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Those from Iowa... Laritas cookies!?!

post #1 of 24
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Anyone heard of Larita's cookies and cakes in Iowa? We used to live there and still to this day get her to ship us cookies because her icing is out of this world! If you've heard/eaten them, what does she put in her icing?! I thought it was butter extract and vanilla, but I did that today, and it's not the same..!!! If you have any idea let me know! icon_smile.gif Thanks!!! icon_biggrin.gif
post #2 of 24
This is Larita's recipe - (got it from a former employee!!!)

2 cups crisco
1/2 cup real butter (unsalted)
1 cup water
2 tsps salt
2 tsps vanilla
1 tsp almond flavoring
2 lbs powdered sugar

Edited to add: BTW, I live in Ft. Dodge!!!
post #3 of 24
DH and I were just there over Christmas. She has such a lovely little shop!!
We bought a package of sugar cookies to try (and also to dissect them). We definitely tasted almond extract. Sorry I can't give you more.
post #4 of 24
jonahsmom~I'm trying to envision this coming together as an icing.
Is this going to be like a frosting or an icing? And does it harden? I love trying new recipes, but want to know what it is going to end up like. Please reply when you can. Thanks.
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post #5 of 24
I'm pretty sure it crusts, but can't be 100% positive since I haven't made it yet. All I know is that this is the recipe given to me by one of her former employees, so I know it is THE recipe. I know when she uses it to decorate her sugar cookies it keeps it's shape. It seems like it would need more powdered sugar to get a good crusting going on though, doesn't it?

I've been using Sugarshack's recipe and everyone raves about it. (Thanks Sharon!) So I just haven't really needed to make it yet. Maybe I will this week sometime just so I can really see if it's crusting or not. Unless someone else tries it first!

But seriously, this is THE frosting in Fort Dodge. I don't think anyone doesn't love it!!!! (Keep in mind that even my friends who were die-hard Larita's fans have said that the Sugarshack recipe is better! I think it comes down to whether or not you like almond flavor.)
post #6 of 24
Yes, I do like almond flavor. Haven't tried Sugarshacks recipe. Is this only in her DVD? Or on CC? Thank you again for answering about the other recipe.
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post #7 of 24
Yes, I do like almond flavor. Haven't tried Sugarshacks recipe. Is this only in her DVD? Or on CC? Thank you again for answering about the other recipe.
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post #8 of 24
could someone please post the sugarshack recipe. my search does not work. TIA
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post #10 of 24
Okay, I'm totally confused now. Are we talking about frosting or icing for cookies like Antonia74 makes? Is Sugarshacks recipe that was posted here for cakes? If so, here is a youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB4ibkH0V_4&feature=PlayList&p=22DAADE76AAF3626&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=28

This is for cakes though and not cookies.
Sorry if I'm confusing everyone.
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post #11 of 24
The Sugarshack recipe is a buttercream recipe (for cakes or cookies IMO).

The Larita's frosting that I listed above could also be used for either. She uses it on all her cakes, cupcakes, cookies, etc. It's not a royal icing or glaze or anything like that. Good ol' buttercream.....that's what I use on everything, too. (Well, I will once I start making cookies!!!)
post #12 of 24
Thank you for clearing up my fogged head!
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post #13 of 24
Thank you for clearing up my fogged head!
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post #14 of 24
If used for cookies, will Sugarshack's recipe stack/bag without sticking? Thanks!
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post #15 of 24
I think they would stick together. I think they would probably get all smooshed up. But it would be similar to Larita's cookies I would think. I know she uses pizza type boxes for her cookies. They would probably bag individually if you let them set up before attempting to do it. But then you wouldn't want to stack the bags I don't think. You would still want to use some kind of box where they could lay flat in one layer. I would use both recipes in a similar fashion since neither one of them really sets up like the royal icing does.

I don't know if I'm being much help or if I'm just confusing matters! I am trying to help, though! icon_redface.gif
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