No Bake Cookies

No Bake cookies have been a family favorite for years! This was a tradition every year for myself, my mom and sisters. We loved to help her prepare these cookies as well as the eat the yummy left over chocolate and peanut butter! Perfect holiday cookie!

No Bake Cookies

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 stick butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • Waxed paper

Instructions
  1. In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil, the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for 1 minute then add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. On a sheet of waxed paper, drop mixture by the teaspoonfuls, until cooled and hardened.

 

 

Christmas Sugar Cookies

A must have recipe for your holiday cookie baking! My mother and grandparents get together every year to make upwards of 300 cookies. They divide everything up in tins, put ‘em in the freezer, and remove as necessary for all the holiday parties. These cookies are the best because they are delicious frozen or warm!

Christmas Sugar Cookies

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup salted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Colored sugar for decorating (or frosting)

Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl combine the flour and salt with a wire wisk
  2. In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed.
  3. Add egg and vanilla and beat until well mixed.
  4. Scrape down sides of bowl then add the flour mixture.
  5. Blend on low speed until combined. Do not overmix.
  6. Gather dough into a ball. Flatten the ball into a disk and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate one hour.
  7. Roll dough out to ¼” thickness on floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters.
  8. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  9. Bake 13-15 minutes – be careful not to brown.
  10. Cool on flat surface – then decorate!

 

Sassy Sangria

Consider this the perfect appetizer to any summer meal! The sangria is like a fruit cocktail in a glass with a slash (or wave) of alcohol. It’s just sweet enough – and a staple at all our summer family events.

Sassy Sangria

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Ingredients
  • 3 cups chianti
  • 1 cup brandy
  • ¼ cup orange flavored liqueur
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 8 fresh raspberries
  • 2 cups club soda, chilled

Instructions
  1. In a large pitcher, combine all ingredients except club soda.
  2. Cover tightly and refrigerate three hour to let flavors meld
  3. Pour ¾ cup sangria mixture into each of 8 wine glasses, dividing fruit equally.
  4. Top each glass with ¼ cup club soda
  5. Serve immediately.

 

Butter Cookies

I love making cookies using the cookie press. If you don’t have a Cookie Press – buy one for the holiday season! There are so many fun shapes you can use to switch up the style of cookie. This is a simple, super easy recipe that we always use for holiday cookie baking.

Butter Cookies

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour

Instructions
  1. Cream together margarine and sugar
  2. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well.
  3. Stir in flour
  4. Put dough through cookie press
  5. Bake cookies at 350 for 10 minutes

 

 

Chocolate Chip-Brownie Cake

I initially found this Chocolate Chip Brownie Cake when blankly browsing around on Pintrest.com.  As soon as I saw the picture, I KNEW I had to make this.  I have to imagine this is one of the best things in the world…

Chocolate Chip-Brownie Cake

Serves: 6

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Ingredients
  • 1 box Betty Crocker® fudge brownie mix
  • ½ Cup butter, melted
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 pouch Betty Crocker® chocolate chip cookie mix
  • Vanilla ice cream, as desired

Instructions
  1. Spray 4½-quart slow cooker with baking spray with flour.
  2. In large bowl, mix brownie mix with ¼ cup of the melted butter and 2 of the eggs.
  3. In another large bowl, mix chocolate chip cookie mix, remaining ¼ cup melted butter and remaining 2 eggs.
  4. Drop alternate spoonfuls of the brownie and chocolate chip cookie batters into slow cooker.
  5. Cover; cook on High heat setting 2 to 3 hours or until cake is set in center. To serve, spoon cake from slow cooker, and top with scoops of ice cream.

*Recipe found here

Sugar Cookies

Now, everyone needs a basic sugar cookie recipe.  Pick your favorite cookie cutters and decorate any way you want, and your little ones will be delighted!!  Just the smell from the oven will have little noses whiffing and flocking in no time!!
Thank you  Lydia
Sugar Cookies

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Ingredients
  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
  1. Cream butter. Add sugar gradually until fluffy.
  2. Add egg and vanilla. Beat well.
  3. Sift dry ingredients together.
  4. Blend slowly into creamed mixture.
  5. Mix well until dough sticks together.
  6. Chill if needed.
  7. Roll out into ¼ inch thick. Use cookie cutters.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees for 6-7 minutes. Chill and decorate.

 

Double Layer Pumpkin Pie

Don’t count on leftovers of this version of pumpkin pie.  We serve it every Thanksgiving, and over the years, the recipe has been requested and shared multiple times!!

Double Layer Pumpkin Pie

Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4

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Ingredients
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Cup + 1 Tbsp milk, divided
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 carton (8 oz.) Cool Whip Whipped Topping (thawed, divided)
  • 1 graham cracker crust (9 in. crust)
  • 1 can (15 oz) solid pack pumpkin
  • 2 packages (3.4 oz each) JELL-O, vanilla flavor instant pudding
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves

Instructions
  1. In large bowl, beat cream cheese, 1 Tbsp milk and sugar with wire whisk until smooth.
  2. Gently stir in ½ of whipped topping. Spread onto bottom of crust.
  3. Pour remaining milk into large bowl. Add pumpkin, pudding mixes and spices. Beat with wire whisk 1 minute or until well mixed. (Mixture will be thick.)
  4. Spread over cream cheese layer.
  5. Refrigerate 4 hours or until set. (Garnish with remaining whipped topping.)
  6. Enjoy!

 

Grandma’s Famous Slush

My aunts don’t drink – unless it’s slush or frozen margaritas. They have a love for sweet, frozen beverages. It doesn’t matter if it’s the hottest summer day or the coldest new years eve. Slush is for every season and every holiday party.

Grandma’s Famous Slush

Serves: 6

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Ingredients
  • 8 C. Water
  • 1 C. Sugar
  • 2 C. Strong Tea
  • 2 (6 oz) cans frozen orange juice
  • 2 (6 oz) cans frozen limeade
  • 1 (12oz) can frozen lemonade
  • 3 C. vodka or gin

Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly
  2. Put in freezer for 5 hours or until mixture is slushy
  3. DRINK!

 

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

A must!-warm up before eating to maximize flavors!

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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Ingredients
  • 1 C Butter
  • 2 C Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 C Sour Cream
  • 2 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 4 C Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Filling:
  • ⅔ C Brown Sugar
  • ½ C Sugar
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 C Raisins
  • 1 C Chopped Walnuts

Instructions
  1. Put flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar, add eggs and mix well with electric mixer.
  3. Combine butter and sugar mixture with four mixture, and sour cream.
  4. Add Vanilla.
  5. Take half of batter and put in 4, 8” greased and floured pans.
  6. Sprinkle half of filling then add remaining butter,
  7. Sprinkle in remaining filling.
  8. Bake at 325 for 40 minutes.
  9. Cool for about 10 min. and unmold.

Notes
To easily spread batter use a wet knife. As a guide to divide batter use a serving spoon wrapped in cellophane for a wonderful presentation!