Vintage Glass Stamped Cookies.

I am always looking for fun things to do with my kids during the holiday season. I picked up these beautiful vintage glasses from a thrift shop the other day and the design inspired this vintage-inspired baking activity.

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You know I stay inspired not by looking ahead at the trends but instead by looking back to the past. Back in my grandparents era they were resourceful as the day was long. There was no Amazon to order a cookie press on a whim (let alone have it delivered two hours later …) so they looked to common household goods for inspiration and delight. Makers, companies and designers kept this in mind too which makes the story all the better. These little starburst-sided, flower-bottomed cut drinking glasses were meant to be both beautiful and functional.

A few little tips before you get started on this little DIY baking project yourself.

Before you create your dough you'll need to find the perfect glass for inspiration. Bring the kids along and turn it into a fun family outing, letting everyone pick out their own pretty glass. Thrift stores, Goodwill or antique malls are the perfect place to go as they usually have a million discarded glasses looking for a new home and most can be found at a great price point.

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Search for glasses that have a pattern on the sides of the glass as well as on the bottom. This will give you multiple options for your cookie stamp. I found these beautiful patterned glasses at my local thrift store. 

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To create your cookie dough, use your favorite family recipe or this one!


SUGAR COOKIES:

  • 2 3/4 cups of flour

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1 cup of softened butter

  • 1 1/2 cups of white sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

INTRUCTIONS:

Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Then, using a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and baking powder. In another bowl combine butter and sugar until the mixture is smooth. After all your ingredients are mixed, gradually beat in vanilla and egg. Next, Combine with the other mixture. Finally you will want to stamp your cookies with the glasses you have chosen. Once you have stamped your cookies cook for 8-10 minutes. Let them cool before serving.  


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Once your cookie dough is mixed, begin rolling it flat using a rolling pin. Then, use the top of your glass to even cut circles into the cookie dough. 

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Once you have your circles cut out flip the glass bottom down. Gently press down to leave your pattern on the cookie. A little tip, coat your hands and glass in flour so that it does not stick to the cookie dough. 

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Place your cookies on a baking sheet, bake following direction, and enjoy! 

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I hope you enjoy this fun and delicious activity with your loved ones this summer. Head over to your local thrift store for the glasses, or shop our Vintage Goods to see the glasses I used! Let me know in the comments how these cookies turned out for you! 


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Five Delicious Ways to Use Cranberries This Fall.

With Thanksgiving hot on our heels, thought it would be fun to take a look back at all the recipes we’ve shared from the seasonably fall fruit, the cranberry. Here’s a roundup of 5 of my favorite, perfect for feasting on Thanksgiving day.

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1. CRANBERRY OATMEAL WITH CREAMED HONEY

Check out the recipe here.

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2. CRANBERRY HAND PIES

Click here for the recipe.

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3. ROASTED CRANBERRIES

Check out the recipe here.

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Roasted Cranberries / heirloomed

4. DAY-AFTER THANKSGIVING TURKEY SANDWICH

Find the recipe here.

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5. “OLD FASHIONED” ROASTED CRANBERRIES :

Check out the recipe here.

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I hope you enjoyed this roundup of ways to enjoy cranberries this fall. They are such a tasty ingredient that can fit into so many recipes. Let me know how you like to use cranberries in the comments below.

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Doris Hart’s Dark Fruitcake Holiday Recipe.

If there’s one recipe that seems to have gotten a bad wrap over the years the fruitcake is surely it.

Now you know that one of my favorite things about the holiday season is the passing down of recipes through the generations. I love being able to have my family over and make the same recipes my mother did when I was a child. This one was one of my Grandmother’s favorites, a Dark Fruit Cake. She got the recipe from “Doris Hart” who I was lucky to learn was a neighbor friend of hers when she lived in South Florida.

This fruitcake is such a family staple that it actually inspired one of our new Family Recipe series Tea Towels. And I was so honored to be included in this month’s issue of Taste of the South, sharing this beautiful heirloom family recipe card and the story behind it (Nov/Dec 2018) so be sure to check out the full story there.

