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Bittersweet Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup granulated sugar $
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract $
1 large egg
5.6 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 1/4 cups) $
4.75 ounces whole-wheat flour (about 1 cup)
3/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa (such as Hershey's Special Dark)
1/2 teaspoon salt

Icing:

1 tablespoon water $
1 teaspoon meringue powder
1 tablespoon 2% reduced-fat milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
Preparation

1. To prepare cookies, place the first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and egg; beat until well blended.
2. Weigh or lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flours, cocoa, and salt, stirring with a whisk. Add the flour mixture to sugar mixture; beat at low speed just until flour is incorporated.
3. Place half of dough between two sheets of plastic wrap; roll to a 1/4-inch thickness. Repeat procedure with remaining dough. Place dough (still wrapped in plastic wrap) on a baking sheet. Chill 45 minutes or until firm.
4. Preheat oven to 375°.
5. Cut dough with a 2 1/2- to 3-inch cutter to form 40 cookies (reroll scraps as necessary). Arrange 20 cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (keep remaining cookies chilled). Bake at 375° for 9 minutes or until set. Cool on pan on a wire rack 5 minutes; remove cookies from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Repeat procedure with remaining dough.
6. To prepare icing, combine 1 tablespoon water and meringue powder in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add milk and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. Add powdered sugar, stirring until smooth. Spoon icing into a small zip-top plastic bag. Snip a tiny hole in one bottom corner of bag; pipe designs on cookies.
 

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Cheesecake Pumpkin Pie

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 (9 inch) graham cracker crust or regular pie crust
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground cloves
1 pinch ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Blend in eggs one at a time. Remove 1 cup of batter and spread into bottom of crust; set aside.

Add pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to the remaining batter and stir gently until well blended. Carefully spread over the batter in the crust.

Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is almost set. Allow to cool, then refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Top with whipped cream if desired.
 

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check out these cute cookies!! I'm going to try them this year

Festive Reindeer cookies ~snowflake~ Easy to make.....

All you need is.......... 3/4 cup peanut butter 1 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/2 cup shortening 3 tablespoons milk 1 tablespoon vanilla 1 egg 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon salt Chocolate-covered mini pretzels Mini brown M&Ms Regular-sized red M&Ms Preheat oven to 375°F.




Combine brown sugar, peanut butter, shortening, milk, and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add egg; beat until just blended. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended. Form dough into 1-inch balls. To make reindeer-shaped cookies, pinch the bottom of the ball slightly to form a point, then gently flatten with your hand. Space cookies about 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 7 to 8 minutes, until set or just beginning to brown. Remove from oven and immediately (and gently) press two mini pretzels into the tops of the cookies for the reindeer’s antlers. Press two mini brown M&Ms in for the eyes and one red M&M for the nose (or any other color… some of mine ended up with green noses. They might be South Pole reindeer.). Allow to cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack or paper towel to cool completely. Makes about 40 reindeer cookies. ENJOY!!!
 

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Brownies (So Delicious!)




Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 40 Minutes Servings 10 Difficulty Easy

Ingredients

FOR THE BROWNIE LAYER:

•10 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
•1-¼ cup White Sugar
•¾ cups Cocoa Powder
•½ teaspoons Salt
•2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
•2 whole Eggs
•½ cups Flour

FOR THE COOKIE DOUGH LAYER:

•1 cup Butter
•½ cups Brown Sugar
•1-½ cup White Sugar
•2 whole Eggs
•2-½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract
•2-½ cups Flour
•1 teaspoon Salt
•1 teaspoon Baking Soda
•1 teaspoon Baking Powder
•2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
•1 package Oreo Cookies, 15 Ounce Package


Preparation Instructions

For the brownie layer:

In a medium-sized sauce pan, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the sugar and cocoa powder once the butter is melted. Whisk to combine and remove from heat. Add the salt, vanilla and eggs and continuously whisk until the eggs are combined. Add the flour and continue to mix. Set batter aside.

For the cookie dough layer:

Cream together the butter and sugars using a mixer. Add the eggs and vanilla, making sure to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl. Add the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder and mix on low until everything is incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips. Set dough aside.

For the assembly:

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Line the bottom of a 9×9 baking pan with tin foil and then spray the tin foil with a layer of baking spray.

