Count Down To Christmas

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Christmas Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick salted butter, plus 2 tbsp.
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325 F.  Use an electric mixer to cream the sugar and butter, whipping the two until the butter is almost white and the mixture is light and fluffy, almost like a slightly frosting. Stir in the flour.  Form the cookies into 1 inch balls, placing them about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet.  Flatten them into a disc shape if you’re topping with sprinkles before baking.  Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are lightly golden.  Decorate as desired.

Short on time, buy frozen sugar cookies, bake according to the cooking directions. Decorate with M&M’s, ready made icing, sprinkles, colored sugar, etc. Have fun!

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Count Down To Christmas

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White Fruit Cake

  •  2 lb. white raisins
  • 1 ½ lb. canned cherries
  • 1 ½ lb. pineapple
  • 1 lb. light brown sugar
  • 1 lb. butter
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1 large orange extract
  • 1 small lemon extract
  • 8 cups nuts
  • 6 cups sifted flour
  • 1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

 Cut up nuts and drain fruit; coat with 4 cups flour. Cream butter and sugar; add eggs one at a time. Beat well. Add 2 cups flour with baking powder and nutmeg. Add extract. Pour batter over fruit and nut mixture; mix well. Place in two greased tube pans. Bake at 250 degrees F for 2 ½ hours.

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Count Down To Christmas

Cherry Spice Cake

Cherry Spice Cake

Cake

  • ½ cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 ½ cups cherry pie filling

Frosting

  • 8 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 packages (8-ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Red and green candied cherries, cut in half, to decorate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  For cake, cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  In another large bowl, sift together next 6 ingredients.  In a blender or food processor, process pie filling until cherries are coarsely chopped.  Add dry ingredients and pie filling alternately to creamed mixture, mixing until smooth.  Pour batter evenly into 3 greased and floured 9-inch cake pans.  Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.  Cool in pans 10 minutes.  Remove from pans and cool completely on a wire rack.

For frosting, beat all ingredients in a large bowl until smooth.  Frost between layers, on sides, and on top of cake.  To decorate cake, refer to photo and place cherries on top of cake in wreath design.  Transfer remaining frosting to a pastry bag fitted with a medium star tip.  Pipe decorative border along bottom edge and top of cake.  Store in airtight container in refrigerator.  Serve at room temperature.

Yield:  about 20 servings

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Count Down To Christmas

Eggnog Cake

Eggnog Cake

 Ingredients:

  • ½ cup soft butter
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup eggnog
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 6 egg whites

 Cream butter and sugar. Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add alternately with water and eggnog. Stir in flavor. Beat egg whites in separate bowl. Add to dough 1/3 at a time. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 325 degrees F.

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Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House

  • 2 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoon soft light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs

Decoration

  • 4 oz white chocolate
  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate
  • Green and red food colorings
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with waxed paper. Put syrup, molasses, sugar and butter in a saucepan. Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until melted. Sift flour and ginger into a bowl. Stir the baking soda into melted mixture, add to flour with enough beaten egg to mix to form a soft dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth and free from cracks. Cut off 1/3 dough; wrap in plastic wrap. Roll out remaining 2/3 dough thinly and cut out thirty-two 1/1/2 in squares of dough and place, spaced apart, on a baking sheet. Roll out remaining 1/3 dough and cut out six-teen 2 ½ x 1 ½ inch oblongs. Cut an inverted “v” at one of the short ends of each oblong to create a ‘pitch’ for ‘roof’. Both equal sides of “v” should measure 1 inch. Place on baking sheet and bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Break up and place white and dark chocolate in separate bowls over hand hot water. Stir occasionally until melted. Divide white chocolate between 3 small bowls and color green and red with food colorings. Assemble each house using dark chocolate as glue. Glue 4 walls together by alternating 2 square and 2 “v” pieces. Place 2 other squares on top to form pitched roof. Leave to set. Spread remaining dark chocolate over waxed paper. When almost set, invert onto another piece of paper, peel off waxed paper and cut chocolate into ¼ in squares for roof tiles. Secure tiles onto roof with melted chocolate, working from base to top. Using colored chocolate, fill pastry bags, snip off points and pipe in doors, windows and colored beads down all the joins. Leave to set. Dust with powdered sugar. Makes 8

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Count Down To Christmas

Chocolate Yule Log

Chocolate Yule Log

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 2/3 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoons cocoa

Filling and decoration

  • 1 ¼ cups thick whipping cream
  • 4 oz semi-semi sweet chocolate
  • marzipan toadstools

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a 12 in baking sheet (with edges) with waxed paper.  Place eggs and sugar in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and whisk until thick and pale. Remove bowl from saucepan, continue whisking until mixture leaves a trail when the whisk is lifted.  Sift flour and cocoa onto surface of mixture and fold in carefully until mix is evenly blended.  Pour mixture onto baking sheet and spread out carefully to edges. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until it is firm to touch.  Cool slightly, turn out and remove paper, then trim edges and cut in half lengthwise.  Place ¼ cup cream in a bowl with chocolate.  Place over a pan of hot water,stir until melted.  Whip remaining cup of cream until almost thick.

