Category Archives: valentine baking

Patterned Cookies

This recipe takes more time than many of the icebox cookies but the results are worth the effort. The designs are pretty and the cookie is delicious.  You’ll need an afternoon to bake these cookies so make an extra batch while you are baking and freeze  the leftovers.

Ingredients

1 cup soft butter

2/3 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

2 1/2 cups flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

DIRECTIONS

Mix first butter, sugar and vanilla  until light and fluffy. 

Add flour and salt to the mixture.  Blend until just combined. Do not overwork dough.

Continue reading Patterned Cookies

Orange Raspberry Angel Cake

The orange raspberry angel cake is another recipe from my grandmother’s cookbook.  The cake is light and tender and delicious when served with the orange raspberry sauce I drizzled over top.  Serve extra sauce in a jug for those who love fresh fruit.

INGREDIENTS

10 – 11 egg whitesOrange Raspberry Angel Cake

1 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/4 cup fine sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup cake flour.

 

Note: you can make extra fine sugar by whizzing granulated sugar in a food processor.

Continue reading Orange Raspberry Angel Cake

Christmas Gingerbread

When December comes I like to pull out recipes that I haven’t used throughout the year.  One of my favourites is the recipe for Christmas Gingerbread.  The combination of spices and sweet molasses is always a crowd-pleaser and kids love the decorated shapes. 

INGREDIENTSChristmas Gingerbread

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup molasses

1 tsp vanilla

3 cups flour

1 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking powder

1.2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS

Continue reading Christmas Gingerbread

Sugar Cookies

I always make sugar cookies for Christmas.  I have fond memories of rolling dough and cutting intricate shapes. I use this recipe for Easter and Halloween cookies as well simply changing the shapes of the cookies.  They can be decorated intricately if desired but I take the more rustic approach.  I top with coloured sugar, mints, sprinkles or royal icing.

Ingredients

2 cups flour

Decorated Sugar Cookies1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar Continue reading Sugar Cookies

Swirled Sugar Cookies

Swirled sugar cookies are a great addition to any holiday table.  Simply adjust the colour of the dough to the occasion; orange for Halloween, red for Christmas, purple for Easter and so on.

INGREDIENTSSwirled sugar cookies

3 cups flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1.2 cup butter

1/2 cup vegetable shortening

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

Red or green food colouring

DIRECTIONS

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.  Set aside.

Cream butter, shortening, sugar, vanilla and eggs together.

Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Mix until well incorporated.

Remove half of the dough into another bowl.  Add 10 drops of food colouring to half of the dough and mix until dough is coloured evenly.  Chill both bowls of dough.

Roll out each roll of dough into a rectangle the same size as the other.  I like to do this on parchment paper so the dough can be easily moved.

Place coloured dough on top of uncoloured dough,

Using the parchment paper roll a log.  Chill for at least an hour.

Cut into slices and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.

Note:  Cookies can be crusted with sprinkles on the edges if desired before baking.

 

Cross Heart Bread Machine Buns

This is the second bread machine that I have had and I love it.  It allows you to create many types of dough easily and quickly. The yeast dough in cross heart bread machine buns rises easily and tastes wonderful with raspberry jam.  It can also be re-purposed and used to make cinnamon rolls.

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups water

Cross Heart Bread Machine Buns

1 egg

1 tsp salt

1/8 cup honey

2 tbsp butter

3 3/4 cups flour

1 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast

1 tsp allspice

Continue reading Cross Heart Bread Machine Buns

Double Cookies

Double cookies are a patterned sugar cookie.  Colour each portion of  the dough with your favourite colour.  They can also be coloured for the season; red for Christmas, orange for Halloween or pink for Easter.

Be creative with the design.  Use stars, hearts, or triangles for simple patterns.

Ingredients

1 cup butter

ook

1/2 cup sugar

4 egg yolks

1 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

3 tsp cinnamon

liquid food colouring

Continue reading Double Cookies

Gingerbread

I’ve tried many recipes for gingerbread and I like this one the best.  The ratio of ginger to cinnamon gives a nice bite to the cookie and the texture is pleasing to the mouth. Serve with cocoa or hot coffee.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

3 cups flour

2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

Blend the above together.

Mix the below ingredients

1/2 cup softened butter

Continue reading Gingerbread