"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --Albert Einstein

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

cookie treats

today was the last day of school ... and i thought i would make a batch of cookies
as a treat for my boys ... i made my christmas anise cookies ... but i gave them a
more summer like twist ... instead of the anise extract, i used raspberry flavoring
that i bought at "bake it pretty" ... and for the sprinkles on top, i used the super
cool technique showed by Jessica here for turning white jimmies into beautiful
pastel colors ... i made mine a very pale shade of blue ... they look so cute ...

son #1 who doesn't really care for the anise version of these cookies ... pronounced
these "delicious" ... son #2 who loves the anise version pronounced these ... and i
quote ... "nasty" ... well, that is so sad ... i guess i will have to eat his share ... LOL ...

"Anise Cookies"

1/4 C butter, softened
1/4 C crisco
3/4 C granulated sugar
2 eggs
3 1/2 C flour
7 tsp baking powder ... yes seven!
1/4 tsp salt
1 TBS anise extract or 6 drops raspberry flavoring
2/3 C light cream

sift dry ingredients together in a bowl and set aside ...
cream butter, crisco, and sugar ... add eggs one at a time
... mix well ... add cream and your flavoring of choice ...
mix well ... add your dry ingredients and mix well ... roll
the dough into 1 inch balls and place on your cookie sheet ...
with the palm of your hand, flatten the balls to a 2 inch circle ...

bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes
remove to rack to cool completely before applying glaze

"Cookie Glaze":

1 TBS butter melted
2 1/2 C powdered sugar
1/4 C warm milk
1 1/2 tsp anise or 6 drops raspberry flavor

mix all in a wide bowl ... dip the top of your cookies into the
glaze ... when the excess glaze is finished dripping off, plunge
your cookie top into a dish of jimmies ... enjoy!


Anonymous said...

Yummy! And they're so pretty on that gorgeous antique plate - what a great Mum you are ♥

Diane Mars said...

Even your cookies are beautiful! WOW girlfriend they are so soft and yummy looking. I would share son #2 share with you. ox, Diane

Jan Hennings said...

NUMMY!!! Lucky boys and these cookies look delish!

gabrielle said...

Oh Lori! These look so yummy! And pretty too! Thanks for including the recipe! I will have to give these a try!

Fete et Fleur said...

They are so pretty, Lori!


Nice and Easy Antiques said...

I would love to try both to give you my very honest opinion!!! LOL!!!!

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

YUM YUM YUM!!! My hubby runs a gourmet shop and we just received a sample of pure anise extract from a new company... I guess I'll just HAVE to make these cookies to try it out!!!

(THANK YOU for your compliment on my photos... but YOU, my dear, INSPIRE ME WITH YOURS!!!)

Debby said...

How sweet!!! They look so yummy!

debi said...

Oh, your cookies look so pretty and yummy! Darn...now you've got me craving something sweet! lol

Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'll have to give those a try.

Charlene said...

YUM!!!!!!!!! I think I might try these. Funny how your two boys had such different views on the cookies. Go figure! Thanks for sharing.

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Well, those are just so pretty with the soft blue sprinkles!! Nice.
Smiles, Karen

p.s. I did a cookie theme blog post today too...so I just added a link to your posting on my posting :o)

Jennifer Hayslip said...

Gorgeous cookies! What a perfect shade of pale blue! You are such a GOOD Mom to bake cookies for your boys! ;) Enjoy! XOXO,Jenn

Andrea said...

Oh my those look yummy ,just like the last ones you made!

Diana P. said...

They look soooooooooo good!

Andrea said...

Thank you so very much for your prayers, encouragement, and support.

Bryanna Lenan said...

yummy! those look delicious! Ironically it was my sons first day at vacation summer camp... he is 2.5... and I made a cake to celebrate... oh... Mothers... we know how to feed them, eh?

paperbird said...

the cookies are beautiful- i love the soft blue color. thank you for sharing the recipe.

June said...

OH YUM!!! Lori, you could always send me #2 son's cookies!!! These look sooo pretty!
I missed your lovely garden post. WOW, what gorgeous pictures of your blooms! I will be so mad if the rain gets my peonies. They are still quite a ways from opening up, but the rain had better not get them, or I'll...I'll...

Jeanne said...

Oh these cookies are so yummy looking. I had forgotten about Jessica's tip for coloring the white jimmies. I'm going to have to try that - maybe a pretty shade of pink would be nice. Loved your boys comments on your last day of school treat! LOL!

LiLi M. said...


Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hello Lori

A lovely sounding and looking recipe. I probably would like the Anise version but I am quite sure that I wouldn't find the raspberry version "nasty"...;-)) Children can be so direct at times..

Take care
Isabelle x

BucksCountyFolkArt said...


I just wanna sink my teeth into the computer screen!

Alison Gibbs said...

Lori, I'll have some of those 'nasty' cookies, mmm yummy.
Are sure when he says 'nasty' that he doesn't mean good

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

What a nice treat to come home to for your boys, Lori. They look wonderful and I'm sure they taste great too, despite son#2's opinion :)

chasity said...

they are such pretty little cookies.
maybe your son couldn't let himself like them because they looked too girlie. :)

your plate is gorgeous.

have a wonderful day~

Auntie Cake said...

So sweet! The last day of school. What fun possibilities lie before all of us?

Love your cookies. And I saw her post about making our own colors and have been a coloring maniac ever since. It's just too much fun! Love your cookies, I am going to have to give them a try!

