Sunday, July 10, 2011

Papa's Sugar Cookies


I found the recipe for these crisp, light sugar cookies in an old issue of a Taste of Home magazine.  They looked so pretty and I loved the embossed design on top.  There is alot of butter and oil in this recipe...but look people, it makes EIGHT dozen!  I made mine larger and got 5 dozen, still...that is a bunch of cookies!  I didn't have any macadamia nuts so I substituted almonds.  I also did not have butter flavor so I used some of the orange blossom water I had just sitting in my baking cupboard.  They turned out great!  A crispy brown edge and a light, moist but crumbly buttery inside laced with orange, almond and cinnamon flavors.

A great summertime cookie!

Papa's Sugar Cookies
Taste of Home Aug/Sept 2009

96 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter flavoring
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup ground macadamia nuts
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Additional granulated sugar


  • In a large bowl, beat the butter, oil and sugars until well blended.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the butter flavoring, orange peel and vanilla.
  • Combine the flour, nuts, baking soda, salt, cream of tartar and cinnamon; gradually add to butter mixture and mix well. Cover andrefrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • Roll into 1-in. balls, then roll in additional sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in additional sugar.
  • Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until edges begin to brown.
  • Remove to wire racks. Yield: 8 dozen.

Nutrition Facts: 1 cookie equals 82 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 60 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Butterscotch Spiral Coffee Cake: ABC

This months ABC challenge was this beautiful coffee cake.
The best part of this cake is the butterscotch makes the whole thing so deliciously yummy!  I doubled the butterscotch recipe after reading that others felt that it wasn't enough.  I'm glad I did!  The only disappointment I had was that I couldn't see the cinnamon swirls in through the cake.  The smell of yeast and cinnamon filled the house as it was baking....can't get much better that that!  I will make this again only I think I may add some nuts or try the apple butter that Flo suggested as an addition to the butter and cinnamon swirls. 

Ooey Gooey Goodness!

To see what the other ABC bakers did click here.