When chocolate has cooled, fold it carefully into whipped cream. Using 1/3 chocolate cream, spread over each strip of sponge.  Roll each into a firm roll from the long edge. Wrap in plastic and chill until firm.  Cut each roll into 6 lengths, spread each with remaining chocolate cream, mark cream into lines.  Decorate with marzipan toadstools.  Keep the chocolate logs cool until ready to serve.

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Christmas Cookies

Gingerbear Cookies

Gingerbear Cookies

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup margarine or butter
  • 1/3 cup packed soft brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar to decorate

Sieve the dry ingredients together. In another bowl, cream the margarine or butter, sugar and syrup until soft and light in texture. Work in the dry ingredients and knead the mixture thoroughly. Roll out the dough to a ¼ in thickness. Make a template for the bear’s head using thin cardboard. Dust the surface of the rolled out dough with a little flour, lay the template in position and carefully cut around the outside with a sharp knife. Repeat until all the dough is used. Bake the cookies on greased baking sheets in the center of a preheated oven at 425 degrees F for 10 minutes. When the cookies are cool, pipe eyes, nose and mouth using the powdered sugar blended with a little warm water to give a flowing consistency. Makes 8-10 cookies.

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Christmas Cookies

Christmas Tree Platter

Christmas Tree Platter

  • 1 package peanut butter cookie dough
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk or lemon juice
  • Assorted food colors, colored sugars and assorted small decors

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Divide dough one half. Reserve 1 half; refrigerate remaining dough. Roll reserved half of dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut out tree shapes with cookie cutter.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.  Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Repeat with remaining half of dough. Reroll scraps; cut into small circles for ornaments, squares and rectangles for gift boxes and tree trunks. Bake 8 to 12 minutes depending on size of cookies. Mix sugar and milk for icing. Tint most of icing green and a smaller amount red or other colors for ornaments and boxes. Spread green icing on trees. Sprinkle ornaments and boxes with colored sugars and decorate as desired. Arrange cookies on flat platter to resemble tree. Makes about 1 dozen cookies.

Tip: Use this beautiful Christmas Tree Platter cookie as your centerpiece for this holiday’s family dinner.  It is sure to receive lots of “oohs” and ahs”!

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Getting Ready For Thanksgiving

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Eleanor Pecan Pie

  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell
  • 3 or 4 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • whole pecans for garnish
  • 1 pint cream, whipped, for garnish

Cream 1/3 cup butter with 1 cup brown sugar. Beat in one egg at a time, stir in 1 cup light corn syrup, 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Fill the pie shell with the mixture.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F, and bake the pie in this moderate oven for about 35 to 40 minutes. When the pie is set and has cooled off, decorate the top with pecan halves.  Garnish with whipped cream around the entire edge. The whipped cream may be further trimmed with tiny leaves baked from left-over small pieces of pie crust dough.

Nancy Pumpkin Pecan Pie

  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell
  • 4 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 cups canned or mashed cooked pumpkin
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Flute edge of pie so that it has a high rim to hold filling. Combine all ingredients except pecans in large bowl. Stir until well blended. Pour into pie shell. Top with pecans. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until set. Serve with whipped cream, if desired. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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Getting Ready For Thanksgiving

Date and Walnut Cake

Date and Walnut Cake

  • 7 oz self-raising flour
  • 4 oz soft butter
  • 3 oz chopped dates
  • 1 oz chopped walnuts
  • 3 oz soft light brown sugar
  • 2 medium free-range eggs
  • 5 oz milk

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper. Sift the flour into a large bowl, then rub in the softened butter until breadcrumbs form. Add the dates, walnuts and sugar, and mix well. Beat the eggs and milk together.  Then stir into the flour mixture until well incorporated. Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and cook on the middle shelf of the oven for about 1 ¼ hours.  Or until the cake springs back when lightly touched in the middle. Remove from the oven, then when cool enough to touch, turn the cake out, peel off the greaseproof paper and allow to cool on a wire rack.  Serve in thick slices preferably spread with unsalted butter.

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