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Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

Hello everyone,

I am still here, I just haven’t felt like blogging much. But I did promise I would post this recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have! ūüôā

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies:

For the cookies:

4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

4-1/2 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. salt

1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1-1/2 cups granulated sugar

3 large eggs

5 tsp. vanilla extract, or seeds from 2 fresh vanilla beans

For the frosting:

5 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter melted

1 tbsp vanilla extract

4-6 tbsp. whole milk

Combine cookies ingredient’s together until you have a soft dough. Refrigerate dough for about 2 hours. Roll dough out on a clean surface dusted with powdered sugar. (Dusting with powdered sugar instead of flour help’s keep your cookies from becoming to tough.) Use any desired cookie cutter’s, but I like using a smaller round one. Place cookies 2-inches apart they can spread a bit. Bake in a 350 degree oven until cookies are just set. Cool completely before icing.

To make frosting: Beat all ingredient’s together until smooth.You can use food coloring if you want to. Frost cooled cookies.

I just wanted to update everyone on my health. I am doing ok. So far the methotrexate hasn’t killed my liver, yet…I have had some really good days and some really bad ones.. I really like my new Sarcoid Dr. He really knows what he’s doing, and it’s really an added bonus that he has his own lab. I don’t have to drive to the hospital lab to get my bi-monthly blood draws. Some of my blood levels have been off a bit and I had to increase some meds… Which is a bummer. We are still just working on unpacking boxes, some days I can’t do anything other days I can get a lot done.. I just have to take one day at a time..:)

Until next time…



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Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Cookies


Chocolate Chip Fudge Cookies

Hello Everyone,

Here is a recipe I made up for my husband, he loves chocolate chip cookies so I thought I would try something different. The verdict is that he like’s regular chocolate chip cookies instead. Give this recipe I try I loved them!!

Chocolate Chip Fudge Cookies:

1 cup unsalted butter, 2 sticks softened

1-1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

2 large eggs

1 tbsp. vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup cocoa powder

3/4 tsp. baking soda

2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips

Preheat¬†oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and sugar together, until fluffy. Add in eggs one¬†at a time. Add remaining ingredient’s¬†and blend in just until¬†mixed together. Be careful to not overmix, or the cookies will be tough..¬†Drop dough by rounded tbsp. onto¬†lightly greased baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes, just until¬†slightly firm to the touch. Enjoy! ūüôā

Happy Memorial Day everyone! Please remember all the veterans, people still in service and those that have died for our country today!  

Amanda ūüôā

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Posted by on May 30, 2011 in Cookies


Mansion Cookies

Hello Everyone,

Here is a recipe from I made these for Ronald McDonald house last Friday and they are wonderful!! Thank you Mary!! ūüôā

Makes 6 dozen cookies… Recipe can easily be halved

01.¬†¬†¬† 1 ¬Ĺ c. (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
02. ¬†¬† 1 ¬Ĺ c. sugar
03.¬†¬†¬† 1 ¬Ĺ c. packed light brown sugar
04.    3 large eggs
05.    1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
06.    3 c. flour (I use King Arthur’s Unbleached All Purpose Flour)
07.    1 Tbsp. baking powder
08.    1 Tbsp. baking soda
09.    1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
10.    1 tsp. salt
11.    3 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
12.    3 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
13.    2 c. sweetened flaked coconut
14.    1 c. butterscotch chips
15.    1 c. chopped pecans

* Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Have ungreased cookie sheets ready.
* In a large mixing bowl, beat the 3 sticks of butter for 1 minute or until very creamy. Gradually beat booth sugars until well combined and then beat for 2 minutes. Add eggs beating for 1 minute after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.
* In a separate bowl, combine items 6-10 for the flour mixture. By hand, gradually stir into the butter mixture just until combined.
* Stir in the rolled oats. Then fold in the chips, coconut & pecans.
* Using a 2-tablespoon measure, drop dough onto cookie sheets spacing 2-inches apart.
* Bake for 15-18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
* Cool on cookie sheets on a wire rack for 2 minutes. Using a spatula remove the cookies from the sheets onto the racks and cool completely.
* Store in an airtight tin or container between sheets of waxed paper for up to 5 days

Tonight we took my grandparents, mom and step-dad, and my aunt out to dinner. It was a combo dinner from us to them all. For my grandparents, it was for their¬†Anniversary, they¬†have been married for 56 years! Wow!!! For my mom for mother’s day and my aunt’s birthday that we missed. I don’t like combining thing’s like this, but I have been too sick to do¬†as much as I used to. They all understand that.. We went to a wonderful restaurant, that brings in as much¬†of their food locally as they can¬†and it’s very fresh!!

