Archive for the ‘Desserts’ Category

Classic Tiramisu

April 5, 2012

This classic Italian dessert is made with ladyfingers and mascarpone cheese in a trifle bowl or a springform pan

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Chocolate-Banana Phyllo pillows

May 7, 2011

Store-bought phyllo dough, sliced bananas and rich chocolate transform into a heavenly chocolate dessert. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and/or whipped cream.

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Poached Pears with cinnamon and cranberries

May 6, 2011

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Classic Rolled Chocolate Truffles

May 2, 2011

Here’s an easy truffle recipe.

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May 2nd is National Chocolate Truffles Day

May 2, 2011

 

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Truffles are a delectable type of dessert! They made with a chocolate ganache center that is then coated in chocolate powder.  What makes a truffle so delectable is the creamy ganache center. The cocoa powder coating only adds to the decadent nature of the truffle. Once coated in chocolate powder, the confections resemble a fungus, called a truffle. – talk about a piece of chocolate heaven!

The chocolate truffle was invented in 1895 by M. Dofour in Chambery, France. This dessert’s popularity increased dramatically after the Prestat Chocolate Shop opened in London in 1902.

Today there are three types of chocolate truffles: All of these types of chocolate truffles differ in look, taste, and shelf-life. Europeans, the Swiss and Americans have their own way of making truffles, by using various ingredients from butterfat or syrup to dairy cream. Truffles gained popularity in the 1920s.

The American truffle was invented in the 1980’s by Joseph Schmidt. This half-sphere shaped truffle is made of milk chocolate and butterfat.

The European version of the chocolate truffle is made of syrup, cocoa powder, and milk powder.

The Swiss truffle is made with melted chocolate, dairy cream, butter, and cocoa powder. Swiss truffles have the shortest shelf-life compared to the other truffles and should be eaten within a few days of production.

To celebrate National Truffle Day, head over to your local candy shop to enjoy all of the different varieties of truffles! But, you don’t have to run out to the local chocolate specialty shop to celebrate National Truffles Day. Just call me to get my special homemade Chocolate Truffles at 916-879-4611.

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Chocolate Parfaits

May 1, 2011

This is great and rather fun to make with the kids. How can you go wrong with whipped cream & chocolate

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Order your Handmade Chocolate truffles today for Mother’s Day

April 28, 2011

Handmade Chocolate Truffles for Mother’s Day

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April 27th: Enjoy National Blueberry Pie Day With a Yummy Slice and Sweet Advice

April 27, 2011

There are dozens of delicious types of pies around the world – which can make it difficult for people to choose which one they want to eat! Today the decision is easy though because it is National Blueberry Pie Day.

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Blueberry pie is a sweet pie that can be filled with fresh or frozen blueberries, blueberry filling, or even blueberry custard. It is one of the more popular pie flavors in the United States. Blueberry pies are also quite common at summer picnics and July 4th celebrations when blueberries are in season.

Did you know that Maine produces more blueberries than any other state? In fact, Maine produces 25% of all low bush blueberries in North America. That makes this New England state the largest producer of blueberries in the world!

Head to your favorite bakery or make your own tasty Blue Ribbon Blueberry Pie to enjoy on National Blueberry Pie Day!

Blue Ribbon Blueberry Pie

April 27, 2011

Blueberry lovers are sure to enjoy this mouthwatering deep-dish pie

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Cherry Cheese Coffeecake Bites

April 23, 2011

This is one of my favorite recipes. I first made it years ago and i still get requests for it today. It is perfect for your holiday dessert table or for that special Brunch. It is so easy to make that your kids can make it for you for Mother’s day too! Just add fresh Blueberries for a 4th of July treat!
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Today is National Cherry Cheesecake day = April 23rd

April 23, 2011

Today we celebrate two great holidays: National Cherry Cheesecake Day and National Picnic Day! Take advantage of the spring weather for an outdoor get together. Grab the blankets, sandwiches and fruit… and don’t forget dessert! Here are 121 recipes for Cherry cheesecake

Chocolate covered Oreos

April 17, 2011

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Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake

August 30, 2010

I recommend getting all of the ingredients ready in the blender and then toasting the marshmallows.  You want your marshmallows gooey and hot when you throw them in the blender so they incorporate nicely.  Marshmallows tend to get sticky and harden upon cooling down.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

August 29, 2010

The days that I have extra time for baking are few and far between. That’s why this extra-quick bread is perfect. You and your family will love the ease of preparation and the delicious flavor.

