Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sugar Cookies:Sweet Little Lessons on Love

ENDEARMENT means, Come here, my sugar, my cookie, my sweet little morsel. ~Amy Rosenthal

I don't know how I found this adorable book by Amy Rosenthal: Sugar Cookies: Sweet Little Lessons on Love. I saw it when browsing on Amazon. I was so delighted when it came and couldn't wait for it to find a home. I knew it needed some cookies to make it the perfect gift. I found some heart-shaped measuring spoons, to tie on top.

The Amish Sugar Cookie recipe is from my long-time friend, Sue. Her sons attended the school RB was principal of when we lived in Bedford. She knew I loved these cookies so whenever she made them she would send a few to me with her sons. Sue is so artistic with everything she touches so they were always tied with ribbon and had one of her tiny notes attached. There is a sugar cookie recipe in the back of the book, but I didn't try it since it's hard to improve on perfection. And to me, that's what the Amish cookies are to me.

The depression glass sugar bowl I use to press the cookies with was the one my mother used. It was handed down from my Grandma Cessna. I get delight by using it because of the nostalgic feeling it raises, but I also smile because every time my siblings are reminded "I have the sugar cookie bowl," I hear, "I can't believe you bummed that off mom. She loves you best." Believe me, they don't mean it, but it's fun anyway. After all, I am the one that collects pink depression glass!

Amish Sugar Cookies
1 cup sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup margarine
1 cup oil
2 eggs
41/2 cups flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp cream of tarter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt

In large mixing bowl, cream sugars, margarine, oil and eggs together. Sift dry ingredients together, then add to creamed mixture. Blend well. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets, flatten with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Makes about six dozen.


Lorna said...

Oh, Pam...this is such a sweet one!! I love the look on Katie's face and can only imagine how special those two little girls felt! It's something they will always remember. And now, you have given me an awesome idea for my precious great-nieces in Wyoming! What a treasure!

Shore Girl said...

What a beautiful/creative (not to mention delicious!)gift! Thanks for sharing the recipe -- can't wait to try them!

Faith said...

Thank you for stopping by my nice of you to leave a comment...The sugar cookies do look so boys love those sugar cookies. You should post about your treasured crochet heirloom Christmas tree angels...I'm sure we would all love to see, I be they are pretty, and a treasured gift from a friend.

Laura said...

I had no idea you read my blog, Pam. Thanks so much for letting me know. I am happy to find your blog as well! My hope is that I will be online (other than my phone) by tomorrow. : (
Blessings to you and yours!

Jeanette Levellie said...

What fun to find a book like this! I think Someone Special had His hand in it, don't you?

Thanks for your kind comment on my blog,


celebrate CREATIVITY in all its forms said...

Yummy and isn't it nice to find a great book deal.

I also love how you packaged the cookies. Very pretty presentation.

elizabeth @ twelvecrafts said...

Looks like a great recipe! Thanks for sharing these book links with my readers.

Courtney said...

Mmmm! There's nothing like homemade sugar cookies, warm out the oven, with a tall glass of milk!

Thanks so much for sharing at What's Cooking Wednesday. Be sure to stop by and link up more great recipes!

~Lisa said...

This is so sweet!!! I LOVE your picture of Katie and her beautiful cookies! I now want to bake some Amish cookies, thanks for sharing! HUGS to you! Happy weekend!

Amy said...

Thank for entering these beautiful and delicious sugar cookies to the Culinary Smackdown Battle! Best of luck to you.


Bonnie said...

I came over from Culinary smackdown and I'm so glad I did. What a sweet post. The photos of the little girls are precious. It makes these cookies even more special because of the way they were given...with love.

Sue said...

How sweet you are! What a beautiful gift from the heart. I love how you packaged everything. What a fun gift to receive, and give! I'm going to check on the books myself:)