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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Anzac Biscuits

This is a cookie for Anzac Day, which is today.  Anzac Day commemorates the Australian and New Zealand forces at Gillipoli in World War 1. For more information you can go here
Anzac Traditions

Anzac Biscuits
1 cup oats
3/4 cup coconut
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tablespoon Golden Syrup (I used Lyles)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons boiling water

Preheat oven to 350

Mix oats, coconut, flour and sugar in a large bowl. 

Melt butter and syrup together over low heat

Mix boiling water and baking soda together
Add to melted butter mixture. 
Then add the melted butter mixture to the flour mixture.
Use the small scoop -- I used the medium and they spread out way way too much, and use parchment paper to line the baking sheets. 
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown
Make 2 dozen (probably more with the small scoop)

Cool a few minutes on the paper, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Cookies

These cookies were inspired by a recipe I have seen all over the net. It originated at Strawberry Cheesecake cookies from Elle's New England Kitchen.

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Cookies
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt (scant)
6 tablespoons butter, softened
6 tablespoons cream cheese softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup white chocolate chopped fine
1 cup frozen raspberries (not the ones in syrup, the ones that are flash frozen whole)

Preheat oven to 350
Line baking sheets with parchment paper
In a small bowl, sift together flour and salt, set aside
In a mixer bowl, cream butter, add cream cheese and beat until light and fluffy. Add sugar, beat until well incorporated. Add the egg and flavorings. 
Beat in flour until just combined
Add chocolate, beat in. Then add the frozen raspberries. I kept them frozen so it would be easier. This increased the baking time a bit. 
Use the medium scoop and drop onto prepared pans

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until slightly brown around the edges
Makes a dozen and a half cookies. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Jelly Bean Biscotti!

We have alot of leftover jelly beans.  While eating them is wonderful, finding this recipe is even better! They turned out yummy!!

Jelly Bean Biscotti
1/4 cup butter (1/2 a stick)
1 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 bag, 14 ounces, tiny jelly bird eggs

Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and almond extract. 
In another bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt.  
Mix into butter mixture until well combined. Add jelly beans. 

Place dough onto a lightly floured counter, cut the dough in half.  Place each half on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. This is  important, as some of the jelly beans will melt around the edges of the dough.

Flatten out each piece into a flat log. 
Bake for 25 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes

Slice the logs on the diagonal and place slices on the baking sheet
Bake again for 15 minutes or until golden brown. 

I was worried the jelly beans would melt on the second baking, but they did not!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Sedgemoor Biscuits

I found this recipe in several different places, and I had to change it due to lack for some ingredients!
This is an old English recipe. It sounded yummy!  It called for raisins soaked in brandy, but I did not have that either, so I used crasins.

Sedgemoor Biscuits
 3/4 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup powdered sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
Mix all ingredients until a smooth, thin-ish glaze is made

Preheat oven to 400. 
In a large bowl, combine flours, (I did not have any whole wheat flour, I missed out on some of the chewy-ness because I just used all pastry flour)  cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, salt and sugar. 

Cut in butter with a pastry blender or your fingers till it forms crumbs. 
Blend in eggs, vanilla and cranberries till it forms a dough
Roll out onto a lightly floured board. Cut out with a two inch cookie cutter and place on a parchment covered cookie sheet

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. 

Dip warm cookies in glaze and let dry on cooling rack. 
Makes about 24