I have been wanting to start a food blog for such a long time. The idea was so mind-boggling and still is after following all the awesome food blogs out there. I love to cook and have been wanting to share my recipes with friends for years. What better way than to blog.....right? I have found another addiction---look out! I have so many recipes that I want to share that I don't even know where to start. I am thinking that I am going to keep this very simple as I learn. Hopefully soon I can start adding pictures to each recipe. Any suggestions are welcome!
I think I will start out with one of my favorite cookie recipes that my friend Laura shared with me several years ago. I asked my niece and daughter which recipe I should post first and this was their choice. There are no words to describe how amazing these cookies are. They are addicting and I guarantee you can't eat just one. Enjoy!
Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese (can use light but prefer regular)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
3 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. sifted powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. butter, softened
1/8 tsp. almond extract
1 Tbsp. milk
Add color of choice to icing
(The icing does harden up so don't make this until cookies are cool and ready to be iced. I suggest doubling the icing recipe so there is enough for all the cookies.)
For cookie dough, cream together the sugar, butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla and almond extract. Mix until smooth. Add flour and baking powder and mix. Put dough on piece of waxed paper and wrap up like a present. Place in food storage bag and refrigerate at least an hour or overnight so it is easier to roll out. (The dough can be made and frozen for up to one month).
Roll dough out on on floured surface about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick and cut out in desired shapes. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven before bottoms turn brown so they stay soft and chewy. Ice cookies when cool.