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Friday, March 29, 2013

Snicker No-Doodle

Snicker No Doodle

1/3 cup butter
1 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 bag fun size snickers bars
Cinnamon sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 375.  Line baking sheets with parchment. You will need it on this one

Cream butter, add shortening. Add sugars, eggs and flavorings. Mix well., 
In another bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the cream mixture. Beat till well blended.
Chop snickers bars into 6ths. I cut them in half the long way, and then cut them in thirds.  So they are about the size of big raisins. 
Fold those into the cookie batter until well distributed. 
Using the medium scoop, drop cookie dough onto prepared sheets. 

Sprinkle with optional cinnamon sugar
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown
Makes about 2 dozen

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Classic Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter + extra for the pan
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 350. Butter an 8x8 inch pan. 
Cream butter, add flour and powdered sugar.  This mixture will look like crumbs. Make sure you have mixed it until it holds together when you take a bit in your hand.  Pat into buttered pan. 

Bake 20 minutes in preheated oven. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature. 
Once cooled, mix the eggs, sugar, lemon juice, zest, salt, flour and baking powder. Pour mixture over crust. 

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 350. Until the lemon mixture is set (the mixture does not jiggle)
Remove from the oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar

Makes about a dozen tasty treats. 
I doubled the recipe and used a 13x9 inch pan.  They did not last too long!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Red Velvet Cookies

These are a super soft yummy cookie

Red Velvet Cookies
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons buttermilk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon red food coloring
1 1/3 cups white chocolate chips (about 1/2 the bag)

Preheat oven to 375. Line baking sheets with parchment

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside.
In the bowl of the electric mixer, cream butter, add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs. 
In a small bowl, mix together the buttermilk, apple cider vinegar and red food coloring. Add to creamed mixture.
Add the flour mixture and beat until well blended. Fold in the white chips. 
Drop by medium scoop on to the parchment lined baking sheets

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until set. 
To me they looked like they needed a little something more. I dusted them with a bit of powdered sugar once they were cool.