60 in 60: Day 24- Orange Ladyfingers

When I think of ladyfingers, I think of my gran. Not because she ever made them (she's more of a cake kind of baker), but because I imagine that ladyfingers are one of the cookies that ladies ate at fancy tea parties playing bridge. Or, in my gran's case: at bars, playing euchre. Either way, they're spongey, yet delicious.

We're in the Golden Book again.

Orange Ladyfingers


1/3 c flour
1/8 t salt
2 eggs
1/3 c caster sugar (I used regular, because I was assured it would be fine)
Finely grated zest of orange.

First, zest that orange!

Beat together eggs, sugar, and orange zest until thick.
I added food coloring here to give it the orange color.
Fold in dry ingredients with large rubber spatula.

Fit pastry bag with 1/2 inch star tip.
Squeeze out 2 inch lines.

Bake at 375 for around 5 minutes.
Enjoy with a shot of freshly squeezed orange juice from your zested orange.

Book Yield: 20
My Yield: Um, I'm not really sure. They all sorta RAN TOGETHER.

60 in 60: Day 24-Mint Spritzers

I used to like mint, I love chocolate, I'm down with mint chocolate.

This recipe is found in my Golden Book of Cookies.

Mint Spritzers


1 c flour
1/8 t salt
1/2 c butter
1/3 c sugar
1/2 egg (YES A HALF AN EGG)
1/2 t vanilla
1/2 t mint extract
Hershey Kisses

I almost doubled this recipe, because it only called for half an egg, but the yield said 30, so I didn't. Stupid yield. Stupid half an egg.

Beat butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, and mint together.

Add dry ingredients and food coloring, if you so desire.
(I added 5 drops green, 2 yellow.)

Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Get out your cookie press (I used a pastry bag) and insert the clover shaped design.
Put those cookies on a greased oven sheet.
Heat oven to 400 and bake until the edges of the cookies are brown.

Quickly put the kisses on top of the cookies.
Let cool on the sheets until firm, then transfer to wire racks.

Even though the dough kinda tasted like toothpaste, (I never bought mint toothpaste, my boyfriend uses it. Now I associate the taste/smell of mint with toothpaste.) the cookies turned out really good if you let them sit for a bit before eating them.

Book Yield: 30
My Yield: 15, barely.

60 in 60: Day 24- Yogurt Stackers

This is my last recipe from the internets for awhile. A few weeks ago I got the "Golden Book of Cookies" and I picked a good two dozen recipes from that. It's a really nice book, with some fun recipes. A few of the instructions leave you going "whaaaa?" but other than that, I enjoyed looking through it and am really looking forward to baking from it.

You can find this recipe here.

Yogurt Stackers


1 c sugar
1/2 c butter
1/2 c shortening
1/2 c plain yogurt
1 egg
3 c flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1/3 c preserves

1 c powdered sugar
2 t yogurt
1 t butter
1/4 t vanilla*

*not pictured, pretend it's the apple.

Beat together sugar, butter, and shortening.

Add yogurt and egg.

Add flour, powder, soda, and salt.

Put in fridge for 2 hours, preheat the oven to 375, roll out the dough and cut with a biscuit cutter.
Make sure the number of cookies you have is divisible by three, we're making sammiches!
Bake 6-8 minutes.

Let cool on cookie sheet.
Make frosting by mixing all ingredients together.

Frost 1/3 of your cookies.
Place second third on top, like so:

Put preserves on the 2nd third of cookies, and add the last third on top.
Like thus:


A bit dry, but yummy.

Yield: 10 stackers (30 cookies)

60 in 60: Day 21- Pink Lemonade Cookies

I have come up with a semi-solution to the problem with my over-flowing freezer: The local college community out reach/volunteer program is having a bake sale to help with LiveStrong Days the first weekend in October. I'm going to donate some cookies to them, so if you'd like to taste some of my cookies and help a good cause at the same time, come out to the bake sale that weekend. I'll post more details as I know them.

Today's cookie recipe can be found at mom-mom.com.

Pink Lemonade Cookies


1/2 c butter
1/2 c sugar
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1 egg
1/3 c pink lemonade concentrate- thawed
1 3/4 flour

2 t butter
2 c powdered sugar
2 t pink lemonade
5 t water

Beat the sugar, butter, powder, and soda together.
Add the egg and lemonade.

Add flour (my mixer did all this for me, no need to break out the wooden spoon).

Put the cookies in the oven for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees.

Add all the frosting ingredients together and beat. You may need to add more water to get the right consistency of frosting.

Let the cookies cool and then frost.

With your leftover lemonade concentrate, make a quart or so of pink lemonade to go along with your cookies. Enjoy!

These cookies were really good, but the frosting was too sweet for my taste.

Yield: 27 tiny cookies

60 in 60: Day 21-Craisy Oatmeal Cookies

These are the cookies I made with the help of my boyfriend, Friday night. I had planned on posting them Saturday, but it was a long day and by the time we got home and had dinner, it was nearly midnight and I just passed out watching Psych.

Today we have a recipe from someone I met while working at the SAC, Guy Fieri. He came off as "potential to be a dick" to me, but I got his autograph anyway. (I lost it since then, it was on the back of my badge holder and it rubbed of from constant use.) You can find his recipe at the Food Network site, or you can just click here.

Craisy Oatmeal Cookies


2 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 c butter
1 1/4 c dark brown sugar
1 T honey
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 c coconut
3/4 c craisins (dried cranberries)
2 c oats
1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped

Sift together flour, soda, powder, cinnamon, and salt.

In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar together.

Add the honey and vanilla to the mix.
Then, one at a time, add the eggs.

Add the coconut, craisins, oats, and rosemary.

Fold in dry ingredients.
(Like always, it'll look like there is way too much dry, but with some work, the wet will overpower all.)

Drop cookies on to a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake in the oven, which you must have turned on, at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes.

Let the cookies sit for five minutes before transferring them to wire rack.

These cookies were delicious, and not that hard to make. I couldn't really taste the rosemary in them, so if you wanted, you could probably leave that out.

Guy's Yield: 25 cookies
My Yield: 36 cookies