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Easy Cherry Turnovers

August 28, 2010

These fruit-filled pastries are a favorite at breakfast. You can substitute other can pie fillings for cherry, such as apple, blueberry or lemon.

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August 28: National Cherry Turnover Day

August 28, 2010

National Cherry Turnovers Day celebrates a delicious dessert made of a short crust or puff pastry filled with cherries or cherry pie filling and baked to a flaky goodness. Indulge in this sweet French-style treat today!

Cherry turnovers can be served for breakfast or dessert. Now, that’s the kind of treat that’s worth celebrating!

Cherry turnovers are made out of pastry dough that has been wrapped around a cherry filling and baked until golden brown. The cherry filling makes these type of turnovers both sweet and sour, a tasty treat for your taste buds.

Celebrate National Cherry Turnover Day by baking your own favorite cherry turnover recipe today! CLICK HERE FOR MY EASY RECIPE

August 24: National Peach Pie Day

August 24, 2010

To apprecipate the great taste of homemade peach pie. If you’ve never had it before, give it a try. Let today be the day you bake your very first peach pie. Try putting cold peach ice cream on top and let it melt on a slice of hot peach pie.
Peach pie is the quintessential American dessert in the Southern states. In countless surveys it has been chosen as the favorite dessert in the South. It has also been recognized as a favorite dessert in Canada for hundred of years as well.

Peach pie was invented sometime around the 14th century in Europe. Though it is unknown who actually created the first peach pie, the first printed peach pie recipe was by Geoffrey Chaucer in 1381 in England. The ingredients in this recipe included peaches, spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron, and cofyn, a casing of pastry.

Dutch peach pie recipes date back to the late 15th century. These recipes were similar to the English recipes but also included a scoop of ice cream placed on top of the pie before it was served. This tradition—peach pie a la mode—was brought to America where most people enjoy their peach pie topped with ice cream.

During the 19th century, many homes in the state of Georgia served peach pie and other types of fruit pies for breakfast because it was considered a good, hearty meal to begin a hard day of work. To celebrate National Peach Pie Day, bake a delicious pie or pick one up at your local bakery to share with your family!

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Sponge Cake with Blackberry Topping

August 23, 2010

This recipe puts the blackberries grown in our Sacramento Delta Levee areas to good use. It’s a great summertime dessert. You can also substitute fresh blueberries for our local berries.

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August 23: National Sponge Cake Day

August 23, 2010

August 23 is National Spongecake Day. I love spongecake. It is so soft and spongy. I like spongecake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream on it. I like spongecake with a drizzle of melted chocolate on it. I love spongecakes all by themselves with nothing on them.

The airy, light delight of a sponge cake dessert holds nearly universal appeal. You might enjoy it in madeleines, ladyfingers, or layered with a variety of fillings.

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Light and airy, sponge cake is the perfect dessert for a hot summer night. Though it typically only contains the basic ingredients of eggs, sugar, and flour, the key to making the perfect sponge cake is to beat the batter thoroughly to create volume.

After it has been cooked in the oven but before it has cooled, sponge cake is very flexible. This allows the creation of rolled cakes such as the Swiss roll or other variations on the typical sponge cake. The Victoria Sponge Cake which contains jam between two sponge cakes, was named after Queen Victoria who enjoyed having a slice with her afternoon tea.

Bake one today and enjoy National Sponge Cake Day!

Not to be confused with National Spongebob Squarepants Day.

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Spumoni Ice Cream

August 22, 2010

August 22nd is National Spumoni Ice Cream day! What better way to celebrate than making this fun and attractive dessert. Spumoni is a molded Italian dessert usually made by layering two or three different flavors ice cream with a layer of sweetened whipped cream which has nuts and candied fruit folded in. Spumoni is usually served in slices. Impress your family or guests with this cool treat.

