Tracy’s Famous Oatmeal Cookies

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Ok …. well maybe they aren’t really “FAMOUS” but they are with my friends and that’s good enough for me 🙂 Make them once and if you don’t think they are the best damn oatmeal cookie you ever had then tell me about it and I’ll change the title !!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup spiced Rum (if you want them kid friendly use apple cider)
  • 1 cup Raisins
  • 3 large eggs , well beaten
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon plain Applesauce
  • 1 cup room temp Butter
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar ( I use light but dark can be used also)
  • 1 cup white Sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups regular Flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda ( make sure its not old and hard)
  • 2 cups Oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup chopped Pecans

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl soak Raisins in the rum for at least 4hrs … over night is better. (do not refrigerate)
  2. This is a very important second step that makes the cookie: drain the raisins and add to combine eggs,  applesauce and vanilla and let stand for one hour.
  3. Cream butter and sugars together until well blended.
  4. Add flour, salt, cinnamon and soda and mix well.
  5. Blend in egg-raisin mixture, oatmeal, and chopped nuts.
  6. Dough should be stiff. Add a tad more oatmeal and flour if it is not stiff enough.
  7. Drop  heaping teaspoons onto un-greased cookie sheet, or roll into balls and flatten slightly.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.Do not put in containers until cookies have completely cooled … enjoy !!

Peanut Butter Kisses

 

 

 

Had a request for these cookies …. I happen to think these are lovely. Plus the Hersey Kisses remind me of my younger days when I lived in Pa and went to Hersey Park. I intend on making these today …… enjoy !!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • addition sugar for rolling
  • bag of Hersey’s Kisses

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375*
  2. Blend butter and peanut butter in a bowl until well blended.
  3. Add sugars and blend until fluffy.
  4. Add egg, milk and vanilla… blend well.
  5. Slowly combine flour, baking soda, and salt to peanut butter mix.Blend well.
  6. Roll dough into 1 inch balls.
  7. Then roll those balls in white sugar and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake 8-10 minutes until lightly browned.
  9. While waiting for cookies unwrap the kisses … trying not to eat too many of them 🙂
  10. As soon as you take the cookies out stick a kiss onto the cookie.
  11. Then remove the cookie from the sheet and let cool.
  12. Store in a cool place  or fridge.

Italian Christmas Cookies

 

Most people already know how to make sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, ect …. but one cookie that is soft and absolutely yummy are Italian Cookies. This type of Italian Cookies are easy and not seen much these days. So I feel it is necessary for me to get the recipe back out there ….. enjoy and Happy Holidays !!!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup soft butter (not melted just soft)
  • 2 cups of white sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 15 ounces of ricotta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • Holiday sprinkles and lots of them 🙂

Directions:

  1.   In a bowl cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well.
  3. Add ricotta and vanilla and blend well.
  4. Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a separate bowl and mix, then slowly add to the wet mix.
  5. The final mix will be somewhat sticky.
  6. Drop teaspoonfuls of the mix about 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheets or on parchment paper (not wax paper)
  7. Bake at 350* for 11-12 minutes or until very lightly browned.
  8. Remove to either wire racks or wax paper on counter-top to cool.

Frosting:

  1. In a bowl cream butter and sugar with the vanilla as you slowly add milk.
  2. Mix until the icing is spreadable.
  3. You can now add food coloring to separate small portions or just leave white.
  4. Once the cookies are cooled, add icing.
  5. Place sprinkles on a plate and dip the icing side cookies into the sprinkles.
  6. Store inan airtight container in a cool area or fridge …. or just pour yourself some milk and eat them all 🙂

Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies

It was a rainy day today and I had an urge to bake. I didn’t feel like running to the store for missing ingredients … so I made what I call “easy” cookies.  Very little prep, 3 ingredients and very little clean up  =  easy cookies. They are sooo good for just the little bit of effort 🙂

Ingredients:

  • One cup peanut butter (crunchy, creamy doesn’t matter)
  • One cup white sugar
  • one egg

Yep that’s all you need

Directions:

  1.     Preheat oven to 350* and line your sheet with parchment paper (which is NOT the same as wax paper) if you dont have it just grease your sheet with cooking spray or a thin film of butter.
  2. Combine the 3 ingredients until smooth
  3. Drop spoonfuls of mixture onto the cookie sheet, make criss cross pattern with a folk and bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes on center rack.
  4. Do not over bake !! They will still seem a little soft but will firm up a tad when they cool. Enjoy !!!