rolled sugar cookies + a pop of color

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ever get sugar cookies from somewhere that have that yummy chewy center that makes you want to eat a whole pan of them? I have. And you end up eating way more than you probably should. But that’s ok I’m not here to judge.

What I like best about these cookies are they are easy, cook fast and that sugar on the outside can be any color your little mind can dream up. I was doing a trial run for Valentines Day, so red sugar it was. Have you ever colored sugar before? I think it’s an excellent way to bring a pop of color to any simple dessert.

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To make colored sugar, put your sugar in a bowl, I prefer glass for this, and add drops of food coloring. I start with five drops then work with a spoon to squish that coloring around without it clumping. Continue adding and mixing until you achieve your desired color.

If you’re not using the sugar at the moment, it will need to be baked before stored so it doesn’t clump. To bake, spread colored sugar into thin layer on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

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rolled sugar cookies:

2 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
sugar, regular or color for rolling
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with silpat or parchment paper.

In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, cream granulated sugar and softened butter until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Mix well.

Slowly add dry mixture to sugar mixture until all thoroughly mixed.

Scoop out small ball of dough, form into ball and roll in sugar. Repeat to fill cookie sheet. My cookie sheet holds about 10-12 at a time.

Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350. Cool for a couple minutes before taking off the cookie sheet. This allows the cookies to set up. Finishing cooling on a cookie rack.

Enjoy!

fried oreos + a few resolutions

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Happy New Year 2014 my friends!! 2013 seemed like it zoomed right by but they that tends to happy when you get older. Our 2013 was full of new things as first time parents and we enjoyed learning and growing like our little guy.

One of our favorite ways to ring in the New Year is filling ourselves full of fried things. Because isn’t that what resolutions are for? Plus I needed to break in my new deep fryer. Our menu was packed with fried pickles, chicken tenders and Oreos. The last of them being the best part. They are rather simple to make and even more enjoyable to eat.

This recipe really is just a starting off point based on how many Oreos you want to fry. For this like shindig we only made 6.

Fried Oreos:

6 Oreos
1 1/2 cups bisquick pancake batter
Frying oil
Water
Powdered sugar, optional

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In medium size bowl add bisquick pancake batter.

Add water until batter is a heavy thick consistency (you want it to be thick so it sticks on the Oreos nicely).

Place Oreos in the batter and coat them completely.

Fill deep fryer to fill line and heat oil to 350 degrees.

Drop Oreos into hot oil. I do not use the basket for these as the batter sticks to the basket.

Fry for approx. a minute. You will notice the batter turning golden brown. Flip Oreos over and repeat.

Remove Oreos from grease and place on plate or serving dish. Sprinkle with powdered sugar while hot.

Enjoy!
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The New Year always has us listing out things we want to change or get better at or accomplish. I myself have a few things.

1.) Cook more from scratch. I often did myself cheating with hamburger helper or a soup mix because I’m in a rush.
2.) Limiting dining out for special occasions and not just as a convienence.
3.) More produce.
4.) Make a pot rack and buffet table.
5.) Take little man to do more since he’s more mobile now.
6.) Take it all in.

Now it’s time to go enjoy some of those peas I’ve been smelling all day.