Fruit Cake / heirloomed
Fruit Cake / heirloomed

DORIS HART’S DARK FRUITCAKE:

  • 1 lb sugar

  • 1 lb butter

  • 1 lb flour

  • 1 lb walnuts

  • 1 lb almonds

  • 1 lb pecans

  • 1 doz eggs

  • 4 pkg seedlees raisins

  • 2 lb dates

  • 1 lb candied cherries

  • 1 lb pineapple

  • 1/2 pound each: citron lemon & orange peel

  • 1 jar jelly

  • 1 t each: cloves, cinnamon, allspice

  • 2 squares chocolate

  • 1 cup dk molasses, coffee, and brandy

  • 1/2 cup orange juice

Cream butter, sugar- add egg yolk, creamed till lemon color. Add liquids and flour alternately, then spices and slightly beaten egg whites. Add fruit (cut, floured, and dredged first.) Grease and line pans with greased brown paper. Bake slow- 300 degrees then lowered to 250 degrees for two or more hours until tested. Cool- dribble with brandy and wrap in cheesecloth or paper towels and aluminum foil (not to be places next to the cake) and store in a cool place. makes several cakes- bake in tube pans or loaf pans- Different sizes will require different time schedules for baking. May be frosted, glazed or left plain.


Taste of the South magazine / Nov Dec 2018 / Handed Down Fruit Cake Recipe


Thanks to the article in Taste of the South, we have gotten so many requests from readers for the full version of this recipe, so I hope this serves as your go-to recipe for years to come! If you give it a try please let me know how you like it in the comments!


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Granny's Caramel Pecan Turtles.

The first year I was dating my husband I went out to his family farm for the holidays and I got to hang out with his great grandmother, Granny, and help make Christmas cookies.

Just like my Grandmother, she had an assortment of cookie recipes that you could tell were her go-to’s year after year. One of my favorites were these little jelly-filled German cookies, dusted in powdered sugar and filled with a special fruit jelly that she could only buy at specialty markets.

I quickly learned the family favorite of her assortment - the Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtles, as she stashed away bagfuls for each of her children and grandchildren so they all got their fair share. I don’t think they lasted 5 minutes among any of them.

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chocolate caramel turtles / heirloomed
chocolate caramel turtles / heirloomed
chocolate caramel turtles / heirloomed

The pecans from her Turtles were hand-picked, cracked and shelled right there from an orchard of trees on the family farm. We lived at the farm for 10 months while we were building our house and picking pecans with Granny was a favorite activity of my kids, and myself too.

At 90+ years old she rides out there on her Gator with a pecan roller in hand and walks among the old pecan trees and between the five-or-so horses that are constantly roaming the pasture. They like to eat the pecans too.

Then we’d bring the bucket-fulls of pecans back to her house and sit together at the kitchen table to crack them and carefully pick out the meat. She has a little quilted jam jar that sits beside her while she’s cracking for the coveted whole pecan halves that make it out in once piece. This little stash is squirreled away in her storage fridge until she’s ready to make her holiday pecan. Truly the cream of the crop.

Chocolate caramel turtles / heirloomed
chocolate caramel turtles / heirloomed

CHOCOLATE CARAMEL TURTLES

  • Fresh, whole pecans, shelled + halved

  • 2 bags of Kraft caramels

  • 1 bag Ghiradelli dark melting wafers

"Cross" the pecans on a wax-papered cookie sheet using four pecans for each turtle. Melt the caramels in the microwave and carefully pull of a spoonful of caramel,  place and flatten onto each pecan cross. Once caramel has been applied to each grouping of pecans, melt the chocolate and spoon a dollop on each turtle to complete. Allow them to firm and dry, then indulge. Enjoy!

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chocolate caramel turtles / heirloomed

Granny has this special little trick of lining up the counter with waxed paper, making her pecan crosses and then heating up the caramel. She has a little bowl of ice water right next to her as she works, quickly dipping her fingers to cool them so as not to burn them, and then right into the hot, melted caramel to place on top each cross. Then a dollop of melted chocolate to finish them off, swatting hungry hands away while she works.

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I truly hope you’ll give this family-favorite recipe a try. It even inspired our “Pecan Orchard Pleasantries” IceMilk Apron.


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heirloomed magazine : pie issue.

This holiday season I wanted to pay homage to a true holiday staple: PIE. No matter the holiday function pie will always be there for us to enjoy. And, no matter your pie preference you can always find a sweet or savory pie that suits your fancy.

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In this month’s issue of heirloomed magazine issue you will find all of my favorite pie recipes, a behind the scenes look at how our pie birds are made, and so much more.

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