)   I hope your day is SWEET!   If you make these Snickerdoodles today, I know it will be!  – Tracy:)