Barb Painter, Cookies

1/2 cup butter or shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup buttermilk
2-1/2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped raising or 1/2 cup chopped, crystalized ginger

Cream butter and brown sugar together. Beat in egg and molasses. Sift together flour, baking soda, spices and salt. Mix buttermilk and flour mixture in to batter. Stir in chopped raising or ginger.

Drop the batter from a teaspoon onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 8-12 minutes.

Optional: frost with orange or rum-flavored frosting.

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1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking power
1 Tbsp instant espresso powder
1/2 cup baking cocoa

In a large bowl, combine butter, sugar and vanilla. Beat in eggs. In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Gradually combine wet and dry ingredients. Divide dough in half.
Add espresso powder and cocoa to half the mixture.  Finish forming each half of the dough into a somewhat flat disk. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

Roll out both disks of dough between waxed paper. lay the cocoa layer on top of the plain layer. Roll jelly-roll style. Slice into 1/4″ slices, bake on parchment paper for 10 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees. Rolled dough may also be refrigerated or frozen.


Ingredients for double batch:
1.5 cup shortening (part butter or margarine, softened)

2 cups sugar

4 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

5 cups (all-purpose) flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons salt

Mix the shortening, sugar, eggs, and vanilla together thoroughly (best to cream the the shortening and sugar together until smooth first). Blend in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover and chill for at least an hour.
Heat oven to 400 degrees F and line your baking sheet(s) with parchment paper. Roll the dough to ¼ inch thickness on a lightly floured pastry mat or board. Cut out desired shapes and transfer them to your baking sheet(s). Bake 6-8 minutes or until very lightly brown.

Cookies, Desserts, Holiday Recipes

Cookie Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 and 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Glaze Ingredients:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon rum extract
1 to 2 Tablespoons hot water

Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixer bowl, combine 1 cup butter, sugar, egg and vanilla. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low, add flour and nutmeg. Beat until well mixed. Press dough through cookie press 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 6-10 minutes until lightly browned.
In a small bowl, stir together glaze ingredients. Stir in enough hot water for desired glazing consistency. While still warm, brush top of each cookie with glaze.

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Saltine crackers (about a sleeve and a half)
1 cup butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line and 11″ x 17″ sheet pan with parchment paper. Place the crackers in a single layer.
In a saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar, boil for 3 minutes.
Immediately pour over saltines and spread to cover crackers completely.
Bake at 400 degrees for 5-6 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top. Let sit for 5 minutes. Spread melted chocolate, and top with chopped nuts. Cool completely and break into pieces.

Cookies, Desserts

3/4 cup butter or shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 and 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Soften butter (if using) and mix with sugar. Mix in eggs, one at a time. Mix in vanilla.
Blend in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover, chill at least one hour.

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Roll dough 1/8 inch thick on lightly floured surface. Cut in desired shapes. Place on cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until very lightly browned around the edges.

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“Soft gingerbread,” according to my kids, this recipe makes a large quantity, so consider making a half batch.


1 cup sugar
1 cup dark molasses
1 cup lard, melted
1 cup hot water
1 heaping tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp ginger
5 cups flour

Put all ingredients except flour in a bowl. Stir well, then add flour. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Roll out on floured surface. Sprinkle with white sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes. 

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Rich and similar to Mrs. Field’s cookies, this recipe is large, so consider making a half or quarter batch.


2 cups butter
2 cups sugar 
2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon baking soda
2 to 3 cups oatmeal
2 teaspoon baking powder
24 oz. package chocolate chips
One 8 oz. Hershey chocolate bar, chopped
3 cups walnuts, chopped

Cream together butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix together dry ingredients (except for chocolate and walnuts). Add to butter and sugar mixture. Stir in chocolate and walnuts. Make golf-ball size cookies. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 6 minutes. Makes approximately 112 cookies.

Cookies, Holiday Recipes

2-1/4 cup sugar, divided
2/3 cup butter
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup sour cream
5 cups flour, sifted
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1-1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Gradually blend 2 cups sugar into butter, cream thoroughly. Add eggs to sugar mixture, beat until fluffy. Stir vanilla & sour cream into sugar mixture. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt & nutmeg. Mix the dry ingredients and add gradually to the sugar-butter mixture. Chill dough before rolling. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for about 6-8 minutes.