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Thumbprints

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/3 cup instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 tablespoons peach or apricot jam

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with waxed paper. Using electric beaters, beat the butter and sugar in a small bowl until the mixture is light and creamy. Add the milk and vanilla, and beat until combined. Sift the flour and pudding mix into the butter mixture and mix to form a soft dough. Roll 2 teaspoons of the dough at a time into balls and place on the baking sheets. Press a hollow in each ball with your thumb or the end of a wooden spoon and fill each hole with ¼ teaspoon of jam. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Makes about 32.

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Halloween Coconut Cake

Halloween Coconut Cake

  • 1 pkg. yellow cake mix
  • 1 pkg. (4 serving size) vanilla flavor instant pudding and pie filing
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Blend cake mix, pudding mix, water, eggs and oil in large mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer 4 minutes. Stir in coconut and walnuts. Pour into 3 greased and floured 9 inch layer pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes. Cool pans 15 minutes; remove and cool on rack. Fill and top with coconut cream cheese frosting.

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 1 – 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
  • 2 tsp. milk
  • 3 ½ cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet. Add coconut, sir constantly over low heat until golden brown. Spread coconut on paper towel to cool. Cream 2 tablespoons butter with cream cheese. Add milk; blend in sugar gradually. Blend in vanilla; stir in 1 ¾ cups of the coconut. Spread on tops of cake layers. Stack, spread over sides and sprinkle with remaining coconut. Decorate with Halloween candies if desired.

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Coconut Ice

Coconut Ice

  • 2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened condensed milk
  • 1 ¾ cups shredded dried coconut
  • orange food coloring

Brush 13 ¾ inch loaf pan with melted butter or oil. Line with waxed paper and grease the paper. Sift the confectioners’ sugar and cream of tartar into a bowl. Make a well in the center. Add the combined egg white and condensed milk. Stir in the coconut. Mix until well combined. Divide the mixture between two bowls. Tint the contents of one bowl with orange coloring. Knead the color through evenly. Press the orange mixture into the bottom of the loaf pan. Cover with the white mixture and press down gently. Refrigerate for 1 hour, or until set. When firm, remove from the pan and cut into squares. Makes 30 pieces.

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Bleeding Fingers

Bleeding Fingers

  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup shredded dried coconut
  • ½ cup raspberry or strawberry jam
  • 10 colored jelly beans

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Beat in the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, and continue beating until the mixture becomes thick and glossy. Fold in the coconut. Fill a piping bag fitted with a plain ¾ inch nozzle with the meringue mixture. Pipe 3 ¼ inch lengths onto the baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to 235 degrees F and bake for a further 45 to 50 minutes, or until the meringues are light and crisp. Turn off the oven and leave the meringues inside to cool. Heat the jam in a saucepan over low heat until thin and runny. Pour into a bowl. Cut one end from each jelly bean and discard the end. Cut the remaining jelly beans in half lengthwise. Press the jelly bean on the end of each meringue. Drizzle with warm jam to resemble the blood. Makes 20.

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7-Up Cake7-Up Cake

  • 1 box lemon supreme cake mix
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (10 oz) 7-up

Mix together and bake in large pan at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes.

Icing:

  • 1 small can pineapple, drained
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 heaping tbsp. flour
  • juice for pineapple and water to measure ½

Cook until thick, add pineapple and 2 tablespoons butter. Cool, then put on cake.

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After School Treats

Alien CookiesPirate And Alien Cookies

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 4 drops green food coloring
  • 5 licorice allsorts, thinly sliced
  • 20 jelly beans, halved
  • 5 gummy candies, cut into 4 pieces

To make the cookies, beat the butter, sugar and egg with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the flour. Using your hands, press the mixture together to form a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 2 minutes or until smooth.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush a large baking sheet with melted butter or oil.  Roll out the dough between sheets of waxed paper to ¼ inch thick.  Cut into shapes, using cutters. Put the cookies on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden.  Leave to cook. Stir the confectioners’ sugar into a bowl.  Add the water and food coloring, and stir well.  Dip the front of each cookie into the frosting. While the frosting is still soft, decorate the cookies with the candies. Makes   10

