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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Caramel Thumbprints

One of my favorite cookies! 
I can't hardly part with them to give them as part of the Christmas Gift Tray!

Caramel Thumbprints

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 large egg, separated
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup finely chopped pecans
26 chocolate-covered caramel candies, such as Dove or Rolo

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder and set aside.
Using an electric mixer set on medium-high speed, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg yolk, milk, and vanilla and mix until blended, about 1 minute. Add the flour mixture in two batches and beat until combined, about 1 minute. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
Heat the oven to 350ยบ. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, beat the egg white with a fork. Set aside about 1/4 cup of the pecans; put the rest on a plate. Roll 1 tablespoon of the dough into a ball, coat it with egg white, and roll it in the nuts. Repeat with the remaining dough. Put the cookies on the sheet, leaving about 3 inches between them. With your thumb, make an indentation in the center of each cookie, then reshape the outside edges, if they crack.
Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, then take them from the oven and gently press a caramel candy into each cookie. Bake until the chocolate and caramel soften, about 4 minutes. Grease the tines of a fork with butter and press on each candy to flatten it slightly. Sprinkle on the reserved nuts, then cool the cookies on a rack.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Holiday Candy Wreaths

Holiday Candy Wreaths

1/2 c. butter or margarine
1-10 oz. pkg. marshmallows
1 tsp. green food coloring
6 cups corn flakes
Red Hots cinnamon candies, for decorating

Melt butter in large saucepan on low heat. Add marshmallows and melt until soupy. Remove from heat and add food coloring. Stir in corn flakes that have been slightly crushed. Spray a 1/4 c. measuring cup and press cornflake mixture in it. Turn out onto wax paper. Continue with the rest. There should be 16. Using buttered hands press a thumb in the center and begin to shape the balls into wreaths. Immediately put the red hots on them (after you wash your hands!). If they don't want to stick, try "glueing" them on with a dot of peanut butter or melted chocolate

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Chris Tomlin - I Will Follow w/Lyrics

Sorry Shally!! I posted this to the wrong blog and can't figure out how to delete it....great song though :)

Monday, May 31, 2010

Chocolate Chip Bars/Cookies

1 c. margarine, softened
1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 3/4 c. flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 bag of milk chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl, beat margarine until creamy; add sugars.  Beat until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time until well incorporated.  Add vanilla and mix well.  Blend flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a medium bowl.  Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture; mix well.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Bake in a 15x10x1 baking sheet (I line my sheet with nonstick aluminum foil) at 375 for 12-15 minutes.
**If you choose to make them into cookies just drop by spoonfuls and bake at 350 for 8 minutes.  Let set on sheets for 5-7 minutes. They will look underbaked when coming out of the oven.  Don't be tempted to bake longer! Don't do it!! Walk away from the oven door!  They will finish up on the sheets.
Adapted from our Ward Cookbook titled A-Ward Winning Recipes contributed by Jenny B.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cookie Dough Brownies

Prepared Brownies in 13x9 pan
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 c. granulated sugar
3 Tbs. whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. all purpose flour
1 c. mini chocolate chips

Cool prepared brownies completely and leave in pan.  In stand mixer beat on medium speed the butter until light and creamy; add sugars, cream and vanilla.  Beat until nice and fluffy.  Add salt and flour; beat on medium high for about 10 minutes.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Spread the cookie dough on top of brownies.  Wrap or put a lid on the pan and place in refrigerator until thoroughly chilled. 

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Mexican Pot Roast Tacos

3 T. extra virgin olive oil
3 lb. Shoulder of beef
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 large onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 28oz. Can crushed tomatoes
3 drive red chilies
1 T. ground cumin
1 T. ancho chile powder
½ bunch cilantro
1 T. red wine vinegar
corn tortillas
shredded romaine lettuce
½ bunch fresh cilantro leaves
fresh limes
1-3 lb. Cotija cheese

1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy-based pot over medium high heat.
2. Season beef shoulder with plenty of salt and pepper; then sear all over until you have a nice brown crust.
3. Add onion and garlic to the bottom of the pot and stir so they caramelize a little.
4. Add tomatoes, chilies, spices and cilantro. Then add about 2 inches of water, cover the pot, and simmer for about 2 hours until the meat is tender and comes apart with little resistance. Add more water as it cooks down, if necessary.
5. Once cooked, break the meat apart with a wooden spoon, season with salt and pepper, and add red wine vinegar.
6. Serve with warm tortillas.