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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cherry Ripe Cookies

I have been wanting a Cherry Ripe. They are in Australia and I am here.  So this is the next best thing

Cherry Ripe Cookies
2 cups flour
2/3 cup dark cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter
1 1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cherry flavoring
1 large eggs
16 ounces of candied cherries, chopped and mixed with a little of the flour
1 1/2 cups coconut

Preheat oven to 350
Line baking sheets with parchment

In a medium bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. 
Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer, do this for about 3 minutes until light and fluffy. 
Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and cherry flavor. The cherry flavor will turn the dough pink, but that is not a problem, it will be covered by the dark cocoa 
Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture. 
Chop the candied cherries into halves and quarters, mix with a little flour so they won't be one large lump of cherry.  Add to cookie dough along with the flour
Use the medium cookie scoop and drop onto prepared pans

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until set. You can not tell if these are browned
Cool on wire racks
Makes 3 1/2 dozen

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Red Velvet Cookies

I found several red velvet cookie recipes on line.  I mushed a few together and this is what I came up with!


1 3/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons cocoa (high fat)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons buttermilk
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon red dye
1 cup chopped white chocolate chips
4 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
finely chopped pecans for garnish

Preheat oven to 375
Line baking sheets with parchment. This dough is fairly sticky
In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Set aside
In the bowl of an electric mixer cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, at least 4 minutes! Add eggs one at a time until well blended
In a small bowl, mix buttermilk, cider vinegar, vanilla and red dye. 
Add alternately with the dry ingredients. Begin and end with flour mixture. 
Add chopped chips. Mix in well. 
Use the medium scoop, drop onto prepared pans.  I was going to see if I could make these thumbprints, but it did not work out so well, so that is why you will see an indent in the cookies. Ignore that.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until set. It will be really hard to tell that they are browned since the are very red! Mine took 11 minutes in the oven. 
When they are cool frost!
In the bowl of an electric mixer, use the whip and  beat butter until soft, add cream cheese and beat until well blended! 
Add vanilla and powdered sugar, mix well. 
 When the cookies are completely cool, frost and then sprinkle with finely chopped pecans. 
These are cake-y and oh so good! 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pumpkin Cookies

It is Fall! Time for Everything Pumpkin!

Pumpkin Cookies
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons Penzey's Cake Spice (or just cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice)
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups shortening
2 cups sugar
1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree (or two cups home made pumpkin puree)
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large eggs
2 cups craisins (or raisins)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350
Line baking sheets with parchment

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices in a medium bowl. 
Beat shortening and butter till blended, add sugar and mix for 30 more seconds. 
Add pumpkin, eggs and vanilla.  Beat until well combined
Add craisins and walnuts. 
Drop by medium scoop onto prepared baking sheets

Bake for 12-14 minutes or until browned on the edges
Makes about 6 dozen

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Spiced Apple Cranberry Cookies

Since it is Fall

Spiced Apple Cranberry Cookies
1/3 cup butter
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
2 cups shredded apples
1 cup dried cranberries 
1 cup optional walnuts

Preheat oven to 350
Line baking sheets with parchment paper

Cream butter and shortening till well blended. Add sugars, eggs and vanilla. Mix till well blended
In another bowl, mix flour, salt, baking soda, apple pie spice. Gradually add to creamed mixture
Add in shredded apples. I did not peel the apples, I shredded them on a mandoline, then cut them into smaller strips. about an inch long.  
Then add in cranberries and optional nuts
Drop by medium scoop on lined baking sheets

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Let rest on cookie sheet for a couple minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool. 
Makes about 4 dozen.