- Tart Shells
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 3 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp butter or margarine, melted
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup pecan halves, finely chopped
- Powdered sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F. For tart shells, beat butter and cream cheese in bowl until well blended. Add flour; mix until a soft dough forms.
Using Small Scoop, shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls of dough into ungreased cups of Mini-Muffin Pan. Dip Mini-Tart Shaper in flour; press into dough with even pressure until dough rises slightly above rim of pan.
For filling, place butter in Small Batter Bowl; microwave on HIGH 30 seconds or until melted. Stir in brown sugar, egg and vanilla. Finely chop pecans using Food Chopper; add to batter bowl and mix well.
Using Small Scoop, fill each tart shell with level scoop of filling (do not overfill). Bake 17-20 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from oven; cool in pan 3 minutes. Remove from pan to Stackable Cooling Rack; cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.
My mom grew up in the depression, the youngest of 5 children. She tells stories of working around the house helping my Grandmother, of sleeping on cots on the porch at their camp, ice skating down the Street at the pond and going off flying with her older brother nights after dinner. She tells of playing a game of Monopoly that would go on for days, of war ration coupons and hand me down clothes. The family had deep German roots and a hard work ethic. My grandfather ran a local furniture store with his sisters which was not the most prosperous with a family of five children at home to feed and cloth and you split the earnings with your siblings. I never got to meet my grandfather because he passed away two years before I was born, but I do have a few memories of my grandmother.
I loved going to her house and playing with the milk box outside her side door, or playing underneath the evergreen in the front yard. A few years ago my mom gave me her recipe box with my grandmothers recipes. With our interest in cooking she thought we would enjoy looking at some of the old basic recipes and some of the great German cookies and Christmas treats from her past. I have found that there is little detail and measures like “a pinch” or “dash”. Grandma passed away soon after my 6th birthday, but her memories live on.
The one recipe my mom has talked about for years is her mother’s Lepkuchen. She remembers sitting on the floor with a big wooden bowl between her legs, stirring, and stirring the heavy batter. When I decided to make these cookies for my mom’s 87th birthday, I enlisted my son for the stirring. This is a very heavy batter and makes a ton of cookies. When you do make them you hold off on the frosting until you are almost ready to serve them. Of the two recipes I found one said “will hold for 2 to 3 months un-frosted” and the other said “indefinitely”.
1/2 pint of molasses
1/2 pint of white corn syrup
1lb. Dark brown sugar
1 lb almonds in shell} 3 cups chopped meats (nuts)
1/2 lb Brazil nuts }
1/4 lb citron, chopped
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup brandy
1tablespoon of baking soda, mix in flour
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Allspice
1/4 tsp ground cloves
6 to 7 cups of flour – bake sample cookie to see if more flour is needed. Should not be too porous.
Let dough chill. Take out in small amounts, roll and cut into rectangles or squares.
Dough is very sticky if it warms up. Bake at 350°, about 9 minutes. Very hard when cool, store in large container. Frost with confectionary frosting when needed. The frosting will soften the cookies overnight. The unfrosted cookies will keep up to 3 months.
Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookies – 1970’s recipe
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts
2 (6 ounce) packages semisweet chocolate pieces
Heat oven to 375° degrees.
Mix thoroughly shortening, butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla. Blend in remaining ingredients.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto un-greased baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until light brown. Cool slightly before removing from baking sheet.
NOTE: If using self-rising flour, omit soda and salt.
Inside-Out S’mores Brownies
Chocolate and Coconut Hello Dolly Bars
3 cups finely ground graham crackers (12 ounces)
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup pecan pieces
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chunks
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed mik
1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
Optional: 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (melted) for drizzling at the end
Let’s get baking:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly splash a 10-by-15″ rimmed baking sheet evenly with water, then line with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, stir together graham cracker crumbs, cocoa powder, sugar, and butter until combined. Press evenly onto bottom and up sides of prepared baking sheet. Bake, rotating halfway through, until firm (about 10 minutes). Transfer baking sheet to a wire rack and cool for about 20 minutes.
Sprinkle cooled crust evenly with pecans and chocolate. Pour condensed milk over the top, spreading to cover completely (Do not let it drip over the edges.). Sprinkle with coconut.
Bake until coconut is toasted, 10 to 15 minutes. Place on wire rack and let cool completely.
If desired, drizzle with melted chocolate. Allow to cool and harden.
Trim edges, if needed, and cut into equal-size bars.
Sunday afternoon hubby was itching to make a dessert for dinner that night. He had thought about and oatmeal cranberry bar that we have made before. I believe it was from cooking light about 5 years ago that he first made these. They are very tasty and not too fattening. Perfect way to have something sweet and stay on track for looking good in those shorts and sundresses this summer.
When we stopped at the grocery store he picked up a few of the ingredients that he could remember from the recipe – an orange for orange zest and a quart of whole milk. No substitutions’ in our house when it comes to dairy ingredients. He asked me if we had the dried cranberries at home, which I assured him that we did. Some in the pantry and some down in the basement on the reserve shelves we have for frequently needed items. Even before we left the store he said “are you sure?” Yes, I am positive.
Well, the time came to make the bars and what we were lacking was enough of the quick oats for the recipe. We had rolled oats and we had quick oats, but not enough of each to make them. I started pulling out bins from the pantry and came up with a open bag of white chocolate morsels. There was enough of them to make these delicious cookies.
Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; set aside. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Add flour mixture to butter mixture gradually, beating at low speed until blended. Stir in white chocolate morsels and cranberries.
Drop cookie dough by heaping tablespoonful’s onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned on bottom. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
One of my niece’s decided to host her first annual cookie exchange this past weekend. Each family was to bring a plate or bag of 6 cookies for each participant. End result was coming home with 10 new cookie treats to try. So baking wouldn’t be too bad since there were 11 families represented, 66 cookies were needed. Now the difficult part was finding the time to make them. We had a ball game on Monday and also a meeting, and on Tuesday two ball games, one for each of our kids, to go to after work. We wouldn’t get home until almost 10 p.m. On Wednesday afternoon I left for a two day staff meeting out of town, not returning until late afternoon on Friday. Now, the clincher was that the party was on Friday night! No time for me to bake, so hubby to the rescue! His only request was to make sure I had all the ingredients ready.