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            BASIC COOKIE MAKING REQUIRES VERY LITTLE ON HAND STUFF
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YOU WILL NEED A Thrift store COOKIE SHEET and cooling rack.

BUTTER. Get any old butter, it does not need to be salted. Usually the pound single bar of unsalted is half price of regular butter. Try OTHER than the big supermarkets, unless butter is on sale that week there, which it often is at my Kroger chain. Months at a time I can get unsalted 4 bars for $2.50 But it's 1.79 at barrio Arab or Iranian supermarkets. Soon you'll find the brand that is from happy cows, and makes cookies taste marvelous. You really notice the butter if you drink a cup of hot tea or coffee, it expands the butter flavor in your mouth and you'll find the best brand.

SUGAR Use any kind of sweetner HONEY, SUGAR, STEVIA. BROWN SUGAR or a mix of all of them.

Get aluminum free baking powder. Healthfood store always has it, super market maybe.

GET HEALTHY FLOURS made of coconut, rice, not always wheat but some whole wheat is fine. What i never use is white flour cuz I wake at four a.m. stuffy if I eat any of it.

Get walnuts in the shell and a nut cracker.
Any chocolate bars on sale, you break 'em into pieces. Compare prices vis a vis chips.
Toast up a few oz. of sesame seeds, great flavor for fruity cookies
Get oranges to grind rind , another great flavor.
Dried fruits like cherries, cranberries.

EGGS. On sale eggs are fine. Sales in my area of Calif are 77c a dozen to 1.19 doz. Rarely do I pay the full 1.79. I should have the money to buy happy eggs, at $4 but who knows if farmer is lying or not?
 

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BASIC COOKIE RECIPE

1 stick of butter, soften it for an hour outside fridge if cat is not around. Add orange rind, beat it, add eggs and sugar, vanilla, beat this batter some more. Then, add dry ingredients. Add nuts, fruits or chocolate. Heat oven to 325, watch carefuly for burning, some ovens overheat. If no raisins, maybe 350.

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Cranberry-Orange Bars

1/2 cup cranberries; chopped finely
1 orange, ground with skin
1/4 cup raisins
2 Tbs brown sugar
2 2/3 Tbs butter
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder

Combine the cranberries, oranges, raisins, and brown
sugar in a mixing bowl. Set aside.

Cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add egg and
beat well. Blend in the vanilla. Gradually add the dry
ingredients to the creamed mixture.

Stir in the cranberry mixture and pour the batter into a
greased 8 inch square baking pan. Poke raisins in so they
aren't exposed to air or they burn. Bake at 325F for 30 to
40 minutes or until browned on top. Cool in the pan on a
wire rack. Cut into bars.

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Cherry Cookies

2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup fine cut pitted dates
1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries
2 2/3 cup crushed corn flakes
15 Maraschino cherries, quartered

Stir together flour, salt and baking powder; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until light
and fluffy. Add eggs; beat well. Stir in milk and vanilla
extract. Add flour mixture; thoroughly combine. Stir in
nuts, dates and 1/3 cup chopped cherries.

Portion dough using a level measuring tablespoon. Shape
into balls. Roll in crushed corn flakes. Place about 2"
apart on greased baking sheets. Top each cookie with a
cherry quarter. Bake in a 375F degree oven about 10
minutes or until lightly browned. Remove immediately from
baking sheets and cool on wire racks.

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