Monday, September 30, 2013

cookie #16: old-fashioned sour cream cookies

i'm back in the kitchen and back to my betty crocker cooky book project! i've been baking my way...well rather selectively baking my way because i don't do most nuts, i hate raisins and coffee, but i'm getting distracted...

so i'm back with recipe #16, old-fashioned sour cream cookies.

-1/2 cup shortening (part butter or margarine)
-1 cup sugar
-1 egg
-1 tsp vanilla
-2 2/3 cups flour
-1 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp soda
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/4 tsp nutmeg
-1/2 cup sour cream

heat oven to 425 degrees. mix shortening, sugar, egg and vanilla thoroughly. measure flour by dipping method or by sifting. blend dry ingredients; add to sugar mixture alternately with sour cream.

divide dough; roll out to 1/4" thick on well-floured surface. cut with 2" round cutter; place on greased baking sheet. sprinkle with sugar. bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. makes 4 to 5 dozen cookies.

recipe from betty crocker cookie book

my notes:
this is a really fabulous cookie! they are really yummy, super soft sugar cookies. i'm sure i will be making them often. and just a little personal tip, i rolled the first dozen out with flour as instructed in the recipe but then i switched to powdered sugar, which made them even more tender.


Sunday, September 29, 2013

the promise of fall

i started this blog a few years ago as part of my photography business, a way to share photos and news with clients and maybe just a tidbit of personal news here and there. but after closing my photography business to make a big move so my husband could go back to school, i have constantly struggled with how much to share here. and when life is difficult, blogging is the first activity to get dropped off the to do list.

so as you can guess by the lack of recent activity here on the blog, it was a long and pretty sucky summer. as you know, i didn't blog, i also didn't go to the farmer's market, make pickles or jam. i didn't cook or bake or do anything very fun. i just hibernated. it was a sad summer, our family suffered two losses to cancer. and i have been dealing with some chronic physical pain, just enough to make life really inconvenient. i don't want to be whiny or bore you with all the gruesome details, i just want to be authentic. it's not been pretty around here.

i'm happy to see summer go. it's rainy and stormy here today and i love it. i'm ready to make soup, bake cookies and craft. fall promises to be better. and i really need better.