Saturday, October 16, 2010

CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI CAKE

4 eggs
1 1/2 cups canola oil
3 cups sugar
3 cups grated zucchini
2 squares baking chocolate, melted
1 cup chopped nuts
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon

In a large mixing bowl beat the eggs, canola oil, and sugar until well blended. Stir in the zucchini and the cooled melted chocolate; mix well. In a medium bowl stir the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon together to mix well. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture, mixing well. Stir in the chopped nuts. Spoon the batter into a greased tube pan and bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for several minutes before removing to a wire rack to contine cooling completely.

Note: This moist cake is delicious as is. You can, however, make a drizzle of powdered sugar, a tiny amount of milk and vanilla to drizzle over the top if you so desire.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

OVEN CARAMEL POPCORN

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 quarts popped popcorn
1 cup peanuts

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. In a heavy saucepan bring the brown sugar, margarine, corn syrup and salt to a boil. Boil the mixture for 5 minutes. Remove mixture from the heat and add the baking soda, stirring well. Mix the peanuts and popcorn together in a large, heat-proof bowl. Pour the hot mixture over the peanuts and popcorn. Spread the mixture ina buttered 9 x 13-inch pan. Place in the preheated oven for one hour, stirring mixture every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in a covered container.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

PUMPKIN MINI-CHEESECAKES

24 vanilla wafers
2 pkg (8-oz each) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups pumpkin puree (or canned pumpkin)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
dash of salt
whipped cream,optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners. Place a vanilla wafer in the bottom of each liner.

In a large bowl cream the cream cheese and sugar together. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Mix in the pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt. Pour the mixture into the muffin cups filling each about 2/3 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes until set. Cool cakes and refrigerate overnight.
When serving, garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired.

Monday, October 11, 2010

CINNAMON ENHANCED LEMON CREME PIE

1 1/4 cups cinnamon graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup butter melted
1 tbsp + 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
5 tbsp cornstarch
dash of salt
1 cup water
2/3 cup lowfat buttermilk
1/2 cup egg substitute (or 2 eggs)
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 tsp grated lemon peel
2 1/2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and 1 tablespoon of the sugar together in a small bowl, mixing well. Press the mixture onto the bottom an up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown at 350 degrees. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

In a heavy saucepan, combine the cornstarch, salt, and 3/4 cup of sugar. Gradually stir in the water and buttermilk until smooth. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil, cook, stirring for a couple of minutes until thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of the hot filling into the egg substitute or eggs until well blended. Return egg mixture to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring, for another 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and lemon peel. Pour the filling into the crust. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Just before serving cover the top of the pie with the whipped topping. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon slice in the center, if desired.

EXCELLENT SUGAR COOKIES & ICING

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1 egg
1 tbsp corn syrup
1 tbsp grated lemon peel
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Beat the butter, sugar, and salt together in a large mixer bowl with mixer on medium high speed. Beat until the mixture is light and fluffy, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to medium and add the egg, beating until egg is combined into the mixture. Beat in the corn syrup, lemon peel, and vanilla extract. Reduce speed again, to low this time. Add the half the flour at a time, mixing until well combined. Shape the dough into two equal disks and wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the wrapped dough for an hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove one disk from the refrigerator and roll out between two sheets of waxed pape to a quarter-inch thickness. Remove the top layer of waxed paper and cut into your favorite shapes using cookie cutters that have been lightly dipped in flour. Transfer cookies to an ungreased baking sheet and bake 10 to 12 minutes until light golden brown. Allow cookies to cool about a minute then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat the process with the second disk of dough.

Decorate the cookies with the following icing, if desired.

1 lb powdered sugar
6 tbsp water
3 tbsp Just Whites*

In a large mixer bowl with the mixer at low speed, beat the Just Whites and powdered sugar. Add the water nd beat until blended. Increase the mixer speed to high and continue to beat for another 8 minutes or until thick and white. Remove any amount of icing you want to color to a small bowl or bowls. Add desired food color or colors and mix just until blended. Thin the remaining icing with additional teaspoons of water until the consistency resembles slightly whipped cream. Spead the thinned icing over the cookies and let dry completely. Transfer the colored icing to a pastry bag or bags, attach appropriate tips for decorating and decorate the cookies as desired.

*Just whites is found in the dairy aisle at major grocery stores. It is with the eggs.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

TEXAS CHOCOLATE PRALINE MUD SQUARES

3/4 cup Graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 jar (12-oz) caramel flavored ice cream topping
1 cup + 3 tbsp all-purpose flour, divided
1 cup butter
4-oz unsweetened baking chocolate
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the Graham cracker crumbs, chopped pecans, brown sugar, and butter, stirring well. Press the mixture onto the bottom of a 9-inch square baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes until lightly browned. Cool slightly.

Combine the caramel topping with the 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, stirring together to mix well. Spread mixture over the crust to within 1/4-inch of the edges. Set aside.

In a heavy duty saucepan, combine the 1 cup of butter with the baking chocolate. Cook, stirring, over low heat until melted together. Stir in the sugar, 1 cup flour, beaten eggs, and vanilla extract. Pour this mixture over the caramel topping in the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Cool slightly and frost with the following Chocolate Frosting.

Chocolate Frosting:

1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp water
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla flavoring
Chopped pecans for garnish, if desired

In a small saucepan combine the butter, cocoa powder, and water; cook over medium heat until thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Spread frosting over the cool bars above. Garnish with chopped pecans, if desired.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

PUMPKIN SPICE DESSERT

1 cup biscuit and baking mix
1/2 cup quick cook oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup stick butter
1 can (16-oz) solid pack pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 can (13-oz) evaporated milk
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp stick butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl cut together the biscuit and baking mix, oats, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup butter until crumbly. Press the mixture onto the bottom of a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Set aside to cool slightly.

In a medium mixing bowl beat the pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves together until well mixed. Pour pumpkin mixture over the baked mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

In a small bowl mix the chopped nuts, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons butter together until crumbly. Sprinkle the mixture over the pumpkin layer. Bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes. Cool completly before cutting to serve.

Note: Great served with ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

ARKANSAS PLANTATION PIE

1 1/2 cups cooked or canned sweet potatoes, mashed
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 tsp salt
3 eggs, separated
1 cup milk
2 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 9 or 10-inch unbaked pastry shell
1 tbsp brown sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a mixing bowl combine the mashed sweet potatoes, one-half cup brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Beat the egg yolks and add to the mixture. Add the milk, butter, and pecans; mix together well. Pour the mixture into the unbaked pie shell. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake an additional 30 minutes.

During the last few minutes the pie is baking at 350 degrees, beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Add the tablespoon of brown sugar, beating well to dissolve into the egg whites. At the end of the above baking time, remove the pie from the oven and add the egg white meringue to the top of the pie being careful to go all the way to the crust and seal edges. Reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake pie an additional 20 minutes.

Monday, October 4, 2010

MOE BANDY'S WONDERFUL CHOCOLATE CAKE

Moe Bandy is a country music star as well as a former working cowboy. He graciously shared his recipe for this chocolate cake with his fans and other chocoholics.

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 sticks butter
4 tbsp cocoa powder
1 cup water
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract

ICING:

1 stick butter
6 tbsp buttermilk
4 tbsp cocoa powder
1 box (1 lb) powdered sugar
1 cup chopped nuts
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a jelly-roll pan; set aside.

