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Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas Recipes

I know Christmas is past, but here are a few more dessert recipes that are good year round.

Grandma's York Mint Brownies
3 sticks butter, melted
3 C sugar
5 eggs
1 C cocoa
1 t salt
1 T vanilla
2 C flour
1 t baking powder
24 (1 1/2") York Peppermint Patties
Heat oven to 350. Grease a 9x13" baking dish. In a large bowl, stir together butter, sugar, and vanilla. Add eggs, stir until blended. Stir in flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Blend well. Reserve 2 C batter; spread remaining batter in pan. Arrange patties in single layer over batter, about 1/2" apart. Spread reserved batter over patties. Bake 50-55 minutes. Cool completely in pan. Cut into squares.
Peanut Butter Blossoms
1/4 C sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 C peanut butter
1/2 C Butter, softened
1 egg
1 1/2 C Flour
3/4 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped

Heat oven to 375. In large bowl, beat sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, and egg on medium speed. Stir in flour, soda, and baking powder. Shape dough into 1” balls; roll in additional granulated sugar. Place 2” apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are light brown. Immediately press 1 candy in center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
Red Velvet Cake
1 1/2 C sugar
1 C Crisco
2 eggs
1 oz. red food coloring
3 1/2 T cocoa
1 t vanilla
pinch of salt
1 t baking soda
1 T vinegar
2 1/2 C sifted cake flour
1 C buttermilk
Cream together sugar and Crisco. Add 2 eggs. Make a paste of food coloring, cocoa, vanilla, and salt. Add to first 3 ingredients. Add baking soda dissolved in vinegar. Add flour. Lastly, add buttermilk. Pour into 2 round cake pans. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or 12 minutes for cupcakes. Do not overbake.

Make a paste of 2T flour and 1 C milk. Cook until thick; cool completely. Add 2 sticks softened butter, 1 C powdered sugar, and 1t vanilla. Beat at high speed until light and fluffy. (If icing looks curdled, it may be too cold. Microwave for 5 seconds. If it looks runny, it may be too warm. Set bowl in a sink of ice water for a few minutes.)
Buttercream Frosting

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