Archive for December, 2011

Candy Cane Cookies


Makes about 4 dozen cookies.


1 cup butter or margarine

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

red food coloring

1/2 cup granulated sugar for decoration

Cream together the butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and confectioners sugar.

Beat in the egg, vanilla, and peppermint extracts.

Mix in the flour and salt.

Divide the dough in half; color one half red with the food coloring.

Wrap each half in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or freeze for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Roll a small amount of each dough into a 3 inch long log.

Roll them together in a twisted rope and curve the end like a cane.

Place on greased cookie sheets.

Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Roll the hot cookies in the remaining sugar and place on wire racks to cool completely.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Delicious cake-like cookies.

Makes about 60 cookies.


1 1/2 cups butter (no substitutes), softened

2 cups packed brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

1 (15 oz) can solid pack pumpkin

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups rolled oats

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars.

Beat in the pumpkin, egg, and vanilla.

Combine the flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.

Stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Transfer to wire racks to cool.


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Maple Apple Crisp

Serves 6-8


5 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced

3/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 pinch salt

1/3 cup cold butter, cut into pieces

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Place the apples in an 8 by 8 inch baking dish and toss them with the maple syrup.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, oat, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.

Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles a coarse crumble.

Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the apples.

Bake for about 35 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Very minty with lots of  chocolate chips!

Serves 6-8


2 cups milk

2 cups heavy cream

1 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

1 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, mix together the milk, cream, sugar, salt, vanilla, and peppermint extracts.

Stir until the sugar is dissolved.

Pour the mixture into an ice cream machine.

Freeze according the manufacturer’s instructions, adding the chocolate chips about 10 minutes into the freezing.

Once the ice cream has thickened…

…spoon it into a container and freeze for at least 1 hour.


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