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Pecan Torte

August 21, 2010

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August 21: National Pecan Torte Day

August 21, 2010

Not to be confused with tort, a civil wrong at law.
This is difficult to define, but commonly taken to mean a rich and often layered and filled cake usually made with little or no flour; instead, fine bread crumbs or grated nuts are used. Rich butter icing, chocolate or whipped cream complete it.

torte is a cake made primarily with eggs, sugar, and ground nuts instead of flour. Variations may include bread crumbs as well as some flour. Tortes are Central European in origin. The word torte is derived from the German word Torte, which has a somewhat different meaning), which was derived from the Italian word torta, which was used to describe a round cake or bread.

The most well-known of the typical tortes include the Austrian Sacher torte and Linzertorte, the German Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte and the many-layered HungarianDobos torte. But other well-known European confections are also tortes, such as the French Gâteau St. Honoré. Tortes are commonly baked in a Springform pan.

An element common to most tortes is sweet icing. (Exceptions include several French tortes, such as Gâteau Mercédès and Gâteau Alcazar.) When the cake is layered, a thick covering of icing is placed between the layers, and there is almost always icing on the tops and sides of the torte. A number of European tortes do not have layers.

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ICE CREAM CONE CUPCAKES

August 18, 2010

APPEARANCES CAN BE DECEIVING

The photo below may look like three delicious soft serve vanilla ice cream cones, but the treats are actually cupcakes!

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Vanilla Custard Pie

August 17, 2010

With a graham cracker crust, custard filling and meringue topping, this pie was one of my favorites when I was growing up and it still is today.

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August 17: National Vanilla Custard Day

August 17, 2010

National Vanilla Custard Day celebrates this heavenly dessert made from a combination of milk or cream, egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla.

Vanilla custard has been around as early as the fourteenth century. Today, custard is an important part of dessert recipes in many countries around the world. It can be cooked in the oven, in a saucepan on the stove, in a pressure cooker, double boiler, or even very simply in the microwave.

Celebrate the diversity and deliciousness of vanilla custard today by making your own!

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Lemon Meringue Pie

August 15, 2010

It has a light flaky crust, refreshing lemon filling and soft meringue with pretty golden peaks.

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August 15: National Lemon Meringue Pie Day

August 15, 2010

There are, seemingly, a million different types of pie out there, but few are scrumptious enough to get an entire day in its honor. Today, pie lovers can unite all over the world in celebration of National Lemon Meringue Pie Day. This specific pie has a sweet, citrusy twist that makes it a perfect treat to enjoy during this warm weather.

Lemon flavored puddings and cakes have been enjoyed by all since the Medieval Period, and there have been a multitude of different pies with lemon fillings and meringue. However, the modern day lemon meringue pie came around in the 1800s, after years of being perfected. The pie itself has a flaky, graham cracker if you prefer, crust with a tasty lemon flavored filling on top of that. The top of the pie is the meringue, which is mainly whipped egg whites and sugar. Meringue is light and sweet, and many recipes will ask for additional spices such as vanilla, almond and coconut extract, or cream of tartar.

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Creamsicle Pie

August 14, 2010

Creamsicles are a great treat anytime. When you make a Creamsicle pie, it brings back memories of enjoying a hot summer day with a cold Creamsicle. You will need at least 4 hours to freeze this pie, so if you need it for tonight’s dessert, plan accordingly!

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August 14: National Creamsicle Day

August 14, 2010

Creamsicle is a brand name, also owned by Unilever, for a frozen dessert which resembles an ice pop, with a center composed of vanilla ice cream, and an exterior layer of flavored ice (all around a wooden stick).

Popular flavors for Creamsicles include orange, blue raspberry, lime, grape and raspberry. Creamsicles are available in several varieties, including 100 Calorie Bars, Low Fat Bars, No Sugar Added Bars and Sugar Free Bars. 50-50 bar is an alternative name for a Creamsicle

 

 

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Classic S’mores

August 10, 2010

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August 10: National S’mores Day

August 10, 2010

National S’mores Day is August 10.  The Hershey Company and Kraft Foods have shared five S’mores recipes. Just click here to view these ideas! Here are a few ways to celebrate with four ways make S’mores. Be sure to have a responsible adult around if you are going try the backyard fire pit idea.

