Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Look Out!! I'm Baking Again!!

My baking during the year varies. Sometimes I get in the mood and bake fairly frequently, and then the rest of the time my baking consists of break and bake cookies!!! However, during the Christmas season, I seem to enjoy baking more......you know.....sucking up to Santa and all!!! So when the golf team took over Warrior Bingo (our local school fund raiser bingo program) for the month, and I had little time to donate, I decided baking cookies to sell would be the perfect way to contribute!!! I guess now the dilemma is coming up with a recipe I can't ruin!!! I'd really hate to poison a bunch of people so close to the holidays!!! **giggle**

Here's what I came up with......

Can't fail, everyone loves No Bake Cookies!!!
Yummy delicious forever old recipe Brown Sugar Cookies w/ caramel frosting
Peanut's guaranteed to bring a pretty penny Pumpkin Cookies w/ cream cheese frosting
These wonderfully sinful, you better be really good the rest of the year because you ate the entire batch by yourself Graham Cracker Bars

I'll share the recipes, you can try them, and let me know what you think.....you know after you awaken from your sugar coma....will we earn a gazillion dollars or what???!!!

No Bake Cookies
I'm sure everyone has this but here ya go in case you've been living under a rock!! :O)

1/2 c butter 1/2 c peanut butter plain or crunchy
2 c sugar 3 c quick rolled oats
1/2 c milk 1 tsp vanilla
4 tblsp cocoa

Boil the butter, sugar, milk and cocoa for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat and add the peanut butter, oats and vanilla. Drop by spoonfuls on wax paper and let set up. Recipe can easily be doubled.....so that you can eat one before the kids come home from school!!!! :O)

Easy Praline Bars (graham cracker bars)
from Betty Crocker's Cookbook

24 graham cracker squares 1/2 c packed brown sugar
1/2 c butter or margarine 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 c chopped pecans

Heat oven to 350*. Arrange crackers in single layer in ungreased jelly roll pan. Heat brown sugar and butter to boiling. Boil and stir 1 minute; remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Pour over crackers; spread evenly. Sprinkle with pecans. Bake until bubbly, 8-10 minutes, cool slightly. Cut into bars.

***Your gonna want to wash up the pan before the family gets home so they don't know how much a batch actually makes......if you tend to taste test before serving. I ALWAYS do because I'd hate to serve my family something non-edible....and by taste-testing I mean eat 1/2 of the batch!!! But hey....no evidence...no crime!!!! :O)****

Brown Sugar Cookies
a recipe from my friend's grandmother

2 c brown sugar 2 tsp baking powder
1 c butter 1 tsp baking soda
3 eggs 1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c milk dash nutmeg
3 c flour

Cream brown sugar and butter. Add eggs and milk, as well as vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and nutmeg. Gradually add to the brown sugar mixture. Bake at 400* for 8 minutes after dropped on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Caramel Frosting

1/2 cup butter 1 c packed brown sugar
1/4 c milk 2 c powdered sugar

Heat butter in 2 quart saucepan until melted. Stir in brown sugar. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir over low heat 2 minutes. stir in milk. Heat to boiling; remove from heat. Cool to lukewarm. Gradually stir in powdered sugar. Place pan of frosting in bowl of cold water; beat until smooth and of spreading consistency. If frosting becomes too stiff, stir in additional milk.

Peanut's Prize Winning Pumpkin Cookies
she recently auctioned a bunch of these off for big bucks for a charity event!!!!

2 1/2 c all purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda 2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp salt 1/2 c butter, softened
1 1/2 c sugar 1 c canned pumpkin puree
1 egg 1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350*. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside In a medium bowl, cream together 1/2 c butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, eff and 1 tsp vanilla to butter mixture, beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoon, flatten slightly. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Cool before frosting

Peanut's Cream Cheese Frosting

4 oz softened cream cheese 1/4 softened butter
1/2 tsp vanilla 1 1/2 c confectioners' sugar

Cream together Cream cheese, butter and vanilla, gradually adding in confectioners' sugar until of spreading consistency.

****Again.....it is all fair and not lying at all to proclaim that this batch makes only 3 cookies because you have eaten the rest!!!! Not that I have EVER done that.....I'm just saying!!!!****


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