Dessert

Orange Craisin Oatmeal Cookies

Listen to Episode 53: A Great Cookie

Ingredients:

  • 1 c butter or margarine
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 c quick oats
  • 1 1/4 c flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 c craisins
  • 1/2 tsp orange peel

Directions:

  • Cream butter and sugar. Add water and vanilla, mix well.
  • Combine brown sugar, quick oats, flour, salt, baking soda in a separate bowl. Mix well, combine with butter mixture and mix well.
  • Stir in craisins and orange peel. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Form into 2 logs, refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Slice and bake at 375°F for 12 minutes.
  • Icing: Mix 2 Tbs orange juice, 1/2 tsp orange extract, and 2 c powdered sugar. Let cookies cool before icing.
Dessert

Cookie Icing

Listen to Episode 30: Classic Cut Out Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 c butter, soft but not melted
  • 32-oz bag powdered sugar
  • Milk

Directions:

  • In a big bowl, whip butter with a wooden spoon. Add vanilla and blend.
  • Add half of the bag of powdered sugar. Blend and add 1 Tbs of milk at a time until smooth.
  • Add the rest of the powdered sugar, then milk 1 Tbs at a time until the icing is a nice spreading consistency. If it’s too thin, you can add more powdered sugar. If it’s too thick, add more milk.
  • Divide icing into separate bowls to tint. If using liquid food coloring, make the icing a little thicker as the color will thin it.
  • Decorate and let cookies sit on a rack for a while so icing can set up. It will get stiff on the outside but stay soft on the inside.
Dessert

Cut Out Cookies

Listen to Episode 30: Classic Cut Out Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 c butter
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbs milk
  • 4 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Directions:

  • Cream together butter, sugar, and salt. Add eggs and milk, mix well.
  • Blend in flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix well, divide into two balls of dough, and chill in the refrigerator for two hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Use a lightly floured surface to roll out dough. Roll out dough so that it is 1/4 inch thick or slightly thinner and cut out desired shapes. Place cookies on baking sheets that have a sheet of parchment paper on them.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes, until edges are slightly brown. Do not overbake!
  • Cool on a cooling rack and ice.