1) Microwave ’em – You can make S’mores, in seconds, right in your microwave. It’s easy; just top each of four graham squares with one chocolate piece and one marshmallow. Place on a microwaveable plate and microwave on HIGH 7 to 10 seconds or until marshmallows puff and chocolate begins to melt. Carefully remove plate from microwave and then cover the S’mores with remaining graham cracker square.

2) Fire up the Fire Pit – Can’t get out to a campground this National S’mores Day? No problem! Make an impromptu campfire setting at home over your backyard fire pit. You can even use real sticks to roast your marshmallows to make yourself feel like you’re immersed in the great outdoors.

3) Sweet Grilled S’mores – Mix it up this year by making S’mores on the grill. Build the S’mores ahead of time then wrap in aluminum foil. Place the wrapped S’mores on the grill and cook 1 to 2 minutes over a medium-hot grill on each side or until the marshmallow is gooey and the chocolate is slightly melted between the graham crackers.

4) Classic Campfire – Everyone loves classic campfire S’mores. If you’re looking for a reason to get together with family and friends before the cold weather returns, plan a camping trip to commemorate National S’mores Day and make the timeless treat the center of your fun. Start by placing half of a chocolate piece on top of half of a graham square. Then, lightly toast a marshmallow over the campfire and place it on top of the chocolate. Finally, top the toasted marshmallow with the remaining graham square half and press together.

National Brownies At Brunch Month

August 5, 2010

Hold the phone. Hold everything. Did you know that August is National Brownies at Brunch Month?

The brownie, one of America’s favorite baked treats, was born in the U.S.A.—we just aren’t quite sure where—although evidence points to New England in the first few years of the 20th century. Although cake-like and baked in a cake pan, the brownie is classified as a bar cookie rather than a cake. There are thousands of recipes, both “cake” types and “fudge” types. Either is perfectly correct—and delicious.

August 2: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

August 2, 2010

Ice cream sandwiches are handheld desserts consisting of a slice of ice cream (usually vanilla), with a small layer of a soft cake-like pastry wafers (usually chocolate) on the top and bottom.

The current version was invented in 1945 by Jerry Newberg when he was selling ice cream at Forbes field.

Alternatives to wafers are often used, such as chocolate chip cookies. Many companies offer alternatives to the conventional ice cream sandwich as well, such as San Francisco’s It’s-It, who use oatmeal cookies and dip the sandwich in dark chocolate.

Click here for a great summertime recipe: The Ice Cream Sandwich Torte

July 31: National Raspberry Cake Day

July 31, 2010

A box of lemon cake mix, raspberry jam and canned frosting make it a breeze to assemble this lovely layered Raspberry Cake

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July 30: National Cheesecake Day

July 30, 2010

National Cheesecake Day is an unofficial holiday which comes annually on July 30th. The observance, which is part of a surprisingly large tradition of food holidays, has not been officially endorsed by any presidents, and does not have any congressional records to solidify its claim. but this certainly does not stop thousands and maybe even millions of people from across the country from celebrating the decidedly delicious holiday.

There certainly is no reason that cheesecake should not have its own holiday. Records of cheesecake date as far back as 770 BC, when the dessert, or something like it at least, was served to Olympic athletes.

Today, it seems as if everyone has their own take on how cheesecake should be baked. There are many European, Latin American, Asian and, of course, American variations on how the dessert is baked and served.

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July 27: National Crème Brûlée Day

July 27, 2010

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National Coffee Milkshake Day

July 26, 2010

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Berry Cheesecake Pie

July 26, 2010

Boasting a luscious cheesecake flavor, this pretty pie gets creative with phyllo dough.

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Fresh Cherry Pie

July 20, 2010

If you ‘ve never eaten a fresh cherry pie, you ‘re in for a treat with this recipe. It ‘sa bit of work to pit the cherries, but once this is done, you will love it

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National Ice Cream Month

July 12, 2010

Celebrate your favorite ice cream flavors during the entire month of July! Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984. He also appointed the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day. Reagan recognized the popularity of ice cream in the United States (90% of the nation’s population consumes ice cream) and stated that these two events should be observed with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

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Sugar Cookies

July 9, 2010

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Sherbet Watermelon

July 1, 2010

Perfect for  July. Each refreshing wedge comes complete with chocolate chip “seeds”

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Lemon Cheerios Dessert

June 22, 2010

A cool lemony bar–perfect for summer!

