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buttons-bowtiesA very yummy recipe today … an easy & charming southern cookie recipe … Buttons & Bowties! I love the recipe on so many levels.

First, I think it’s pretty easy to see that this was a popular one in our family from the huge stain across the card. A little hard to read, but well worth the efforts!

Second, the buttons. I’ve seen several variations of button cookies – very cute, very easy to do and they make for a great presentation for a special homemade gift. The cutest probably being for baby showers, with the buttons threaded together & sweetly packaged in a little box. buttons-bowties-b

And lastly, the bowties! Certainly my favorite – sort of reminds me of seersucker suits, southern weddings & summertime. I am quite certain a bowtie-exclusive post will follow very soon!

And remember – be sure to roll the cookies in the sugar when they’re good & hot. Delish!

Thanks to Mom for deciphering the recipe below …

Buttons & Bows
____ Preheat oven: 400˚ Bake

____ Mix the following in a medium bowl to make a soft dough:

2 cups Bisquick® Original baking mix

1/3 cup milk

2 tablespoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 egg

____ Sprinkle (LIGHTLY!) counter with flour

____ Put dough on surface, and knead quickly and lightly (if you knead for too long, the dough will turn hard)

____ Roll dough with rolling pin until it is ½” thick

____ Cut dough with biscuit cutter or shape as you want (be creative! Roll out the letters for your initials, make shapes, tie into
pretzel knots, make buttons and bows, etc!)

____ Place shapes on cookie sheet

____ Bake 8-10 minutes or until the tops are light brown

While you’re shapes are baking:

____ Clean up what you can

____ Melt 1/4 cup butter in saucepan over LOW HEAT

____ Put 1/2 cup sugar in a small bowl

____ Take cookie sheet with baked shapes out of oven (use oven mits!), and remove with a spatula—place on drying rack

____ While they are warm, dip in melted butter, then dip/roll in sugar

____ Clean up kitchen while they cool/dry

recipe cardsThanks to everyone who entered the November “Sharing of Recipes” contest!  We have selected our winner, Maggie from Duluth – and she will receive an IceMilk Apron, just in time for holiday cooking!  Click here to view her winning recipe & read her wonderful story.

December’s “Sharing of Recipes” Contest has begun! Enter to win an IceMilk Apron today!

Share a meaningful family recipe with us and be entered in our drawing this month to win an IceMilk Apron, as well as having your recipe featured on our blog!

Enter now, it’s easy:
Comment on this blog entry with the name of your family recipe, along with a short story or memory on why that recipe is meaningful to you. Email me at to submit your handwritten recipe card, only handwritten cards will be considered.

We’d love for YOU to share your recipes with us!

brunchOne of my most favorite entertaining stories is that of the Ladies Sunday Brunches that I used to host. Always prepared with the staple items on hand, I’d extend the standing monthly invitation to my friends, and to any friends they wished to bring.

Each person would be in charge of bringing one dish – some would bring mimosas and bloody mary’s, while others came with frittas and quiches, salads & fruits, desserts & muffins & breads galore!

A wonderful way to meet new ladies, taste new recipes and entertain. Best of all, everyone is involved in the experience and feels a part of the brunch by bringing their own dish to share. My only request is that each person share their special recipe. The day after, I always send a “thanks for coming” email and share the collection of new recipes with the group to try their own hand and making some of the new delights!

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