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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Howdy Ya'll!

I'm looking for a really good cut-out sugar cookie recipe. One where the cookies come out kind of soft and chewy but not so soft that they fall apart. I need a good icing recipe too. I want to try the kind that is smooth and kind of dries on the cookie. Anyone have one? Also, any other good, simple cookie recipes that are always a hit would be awesome! I usually make cookies and give them as gifts to my neighbors but I'm tired of the same ole things. Plus I don't have the time I used to have. Or the energy for that matter!

post #2 of 15

Have you checked out dessert-recipes dot org there are some great recipes there (including some of my family recipes

If you don't find anything you like, I can post my personal favorites
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I'll check it out. The problem with recipes is that they often don't tell if they're crispy, chewy or soft. But I'm going to go check it out and see if I can find something!
post #4 of 15
what do you mean as in chewy? as in like gummy bear chewy or as in chewy thay you can keep it in your mouth to chew on?

Try rich biscuits with currants or raisins. I make them and they are just mouthwatery!
you can use icing too but i dont because it becomes too sweet for me.
There is a heap of sugar in that recipe and lots of butter. If you want the recipe ill post it
post #5 of 15
Originally Posted by mzjazz2u
Thanks. I'll check it out. The problem with recipes is that they often don't tell if they're crispy, chewy or soft. But I'm going to go check it out and see if I can find something!
The Fisk Family Molasses cookie recipe is from my family, and these are between chewy soft and medium firm, very good but a simple cookie.

I don't want to start posting recipes unless I know you still need some...if you do, I have a raspberry bar cookie that is easy and extremely good, and fairly chewy/soft.

Oooh...and peanut blossums are wonderful too (soft peanut butter cookie that features a chocolate Hershey's Kiss dead center).
post #6 of 15

I have a recipe that my sister gave me. These are very good sugar cookies.

"Annie Hall's Butter Cookies"

2 cups of butter, softened
1 and 1/2 c. sugar
4 egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 and 1/2 c. unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add egg yolks and vanilla and mix well. Sift flour and salt together and beat into butter mixture until well mixed. Shape dough into 4 balls, wrap in plastic wrap and chill. Roll out on clean, dry, floured surface and cut with cutters. When ready to bake, use an ungreased cookie sheet and place cookies one inch apart. Bake for about 10 minutes, but do not brown them. Remove cookies from cookie sheet while still warm and cool on sheets of waxed paper. Decorate if you like.

*This recipe can be cut in half to reduce # of cookies made
post #7 of 15
I am also looking for a couple of good cookie recipes. My mom and i are invited to a cookie-exchange party this sunday and the invitiation says we have to bring 6 DOZEN COOKIES!!! Holy moly!!! So, we are breaking it down into 3 different recipes and my mom already has one good one. It sounds like everyone invited takes this pretty serious, so I want ours to be reeeeeeealllllllllly good! Plain chocolate chip cookies aren't allowed. Any suggestions? I want to make ours stand out. Nothing normal like plain sugar-cookies or anything like that.
post #8 of 15
Originally Posted by LaceyDF
I am also looking for a couple of good cookie recipes
Try this one...it makes 4 dozen, and it wonderful.

Orange Date Treasure Bars

Bar Ingredients:
8 oz. pkg. chopped dates
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter (I use unsalted)
1/2 cup water
1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup orange juice (fresh squeezed is best)
2 eggs
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon grated orange peel (fresh is best)

Frosting Ingredients:
3 cups confectioners sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon grated orange peel (again fresh is best)
**My one comment from making this, is that next time, I am adding some softened cream cheese to this frosting for added richness, flavor and better texture**

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease 15x10 inch jelly-roll pan. In a heavy 3 quart saucepan combine dates, sugar, butter and water. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until dates soften (5 to 8 minutes).
Remove from heat. Add remaining bar ingredients.
By hand, stir until well mixed (1 to 2 minutes). Spread into greased pan.

Bake near center of 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool completely.
Spread with frosting, cut into bars.

In 1-1/2 quart mixer bowl, combine all frosting ingredients. Beat at medium speed, scraping sides of bowl often, until light and fluffy (1 to 2 minutes).

Truly these are wonderful.

Peanut Blossoms

1/2 cup shortening (I prefer real butter, unsalted)
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
48 Hershey's Kisses Milk Choclate (plain, no almond)
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Remove wrapper from the Kisses. In a large bowl, beat shortening and peanut butter until well blended. Add the 1/3 cup of the sugar, and the brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add milk, egg, and vanilla and beat well. In a seperate bowl, stir flour, baking soda and salt together; gradually add to the peanut butter mixture.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in sugar, and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately place a Kiss on top of each cookie, pressing down so cookie cracks around edges.
Remove from cookie sheet to a wire rack, cool completely.

makes 4 dozen. These are addictive!
post #9 of 15
oh my goooooodness! I am printing those out as we speak! Thanks soooo much for the ideas!!! I'll let you know how they turn out!
post #10 of 15
Check out the Martha Stewart site. I know she has the icing recipe at least.
post #11 of 15
Also check out the food network for Alton Brown's cookie recipes. He had a whole show on how to change the texture and size of cookies. There should be something there. They're at www.foodtv.com
post #12 of 15
Another site worth checking out!!

post #13 of 15
It makes a difference it you are using butter, margarine or shortening (Crisco). I usually go half butter/margarine. It can also depend on the brand of margarine. I'm the local Martha Stewart in the office!!. For good recipes go on penzeys.com. Its a spice catalog THAT THE GREATEST!!.I'm lucky enough that they have a shop in town. The recipes in their catalog are awesome. Also try the kingarthurflour.com website (I subscribe to it!!)
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
So what is it that makes cookies crispy versus a bit softer? Because what I'm after in the sugar cookie recipe is a softer cookie you can still cut out and decorate (traditional christmas cookies). I'm going to try some of these other recipes posted too!
post #15 of 15
If anyone reading this knows of a good Christmas Mince Pie recipe, please drop me a line... I posted about this a few weeks ago but of course it's gone into web heaven.
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