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Strawberry Ice Cream Soda

June 21, 2010

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Chocolate-Almond Fudge

June 16, 2010

Marshmallow creme is the surprise ingredient in this cooked fudge made with semi-sweet and milk chocolate and flecked with toasted almonds.

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All American Trifle

June 14, 2010

Berries and cake makes thiseasy patriotic dessert.
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Applesauce Cake

June 6, 2010

Today is National Applesauce Cake Day. Here is a recipe to help you to celebrate this special day!

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SOUR CREAM COFFEE CAKE

May 15, 2010

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WHAT IS THE SAC CHEF?

April 19, 2010

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Luscious Lemon Bars

April 14, 2010

Lemon bars and springtime just seem to go together! This recipe uses an 8″ square baking pan and makes about 9 servings. You can double the recipe and make it in a 9 x 13″ baking pan if you need a larger amount.

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FAST FIXIN FRUIT – N – CAKE

April 12, 2010

Make this quick and easy coffee cake for your next office meeting.

 

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Call me for the snacks for your morning meeting

April 11, 2010

I can be your office snack guy..

Just call me and i can bring a simple breakfast or more to your office or special event. FREE DELIVERY

Standard breakfast = only $5.00 per person

  • Coffee Cake
  • Orange Juice
  • Assorted yogurts
  • Assorted Fruit

Additional $0.25 charge per person for Paper Goods

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Call me for a catered lunch at your office

April 11, 2010

I can be your office lunch guy..

Just call me and i can bring a simple lunch or more to your office or special event. FREE DELIVERY

Standard lunch = only $6.75 per person

  • Mini crescent sandwiches ( Ham/Turkey & cheese)
  • Bag of chips
  • Bottled Water
  • Dessert ( Assorted Fruit or Coffee Cake)

Additional $0.25 charge per person for Paper Goods

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POWDERED SUGAR GLAZE

April 9, 2010

Make this icing glaze for your cakes, cookies, breads and gingerbread houses.

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The Famous Chocolate Heaven Dessert

April 1, 2010

This is the easiest dessert I have ever made and everyone loves it! Not sure what it’s called. Whatever you want to call it, I guess….Chocolate Heaven, Better than Sex chocolate dessert, whatever….

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Easter Bird’s Nests

March 31, 2010

I can’t believe Easter is just four days from today! If you’re like me and don’t enough time here’s a quick and easy candy treat

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The Famous Fabulous Football Cake

February 1, 2010

You use the Classic Batter Bowl to create a great 3D cake in the shape of a football. Scroll down for the “Barbie Doll Cake” and other shapes.

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More Tips on How To Make Perfect Cookies

December 23, 2009

Use top-quality ingredient and assemble the ingredients before starting:

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How To Make and Bake Perfect Cookies

December 22, 2009

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Classic Spritz Cookies

December 22, 2009

Classic Spritz Cookies are an easy way to add variety to a tray of cookies. A cookie press lets you change disks to produce many different shapes. Serve them plain, sprinkled with decorations or sugars, frosted or dipped in melted chocolate!
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Kitchen tip = Bars, Squares, and Brownies

December 20, 2009

Just follow these tips to make the best Christmas cookies

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Kitchen Tip = How to use Cookie Sheets

December 20, 2009

A baking sheet should be either cool or at room temperature when the cookie dough is placed on it; otherwise, the dough will start to melt, adversely affecting the cookies’ shape and texture.

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How to Host a Cookie Exchange Party

December 19, 2009

Do you love setting the table with a huge assortment of cookies but can’t stand the thought of spending several days baking? Then a cookie exchange party is the perfect party for you! Plan ahead for your party with our handy checklist.

