Baking Vanilla Crisps, old family favorire cookies last week was a treat for this grandma! Baking cookies with my grandkids is always fun!!
Baking last week with my grandson with only the two was a sweet time!
Vanilla crisps are easy to bake
This is definitely an old favorite recipe.
It’s the first batch of cookies I baked with Nancy, my oldest daughter help when she was little. It’s a good one to start to learn cookie baking. It doesn’t involve rollng out dough out and using cookie cutters.
The basic ingredients are found in most kitchens.
To protect this fragile page I put it on the fridge away from the ingredients while mixing up the dough for referral. Maybe I should print a copy!
The steps to make the dough are simple and easy. One safety tip. Take care to help your child when he is holding the hand mixer.
First, blend the butter, vanilla, sugar and salt together. Next, whip the eggs in the mixture. Finally,, slowly add the flour a little at a time and mix to avoid a big flour cloud! So easy.
These are drop cookies. Or you can roll them into neat smooth balls prior to baking which is what we did.
Rolling the dough into a ball is easy for little hands. They do need to be about the same size for even baking.
Flattening the dough balls and push a small indentation for sprinkles is an easy. I don’t have any photos of doing this because we were busy making cookies!
There are other reasons I like this recipe. No one get bored or frustrated. They only take 7 – 10 minutes to bake. All together it takes about 20 minutes total, start to finish,
Having fun with a grandchild is my goal, not perfection when baking with them. The recipes do get more involved as they get older and learn more skills.
my Favorite cook books
The recipe is from one of my tried and true cookbooks. Can you believe this book is 44 years old!
If you are stuck on how to prepare a dish, how long to cook a cut of meat, poultry or fish, look inside. There are also great tried and true recipes for vegetables and desserts of all types. It is a basic one.
I starred favorites in this cook book and my other cook books.
Some favorite cook books I use are Julia Child’s ‘Way to Cook’ and ‘The Silver Palette’. Below are affiliate links for your shopping ease for my favorite ones.
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so easy to decorate
Who doesn’t love a cookie with sprinkles? We definitely do love cookies with sprinkles.
Adding sprinkes or colored sugar can be a favorite part of baking with your grandchildren. Pieces of pecans or candied cherries are tasty too. If you want to add MnM’s or chocolate candy pieces, pull the cookies out before they are fully cooked ns put it on top of the hot cookie. If you do that, the candy won’t melt down.
The no decoration option is still delicious especially with ice cream. I had forgotten that the cookie’s name is Vanilla Crisp because our family called them ‘Ice Cream Cookies’ since we often served them with ice cream when I was growing up.
vanilla crisps recipe
- hand or stand mixer
- measuring cups and spoons
- middle size mixing bowl
- 1 or 2 cookie sheets
- cooling rack
- spatula I like the small cookie sized ones the best!
- parchment paper or silcone baking sheet optional
- 1 cup butter option: margarine; use half shortening
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1/2 cup white flour
- Adaptations: I only use butter (no shortening) for most cookie recipes. The option for these cookies is 1/2 cup margerine or butter and 1/2 cup shortening as shown in the recipe photo.
- Preheat over to 375 degrees
- In middle size bowl.mix well butter, suga, salt and vanilla until smooth
- Add 2 eggs and blend in
- Stir in flour a little at a time, strring before adding more. Scrape the bowl sides often
- Roll about 1/2 teaspoon of dough into even size balls or drop on ungreased baking sheet in rows. Gently flatten
- Gently flatten for even baking.
- Decorate as desired
- Bake at 375 degrees preheated oven for 8-10 minutes
- Cool on cooling rack
after the holidays
After the holidays are over, do you still need a reason to bake?
Baking a batch of old favorite cookie, vanilla crisps with a grandchild just may be your reason!
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