Sugar Cookies

Happy 4th of July!!! 

Lots of personal stuff going on for the last few months. Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted. Thank you for sticking with me. Enjoy your day of celebrating America’s birthday!

4th of July Cookies


Cookies:

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Ising:

  • Powered sugar
  • Water
  • Food color
  • Baggies to pipe
  • Paint brushes


In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.


Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.


NOTE: I make icing with confectioners’ sugar and milk. I make it fairly thin, as I ‘paint’ the icing on the cookies with a paint brush. Thin enough to spread easily but not so thin that it just makes your cookies wet and runs off.

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Deep Fried Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are on every Minnesotan potluck buffet table. I have an cousin who makes the best! But thought I might want to try a fun and tasty twist on a classic appetizers.

Deep Fried Deviled Eggs


Adapted from Plate Magazine and photo credit



Yields: 28 



Ingredients:

As needed water

1 cup baking soda

14 eggs

6 T. garlic mayo

2 T.

creole mustard

3 1/2 T. kosher salt, divided 

2 T. hot sauce

1 1/2 T. freshly ground black pepper

3 cups flour

1 cup panko breadcrumbs

6 T. paprika

1 T. cayenne pepper

As needed egg wash

As needed oil



Garnish: 

9 T. whitefish caviar, optional 

As needed truffle or Himalayan salt

Micro greens 



Directions: Bring water to a boil with baking soda. Add eggs and cook for 8 minutes. Chill eggs in ice bath, then peel eggs.

Cut eggs in half. Remove yolks and placein a large mixing bowl. Set whites aside. Crush yolks and add garlic mayo, mustard, 1/2 tablespoon salt, hot sauce and pepper. Mix well.

In another mixing bowl add flour, panko, 3 tablespoons salt, paprika and cayenne and mix well.

Dredge whites of eggs in egg wash, then place in flour mixture.

Fry egg whites at 370 degrees F for about 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Place fried eggs on a paper towel to soak up any excess oil.

To serve, place fried egg halves on plate and pipe in filling. Top each egg with 1 teaspoon caviar and finish each with a pinch of truffle salt. Garnish plate with micro greens.

Apple Sangria 

It’s a tasty pre-dinner drink. I made this for the adults in my family for Thanksgiving. Very light and refreshing! 


Apple Sangria 


  • 1 bottle (750ml) White Wine
  • 1 bottle/can (12 oz.) Ginger Ale – or you can use champagne or club soda or sparkling water for bubbly
  • 1 large Granny Smith Apple
  • 1 large Red Apple

Simply add the apple to bottom of your pitcher and fill with both the wine and ginger ale.  Into the refrigerator and serve cold.