Into a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, and baking soda; set aside.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, cocoa, and water. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour the hot mixture over the dry ingredients in the bowl. Add the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla extract to the batter; mix together well. Pour into the prepared pan and bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

To make the icing:

In a saucepan, combine the butter, buttermilk, and cocoa powder. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and add the powdered sugar, chopped nuts, and vanilla extract. Mix together well and spread over the hot cake. Allow to cool before cutting to serve.

Friday, October 1, 2010

MINI VANILLA CUPCAKES

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk
1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line mini-muffin pans with paper liners, set aside. (Recipe makes 48 mini cupcakes but can be baked in shifts.)

In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, baking powder, and salt for one minute. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Mix the vanilla with the milk. Beat the flour into the mixture alternately with the milk/vanilla mixture. Beat just until blended. Drop one tablespoon of batter into each prepared mini-muffin tin.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack approximately 5 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack to cool completely.

Frost with your favorite icing.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

CHOCOLATE CHUNKY PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

1 cup chunky peanut butter
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the peanut butter and canola oil in a large mixing bowl. Add the brown sugar and the granulated sugar to the peanut butter mixture. Mix together well. Add the eggs and the vanilla extract mixing in well. In a small bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture stirring until blended. (This is a sticky dough.) Stir in the mini chocolate chips. Drop the dough onto ungreased cookie sheets by a rounded teaspoonful. Place approximately two inches apart. Using a fork, flatten cookies slightly making a crisscross pattern on the tops. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 to 10 minutes until the cookies are set and the tops are cracked. Cool on the cookie sheets for 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Yield: Approximately 48 cookies.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

PUMPKIN MUFFINS WITH PECANS

1 3/4 cups unsifted flour
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 tsps ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup canola oil
1/3 cup water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 18 muffin cups or line with paper liners and set aside.

In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, pecans, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and baking powder; set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs. Beat in the pumpkin puree, canola oil and the water just until blended. Stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened - batter will be lumpy. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups filling each to 3/4 full. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Monday, September 27, 2010

PINEAPPLE PECAN PIE

1 9-inch pie crust, not baked
Filling:
1/4 cup chopped pecans
2 cans (20-oz each) unsweetened chunk pineapple, drained
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

To make the filling: Sprinkle the chopped pecans over the unbaked pie crust. Mix the pineapple, sugar, and flour together; pour over the pecans in the crust.

To make the topping: Cut the butter into the brown sugar; add the flour, cinnamon and nuts. Sprinkle the topping over the filling.

Bake at 425 degrees for 45 minutes or until the center of the pie is set.

Friday, September 24, 2010

ALMOND SQUARE COOKIES

2/3 cup sugar
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup butter, cut up
2 eggs, separated
1 tsp almond extract
2/3 cup sliced unsalted almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil allowing foil to extend over the ends of the pan by about two inches. Lightly spray the foil with a nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

Mix one tablespoon of the sugar and the cinnamon together and set aside.

Using a food processor, pulse the remaining sugar, flour, and salt together until blended. Add butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the egg yolks and almond extract; pulse just until mixed. Press the dough into the prepared pan.

Lightly beat the egg whites. Brush whites onto dough until the dough is moistened. This won't take all of the whites. Sprinkle the almonds over the egg whites. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the almonds. Gently press almonds into the dough.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes until lightly browned. Place pan on a wire rack and cool in the pan for 10 minutes. These cookies are easier to cut while they are slightly warm. Lift from the pan, using the foil ends as handles, and place on a cutting board. Cut into squares. Remove the squares from the foil and place on the wire rack to cool completely.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

BETTER FOR YOU APPLE STRUDEL-YUMMY!

1/3 cup raisins (reg or golden)
2 tbsp water
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups apples, peeled & coarsely chopped
1/3 sugar
2 tsp sugar
3 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
8 sheets phyllo dough (18 x 14-inches)
2 tbsp melted butter
2 tbsp canola oil

Combine the raisins, water, and vanilla extract together in a small microwavable bowl. Microwave, uncovered, for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes on high; let stand in microwave for 5 minutes. Drain.

In a mixing bowl, toss the apples, 1/3 cup of sugar, flour, and cinnamon together. Add the raisins and toss lightly. Set aside.

On your work surface, place one sheet of the phyllo dough, keeping other sheets covered with a damp towel to prevent drying out. Combine the melted butter and the canola oil; reserve 2 teaspoons. Lightly brush the butter mixture on the sheet of phyllo. Repeat the process until all 8 sheets of phyllo have been used, stacking one on top of the others. Place the apple mixture in the center of the phyllo sheets to within 2-inches of both ends and one long side and within 4-inches of the other long side. Fold both short edges up over the filling. Roll up jellyroll style starting with the long side with the 2-inch border. Place strudel seam side down on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Use a sharp knife to cut diagonal slits in the top of the strudel. Brush with the reserved butter mixture. Sprinkle with the 2 teaspoons of sugar.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Best when served warm.

NOTE: You make make this a diabetic recipe by replacing the sugar with Splenda granular. It will not affect the strudel.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

LITE VANILLA CAKE

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar*
4 egg whites
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups cake flour, sifted
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
nonstick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick cooking spray and sprinkle with flour; set aside.

In a large mixer bowl cream the shortening and sugar until crumbly, approximately 2 minutes. Add the egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the applesauce and the vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, combine the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add flour mixture to the batter alternately with the buttermilk until well combined. Pour the batter evenly into the two prepared pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to finish cooling completely.

FROSTING:

3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 tbsp light corn syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
dash of salt
2 to 3 tbsp lowfat milk

Beat the powdered sugar, butter or margarine, corn syrup, vanilla and salt together adding enough milk to reach spreading consistency.

Place one layer on cake plate. Spread frosting over the top, add the second layer. Frost top and sides of cake.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A LITTLE LIGHTER BLACKBERRY COBBLER

5 cups blackberries
3/4 cup sugar*
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp grated lemon peel
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the blackberries and sugar by tossing gently. Add the flour, lemon juice, lemon peel and vanilla extract. Mix gently then spoon into an 11 x 7 x 2-inch baking dish that you have sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside while you prepare the topping.

TOPPING:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 egg whites
1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside. In another bowl combine the egg whites, yogurt, butter, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Stir the egg whites mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Drop by tablespoonfuls over the blackberry mixture in the baking pan. Bake for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees, or until the berry filling is bubbly and the biscuit-type topping is golden brown. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.

*To reduce sugar content substitute the sugar with an equal amount of Splenda Sugar Blend.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

HOMEMADE CINNAMON CRISPAS

1/2 cup granulated sugar*
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
10 (8-inch size) flour tortillas
Butter-flavored nonstick cooking spray

*You can use Splenda granular if you are diabetic or trying to cut out sugar from your diet.

Preheat oven to 3350 degrees.

Combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl; set aside.

Spray one side of each tortilla with the butter-flavored spray until coated. Cut into wedges. Arrange the wedges, sprayed side down, in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle evenly with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Spray the cinnamon side until coated.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees or until crisp, turning once. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Serve with fruit salsa or ice cream. Also makes a good snack for the kiddos.

Friday, September 10, 2010

OLD FASHION PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE

1 #2 can of sliced pineapple
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs, well beaten
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
4 tbsp butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
Maraschino cherries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Drain the pineapple, reserving 3/4 cup of the syrup.

