Saturday, March 24, 2007

Stinky's Chocolate Chip Cookies

By popular demand (ok, my daughter asked for this recipe so she can make some today), today's recipe is for Chocolate Chip Cookies.

The wonderful woman that took care of my daughter when she was little has a son that my daughter nicknamed Stinky. The two of them would make these cookies together (it was a great math lesson for a pre-school kid!)

And so, without further explanation, the recipe:

Stinky’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 ½ cups shortening (butter flavored Crisco is good)
1 ½ cups sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
3 eggs (or equivalent egg substitute)
1 tsp vanilla (we like the taste of Mexican vanilla with chocolate)
2 ¼ cups flour
1 ½ tsp soda
1 ½ tsp salt
3 cups oatmeal (old fashion rolled oats)
4 cups chocolate chips

Cream shortening and sugars until smooth

Add eggs and vanilla, mix well

Combine flour soda and salt and add gradually to mixture

Stir in oatmeal

Fold in chips

Drop on greased cookie sheets

Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes, or to desired doneness

This makes about 6 dozen medium sized cookies

Great served warm with a big glass of cold milk!

Friday, March 02, 2007

cake again, and something else too.....

It's been brought to my attention that we seem to be in a cake rut (ok, its a lovely rut, but still....)

So, here's the latest cake (look, it actually came out of the pans and could be stacked and frosted!!) This one is orange cake with chocolate frosting. Yummy!

I went to the local store that sells Wilton supplies and found a book that I could copy information into a notebook from. Discovered that I already have the right size tips for the daisy flowers, just needed to purchase a larger flower nail (and for $0.99, how could I go wrong?) So, the next cake experiments need to be in playing with some royal icing to make daisies....

On the "something else" front, I'm giving you today a recipe for Snickerdoodles. These are great cookies with coffee, cocoa, milk, or just about anything! This recipe is my friend Lori's version, and I've never tasted any that I like as well.

When Lori makes them, she usually doubles or triples the recipe, so I've given you here the basic recipe with the numbers for (doubling) and {tripling}


1 (2) {3} cup shortening
2 (4) {6} eggs
2 3/4 (5 1/2) {8 1/4} cups flour
2 (4) {6} teaspoons cream of tartar
1 1/2 (3) {4 1/2} cups sugar
1 (2) {3} teaspoons vanilla
1 (2) {3} teaspoons soda
1/2 (1) {1 1/2} teaspoon salt
cinnamon and sugar mixture for rolling dough in

Cream the shortening and sugar until smooth

Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until completely combined

Sift together the flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt and add mixture a little at a time, blending well each time

Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar/cinnamon mixture

Place on greased cookie sheet and flatten with the bottom of a glass

Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes

These freeze really well too!