National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Chocolate Chip Cordial Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cordial Cookies

 Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg. chocolate chip cookie mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 1 1/3 cups chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup chopped red candied cherries
  • 1/3 cup flaked coconut
  • Pecan halves, for garnish
  • Red or green candied cherry halves, for garnish

 Chocolate Glaze:

  • 1 ½ squares (1 ½ oz.) semi-sweet chocolate
  • 3 tbsp. butter or margarine

 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place 1 ¾ inch paper liners in 28 mini-muffin cups. For cookies: combine cookie mix, egg, oil and water in large bowl. Stir until thoroughly blended. Stir in chopped pecans, chopped cherries and coconut. Fill cups with cookie dough. Top with pecan or cherry halves. Bake at 375 degrees F for 13 or 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely. For chocolate glaze: melt chocolate and butter in small bowl over hot water. Stir until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Refrigerate until chocolate is firm. Store in airtight containers.

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Chocolate Banana Cake

Chocolate Banana Cake

Ingredients:

  • 9 tablespoons (1 stick plus 1 tablespoon) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice plus enough milk to equal ½ cup liquid
  • 1 cup bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup cocoa, sifted
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

 In a bowl, cream the butter or margarine with the sugar. Beat in the eggs, then the lemon-milk mixture and bananas. In another bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. Beat into the banana mixture. Turn the batter into a greased and flowered 8 x 10 inch pan. Bake the cake in a 350 degrees F oven for 35 minutes, or until it tests done with a toothpick. Transfer to a rack to cool.

Yield: 10 servings

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Great Anniversary Cake

All Occasion Number Cake

All-Occasion Number Cake

  • 1 package cake mix (any flavor)
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • ¼ cup all vegetable shortening
  • ¼ cup hot water, divided
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 container (16 ounces) vanilla frosting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 13x9x2-inch pan. Prepare, bake and cool cake following package directions for basic recipe. Remove from pan. Freeze cake for ease in handling. To make numbers, trim ¼ to ½ inch from edges of frozen cake. Cut cake into equal portions. Cut each cake portion into desired number using sharp knife. Follow number chart below as guide. For chocolate frosting, combine confectioners’ sugar, cocoa and shortening in large bowl. Add 2 tablespoons hot water and beat until smooth. Add corn syrup, vanilla extract and remaining 2 tablespoons hot water. Beat until smooth and creamy. Add more confectioners’ sugar to thicken or water to thin frosting as needed. Spread chocolate frosting on top and sides of cake. Place star tip in decorating bag. Fill with Vanilla frosting. Decorate as desired.

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Blueberry Orange Streusel Cake

Blueberry Orange Streusel Cake

Ingredients:

  • Oil or melted butter, for greasing
  • 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • Generous ¾ cup superfine sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Finely grated rind of ½ orange
  • ½ cup ground almonds
  • Generous 1 cup fresh blueberries

 Topping:

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp. superfine sugar
  • Finely grated rind of ½ orange

 Method

Preheat the oven to 325 degree F. Grease and line the bottom of 9-inch round springform cake pan. For the topping, put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix with a fork to make a crumbly mixture. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl and add the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract. Beat well until the mixture is smooth, then add the orange rind, ground almonds, and half the blueberries. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan, smooth level with spatula, and sprinkle with the remaining blueberries. Spread the crumble topping evenly over the top, covering completely. Bake in the preheated oven for 1-1 ¼ hours, or until risen, firm and golden brown. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove the sides of the pan and finish cooling on a wire rack.

Serves 8-10

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Apple Nut Pound Cake

Apple Nut Pound Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg. yellow cake mix
  • 1 pkg. (4 serving size) vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup apple sauce
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup oil
  • ¼ cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • Confectioners’ sugar

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 10 inch bundt pan. Combine cake mix, pudding mix and cinnamon in large bowl. Add remaining ingredients except confectioners’ sugar; stir with wooden spoon until well blended. Pour into pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 25 minutes. Invert onto serving plate. Cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar.

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Celebrating Pig in a Blanket Day

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Pigs In A Blanket

 Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 oz.) package of crescent rolls
  • 20 mini hot dogs or cocktail franks
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • Poppy and sesame seeds

 Tangy Dipping Sauce:

  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. whole grain mustard

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut each triangle of crescent roll dough into thirds lengthwise – making 3 small strips from each roll. Put the mini hot dogs on one end of the dough and roll up. Arrange them, seam side down, on a greased cookie sheet. Brush with egg and sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds. Bake until golden brown about 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm with dipping sauce.

