Monday, May 22, 2017

EASY TIRAMISU BOWL

1 pkg (8-oz) cream cheese, softened

3 cups cold milk
2 pkgs (3.4 oz each) vanilla instant pudding mix
1 tub (8-oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
48 vanilla wafers
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
2 squares semi-sweet chocolate, grated
1 cup fresh raspberries

In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer until creamy. Gradually beat in milk and pudding mix. Stir in 2 cups whipped topping.

Line a 2 1/2-quart clear glass bowl with 1/2 the vanilla wafers and drizzle with half the coffee. Top with 1/2 the pudding mixture and 1/2 the grated chocolate. Repeat the process starting with the remaining vanilla wafers.

Garnish the top with the remaining whipped topping and the fresh raspberries.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

BLUEBERRY SNACK CAKE

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1 2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cold butter
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
2 eggs, separated
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

In mixing bowl, combine the flour and sugar. Cut in butter until  crumbly; set aside 3/4 cup for topping.

Add baking powder, milk, and egg yolks to remaining mixture, mix well.

Beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into batter. Pour into a greased 9x13-inch pan or dish.  Sprinkle with the blueberries and the reserved crumb mixture. Bake at 350 degrees 30-35 minutes or a toothpick inserted in centeredness out clean.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

CHERRY NUGGET COOKIES

1 cup shortening

3-oz cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp almond extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/3 cups chopped nuts
Large jar of maraschino cherries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the shortening, cream cheese and sugar until well combined. Add egg and almond extract; mix in well. Mix flour and baking soda together and add gradually to the shortening mixture. Cover dough and chill. Drain cherries and cut in halves. When dough is thoroughly chilled, roll into balls. Roll the balls in the chopped nuts. Place balls on a very lightly greased cookie sheet or line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place a cherry half in the center of each cookie. Bake at 350 degrees about 16 minutes or until barely browned.


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Friday, May 19, 2017

FRUIT TOPPED PETITE CHEESECAKES

CRUST:

1 cup Graham cracker crumbs
2 tbsp sugar
4 tbsp butter, melted

FILLING:
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 pkgs (8-oz)cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla

TOPPING:
1 can (21-oz) fruit pie filling of your choice ie cherry, peach, strawberry, blueberry

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake liners; set aside.

In a mixing bowl, combine the Graham cracker crumbs, the 2 tablespoons of sugar, and the butter. Divide the mixture evenly among the lined muffin tins and press the crumbs to form a solid layer in each cupcake liner. Bake for 3 to 5 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool completely.

Reduce oven heat to 325 degrees.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream cheese on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add the 1 cup of sugar and continue to beat until smooth. Scrape the inside of the bowl to be all the mixture is in the bowl. Reduce the speed to low and add the eggs, lemon juice, and vanilla; mix just to incorporate. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full with the cream cheese mixture. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack. Top with the fruit filling and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Note: This is one of my older recipes. I think it might be from an old Country Living magazine but I am not sure.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

VERY CHOCOLATE COOKIES

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 (1 1/2 sticks) cup butter, softened
2 eggs
2 tbsp plus 1 tsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups (12-oz pkg) chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add butter, eggs, milk and vanilla; beat until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts, if using. Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or just until set. Do not overbake. Cool slightly then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yield: 3 to 4 dozen cookies

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

REDUCED FAT CARAMEL APPLE CAKE

1 1/2 cup reduced-fat baking mix

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup 1% milk
2 cups sliced peeled cooking apples
1 tbsp lemon juice
2/3 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the baking mix, sugar, and milk until blended. Pour mixture into an ungreased 9-inch square baking pan. Top mixture with the apples and sprinkle with lemon juice. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over the apples. Pour the boiling water over the apples. Bake in 350 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

RASPBERRY SWIRL CHEESECAKE BARS

CRUST:

1 1/2 (3/4 cup) sticks butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with heavy-duty foil and allow foil to extend 2-inches above pan on both ends.

Beat butter in a medium bowl with mixer on medium-high speed until creamy. Add powdered sugar and salt, beat 1 minute until light and fluffy. On low speed, gradually beat in the flour just until blended. Using your fingers, press the mixture evenly over the bottom of the foil lined pan. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden. Cool pan on a wire rack. Allow to cool.

FILLING:
4-oz white baking chocolate
1 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed
2 pkgs (8-oz each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp liquid red food coloring
1/4 tsp raspberry extract

Melt white chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave according to package directions. Cool to room temperature.

While chocolate cools, using a rubber spatula, press raspberries through a fine strainer set over a medium bowl. Discard seeds. You should have 1/4 cup raspberry puree. Set puree aside.

In a large mixer bowl, using medium-high speed, beat cream cheese and sugar for 2 minutes or until creamy. Reduce speed to low and beat in the eggs, one at a time, until combined. Beat in sour cream and vanilla extract. Beat in flour just until blended.

Remove 1 cup of the batter and stir into the raspberry puree along with red food coloring and raspberry extract. Stir the white chocolate into the remaining batter. Pour 1 1/2 cups of the white batter over the crust; top with spoonfuls of the remaining raspberry mixture. Top with the remaining white batter to cover. Top with small dollops of the reserved raspberry mixture. Drag a toothpick through the dollops of raspberry mixture and top white batter to marbleize.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes until slightly puffed and set. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Refrigerate at least 1 hour until firm. To serve, hold foil by the ends and lift to a cutting board. Cut into 4 equal rows lengthwise and 8 rows crosswise.
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Monday, May 15, 2017

CHOCOLATE KISSES-DATE CAKE

What a fun cake. This tube cake is made with dates and kisses!

1 cup boiling water

1 cup dates, cut-up
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 eggs, beaten
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
40 chocolate candy kisses
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a 10-inch tube pan; set aside.

Combine the boiling water, dates, and baking soda together; set aside and allow to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and vanilla. Add the eggs and blend into the mixture. Sift flour and salt together; add alternately to the batter with the date mixture. Pour half the batter into the prepared tube pan. Sprinkle half of the nuts and half of the candy kisses. Add remaining batter and top with remaining nuts and kisses. Bake for 1 hour at 325 degrees. Cool 15 minutes before removing from pan.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

BUTTER COOKIE DOUGH AND FROSTING

1 1/2 cups butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, and salt together until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour and beat until well mixed. Cover dough and chill 1 hour. Work with 1/4 of the dough at a time, keeping the remaining dough refrigerated. Roll out to 1/4-inch thick between two sheets of waxed paper. Cut dough into desired shapes. Place cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove cookies to wire rack to cool; cool completely.

Frosting:

2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

In a large bowl, beat all ingredients together and use to frost cookies.


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Saturday, May 13, 2017

MOTHER'S DAY

To all the mothers who follow this blog...