Ray and I¬†have started buying these fruit and vegetable baskets from Bountiful¬†Baskets Co-Op, and I¬†absolutely¬†love the quality and freshness of¬†the baskets. I made¬†chicken ratatouille,¬† egg fritatta¬†and a strawberry sauce with just some of what we bought last Saturday. You never know what combination¬†of fruits¬†and vegetables you will get, it changes every week.¬†For $15 you can get a lot¬†of high quality produce! They sell¬†bread, cookies and fresh¬†herb packs as well, here’s the link to their website¬†if you want to check them out,

My back is still giving me fits, I am going in for an ex-ray. I am taking way¬†too much pain medication and that’s not good… I was going to work some volunteer time with the U of I tomorrow, but I can’t go and I really wanted too. I guess the canning class has about¬†22 people this year. There has been a huge interest in canning and preserving. I think that is wonderful!! I grew up with my family canning and drying all of our fruits and produce, we had to, or we didn’t eat it!! I’ll need to¬†do some canning with all the produce were getting from the baskets..

Well I better go, getting sleepy..

Goodnight all!!

Amanda ūüôā


Posted by on May 4, 2011 in Cookies


Oatmeal Cookies

Hello Everyone,

This is a recipe that was my grandma Carole’s recipe. I’m not sure where she got this one from, it’s been in our family for years… I modified it a bit… ūüôā

1 cup unsalted butter, 2 sticks

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground cloves

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

2/3 cup whole milk

3-1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

Preheat¬†oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and sugars together until fluffy. Add in the remaining ingredient’s. Your cookie dough will¬†feel slightly sticky. I use an ice-cream scoop, to scoop out the dough into 1-inch balls. Place onto greased baking sheets about 1-inch apart. These cookies are great, they don’t spread out flat like some oatmeal cookies do. They¬†taste even¬†better the next day!!!¬†You can add nuts and raisins to the dough if you want to..

I got¬†the apple¬†pie delivered today without any problems!! YEA!! I’ll be baking for Ronald McDonald this Friday, not sure yet what they would like. I still don’t know if the orange bars turned out ok… hmmm..

I went to the Y this morning to get my fitness evaluation. It¬†went really well, I’ll be starting a class tomorrow.¬†Tonight Ray and I are going to walk the track. I hope we can make it to a mile tonight…

Well until later everyone…


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Posted by on February 1, 2011 in Cookies


State Fair Winnings

Hello everyone,

I picked up my entries¬†on Monday, well just the ribbons and tags. I threw away all the breads, cookies, ect… Something really funny happened through. I had entered some cookies called root bear float cookies, and I got an Honorable Mention for them. (Recipe Below) On the back of the tag it said “Great taste, very creative idea. May want to consider making them a little smaller to help with appearance”. When I was entering¬†my stuff several of the kids that were taking stuff back to¬†where the categories¬†were, kept saying they looked really good and wanted to try them. On Monday when I got to the fair the Superintendent said someone took the other 3 cookies that were left on the plate! I just laughed and said that’s ok I was just going to throw them away, she said she asked everyone in her department if they¬†knew what happened and they all said no… So who know’s who took them,¬†I guess they¬†really¬†wanted to try them, but after 8 days sitting on a shelf??? Ewww, they were still wrapped in the plastic the fair¬†provides for our entries, so oh well!! LOL!!! I¬†got 10, 1st places, 16, 2nd places, and 8, 3rd places, I entered 61 items 34 of them placed not bad. Since I was sick and made everything in 2-1/2 weeks!!! I am going to be working on my decorated cakes for the next several months so they are done and out¬†of the way. I already know what the theme is for next year, its¬†“How¬†The West Was Fun”…

I have taken 4 Angel Cakes this month, I’ll talk more about them later. This weekend I am going to be working on a cake for my Grandpa’s Birthday. My aunt is coming from SC, and we have already talked about having a BBQ for him. He has been through a lot¬†with my grandmother being as sick as she is and all the stuff with my other aunt who moved down close to them from another town up north. A lot going on there is all I will say about that…¬†¬†¬†

¬†My fever’s are back¬†they¬†haven’t been any higher than 100.4,¬†having a fever everyday really wears me out.¬†¬†I am very anemic also. A normal iron level is 50 and mine is 15, so far¬†I have been able to tolerate the iron pills the Dr. gave me. I am having a CT on Friday to see if the lesions have spread, I hope they haven’t…

Here is the cookie recipe:

Root Beer Float Cookies:

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter, (1 stick) softened

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup crushed root beer candies crushed, about 10 candies

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. cinnamon

2 eggs

Root beer Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

4-5 tsp. root beer

Additional root beer candies, crushed for decorating the tops of cookies

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets lightly with cooking spray. In a large bowl, beat the brown sugar and butter together until fluffy. Stir in remaining ingredient’s, expect the glaze ingredient’s.¬†Drop dough by¬†a teaspoonfuls and bake for 8-12 minutes. Just until they start to brown around the edges.¬†When cookies are cool lightly drizzle icing on top¬†and top with crushed root beer candies.

I hope you all enjoy these!!

Until next time..

Amanda ūüôā


Posted by on September 1, 2010 in Cookies


My Winning State Fair Chocolate Cookies

Hello Everyone,

Ok here they are, I finally got a chance to sit down and just blog! I know some of you have been asking me for this recipe¬†for a while and I’m sorry I’m late in posting it.

Chocolate Cookies:

8-ounces semi-sweet chocolate, I use Baker’s Chocolate

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tbsp. baking cocoa powder

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Melt the 8-onces¬†of chocolate in a microwave safe bowl or in a bowl over some barley simmering water. Keep slightly warm. In a mixing bowl cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time until mixed in,¬† add the melted chocolate and stir until smooth. Add the cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour and mix just until combined and stir in the chocolate chips, do not over mix. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a lightly sprayed baking sheets about 2 inches apart, as they will spread out¬†and bake at 350 for 10-11 minutes. Watch them they can burn very easily!! I hope you all enjoy this recipes! Let me know!!! ūüôā

¬†Amanda ūüôā

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Posted by on August 30, 2010 in Cookies


Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Hello everyone,

Here’s a recipe I have had for a long time. I can’t remember where it came from,¬† I just remember how good they are!

Chocolate Chip Shortbread:

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

3-3/4 tsp. cornstarch

1/4 cup (2oz.) unsalted butter, softened

2 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. sugar

2 pinches salt

1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted

3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9-inch square pan with foil;set aside. In a bowl sift together the flour, cornstarch, and salt. In a large bowl combine the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low, add the flour mixture and continue beating until mixture begins to gather into a rough dough. Fold in chocolate chips and pecans. Pat mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes just until edges are golden brown.

As I said before I have¬†no¬†cakes this month for Angel Cakes, so I’m just hanging around the house typing in recipe into my computer. When I make a new one I’ll post if here. There are several I need to type in. I keep a collection of recipes in different¬†groups and it helps me get to them faster than trying to look for one in a cookbook. I have a lot of cookbooks and several I haven’t even made anything from them, wich is sad I know.. Later I’ll list all the cookbooks I have, and if you’re looking for a recipe ask me I just might have it!! I have several heritage and new cookbooks.

We didn’t anything for the 4th of July, we have family out-of-town plus others sick¬†and I have been sick. We walked outside to watch the fireworks for a bit, but that was all…

Well enough for now…


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Posted by on July 6, 2010 in Cookies


Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hello Everyone,

I have had a slow weekend which is nice for a change! lol..¬† Saturday Ray and I didn’t do anything, it was 12am before we got home from the airport Friday night. He had a good week in San Diego, he even bought me a cookbook called,¬†Taste the Fun Cookbook 2009’s Award Winning Recipes, it’s from the San Diego County Fair. They have so many different¬†cookoffs¬†and competitions¬†down there, it’s given me a lot¬†of idea’s!!! Today we went to church and¬†over a week ago my husband brought home some Amish¬†bread starter from work. I¬†followed the instructions and this morning before church I finished¬†making the starter and baking the bread, it tastes wonderful! I gave away three bags of starters to some friends at church. I don’t know how to make the starter¬†I’ll have to look around and see if I can find it. I do have 3 different Amish cookbooks and I’ll have to do some internet searching also.¬†

I have only 2 cakes this week! 1 is for the mission and it’s a 11×18 sheet cake and I make 24 cupcakes. It takes 4 cakes mixes and it does take¬†some time to make, but I love¬†to bake for the mission! It’s my first mission cake for a while, I haven’t baked one for them for¬†at least 4-5 months. I have to¬†deliver it on Thursday and I have¬†1 6-inch cake for a nursing home, that one will be an easy one to do.

On Wednesday I have a University of Idaho canning class. We are having a class about honey, so I’m thinking of something different¬†to make. I want to make something sweet ,of course and something savory. Last time I was there I cooked some carrots in a crockpot¬†with some honey, lemon juice, and thyme¬†and they all loved them. Ok I need to¬†tell a story here,¬†my husband needed to go to town and run some errands, I asked¬†him to go to the store and buy me about 6¬†lemons and 3-lbs. of carrots. Well he comes home from Costco with a¬†5-lb. bag of lemons and a ¬†10-lb. bag of carrots I thought ack!!!! What am I going to do with all this!! He has a problem with doing this all the time, he bought a huge bag of oranges about 4 months ago and only one went rotten and it smelled so bag!!!¬†I have cleaned the frig about 4 times and I can still smell a faint whiff of it. I told him NO MORE BIG¬†BAGS OF VEGETABLES!!! Only if I¬†need them¬†to make a big cake or am making a huge¬†family dinner. He has promised to¬†not do this anymore… lol¬† I still can’t believe he did¬†that!!!¬†

I can’t remember where I¬†found this cookie recipe, it’s a bit different but they taste really good. I’m thinking of making them the next time I bake for Ronald McDonald house next month. So here it is…

Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies:

2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened

2/3 cup brown sugar

2 large eggs

1-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1, 6-oz bag dried sweetened cranberries

2 cups white chocolate chips, I like to use Ghirardelli chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Put cranberries in a bowl and pour boiling water just to cover, and let sit for 10 minutes; drain and set aside. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs mixing well after each addition. Combine the oats, flour, baking soda, and salt in another bowl. Add to butter mixture in several additions, mixing well after each addition. Stir in cranberries and white chocolate chips.  Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Makes approximately 2-1/2 dozen cookies.

Enjoy everyone!!!

Amanda ūüôā

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Posted by on June 14, 2010 in Cookies


Brown Sugar Pecan Shortbread

Hello everyone,

I have had a very busy week with 4 cakes and baking at the Ronald McDonald house.¬† The cake for the foster child on Tuesday went ok, I had a hard time getting a hold of them on the telephone. I found there house and no one would come to the door! I called and kept getting the answering machine, well in the meantime my bladder was getting to full!! Lol, so I left and found a gas station, down the road and just as I was getting back into my car the foster-father¬†called me and said he was sorry he must have been asleep out back with their babies, they didn’t have a doorbell either, wierd… Anyway I finally got the cake delivered and went home. I got the other 3 cakes done and delivered with no problems. On Friday I baked at the Ronald McDonald house and baked some Pecan Shortbread, and a couple of hours later the lady that helps out there emailed me and said the people loved the shortbread!!! Today I received a thank you card in the mail for one of the nursing home cakes I made last week. It’s nice to hear from people!!!

Here is the recipe I used, it’s from a cookie book called (The Good Cookie) by Tish Boyle. I love her cookies they are very good!!!

Brown Sugar Pecan Shortbread:

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

1/4 tsp. salt

1-1/4 sticks, unsalted butter, softened

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1 tblsp. bourbon, or water, (I used water because I didn’t want to bring alcohol into the house).

1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Course sugar for sprinkling

1/3 cup chopped pecans

Heat an oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil, and extend the sides, this makes it easy to lift the bars out of the pan. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugars, bourbon or water, and vanilla. Blend in the flour, salt and pecans. Pat dough into the prepared baking pan and sprinkle with course sugar and pecans. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. Cool on wire rack for 15-20  minutes. Cut into bars. Enjoy!!!

Until next time everyone

Amanda ūüôā

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Posted by on June 12, 2010 in Cookies


Ronald McDonald House baking.

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday I baked at the Ronald McDonald house and had a lot¬†of fun! They have a huge kitchen! They had 2 of everything,¬†2 smoothtop¬†ovens, 2 dishwashers, ect.. The people who work there are so nice and very helpful. I decided to make chocolate chip cookies since they already¬†had a group come in the night before and bake cupcakes. One lady who was staying there starting talking to me about her baby, she has been in the hospital for 3 months! I felt so bad for her I really didn’t know what to say. She talked to me about other thing’s also and I realized even through I have been sick I have a pretty good life with Ray. Even though we can’t have kids, we are doing ok compared to other’s. We thank Jesus everyday for what He has blessed us with.

Food for thought: Instead of thinking about how bad¬†thing’s are for you,¬†take a look around and see others. I see more and more people on the side of the street with signs asking for help. I want to help them, but I wonder if they will just use it for drugs,¬†drinking and or smoking. I know some of them most likely really need the help.¬† I guess that’s why I work with Angel Cakes, I am giving back to others who really need it. I couldn’t do any of this without my husband!!!

Here is the cookie recipe I used. It was given to me by the director of Angel Cakes. A few months ago when I was really sick she came to my house and it’s along ways from town and her home. She brought me lunch and these amazing cookies! They were softer then the chocolate chip cookies I make. I love soft cookies, hard ones hurt my teeth. It meant a lot to me that she would do something like this for me. Sniff, crying right now…

 Amazing Chocolate chip cookies:

2/3 cup shortening

2/3 cup butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

3-1/2 cups Gold Medal Flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

12oz. semisweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix shortening, butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredient’s. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2-inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-13 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking.

I hope you enjoy them!

Amanda ūüôā

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Posted by on May 22, 2010 in Cookies