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Pumpkin Spice Cake

This recipe uses canned pumpkin and a mixture of fragrant spices.  It’s good served with cream cheese icing.

Ingredients

1 cup pumpkin

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Good with raisins and walnuts.

1/2 cup melted butter

2 beaten eggs

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp molasses

3/4 cup almond milk

2 1/4 cups flour

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ginger Continue reading Pumpkin Spice Cake

Baking Biscuit Pizza

This is a quick and easy way to make pizza when you don’t have time to make pizza dough.  Plate and serve the pizza with a knife and fork.  It’s the perfect meal for a busy week day.

Ingredients

2 cups flour

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Try pesto to top the pizza instead of the traditional pizza sauce.

3 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup olive oil

3/4 cup milk

1 green pepper

pizza sauce

mushrooms

onions

sun-dried tomatoes

herb cheese Continue reading Baking Biscuit Pizza

Easy Trifle

Layer this recipe in a clear bowl so that you can see the layers. The jam and gelatin powder can be adjusted to your favorite flavors.

Ingredients

1 box of French Vanilla cake mix

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The vanilla cake can be changed for Angel Food Cake.

2 boxes raspberry jello powder

1 jar raspberry jam

1 can custard powder

whipped cream

1 tbsp sugar

Mix cake mix according to instructions on the box.  Bake in a parchment lined rectangular pan according to manufacturer’s instructions. Remove from oven and cool before proceeding with recipe. Continue reading Easy Trifle

Jam Sunflower Squares

These squares are ooey and gooey, and are popular with chocolate lovers. You can use your favorite jelly or jam for the second layer.  I prefer raspberry as it goes well with the chocolate.

Serve this dessert plated with a fork and tea.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups flour

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I use raspberry jam.  It goes well with chocolate.

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup shelled sunflower seeds (unsalted)

1 beaten egg

1 cup cold butter

jam (your favorite flavor)

chocolate chips Continue reading Jam Sunflower Squares

Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread

Christmas is the one time of year that my family always baked several kinds of cookies for guests over the holiday season.  Times have changed and we no longer need the selection of sweets we used to but I find myself still baking some of my holiday favorites.

This is probably my most favorite cookie.  The tangy cranberries, aromatic almonds and white chocolate create a sumptuous cookie. 

I’ve tried replacing the white chocolate in this recipe with milk chocolate but the recipe is not the same.   If you absolutely hate white chocolate replace it with dark chocolate.  The bitter chocolate pares well with the cranberries.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups flour

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1/4 tsp salt

1 cup butter

1 cup icing sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups dried cranberries Continue reading Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread

Gumdrop Cookies

This is an old fashioned cookie that has gumdrops folded into the batter.  The cookies are soft with pieces of chewy candy.  Store in a cookie tin wrapped in parchment. 

Ingredients

1/2 cup soft butter

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Use red and green gumdrops for Christmas

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1 beaten egg

1 tsp vanilla

Cream above ingredients.  In a separate bowl mix the following ingredients.

1 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powser

Continue reading Gumdrop Cookies

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  any leftovers.

Ingredients

1 cup soft butter

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The white dough can be tinted green for Christmas, pink for Easter, orange for Halloween, etc.

2/3 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

2 1/2 cups flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

Mix first 3 ingredients until light and fluffy.  Add flour and salt to the mixture.  Blend until combined.  Do not overwork dough. Continue reading Patterned Cookies

Halloween Candy Cookies

I always over estimate the amount of candy that I will pass out to trick or treaters on Halloween.  Consequently, I’m always left with packs of candy that I don’t want to eat. 

One way I use up the chocolate is in this cookie recipe.  I bake the cookies and then freeze them for later.  The cookies will keep for several months if they are wrapped properly before being frozen.

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Any kind of chocolate candy can be used in this cookie batter.

1 cup white sugar

1 cup butter

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs, beaten

Mix the above ingredients together.

2 cups flour

Continue reading Halloween Candy Cookies

Veggie Casserole

 

2 cups noodles

1/2 yellow pepper – chopped

1/2 red pepper  – chopped

1 cups mushrooms

1 lb veggie ground round (Italian style)

2 onions – chopped

1 large tin diced tomatoes

1 cup

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veggie stock

grated cheddar cheese

bread crumbs.

Add cooked noodles to peppers, mushrooms, ground round, onions, tomatoes and veggie stock.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Top with grated cheddar cheese and bread crumbs.  Cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until cheese bubbles and peppers are cooked through.

Banana Honey Cookie Bars

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1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup apple sauce

1 egg

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup coconut

1 ts[ vanilla

2/3 cup black beans (optional)

2/3 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup chopped almonds (optional)

Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients just until incorporated.  Spread in a greased glass pan.  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 – 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the mixture.  Cool and cut into Cookie Bars