In a mixer bowl, cream the sugar and shortening together; add the eggs and beat in.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the creamed mixture alternately with the reserved 3/4 cup of the pineapple syrup. Mix together well. Melt the butter in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Stir the brown sugar into the butter and spread out evenly over the bottom of the pan. Arrange the pineapple slices over the buttery mixture. Place a maraschino cherry in the center of each pineapple ring. Pour the batter evenly over the pineapple slices.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

DOUBLE BOILER LEMON MERINGUE PIE

1/2 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup boiling water
1/3 cup milk
3 egg yolks, beaten (save whites for meringue)
1/2 tbsp butter
juice of 2 lemons (1/4 cup)
1 baked 9-inch pie crust

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Comine the flour and sugar in the top part of a double boiler. Add the hot water, stirring constantly. Stir in the milk. Over hot water in the bottom of the double boiler, cook the mixture until thickened while stirring. In the small bowl where you have the beaten egg yolks, put a couple of spoonfuls of the hot mixture over the egg yolks and mix well. Add the egg mixture to the mixture in the double boiler and continue cooking till the mixture is thick enough to drop off the spoon in thick sheets. Remove from the heat and add the butter and lemon juice. Mix well. Pour the mixture into the baked pie crust. Top with the following meringue:

Meringue:

3 egg whites
4 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt

Beat the egg whites until stiff. Add the salt and the sugar, 1 tbsp at a time. Beat until the whites will stand in stiff peaks when mixer is lifted and the sugar has been thoroughly dissolved. Pile the meringue onto the top of the lemon filling spreading to seal edges to the crust. Bake at 300 degrees until the meringue is golden brown, approximately 15 minutes.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

FROSTED APPLE GINGER SOFT COOKIES

1 stick butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar together until fluffy. Beat in the applesauce, egg, ginger, baking soda, and salt until blended. The mixture will look sort of curdled.

With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour beating just until blended.

Drop the dough by level tablespoonfuls about 2-inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the tops look dry. Cool on the baking sheets for 1 minute then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

While the cookies cool, make the following frosting:

APPLE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

1 pkg (3-oz) cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 to 2 tbsp apple juice (enough to make frosting spreadable)

In a medium mixing bowl beat the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Gradually add the apple juice until the frosting is of spreading consistency. Spread 1 teaspoon of the frosting on the top of each of the cooled cookies.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

BREAD PUDDING WITH NUTMEG SAUCE

1 cup dry bread crumbs (not fine)
2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 tbsp molasses
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter or spray a 2-quart casserole dish or baking pan; set aside.

Put the bread crumbs in the milk and set aside to soak.

In a medium mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar together. Add the molasses and blend in. In a small bowl combine the flour cinnamon, allspice, ground cloves, and baking soda. Mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Stir in the bread crumbs and milk along with the raisins. When well blended, pour into the prepared casserole dish or pan. Bake at 325 degrees until set, about one hour.

NUTMEG SAUCE FOR BREAD PUDDNG

1 cup sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
2 cups water
1/8 tsp nutmeg

In a heavy saucepan combine the sugar and cornstarch. Add the water and cook over medium heat until thickened and clear, stirring almost constantly. Remove from the heat and add the nutmeg, stirring well. Serve hot over the bread pudding.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

APPLE WALNUT CAKE WITH BROWN SUGAR ICING

1 1/4 cups canola oil
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup walnuts
3 cups chopped sweet apples

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease bottom and sides of a tube pan and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl mix the oil and sugar together well. Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the mixture and stir. Mix the baking soda into the flour and add flour to the liquid mixture. Mix well. Stir in the apples and walnuts. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cool and frost with the following:

ICING:

1 stick butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup evaporated milk

Combine the butter, brown sugar, and milk in a small saucepan. Cook for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Spread over the top of the cake.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

LEMON CRISP COOKIES

1 stick butter (unsalted is best), softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp finely grated lemon peel
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour*

DRIZZLE:

1 cup powdered sugar
5 or 6 tsps lemon juice
Yellow sugar sprinkles

*For a healthier cookie use 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1/4 cup whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together for two minutes or until fluffy. Beat in the egg, lemon juice, lemon peel, vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat the mixture until well mixed. On low speed, beat in the flour/flours just until blended. Do not overbeat the dough!

Drop the cookie dough onto ungreased baking sheets using a teaspoon. Place cookies approximately 1 1/2-inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden brown. Allow to cool on the baking sheets for about a minute then remove to wire racks to cool completely. When cookies are cool, make the drizzle by stirring the powdered sugar and lemon juice together in a small bowl. Use just enough lemon juice to made mixture thin enough to drizzle without being runny. Drizzle over the tops of the cookies and sprinkle the yellow sugar candies over all.

Friday, August 20, 2010

CHERRY FANTASY

CRUST:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts

In a medium mixing bowl, blend the above ingredients by mixing the brown sugar and flour together. Add the butter and cut in as though making pastry dough. Add the chopped nuts and press the mixture onto the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Allow crust to cool. Crumble and spread evenly in the pan.

FILLING:
2 cups whipping cream
1 pkg (8-oz) cream cheese, softened
2 cans cherry pie filling
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla*

Whip the cream and set aside. In a mixin bowl, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla together until well blended. Fold in the whipped cream and the cherry pie filling. Pour filling over the crust. Refrigerate overnight before cutting to serve.

*To change the flavor slightly, use 1/2 tsp vanilla flavoring and 1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

FROZEN CARAMEL ICE CREAM DELIGHT

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup quick oats
1 stick butter or margarine, melted
1 1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 jar (6-oz) caramel ice cream topping
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the flour, oats, and butter or margarine together until well blended. Press onto the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Place in a 350 degree oven and bake for 30 minutes until browned. Cool. Break the baked mixture into fine crumbs. Spread half the crumbs in the bottom of the pan. Spread the caramel topping over the crumb layer. Spread the softened ice cream over the caramel layer. Sprinkle the remaining half of the crumbs over the top of the ice cream layer. Cover and freeze until solid. To serve, cut into squares and serve frozen.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

REFRIGERATOR CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOW PIE

1 graham cracker pie shell
30 large marshmallows
1/2 cup milk
1 cup whipping cream, whipped
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 squares unsweetened baking chocolate, finely grated

Heat milk, do not boil, in a saucepan. Add the marshallows and stir until melted. Allow to cool. Stir in the chocolate* and the vanilla extract. Gently fold in the whipped cream. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

*Chocolate does not need to be melted.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

IOWA FRESH PEACH DELIGHT

This delicious recipe is from some old Iowa church dinners. This recipe may be old but it is still yummy!

Crust:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 stick butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Combine all ingredients and put in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, stirring a couple of times before pressing into a crust.

Filling:

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
6 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
2 cups fresh peaches, crushed
6 egg whites
1/4 tsp almond flavoring

Dissolve gelatin in the cold water; set aside.

In a heavy saucpan cook the lemon juice, salt, egg yolks, and 3/4 cup of the sugar together until the mixture coats a spoon. Add the dissolved gelatin to the mixture and allow to cool. After the mixture has cooled had the crushed peaches.

Beat the egg whites until foamy; slowly add the remaining 3/4 cup of sugar along with the almond flavoring. Beat until the egg whites form stiff peaks. Fold the egg white mixture into the custard mixture and pour over the crust. Chill thoroughly.

Topping:

1/2 cup whipping cream
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp almond flavoring
fresh sliced peaches for garnish

Beat the whipping cream with the sugar until stiff. Add the almond flavoring. Spread the mixture over the filling. Garnish with fresh peach slices.

