Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Spritz Cookies

This is a fun cookie to make with your family. Decorating cookies together is one of our traditions. We enjoy inviting over the nieces and nephews to help us. Of course everyone goes home with a plate of cookies for mom and dad.

Butter Spritz Cookies

2 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter
1 1/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
2 egg yolks or 1 whole egg
1/2 tsp. pure almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla
Stir together flour with salt, mixing well.

Beat butter, gradually adding sugar, until creamy. Beat in eggs and flavorings.

Roll out your cookie dough and cut any shape with cookie cutters.

Bake at 400° for 6 to 8 minutes.

Friday, December 4, 2009

A BIG FLOP in the kitchen

My dad loves Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake, so I decided to make him one with my grandma's recipe. I was doing just fine until it was time to add the baking soda. I looked at the recipe but somehow got the amount mixed up and thought it said 1 cup of baking soda. I thought it was odd to put that much in. I had already put it in when I thought to check the recipe again. It said 1 1/2 teaspoons. I went and asked my dad if that was right because I thought it was weird you would put that much in. He told me to try and get it all out of the mix. That didn't work, not to mention have you ever tried to take white powder out of a wet mixture? I put the cake into bake, and my mom got done with her work and came in to check. I told her what had happened and she took it out of the oven and tasted the batter. She gagged. Even though I tried to get all the baking soda out it still tasted terrible. However, my mom has made this cake before and it's the best cake ever. Here is the recipe, pay close attention to the amount of baking soda so yours will taste good.

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 cups Mayonnaise
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Grease and flour a 13x9 inch baking pan. Mix all ingredients together. Pour into pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. This can also be used in 2 round pans and stacked.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Peanut Butter Pie

This is an easy pie, and my daughters can quit laughing nowww.
They know mom's favorite place is NOT in the kitchen.

1 9-inch graham cracker crust 1/2 cup milk
1 pkg. (8 oz) cream cheese 1 ctn. (8 oz) frozen Cool Whip, thawed
1 cup powdered sugar 1/4 cup peanuts, chopped
1 cup peanut butter

Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Mix in powdered sugar and peanut butter. Slowly add milk, mixing well then fold in whipped topping. Pour into crust and sprinkle with nuts then freeze until firm. Yields 6-8 servings


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Chocolate Mint Cookies

These cookies are really easy to make except when you have to put them on the cookie sheet because you'll just want to eat the cookie dough instead.

My family really enjoyed these cookies a lot. They were very rich and you can't eat too many at a time.

Here is the recipe I used.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups dark chocolate and mint chips


PREHEAT oven to 325° F.

COMBINE flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.

BAKE for 11 to 13 minutes

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Vicki's Big Batch Choco Chip Cookies

This is another great recipe for a bunch of people. We always have these cookies at our family reunions. I made them with my mom today. It so fun baking with your loved Ones!!! Heres how you make it!

Vicki's Big Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cream Together:
  • 1lb butter
  • 2 c. dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2T. vanilla
Whip for 3 to 4 minutes.

Mix Dry Ingredients:

  • 6 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
add to creamed mixture. Stir in 2 c. nuts and 4-6 c. chocolate chips. Dough will be dry. Bake on wax paper or silpat. Scoop out with ice cream scoop and place 2 inches apart. Bake 350 8-10 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan.

What a fun day in our house...enjoying cookies right now and giving them out to neighbors and even our Fed Ex driver.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

King's Cupboard Organic Brownies

I made these great brownies. It was a mix. It's super easy and they taste great. I got them off of the http://www.planetgiftbaskets.com/PhotoGallery.asp?ProductCode=KKOB
They're awesome!! Please try them!

Chamomile Cookies

Chamomile Cookies! These cookies basically taste like your average short-bread cookies. They just have a bit more flavor. They taste pretty good.
  1. 1 cup of butter softened
  2. scant 3/4 cup of golden superfine sugar ( raw superfine sugar)
  3. 1 tbsp ( 3-4 tea bags) Chamomile of chamomile and lime flower infusion of tea leaves
  4. 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  7. Pinch of salt
Mix all together. You also take the tea out of the bags if needed. Roll the dough into a log and coat lightly in sugar. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30-60 minutes.
Pre-heat the oven to 375. F. Take out and cut into a 1/4 inch slices. Bake for 10 min. ENJOY!