Apr 292016
 

I lost my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe, so I thought I’d give these a try. They don’t taste like I remember, but they’re very good. There’s something different about them though. I wish I could find my favorite recipe to compare.

I don’t know why, but they actually taste better when flattened. I tried them both ways thinking that not flattening them might make them softer. Flattened, they were just as soft, but somehow tasted better. Weird.

I added chocolate chips to some and meant to smooth them out to make a frosting, but I forgot. Oops.

Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies
Yields 36
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Cook Time
8 min
Cook Time
8 min
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  2. 1/2 cup shortening
  3. 1 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  4. 3 Tablespoons milk
  5. 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  8. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  9. 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375.
  2. Combine peanut butter, shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add egg and beat until just blended.
  3. Combine flour, salt and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix until just blended.
  4. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly in crisscross pattern with tines of fork.
  5. Bake at 375 for 7 to 8 minutes or until set and just beginning to brown. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet before removing.
Notes
  1. Shape into 1 1/2 inch balls and roll in chopped peanuts. Press center with teaspoon. Top with 8 chocolate chips. Bake 7 to 8 minutes. Smooth melted chocolate chips with spoon to make Irresistible Peanutty Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies.
  2. Stir in M&M’s and decorate top with more M&M’s to make Irresistible M&M Peanut Butter Cookies.
  3. Shape into 1 1/2 inch balls and roll in chopped peanuts. Press center with teaspoon. Bake 7 to 8 minutes. Press mini peanut butter cup into depression to make Irresistible Peanut Butter Treasures.
  4. Stir in 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1/2 cup peanut butter chips or 1 cup chocolate chips. Decorate top with more chips to make Irresistible Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies.
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May 012015
 

My husband doesn’t care for oatmeal cookies, but he likes these. I don’t know if it’s the chocolate chips or the added flavor from the brown sugar, but I was shocked when he ate more than one! I found a way to get him to eat oats!

Now I just need to find a way to get him to eat bell peppers and celery. Then… I will feel accomplished. Somehow, I don’t think the celery is ever going to happen though. 

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1/2 cup shortening
  7. 1 egg
  8. 2 Tablespoons milk
  9. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  10. 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
  11. 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  12. 1/2 to 1 cup raisins (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Stir together flour, sugar, brown sugar, salt and baking soda.
  3. Add shortening, egg, milk and vanilla. Stir until well mixed.
  4. Mix in oats, chocolate chips and raisins if desired.
  5. Drop dough two inches apart onto greased cookie sheet using a teaspoon.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes.
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Apr 172015
 

I don’t care for chewy pralines and these turned out perfect. Now I just need to find a recipe for divinity that isn’t chewy. If anyone has one, please please please send it my way. I remember loving divinity as a kid, but it wasn’t chewy. The chewy divinity just isn’t the same.

My mother’s recipe calls for half and half instead of milk. Sounds even creamier so I’m planning on trying it with half and half next time.

I can’t wait to make these again!

Pralines
Yields 18
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups packed brown sugar
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 1/4 cups milk
  4. 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  5. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  7. 2 cups pecan halves
Instructions
  1. Heat brown sugar, sugar, milk, corn syrup and salt to boiling, stirring constantly.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and cook, without stirring, to 236 degrees. Test with candy thermometer. Should form soft ball when dropped into very cold water that flattens when removed from the water.
  3. Cool without stirring about 1 hour or until pan is cool to the touch.
  4. Add vanilla and pecans. Beat until mixture is slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
  5. Drop mixture by spoonfuls onto waxed or parchment paper. Try to divide pecans equally.
  6. Let stand uncovered 12 to 18 hours or until pralines are firm.
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Mar 162015
 

Good served warm or cooled or cold. Rich flavor and great with ice cream. I had a hard time sharing! 

Not everyone likes nuts, so I covered half with chopped pecans instead of mixing them in and it was good both ways.

Although I made these around Christmas, the deep golden color reminded me of autumn. I think I’m going to have to make some again in the fall.

Butterscotch Brownies
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Cook Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup shortening
  2. 1 cup packed brown sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  4. 1 large egg
  5. 3/4 cup flour
  6. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease 8×8 pan with shortening.
  3. Melt shortening over low heat and remove from burner. Stir in brown sugar, vanilla and egg.
  4. Stir in remaining ingredients and spread in pan.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool for five to ten minutes on wire rack.
  6. Cut into squares.
Notes
  1. If you have problems with other brownie recipes sticking to the bottom of the pan, try greasing and lightly flouring the pan.
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Jan 052015
 

I was pleasantly surprised at how well this turned out. Sweet but not too sweet and tangy but not bitter.  

Consider garnishing with lemon slices. I thought it might be too much lemon, so I didn’t. I will try it next time.

Serve with in season quick stir-fried vegetables for a well-rounded, time-saving meal.

