Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Getting dumped for the great outdoors...

If there is one thing I know for certain about my girl is that she loves to bake. It’s kind of our thing. So when we decided to make Amish Sugar Cookies – it was a no brainer that she would help. As we put all the ingredients in the bowl, she noticed Andy was outside. Then she noticed Nicholas was outside… then as she scooped out the dough and saw even Rusty was outside – she then decided the outdoors was calling and she must answer. So I lost my helper.
I’m so thankful my kids love being outside so much. Sure makes things interesting when it rains endlessly for days upon days upon days. Also winter – winter mostly sucks in that regard. Anyway.
These cookies are pretty good little nuggets. I’m not sure what exactly makes them Amish or even sugar cookies – don’t most cookies have sugar in them? Regardless of their name – they taste pretty good. They aren’t overly sweet, almost like a scoopable shortbread. Might be why Andy ate so many – the kids too!

Amish Sugar Cookies Recipe
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1. In a large bowl, beat the butter, oil, and sugars. Beat in eggs until well blended. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually add to creamed mixture.
2. Drop by small teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen.

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