Thursday, December 23, 2010

Gingerbread Cutouts

The cookies after being baked...

Preparing the table and making a mess...

The cookies iced and finished...

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Beat shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves. Beat till combined.
Beat in molasses, egg, and vinegar. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in the remaining flour.
Divide dough in half, cover, and chill for three hours, or until easy to handle.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface from 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch in thickness. Place 1 inch apart on greased sheet. Bake at 375 for 5 to 6 minutes.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Angel Lush

I made this cake for my dad's birthday. It's VERY good! It's good as it is beautiful!

1 package (4-serving-size) vanilla instant pudding
1 can (398 ml) no sugar added crushed pineapple, undrained
1 cup thawed light cool whip topping
1 prepared (store-bought or homemade) angel food cake
10 fresh strawberries

Mix dry pudding mix and pineapple (with juice) in medium bowl. Gently stir in the whipped topping.
Cut the cake horizontally into 3 layers. Place bottom cake layer, cut side up, on serving plate; top with some of the pudding mixture. Cover with middle cake layer and spread on more of the pudding mixture.

Top with remaining cake layer; spread with remaining pudding mixture. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Top with strawberries just before serving.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cowboy Cookies

These cookies are VERY good! I love the crunch that the cereal adds! I have made them for my orchestra twice now, and everyone loved them!

1 cup margarine
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 cups cereal (rice krispies, bran flakes)
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
2 cups oatmeal
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup coconut or chocolate chips (or peanuts)

Cream butter and sugars. Add dry ingredients. Then add the cereal, chocolate chips, coconut, and oats. Mix well, you may need to add some milk. Roll into balls and flatten with fork. Bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes.