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Old-Fashioned Spritz Cookie (Cookie Press) Recipes

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Woke up to a curious site the other morning. The inside of Bear’s dog house was scattered with lots of mystery fluff. My first thought was – OMG he’s shredded a squirrel – since the debris looked an awful lot like a squirrel’s tail fur. And if that were true, I was going nowhere near it. So I called David to the rescue. Let him crawl in there and figure out what that mess was. After some poking around and finally having to remove all of the bedding, we found where Bear had torn a hole in the top of his ‘bed’ and proceeded to toss the stuffing just for fun. In spite of his size – guess he’s still a puppy at heart.

 

Rather than buy a new crate liner, took the old one and stitched the tear. I then made a cover for it out of some of his towels – much like a giant pillowcase. He seems to like the ‘bed’ better this way – and washing will be much easier since I just have to remove the cover and wash.

 

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We did buy him an  orthopedic bed since GSDs are prone to hip issues . . .  and are working with him so he doesn’t think it’s his new giant chew toy.

 

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Hard to imagine Thanksgiving is only about 2 weeks away. While going through some of my ‘old’ recipes, thought it would be fun to bake up some of the cookies I used to bake long ago . . . when my son was small. Most of these were what we called Spritz cookies back then. The kind you make using a cookie press so that you can get all different shapes.   These are really nice over the Christmas season.

We had a lot of fun decorating them with sprinkles, frostings and sugar beads. And if you’re going somewhere that you want to take a dessert,  cookies travel so much easier than a cake. The recipe for the Spritz cookies is below. I’ve placed the other cookie recipes on ICBISF in Desserts.  

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They are:

  • Swedish Butter Cookies
  • Sour Cream Cookies
  • Tea Cookies
  • Dessert Rosette

If you don’t see the recipes, F5 (Refresh the page) – and look for the cookie recipes under ‘Cookie Press Recipes’ and while you’re there check out the Timbal Rosette recipe . . .  a light crispy cookie covered in powdered sugar.

spritzcookiesSpritz Cookie Recipe

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2-1/4 cups flour (sifted)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Directions:

  1. Cream butter and sugar until smooth
  2. Add egg to sugar/butter mixture
  3. Add in almond extract
  4. Sift the dry ingredients (flour & banking powder) into the above mixture
  5. Place dough into cookie press
  6. Decorate with sprinkles if desired
  7. Bake on un-greased cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees.
  8. Allow cookies to cool before decorating with frosting

Note: If the dough is too soft to handle, allow to chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour before using.

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for SF cranberry sauce you can get the recipe  on ICBISF along with many other great recipes for the holidays like pumpkin cheesecake, bourbon pecan pie and baklava.  Look for the other recipes in the sugar-free, half-sugar-free and regular desserts categories.

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Bacon vs. Ham

I  feel another short bacon rant coming on.  It never ceases to amaze me why bacon is so expensive. It just goes against my better judgment to pay upwards of $12.00 for bacon. Granted is over a pound…. but still. That’s why on my last grocery shopping trip when I spied a boneless (processed) ham that weighted 4 lbs. and only cost $9.99 – I thought to myself it’s worth a try. Brought it home, had David slice it up for me and re-packaged it into one pound zip bags. Froze three, kept one to use. So far we’ve enjoyed it for lunch as well as breakfast. Note: The texture is not that of a whole ham but we think it serves us well for the value it offers.

 

cornking_slicesFor lunch made a glaze of butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and cloves. Heated this on the stove and then poured a little over the ham I’d skillet fried for lunch. These ham slices were thicker than the breakfast ones. Served it with sweet potatoes, corn bread and kale. Good old country meal for a cold day.

 

Update:  We decided we like the ham well enough that I bought another one and am going to smoke it on the BBQ.  Should make some tasty sandwiches!

 

 

 

 

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