Monday, August 16, 2010

EASY CHOCOLATE CHIP COCONUT CHEESECAKE

CRUST:
1 box yellow cake mix
1/3 cup softened butter
1/2 cup coconut

Blend the dry cake mix, coconut, and butter together until the mixture is crumbly. Lightly press onto the bottom of a springform pan that has been sprayed with a nonstick cooking spray.

FILLING:
2 tsp vanilla
1 can (14-oz) sweetened condensed milk
3 eggs
1 pkg (8-oz) cream cheese, softened
1 cup chocolate chips, divided
1 tsp all-purpose flour

Mix the vanilla, milk, eggs, and cream cheese together well. Toss 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips with the flour to coat then add to the cream cheese mixture. Pour mixture into the pan atop the cake mix mixture crust. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips over the top of batter.

Bake cake in a preheated 300 degree oven for 1 hour. Allow to cool.

TOPPING:
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix topping ingredients together and spread over the cooled cheesecake. Refrigerate overnight before cutting to serve.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

MANDARIN ORANGE NAPOLEONS

7 sheets phyllo dough, thawed
2 tablespoons butter, melted
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 can (15-oz) mandarin oranges, drained well
1 1/2 tsps powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 2 baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.

On a clean work surface place 1 sheet of the phyllo dough keeping remaining sheets covered with plastic wrap. Brush sheet lightly with the melted butter. Repeat the process with 5 more sheets of the phyllo dough, stacking the sheets. Add the last sheet to the stack but do not butter. Cut the stacked sheets into thirds lengthwise and into sixths crosswise making 18 rectangles. Place the rectangles on the baking sheets. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes until lightly browned. Using a spatula, carefully remove to a wire rack for cooling.

To make the filling, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, vanilla, and almond extract until light and fluffy. Spread by rounded tablespoonsful onto 12 of the rectangles. Arrange the orange segments on top of the filling on the 12 rectangles. Stack 6 of the orange rectangles on top of the other 6. Top with the plain 6. Sprinkle the powdered sugar over the tops.

Yield: 6 Napoleons

Saturday, August 14, 2010

REDUCED SUGAR CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH CRUNCHY TOPPING

1 box half-the-sugar chocolate cake mix
1 1/4 cups water
1/3 cup canola oil
3 egg whites

In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, water, oil, and egg whites; beat on low speed for 30 seconds to blend. Increase speed to medium and beat for two minutes. Pour the batter into a 13 x 9-inch baking pan that has been sprayed with a nonstick cooking spray. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Topping:

1/2 cup packed brown sugar or 1/4 cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
1/3 cup quick-cooking (not instant oatmeal) oats
3 tbsp cold unsalted butter
2 tbsp flaked coconut
2 tbsp chopped pecan

Combine the brown sugar and oats in a small bowl. Cut the butter into the oats mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the coconut and pecans. Sprinkle the topping over the cake while the cake is hot. Place cake under broiler and heat for a minute or two until the topping is bubbly, being careful not to allow it to burn.

This cake is best when served warm.

Friday, August 13, 2010

FRESH PEACH SALAD

1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped
1/2 cup seedless grapes, halved
2 tbsp sugar (or Splenda for diabetics)
2 tbsp mayo type of salad dressing
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3 to 4 ripe peaches, halved
6 or 8 fresh lettuce leaves

Place one peach half on each lettuce leaf. Gently combine the whipped cream, grapes, sugar, nuts, and salad dressing. Divide the mixture evenly among the peach halves, filling the peach cavities.

For best results, serve immediately.

SPECIAL WORD FROM LINDA

Thank you so much for continuing to visit my site while I was absent. First I had computer problems, then health problems. It is good to be back with you again! I hope you have had a great summer and enjoyed lots of fresh veggies and fruits over the summer!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

FROZEN MILE HIGH STRAWBERRY PIE

1 pkg (10-oz) frozen strawberries, thawed
1 cup sugar*
2 egg whites
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 (10") baked pie shell

In a large mixer bowl, combine the strawberries, sugar, egg whites, lemon juice, and salt; beat at medium speed of electric mixer for 15 minutes or until stiff enough to hold its shape.

Whip the whipping cream, add the vanilla and gently fold into the strawberry mixture. Pile the mixture into the baked pie shell. Freeze for several hours or overnight. Remove from the freezer a few minutes before serving time to allow the pie to soften enough to cute. Garnish with fresh strawberries before serving.

*Splenda Granular may be substituted for the sugar to make this pie diabetic friendly.

Friday, June 4, 2010

BLUEBERRY TOPPED ANGEL FOOD CAKE WITH PINEAPPLE FILLING

1 can (20-oz) crushed pineapple in its own juice, do not drain
1 pkg (4-servings) vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix
1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 pkg (10-oz) prepared round angel food cake
fresh blueberries for garnish

In a medium bowl mix the pineapple and juice with the dry pudding mix until well combined. Stir the whipped topping in gently. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes.

Cut the cake into 3 even layers. Place the bottom layer on the cake plate and spread 1 1/3 cups of the pudding mixture over the cake. Add the middle layer of cake over the pudding mixture and add 1 cup of the pudding mixture over that layer. Add the top cake layer and spread the remaining pudding mixture over it. Refrigerate at least an hour before slicing to serve. Before serving, garnish with the fresh blueberries.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

EASY HOMEMADE ICE CREAM

6 whole eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 cans sweetened condensed milk
9 cups milk
1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract*

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar, and the sweetened condensed milk. Stir in the vanilla and milk. Pour the mixture into your ice cream freezer, following the directions for your particular freezer. Serve this vanilla ice cream with an assorted of sauces and toppings, if desired.

*You can change the flavor of the ice cream from vanilla by using other flavored extracts such as banana, etc.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

POUND CAKE WITH LEMON AND RASPBERRY SAUCE

1 box of yellow cake mix
1 pkg (3/4-oz) vanilla instant pudding
1 cup water
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 tbsp powdered sugar
4 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt or tube pan; set aside.

In a mixer bowl, combine the cake mix, dry pudding mix, water, softened butter, powdered sugar, and eggs. Mix at low speed of electric mixer until moistened. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake at 350 350 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Invert onto a serving plate. Make sauce:

1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 pkg (10-oz) frozen raspberries, thawed and drained--liquid reserved
water
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp lemon juice

In a medium saucepan combine the sugar and cornstarch; mix together well. Add enough water to the reserved raspberry liquid to make 1 cup. Gradually stir the liquid into the sugar mixture. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils and thickens, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Stir in the butter and lemon juice; mix well. Fold in the raspberries.

Slice cake and serve with the sauce spooned over the cake.

Yield: 16 servings

Monday, May 17, 2010

OLD-FASHION WALNUT SQUARES

1 egg
1 cup brown sugar*
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease an 8-inch square pan; set aside.

In a mixing bowl beat the egg until foamy. Add the brown sugar and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the walnut pieces and mix in well. Spread the batter into the well greased baking pan. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 25 minutes or until the top has a dull crust. Cut into squares and serve warm.

*For diabetics, substitute 1/2 cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend

Note: Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream, if desired.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

ELEGANT PEACH-FILLED TORTE

3 cups cake flour, sifted
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup shortening
1 egg, beaten
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9-inch round cake pans with shortening; set aside.

Combine the flour, brown sugar, and salt. Add the shortening to the flour mixture and blend until crumbly. Set aside 1 cup of the mixture.