Layer half of the cookie dough on the bottom of the prepared baking pan, pressing down to form the bottom of the Slutty Brownies. Reserve the remaining cookie dough to be used to make cookies later in the day.

Layer as many Oreos as you can on top of the cookie dough. No need to overlap. One single layer will do.

Pour the brownie batter on top of the Oreo layer and make sure it’s spread evenly on top.

Bake for 30-35 minutes. Test with a knife to see if the center is done. If the knife comes out clean, then remove the pan from the oven and let the brownies rest before serving. If the knife comes out with batter still on it, allow the brownies to bake about 5 minutes more.

Serve with ice cream!

Recipe adapted from The Londoner.
 

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Sinfully Easy Chocolate Eclair Cake:

2 - (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla or french vanilla pudding mix
1 - (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping (cool whip), thawed
3 - cups milk, whole, 2% or skim
1 - (16 ounce) package graham crackers
1 - (16 ounce) tub prepared chocolate cake frosting

Pour the dry pudding mix into a medium size bowl and measure out 3 Cups of milk. Pour into the bowl and whisk the pudding until blended and begins to thicken. If you don't have a whisk a spoon works just as good. add the thawed cool whip and gently fold into the pudding mixture. Arrange a single layer of graham cracker squares in the bottom of a 13x9 inch baking pan. Evenly spread half of the pudding mixture over the crackers.

Top with another layer of graham crackers, then the remaining pudding mixture. Top with a final layer of graham crackers. Now it is time for the frosting. I put my chocolate frosting in the microwave for just a bit on defrost!! don't choose cook or you will have a clumpy mess.

Microwave it for about 20 -30 seconds just to get it nice, smooth and pourable. Pour the frosting over the whole cake and spread it all around up to the edges of the pan. Chill cake for 6-12 hours and then serve. You want it to be soft just like a true eclair.


 

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Hobo pies-Great for camping!!

Made using bread and your choice of filling, hobo pies are quick, cheap, easy, fun, and very adaptable to everyone's needs! Hobo Pie irons are available at camping or outdoors



Original recipe makes 1 Hobo

2 (1 ounce) slices white bread
1 tablespoon butter, softened
3 tablespoons apple pie filling

Directions

Spray a hobo pie toaster with nonstick cooking spray. Evenly spread one side of each slice of bread with softened butter. Lay a slice of bread, butter side down, into the toaster. Spoon on pie filling, and top with second slice of bread, butter side up.
Close up toaster, and cook over a hot campfire, turning occasionally, until the pie is hot and golden brown, about 4 minutes
 

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White Chocolate Drizzled Almond Bars






RECIPE INGREDIENTS

1 cup butter

3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup almond paste or almond pastry filling
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour

2 1/2 ounces sliced almonds
1 egg white
2 oz. white chocolate, melted
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DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F .


2. Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl, beating until light and fluffy. Add 1 egg, almond paste, and flavoring; beat until well blended. Stir in flour.


3. Spread mixture in a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan.


4. Beat egg white (at room temperature) until foamy; brush over entire surface of dough, and sprinkle with almonds.


5. Bake for 35 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely. Drizzle the melted white chocolate over the cooled bars. Allow the white chocolate to set. Slice into squares and then on the diagonal, if desired.
 

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Heathly Choice-Mango Yogurt Pops





Ingredients

1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup peach nectar or apricot nectar
2 6 - 8 ounces cartons vanilla or peach fat-free yogurt with sweetener
1/3 26 ounce jar refrigerated mango slices, drained, or one 8-ounce can peach slices, drained

Directions
1.
In a small saucepan combine the unflavored gelatin and peach or apricot nectar. Let stand for 5 minutes. Cook and stir over medium heat until gelatin is dissolved.
2.
In a blender container combine gelatin mixture, yogurt, and drained mango or peach slices. Cover and blend until smooth. Spoon mixture into eight 3-ounce paper cups. Cover each cup with foil. Cut a small slit in the center of each foil cover and insert a rounded wooden stick into each. Freeze pops for 4 to 6 hours or until firm.
3.
To serve, remove the foil and tear paper cups away from pops. Makes 8 pops.
 

