Simple Sugar Cookies

Filipino Style Recipe: This is the simplest and easiest cookies I have baked so far and they are delicious. Buttery and creamy, soft and chewy, just my kind of cookies. The ingredients in the recipe are simple, you might already have them in your kitchen.

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 raw egg
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 3/4 all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
sugar to roll the batter

Part 1
1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla.
2. In another bowl, combine together the flour, baking powder, baking soda.
3. Gradually blend dry mixture into the butter mixture.

Part 2
1. Scoop a teaspoon of the dough then form into ball and roll into sugar.
2. Place into ungreased cookie sheets. Repeat until all the mixture are consumed.
3. Bake into preheated oven over 350 Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes.
4. Remove from the oven and let it cool for 2 minutes before transferring them.

1. The dough will expand and spread when baking so leave at least 2-3 inches in between.
2. If you want a thin cookie, you can press it a bit when putting into the cookie sheets.
3. The cookies might seem too soft when you take them out of the oven but they will firm up once they are cooled.

Sugar Beets Halaya

Filipino Style Recipe: Sugar beets halaya is almost similar to Filipino ube halaya. This dish has a pink-red color, sweet taste and has a thick consistency. The red sugar beets cut into thin slices then boil until soft. Cook together with evaporated milk, condensed milk and vanilla extract until thick.

1 kilo red sugar beets, peeled and sliced
2 big cans(300 ml) condensed milk
1 big can(370 ml) evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract(optional)
1/2 cup butter

Part 1
1. In a pot, boil water then cook beets for 30 minutes or until tender.
2. Drain and let it cool then grate or process in a blender. Set aside.

Part 2
1. Heat pan in a low heat then melt butter.
2. Add remaining ingredients and grated beets then cook for 30 minutes or until becomes really thick. Keep stirring.
3. Transfer to shallow pan and let it cool then refrigerate for 2 hours before serve.

Braised Pork in Sweet Soy Sauce

Filipino Style Recipe: Braised pork in sweet soy sauce is similar to pork adobo and pork asado. It is consists of pork marinate and cook in a blend of sweet soy sauce, garlic, onion and peppercorn. This dish has a sweeter and more flavorful taste than the usual pork adobo.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes(plus marinating time)
Estimated time of cooking: 40 minutes
Good for 2-3 persons

1/2 kilo pork, cut in serving pieces
1/4 cup sweet soy sauce
2 gloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
10 pieces peppercorns
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch(dissolved in 1/4 cup water),(optional)
sugar, salt to taste

Part 1
1. In a pot, combine pork, garlic, onion, sweet soy sauce and peppercorn for 30 minutes.

Part 2
1. Pour water then simmer in a medium heat for 30 minutes or until pork is tender. Add water if necessary.
2. Adjust seasoning according to taste then pour dissolved cornstarch.
3. Simmer until the sauce has thicken and start to render oil.
4. Remove from heat then transfer to serving plate then serve with steamed rice.

1. If sweet soy sauce is not available, you may dissolved 1/4 cup brown sugar in 1/4 cup dark soy sauce.