Combine the egg, buttermilk, and baking soda. Add the blended egg mixture to the remaining flour mixture; stir well. Pour mixture evenly into the prepared pans. Add the pecans to the reserved crumb mixture and sprinkle evenly over the tops of the two pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Creamy Peach Filling:

1 cup whipping cream, whipped
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup mashed peaches
2 tbsp sugar

Combine all ingredients and place between the two torte layers. Garnish with sliced peaches and serve immediately.

Yield: 16 servings

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

DROP DOUGHNUT PUFFS

1 1/2 cup sifted all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp instant coffee granules
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp vegetable oil
Oil for deep-frying
powdered sugar for dusting, if desired

In a mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and coffee granules; blend well. Add the egg, milk, and the 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil; mix together thoroughly. Heat the oil in a deep-fryer until hot or at the temperature your appliance suggests. Drop the batter into the hot oil one teaspoonful at a time. Fry until puffy and browned. Drain on paper towels to absorb excess oil. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

Friday, May 7, 2010

PENNSYLVANIA COUNTRY DUTCH APPLE CAKE

1/3 cup warm milk
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter, slightly softened
1/4 cup warm (not hot) water
1 pkg dry yeast
1 egg, beaten well
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup, cooked until slightly tender, apple slices; drained
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
powdered sugar for garnish

Combine the warm milk with the granulated sugar, salt, and half of the butter; allow to cool to lukewarm.

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Stir the milk mixture, beaten egg and flour into the yeast mixture. Beat the batter until smooth. Spread the dough evenly into a greased 9-inch baking pan. Arrange the apple slices over the top. In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg; sprinkle over the apple slices. Dot the mixture with the remaining butter. Cover and allow to rise for 40 minutes in a warm spot. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Friday, April 30, 2010

PECAN CHESS PIE

1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tbsp flour
2 eggs
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup butter
1 cup chopped pecans
1 9-inch unbaked pie shell

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the light brown sugar, white sugar, and flour. Beat the eggs, milk, vanilla, and butter into the sugar mixture. Stir in the chopped pecans and pour the mixture into the unbaked pie shell. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting.

CAKE PERSONALITY TEST

If you would like to take the Cake Personality Test go to Collin's comment on the recipe for Vermont Breakfast Apple Cake where he posted a link to the test. I took the test and I am a Marble Cake.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

VERMONT BREAKFAST APPLE CAKE

1/2 butter + more to grease pan
4 medium apples
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 cup + 1 tbsp sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour (unbleached is best)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch round cake pan with butter and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter and set aside to cool to room temperature.

Peel, core, and cut the apples into 1/4" thick slices. Place the apple slices in a bowl with the cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of the sugar and toss to coat apples well. On the bottom of the prepared pan, place the apple slices in overlapping concentric circles. If necessary, make a second layer to use all the apple slices.

Into a large mixing bowl,sift the 1 cup of sugar and the flour. Using a wire whisk, whisk in the egg and melted butter just until mixed (DO NOT OVERMIX). Fold in the walnuts and mix in. Pour the batter evenly over the apple slices in the baking pan; smooth the top with a rubber spatula.

Place pan on the center oven rack and bake about 40 to 45 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes or until the pan is cool. When pan is cool, run a knife around the edge and invert the cake on a serving plate. Serve warm or at room temperature, topped with whipped cream, if desired.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

HAWAIIAN FRUIT CAKE

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs, well beaten
1 can (20-oz) crushed pineapple in juice
2 tbsp butter, softened
1 cup chopped macadamia (or other) nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 13-inch baking pan; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt together; add the butter and mix well. Mix the pineapple and egg together and add to the flour mixture along with the chopped nuts. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

TOPPING:

1 pkg (8-oz) cream cheese
1/4 lb butter, softened at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp lemon extract
2 cups powdered sugar

In a large mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and lemon extract. Gradually add the powdered sugar. Spread the frosting over the cake while the cake is still warm.

Monday, April 26, 2010

THUMBELINA COOKIES WITH FROSTING CENTERS

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk, beaten well (save white)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg white, unbeaten
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until creamy. Beat in the egg yolk and the vanilla extract. Combine the flour and salt in a sifter and sift into the butter mixture; mix well. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Dip each ball into the egg white and then roll into the chopped pecans. Place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet and using your thumb make an indent in the center of each ball. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and dent each cookie again. Return to the oven and bake another 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. Cool on a wire rack. When cool, fill the centers with the following butter frosting.

BUTTER CREAM FROSTING FOR CENTERS

2 cups sifted powdered sugar
6 tbsp melted butter
1 tbsp cream or milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients and mix together well. Add food coloring if desired. Fill the centers of the above cookies.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

YUMMY WHOLE WHEAT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 pkg (12-oz) chocolate chip cookies
1 cup chopped pecans, optional

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl stir together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and egg until well blended. Stir in the flour, baking soda, and salt. This will produce a stiff dough! Stir in the chocolate chips and the pecans, if using. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls, about 2-inches apart, on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake at 375 degrees 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown with the centers still soft. Cool slightly before attempting to remove from the cookie sheets. Cool completely on wire racks.

Yield: Approximately 3 dozen cookies.

Friday, April 23, 2010

MINT-FILLED CHOCOLATE WHOOPIE PIES

1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tbsp canola oil
1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
4 tbsp milk, divided
2 tbsp butter, softened
1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
1/8 tsp mint extract
4 drops green food coloring

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.

In a mixing bowl, beat the granulated sugar and oil until crumbly. Add the egg and beat for one minute. In a small bowl combine the flour, baking cocoa, baking soda, and salt until well blended. Gradually add the flour mixture into the sugar mixture. Add half of the milk and mix well. Lightly flour your hands and roll the dough into 36 even balls.

Place the dough balls 2-inches apart on the prepared baking sheets; flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass that has been coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake in the 425 degree oven for 5 to 6 minutes or until the edges are set and the tops are cracked. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and powdered sugar until crumbly. Beat in extract, food coloring and the last half of the milk. Spread on the bottom half of half of the cookies. Top with the remaining half of the cookies.

Yield: 1 1/2 dozen cookies

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

BUTTERMILK LEMON POPPY SEED CAKE

6 tbsp butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
1 tbsp grated lemon peel
2 eggs
2 egg whites
2 1/2 cups cake flour
2 tbsp poppy seeds
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1 1/3 cups low-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup lemon juice

In a large mixing bowl cream butter and 1 1/4 cups of the sugar. Add the lemon peel and mix well. Add the eggs and egg whites, one at a time, beating after each addition. In a seperate bowl, combine the flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ground allspice. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternating with the buttermilk. Pour the batter into the prepared tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then carefully run a knife around the edges to loosen from the pan. Remove and cool on a wire rack.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the lemon juice with the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar. Cook, stirring, until the mixture comes to a boil. Cook and stir for another minute or two until the sugar is completely dissolved. Using a fork, poke holes in the top of the cake. Gradually pour the hot lemon syrup over the cake and allow to cool completely before cutting.

Note: Use a tube pan as stated. Fluted Bundt pans are not a good substitute.

This is a file photo of a similar recipe.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

HOOSIER PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIES

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 pkg (6-oz) chocolate chips
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped peanuts, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl beat the peanut butter and butter until blended. Gradually add the sugar and brown sugar beating until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt; mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips and the vanilla, mixing in well. Mix in the peanuts, if desired or sprinkle on the top of the batter. Pour into the prepared baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool before cutting.

Monday, April 12, 2010

GRANDMA'S CHOCOLATE CHIP ICE CREAM PIE

Note: This pie needs to freeze approximately one hour before serving!

