These cookies come from a wonderful book that I cook out of all the time called the Best of Country Cookies from Taste of Home.  This book is full of all the cookie contest winners from a contest that got over 34000 entries!  Every recipe is amazing. Double Decker Brownies Recipes  1 C butter 2 C packed brown sugar 3 eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 C all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp salt 1 C chopped pecans or walnuts 2- 1 oz squares unsweetened chocolate, melted   Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one and a time beating well between each one. Read More →

This is a family favorite!  These shortbread cookies are so tender, they will melt in your mouth, like little clouds of buttery sweet deliciousness.  They are like nothing you have every tasted.  My mom made these every year.  The secret is in the time you beat the ingredients.  Three simple ingredients plus the cherries.  Super simple, but a delight. Whipped Cherry Shortbread Cookies 1/2 C butter – No Substitutions 1/2 C powdered sugar 1 1/2 C flour 1/4 C candied cherries in red and green –  cut in quarters   Combine the three ingredients in a mixer and beat together for 10 minutes on mediumRead More →

This versatile cake can be a coffee cake, a desert, or a square.  Either way you serve it, you will love it’s moist texture and delightful contrast with the tender sweet cake and the tang from the cranberry sauce.  And… it’s pretty! Cranberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake 1/4 C chopped almonds Topping 1/2 C All purpose flour 1/2 C sugar 1/4 C chopped almonds 1/4 C melted butter 1/4 tsp vanilla Coffee Cake 1 C sugar 1/2 C butter, softened 1 tsp vanilla 2 eggs 2 C all purpose flour 1 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1 C lightRead More →

Nothing says “Holidays” like homemade chocolates and candy!  This Chocolate Bark is so easy and absolutely delicious.  The two varieties here are White Chocolate Cranberry and Dark Chocolate Raisin Salted Almond.  You won’t regret the 15 minutes you spend in the kitchen for these two treats! White Chocolate Cranberry Recipe 12 oz White baking chocolate 1 C Dried Cranberried 1 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil or Shortening. Cover a cookie sheet or baking pan with parchment paper.  Spread out the dried cranberries.  Melt the chocolate and oil or shortening over a double boiler.  I just put a bowl (larger than my pot) over a pot ofRead More →

Well…  I have you been poring over cook books and recipes trying to decide what to bake for the holidays; trying to decide if I should do 15 days of Christmas cookies or 10 ways to use Chocolate chips or Count down to Christmas with a recipe everyday?  WOW, the choices are endless…  Then, I thought, what will I do with all of that baking???  Hide it so my Diabetic fiance does not go comatose before we get our tree up! Strategize…. Sell the cookies on Ebay?  OfferUP?  Whatever, I’ll figure it out.  I’m sure there is a senior center pretty close by that wouldRead More →

I am sure you have read all the articles about how “unhealthy” store bought granola bars are.  Making your own Apricot Cranberry Granola Bars  is one way to control the ingredients, including the sugar and fat.  The beauty of this recipe is you can add any combination of wonderful “good for you” ingredients and a little extra treat for the kids like M&M’s, (to get them to eat the “good for you” ingredients). Apricot Cranberry Granola Bars Recipe 2 C Old-fashioned Oats “1 C chopped or sliced Almonds 1 C shredded coconut 1/2 C Wheat Germ 3 Tbsp butter 2/3 C honey or syrup 1/4Read More →

I often wondered what was in this magical and delightful blend of spices.  It is the spice that I always forget to buy when I am shopping for my holiday baking.  I will admit it.  I usually just wing it.  But for the blog, I decided to do a little investigation to stop my “wing it” habit and give you the information you deserve.  Besides,  I can probably make it with the spices I have in my cupboard right now.  I will guess that it is a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves.  Let me “google it” and see if I am rightRead More →

You will love this moist and delicious cake with a light spice and pumpkin flavor.  The cream cheese frosting is a great compliment to the pumpkin, but can easily be served without it.  This cake is so easy, you won’t believe it’s from scratch! Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe 4 eggs 2 C sugar 1 C oil 1 16oz can pumpkin 2 C flour 2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp ginger 1/2 tsp nutmeg In a large mixing bowl with your mixer, beat your eggs until foaming and light colored.  Add the sugar and cream until light.  Check on theRead More →

You will love this recipe for Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies.  They have great buttery flavor with nice chocolate chunks, the perfect balance.  When you understand the standard method for cookies, you will be a professional! It is: cream the butter and sugars, add the egg and vanilla, add the flour and dry ingredients, stir in the chips and bake.  Simple! Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe 1 C butter, softened 1 C light brown sugar 1 C granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 2 1/2 C four 3 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 12 oz chocolate chips (I like the jumbo) 1 C choppedRead More →

Sweet Bread Dough for Cinnamon Rolls 9/16 C milk 9/16 C water 3 C flour – 3 Tbsp 3 Tbsp gluten powder (Bob’s Red Mill) * 3 Tbsp sugar 3 Tbsp butter 1 tsp salt 4 tsp active dry yeast * Gluten is the protein in Bread flour that makes the long strands between the cell walls in the bread and tender consistency that you just don’t get with regular all purpose flour.  Adding it to all purpose flour or rye flour or whole wheat flour makes the tenderness and consistency change completely.  But, it is the protein that people have difficulty digesting who haveRead More →