Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Husband's Away, the Bloggers Will Play Event Week with Bless This Mess!

I'm still a widow...
Hubby is off playing in Nashville...
Visiting family...
Eating hush puppies and good southern food...
(takes a second to wipe drool off keyboard)
Enjoying the fall weather that TN has...
...& I'm here in Utah...
...talking to the dog...

So how about we bake some cookies?
Melissa from Bless This Mess has an awesome recipe to share!
Take it away Melissa!

Hello! I'm Melissa from over at Bless This Mess. I blog a whole lot about food, but break up the diet-busting with up-dates on remodeling our house, raising chickens in my backyard, and some craftiness. I love meeting new people, so when you pop over be sure to say hey so I can check your blog out too!

I'm so pleased to have the chance to share a recipe with you. Growing up in southern Indiana definitely has played a big role in my personal cooking style which has been transplanted to southern Utah. I've been baking and canning with my mom since I was young and those hours in the kitchen planted deep seeds.

This recipe comes from my great-grandma Mary, who also had the joy of living in southern Indiana.. I don't know much about the woman, but this recipe has always tied me to her. Food has a way of doing that, doesn't it?

This is a perfect recipe for fall. Now that school has started up this is an easy way to have hot cookies ready after school with no more effort than turning the oven on. Just whip up the dough and then store it in the fridge. Slice off and bake as many cookies as you'd like to eat. With this simple yet rich and buttery dough in the fridge you'll never say no to a cookie request again. You, and your kids, will thank me for this one!

Great Grandma Mary's Slice-n-Bake Cookies
From my family cookbook
Makes a bunch! (6 dozen or more)

  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

  1. In a large bowl (or using a stand mixer, hand mixer, or by hand) cream together the sugars and butter until light and fluffly, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat for another minute.
  3. Sprinkle the flour on top of the butter mixture and then sprinkle the baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt on top of the flour.
  4. Mix until well combined.
  5. Form into long logs, wrap in wax paper, twist the ends to close, and refridgerate until firm or you are read to bake.
  6. When you are ready to bake cookies, slice a 1/2 inch thick slice off the cookie dough log and place it on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake at 350 for 8-11 minutes.
  8. Store unused dough in the fridge until you are ready for another round of hot cookies.

The diameter of the log will determine the size of the baked cookie. A circle around 2 inches across makes a nice sized cookie when sliced and baked.

This dough has lasted over 2 1/2 weeks in my fridge before. I normally wrap the logs in plastic wrap in addition to the waxed paper to keep the dough from drying out.

I love having dough on hand. I sent a bag of hot cookies over to my neighbor after he brought my chickens back home one morning. They had wondered into his yard and couldn't figure out how to get home. I also used them as a quick dessert when I made dinner for a family from church. You'll love having this delicious dough on hand!

Here's a little smattering of what's been going on over in my neck of the woods, eerr desert, in the last month:

DYI Kid and Family Halloween Costume Ideas: Homemade costumes = good mom?!

Slow-cooker pork tacos: I love me some knock-off Cafe Rio recipes.

Crazy things we found in the walls of our house: These are the most recent treasures we've found hidden in the walls of our house, exposed through remodeling. There 7 or 8 posts of things we've found which includes board games to a violin! Seriously interesting stuff.

Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies - I love these. Get out of that zucchini bread rut...

There you have it. Thanks so much for letting me be here Amber. You should probably whip a batch of these cookies up to enjoy while your husband is away!

Okay I'm definitely going to have to whip up a batch of these...and there may or may not be any left for hubs when he gets home...we'll see how hungry the dog is for cookies...

Make sure to check in tomorrow for another awesome blogger hijack!


Melissa said...

You better be careful with all these cookie recipes floating around LOL! I'm jealous he's in TN, so close to my momma in KY... lucky man!

Dani - Diane - ATA Girls said...

Wish I could say the same! My hubby retired last year and now he's around ALL the time! Enjoy the vacation. LOL joining from Welcome Wednesday