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After School Treats

Fairy Wand CookiesFairy Wand Cookies

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 7 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 10 popsicle sticks
  • small dragees, to decorate

Beat the butter, sugar and egg with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the flour. Using your hands, press the mixture together to make a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 2 minutes, or until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush a large baking sheet with melted butter or oil. Roll out the dough between sheets of waxed paper to ¼ inch thick. Cut the dough into twenty stars, using a star shaped cutter. Arrange on the baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden. Cool on the trays. Place ½ teaspoon of melted chocolate on the flat side of half the cookies. Spread out to cover. Attach the stick and sandwich the remaining cookies over the chocolate and press together. Allow the chocolate to set. Drizzle the remaining chocolate over the stars. Decorate with dragees and allow to set. Makes 10

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After School Treats

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Kaye’s Kritters

  • ½ cup candied cherries, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup flaked almonds, toasted
  • 2 cups fried egg noodles
  • 10 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Put the cherries in a bowl with the flaked almonds and noodles. Melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over hot water.  Stir until smooth. Add the chocolate to the cherry mixture and stir gently to combine. Put spoonfuls of the mixture onto a sheet of waxed paper.  Leave to set.  Add eyes and sprinkles to decorate. Makes 10 large or 20 small

Beach Baby Jellies

  • 2 – 3 oz. packets lime gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons fine cookie crumbs
  • 12 gummy candies
  • 12 lifesavers
  • 12 paper parasols

Combine the lime gelatin and 2 cups of boiling water in a bowl. Stir until all the gelatin has dissolved.  Set aside until cool. Pour the mixture into small molds to three-quarters full. Refrigerate overnight. Sprinkle the cookie crumbs over half of each gelatin dessert. Lay a gummy candy on the crumbs. Place a lifesaver on the crumbs and put a paper parasol through the center. Makes 12.

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Harvey Wallbanger Cake

Harvey Wallbanger Cake.jpegIngredients:

  • 1 pkg. yellow cake mix
  • 1 pkg. vanilla instant pudding
  • ½ cup cooking oil
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup vodka or gin
  • ¼ cup galliano
  • ¾ cup orange juice

Mix all together and beat for 4 minutes. Pour into a well greased and lightly floured bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50-55 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes in pan. Dust with confectioner’s sugar or with sour cream frosting while still warm. Serve with fruit if you wish and cream for a for a lovely summer desert.

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After School Treats

After School Treats 4Swamp Mud

  • 5 ½ ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 4 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon gelatin powder
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • sprinkles, to decorate

Place the chocolate in a small heatproof bowl and sit it over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Cool slightly. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg yolks, sugar, and zest in a large bowl for 5 minutes, or until thick and creamy. Beat in the cream and melted chocolate. Combine the gelatin with the juice in a bowl. Stand the bowl in hot water and stir until the gelatin dissolves. Add to the chocolate mixture and beat until combined. Place the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl.  Using an electric mixer, beat until firm peaks form. Add to the chocolate mixture. Fold in together until well combined. Refrigerate for 2 hours, or until set. Decorate with sprinkles. Serves 8.

“Cooked” Swamp Mud

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ cups whole milk (2% can be used)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

In a medium saucepan whisk together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt. On low heat whisk in milk one cup at a time. Slowly add eggs, whisk together until smooth. Turn heat up to medium until the mixture just starts to boil. Turn back down the heat to low and continue to whisk until pudding thickens about 2-3 minutes. Remove pudding from heat and stir in butter and vanilla until butter is melted and blended into pudding. Pour hot pudding into individual dishes cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2-3 hours. Remove wrap and apply sprinkles to your Swamp Mud.

Chocolate Chip Crackles

  • 3 cups puffed rice cereal
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ¼ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 2/3 cup shredded dried coconut
  • 7 ounces vegetable shortening, melted
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • colored sprinkles, to decorate

Line 24 mini muffin cups with foil or doubled paper liners.  Combine the puffed rice cereal, cocoa, and sugar in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly, then stir in the raisins and coconut. Stir in the melted shortening. Spoon the mixture into the paper liners. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips and top with colored sprinkles.  Refrigerate until set. Makes 24.

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