Monkeying Around

So even Kitchen Goddesses need help from time to time when things get boring in the kitchen. Over the holidays I took a little help from our families favorite monkey Ross the Sockmonkey. We decided it was time to make Mom’s Butter Cookie because there are time when no other cookie will do.

Here is the recipe and some great photos of my little helper. Who knew a monkey could be so handy in the kitchen.

Mom’s Butter Cookies

(Do yourself a favor and just bake a double batch of these, even if you freeze them they WILL disappear as these cookies are just as yummy cooked as they are frozen.)

1 cup of butter {must be butter}
1/2 cup of icing sugar
1 egg yolk (I’ve used the full egg with no noticable differences.)
2 cups of flour

cream butter add sugar and egg yolk
slowly add flour
roll in to balls press down with a fork
add cherry on top (I often leave this step out or add sugar or food coloring instead this is really more decorative then necessary.)
bake at 350 till slightly brown
cool a few minutes before removing from pan


And now for the Monkeying Around.













Remember when the kitchen is getting you down, invite a friend for a few hours and you may rediscover your love of cooking. Thanks always to my monkey buddy for sharing an afternoon of fun with me.











After Holiday Cookies

So the story begins like this, it is late November and I am doing my regular grocery shopping when I stumbled upon the sale of the year, a 22lb bag of flour for $6.99.

Now my mother taught me to never pass by a sale like that so I lugged that bag of flour home and proudly displayed it on my counter (not like I could fit it in any of my cupboards anyway) and then walked around the house for the next three days muttering to myself. “What am I going to do with 22lbs of flour, you can’t use that much flour, are your crazy why would you buy that much flour.”

Well eventually I figured out what to do with it. I decided to make holiday cookies for friends and family this year and cookies did I make. Over 700 of them in total.

Over the next few posts I will share the recipes and words of advice for making your holiday cookie making an adventure for years to come.

We’ll start with the basics I live in Canada butter is worth as much as gold, we don’t buy it unless we have to, so the first thing I did was google the net for margarine  based cookies. This is not an easy feat but I managed it.

The first of our unusual, weird, wacky but strangely addicting cookies are Jello Cookies. I made 6 different types of them in all, each with a different flavor of jello just proving that there is NOTHING you can’t put jello in.

And so here we are Jello Cookies.

Ingredients: Yield: 24-30

* 3/4 cup margarine or 3/4 cup butter
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1 (3 ounce) package Jello gelatin, any flavor
* 2 eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 2 1/2 cups flour
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 teaspoon salt


1 Cream margarine, sugar, jello and eggs together in a medium to large bowl.
2 Add the rest of the ingredients.
3 Mix well.
4 Roll dough into little balls and place on a greased and floured cookie sheet.
5 Flatten each with a fork.
6 (Sometimes a little flour on the fork keeps it from sticking).
7 Bake 6-8 minutes at 350 degrees.

The major tip I have here is try and use different colors of jello if you are making several flavors so they are easy to tell apart. And also be sure to check out the Cookie Making 101 at the side of this page for some general cookie baking tips and tricks, they will save your sanity as they did mine.

Well that is all for now, join me next time for more Adventures in Bread Machine Bread.

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