Dipping Sauce:

Mix all ingredients together. Store in container with a cover. Refrigerate until serving. May be prepared a day ahead.

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Count Down To Easter

Sponge Cake Diamonds

Sponge Cake Diamonds

 Cake

  • 1 pkg. Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup cherry preserves, warmed

 Topping

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • Slivered almonds

 Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 13X9-inch pan; line with waxed paper and grease again. In large bowl, combine cake mix, water, oil, almond extract and eggs at low speed until moistened; beat 2 minutes at highest speed. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; carefully remove cake from pan. Remove waxed paper from cake; cool cake completely. Slice cake in half horizontally to make 2 layers. Spread bottom layer evenly with preserves; place remaining layer on top. Cut cake into diamonds. In small bowl, beat whipping cream until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar and almond extract; beat until stiff peaks form. Carefully frost tops of cake diamonds with whipped cream mixture. Garnish with slivered almonds. 24 cake diamonds.

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Count Down To Easter

Fruit-Filled Ring Cake

Fruit-Filled Ring Cake

Cake

  • 1 pkg. Lemon Cake Mix
  • 3-oz pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel

Filling

  • 1 ½ cups cold milk
  • 3 ½ oz. pkg. instant lemon pudding and pie filling mix
  • ½ cup whipping cream, whipped
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 2 cups fresh summer fruits, cut up

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 12 –cup fluted tube pan. In large bowl, combine all cake ingredients at low speed until moistened; beat 2 minutes at highest speed. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool upright in pan 20 minutes; invert onto wire rack. Cool completely. Using sharp knife, remove ½ inch thick slice from top of cake; set slice aside. Using spoon, hollow out center of cake, leaving ½ inch of cake at bottom and sides. Place on serving plate. Spread the cream and fruit in the hollow in that bottom of the cake and place the top of the cake back on, and spread on top with the remaining filling, and decorate with fruit. Refrigerated before serving.

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Count Down To Easter

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Big Cheek Bunny Cake

  • 1 Package (18 ¼ ounces) cake mix (any flavor), plus ingredients to prepare mix
  • Fluffy White Frosting (recipe follows)
  • 2 cups shredded coconut, tinted pink
  • 2 purchased coconut-covered cupcakes
  • Red string licorice
  • Assorted candies
  • 1 (15 X 10-inch) cake board, covered, or large tray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8- or 9 –inch round baking pans. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpicks inserted into centers come out clean. Let cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans to racks; cool completely. Prepare Fluffy White Frosting. Cut out cake pieces from 1 cake round as shown below. Position cakes on prepared cake board. Connect pieces with small amount of frosting. Frost cake with remaining frosting; sprinkle with coconut. Decorate with cupcakes, licorice and candies as shown in photo or as desired.

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Fluffy White Frosting: Combine 1 (16-ounce) container vanilla frosting and ¾ cup marshmallow crème in medium bowl; mix well. Makes about 2 cups frosting.

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Count Down To Easter

Eclectic Egg Cookies

Eclectic Egg Cookies

 Cookies:

  • 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 ½ sticks (1/2 pound plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoons almond extract
  • ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ¾ cups all- purpose flour

 Frosting:

  • 4 large pasteurized egg whites
  • ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoons almond extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 to 6 teaspoons milk, if needed
  • Food coloring gel – spring colors
  • Desired decorations

 For the cookies: In a large bowl, with electric mixer at high speed, beat the powdered sugar, butter egg yolks, salt almond extract, and vanilla extract until smooth. Add the flour and beat on low speed until large clumps of dough form. The dough will look too dry at first, so be patient. Pour the dough clumps onto a large sheet of plastic wrap. Gather into a ball & flatten into a disk. Cover with a second sheet of plastic wrap and roll to 1/8 inch thickness. It will be a very large piece of dough. Slide onto a rimmed baking sheet to keep the dough flat and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours and up to overnight. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Discard the plastic wrap. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface. Stamp out cookies with cutters of your choice. Simple shapes with clean edges work best. Arrange the cookies on the lined baking sheet, spacing them about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden brown on the edges, 12-15 minutes, depending on size. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet.

For the frosting: In a large glass or metal bowl, with electric mixer at low speed, beat the egg whites until frothy. Beat in the vanilla and almond extract. With the mixer running, add the powder sugar 1 cup at a time. Beat on low speed until smooth Increase the speed to high and beat until still, shiny peaks form, 5 to 7 minutes. Decorate the cookies as desired.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies depending on size & shape

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