Enjoy summer!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful little cookies!!! Enjoy!

luckygirlgifts said...

They look fabulous, I'm sure they were delicious. It's so hard when you have more than one child to make everyone happy.
It's like seeing a unicorn around my house. LOL!!
I can't wait to try your recipe.
Thanks for sharing
Have a wonderful day
cari b.

Lisa said...

Hi Lori,
I got a kick out of this post. Sounds like my bunch, 'nasty'. I just love it when I spent hours cooking & they say that. Your cookies look quite tasty to me. Sorry to hear about your Peonies, but the other blooms are beautiful! We just cleaned up our garden & it looks so pretty. Of course it will fry in the next month with our 100+ degree weather. Lisa

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Not only does the recipe sounde delicious, they are so pretty! Now I'm hungry.....again....;)
Blog; Capers of the vintage vixens

Unknown said...

What a great recipe! I love Anise in my cookies but maybe it's because of my Italian blood.


Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Your cookies look delish and so does the new look of your blog, Lori. So sorry I haven't been by in awhile...but I certainly got a smile on my face when i saw your comment today.

Hugs, Carrie

Holly Loves Art said...

These are so VERY beautiful! I would stare at them for hours before devouring them! I love Anise too... so yummy! I wish I enjoyed baking. I am a great gourmet cook (toot-tooting my horn) but never got into baking. Maybe I should try it again. It's been years.
always happy to come here.

Anonymous said...

Lori, my first time to your blog, I love it!
I am up late and so hungery!
I could easily grab a cookie, but it would not taste like anything!
Your cookies are wonderful..
and your blog is so fun!
Thank you.. hugs

Anne Lorys said...

Beautiful and yummy looking!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

Unknown said...

You even make cookies look beautiful. I love the colors too! I bet they are delicious besides.

Thank you for the recipe, now where do you find light blue sprinkles?


Kateyed said...

Oh, I am starving just looking at these. I am not an anise lover and I am sure I would pronounce the raspberry flavor"Just Wonderful!" What a nice mom you are! You can send me the what your son won't eat any time!!!!


Jessi Nagy said...

mmmm yummo.
i love anise cookies.
these look fab
i will try them next week
hope all is well.
have a great summer.

The Feathered Nest said...

How wonderful that the boys are finally out for summer!!!! I love the relaxed schedule and we all tend to stay up late together and enjoy sleeping in. Thanks so much for your sweet words about my mood...seems I fight the sadness often but I'm chalking it up to my hormones, thank goodness for my medication that helps take the edge off ~ sending you love and hugs, Dawn

SweetAnnee said...

LOVELY ..I want those cookies..I can taste them right now..

smiles, Deena

vivian said...

well, you could spare yourself the calories from eating son # 2's share, and send them right to me! And I will save you! lol!
they do look yummy.
truthfully though, Ive found that homemade cookies fall in the pizza catagory of my life, and are something that I can not control myself with very well.. in fact I think that just looking at and thinking about eating cookies puts a craving on me!! lol!
have a great weekend Lori!

Karen ~ Cider Antiques said...

Yummy!!! They look great! The light blue spinkles are wonderful. Where do you get those? I just have kid colors, lol. I like yours better :)


Alexandria ♥ said...

very pretty and so nice of you to make a home made treat. ♥

Pearl Maple said...

Yumm on the cookies and that sparking mood of summer vacations, always enjoy your creative and inspirational posts.

Faded Plains said...

I've never had Anise cookies...but if you need help finishing son #2's share...I'm here for you ;o)

Vicki said...

Hi, Lori,
Your cookies are very cute and look yummy. They look very similar to cookies my mother made that she called her "tea cakes". Your dianthus and violas and other garden flowers are looking very cheerful and pretty. I hope you are having a good weekend, sweet friend. Love and blessings to you~ Vicki

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

oh wow... they sure do look yummy! What a wonderful Mom you are Lori!! xoxo

Mrs. Cherry Heart said...

Mmmm I will come and help eat those yummy looking cookies!

Smiles, Dolly

Rella said...

Can I just say YUMMMMMMMMM...good thing you are not in my neighborhood or I would be knocking on your door!!!

xox Rella

Anne said...

Love the light blue sprikles on the cookies. They almost look to pretty to eat! I'm new to your blog and thought I'd leave a comment.

Jamie said...

You are the most wonderful Mother!! My boys got a trip to the Shell station on their last day. Not as well thought out, promise:) Love, Miss Texas

Maija said...

I could eat his share..... I love rasberry!!

Alisa Noble said...

Oh yummy! And so pretty to boot! Thanks for sharing... will be making these soon, for sure!

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Oh! Those cookies look so yummy, Lori!!! And pretty, too! Your new blog banner is lovely! The basket in that photo is the most perfect shade of aqua!

Unknown said...

Oh, those cookies look so delish! The look like little works of art, too! YUM!
~TattingChic ♥

Miss Gracie's House said...

yep...his loss! Those are so cute! Love, love that soft blue frosting!
I could so relate to *every* single word in the post below...to the weather ruining the flowers, the neglect, and looking for the joy there...sounds like home.
Thanks for all of your beautiful encouraging words to me!

Evi said...

Great cookie recipe! Will try it soon.

LuLu Kellogg said...

Lori, I don't cook but this recipe looks so good that I really want to try it. I am sure your boys adore you!

I buy stuff from Bake it Pretty (cupcake liners) all the time for my faux cupcakes.


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