What are my EP’s? I bet most of you already know. My children, husband and entire family. My friends and my pets – especially Rotten Rudy Rut-ton! The next time someone asks me how I am doing my response is always going to be “better”. Better means there is room for improvement and I want to always improve! I am really thankful my work had the new hire orientation that they had for us. It was a very motivating and up-lifting experience. There wasn’t a thing about the entire day that I didn’t enjoy. Another exciting event on that day I will never forget? I watched Airforce One as it descended into the Albany airport and then watched later as it ascended back into the skies. That was just another experience to help me remember my day.
This post is also very EP to me because it is a recipe that my Aunt Marlene makes, and I love her so much. I love her cookies too! She sent me this recipe at Christmas time but I ended up not having time to make them. This weekend I decided that making them would happen, and I would make heart cookies to share with you.
Its been a while since I’ve been so happy and so optimistic for our future. I realize I need to stop the worry. Worry is an energy drainer and I need my energy! I have some new goals set, some things I want to learn and I am going to put forth the effort to “laser” and succeed. I can blog and I can bake. I can share my food with friends, family, and co-workers. I can make friends and I can take a class. I can, will be and will stay happy and optimistic. The power of positive thinking. That is where I am at.
Now for the cookie! The recipe my Aunt Marlene shared with me is for a very soft and tender cookie from an Amish Cookbook that she has. They are called Holiday Cutouts. The instructions in the book were pretty vague and as my Aunt states, its a good things we know what to do! I will give you the instructions as I made the cookies. I halved the recipe but will give you the full one. This makes a lot of cookies!
2 cups margarine (I used unsalted butter, softened)
3 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 cup boiling water
6 1/2 cups bread flour (I didn’t have bread flour so I just used regular. Worked just fine. I may have used just a little less than what it called for too.)
1 teaspoon salt – I added this since I used unsalted butter.
Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar and butter until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time and mix until blended. Add sour cream and blend.
In a separate bowl place flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt – stir to combine. Gradually add flour and alternate with water until all flour is incorporated. Chill 2-3 hours. Roll, cut, and bake @ 350 for approximately 7 minutes. Cool and decorate.
I used a tutorial from Our Best Bites for decorating with glace icing. This is the tutorial I found when I made and decorated my first glazed cookies – the Snowflake Cookies! I will always use the recipe and method on Sara & Kates blog because I think it is the best out there that doesn’t incorporate meringue powder. It is really simple to decorate with glace, just a little tedious. Believe me, when your done and look at your artwork, you will be proud and it is all worth it!