Sugar Cookies by Cassie Adrian

23 05 2011

Guest post from most favorite now and forever daughter-in-law…Cassie Adrian, Manhattan, Kansas

“Last night and today I should have been doing homework. And whenever I should be doing homework, and it is not the day it is due, I am very good at finding other activities that keep me occupied. I can do that pesky homework tomorrow!

I love sugar cookies. They are probably my favorite of all the cookies, but in the six years since I have had my own kitchen, I have never made them. I figured this out when I realized that I do not own a single cookie cutter. But I really needed to put off that homework, so I decided to make something time consuming and required a lot of clean up. Sugar cookies to the rescue.

I used this recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. She has some great recipes on her blog that I have made including her Mexican Lasagna, Super Ban Burritos, Smoked Turkey Brie and Apple Panini, Black Beans and Rice, and Baked Oatmeal. This Friday is a salad themed potluck at my work and I have all the stuff for Creamy 5-Cup Fruit Salad (at this point I feel the need to quote my dad who calls these “potblessings” because “there is no such thing as luck only blessings from the Lord”).

Since I have already confessed that I do not own cookie cutters, I pulled out a tool my husband uses to plate food when he makes something fancy. Basically it is a metal biscuit cutter, but only a little larger. Here is how they turned out…

I always forget that last pan!

Okay other than the one light colored cookie, which fell apart when I tried to frost it, all of these are from the last batch. Apparently you have to push the start button on the timer!

Frosted Sugar Cookies

That’s better. I made the cream cheese frosting, which I don’t think I would make again. It is super light and fluffy but I prefer the super sweet original frosting for sugar cookies.

What helped these cookies to be a success…

Red KitchenAid with Matching Red Beater Blade

My beater blade. I have the red tilt-head mixer beater blade that matches my red tilt-head KitchenAid. I love it. It perfectly incorporated the cookie dough and frosting so I did not have to keep stopping the mixer to scrape down the sides of the bowl. It is a must have for any KitchenAid project that requires the paddle. Oh, if you are wondering where you can get this fantastic little tool, just stop by Adrian’s. Last time I was there they had two or three colors for each mixer size.

I also baked these cookies on my…

USA Bakeware Jelly Roll Pan...AWESOME!

USA Bakewear jelly roll pan.

Disclaimer (the burnt cookies were not baked on this pan. I was using another cookie sheet from a big box store.)

I absolutely LOVE this. It is super high quality and I use way more often than just when I make cookies. It is great for roasting veggies, baking biscuits, baking sheet cakes, pumpkin rolls, roasting meats, and toasting nuts and oats for granola,. Since I have owned this beauty, it has been in my oven more than all of my other bakeware combined! As I wedding gift I received a set of a very expensive brand cookie sheets, but tossed them after only a couple years. This lead me to the belief that you should buy the cheapest pans possible and after the hundreds of Christmas cookies, toss them out. But this bad boy made me realize that cookie sheets did not have to be disposable. As soon as Adrian’s had these in stock, I knew I had to have one. It may even have been the first one that left the building. And the best part, nothing sticks to it. I was a little concerned that the ridges would collect gunk, but cleaning this pan is so easy (which probably contributes to the reason I use it so often)!

What would make these cookies perfect and hide the fact that I did not cream the cream cheese and sugar well enough is…

Diamond Shimmer Sugars

Diamond shimmer sugar from Adrian’s! This picture does not do this product justice. It is so beautiful and really looks like you are eating jewelry (in a good way, not like it is rock solid and hurts your teeth). If you want to add a little pizzazz to your cookies, cakes, or cupcakes, get this stuff! It is dazzling.!

Okay now I’m off to do some homework. Oh but wouldn’t my nails look so cute in that new bright coral/orange nail polish I just bought. New plan, paint my nails, wait an hour or so for them to dry, then I will do homework. Yes, I like that plan better!”
~Cassie Adrian

THANK YOU for sharing Cassie!  So glad that you’re a “foodie” just like me!
(& YES she is my now & forever favorite daughter-in-law! ~Vicki)

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Teacher Gifts…Easy as 1,2,3!

16 05 2011

It’s that time of year again…the end of the school year, and your little munchkin has spent 7 hours a day with a very special someone…We think Teachers are Tops, and it’s time for a little something to let them know how much you appreciate all they have done for your child. Here are a few ideas that you can surprise your child’s favorite teacher with…

1.  Homebaked Goodies…Always a hit.  Choose something that freezes well just in case they won’t be able to enjoy it right away.  We’ve got a couple of great recipes below.

2.  A fun and practical gift that can be USED…  Some great inexpensive suggestions that are available at Adrians and are “Teacher Approved” include…

Shower Bursts ($3.99 each); Vera Bradley Zip Id Case ($12.00) or “Lets do Lunch” Tote ($28); Gourmet Dessert Mixes ($4.99-$5.99); Tervis Tumblers ($12.99+) and many more!

Adrians has a great selection of Tervis Tumblers!

3.  Let your favorite teacher stop by and choose her own gift…They LOVE Adrians Gift Cards! Call ahead (620-543-6488) and we will have them all ready for you!

We’ve got a couple of great ideas for Homemade Teacher (or or anyone for that matter!) Gifts for you to create in your own kitchen.  These both happen to come from our friend, Suz McIver from Topeka, Kansas.  She blessed us with one of her “Fudgy Snack Cake in a Jar” gifts last Christmas, and we found it yesterday while cleaning out the pantry.  Jenny easily put it together so we are enjoying that today.  We also made Suz’s Banana Bread because we had 4 frozen bananas in the deep freeze that needed to be baked into something!  Hope you enjoy some fast and easy baking and that you can “Bless someone’s Sock’s Off” Soon!

Suz’s Banana Bread
Suz McIver, Topeka, Kansas

This is called a “Quick Bread” for a reason…it is so simple to put together and scrumptious when it comes out of the oven…but the best thing about Banana Bread is that the second day, if you don’t eat the whole loaf, that is…is even better!  This recipe features a 1/2 cup of hot coffee, so as an extra bonus, you get to drink the other 9 1/2 cups! (OK, so I’m a coffee addict!)

Simplicity...The start of something special!Blen

Measure out the 1 cup sugar and 1 stick of softened margarine.

Blend margarine and sugar until fluffy and smooth.

Blend the margarine and 1 cup of sugar until fluffy and smooth…I’m hoping if you own a Kitchen Aid Mixer that you have one of our awesome BEATER BLADES! If not…ride, row, skate, or fly on in and get one right away! You don’t want to go another day without one girl! It scrapes the sides and bottom of the bowl CLEAN…no more scraping down the sides! Here’s a little Beater Blade video clip that you won’t want to miss!

Lightly beat the eggs

Add beaten eggs and bananas, letting mixer beat well after each addition.

Finding these lovely nanners in the freezer is what started this today!

I think it was my sister Nila who originally taught me to put bananas that were “going south” right into the freezer in their original jackets.  You can put them into a zip lock bag, but it really isn’t necessary.  When ready to use, just lay them out on the counter for an hour or so so they can thaw before using.

Freezing the bananas really does preserve them well for baked goods!

You can also take opportunities when bananas go on sale and keep some in the freezer just for baking!

Flour, soda, salt and baking powder

Next add the dry ingredients and blend well.

Hot coffee...Yum!

Next add 1/2 cup of hot coffee and sip the other 9 1/2 cups while you finish and bake the banana bread.  My favorite part!

We're only HALF NUTS here in our house!

Only HALF of us like nuts in this family, so I reluctantly sprinkled nuts on only half of the loaf. They just don’t know what they’re missing!

Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before removing pan.  Let cool a little longer before slicing.  Serve warm, or double the recipe like we did and have one warm from the oven and save the other one for another day.  This recipe freezes very well. Here is the recipe…Enjoy!

Suz’s Banana Bread

1/2 c. margarine
1 c. sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 to 4 bananas, mashed
1/2 c. hot coffee
2 c. flour
1 tsp. soda
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 c. nuts

Blend margarine and sugar. Add beaten eggs, bananas and dry ingredients. Add coffee and nuts. Bake in a greased loaf pan at 350°  for 45-55 minutes.  Recipe can easily be doubled.

We have several other delicious Banana Bread recipes for you to browse through:

Lori’s Banana Bread, Banana Pineapple Bread (Bundt Pan), Banana Sour Cream Bread, & Best Banana Bread.  Let us know what you think…We think they are all winners!

We always LOVE to hear from you!  Pop us an email, leave a comment in the box below, or of course, STOP by to see us at Adrians!  (We wouldn’t mind if you brought a sample! :-) )

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Our second idea for a great Thank You to teachers is this Snack Cake in a Jar recipe.  It is easy for you (and your little helpers) to put together and it is easy for the recipient to prepare; plus it is super tasty!

Suz's Fudgy Snack Cake Gift in a Jar

Suz’s Fudgy Snack Cake Gift in a Jar

So easy to prepare…Just layer the dry ingredients into a quart jar, mix up the topping ingredients and place in a plastic bag. Print off the simple instructions and decorate the top of the jar with a colorful piece of cloth.  Give to your favorite teacher!

Here’s how to easily prepare the snack cake:

Lightly beat the egg

Add milk

Add milk

Pour in the milk, then add the melted butter or margarine.

Next add the vanilla

Pour contents of the jar into the wet ingredients an mix well.

Almost to pretty to open!

Mix well with a spoon until lumps are just about gone.  Pour into a prepared 8×8 or 9×9 inch greased baking dish.

Next sprinkle on the topping mix from the small packet.

It is sure starting to look good!

Bake for 30-40 minutes depending on the size of baking dish that you have used.  This came out nice and moist and yummy!  It would be great served with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream!  Make some for gifts, or just make up the recipe for a fast and easy Snack Cake! Enjoy!

Suz’s Gift in a Jar…Fudgy Snack Cake

Suz McIver
Topeka, Kansas

Looking for a great idea for last minute Teacher’s Gift, Christmas Idea or something for a bake sale? Suz is a friend of ours from Topeka, and she gave us this tasty Fudgey Snack Cake for Christmas…while cleaning out cupboards this morning, we ran across it and thought it would be a great fast dessert.  Very easy to prepare, and a really nice gift.  You can easily create multiples of this recipe.

1-1/2  cups  all-purpose flour
1  tsp.  baking powder
1/4  tsp.  baking soda
1/4  tsp.  salt
1/3  cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2  cup  granulated sugar
1/2  cup  packed brown sugar
1/3  cup  bittersweet or semisweet chocolate pieces
1/3  cup  chopped walnuts or pecans
1/3  cup  peanut butter-flavored, butterscotch-flavored or white baking pieces
1/3
  cup  bittersweet or semisweet chocolate pieces

1. Layer in a wide-mouth 1-quart glass jar or a 32-ounce canister or container with a tight-fitting lid the following ingredients, adding each ingredient at a time in this order: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and the 1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate pieces. Tap jar gently on the counter to settle each layer before adding the next.

2. For topping: Tear off one 12-inch square of plastic wrap. Place walnuts, peanut butter pieces and the 1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate pieces in center of plastic wrap; twist plastic wrap to seal. (Or use a small plastic bag.) Place topping mixture in jar. Cover the jar.

3. Give as a gift (or store the layered jar of cake ingredients at room temperature up to 1 month)  and attach a recipe card with the following instructions:

4.
1. Before using, remove topping mixture; set aside. Shake remaining ingredients in jar to mix.
2. Lightly grease an 8x8x2-inch or 9x9x2-inch baking pan.
3. In a large bowl, combine 1 egg, lightly beaten; 3/4 cup milk; 1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled, or 1/3 cup vegetable oil; and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Using a wooden spoon, stir in jar contents until combined. Spread batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with topping mixture.
4. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F oven about 35 minutes for the 8x8x2-inch baking pan or 25 to 30 minutes for the 9x9x2-inch baking pan or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature. Makes 9 servings.

