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Lemon Crisps Anyone? 🍋

Lemon Crisps

Every once in awhile, I have an urge to bake!! Usually, my favorite season for baking is around the holidays, however, every once in awhile I feel inspired to bake and the other day was just one of those days!! Our local farmer’s market was finally opened after a chilly winter and not only did we fill up our basket with local vegetables, I picked up some fresh lemons. I tend to use lemons in my water but this particular day, I wanted to make Lemon Crisps and I thought that I would share the recipe with all of you. 😊

INGREDIENTS

1 cup of salted butter

1 3oz. packaged cream cheese

1 cup sugar

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon grated lemon rind

2 3/4 cups sifted all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Mix all ingredients together.

2. Chill dough at least 3 hours.

3. When ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

4. Prep your cookie sheets and spray them with Pam Baking Spray.

5. If you want to use cookie cutters, roll into 1/4 inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut cookies with a floured cookie cutters OR If you want to save a few minutes, roll into small balls and press down with a fork.

Getting Ready to Bake!!

6. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes.

Cookies Cooling

Hope you enjoy this recipe!!!

Here’s to your health!!! 🙂

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Two More Days Til Christmas 🎄 Peppermint Cookies

Peppermint Cookies

Happy Christmas Eve Eve!!!!! The Christmas lights are on and we are enjoying our tree today. One of the last things that we do after putting the decorations on our tree is place candy canes all around it. Of course, if you have a person who has a sugar tooth, you will notice that the candy canes slowly seem to disappear before Christmas!!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣 So before they are all gone, take couple off the Christmas tree and make this amazing cookie recipe!!!!!

Ingredients

3/4 cup sugar


1/2 cup salted butter, softened


1 large egg


1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract


1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour


1 teaspoon cream of tartar


1/2 teaspoon baking soda


1/2 cup crushed mini candy canes or
peppermint candies


1/4 cup sugar

Instructions


STEP 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray cookie sheets with Pam Baking Spray or line your pans with parchment paper; set aside.



STEP 2  Combine 3/4 cup sugar, butter, egg, vanilla and peppermint extract in bowl; beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; beat at low speed until well mixed. Stir 1/4 cup crushed candy into dough.



STEP 3  Stir remaining 1/4 cup crushed candy into 1/4 cup sugar.

Crushed Peppermint Sugar Mixture



STEP 4  Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls; roll in sugar mixture. Place, 2 inches apart, onto prepared cookie sheets.



STEP 5  Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Do not overbake. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

Right out of the Oven

I hope that you enjoy this festive recipe!!!

Merry Christmas!!! 🎄🦌🎅

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Seven More Days Til Christmas 🎄 – Baking Biscotti

Biscotti

By now, you may have gathered that I’m Italian and that I enjoy baking and cooking!! Now that we having one more week until Christmas, it’s baking time!!! I have so many recipes that I love to make this time of the year and one that always has to be included is Biscotti which is perfect with your afternoon cup of coffee or after dinner with a glass of vino – which is the Italian way!!! 🤣🤣🤣

To start, you will need the following ingredients:

2 cups of sugar

1 cup of butter, melted

1/4 cup of anise seed and 1/4 cup of Sambuca (you can use anisette if you prefer)

2 teaspoons of vanilla and 2 tablespoons of water (or if you want, you can use 3 tablespoons of whiskey instead)

6 eggs

5 1/2 cups of flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

2 cups of chopped walnuts

Instructions:

1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.

2. In a big bowl, mix all of your ingredients in the order given. Just make sure that you mix in the walnuts last.

3. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough for 2-3 hours.

4. Grease you baking sheets (I use Pam baking spray).

5. Take your dough out if the fridge and shape your dough into small flat loaves that are about 1/2 inch thick and 2-3 inches wide and you can make the loaves as long as the pan or the width of the as shown in my picture. Simply stated, I eye it!! 🙂 Just make sure that your loaves are spaced well apart and that you can put 2 loaves on a large baking sheet.

6. Bake the loaves for 20 minutes or until browned.

Baked Loaves out of the Oven

7. Remove the loaves out of the oven and let them cool a little.

8. Next, cut your loaves into diagonal slices about 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch thick. Place the slices on your baking sheet and bake them at 375 degree for 15 to 20 minutes.