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Fruit Kabobs



Ingredients

8 wooden skewers
1/2 cup apple jelly
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 of a medium fresh pineapple, peeled and cored (about 9 ounces)
2 cups large fresh strawberries
1 nectarine, seeded and cut into wedges
1/2 of a 10-ounce loaf frozen pound cake, cut into 1-1/2-inch cubes
8 small firm kiwi fruit, peeled and cut in half crosswise


Directions
1.
Soak wooden skewers in water for 1 hour. In grill with cover, have an adult arrange preheated coals around drip pan for indirect grilling.
2.
For sauce, combine apple jelly, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat; set aside.
3.
Cut pineapple into 1-1/2-inch pieces. Thread pineapple, strawberries, nectarine wedges, and cake cubes alternately onto skewers, placing kiwi halves on each end. Leave a little space (about 1/4 inch) between each piece so heat can go all around. Transfer kabobs to a baking sheet or tray so you can carry them easily to the grill.
4.
Place kabobs on grill rack over drip pan.
5.
Cover grill. Grill kabobs 2 minutes. Carefully turn skewers over. Use oven mitts to protect hands.
6.
Use a long-handled brush to slather some of the sauce over kabobs. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes more or until heated through. Turn. Brush with sauce. Remove kabobs from grill.
 

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Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches




Ingredients


1/2 pint strawberry ice cream, slightly softened

16 small crisp cookies (such as Pepperidge Farms Bordeaux, gingersnaps, or shortbread)



Directions
  1. Sandwich the ice cream between the cookies. Serve immediately or freeze, covered, for up to 3 days.



 

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I came across this cookie recipe and it looks sooooo good, I have to try it!


 

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APPLE CAKE with CARAMEL SAUCE




5 large Granny Smith apples
½ cup butter (room temperature)
2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

Peel, core and dice the apples (about pea size...I use the food processor), set aside. With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg; beat in vanilla.

Add flour, spices, salt and baking soda to the butter mixture. The batter will be very thick (almost like a cookie batter). Stir in the apples (the moisture from the apples will loosen up the batter).

Spread the batter into a greased 9" x 13" baking dish (I like to use glass) and bake at 350 for 40 to 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and springs back when lightly touched (my electric oven takes 45 minutes).

Lara's original recipe just said to serve the sauce (recipe below) with the cake, however, I decided to do it a little differently: I removed the cake from oven and let it cool for 15 minutes, then I poked small holes, about every 2", over the entire cake (make sure the holes go deep enough to touch the bottom of the cake pan). NOTE: I used my skinniest meat thermometer to make the small holes. Pour the hot caramel topping over the surface of the cake (it will disappear down into the holes).


EASY CARAMEL TOPPING

In a sauce pan with a heavy bottom, mix ¼ cup butter and ½ cup brown sugar. Cook over medium heat until the butter is melted completely. Slowly add ½ cup heavy cream (careful it will splatter at first) whisking while you add it. Bring this mixture to a LOW boil. Boil and stir for 3 minutes. Pour hot topping over warm cake. Let cake cool before serving
 

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Moravian Christmas Cookies




Ingredients

1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup butter (no substitutes), melted
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

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Directions
1.
Stir together molasses and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Stir in melted butter. Stir in flour, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, cloves, pepper, mustard, and allspice until well combined. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours or until easy to handle.
2.
Roll each portion of dough on a lightly floured surface until 1/16 inch thick. Cut with a floured 2-inch scalloped round cutter. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 5 to 6 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to wire racks to cool. Makes about 66.
 

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I gotta post these everyone Christmas, I did make them last year with my grandkids :)

Festive Reindeer cookies ~snowflake~ Easy to make.....

All you need is.......... 3/4 cup peanut butter 1 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/2 cup shortening 3 tablespoons milk 1 tablespoon vanilla 1 egg 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon salt Chocolate-covered mini pretzels Mini brown M&Ms Regular-sized red M&Ms Preheat oven to 375°F.




Combine brown sugar, peanut butter, shortening, milk, and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add egg; beat until just blended. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended. Form dough into 1-inch balls. To make reindeer-shaped cookies, pinch the bottom of the ball slightly to form a point, then gently flatten with your hand. Space cookies about 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 7 to 8 minutes, until set or just beginning to brown. Remove from oven and immediately (and gently) press two mini pretzels into the tops of the cookies for the reindeer’s antlers. Press two mini brown M&Ms in for the eyes and one red M&M for the nose (or any other color… some of mine ended up with green noses. They might be South Pole reindeer.). Allow to cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack or paper towel to cool completely. Makes about 40 reindeer cookies. ENJOY!!!
 

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