Curd rolls with cinnamon

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Want to bake something new and delicious? Cause joy to your relatives with these curd rolls: tender and sweet curd pastry that melts in the mouth!

Curd rolls with cinnamon½ pound curd
1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
3 tbsp butter
1 tsp backing powder
1 tbsp cinnamon

1. Melt butter. Combine with flour, curd and backing powder and mix thoroughly.
2. Beat up egg with half sugar, pour into curd mixture and make pastry. Leave it for about 30 minutes.
3. Roll out pastry to form a rectangle, powder with cinnamon and sugar. Roll up pastry and cut it in small rolls. Bake in the oven (180 C/360 F) until ready (about 15 minutes).

Peanut butter cookies

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We used to eat tasty peanut butter without thinking of its health benefit – a great level of resveratrol containing in it. Resveratrol is known as an anti-cancer, antiviral, neuroprotective and anti-aging agent. Besides, this simple cookie can provide you with protein, vitamins B3 and E and dietary fibre.

1 ¼ cups flour
1 cup peanut butter
½ cup butter
½ cup sugar
¾ cup chocolate chips
1 tbsp milk
1 egg
1/3 tbsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt

1. Heat the oven to 180 C (350 F).
2. Mix flour, soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Put aside.
3. Combine butter and peanut butter in another bowl and beat up. Add sugar and egg and beat until the mass is smooth. Combine with vanilla and milk.
4. Combine slowly two mixtures and stir. Add chocolate chips.
5. Put a little sugar on the plate and drop by rounded teaspoonfuls into it. Put a parchment on the baking sheet and place cookies on it.
6. Cook for 10 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the sheet for a minute or two, then put on the rack.

Cream cheese cookies

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To my mind, cream cheese is an indispensable helper of every woman when it comes down to cooking. Used in bagels, cakes and cookies cream cheese makes them very nice and savory owing to its sweet and mild taste.

2 cups flour
1 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 ounces package cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
2/3 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp orange zest

1. Heat oven to 180 C (350 F). Combine flour, cinnamon, salt, and put aside.
2. Mix butter and cream cheese in a bowl, add sugar, egg yolk, vanilla extract and orange zest.
3. Fill a cookie press or pastry bag with dough. Make cookies on an ungreased backing sheet. Bake 15 minutes until cookies are goldish-brown.
4. Remove from the sheet and allow cookies cool on wire rack.

Chocolate chip cookies

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As I already said, this cookie is part and parcel of memories from my childhood and seems to the tastiest one in its own way. It’s tender in the center and crispy from outside.

2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
¾ cup butter
2 cups flour
1 medium egg
1 ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
¾ tsp backing soda
½ cup pecans, chopped
1 pinch salt

1. Combine sugar, brown sugar, egg and butter in a large bowl. Stir in flour, backing soda, salt and chocolate chips.
2. Heat oven to 190 C. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on unoiled backing sheet. Bake for 10 minutes until light brown.
3. Let cookie stay for 1-2 minutes in the oven, then remove from backing sheet and allow it cool on a rack.

Christmas cookies (recipe 1)

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This is the easiest Christmas cookies recipe I’ve ever seen. It has just few ingredients and they all are always on hand. The main thing is to buy backing cups to get cookies star- or fir tree-shaped.

4 ½ ounces sugar
8 ounces butter
¾ pond flour
pinch of salt

For decoration:
2 ounces icing sugar
sugared cherries

1. Stir butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add salt and flour, make dough.
2. Place dough on the table, sprinkled with flour. Knead dough for some minutes, then make a ball and put it into the fridge for 10-15 minutes.
3. Roll out dough 5 mm thick and cut out Christmas figures, for example angels, bells and stars. Put them on a greased backing sheet.
4. Heat oven to 180 C (350 F) and put Christmas cookies inside. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Then turn the heat off but don’t take cookie out – allow it bake for 10 minutes more. After that take figures and place them on a rack to finish cooling.
5. Combine icing sugar with a little water to get a thick paste and trim cookie using pastry bag. You can also use sugared fruits and nuts.
6. Keep cookie in a box or tie up a ribbon to them and hang on Christmas tree.

Time for home cookie: time for flash back

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From little up I’m a greatest sweeties lover: chocolate, buns, pastry, fancy cakes and of course cookies. Many tastes of mine have changed, but passion for sweeties remains permanent. It’s strange but I’m astonished at people who don’t like cookies or at worst any sweet – did they forget as they were kids and could eat up a whole ton of candies? When I enjoy my favorite chocolate chip cookies I get carried away into my childhood: my little brother and I sit in the shelter of branches on an old tree behind our house; it’s getting dark and we tell some terrifying stories by the light of a candle and drink milk with cookies…

Chocolate chip cookies

In one encyclopedia I read that cookies appeared about 10 thousand years ago, at the same time as bread appeared. In other words, history of cookies is a culinary history of mankind. Certainly, they weren’t sweet from the very beginning and for a long time – sugar became a part of human ration much later. I myself used to think that cookies must be sweet, but in fact the taste of first cookies would seem objectionable for modern men.

Cookie was made from different sort of flour: Europeans used wheat flour, and people in the east – rice flour, what is quite clear. Later oatmeal and corn meal were used, just like other flour sorts.

Traveling and migrating, people shared with each other various cookie recipes for centuries. Today we have so many cookie kinds, that one man couldn’t try them for his whole life. They all differ in dough and filling components, icing, form and color. And here I’d like to publish my favorite cookie recipes, like girl scout cookies or christmas cookies (though christmas isn’t in the near future, you can practice a little to get a perfect dish by the time it comes).