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Shortbread Squares

8 Feb

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This is another shortbread recipe that I love because it is two bites and I don’t have to melt chocolate.

1 cup unsalted butter

2/3 cup sifted powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract

1/2 cup sifted corn starch

1 1/2 cups sifted flour

One cup chocolate chips or more

Beat the butter till fluffy

Add the sugar and beat till smooth

Add the flour, vanilla and corn starch

Beat until a nice dough forms

Roll out in between two pieces of plastic wrap about 1/4 inch thick

Try to roll it out to a square or rectangle

Place in the refrigerator until the dough is firm.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees

Line the cookie sheet with a silpac

Remove the dough from the refrigerator

Cut the dough into one inch by one inch squares

Place them on the pan

Decorate each with the chocolate chips.

I used four chips but made some with one chip and both looked great.

Bake until the cookies are light brown on the bottom about 15 to 18 minutes

Do not stack the cookies until the chips are hard again

Great pick up cookie.

If you have any leftovers, keep in a air tight jar or freezer

I tried the new vanilla chips, not the white chocolate, and they are good but they do discolor when they are baked.

The dark chocolate chips are my favorite

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Fried Apples

5 Feb

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Go in your fruit draw and take all your touched and spotted apples out.

Wash them

This is for about five apples

Slice and core them

I like the skin left on but feel free to peel the apples

Melt one tablespoon of butter

Add the apples

Stir fry for two minutes

Add one tablespoon of brown sugar

One teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Stir fry till the apples are almost soft.

You can add raisins if you like

Top off with whipped cream

You can also make this with pears

Fancy Cream Cheese and Bread

4 Jan

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When I was growing up, cream cheese and jelly sandwiches were a treat.

My Mom would have all different flavors of jelly and all different kinds of bread and crackers.

This was not fancy but it was delicious.

Now, I decided to make it as a special treat.

Two slices of whatever bread you like.

I use soft potato bread

I love strawberry cream cheese

Blueberries

Banana

Honey

Spread as much as you want of the cream cheese on the bread

Slice the banana

Add the blueberries

Drizzle the honey

Great way to get your children to eat fruit.

 

 

Hot Chocolate

12 Nov

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2 heaping teaspoons pure cocoa

1/2 cup boiling water

3/4 cup hot milk

1 teaspoons honey

Mix the cocoa and water together till smooth

Add the hot milk and honey

I like this heated in the microwave to make it pipping hot.

Add whipped cream or marshmallows

 

Wine Biscuits

5 Nov

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This is such an Italian biscuit in my house.

Every neighbor has a slightly different recipe.

This is my Moms recipe and I love it but I did change the wine.

One cup oil

One cup of a sweet red wine. My Mom would use whatever red wine she had on hand but I like the taste of the sweet red wine.

One cup of sugar

3 heaping tablespoons of baking powder

One teaspoon salt

4 cups all purpose flour

Mix everything together and kneed till the dough is soft.

Roll into long ropes on a floured surface.

I make my biscuits into hearts but you can make circles or sticks.

One egg beaten very well.

Place on a silpac and brush with the beaten egg  just to give the biscuits a nice glaze.

Place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes then keep cooking in the oven till they are golden brown. This usually takes maybe a couple of minutes more.

Always look on the bottom of the biscuit to see if it is a good color.

Cool and place in a airtight container.

Serve with your best pot of tea or coffee.

 

Dairy Free Brownie Cookies

4 Sep

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I found another recipe for my grandchild who is allergic to dairy.

I’m so happy because he loves chocolate.

3 cups powdered sugar

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt. Only use kosher salt or else it will be too salty.

2 egg whites

One whole egg

8 ounces of dairy free chocolate morsels

Sift the sugar, cocoa and salt together.

Set aside.

Beat the egg whites until they are whiter but not stiff.

Add the whole egg and mix  into the whites

Add the dry ingredients and mix well.

It forms a pretty, silky chocolate batter.

Add the chips and fold them into the batter.

Drop one full tablespoon on a baking pan coated with parchment paper or a Silpak.

Place the cookies at least two inches apart.

Bake at 350 degrees for 14 minutes.

I did not grease the baking pan but when I made my second batch I did spray the silpak just a little.

These cookies only have the fat from the dairy free chips so they do stick a little.

Wait till they are cool before removing them from the pan.

The cookie is chewy and delicious.

 

Cherry Pie with Fresh Cherries

9 Aug

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The cherries have been great and on sale so of course I over bought…

I pulled out my trusty cherry pitter and decided to be thrifty.

After I pitted the cherries, I could have frozen them but I decided to make a pie.

6 cups of cherries

1 1/2 cups white sugar

2 teaspoons lemon juice

4 teaspoons corn starch mixed with 4 teaspoons water to make a slurry

Put the cherries, sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan.

Mix everything together on medium high heat

Keep stirring until all the sugar is melted and the cherries are coated.

Taste to see if you want more sugar and add maybe 1/2 cup more if you like.

Bring to a boil and slowly add the cornstarch mixture.

Keep stirring until the liquid starts to thicken.

Take off the heat

Preheat the oven to 350degrees

Bake a single pie crust to a light brown in a deep dish pie plate.

Mix one pound of cream cheese with one cup of powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla.

Beat till fluffy

Put it into the pie shell

Top with the cherries

This will thicken up as it sets.

Serve with whipped cream.

This is fabulous with strawberries, blueberries, peaches or any other fruit in season.

I actually put some strawberries and blueberries in with the cherries.