Saturday, December 12, 2009

Calling all bakers!



I've been searching for a cookie recipe that I found in Better Home and Garden magazine from , I think, 1984, or could be 1983...they are called festive cookies.....a cream cheese dough that needs to be refrigerated over night. You split the dough up into 3 parts to make snowmen cookies, crescent cookies and cut-out cookies...used to be my favorite cookie recipe years ago when I was a stay at home mom. Well, this year I decided to make time to bake these cookies again and can't find a copy of that recipe anywhere. I've googled everywhere, but to no avail. hmmm?

4 comments:

ShEiLa said...

I don't know if this is the one you are looking for:

Ingredients1 pk Cream Cheese; (8 Oz.)
3/4 c Butter
1 c Powdered sugar
2 1/4 c Flour
1/2 ts Baking soda


Preparation:
Beat cream cheese, butter and sugar in large mixing bowl at medium speed with electric mixer until well blended. Add flour and soda; mix well. 3 cups dough
Cookie Dough; mix well. Chill 30 minutes.

[lots of variations for this dough]

Chocolate Mint Cutouts:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Add 1/4 teaspoon mint extract and few drops green food coloring to 1 1/2 cups Cookie Dough; mix well. Chill 30 minutes. On lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness; Cut with assorted 3-inch cookie cutters. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool on wire rack. Melt A cup mint flavored semisweet chocolate chips in small saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Approximately 3 dozen Prep time: 20 minutes plus chilling Cooking time: ~2 minutes per batch Variation: Sprinkle cookies with nonpareils before baking. Snowmen: Preheat oven to 325. Add 1/4 teaspoon vanilla to 1 1/2 cups Cookie Dough; mix well. Chill 30 minutes.

For each snowman, shape dough into two small balls, one slightly larger than the other. Place balls, slightly overlapping, on ungreased cookie sheet; flatten with bottom of glass. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Sprinkle each snowman with sifted powdered sugar. Decorate with icing as desired. Cut miniature peanut butter cups in half for hats. Approximately 2 dozen Prep time: 15 minutes plus chilling and decorating Cooking time: 20 minutes per batch Coco Orange

Slices: Preheat oven to 325". Add 1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel to 1 1/2 cups Cookie Dough; mix well. Shape into 8 x 1 1/2" log. Chill 30 minutes. Cut log into 1/4-inch slices. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool on wire rack. Melt 1/3 cup BAKERS Semi-Sweet Real Chocolate Chips with 1 tablespoon orange juice and 1 tablespoon orange flavored liqueur in small saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Dip cookies into chocolate mixture. Approximately 2 1/2 dozen Preserve Thumbprints: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Add 1/2 cup chopped pecans and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla to 1 1/2 cups

Cookie Dough; mix well. Chill 30 minutes. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Indent centers; fill each with 1 teaspoon Kraft Preserves. Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool on wire rack. 3 1/2 dozen Prep time: 15 minutes plus chilling Cooking time: 16 minutes per batch

Chocolate Candy Thumbprints: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Add 1/2 cup chopped pecans and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla to 1 1/2 cups Cookie Dough; mix well. Chill 30 minutes. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Indent centers. Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until light golden brown. Immediately place milk chocolate candy kiss in center of each cookie. let stand 1 to 2 minutes or until chocolate is slightly softened; spread over top of cookies. Cool on wire rack. 3 1/2 dozen Prep time: 15 minutes plus chilling Cooking time: 16 minutes per batch.

ShEiLa said...

ps. I am no baker by any means... just wanted to help. I probably didn't.

L. D. Burgus said...

I am going to keep track of this blog to see how many versions that you receive. Your photos sure made me hungry. Good luck. Maybe Sheila's is the one.

Vivian said...

WOW!...Sheila, thank you so much! These cookie recipes sound really good! Not the one I had, but still, I think I'm gonna try a couple you have here.

Larry, thank you! I doubt that my blog post here will get much attention, I mean, after all, it is a photo blog. : )

The recipe I am looking for, I actually still have the original pages that I have thorn out of a BHG magazine way back in 1983 or 1984....it's just that the pages have now become quite worn. The bottom of the page looks like an accordion and I have to gently unfold it to read it, and the page is so fragile now I am afraid to handle it. I guess this recipe has more sentimental value to me than anything. These are one of the many cookies I used to make every Christmas when my kids where little tikes.

The top of the page reads:
* HOLIDAY MAKE-AHEADS *
FESTIVE COOKIES
ONE BUTTERY DOUGH MAKES THEM ALL

3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 8-oz pkg cream cheese, softened
2 cups sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp coconut flavoring ( optional )

The directions follow. If anyone is interested, let me know and I will copy the directions here for you.
This dough must be refrigerated over night.
You then separate it into 2 or 3 parts to make: crescent cookies, with tiny choc chips in them and one half dipped in chocolate. Snowman cookies, and cut-out cookies.
Love, love, love theses cookies!