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.