Thursday, February 7, 2008

Cookies and Cameras

I'm leaving on retreat tomorrow and will be gone until Tuesday so this will be my last blog till then. I'm running around trying to gather all my "stuff" to take with me. I should do this earlier every year, but something always comes up and I end up doing it at the last minute. When I'm in a hurry I tend to get ahead of myself and get clumsy. I knocked a bag of flour on the floor of my pantry. What a mess!!

I went to the big box store the other night to buy myself a little camera so I can take pictures more easily for my blog. I know nothing about cameras, that's my son's area of expertise. The only think I knew is that the one I picked out was small and pink. Hopefully I'll have retreat pictures for you when I get back.

I baked soft sugar cookies to take, not that we don't eat ourselves stupid on the food provided. I never buy purchased baked goods for a party or potluck. I'll buy them for just me at home, but not for my friends. I don't like to cook, but I love to bake. The cookies in the picture below aren't the ones I made (see above-can't work camera yet). I thought I should have a picture, and since these were pink, I thought this one would do. One of my favorite authors is Susan Wiggs. One thing I like about her books is that she puts recipes in them along with the stories. This is an awesome sugar cookie recipe, soft and puffy and not too sweet. Since our group is called the Busy Bees I frosted them with yellow frosting and put black sugar stripes on them. They turned out really cute.

Ricotta Cheese Sugar Cookies

1 cup softened butter

1 cups sugar

1 15 oz carton full-fat ricotta cheese

2 eggs

3 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp grated lemon zest

4 cups flour

For the glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

2-4 Tbls milk

2 drops almond extract (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cookie ingredients to form a sticky dough. Drop by teaspoonfulls on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes or until bottoms turn golden brown (the tops will stay white). Transfer to wire racks to cool. To make the glaze, stir milk a few drops at a time, along with the almond exract if desired, into the powdered sugar in a saucepan. Stir over low heat to create a glaze (don't keep on stove too long). Drizzle over cooled cookies and top with colored sprinkles. Makes 3-4 dozen cookies.

Take care and have a wonderful weekend. See you next week.

P.S. Thank you for all the help with my barstool that had water spots on it. All of your advise was great and the bar stool is back to normal. Now, does anyone know why the blogspot spell check doesn't work?


Thimbleanna said...

Ooohhh, this recipe looks yummy -- I'm definitely going to try it. Does the frosting become translucent since you heat it up? Hard to imagine it, but it looks awesome. Have a wonderful retreat!

Unknown said...

Jean, These cookies sound so good and look beautiful!
I love ricotta cheese and
will have to try them.
I hear you are interested in a banner for your blog. Please email me. Thanks! ~Mary~

Brenda said...

Hi The cookies just look delicious I think I will try bake them.
I think your blog is just beautiful the colors are so spring like.
Have a nice weekend It sounds like so much fun.
Best Wishes brenda:}

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Hi Miss Jean!

Are these the cookies that you baked when I came over? Those were so wonderful!!!

Have fun at the retreat and I will


ChaChaneen said...

Have fun! See you when you get back!

Esther Sunday said...

Those are precious cookies! Love, Esther

Cheryl said...

Yummy recipe! Can't wait to try it. Have a wonderful time on your retreat. Can't wait to see the pictures with the little pink camera.

Thimbleanna said...

P.S. Miss Jean -- I've given you a little tag on my Valentine Boxers post if you'd like to play along!