Blueberry Buckle

Hi friends!

Today felt like a day for baking, so I decided I would try to make Blueberry Buckle, which is basically Blueberry Coffee Cake. I was very pleased with the final product and it was also a lot of fun to bake. This recipe would be a great dessert recipe anytime of the year. Here’s the recipe and the directions

Recipe:

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries

For the topping:

  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened

Directions:

  • In a large bowl, cream together the egg, shortening, and 3/4 cup sugar
  • In a separate bowl, combine the salt, baking powder, and 2 cups all purpose flour
  • Stir flour mixture into the sugar mixture while alternating with the milk until well combined
  • Stir in the blueberries
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Grease an 8 inch by 8 inch pan
  • Poor batter into the pan
  • For the topping: combine the butter, cinnamon, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/3 cup flour and pour over top the batter
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes

Hope you all try it and like it!

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Lemon Pudding Cookies

It is officially summer for me. To start the season off I made Lemon Pudding Cookies. The recipe is very quick and easy and they taste delicious. Here is the recipe if you are looking for a tasty summer treat!

Recipe:

  • I cup buttermilk baking mix
  • 1 (3oz) package instant lemon pudding mix (I used 3.5oz package)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

Directions:

  • In a medium bowl, mix together egg, oil, pudding mix, and baking mix until dough forms
  • preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease one cookie sheet
  • shape dough into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart
  • with a flat bottom glass, press on the dough and flatten them to 1/4 inch thick
  • sprinkle on sugar
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown
  • eat them.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies!

Hi Everybody!

I hope everyone had a good holiday with their friends and family. One of the best parts of this time of year is baking! I found this recipe for Oatmeal Peanut Butter cookies that turned out great, so I am sharing it here!

Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats

Directions:

  • combine, flour, salt, and baking soda in medium bowl, set aside
  • in a large bowl, cream together shortening, margarine, peanut butter, and sugars until well blended, beat in eggs
  • gradually add in flour mixture until well blended, stir in the oats
  • preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • drop 2 inch mounds of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart
  • bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown
  • transfer to a rack for cooling and enjoy!

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Sugar Cookies!

Hello! For some reason, finding a recipe for sugar cookies has been a challenge for me! However, I finally found one that I actually really like. They are super fluffy and super yummy. Here is the recipe!

Recipe:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter or shortening
  • 1 tablespoon and ground cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar (for topping)

Directions:

  • mix together flour, salt, and baking soda in medium bowl, set aside
  • In a large bowl, cream together sugars, shortening, egg, vanilla, and buttermilk until smooth
  • Gradually add in flour mixture and combine until smooth
  • let dough chill for one hour
  • preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • on a lightly-greased cookie sheet, place teaspoon sized balls of dough about 1-2 inches apart
  • bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown
  • transfer to a rack for cooling and enjoy!

PIE

Hello! It’s been quite a long time since I last posted, so I thought I would share a couple of new recipes. Over the weekend, I went home to one of my best friend Emily’s house for fall break. In addition to her entire family being extremely welcoming, her mother taught me how to make pie, a new baking territory for me. It was definitely my favorite part of the weekend. To top it off, her mother gave me my very own pie recipe book, which is full of delicious looking recipes that I am eager to try. In the meantime, I thought I would share with you the recipes for the pies that were made over the weekend. They are apple and pumpkin, perfect for this time of year!

PUMPKIN PIE:

Double Crust:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup crisco
  • 6-7 tablespoons cold water
  1. Mix flour and salt with pastry knife
  2. Cut in Crisco with pastry knife until pieces are pea size
  3. Add water a Tablespoon at a time and mix with a fork until a ball forms
  4. On a floured surface, flatten dough with hands and roll with a rolling pin into a 12 inch circle.
  5. Place in a 9 inch pie pan and flute edges.

Pumpkin Pie Filling:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  1. Combine the eggs and sugars in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mix on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in the pumpkin, spices, and salt until blended. Stir in the cream and half-and-half until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter and flour pie pans. Prepare the double crust recipe. Pour filling into pie pans evenly.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 325 and bake for an additional 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack. Enjoy with some whipped cream!

APPLE CRUMB PIE:

  • I cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 6 cups peeled and sliced Gala apples
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Mix these ingredients and place in double crust.

CRUMB TOPPING:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 cup butter (cut in)

Combine and sprinkle over apples

Cover pie edges with foil and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 30 minutes.

Cool on a rack and enjoy with some whipped cream!

I am really excited for the holidays so I have an opportunity to make these delicious pies again!1779896_10205019533150662_6766090543001877126_n

Brookies!!

Hi there!

A few weeks ago, my mom emailed me the recipe to this fun looking dessert called Brookies. They are what they sound like. Half brownie, half chocolate chip cookie. All yummy. They require a bit more bit of work seeing as two separate batters must be made, but it was definitely fun to try something new. I did find that I had far more cookie dough than brownie, so keep that in mind.

Ingredients

Brownie Cookie Batter:

 

  • 1/3 cup butter (5 1/3 tablespoons)
  • 1/3 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Batter:

 

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup chocolate chips (mini size preferred)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with silpat liners or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. For the brownie cookie batter, in a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter and chocolate chips together at 1-minute intervals, stirring inbetween, until smooth and combined. Stir in the sugar. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla and mix until thick and well-combined.
  3. Stir in the cocoa, flour, baking powder and salt until no streaks remain. Cover and refrigerate while making the chocolate chip cookie dough.
  4. For the chocolate chip cookie batter, in the bowl of an electric stand mixer or with a handheld electric mixer, cream together granulated sugar, brown sugar, and butter until smooth, 1-2 minutes.
  5. Blend in the eggs and vanilla, mixing for 2-3 minutes until the batter is very light in color.
  6. Stir in the flour, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips until no dry streaks remain and the chocolate chips are evenly distributed.
  7. Portion both sets of dough into tablespoon-sized balls
  8. Grabbing one chocolate chip cookie ball and one brownie batter ball, press them together and use your hands to gently form into a cookie shape, flattening and turning to smooth the edges and form a flattish but still thick cookie shape; they’ll spread out while baking.
  9. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until the chocolate chip cookie side is just very slightly browned and the brownie side looks set – they should still be soft and slightly underbaked if anything. Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes before scooping onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

Hope you enjoyed!!

 

The Classic M&M Cookies

These M&M cookies are absolutely delicious. This recipe, otherwise known as Robbi’s M&M cookies has been serving me well throughout the years. They were big hits at my Pelotonia bake sale, and out of all the cookies I made for that, these had the best tasting dough in my opinion. So I thought I would share them on here!

Recently I have also tried making my cookies without using any kind of electric mixer, and I have found that I prefer the “old fashioned way”. I don’t think it makes a difference in taste so it’s up to you on how you want to mix the dough.

Recipe:
2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup shortening
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups M&Ms

Directions:
1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking soda. set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine sugars, shortening, eggs, and vanilla. Mix in flour mixture until well combined. Stir in M&Ms throughout.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
4. Place 2 inch balls of dough about 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet
5. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and transfer to a rack to cool.

Hope you enjoy! Here is a picture!

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