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Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on 29 November 2012 by Cathy

I love chocolate chip cookies! This recipe is easy to throw together and will bring big smiles

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F


In a mixing bowl add 1 cup white sugar

Add 1 cup packed brown sugar


Add 2 sticks softened butter (one cup) then cream together with a mixer until smooth


Beat in the eggs one at a time then stir in 2 teaspoons of vanilla


Add one teaspoon baking soda in hot water and dissolve


Add to baking soda mix to the batter along with a half teaspoon of salt


Stir in 3 cups of flour


Stir in 2 cups of chocolate chips and one cup of nuts


Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans or line with parchment


Space evenly about 2″ apart


Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven or until edges are nicely browned


Allow to cool on a wire rack and enjoy!!

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Peanut Butter Cookies

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Posted on 04 April 2012 by Cathy

I learned to bake when I was young because I had a sweet tooth and my mother did not bake. I created this cookie recipe for my great-grandmother Bessie Hudson. She could not wait to start eating them as I was measuring everything out.  She would actually sample one as I would pull them out of the oven. It was always fun waiting for baked good to be cool enough to eat. These cookies were her all time favorite.











1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla











Measure out sugar into a large mixing bowl











Add brown sugar











Add butter and peanut butter then cream it all together











Add the vanilla











Beat in eggs











In a separate bowl add flour and baking powder











baking soda











Add salt then sift all the dry ingredients together











Stir the dry ingredients into batter and put into refrigerator for 1 hour










Grab a spoon of dough











Form into 1 inch balls and put on parchment lined baking sheets











Flatten each ball with a fork











Make a criss-cross pattern by pressing the other way











Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for about 10 minutes or until cookies begin to brown











Let them cool completely and try not to eat them all in one cookie monster session

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Mincemeat Tarts

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Mincemeat Tarts

Posted on 03 December 2011 by Cathy

This is my grandmother Claire’s recipe. My father could sit with the whole batch and finish them off in one day! Whenever I make this I can hear my dad thanking me for making them because he loved them that much. It also brings back many memories of Christmas especially of times with the family. I remember being in the kitchen with my grandmother helping her to make them.











1 cup crisco
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup ice cold water
1 jar mincemeat or make your own
1 cup Confectioners Sugar

This is what the written recipe says:
Preheat the oven to 350 F and strain the mincemeat – lump it all & mix. Flour fingertips to work. Wet paper towel and cover bowl. Roll out dough and cut into squares. 1 tsp. mince on middle of square. Roll and tuck ends or squeeze. Cookie sheet ungreased. Put fork marks on top to release air. Check. Powdered sugar to cover after finished.

Now let me break this down for you











Measure out the crisco
















Scrape it into a bowl














Measure out the flour and add to the bowl











Add the salt












Add the baking powder











Add the ice water











See it is all lumped together now per her recipe











Flour your fingers and work the dough until it comes together smooth. Wet a paper towel and cover the dough in the bowl











I like to divide the dough and only work with half at a time. Roll it out and cut into squares











Put 1 teaspoon of mincemeat in the middle of the square






















Tuck the end, squeeze and place on an ungreased cookie sheet











Keep working until all the dough is gone











Put fork marks on top to release steam











Bake at 350 F for about 30 minutes or until lightly brown











Put confectioners sugar into a bowl











Toss the hot tarts with the sugar and let cool











Serve warm or cool.. YUM!!!











This is what they look like inside…… Oh the memories

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