This post is sponsored by Country Crock®, and the opinions are 100% mine. When we bake our kitchen becomes the center of our home. This is true in my home, both literally and figuratively. Whether I am whipping up a simple dinner on a school night or cooking for dozens over the holidays, we gather together when preparing food. The boys learn valuable lessons in mathematics, biology, chemistry and hazardous waste disposal. They don’t see it as necessity yet, and it’s still fun. What they lack in patience they make up in enthusiasm. With their invaluable help or despite their best efforts to ruin everything, we always have a great time. Country Crock® is often a staple in my house, and I’ve created several recipes with it. I was thrilled when I was offered the chance to work with them again, especially when they told me they would make me a cookie cutter from my logo!
The Ginger Cookies we made were delicious, and I was happy my friends who dropped by often went back for seconds. My heart warms as I hear a distant echo of my Nonna saying, “Manjia Manjia!”
- 2 c flour
- ⅔ c sugar
- 1.5 t ginger, ground
- ¼ t salt
- ½ c Country Crock®
- ½ c sour cream
- ¼ c decorating sugar
- Preheat to 350
- Combine dry ingredients
- Mix in Country Crock® and blend with a fork til it pills
- Add sour cream
- Form into a ball
- Refrigerate for 15 minutes
- Roll flat & cut shapes with a cookie cutter
- Brush the egg Glaze & sprinkle the decorating sugar
- Bake 11 minutes
- Let cool
See What Happens When We Bake Together:
- Tangerine Walnut Biscotti: When we bake this twist on a classic companion for my morning coffee the whole house smells great. Country Crock®’s version has the more traditional ingredients, whereas the contents of my cupboard that day were a little more… eclectic. I imagine everyone brings a little something unique to the table. These did not turn out very dainty. More of a bold, crispy, nutty slab that gives the coffee a run for its money.
- Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies: When we bake red velvet crinkle cookies it makes the kitchen glow red. The name just rolls off the tongue. Instead of the classic lines of the red velvet cake, we produce a deliciously flowing river of cookie magma. All the satin and sweetness of your (above) average slice in a perfectly crumbly bite-sized disc. The boys love the way they look. Me too. So simple to make, too. Don’t underestimate how much work goes in to making a cake stand up straight like that. For most of the recipe, you’re building foundations or reinforcing load bearing walls. It’s a more efficient delivery system for your sugar, flour and eggs. Try it and see!
You can probably find a version of your family’s favorite recipes at Country Crock®’s website. It’s a great place for my family to start when we bake. We don’t often end up where I thought we would when we started, but that’s half the fun. My favorite meals are the ones that could not have been planned. With our effort and care they end up somewhere different, somewhere special, every time. As part of Country Crock’s® “So Much Good Happens When We Bake” campaign, they’ve provided this great baking kit to start your family’s memories off right. The giveaway includes mixing bowls, spoons, measuring cups, rolling pin and… the crown jewel is a customized cookie cutter! The winner can submit a child’s drawing, from which a 3-D printer manufactures a unique cookie cutter! It runs April 22 until April 27, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. NOON EST and terms and conditions are here. This post is sponsored by Country Crock®, and the opinions are 100% mine.
With the help of a friendly grocery store, Country Crock was able to share with unsuspecting families the good that happens, when we bake. All that was needed were a few colored pencils, the modern magic of a 3D printer, and the reminder that watching a child’s imagination come to life is one of the special joys of baking together. Don’t miss the original film in the #WhenWeBake series at WhenWeBake.com.
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