Monday, November 22, 2010

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies
Fruit Mixture
1 1/2 lb chopped dates
1/2 lb candied pineapple
1/2 lb candied cherries
1/2 c. flour
1 c. chopped pecans
Mix all together
Dough Mixture
1 c. butter
1 t. soda
1 t. cinnamon
2 eggs
2 1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. sugar
1. Mix all dough ingredients together
2. Mix all dough and fruit ingredients together.
3. Drop by spoonful onto cookie sheet and bake
4. 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes
These cookies actually taste better if they sit for a few days before you serve them. My kids do not like fruit cake but they absolutely wolf these cookies! They really are wonderful!

Gingersnaps

Gingersnaps
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. ginger
1/2 t. ground cloves
3/4 c. shortening
1/4 c. molasses
1 egg
1 c. sugar
1. Mix flour, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves set aside
2. Mix Sugar, egg and molasses
3. Mix the wet and the dry ingredients together.
4. Roll into 1" balls and roll in additional sugar
5. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes
6. Yields 4 dozen.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Soup
2 cubes of Chicken bouillon
1 qt. water
1 onion chopped
1 head of celery chopped
1 (20 ounce) bag of frozen broccoli florets
2 cans of Cream of Chicken Soup
1 lb Velvetta (cubed)
1 stick of butter
milk or fat free half and half
grated cheddar cheese
salt and white pepper
1. Melt the butter in a stock pot or dutch over
2. Add in the onion and celery, saute until tender
3. Add the broccoli, cook until just tender
4. Add the water and Cream of Chicken soup, and bouillon cubes
5. Bring it up to a boil, boil for 5 minutes
6. Lower the head to med low and add the Velvetta cubes
7. stir until melted, it is ready to eat!
8. NEVER EVER EVER LET IT BOIL!!!!!
9. If your soup is to thick add milk in small amounts until it has the right consistency.
10. It should be the creamy not runny.
Salt and pepper to your taste, I garnish it with grated cheddar cheese right before I serve it. I personally really like the flavor of the white pepper in this recipe. This is wonderful. It will be hard to eat any kind of canned Broccoli cheese soup after you taste this! This really is a great recipe and so easy! This recipe has about 10 servings. Unless you are like my family and use huge bowls!
Oh and one last thing! I can't stress enough! Never let it simmer or boil, once you add the cheese and milk! It will curdle and it burns very easily!

LAYERED TACO DIP

LAYERED TACO DIP
1ST LAYER - 2 CANS OF JALAPENO BEAN DIP
2ND LAYER - MIX TOGETHER
1 C. SOUR CREAM
1/2 C. MAYO
1 PKG OF TACO SEASONING
3RD LAYER - 3 CHOPPED TOMATOES
4TH LAYER - 1 BUNCH OF GREEN ONIONS CHOPPED
5TH LAYER - 1 CAN OF SLICED RIPE OLIVES (DRAINED)
6TH LAYER - 2 C. SHREDDED CHEDDAR CHEESE
SPREAD THE LAYERS IN A LONG SHALLOW PLATTER, I USE A LARGE OVAL AND AS I PUT IN THE LAYERS I LET THE BOTTOM LAYER SHOW A LITTLE BIT SO THAT EACH LAYER IS A LITTLE BIT SMALLER THAT THE ONE UNDERNEATH. IT JUST LOOKS KIND OF NEAT TO SEE IT ALL STACKED UP!. ENJOY!

Texas Sausage Balls

Texas Sausage Balls
1 lb. of Sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
1 lb. of breakfast sausage (spicy)
1/2 tsp. of garlic powder
3 c. of Bisquik baking mix
1. Mix all ingredients together
2. Roll into walnut size balls
3. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes (serve warm)
4. Makes about 8 1/2 dozen, servings for about 10 people
5. These may be frozen uncooked, just pop them for about 30 minutes right out of the freezer!
I sometimes wonder how many of these I would have to make before my family would get tired of them! This is the perfect make ahead recipe and an all time favorite!

Banana Bread

Banana Bread
2 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. butter
2 c. sugar
2 c. mashed overripe bananas
4 eggs, beaten
1 c. chopped nuts
1. Mix flour, salt, soda, baking powder, set aside
2. Cream butter and sugar
3. Add eggs to creamed mixture
4. Add bananas to butter, sugar, eggs mixture
5. Add dry ingredients to wet mix gently,
6. Add nuts
7. Pour mixture into 2 greased and floured loaf pans
8. Bake for 60-70 minutes @350 degrees
This banana bread is very moist. It is one of my favorite banana bread recipes. I have debated on changing the butter to 1 3/4 cup but haven't tried that yet. I hate dry banana bread and this one is never dry! Why mess with perfection! I just can't make it that often, I am sure it is not exactly heart healthy!

Apple Dumplings

Apple Dumplings
3 Granny Smith apples (cored, peeled cut in 8ths)
3 cans of Pillsbury Crescent rolls, seperated
2 c. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 can of Mountain Dew
2 sticks of butter
1. Roll up one piece of apple in each crescent roll section.
2. Arrange the apple rolls in a 9" x 13" pan.
3. Melt the butter
4. Add the sugar and cinnamon to the melted butter, mix well
5. Spread over the apple rolls
6. Pour the Mountain Dew over the apple rolls
7. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes
8. Baste gently then continue baking for another 10-20 minutes.
I got this recipe from a longtime friend! Thanks LouAnn, I haven't tried it yet but I know if LouAnn says it's good I can't wait!!!!!