 

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken
Serves 6
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Total Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3 to 4 pounds chicken leg quarters or thighs
  2. 1/3 cup flour
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  4. 2 to 3 Tablespoons cooking oil
  5. 1 6-oz can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  6. 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  7. 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  8. 3 Tablespoons ketchup
  9. 2 Tablespoons vinegar
  10. 2 Tablespoons cold water
  11. 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  12. 2 cups hot cooked rice
Instructions
  1. Skin chicken. Combine flour and salt. Coat chicken thoroughly.
  2. Brown chicken on all sides in hot oil. Drain. Transfer to slow cooker.
  3. Stir together lemonade concentrate, nutmeg, brown sugar, ketchup and vinegar. Pour over chicken.
  4. Cover and cook in high for 3 to 4 hours.
  5. Remove chicken. Pour liquid from slow cooker into saucepan. Return chicken to slow cooker to keep warm.
  6. Skim fat from liquid in saucepan. Blend cold water into cornstarch and stir into the hot liquid in saucepan. Cook and stir until thick and bubbly.
  7. Serve chicken with sauce over hot rice.
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Jan 042015
 

This is the one recipe I make every single Christmas. Homemade caramel popcorn tastes so much better than what you buy in the store and it makes a great gift.

Toss in some drinks, healthier snacks (or more unhealthy snacks) if you like, and a movie to give the gift of family movie night.  One year, I made baskets with homemade movie night goodies for each family for Christmas. The hardest part was trying to figure out what movies they didn’t already have.

Caramel Popcorn
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Ingredients
  1. 8 cups popped popcorn
  2. 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  3. 6 Tablespoons butter
  4. 3 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  8. 1 cup peanuts or pecans (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Use air popper to make popcorn per the directions on the popper or make on the stove in oil. Do NOT use microwave popcorn or seasoned bagged popcorn.
  3. Dump popcorn (and nuts) in a 9×13 inch pan. Remove any unpopped kernels.
  4. Measure brown sugar, butter or margarine (I think butter tastes better), corn syrup, and salt into saucepan.
  5. Over medium heat, cook brown sugar mixture until butter melts and everything is well mixed. Continue cooking until mixture starts to boil.
  6. Stop stirring when mixture starts to boil and cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Remove pan from burner. Stir in baking soda and vanilla. Pour over popcorn and gently stir the popcorn until coated.
  8. Put pan in oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove pan and stir. Put pan back in oven and bake 7 minutes.
  9. Remove caramel corn to a piece of parchment paper to cool.
Notes
  1. I suggest using butter only. The taste difference is worth it.
  2. Tip: I usually wait until the caramel popcorn is cool enough to touch, then start gently breaking the kernels apart. If you cool it in a bowl, the kernels stick together in large clumps and you’ll have more to break apart.
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Sep 272014
 

Since the Slow Cooker North African Spiced Carrots recipe was a hit, I decided to try a sweet version in the slow cooker.

They turned out very good. The bite of the cayenne pepper added some needed spice with all the sweet.

Matches well with a good variety of meals. I serve it with spicy entrees often.

 

Slow Cooker Sweet Spiced Carrots
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Ingredients
  1. 12oz bag frozen carrots
  2. 1 Tablespoon water
  3. 2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
  4. 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  5. 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  6. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  8. Salt, to taste (optional)
Instructions
  1. Grease 2 quart or less slow cooker with butter.
  2. Add all ingredients and cook on high for 45 minutes.
  3. Turn to low and cook an additional 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
Notes
  1. My 1 quart slow cooker doesn’t have a high setting, or any setting for that matter, so I cook it for 4-5 hours or until the carrots are tender.
  2. Using blanched carrots? Check a little earlier for tenderness.
  3. Using fresh carrots? Cut into 1/4 slices and add an hour to cooking time.
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Sep 132014
 
Ketchup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups tomato puree
  2. 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  3. 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  4. 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Boil ingredients then reduce and cook for around 15 min, uncovered.
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Mar 102012
 

1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup brown sugar or honey
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

Cream butter & sugar in mixer. Combine remaining ingredients & add to creamed mixture, alternating with water. Mix well on Speed II. Let stand 30 minutes. Separate into 2 equal balls. Place each ball on greased sheets and roll to 1/8″ thickness. Score lines across with table knife to make 2″ squares. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Oct 052011
 
4 cups finely chopped apples 1/2 cup chopped pecans or favorite nuts (optional)
1 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup bread crumbs (about 4 pieces of bread) 2 Tablespoons butter
  1. Place bread in food processor and process until crumbs are formed.
  2. Mix together bread crumbs, nuts, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  3. In greased baking dish, place a layer of apples. Sprinkle apples with dry mixture and alternate layers until all ingredients are used. Cut butter into pats and place on top.
  4. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10 minutes or until brown.
  5. Serve warm with ice cream or cold with cream.
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