Friday, August 5, 2011

Yummy Cookies :: Recipes

{Cinnamon Favorites}
Don't you just love a fresh baked cookie?
I certainly do! As I have prepared some great cookie recipes that our family have loved for years top share with you I asked myself "What do I think of when I think of the word 'cookie' "? Well one of my first thoughts was "Sweet!" :D So I started to think of how this can apply to Christians as well. What do people think of when they see or hear your name? When people think of "Bethany" I hope that they imagine a strong Christian young lady, striving to serve our King. I want to challenge myself as well as you to try and keep our reputation a good one. It is sometimes hard to be patient with little siblings in the grocery store, but when we behave in a un-godly manner and other shoppers see our Christian necklace or t-shirt then they will not think of Christians as something they would want to be. But when we behave in a God-glorifying manner then others will see what is different about us and this is a opportunity to share the Gospel! So whenever you see or make cookies then let it be a reminder to be a good whiteness for Christ!
Enjoy the recipes!
Bethany Ann

Sugar Cookies

{These cookies turn out best when you measure the ingredients exactly what measurement is given. Try and get it as level at possible and you'll be sure to have some great cookies! These cookies are perfect  to frost and decorate since they are so thick and will not easily break when handled. We make bunches of them every Christmas and pass them out to friends and family!}

Ingredients:
  • 2/3 c. shortening
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 1/4 sugar
  • 3 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 t. baking powder
Blend shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients. Knead on floured surface for 5-10 minutes or until dough sticks together and it like play-dough. Roll into 1 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters into shapes. Place cookies on a un-greased cookie sheet and bake at 425* for 5 minutes {a few minutes longer if you like yours really cooked and brown on the bottom like my father. :D}. Goes great with milk!

Split Seconds

{We LOVE these cookies! They are great for little tea-parties!}

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 c. margarine or butter
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 c. jelly {strawberry, grape, peach, etc.}
Beat all we ingredients. Stir in dry ingredients. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces and roll out like a skinny log as long as you cookie sheet. Place on the lightly greased cookie sheet. Using your finger, press it down in the middle of the dough all the way down the rope to make a "bed" for your jelly. Be sure and not press to hard or your "bed" will leak and you will have a sticky jelly mess! Take jelly and stir until smooth. Place jelly in the bed, but not to much so it runs over. Bake at 350* for 15-20 minutes. Cool and cut diagonally and enjoy!

Peanut Butter Cookies

{These cookies are so healthy that we sometimes have them for breakfast with milk! When you think about it, it's like a baked oatmeal-peanut butter breakfast bar! We love them!}

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups ground oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed (You can use flour or ground oatmeal...we just used flax seeds to make it more healthy)
  • 1 cup brown sugar or 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons Splenda or 1 cup sweetener
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer. Add 1 1/2 cups of the flour, brown sugar or honey, Splenda or sweetener, eggs, baking soda, baking powder and vanilla. Mix well and then add the remaining flour and flax seeds. Shape dough into balls place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Make criss-cross form with fork. Bake at 375* for 20-30 minutes.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1 c. butter
  • 1 c. Splenda or other sweetener
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 t. vanilla
  • 3 c. quick oats
  • 1 c. raisins
Beat butter and sweetener until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients. Add to wet ingredients. Stir in oats and raisins. Drop by teaspoons on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350* for 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!

No Bake Chocolate Cookies

{These are great to make in the hot summer months since they don't require a hot oven to bake in thus making the house cooler!}

Ingredients:
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. cocoa
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 3/4 stick of butter (1/2 c.)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 3 c. quick oats
Cook sugar, cocoa, milk, butter and salt over medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla and oats. Shape into balls once cooled, place on wax paper and let sit until hardened.


Cake Mix Cookies

Ingredients:
  • 1 package of cake mix (any flavor)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup of oil
  • 1/4 cup of water
Mix all ingredients together. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350* for 15 minutes or until done. Enjoy!


Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

{Do you like ooey-gooey cookies? Well if so then these are for you!}

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (6 oz.) of chocolate chips
  • Chopped nuts, optional
In a bowl combine brown sugar, sugar margarine and shortening, beat until smooth. add vanilla and egg; blend well. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Pour into a greased 9x13-inch pan and bake at 375* for 15 to 25 minutes. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Favorites

{We make these ALL the time and love them! They are a mix of a snicker doodle, sugar cookie and cinnamon cookie and are SO good!}

Ingredients:
  • 1 c. margarine or butter
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 flour
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • Cinnamon sugar {A mix of 3 parts sugar and 1/2 part cinnamon}
Cream first 4 ingredients until smooth. Then add next 3 ingredients. Chill in plastic wrap in refrigerator until dough is pliable but not sticky. If needed add a bit more flour to get the right texture. Roll into balls and then roll around in cinnamon sugar. Please on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350* for 12-15 minutes.

Cookie Log Cake

{This is a perfect summertime treat since you serve it cold!}

Ingredients:
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 package instant pudding mix
  • 1 1/2 c. cool whip
  • cookies
Mix milk and pudding and whisk until thick. Add cool whip. Spread in between cookies and form a log. Use remaining frosting to frost around the log. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy!

5 Words of Grace:

Rachel said...

Yumm!
These cookies sound delicious! Thank you for making this blog! Your little Bible studies inspire me so much!

Miss Rachel Lauren

Shannon said...

These are such lovely recipies! Thank you for your sweet reminder as well. What a perfect way to think about living for Christ while making cookies!

In Christ,
~Shannon~

Anonymous said...

I am anxious to try your cinnamon favorites! Also your chocolate chip cookie bars look good! With you bars do you shape them before you put them in the oven, or do you cook them and then cut them?
In Him Alone,
Emily J.

Bethany Ann said...

Dear Emily,
When I make the chocolate chip cookie bars, I pour the batter into the greased pan and bake it. Once it's cooled off then I cut them into bars. Enjoy!
Blessings In Jesus' Love,
Bethany Ann

Anonymous said...

Thank you for anwsering so quikly! We did your cinnamon favorites and they were delicous! I reccommend it to everyone!!!

IN HIM ALONE,
emily j.