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Black and White Cookies

13 Sep

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I grew up eating black and white cookies in Brooklyn, New York.

They were always a special treat and I would eat the vanilla side first then eat the chocolate side.

Now I do the same thing. You would think I was eight years old again.

After a lot of trial and error this is the best cookie around.

It is a take off from Zabras but printed  by Smitten kitchen.

1 3/4 cup white sugar

1 cup unsalted butter

4 large eggs

1 1/2 cups milk

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon lemon extract

2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour

2 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Frosting

4 cups sifted confectioners sugar

1/4 to 1/3 cup  boiling water

3 ounces unsweetened or bittersweet chocolate

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon light corn syrup

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

Spray two baking sheets and cover with parchment paper.

Mix the sugar and butter till it is light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time

Add the vanilla and lemon extract

All the baking powder and salt

Start adding the flour a little at a time till it is all incorporated.

These cookies do grow and I like them on the smaller side so I use two tablespoons of the batter for every cookie but make sure you leave about two inches between each cookies. You can make bigger cookies or smaller depending on what you like.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes but start checking at 14 minutes because they burn quickly.

Try to get a nice golden brown bottom.

Repeat till all the batter is finished and let everything cool on a wire rack.

Making the frosting is so easy but start with 1/4 cup of boiling water till you can  have a nice thick dripping consistency. You should be able to pour the frosting on the cookie not spread it like you would frost a cake.

Fill your double boiler with water over a simmering heat.

Mix the 4 cups of sifted confectioners sugar with the 1/4 cup of hot water and add the vanilla.

Mix till it is smooth.

Add the corn syrup and this will give the frosting a nice gloss.

Remember not to add too much water or else it will be too drippy.

Frost half the cookie on the flat side of the cookie.

Melt the chocolate and cocoa together in the remaining frosting over a double boiler.

If the frosting gets too thick, you may need just a teaspoon or two more of hot water.

Frost the remaining half of the cookie

Let them air dry for at least 30 minutes

Keep in an air tight container.

Try not to stack them because you dont want cake crumbs on the frosting.

They look so pretty

If you are going to freeze this cookie do not frost them. The chocolate frosting gets cloudy when they are frozen. The taste is there but the aren’t as pretty.

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Betty Crocker Blue Raspberry cupcakes

10 Aug

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I had a Betty Crocker blue raspberry cake mix that I thought my grandchildren would like because it was blue. But, I couldn’t use it because it contained milk.

So I had to make it into an adult snack.

Make the mix according to the box directions except DO NOT USE THE WATER.

Instead I used a container of berry yogurt that was almost expired.

Mix 2 tablespoons of flour with 2 cups of mixed berries.

I used a lot of blueberries, some blackberries and just a few raspberries.

After the batter is mixed fold in the berries.

Line a jumbo muffin pan with oversize paper liners and put two full tablespoon into each cup.

Do not use more than that .

If you want to make 12 cakes use a little less in each cup.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

Start checking after 28 minutes.

My first batch took 33 minutes and my second batch took 30 minutes.

Cool.

I just put more berries on the top instead of frosting.

This is a pretty good portioned snack instead of a big cake.

Chocolate Caramel Cookies

8 Aug

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Sometimes it doesn’t pay to bake from scratch.

This is one of those times.

Go to your nearest Stop and Shop and buy as many packages of the cookie mix as you can.

It is in the refrigerator section.

Follow and directions and hope you have enough for the next day.

Thank you Stop and Shop and please don’t discontinue these.

Ninja Turtle Cookies

11 Jul

Betty Crocker has done it again.

She makes a non dairy cookie mix.

My grandson went crazy over this plain sugar cookie.

Just follow the directions on the box.

From start to finish including baking it took maybe 3o minutes .

These cookies are so cute.

Enjoy.

Tres Leches Cake

16 May

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My daughter needed a cake to bring to a school dinner.

She asked me to make this.

I will kvell forever because she is graduating from medical school.

I got carried away putting the fruit on the top but you arrange the fruit any way you want.

One 9 by 13 baking pan

One Duncan Hines yellow cake mix

One can of sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)

One can of evaporated milk (12 ounces)

One cup whole milk

One pint whipping cream

2 tablespoons powdered sugar or a little more but don’t make the cream too sweet because the cake is sweet.

One teaspoon vanilla

2 pounds blueberries

One large box of strawberries

Make the cake according to the box directions

Take the cake out of the oven

While the cake is still warm poke holes in the cake with the back of a wooden spoon.

Do not poke all the way to the bottom of the cake

Mix the condensed milk, evaporated milk and whole milk together.

Pour slowly into the holes of the cake and keep on pouring till all the liquid is finished.

Its fine if it spills onto the entire cake because the milk is going to get absorbed into the cake.

Let the cake cool, cover it and refrigerate  for a couple of hours.

Whip the cream, vanilla and powdered sugar till soft peaks form.

Take all the whipped cream and put it on top of the cake.

Smooth out

Add the fruit

You can use whatever fruit you like but make sure it is washed and dried well.

I love raspberries and blackberries.

Cover again and keep refrigerated.

Cut into 2 by 2 pieces because it is very rich.

My children love it.

 

 

Latte

19 Apr

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Okay I am taking the easy way out.

BUT………

International Delight just put this stuff on the market shelves and I had to try it.

Plus I had a coupon.

I love latte but usually to cheap to buy one.

Now I can make my own and I did.

Make your favorite cup of coffee.

Get a can of International Delight Latte.

Shake it and spray it into the cup of coffee.

Thats it.

Enjoy.

Coconut Shortbread Cookies

6 Mar

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This is such an easy recipe but it only makes about 25 cookies and they disappear fast.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Put a silpat on your baking sheet.

2 cups  all purpose sifted flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted soft butter

3/4 cup superfine sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon coconut extract

Icing

One cup  sifted powdered sugar

One tablespoon coconut flavored coffee creamer to start then add one teaspoon at a time to make a creamy frosting

Cream the butter till it is creamy and pale yellow

Add the sugar and mix till fluffy

Add the egg and coconut extract and mix well

Add the flour, salt and baking powder 1/4 cup at a time

Mix well

Take a teaspoon full of batter and roll into a ball.

I made mine smaller than a golf ball.

Take a glass and press the dough flat to about a 1/4 inch thickness.

You should have these pretty looking discs.

Bake for only 8 minutes.

Keep them on the baking pan for about ten minutes after they come out of the oven.

They should be pretty cool and then frost them with the icing.

Make the icing just before you are going to frost the cookies or else it will start to get hard.

Let the frosting dry well before layering the cookies.

Store in an airtight container in a cool place.

They freeze well.

Thank you Pinterest