Saturday, December 28, 2013

Favorite Coffee Cake


I hope everyone had a nice Christmas.  I had a terrific holiday!!  This year we went to the Columbus Zoo to see the Wildlights.  These were the best Christmas lights I have ever seen.



I made this coffee cake for breakfast this week since Billy and Cally are home.  Cally said it is the best Coffee Cake she has ever had.  This is my favorite Coffee Cake.  It is real similar to the Bisquick Coffee Cake.  I used salted butter in mine and when it was done you could definitely taste a sweet salty butter taste to it.

Favorite Coffee Cake
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Cake
1 1/2 C flour
3/4 C sugar
3/4 t salt
2 1/2 t baking powder
1/4 C soft shortening ( I used butter )
3/4 C milk
1 egg

streusel filling and topping
1/2 C brown sugar
2 t cinnamon
1/2 C finely chopped pecans
2 T butter, melted


Heat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl blend all the cake ingredients.  set aside.

Mix the streusel filling ingredients together.  set aside.

Pour half of the cake mixture into a greased 9 inch pan.  Sprinkle half of the streusel on top of the cake mixture.  Repeat with the rest of the cake mixture and then end with the rest of the streusel mixture.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.





Sunday, December 22, 2013

Thumb Print Cookies


I have been busy on my vacation.  I have made some of my cookies, got my shopping done and everything is wrapped.  I am a happy Momma this week.  Billy and Cally are both home for the Holidays. Tonight we are going to go see the lights at the Columbus Zoo and out to eat.  I will take pictures and post some later of the Zoo lights.


Here is a sample of some of my Christmas Goodies.  I made these for a high school class mate of mine and his family.

These Cookies are one of Bill's favorite.  This recipe comes from my childhood. It is one my mom always made.  You can fill them with whatever filling you would like.  I take the easy route and just fill them with ready made can icing.

Thumb Print Cookies
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1/4 Cup shortening  (I use crisco)
1/4 Cup butter
1 egg yolk (reserve the egg white for dipping)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 Cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 Cup brown sugar

Cream crisco, butter and sugar.  Add egg yolk and vanilla, mix well.  Add flour and salt.

Roll into 1 inch balls, dip the cookie balls into the egg whites before placing on cookie sheets ( I use cookies sheets covered with parchment paper)

Bake for 5 minutes at 350 degrees, take out of oven and press down the center of the cookies with a 1/2 t measuring spoon.  Return to the oven for 5 minutes

Cool and fill with your favorite topping.  Makes about 2 dozen

Monday, December 16, 2013

Pecan Snickerdoodle Bars


I am hoping to get back on track and start posting more recipes.  I have been really busy trying to get Christmas shopping, cook book writing, and decorating done.  I am on vacation this week so I am hoping to get my Christmas goodies done.

These Pecan Snickerdoodle bars are so addicting.  You start eating them and can not quit.  I made them with some of the pecans I bought while driving through Georgia last month.  These are the best pecans I have ever tasted.  It really does make a difference in buying them at the Pecan farm vs buying them in the store.

Pecan Snickerdoodle Bars

1/2 Cup butter
1 Cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon Butter Pecan Lorann flavor fountain
1 1/2 Cup flour
1/2 teaspoon soda
2 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 Cup chopped pecans

In a large mixer bowl beat butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla and continue to beat until combined.  Add flour and baking soda and combine.

Spread batter into a 8 X 11 1/2 inch pan ( I used a half of a sheet cake pan 13 X 9.625 so mine are a little thin) 

Sprinkle chopped pecans over dough and then gently press them into the dough

Combine 2 T sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle over dough

Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees or until wooden pick inserted comes out clean
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