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!

 

Carrot Torta


Carrot Torta is a simple recipe that will be a huge it at your next family get-together!  If you’re anything like me, though, it won’t all make it there because it is so phenomenal that I can’t resist “sampling” as often as possible.

Carrot Torta

Serves: 8-10

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Ingredients
  • 1 lb. Carrots
  • 1 Small can Nestle Media Crema (Table Cream)
  • 3 Eggs Beaten
  • 1 Stick Butter (melted)
  • 1 ½ Cups Brick Cheese (crumbled)
  • ½ Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Raisins
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ Cup Bacardi Rum
  • 1 Tbsp Flour
  • 2 Cups Pound Cake Crumbled
  • Topping:
  • 1 Cup Pound Cake Crumbled
  • 2 Tbsp Butter Melted

Instructions
  1. Peel and shred/chop carrots until very fine.
  2. Add the next 9 ingredients and mix well in bowl.
  3. Add pound cake and mix gently
  4. Pour mixture in a well greased 2 quart, 8 x 11.5 in pan.
  5. Topping:
  6. Mix the pound cake in a mixing bowl with the melted butter and sprinkle over the mixture.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until brown.
  8. Serve warm as a side dish or dessert.

Zucchini Chocolate Cake

This recipe is a real “crowd pleaser!” It transports well, tastes great warm or at room temperature, and will always impress the most experienced chef’s.

“There is nothing better than biting into a delicious piece of Zucchini Chocolate Cake! That’s a fact…”

 

Zucchini Chocolate Cake

Serves: 6-8

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Ingredients
  • ½ cup oil
  • ¼ cup margarine
  • 1 ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tsp vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • ½ cup sour milk
  • 4 Tbls cocoa
  • 1 Tsp soda
  • ½ Tsp cinnamon
  • ½ Tsp salt
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • Topping:
  • 2 Tbsp Brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 cup (6oz.) chocolate chips

Instructions
  1. Combine first 4 ingredients and mix well in mixing bowl.
  2. Add the vanilla, flour, sour milk, cocoa, cinnamon, and salt them mix well.
  3. Add zucchini and mix
  4. Pour into floured and greased nonstick pans.
  5. Mix brown and white sugars and sprinkle over the top.
  6. Sprinkle chocolate chips over all.
  7. Bake at 350 degee for 40-50 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick into the middle of the cake and it comes out clean.
  8. Enjoy!

Janet’s Banana Bread

“Every time you end up with an old banana – stick it in the freezer! When you finally have four banana’s it’s time to thaw and bake!”

Janet’s Banana Bread

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  • 2 c of Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 very Ripe Bananas (mashed)
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla
  • ½ c Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

Instructions
  1. In a medium mixing bowl combine: flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  2. In a large mixing bowl cream together: eggs and sugar.
  3. Stir in mashed bananas, vanilla, oil and cinnamon.
  4. Stir in flour mixture a third at a time until just combined.
  5. Divide batter into two 9×5 loaf pans.
  6. Bake in oven at 350 for 1 hour.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

One of my favorite desserts is this recipe for soft chocolate chip cookies! I live close to a chocolate factory in downtown Chicago so I’m always craving one!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons hot water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
  4. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt.
  5. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts.
  6. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
  7. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.

Fruit Pizza

This fruit pizza recipe is a staple at every family party. My Aunt Lynn is a professional at this one – I swear she is an artist. She carefully picks out and cuts the fruit to it fits perfectly onto the sugar cookie. I call this the healthy looking sugar cookie.

“Remember – That’s a sugar cookie! If you are making the dough from scratch, you’ll need to refrigerate it for at least an hour!”

Fruit Pizza

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Ingredients
  • 1 Roll of Refrigerated Sugar Cookies
  • 1 Pack of Cream Cheese
  • 1 Container of Cool Whip
  • ¼ Cup Sugar
  • ½ Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • Lots of Fruit: Strawberries, Bananas, Grapes, Blueberries, Cherries, and whatever else sounds good!

Instructions
  1. Bake sugar cookie according to directions on container
  2. Let it cool – all the way!
  3. Cut fruit into small pieces
  4. Combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla.
  5. Fold in cool whip.
  6. Spread over cooled crust
  7. Add fruit in a pretty pattern
  8. Enjoy!