Friday, August 19, 2011

Snickerdoodle Bars

2 1/3 cup flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter flavored Crisco
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
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Cinnamon Filling
1 Tbl sugar
1 Tbl cinnamon
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Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 Tbl milk
1/4 tsp vanilla

Heat oven to 350. Spray or grease bottom only of a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt, set aside. In large bowl, beat Crisco until creamy. Beat in sugars. Gradually beat in eggs and vanilla into sugar mixture until combined. On low speed beat in dry ingredients until combined. Spoon half the batter into pan; spread evenly. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar mixture evenly over batter. Dollop teaspoon size amounts of remaining batter evenly over cinnamon and sugar mixture. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour. In small bowl, stir glaze ingredients until smooth and thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle over bars. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.
Makes 24 bars. Mark and I however couldn't wait for them to cool off, so we ate them without the glaze.

Muffins That Taste Like Donuts

1 3/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
3/4 cups milk
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FOR THE TOPPING:

1/4 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbl cinnamon

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Combine oil, sugar, egg and milk. Add dry ingredients and stir only to combine. Scoop into either greased or lined muffin tin. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Take muffins out of muffin tin while still hot. Dip muffins in melted butter, then into sugar and cinnamon mix. Let cool. Makes 12

Black Bottom Banana Bars

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup baking cocoa

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla; beat until thoroughly combined. Blend in the bananas. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide batter in half. Add cocoa to half; spread into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Spoon remaining batter on top and swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool.

Garlic - Basil Halibut

12 oz halibut
2 Tbl fresh snipped basil
1 Tbl melted butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 tsp salt & pepper

Thaw fish if frozen; rinse and pat dry. If necessary, cut fish into 2 serving size pieces. In a small bowl combine basil, butter, garlic, and salt and pepper. Brush mixture over both sides of halibut. Place fish on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 4 inches from heat for 8 to 12 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with fork, turn once.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Apple Brownies

Apple Brownies

1 cup margarine or butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
4 apples,peeled and chopped

Cream first 3 ingredients, then add dry ingredients. Add apple. Grease and flour 9 x 13 pan. Spread batter in pan and bake at 375 for 40 minutes or until golden.

ENJOY!