Toffee Squares

Another Christmas favorite.

1 cup butter or margarine

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg yolk

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1/4 tsp salt

3-4 milk chocolate candy bars

1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Heat oven to 350. Mix butter, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla. Stir in flour and salt until dough is well blended. Spread in a greased 9×13 baking pan. Bake 25-30 minutes or until nicely browned. Crust will still be soft. Remove from oven and immediately place squares of chocolate candy bar on top. Let stand until soft; spread evenly over entire surface. Sprinkle with nuts if desired. Cut in small squares while still warm.


Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

This is  yummy, fudgy, chocolatey goodness!

1/2 cup vegetable oil

4 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted (total of 4 ounces)

2 cups granulated sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup powdered sugar

Mix oil, chocolate and granulated sugar. Blend in one egg at a time until well mixed. Add vanilla. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to oil mixture. Chill several hours or overnight.

Heat oven to 350;. Drop teaspoonfuls of dough into powdered sugar. Roll in sugar; shape into balls. Place about 2 inches apart on greased baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes.

Makes about 6 dozen cookies.


Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap~Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

I have a very vivid memory of my mother serving my brother and me these cookies when we came home from school. I once tried to simplify this recipe by using store-bought frosting, but it just didn’t taste right to me. So it is worth the extra effort to follow this recipe. The glaze is optional, but it looks so pretty. I hope you will like this too.

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

                        *Cookie*
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick cooking oats
                        *Frosting*
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
3 tablespoons melted butter
2-3 tablespoons boiling water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
                        *Glaze*
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
3-4 teaspoons milk
                         
Cookie:
Cream together first 5 ingredients until fluffly. Add egg and milk; beat well. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Beat just till well combined. Stir in oats. Spread evenly in greased 13x9x2″  pan or two 8″ or9″ square pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool.

Frosting:
Sift together confectioner’s sugar and cocoa. Quickly stir in the melted butter, water and vanilla. Beat till smooth. Spread quickly and evenly over cooled cookies in pan.

Glaze:
Heat and stir butter till golden brown. Stir in confectioner’s sugar and milk. Drizzle over frosting.

Cut into squares to serve.


Day 20 of 25 Days of Christmas: Seven Layer Cookies

More Christmas Cookies! I’ve heard these called Magic Cookie Bars also

Seven Layer Cookies

1 stick butter
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Melt butter and place in bottom of 9 x 13″  pan.
Place remaining items in pan in the order listed.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 25 minutes or till brown.
Cool for 15 minutes and cut.


Day 19 o f 25 Recipes of Christmas: Snowballs

Christmas cookies again!

Snowballs

FILLING:
1 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup finely chopped salted cocktail peanuts
COOKIE:
3 cups flour
1 1/4 cups butter — softened
1 tablespoon vanilla
Powdered sugar

To make filling:
Melt peanut butter chips and chocolate chips in a double boiler, stirring till  smooth. Remove from heat. Add powdered sugar and peanuts, mix well. Chill until firm enough to shape. Roll into 3/4″ balls; set aside.

To make cookie:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In bowl, combine flour, butter and vanilla extract; knead until well blended. Shape into one 11″ log, cut into 1/4″ slices. Shape each dough slice around a ball of filling. Roll into a ball and place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes. Cool. Roll in powdered sugar.

Yield: 3 dozen


Day 17 of 25 Recipes of Christmas: Christmas Bells

These are fun cookies to make and eat. They are shaped like bells. It is not difficult to do, but it does take a little pre-planning.

Christmas Bells 

1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup margarine

1/2 c sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix shortening, margarine, sugar, egg and vanilla thoroughly. Measure flour by dipping or sifting. Stir flour, soda and salt together. Blend in to creamed mixture.  Color 2/3 of the dough red or green. Mold into 10 x 1 1/2″ roll. Mold this roll into a bell shape by squeezing the top together and leaving the lower half flared and curving; chill.

Save 1/4 of white dough for clappers. Roll out the rest of dough on waxed paper into a rectangle large enough to cover colored roll, about 10 x 4″; trim edges. Wrap around roll; chill again.

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cut 1/8″ thick slices. Place 1/2″ apart on ungreased baking sheet. Press tiny ball of dough at bottom for clapper. Bake 8-10 minutes.


Day 6 of 25 Recipes of Christmas: Cut Out Cookies

Here is my family’s version of cut out cookies. This is the only time I ever make cut out cookies. Coincidentally, it is also the only time of year that I use swear words. I don’t get along too well with this type of cookie. I’m too impatient and try to be too perfect. Since my kids are older now, I’ve handed this tradition over to them to do and I stay out of the kitchen. The recipe is not difficult. In fact, I’ve tried many sugar cookie recipes and have the same results whenever I use cookie cutters. The problem lies with ME.

Cut Out Cookies

2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup shortening
1 dash nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
ICING:
1 pound confectioner’s sugar
1/2 stick margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 ounces cream cheese — softened
1 teaspoon milk

Mix together sugar, eggs, milk, vanilla, shortening, nutmeg and salt. Add flour, baking soda and baking powder.

Roll out dough to 1/4″ thickness and cut out with cookie cutters.

Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes.

Cool and ice.

ICING:
Mix together ingredients and color with paste food coloring.