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Baking Cookies…

1 04 2011

Gather the Ingredients...

Sometimes the most ordinary baking is the clear favorite with your family…We made cookies tonight to take to church for a Children’s Fair next weekend.  I find baking to be great relaxation therapy after a busy day!  Today my BRAIN hurt…I was in the office all day and was ready for a change of pace when I got home.

This recipe comes from Linda Pauls who lives here in Buhler.  She is an award winning (many times over) Kansas State Fair Champion Baker, and we are honored to have some of her recipes included in our Adrian’s “Between Friends” Cookbook.  This is her Oatmeal Cookie recipe, and is just pretty tasty!  They are crispy on the outside, and nice and soft on the inside.

Start with the butter flavored shortening, brown sugar, white sugar & eggs.

Start by putting the butter flavored Crisco, brown sugar, white sugar and eggs into your mixing bowl.

Madagascar Vanilla Paste

We found this Vanilla Paste and it is heavenly!  I use it in place of vanilla extract.  Smells amazing!

Beat thoroughly...Love my Beater Blade!

I love my Beater Blade Replacement Blade for my Kitchen Aid Mixer…It thoroughly cleans the sides and bottom of the bowl.  Click to view a great side-by-side Beater Blade Video Demo.

Dissolve Baking Soda in Hot Water

Linda’s recipe calls for dissolving the baking soda in one teaspoon of hot water…what a great idea!  I have occasionally bitten into a muffin or cookie and had a clump of baking soda in one bite. Ugh!  This solves that problem in a very simple step! I will do this with other recipes as well.

Now add the real goodies!

Now for the good stuff…Coconut, Oatmeal and Raisins (however, I substituted Craisins today…no raisins in the house). Mix it all together.

The lovely dough...Why bake it??? I love cookie dough!

Now scoop it all out onto greased cookie sheets and bake for about 10-12 minutes.  I use a stainless steel cookie scoop to get the cookies to be a uniform size and shape.

All lined up like little soldiers!

Of course, by now the house is smelling heavenly as these start to bake.  There is no candle (even at Adrians 🙂 that smells as good as REAL home baked cookies coming out of the oven!

Mmmmmmmm.......

All we need now is an icy cold, tall glass of milk.  Good thing most of these are going into the freezer for later…it would be hard to stay away from these cookies!

Oatmeal Cookie Recipe from Adrian's Between Friends Cookbook

I mentioned above how much I love to use my Beater Blade.  It is a REPLACEMENT blade for the Kitchen Aid Mixers that continuously scrapes down the sides of the bowl saving you time and frustration.  No more pockets of leftover flour in the bottom of the bowl! We carry several different sizes at Adrians, and I would highly recommend them to any of you that are Kitchen Aid owners.  Here is a short demo video showing the Beater Blade making Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  I think you will enjoy watching it!

Oatmeal Cookies (with Coconut & Raisins)
Linda Pauls, Buhler, Kansas

Click for an Easy Print Copy of Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

1 c. brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
1 c. shortening, butter flavored
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. hot water
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. flour
2 c. quick oats
1/2 c. chopped nuts
1 c. coconut
1 c. raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix the sugars and shortening and cream well; add eggs and mix well. Add vanilla in hot water; mix in well. Mix all the other ingredients together and slowly add to creamed mixture. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool on racks.

*NOTE:  Linda is an award winning baker and has collected many Blue Ribbons, Grand Champion Ribbons, and honors at the Kansas State Fair over the years.  We are thrilled that she was willing to share some of her recipes for our “Between Friends” cookbook.  Thanks so much Linda!

We featured our BEATER BLADE Video Demo with this recipe in our Newsletter.  Click here to view a short video showing HOW to make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with your Kitchen Aid mixer and a BEATER BLADE.  Click Here for Video

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