1/2 cup chocolate syrup
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
2 cups crispy rice cereal
1/4 cup sour cream
1 quart chocolate chip ice cream, softened

Lightly spray the bottom of sides of a 9-inch pie plate with butter-flavored nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

In a small microwave-safe bowl combine the chocolate syrup with the chocolate chips. Microwave on high about 45 seconds or until hot. Stir until all the chips have melted and the mixture is smooth. Reserve 1/4 cup of the mixture.

In a medium bowl combine the remaining chocolate mixture with the crispy rice cereal and mix well to coat all the cereal with chocolate. Press the mixture onto the bottom and sides of the pie plate to form a crust. Put in the freezer until the crust is firm. This should take about 15 minutes. Allow ice cream to soften during this time.

In a small bowl combine the reserved chocolate mixture and the sour cream; mix well.
Spread half of the ice cream in the prepared pie shell. Drizzle half the sour cream mixture over the ice cream in the crust. Top with the remaining half of the ice cream and drizzle with the remaining sour cream mixture. Cover and freeze for about an hour or until firm.

Friday, April 9, 2010

LIGHTLY SWEET TASTING SUGAR COOKIES

6 tbsp butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg or 1/4 cup egg substitute
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp white corn syrup
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornmeal (not cornbread mix)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups colored sugar (use all one color or a variety; 1 1/4 cups total)

In a mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar, and the brown sugar together for two minutes. Add egg or egg substitute and vanilla, mix in well. Gradually beat in the canola oil then gradually the corn syrup.

In a seperate bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt; add to the butter mixture just until blended. Divide the dough in half and wrap each half seperately in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least two hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheets lightly with cooking spray.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough (working with only half of the dough at a time) to a 1/4" thickness. Using your favorite cookie cutters that are lightly floured, cut the dough into shapes. Place about 2-inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Sprinkle each cookie with approximately two teaspoons of the colored sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 to 9 minutes or until the cookies are set and bottoms are lightly browned.

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

STRAWBERRIES WITH FLUFFY CITRUS CREAM CHEESE DIP

1 pkg (8-oz) cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp grated lemon rind*
1 cup whipped cream
fresh whole strawberries

Using an electric mixer at medium speed, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon rind together until fluffy. Fold in the whipped cream.
Serve with the fresh berries for dipping.

Variation: Use lime or orange zest if desired.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

EASY AS PIE--KEY LIME

1 9-inch baked pie shell
1 cup lemon curd
1 tbsp grated lime zest
1 tbsp lime juice
7 drops yellow food coloring
5 drops green food coloring
16-oz carton frozen whipped topping, thawed.
thin lime slices for garnish, if desired

Combine the lemon curd, lime zest, lime juice, green and yellow food colorings together. Fold 3 cups of the whipped topping into the mixture; blend in well. Spread the mixture into the baked pie crust. Top with the remaining whipped topping. Garnish with thin lime slices, if desired.

Monday, March 29, 2010

APRICOT BARS

1 cup + 2 tbsp whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp butter

Filling:

1 3/4 cups chopped dried apricots
3/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup water

Cook and stir the apricots, orange juice, and water together in a 1-quart saucepan. Over medium heat, heat just to boiling. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the apricots are tender and the mixture has thickened. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch square pan with nonstick cooking oil spray; set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup of the whole-wheat flour, the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg, brown sugar, oil, orange juice concentrate, and the vanilla at medium speed until smooth. Stir in the flour mixture just until blended. Reserve 1/2 cup of this dough mixture for the topping. Pat the remaining dough into the prepared pan. Spead the apricot filling over the dough.

To the reserved dough add the remaining 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour and the butter; blend with a pastry blender or a fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over the apricot filling.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until the top is a golden brown and firm. Cool completely before cutting into 16 bars.

Note: The orange juice replaces some of the fat in this recipe plus the majority of the flour is whole-wheat, thus making this recipe healthier than most bars.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

ALMOND-TOPPED CHOCOLATE-ALMOND TURNOVERS

1 sheet refrigerated pie dough
1/3 cup almond paste
6 tbsp chocolate chunks
1 egg, beaten
sliced almonds for garnish
1 1/2 tsp sugar for garnish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a baking sheet with canola oil or spray with a nonstick cooking spray.

Place the dough on a floured surface. Fold in 2 opposite sides to meet in the middle; roll to 12-inches x 8-inches. Cut the dough into 6 squares. Shape the almond paste into 6 disks and place 1 disk in the lower corner of each square; top with 1 tablespoon of the chocolate chunks. Brush the squares with some of the egg. Fold the dough over the filling to make a triangle; seal the edges with the tines of a fork. Using remaining egg, brush the top of the turnover and sprinkle with almonds and a pinch of sugar on each. Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Note: You could also make this with Nutella as the filling.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

LIGHTENED UP BROWNIES

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
1 egg or 1/4 cup egg substitute
2 tsp vanilla
1 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 envelope whipped topping mix (half of a 2.6-oz box)
1/2 cup low-fat milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch baking pan with enough foil to hang over the sides. Coat the foil well with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, half the cocoa powder, the baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, using an electric mixer at low speed, combine the buttermilk, one cup of the sugar, egg, and half the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture then the melted chocolate. Pour into the prepared baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.

With mixer on low speed, combine the topping mix, remaining cocoa and remaining sugar. Add the milk and the remaining vanilla. Increase speed to medium and beat until fluffy. Spread over the brownies.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

KENTUCKY APPLE CAKE

1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
3 large apples, sliced thick
1 cup chopped nuts

Mix the oil, sugar, and eggs together. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together into the sugar mixture. Mix the two mixtures together well. Stir in the vanilla, apples, and nuts. Pour the mixture into a greased 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 55 minutes. This cake does not need frosting.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

HEAVENLY CHOCOLATE MOCHA MOUSSE

1 cup chocolate chips
2 egg yolks
1 tsp instant coffee granules
1/4 cup warm (not hot) water
2 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Mini pastry tart shells, optional

In a heavy saucepan, over hot (not boiling) water, melt the chocolate chips. Add the instant coffee granules to the warm water and stir to dissolve. Beat the egg yolks with the coffee water. Gradually add the chocolate to the egg yolk mixture (do not add all at once as you will cook the yolks). Chill the mixture for 10 minutes just to cool; do not allow to set. Meanwhile, whip the whipping cream with the powdered sugar and vanilla. Gently fold the chocolate mixture and the whipped cream mixture together. Fill dessert dishes or the mini pastry shells, if desired. Chill for 2 hours before serving.

Variation: Serve with a dollop of whipped cream sprinkled with chocolate shavings.
Variation: Add 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon to the mixture.
Variation: Omit the coffee granules for a regular chocolate mousse.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

QUICK TO MAKE PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE PIE

1 Graham cracker pie shell
2 squares (1-oz each) semi-sweet baking chocolate
1 can (14-oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 container (8-oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed

In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate squares for 15 seconds. Stir chocolate to see if completely melted. If not, cook in 15 second intervals until completely melted. Remove from the microwave and add the sweetened condensed milk and the peanut butter to the chocolate, mixing well. Fold in the whipped topping until well blended. Spoon the mixture into the graham cracker crust.

Freeze for at least six hours. To serve, garnish with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, chopped peanuts, etc. Use your imagination to make this recipe your own.

Note: Store any leftovers in the freezer.

