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Monday, December 8, 2008

cookies for making quilt shapes

this board is so much more quiet than in the past and i don't know how often people check in, but i thot i'd come here for help. we all know that some of the best bakers are quilters and i need help in that department. i have (somewhere) cookie cutters in quilting shapes and want to make them for my friends -- yesterday, of course!

i can go online or into cookbooks to find a recipe, but i am looking for a really good, tried and true cookie recipe. i thot i'd come to some of the best minds for help and hope that this board is only quiet because people aren't writing, not because they aren't reading. i need a sugar cookie that tastes good and will hold a shape while being baked, and suitable for mailing too -- in that order.

anyone have a family favorite they'd be willing to share?

dutchrose ---{-@

7 Comments:

  • At December 8, 2008 at 9:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    the best I've ever made were from amagazine recipe several years ago:

    1c butter
    1 1/4c sugar
    1 egg
    2 tsp vanilla
    2 1/3c flour
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
    1/8 tsp salt

    beat the butter with a mixer about one minute. add the other ingredients one at a time and keep mixing. refrigerate teh dough for an hour or more. roll dough and cut cookies. bake at 375 for 8 or so minutes.

     
  • At December 8, 2008 at 11:27 PM , Blogger Kathi in Idaho said...

    I know that this sounds reeeeaaaally lazy, but the best sugar cookies (and the easiest) that I've done recently came from a mix that I bought at Costco! I made them last year when my grandsons wanted to do the cookie cutter cookies. They taste good and don't take away a lot of time from the sewing machine.

    Kathi

     
  • At December 9, 2008 at 4:10 AM , Blogger Laura in IA said...

    This is my favorite recipe from Better Homes & Garden cookbook. It fits your first two criteria for sure.
    Sugar Cookies (Oven 375)

    2/3 cup shortening
    ¾ cup sugar
    ½ teaspoon grated orange peel
    ½ teaspoon vanilla
    1 egg
    4 teaspoons milk
    2 cups all purpose flour
    1½ teaspoons baking powder
    ¼ teaspoon salt

    Thoroughly cream shortening, sugar, orange peel and vanilla.
    Add eggs; beat till light and fluffy. Stir in milk. Stir together
    dry ingredients; blend in creamed mixture. Divide dough in half.
    Chill 1 hour.

    On lightly floured surface, roll to fat 1/8 inch. Cut in desired
    shapes with cutters. Bake on greased cooky sheet at 375 about
    6 to 8 minutes. Cool slightly; remove from pan. Cool on rack.
    Decorate. Makes 2 dozen.

     
  • At December 9, 2008 at 9:23 AM , Blogger Joleen in MN said...

    Must admit that I haven't tried these, but this came from the Board several years ago and I saved it. Joleen in MN
    Simply the Best Sugar Cookies
    3 and 1/2 cups sugar
    1 pound margarine or butter
    3 eggs
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    1 cup sour cream
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    7 cups flour
    Directions:
    Cream together sugar and margarine or butter. Add eggs, vanilla, sour cream, baking soda and flour. (Add flour last.) Blend well. Separate dough into four pieces and wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate overnight.
    Roll out dough on a floured surface. Cut into fun shapes. Place on cookie sheets and bake at 375 degrees for eight minutes. Let cool and frost with favorite icing or enjoy without icing. Note: the dough can be frozen or shared!
    Angela in S.C.

     
  • At December 9, 2008 at 7:52 PM , Blogger Brenda in Nn Ontario said...

    Sugar cookies are pretty breakable for shipping. Have you thought of a gingerbread-type cookie? I have a recipe at home (where I'm not at the moment)that has molasses, cinnamon and maybe a little bit of ginger. I made them when my kids were small, as they were less spicy most than gingerbread. If you're interested, email me at brcooper2003@sympatico.ca to remind me at home and I'll email the recipe.
    Brenda

     
  • At December 10, 2008 at 12:06 AM , Blogger Jill from Portland said...

    I think the cookie with the shortening would be less like
    to lose shape.

     
  • At December 11, 2008 at 6:53 PM , Blogger dutchrose said...

    thanx so much for your responses.
    my original idea won't work for this christmas, but i do need a "REAL" recipe because i plan to write it out on fabric to make a wallhanging to send along with the cookies. this year i tried two recipes and used alphabet cutters for grandkid names. used icing "glue" to attach them to cardboard wrapped with alminum foil and then seal & vac to keep them fresh for mailing. they went bubble wrapped into a box for mailing today and i think they should make it OK. i also included some storebought icings and decorations so that when they receive the cookies it will be a nice project.

    between now and next year i'm going to try the recipes i received (6 total!) and choose the one i like best. then i'll write out that recipe and make the wallhanging, include a batch of cookies and several cookie cutters, and send down for christmas 2009.

    i have a word document that i began back when wwqp was in the other format and we had a recipe page. i've included both of these sugar cookie recipes along w/your names, kinda makes it more personal that way ;)

    you guys are great... thanx again
    dutchrose ------{-@

     

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