Friday, December 24, 2010

Organized Cooking Class

I've been asked to teach a class at my church about how I organize meals. So, I'm asking anyone who reads these for some feedback. What stops you from getting dinner organized or what do you do that works?

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sugar Cookies

These are the best sugar cookies I have ever had. Recipe is from Bridgette Jankowski. Bridgette recommends Betty Crocker's Rich & Creamy Vanilla frosting. I have yet to find a really good homemade sugar cookie frosting. One of those recipes I'm on the hunt for.

Add ingredients into bowl in the order listed:

1 cup salted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
4 tsp baking powder
6 cups flour

Chill in fridge for about an hour. Roll dough out on floured counter. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 350 degrees for 9 min.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cookie Dough Truffles

I love these and they are easy.

* Prep: 1 hour + chilling


* 1/2 cup butter, softened
* 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
* 1 teaspoon Spice Island® Pure Vanilla Extract
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
* 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
* 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
* 1-1/2 pounds dark chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped


* In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add flour, alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Shape into 1-in. balls; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Loosely cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm.
* In a microwave bowl, melt candy coating; stir until smooth. Dip balls in coating; allow excess to drip off; Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. If desired, remelt remaining candy coating and drizzle over candies. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 5-1/2 dozen.

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 240 calories, 12 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 46 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

This is another cookie that I like to make for Christmas plates.


* 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
* 1 cup creamy peanut butter
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 cup packed brown sugar
* 3 eggs
* 1 teaspoon Spice Island® Pure Vanilla Extract
* 3 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons baking soda
* 1/4 teaspoon salt

* 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
* 3 cups confectioners' sugar
* 1 teaspoon Spice Island® Pure Vanilla Extract
* 5 to 6 tablespoons milk


* In a large bowl, cream the shortening, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition after each addition. Add vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
* Shape into 1-in. balls and place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten to 3/8-in. thickness with fork. Bake at 375° for 7-8 minutes or until golden. Remove to wire racks to cool.
* For filling, in a large bowl, beat the peanut butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Spread on half of the cookies and top each with another cookie. Yield: 44 sandwich cookies.