Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

One of my favorite fall traditions

2 3/4 c. all purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1 c. butter, softened
1-1/2 c. powdered sugar
2 t. pumpkin pie spice
1 t. vanilla extract
1 egg

Combine flour and baking soda; set aside. In another bowl, blend butter and powdered sugar together; add pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and egg. mix in flour mixture; blend well. Cover dough; refrigerated for 2 hours. roll dough out on a lightly floured surface; cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters, Bake at 350 degrees on ungreased baking sheets until golden, about 8 minutes. Makes 2 dozen.

Forgotten Kisses

These cookies are a little tricky, but so good and pretty quick to make.

2 egg whites
3/4 c. sugar
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
dash of salt
1 tsp of vanilla

Beat egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Slowly (must be very slow) add sugar. Add rest of ingredients. Bake @ 350 degrees until light brown on top. Line cookie sheet with white paper (I just use computer paper).

This is what they will look like when you are done, toasty brown on the top. We sometimes will color them for different occasions.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fruit Pizza

This is so easy!

Favorite sugar cookie recipe (I have heard that the refrigerated kind works great)
7oz marshmallow creme
8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
assorted fruit (I used peaches, kiwi, and strawberries)

Spread it on a ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in oven for 10 minutes until the center is no longer doughy.


Mix marshmallow creme and cream cheese until smooth, spread on cooled cookie crust.

Place fruit in pattern on top. Eat!!!

Good Hot Dogs

Okay this picture is one of the worst I have taken. I had to include these hot dogs on my blog because they are to die for. I always like to have a picture, and this is all I had time for. Sorry. You should try these they got rave reviews. I got this recipe from "The Essential Mormon Cookbook" by Julie Badger Jensen

1/2 c. chopped onion
2 Tbs butter
1 bottle chili sauce (Homade brand)
1/2 c. apple juice
2 Tbs mustard
2 Tbs packed brown sugar
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
8 hot dogs
8 buns, buttered and toasted

Saute onion in butter until lightly browned. Add remaining sauce ingredients. Simmer 5 minutes. Add hot dogs. Cover and heat through. Serve hot dogs on buns topped with sauce (the sauce is so GOOD!)

Buffalo Chicken Wings

These are spicy! Sorry the picture isn't the best, still working on presentation-or having time to present.

24 chicken wings
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
4 cups vegetable oil for frying
1/4 c. butter or margarine
1/4 cup hot pepper sauce
1 tsp white wine venigar
1 bottle blue cheese dressing

Cut tips off wings at first joint; discard tips. Cut remaining wings into two at the joint; sprinkle iwth salt and pepper. Heat oil in deep fryer or heavy saucepan to 375 degrees. Add hal of the wings; fry about 10 minutes or until golden brown and crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining wings.

Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat; stir in pepper sauce and vinegar. Cook until thoroughly heated. Place wings on large platter. Pour sauce over wings. Serve warm with dressing.

Deluxe Fajita Nachos

2 1/2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
1 package Lawry's Spices & Seasonings for Fajitas
1/3 c. water
8 oz tortilla chips
1 1/4 cups grated Cheddar Cheese
1 c. grated Monterey jack cheese
1 large tomato, chopped
1 can sliced ripe olives, drained
1/4 cup sliced green onions
Sour Cream
In medium skillet, combine chicken, Spices & Seasonings and water; blend well. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 7 minutes. In large, shallow ovenproof platter, arrange chips. Top with chicken and cheeses. Place under broiler to melt cheese. Top with tomato, olives, green onions and desired amount of salsa.

Chicken Alfredo

This is one of my favorite meals!

6 oz bow tie pasta
2 TBS. butter
1/2 lb chicken cut into strips
2 green onions
1 TBS butter
3/4 c. mushrooms
2 TBS fresh or 1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tbs garlic powder
2 c. heavy cream
3/4 grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 pepper

Cook pasta according to directions. Drain and set aside. In a large skillet heat butter over medium heat. Add chicken and stir-fry about 5 minutes or until cooked through. In a separate pan saute green onions in 1 tbs butter until tender. Add mushrooms, thyme and sauteed onions to chicken. Add garlic powder, cream, cheese, salt and pepper. Simmer about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked and tender. Serve over pasta.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am a chocolate chip cookie lover. I try a spin on the classic with these. My kids call them brownie cookies.

* 1/2 c. softened butter
* 1/2 c. shortening
* 3/4 c. white sugar
* 3/4 c. brown sugar
* 2 eggs
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 2/3 cup cocoa powder
* 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 2 cups chocolate chips (I used milk)
* 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I love walnuts and make my family suffer through them)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or just until set. Cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Oatmeal Cake

This is my husband's favorite dessert. It is one my Mom made for us all growing up. I love it.

1 c. butter
1 c. oatmeal
1 1/2 c. boiling water
2 eggs
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
1 1/3 c. flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

Combine butter oatmeal, and boiling water. Set aside. Mix remaining ingredients. Add oatmeal mixture. Bake @ 350 for 30-40 minutes in a greased cake pan.


6 tsp butter
1 c. coconut
1/2 c. evaporated milk
1 c. brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Heat milk and sugar. Dissolve, add melted butter. Add remaining ingredients. Poke holes in cake when done and add frosting while still warm.

Cinnamon-Apple Pancakes

These are the best pancakes. They always make me think of fall.

1 c. all-purpose flour
1 T. brown sugar, packed
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
14 t. vanilla extract
1 egg beaten
1 c. milk
2 T. oil
1/2 c. applesauce

Combine dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl; make a well in the center and set aside. In a small mixing bowl, blend vanilla, egg, milk, and oil; mix into the dry ingredients until just moistened. Add applesauce; mix well. pour a little less than a 1/4 c. onto a hot, greased griddle. cook until bubble on surface; flip and heat until golden on both sides.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Tomato Bisque

I love tomato soup, especially this recipe. Right now this is the perfect thing to do with all of your garden tomatoes!

2 c. chicken broth
14 1/2 oz can whole tomatoes, undrained and broken up
1/2 c. celery chopped
1/2 c. onion chopped
3 med. tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
3 T. butter
3 T. flour
2 c. half and half
1 T. Sugar

In an stockpot or large sauce pan, combine first 4 ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. In blender, puree mixture in small batches until smooth. In same pan, cook fresh tomatoes in butter for 5 minutes. Stir in flour. Add half and half. Over low heat, cook adn stir until thickened. Stir in broth mixture and sugar. Heath through, do not boil.