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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Raspberry Delight Cookies!

I saw oatmeal cookies made with aplets in the Aplets and Cotlets catalog. I had a bag of raspberry delights that needed something done with them, other than me eating them!   I used my standard oatmeal cookie recipe with just one modification. These are yummy cookies!
For those of you who do not know what an aplet is, it is very similar to turkish delight.  There were brothers who moved to Cashmere, Washington in the 1920s and started a candy factory. They based their candy recipe on what they remembered from their homeland, but using the fruits from around Cashmere. Apples and Apricots, then later on expanding to other fruits.  It is a fun place to visit

Raspberry Delight Cookies

1cup chopped raspberry delight candies (or any other flavor!) I  quartered mine
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons Penzey's cake spice (or 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon cloves)
2 cups rolled oats

Preheat oven to 400
Mix shortening, sugar, eggs, and vanilla (I used princess emulsion). Add 1/2 cup water
In another bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spice.
Blend into sugar mixture
Add oats. Mix well.  Add raspberry delight candies.  I took a bit of the flour and coated  the candy so it would not be one giant lump of candy
Drop by medium cookie scoop onto parchment lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Let sit on parchment for about 2 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool.
Makes about 4 dozen (slightly less)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

John's Chocolate Peppermints

John is a friend of Marks. He is home for R & R from Afghanistan.  I sent him these cookies, among others. He talked alot about these cookies. Even though they are a Christmas cookie, I thought I would make them for him.

John's Chocolate Peppermints

8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped peppermint candies
6 tablespoons of sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Powdered sugar for dusting

Combine the first 3 ingredients in a large saucepan; cook over low heat until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth, stirring almost constantly.  Remove from heat and stir in crushed peppermints and the 6 tablespoons of sugar.  Let cool 30 minutes
Add eggs to melted chocolate mixture, 1 at a time, stirring well.  Stir in extracts.
Combine flour, baking powder and salt.
Add to chocolate mixture, stirring until well combined.  Stir in mini chips.
Cover and chill dough at least 2 hours or until firm enough to shape.
Preheat oven to 325
Drop cookies using the medium cookie scoop onto parchment lined baking sheets.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the cookies are puffed and slightly cracked on top.
When cool dust with powdered sugar. I use a small sieve to make a light dusting.
Makes about 3 dozen

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mango Coconuts

I am not sure what to call this recipe. I adapted it from Roti and Rice.  I think maybe next time I will add a little cardamon and then, at least to me, they will have alot of Indian flavor.

Mango Coconut Gems

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped dried mangos
1/2 cup chopped raw pistachios
1/2 cup shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350

 Combine flour and baking soda in a bowl and set aside
Cream butter and sugar in the mixer till light and fluffy. Add egg, beat well. Add sour cream and vanilla. mix well.  Add in flour mixture beat till well combined

 Add in mangos, pistachios and coconut.
Drop by medium cookie scoop onto ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a spatula dipped in sugar. Sprinkle with big crystal sugar. I used plain color but a colored sugar would be pretty too Bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
Makes about 2 dozen cookies

Sunday, July 10, 2011

S'mores Cookie Bars!

This is the bonus cookie! It is campout time, so s'mores bars are perfect!

I made two pans, they go fast!  The recipe is for one 13x9 pan.

S'mores Bars
1/3 cup butter, room temperature
1/3 cup shortening (crisco)
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2/3 cup flour
1/4 (scant) teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons heavy cream
9 ounces Hershey's chocolate, cut into bits
1 cup or more mini marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 13x9 pan
Combine butter, shortening, brown sugar, egg and vanilla in a mixer bowl and beat on medium till well blended
Combine graham cracker crumbs, flour and salt. Slowly add to butter mixture. Mix on low until well blended. Spread dough into prepared pan. (you can dampen your hands to make it easier to press, or use flour coated hands
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until edges are brown and set. The middle might be a little soft. Cool completely
Place cream in a heavy sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat, Add chocolate pieces. Stir until smooth and melted.
I had lots of left over chocolates I used. Just so it works out to 9 ounces

Spread evenly over cooled cookie crust

Spread mini marshmallows over the top. Put under broiled just until marshmallows are browned.  Let cool, and put in the refrigerator to set up for at least two hours before cutting into bars

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Rhubarb Cookies

Found this recipe on the net, and tweeked it a bit. The original recipe called for a cream cheese frosting, they were good enough without the frosting. A cookie with little tart bits! I liked them. Lon helped me harvest the rhubarb but he did not want to try it, yet.

Rhubarb Cookies
Makes 3 dozen when using medium cookie scoop

1 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups diced fresh rhubarb
Fresh from my garden!
Nicely Diced

Preheat oven to 350
Mix shortening and brown sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time
In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt.  Add this to the sugar mixture, gradually or the flour will go all over.  Stir in rhubarb

Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.  I used the medium cookie scoop.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. The big cookie sheet took 15 minutes, the smaller sheets took 12.