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Kitchen Tip = Rolled and Dropped Cookie Tips

December 18, 2009

Some quick tips for perfect holiday cookies

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Snowball Cookies

December 15, 2009

Delicious buttery melt in your mouth pieces of pure heaven on earth! These cookies contain either walnuts or pecans.  These cookies have many different names: Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding Cakes, I just call them Snowballs 🙂 These cookies are very rich and rolled in a generous amount of powdered sugar.  If you have a nut allergy you can leave the pecans out (the cookies are still just as fantastic)


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Snowman Cookies

December 14, 2009

Holiday party? Turn the kids loose shaping all the cookies—it’s like playing with clay but the results are yummy. Ropes of cookie dough coil up to make these tasty snowmen—simple child’s play.

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Praline Cookies

December 13, 2009

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Glazed Honey Cake

December 6, 2009

Easy Holiday Dessert of the day

Honey cake is a Rosh Hashanah tradition. This holiday honey cake is easy to make and delicious to eat.

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SAFETY TIPS FOR STORING LEFTOVERS

November 26, 2009

Kitchen Tip of the day: Storing Leftovers

Cut the turkey into small pieces; refrigerate stuffing and turkey separately in shallow containers within 2 hours of cooking. Use leftover turkey and stuffing within 3-4 days; gravy within 1-2 days; or freeze these foods. Reheat thoroughly to a temperature of 165 ° F or until hot and steaming.

Here’s a list of common leftovers and recommended refrigerator storage times:

  • soups and stews: 3 to 4 days
  • gravy and meat broth: 1 to 2 days
  • cooked turkey, meat and meat dishes: 3 to 4 days
  • cooked poultry dishes: 3 to 4 days
  • casseroles:3 to 4 days
  • luncheon meats: opened package 3 to 5 days; unopened package 2 weeks
  • pasta & potato salads: 3 to 5 days

Do you have leftover SNICKER BARS Candy? Make SNICKER BAR COOKIES

November 1, 2009

Do you have leftover SNICKER BARS Halloween Candy?

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SNICKER  BAR COOKIES

INGREDIENTS
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups rolled oats
1 (13.3-oz.) pkg. fun-sized Snickers® candy bars, each cut into 8 chunks

DIRECTIONS

Heat oven to 350°F.Spray cookie sheetswith nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl, combine brown sugar, sugar and butter; beat until light and fluffy. Add milk, vanilla and eggs; blend well. Add flour and baking soda; mix well. Stir in oats until well combined. Stir candy pieces into dough.Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto sprayed cookie sheets.Bake at 350°F. for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets.

yield 3 dozen cookies

Witches’ Brew Ice Cream Soda

October 31, 2009

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons Chocolate Syrup
  • Cold Ginger ale
  • 3 scoops (about 3/4 cup) orange sherbet
  • TWIZZLERS Strawberry Twists / Red Licorice

Directions

1. Combine syrup with small amount of Ginger ale in 16-ounce soda glass.

2. Add sherbet; fill glass with more soda.

3. Cut tips off licorice to make a straw. Serve immediately.

Makes one 16-oz. serving.

Finger Cookies

October 30, 2009

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Creep out everyone at your Halloween party with finger cookies.

Yield: 5 dozen

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1 cup Butter, softened
1 Egg
1 tsp Almond extract
1 tsp Vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups Flour
1 tsp Salt
3/4 cup whole Almonds
2 squares of melting chocolate, or chocolate bark

Combine the sugar, egg, butter, almond extract, and vanilla in a bowl. Mix in the flour, and salt. Cover and refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes, or until it’s firm.When you’re ready to shape the cookies, only take out a small portion of the dough at a time. Shape the cookies into fingers by rolling and working with your hands. Score the top of the cookie with a knife or spatula to make it look like the wrinkles in your knuckle. Press an imprint into the tip of the cookie with your finger to make a spot for the almond finger nail. Press an almond into the tip of each finger to look like a fingernail.Placed on a cooking sheet lightly coated with no-stick cooking spray and bake at 325` for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cookies are a very light golden brown. Let the cookies cool on a drying rack.Use melting chocolate to go around the outside of the almond nail, giving a ghoulish appearance. Just melt the chocolate, put it in an icing piping bag, and cut a very small hole in the tip. Then pipe around the nail.

If you use red melting chocolate the look will be even more dramatic, you can also make small drops of chocolate blood, or chocolate cuts on the cookies if you really want to gross out your guests.The witches finger cookies will make great party treats, but you can also bundle them up in a decorative container and use them for your Halloween party favors.