Recipes: Sugar Cookies / Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Last week I promised these two recipes in this post.  Here you go…

The recipe for sugar cookies are from my hubby’s grandma.  I was never really fond of sugar cookies until I tried these (and I still don’t really like any OTHER sugar cookie!).  They are sooo good. 

Grandma’s Sugar Cookies

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 egg

2 1/4 cups flour (plus about 1/2 cup extra for rolling out)

1 tsp. cream of tartar

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

Cream together oil, margarine, and sugars in medium bowl.  Add egg and mix well.  Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl; then add to sugar mixture and stir in by hand.  Stir in vanilla.  Dough will be very soft.  Roll out on well-floured surface and cut out with cookie cutters.  As you roll and cut, add more flour as needed to make your dough easier to work with (up to about 1/2 c).  Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 8 minutes at 350 degrees.

warning… you WILL hate me when you are rolling and cutting these out.  Trust me.  The dough is very soft and can be difficult to handle (that’s putting it mildly!).  As I get it out of the bowl, I make sure my hands are well-floured, and I knead some extra flour into the dough as I roll it out.  You can add more flour as you need it – just enough to be able to roll and cut a little more easily.  I’ve found that a flat metal spatula (well-floured, of course!) will help you transfer the cut dough onto your cookie sheet.  Don’t get too frustrated – it’s worth it!  You might want to just try circles at first – no complicated shapes!!  🙂

This is the recipe for the icing I put on it – it also tastes very good and dries hard…

Cookie Icing

2/3 cup butter, softened

3 1/2 c powdered sugar

2 T milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

food coloring as desired

Cream butter, sugar, and milk until light and fluffy (about 3-4 minutes).  Beat in vanilla.  (Note: this recipe makes a lot of frosting.  If you only make a single batch of cookies above, I would divide this recipe in half).

OK.  And here’s the recipe for the bread…

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

1 cup warm milk (70-80 degrees)

1/4 cup water (70-80 degrees)

2 eggs

1/4 cup butter, softened

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup sugar

5 cup bread flour

2 1/4 tsp bread machine yeast

Filling:

2 T butter, melted

1/3 cup sugar

1 T cinnamon

Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

4-5 tsp. milk

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Place bread ingredients in bread machine.  Select dough setting and start machine.  Check after 5-10 minutes of mixing and add 1 – 2 T of water or 1-2 T of flour if needed.  When cycle is completed, turn dough out onto lightly floured surface; divide in half.  Roll each portion into an 8 x 12 inch rectangle.  Brush with melted butter.  Combine sugar and cinnamon, sprinkle over dough.  Roll up tightly jelly-roll style starting with short side.  Pinch seams and ends to seal.  Place seam side down in two greased loaf pans.  Cover and let rise until doubled in size (about 1 hour).**  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  Cover with foil and bake 5-10 minutes more.  Remove from pan immediately and let cool on baking rack.  When completely cooled, mix glaze ingredients and pour over loaves.

** Alternative to glaze – I didn’t want to put the glaze on, so I put on a cinnamon topping instead.  I mixed about 1/6 cup sugar, 2 T butter (softened) and 1/2 tsp cinnamon together and spread it over the loaves before baking, with good results!

Happy Baking!

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