Christmas In July

Malted Milk Chocolate Cupcakes

Malted Milk Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1 cup malted milk powder
  • 5 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 ¾ cups whole milk, at room temperature
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Chocolate frosting
  • 24 malted milk balls for garnish

Center an oven rack and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl of a stand mixer, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the malted milk powder and whisk the mixture by hand to ensure that the ingredients are well mixed. Melt the chocolate and butter in a heat resistant bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Once both are melted, remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the oil until the mixture is uniform. Scrape the chocolate mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients, pour in 1 cup of the milk and blend with the paddle attachment on low speed until incorporated, scraping the bottom well to incorporate any dry ingredients patches. Once combined, kick up the mixer to medium-high speed for 1 minute. Stop the mixer and scrape the paddle, sides and bottom of the bowl. Whisk together the remaining ¾ cup of milk, the eggs and the vanilla in a separate bowl and add half this mixture into the batter on low speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the second half of the mixture, blending until well combined. Pour the thin batter into the paper-lined pans, filling the cups to just below the rim. Place the tins in the middle of the oven and bake until the cupcakes are perky and firm on the top, 24 to 26 minutes. Cool the cakes in their tins on a wire rack until they reach room temperature. Once cool, frost the cupcakes with the frosting and place a malted milk ball on top for decoration. These cupcakes are best the day they are made but keep for 3 days in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Frosted Butter CookiesFrosted Butter 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 (optional)
  • Sprinkles, jimmies, sanding sugar (optional)

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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Christmas Grasshopper PieChristmas Grasshopper Pie

Crust:

  • 3 cups Crushed chocolate wafer cookies
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips melted

Grasshopper Filling

  • 1 ¾ cups of whole milk
  • 12 ounces miniature marshmallows or 12 ounces marshmallow crème
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons crème de menthe liqueur
  • 3 tablespoons crème de cacao liqueur
  • 4-5 drops green food coloring

Holiday Marzipan Decorations:

  • ½ cup Marzipan
  • Green, Red and yellow food coloring
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar mixed with a 1 teaspoon water

Toppings:

  • 2 cups whipped cream
  • 8 maraschino cherries
  • Holiday Marzipan Decorations

Crust: Toss the cookies crumbs and the butter in a large bowl until well coated. Butter and flour a 10 inch pie pan. Using your hands, press the crumb mixture onto the bottom and sides of the pan. The bottom, sides and edge of the crust should be ¼ inch thick. Using your fingers, flatten the edge flush with the top of the pan. Freeze for 30 minutes. Spread the melted chocolate over the cold crust and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes to set before using.

Holiday Marzipan Decorations: Color about 1/3 cup marzipan with green food coloring. Pull off a piece of the remaining marzipan, roll it into a ½ inch ball and color it yellow. Color the remaining marzipan red. Divide the green marzipan into 6 equal pieces and roll them into balls. Roll out the red marzipan on a work surface covered with confectioners’ sugar to a thickness of 1/16 inches. Using a cookie cutter or working freehand with a knife, cut out ¾ inch flowers, curl up the edges of the petals. Roll out the yellow marzipan to a thickness of 1/15 inch. Using a plastic coffee stirrer, or working freehand with a knife, cut out 1/8 inch dots. Attach the dots to the flowers and the flowers to the balls with the confectioners’ sugar mixture

Method: Preheat the oven to 325 F. Bake the crust for 7-8 minutes or until the bottom feels crisp. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a rack to cool completely. To make the filling, heat the milk in the top of a double boiler set over simmering water until bubbles appear. Do not allow the milk to boil. Add about one – fourth of the marshmallows and stir until melted. Add the sour cream and stir until thick and creamy. Remove from the heat and stir in the liqueurs and food coloring. Stir until fluffy integrated. Pour the filling into the crust, cover the plastic wrap, and freeze for 2-3 hours, or until firm. Remove from the freezer 30 minutes before serving. Spoon the whipped cream into a pastry bag fitted with a large star shaped tip. Pipe seven mounds of cream in a ring around the border of the pie, just inside the crust, and a large mound in the center. Top each mound with a maraschino cherry. Place the marzipan decorations in between the mounds of cream.

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Mocha Chiffon Cake

 

Mocha Chiffon Cake

 Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 1 ¾ cups cake flour
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 8 large eggs, separated
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. cream of tartar
  • Chocolate-Coffee Buttercream filling
  • Chocolate Fudge Frosting
  • Garnish: chocolate-covered coffee beans

 Stir together first 3 ingredients until blended; cool.

Combine flour and next 3 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add cocoa mixture, egg yolks, oil and vanilla, beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.

Beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Fold into batter. Pour batter into 4 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.

Bake, 2 layers at a time, at 325 degrees F for 17 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool on wire racks covered with plastic wrap or wax paper to prevent layers from adhering to racks.

Spread about ½ cup chocolate-coffee buttercream filling between layers. Frost with chocolate fudge frosting. Garnish, if desired. Store in refrigerator. Yield: 1 (9 inch) layer cake.

 Chocolate-coffee buttercream filling:

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 2 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 2 tsp. coffee liqueur

 Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy.

Microwave whipping cream at Medium until warm (do not boil). Stir together warm cream and coffee granules until dissolved, cool. Add whipping cream mixture and liqueur to butter mixture, beating until smooth. Yield: 1 ¾ cups.

 Chocolate fudge frosting:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk

 Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add cocoa and remaining ingredients, beating until smooth. Yield: 3 ½ cups.

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Christmas In July

Fruitcake Cookies

 

Fruitcake Cookies

 Ingredients:

  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup chopped candied cherries
  • 5 dozen pecan halves (optional)

 Method:

Combine shortening, sugar and egg in a large bowl, stirring well; stir in buttermilk. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; stir into brown sugar mixture. Stir in dates, pecans and cherries; cover and chill 1 hour. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Top each cookie with a pecan half, if desired. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yield: 5 dozen

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