Tag Archives: vanilla

Salted Milk Dud Oatmeal cookies

21 Jul

Salted Milk Dud caramel oatmeal cookies

Butter Yum is another website I follow and their stuff is fabulous.

This is their basic recipe with two or three things changed.

Two sticks of softened unsalted butter. Do not use margarine.

1 1/2 cups light or dark brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

3 cups rolled old fashion oats

2 five ounce boxes of Milk Duds sliced into four small pieces

10 caramels sliced into four small pieces

One box of mini rolos or pom poms for the top of each cookie.

You can use any chocolate covered caramel you like.

Kosher or sea salt to sprinkle on top of each cookie

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Mix the butter and sugar until it is smooth and fluffy

Add the eggs and vanilla

Mix till all is smooth

Add the flour, salt and baking powder

Mix well

Mix in the caramels,  milk duds and the oatmeal

Use either parchment paper or a silpac or else you will never get these cookies off the pan.

Take a rounded teaspoon  of the dough and roll into a ball

Place it in the pan

Flatten it just a little

Add the rolo in the middle of the cookie and sprinkle with the salt.

Place only eight to ten cookies  on each pan because they spread.

I baked my cookies at 350 degrees for 13 minutes and they were perfect.

Do not over cook them.

I am embarrassed to admit that I made two batches in two days.





Short Bread Cookies

15 Jun

short bread cookies

This is a recipe from my Moms friend who was Scottish.

It is the real thing.

She used to make a big circle and then break it apart but I prefer the cookies.

I am too much of a slob to deal with so many crumbs.

One cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup sugar

2 cups sifted flour

1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream the butter then add the sugar, then flour, then the vanilla

It is a soft dough so you need more flour to roll the cookies

Roll into one inch balls

Roll each ball into a rope about 3 inches long.

Try to make them all the same width and length

Trim the edges to make them look nice and neat.

Place them on parchment paper in a cookie sheet

Bake 350 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes

Watch them because they burn quickly

Decorate with powdered sugar or chocolate.

Keep in an airtight container.

This is a very buttery delicate cookie

I usually make them for the holidays, a party but never bring them to the beach.

Non Dairy Birthday Cake

18 Mar

Non Dairy Birthday Cake

My grandson developed a milk allergy so what do we do for birthday cake?

I took my reading glasses and went to the supermarket and read every box of cake and frosting.

I found Price Chopper vanilla cake mix, Price Chopper chocolate fudge and vanilla frosting.

I am ready to get baking.

Then my grandson wanted a green lego star war cake.

Thank God my sister, Janet, has more imagination than me.

She found these lego boxes that we used as a base.

I baked two 9×12 cakes and used the chocolate frosting as a filling.

Then we put food coloring in the vanilla frosting and made it green.

Frosted the entire cake and then decorated it with legos, star war figures and lego candles.

My grandsons name was written in string candy.

He loved the cake and that was the best compliment I could ever get.


Date-Nut Bread

16 Feb

Date Nut Bread

This is the closest recipe I’ve found to make me think of  my childhood.

My Mom used to make date-nut and cream cheese sandwiches for a special treat.

I have never been able to duplicate the dense bread but this is a close second.

It is the King Arthur Flour recipe and it is so easy.

2 cups chopped dates

4 tablespoons softened butter

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup hot coffee

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon vodka, brandy or amaretto

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 3/4 cups all purpose unbleached King Arthur flour

1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Lightly grease a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 loaf pan

Mix dates, butter, baking soda, salt and brown sugar together.

Pour in the hot coffee and mix to combine.

Let cool for 15 minutes

Add the egg, vanilla, liquor, baking powder and flour.

Beat till smooth.

Stir in the walnuts

Pour the batter in the pan and gently tap the pan to settle the batter.

Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, tent the loaf gently with foil after 30 minutes to prevent over browning.

Remove the bread from the oven and test with a toothpick to see if the center is clean.

After ten minutes, turn the bread out onto a cooling rack

Cool completely before slicing

Wrap airtight and store at room temperature or freeze.

I slice it thin and put cream cheese on each side and make a fabulous sandwich.

This is great for a brunch, lunch or a very fattening treat.

These sandwiches are irrestible.

I will regret finding this recipe in June when I look like a big fat sandwich on the beach.

But I to am irrestible. Ha Ha.


5 Jan

pizzelles pizzelles pizzelles

This is a crispy Italian cookies that is made on holidays and special occasions.

I can never make enough.

Every family makes them a little different and mine are different from my Moms.

She used anise extract and I use a lot of vanilla.

It is an easy recipe but you do need a pizzelle machine. They can be purchased at any cooking store.

3 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup butter

3/4 to one cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 teaspoon vanilla

Mix everything together till you have a nice smooth batter.

Heat the grill and season it with some oil on a paper towel.

Place one teaspoon to one tablespoon of batter in the center of each pizzelle form depending on the size of the pizzelle machine.

Close the lid and press tightly for a thin cookie.

Cook about 45 to 60 seconds till they are light brown.

Remove with a fork and place on a wire rack.

They can be rolled into a cone while they are hot if you want to fill them.

I keep them flat and sprinkle them with powdered sugar.

Store in airtight containers .

You can use lemon, orange or anise extract. You can also use cocoa to make them a delicious chocolate flavor.

These cookies are so good and worth the price of the pizzelle press.