Friday, March 12, 2010

CHEWY LEMON NUT BARS

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup butter
1 cup quick oats, uncooked
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 pkg (8-oz) cream cheese, softened
1 egg
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp grated lemon peel

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.

In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, and granulated sugar; cut in the margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in nuts and oats. Reserve 1 cup of the mixture; set aside. Press the remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Beat the cream cheese, egg, lemon juice, and lemon peel in a small mixing bowl using medium speed of electric mixer, until well blended. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the baked crust. Sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture over the top of the cream cheese mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool before cutting into bars.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

CHOCOLATE SYRUP BROWNIES

1 stick butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 can (16-oz) chocolate syrup
4 eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 of a small pkg chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13-inch pan; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Remove from the microwave and add the sugar and chocolate syrup; beat well.

Beat the eggs using an electric mixer; add to the chocolate mixture.

Sift the flour and salt together and into the chocolate mixture. Add the walnuts and stir in well. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top. Cover the pan with foil and let set for 5 minutes. Remove the foil and spread the melted chips over the brownies. Cool before cutting into squares.

Monday, March 8, 2010

PEANUT BUTTER BANANA PUDDING (Diabetic Instructions Included)

1 cup sugar*
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
dash of salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups milk
1 cup fat-free milk
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 pkg (9-oz) chocolate wafers***
4 med bananas, sliced
1 tub (8-oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed**
1/2 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts, chopped

In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, flour, and salt; using a wire whisk, whisk in the eggs and milk. Cook, whisking constantly, over low heat until until thickened; approximately 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the butter and vanilla; set aside.

Spread 1/2 teaspoon peanut butter between 2 chocolate wafers to form a sandwich; repeat until all are used. Place the sandwich cookies in the bottom of a three-quart bowl and top with the sliced bananas. Pour the custard over the bananas; cover and chill for at least 4 hours before serving.

To serve, spread the whipped topping over the custard and sprinkle with the chopped peanuts.

*Diabetics substitute Splenda granular for the sugar.
**Diabetics substitute Sugar-Free whipped topping for the regular whipped topping.
***Diabetics use sugar-free chocolate wafers.

Friday, February 26, 2010

ALASKAN MOLTEN CHOCOLATE CAKES

2 tbsp butter, melted
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
3/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
3 (4-oz each) premium semisweet chocolate baking bars, broken into chunks*
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 1/4 cups egg substitute**
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
powdered sugar for dusting

Brush 16 muffin cups with the 2 tablespoons of melted butter; sprinkle evenly with the unsweetened cocoa, shaking out the excess. Set into the refrigerator.

In a large heavy saucepan, place the cut-up butter and the chocolate chunks. Cook over low heat, stirring often, until all melted. Slowly whisk in the cream using a wire whisk; set aside.

Combine the egg substitute and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for 5 to 7 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add the chocolate cream and the flour, beating until well blended. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin cups filling each to about 1/4-inch from the top. Cover and return to the refrigerator for at least one hour (okay to do up to 24-hours).

Remove from refrigerator and bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 10 to 11 minutes or just until the edges of the cakes spring back when lightly touched but the centers are still soft. Remove from oven and let stand 3 minutes . Loosen cake edges with a thin knife and invert cakes onto a baking sheet. Transfer cakes to dessert plates. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve immediately.

*Do NOT substitute chocolate baking chips!!
**Do NOT use regular eggs as they will not cook thoroughly!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

HAN'S BLACK FOREST CAKE

10 large egg whites (10 ounces)
3 cups minus 2 tbsp sugar, divided
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 lb blanched almonds, finely grated
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
2 tbsp hot water
3 cups whipping cream
vanilla extract, to taste
dark sweet chocolate, shaved
dark sweet chocolate, finely grated
powdered sugar for dusting

Beat the egg whites in a large mixing bowl until foamy. Gradually add 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons of the sugar, beating constantly until mixture forms a mass that will stand in a stiff peak. Combine 1 cup of the sugar with the cornstarch; carefully fold this into the beaten egg whites along with the grated almonds. Spread the mixture onto baking sheets lined with buttered parchment paper, forming three 10-inch circles using the collar of a 10-inch springform pan. (Place the collar on the paper, fill with the mixture, lift the collar and repeat twice more.) Bake in a 250 degree oven for 1 1/2 hours. Remove from pans, cool on wire racks.

Dissolve the gelatin in the hot water then allow to cool slightly. Commbine the whipping cream and the vanilla; beat until stiff. Add the remaining 1 cup sugar and the warm gelatin mixture, mixing carefully.

To assemble the cake: Spread some of the whipped cream mixture between the meringue layers. Frost the top and sides of the cake with the remaining whipped cream mixture. Sprinkle the chocolate shavings over the top of the cake and press the grated chocolate onto the sides. Sift the powdered sugar over the top. Keep in a cool area.

NOTE: You are not misreading the recipe and it is not a mistake; there are no cherries in or on this cake.

Monday, February 22, 2010

WILMA'S MILKY WAY CAKE

8 Milky Way regular-size candy bars
1/2 lb butter
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 9-inch round pans or one 9 x 13-inch pan; set aside.

In a saucepan, melt the candy bars with half the butter; set aside.

In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar and remaining butter together until creamy. Add the eggs and mix in. Add the flour and baking soda to the mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Stir in the candy and butter mixture along with the pecans.

Pour batter into the prepared pan or pans and bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes for 2 round pans or 35-38 minutes for 1 oblong pan, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool the oblong cake in the pan before frosting with the following frosting. Or cook round layers in pans for about 4 to 5 minutes then remove to wire racks to finish cooling completely before filling and frosting with the following frosting.

FROSTING:

2 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1 pkg (6-oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup marshmallow cream
1 stick butter

In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and evaporated milk. Cook over medium heat to the soft ball stage (mixture forms a soft ball when a drop is dripped into cold water). Add the chocolate chips, marshmallow cream, and butter, stirring until melted. Beat until of a spreadable consistency. Frost the cooled cake.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

BANANA, COCONUT, CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE

1 1/3 cups cold water
2/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 pkg (4-serving size) instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup whipped topping, divided
1/2 tsp coconut extract, divided
2 (medium) ripe bananas, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 chocolate crumb pie crust
1 tbsp flaked coconut, toasted

In a bowl, combine water and dry milk powder stirring until the milk powder is dissolved. Add the pudding mix and whisk with a wire whisk for a minute or two until thickened. Fold in 1/4 cup of the whipped topping and 1/2 the coconut extract. Layer the banana slices in the crumb pie crust. Top the bananas with the pudding mixture. Cover and refrigerate.

Meanwhile, combine the remaining 3/4 cup whipped topping and the remaining coconut extract. Spread over the pudding. Sprinkle with the toasted coconut. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

Yield: 8 servings

Friday, February 12, 2010

CREAMY RASPBERRY SMOOTHIES

2 cups orange juice
2 cups raspberry yogurt
2 cups frozen vanilla yogurt
1 cup ripe bananas, cut into chunks and frozen
3 cups frozen raspberries
2 tsp vanilla extract

Put half of each ingredient into a blender container or a food processor. Add the cover and process until blended, stirring if necessary. Pour into glasses and process the other half of the ingredients. Top each smoothie with a fresh raspberry and a mint leaf, if desired.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

"LIGHT" CHOCOLATE CHIP CHEESECAKE

1 cup crushed reduced-fat chocolate sandwich cookies
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 blocks(8-oz each)fat-free cream cheese
1 block (8-oz) reduced-fat cream cheese
1 can (14-oz) sweetened condensed milk
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips, divided
1 tsp all-purpose flour

In a bowl, combine cookie crumbs and butter; press onto the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 325 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheeses until smooth; beat in sweetened condensed milk. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Beat in vanilla just until blended. In a small bowl, toss 1/3 cup of the miniature chocolate chips with the flour and stir into the batter.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan over the crust. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips over the top of the batter. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until almost set. Remove from oven and immediately run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen. Cool cake in the pan on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate to chill overnight. Remove the sides of the pan; cut into twelve wedges and serve.

