Cookie Night Recipes

If you read the PIttsburgh Post-Gazette this morning, maybe you saw a little piece in the Food section about cookie night at the Frick Park Lawn Bowling Club.  As promised, here are some of the recipes that wouldn’t fit into the newspaper:

We can’t all be masters of icing like Eileen Luba—in addition to the beautiful ice cream cone cookies that are pictured with the newspaper article, she’s also made realistically-frosted bluebirds and other treats for us that artistically trump many professionally-made goods.  She recognizes that, though, and even suggests that one might decorate her rich roll cookies with sprinkles if they so desired:

Rich Roll cookies

1 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Cream butter and sugar, add egg and vanilla; beat well.  Sift together dry ingredients, then mix in with butter, sugar, and egg.Roll dough between sheets of wax paper and then chill rolled dough for 3-4 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 F Cut out cookies into desired shapes, gathering and rerolling scraps after each round of cutting (roll dough between sheets of paper and pop into freezer to make cutting of cookies a bit easier).

Decorate cookies with colored sugar and/or sprinkles before baking if desired.  Bake 8-10 minutes, until slightly browned at edges.  If frosting, wait until cookies are cooled.

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Carlotte Lang has been bowling for about 18 years, and makes several tasty cookies, including some walnut tea cakes that she’s modified slightly from a recipe given to her by her aunt.  She recommends putting in different sorts of inclusions depending on what you like; she keeps a tin of orange peel on hand in her freezer but says that any sort of dried fruit would work well.  She also warns that this double-baked cookie takes some prep time, so don’t start making them if you’re in a hurry!  They’re definitely worth the investment of time, though—and they get even better after they’ve sat for a few days.
Walnut Tea Cakes

3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chopped candied orange peel

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In a large bowl, combine eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla; mix well.

Combine all dry ingredients in a smaller bowl. add gradually to egg mixture while stirring; blend well.  add nuts and orange rind (or inclusions of your choice) and mix until a soft dough forms.

Divide dough into 6 equal parts.  Roll each into a long strip measuring about 12 x 2 inches.  Rolling between 2 sheets of wax paper makes this a bit easier.  Place strips on ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 20 minutes or until slightly browned.

Remove from oven and cool slightly.  Cut on bias (diagonally) into strips about 2 inches wide.   Place on cookie sheet and bake another 10-15 minutes.  Cool & store in tins.

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Helen Sinai’s pineapple cookies are soft, moist, and delicious.  When I first bit into one, I was pleasantly surprised to find the little bits of pineapple inside.  I don’t know why, but I’ve never thought of pineapples as cookie material before—maybe just because I’ve never had cookies with pineapple before.  These easy-to make cookies are fantastic.

Pineapple Cookies

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple in own juice, well-drained; reserve juice


2 teaspoons butter
3 teaspoons pineapple juice
powdered sugar to make right consistency

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Cream butter and sugar.  Add egg and mix well.  Sift dry ingredients together and add to butter/sugar/egg mixture. Add some of pineapple as adding flour if necessary for easier mixing. Fold in remaining pineapple once dough has formed.  Spoon dough onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake about 9 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool before icing.

Yo make icing, mix together butter and juice, then stir in powdered sugar until it reaches a workable consistency.  Dip cookies into icing for easiest method of icing, then set on rack for icing to harden.

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Rusty Hein used to make cookies for her son and his friends.  One of the friends was a picky eater and would never partake of the cookies.  Finally, she gave Rusty a recipe for orange cookies that she would eat.  Rusty liked the recipe and has been making it ever since.

Orange Cookies

1/2 cup butter or shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons orange zest
2 1/3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder

3 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup butter
3-4 tablespoons orange juice

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Cream butter or shortening and sugar./  Add sour cream, eggs, orange zest and juice.  Mix well.

Sift together dry ingredients in small bowl.  Add gradually in with butter mixture.  When all of the dry ingredients have been mixed in and the dough has formed, drop by the teaspoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until browned slightly.
Mix together all ingredients for icing and ice when cool.  Easiest method to ice is to dip cookies into the icing then set on rack for icing to harden.

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Cookie nights are every other Wednesday after league bowling, with cookies served around 9 pm.  The next cookie night is next week.  The lawn bowling club is located on Reynolds Avenue in Frick Park.  You’re welcome to come out and join us—though we’d highly encourage you to come before 9 O’clock so that you can try out the sport of lawn bowling before we share our cookies with you.

7 Responses to “Cookie Night Recipes”

  1. Troy Says:

    Liked the photo of you Lawn Bowling . . . you look like you are having lots of fun! The cookies look good also!!

  2. jwsharrard Says:

    It is lots of fun! Everybody should come out and give it a try.

  3. Jim Says:

    Isn’t one supposed to wear white when lawn bowling?

  4. jwsharrard Says:

    In serious competition, one is expected to wear white for at least the bottom half of their clothing; and their top should match exactly that of their teammates.

    But then again, in basketball one ought to wear athletic shorts and tank top matching in both parts exactly those of your teammates, etc. down the line for other sports.

    Most of the time, when one is just competing against friends, all one does is dress comfortably.

  5. Christmas Cookie Recipes Says:

    both the orange and pineapple cookies sound yummy i might have to make them tonight.

  6. chris Says:

    Jesse i just loved these cookies..two thumbs up here :)

  7. T Matias Says:

    Hi there,

    I’d love the orange cookies, looking to the recipies the sound tasty…just a question …what kinda a ingredient can i repalce if do not have soda ??


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