Friday, October 30, 2009

Candy Corn Sugar Cookies

I decided to try and really not too bad to make. I saw them on lots of blogs, but this one gave an awesome step-by-step tutorial. We dipped our cookies in sugar after letting them slightly cool to add a sparkly look :) Kids thought these were really fun, too.
Make double batch of sugar cookies. Divide dough into thirds, I made the orange layer a bigger portion. Line a bread pan with wax paper. Color your dough with food coloring. Press white dough into bottom of pan. Next press the orange dough on top of that, then repeat with the yellow dough. Place dough in fridge for an hour (or longer if your busy) :)
Turn dough out onto cutting board. Remove wax paper. Cut dough 1/2 inch thick (or so), then lay it flat and cut that into triangles.
Bake 350 for 8 minutes. Allow to cool about 3 minutes, then dip in a shallow bowl of sugar and let them cool completely.
Easy enough I could make these again next year....

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mini Mummy Pizzas

Halloween maybe I can do a little something fun with food....
Kids loved these. They would have been cuter with olive eyes, but then my kids wouldn't eat them, so we used little pieces of bacon.English Muffins
Pizza Sauce
String Cheese

Do you really need directions?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Krispy Kreme Donuts

I bookmarked this recipe long ago and John's been wanting me to try the time finally came. Yum! Not quite like Krispy Kreme, but very, very good! You need serveral hours of rise this treat takes some planning. I got 24 large donuts. I think I liked these better than the "raised donuts", but they were both good recipes.
John's Rating: strong 9

2 cups scalded milk
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar, divided
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons yeast
4 eggs (beaten)
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
7 cups sifted flour

3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup cold water

1Mix together ingredients for glaze.
2Melt butter in hot milk, add 1 tsp sugar and salt. Allow to cool.
3Beat in yeast, nutmeg, eggs, remaining sugar, and 3 cups flour.
4Add rest of flour (dough will be sticky).
5Knead for 5 minutes then allow to rise for 1-1 1/2 hours.
6Roll out dough, cut into shapes.
7Do not re-roll dough I rerolled my was fine! Then allow to rise for 30-45 minutes.
8Heat oil to 365° and fry 1 - 2 minutes on each side or until brown.
9Let them cool on a paper towel - helps get the glaze to stick.
10Dip warm donuts in glaze. I dipped both sides. (I let it sit frosting side up for a few minutes, then dipped the other side)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

OH...I love this! The graham cracker and seasonings with pumpkin and ice yummo! A perfect fall treat...well maybe not just for fall :) You gotta try this...

2/3 C pumpkin (use less if you don't want a strong pumpkin flavor, but I loved it)
1/2 C milk
1/4 t vanilla (or a little less)
3/4 teas. pumpkin pie spice
2 T brown sugar
Vanilla ice cream (I used half a carton)
4 graham cracker squares (or two rectangles)

Pop it all in the VitaMix and blend.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Chewy Brownie Cookies

I found this recipe on years's one of my favorite chocolate cookies.
*I have also halved this recipe.

1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2/3 cup shortening
1 Tbsp. water
1 teas. vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 flour
2/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1/2 teas salt
1/4 teas baking soda
2 cups semi-sweet choc. chips (or use any combo of chips you want)

Heat oven to 375.

Mix brown sugar, shortening, water and vanilla until well blended. Add eggs. Combine flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. Mix into creamed mixture. Stir in choc. chips.

Cook 7 to 9 minutes. DO NOT OVERBAKE!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Creamy Carameled Apple Dip

One of our favorite fall treats. This is something my mom makes and now we do...

Combine these two ingredients in mixer: (cream cheese needs to be at room temp.)

Refrigerate and eat with you favorite apple slices!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Raised Donuts

I saw this recipe today and thought, yum! Perfect treat for tonight! I halved the recipe because we didn't need that many around here...I got 9 good sized donuts. I don't have a donut cutter, so I used a large plastic cup to cut a circle, then used my fingers to punch a hole in the middle and work the dough there wasn't any "holes" to fry. These turned out great...and very filling dessert.
John's Rating: 9

5 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 packages active dry yeast (2 pkgs is 4 1/2 tsp)
1 3/4 cups very warm milk (120º to 130º)
1/3 cup shortening
2 eggs
Vegetable oil

Mix 2 cups of the flour, 1/2 cup sugar, salt and yeast in large bowl. Add milk, shortening and eggs. Beat on low speed 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently. Stir in remaining flour until smooth. Cover and let rise in warm place 50 to 60 minutes or until double. (Dough is ready if indentations remain when touched).
Turn dough onto generously floured surface; roll around lightly to coat with flour. Flatten dough with hands or rolling pin to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with floured doughnut cutter. Push together scraps and gently knead 2 or 3 times. Flatten dough to 1/2-inch thickness; cut with floured 3-inch doughnut cutter. Cover doughnuts and let rise 30 to 40 minutes or until double.
Heat oil (1 1/2 to 2 inches) in Dutch oven to 350º. Slide doughnuts into hot oil with wide spatula. Fry about 1 minute on each side or until golden brown. Remove carefully from oil (do not prick surfaces); drain on paper towels.( I got about 38 doughnuts, the recipe said 4 dozen) Roll or shake in sugar or you can also dip the tops of the doughnuts in glaze. See recipes below. One recipe is enough to cover all the doughnuts, so if you do both recipes, only make a half recipe.

White Doughnut Glaze
2 cups confectioners sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract4-6 tablespoons milk (depending on your desired consistency, I used cream)
Combine all of the ingredients into a bowl with a fork. If the glaze is too thin, add more confectioner’s sugar. If the glaze is too thick, stir in a little extra milk.
Maple Doughnut Glaze
2 cups powdered sugar2 teaspoons maple extract4 tablespoons cream (or milk I used cream)Combine all of the ingredients into a bowl with a fork. If the glaze is too thin, add more confectioner’s sugar. If the glaze is too thick, stir in a little extra milk.