Per wedge: 303 calories, 14 g fat (8 g saturated), 33 g carbs and 12 g protein

Sunday, January 31, 2010

MORRISON'S FIESTA CAKE

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 can fruit cocktail, drained
1 egg, beaten
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
butter
whipped cream

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center and add the fruit cocktail and egg. Mix together well. Pour into an oblong cake pan that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinke the brown sugar and chopped pecans over the batter; dot with butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. No need to frost. Serve with the whipped cream.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

APPLE DATE DUMPLINGS

6 apples, pared and cored
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped dates
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp chopped nuts
1 egg
1 tbsp milk
Pastry for 2-crust pie

Roll pastry into two 14-inch circles. Cut each circle into three equal wedges. Place one apple on each wedge.

In a bowl combine the brown sugar, dates, cinnamon, nuts; fill the cored apple centers with this mixture. Moisten the edges of the pastry wedges and fold over the apples, sealing and pricking tops over the filling. Place dumplings in an ungreased baking dish. Blend the egg and milk together and brush over the pastry. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until apples are cooked. Make the following topping and serve over the dumplings.

TOPPING (Caramel Date Fluff):

1 cup whipping cream
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped dates

Beat the whipping cream with the brown sugar and vanilla until stiff. Fold in the chopped dates. Serve over the dumplings.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

CARROT CAKE BITE COOKIES

6 tbsp butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Add the egg and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture until blended. Stir in the carrots, raisins, and pecans or walnuts.

Drop the mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2-inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 325 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned and the cookies are set. Cool for a couple of minutes before attempting to remove from the baking sheets to cool on wire racks.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

COFFEE BAR COOKIES

1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup solid shortening
1 egg
1/2 cup hot coffee
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 small pkg chocolate chips
1/2 cup nuts, chopped (walnuts recommended)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9 x13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl cream the brown sugar and frosting together until creamy. Add the egg and coffee; mix well. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder; add to the sugar mixture. Stir in the vanilla, chocolate chips and walnuts. Place in the prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until firm. Drizzle with a powdered sugar drizzle if desired.

Monday, January 18, 2010

CHERRY-APRICOT OBLONG PIE

3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup good quality shortening
1 egg yolk
milk
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp cornstarch
3 cans (15 1/4-oz size)apricot halves, drained and cut into large diced pieces
1 can (16-oz) pitted tart red cherries, drained
Vanilla glaze (recipe follows)

To make the pastry, in a large mixing bowl stir together the flour and the salt. Using a pastry blender or two knives cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a glass measuring cup, lightly beat the egg yolk. Add enough milk to the egg yolk to make 3/4 cup; mix well. Stir the egg yolk mixture into the flour mixture and mix well. Set aside 1/3 of the dough.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the remaining dough into an 18 x 12-inch rectangle. Carefully roll the pastry around a floured rolling pin then unroll onto a 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan. Allow pastry to hang over the sides. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl combine the cornstarch with the sugar; add the cherries and apricots. Spoon the fruit mixture onto the prepared crust. Roll the remaining third of dough into a 16 x 11-inch rectangle. Place this rectangle over the top of the fruit mixture. Bring the bottom pastry up over the top pastry and press together with the tines of a fork to seal. Prick top of pastry with fork to vent. Bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes or until light browned and filling is bubbly. Make the vanilla glaze and drizzle over the top of the pie.

VANILLA GLAZE:

1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
5 to 6 tsp milk

In a small mixing bowl combine the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and 4 tablespoons of the milk. Continue to add the remaining milk until mixture is of a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over top of the pie using all the mixture.

Friday, January 15, 2010

GRANDMA'S CHOCOLATE CAKE AND CHOCOLATE CREME CHEESE FROSTING

My grandmas made the best chocolate cakes. Maybe that's why I am a chocoholic!

Was there anyone who made a better chocolate cake when you were a child than your grandma? Why not go back in time and enjoy a delicious old fashion chocolate cake today with your family? Be sure to make the Chocolate Creme Cheese Frosting too as that really makes the cake delicious. Who knows this cake may taste like Grandma's did!


GRANDMA'S CHOCOLATE CAKE AND CHOCOLATE CREME CHEESE FROSTING

1/2 cup solid shortening
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour 2 9-inch cake pans; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl cream together the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in the vanilla and the melted chocolate. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together and add to the chocolate mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Mix well and pour evenly into the two prepared pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 40 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Remove from the pans and cool completely on a wire rack. Frost with the following Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting.

CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 pkg (8-oz) cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
2 lb powdered sugar
3 tbsp milk or cream
3 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled

In a medium mixing bowl combine the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla extract. Add the salt; beat until creamy and smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar while beating with electric mixer on low speed. Stir in the milk and melted chocolate; beat until fluffy. Use between the two cake layers and to frost the top and sides. (Don't fight with the kids over licking the beaters!)

Enjoy!

Monday, January 11, 2010

CHERRY & CREAM PARFAITS

1 cup whipping cream
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
dash of salt
1 cup sour cream
1 can (21-oz) cherry pie filling

In a mixing bowl, whip the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, vanilla and salt continuing to beat until stiff peaks form. Fold in the sour cream. Take six cherries from the pie filling and set aside. Spoon half of the pie filling into the bottoms of six parfait glasses; top with half the whipped cream mixture. Repeat the layers. Add one of the reserved cherries to the top of each parfait. Add a mint sprig to each of the parfaits, if desired.

Note: This recipe can be made for diabetics by making the following substitutions: Splenda Granula instead of sugar and lite cherry pie filling made with Splenda instead of regular pie filling.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

HONEY LEMON BARS

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup + 1 tbsp all-purpose flour, divided
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup lemon juice
3 eggs
1 tsp grated lemon rind
1/2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium mixing bowl cream together the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Add the 1 cup of flour; mix until combined. Press the mixture onto the bottom of a 9-inch square baking pan, pressing out evenly to make a crust. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned at 350 degrees.

While the crust is baking, in a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the 1 tablespoon of flour, baking powder, honey, lemon juice, eggs, and lemon rind until thoroughly combined. Pour the mixture over the baked crust; bake another 20 minutes or until the filling is set. Allow to cool in pan before cutting to serve.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

KENTUCKY FRUIT DESSERT

1 can pineapple chunks
1 can diced pears
1 jar maraschino cherries
1/2 cup sugar
4 tbsp flour
1 egg, beaten
4 red apples, unpeeled
1 cup white miniature marshmallows
1 cup chopped pecans

Drain the pineapple, pears, and cherries, reserving the pear and pineapple juices. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, flour, egg, the reserved pineapple juice and 1/2 cup of the reserved pear juice. Cook the mixture over low heat until thick, stirring constantly. Allow to cool. Remove the cores from the apples and cut into large chunks. Place the apples in a bowl; add the pineapple, pears, cherries, marshmallows and pecans. Stir gently to mix. Pour the sauce over all and chill for 24 hours.