9. Remove biscotti from the oven and let them cool down. I store my biscotti in tins.

Biscotti Cooling Down

I hope that you enjoy this Italian classic recipe for the holidays!!!! 🎄🎅 🦌

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Christmas Snickerdoodles 🎄

Christmas Tin of Snickerdoodles

I just love to bake, especially around the holidays!!! Over to the weekend, we were watching a Christmas movie and the main character said that their favorite cooking was a Christmas Snickerdoodle! Not knowing what it was, I did some research about this cookie and learned that it’s a cookie made with cinnamon and sugar. Well, that was all I needed to hear and I was off to the kitchen to bake!!!! 🙂 We decided that this cookie is one of our new favorites – right up there with my pizelles and biscotti recipe. So, if you haven’t tried them, it’s definitely worth taking some time this holiday to bake a batch!!

Ingredients


2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour


1 1/2 cups sugar


1 cup butter, salted, softened


2 large Eggs


2 teaspoons cream of tartar


1 teaspoon baking soda


1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Making My Batter

Sugar Mixture


3 tablespoons sugar


1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


Cinnamon & Sugar Mixture

Instructions

1. Heat oven to 400°F.

2. Combine all cookie ingredients in bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.

3. Stir together 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon in another bowl.

4. Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls; roll in sugar mixture. Place, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets.

5. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned

Ready to Bake

Hope you enjoy this recipe!!! 🎄☃️🎅


Here’s to your health!!!! 🙂

Snickerdoodles
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Peanut Butter Cookies without Butter

Peanut Butter Cookies without Butter

Happy National Cookie Day!!!!! 🍪🍪🍪

There is nothing better than baking cookies especially around Christmas time. As the song goes “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” Of course, it feels like Easter at our house because I have to hide them from my husband!!! Lol!!! 🤣🤣🤣 So, to start off the holiday season, I wanted to share my Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe that is made without butter. It’s a simple recipe and they taste amazing!

Preparing the batter

Ingredients

• 1 cup brown sugar

• 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil

• 1 cup peanut butter

• 1⁄4 teaspoon salt

• 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla

• 1 egg

• 1 3⁄4 cups flour, sifted

• 2 teaspoons baking powder

• 2 tablespoons milk

Directions

• Cream sugar, vegetable oil, peanut butter, salt, vanilla, egg and milk.

• Add sifted flour and baking powder.

• Roll into small balls, then take fork and press them down.

• Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.

Hope you enjoy this recipe!!!! 🙂

Finished Baking!!
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Coconut, Oatmeal Drop Cookies – Recipe

Coconut, Oatmeal Drop Cookies

I simply enjoy baking, especially during the fall and winter months. There’s nothing better that a cup of coffee and a delicious cookie!! Since we are a couple of weeks away from Thanksgiving, I wanted to share another baking recipe with you. This recipe that’s a little twist on traditional oatmeal cookies and my secret ingredient is coconut!!

Yield: 48 servings
Total: 15 min; Cook: 15 min

Ingredients
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/2 cups shredded coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal

Instructions
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 large cookie sheets. Cream butter and sugars in mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, beat together. Add vanilla, baking powder and baking soda. Then add the flour. Mix until well combined. Stir in coconut and nuts. Mix in oatmeal. 

2. Drop on greased cookie sheets by the tsp., spacing about 1/2 inch apart. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, just until the edges begin to brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.


Enjoy!!!!

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Health Benefits of Pumpkins

imageOctober 3rd. and I have pumpkin on my mind.  I love to cook and bake and now that fall is here, it is exciting to think about my favorite fall recipes.  The great thing about pumpkin is all of the health benefits that using pumpkin provides.  Pumpkin is a nutrient dense food and it is full of vitamins and minerals but they are also low on calories.  They are also rich in fiber which slows digestion and gives you the feeling of being full.  In just one cup of pumpkin, there are seven grams of fiber.  So, dust off your recipe books and do a little cooking with pumpkin!!!

As the season progresses, I will post my favorite recipes such as my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pumpkin Soup recipe and so on.  I hope that you have a wonderful day and enjoy this fall weather!!!! 🙂

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Baking Italian Pizzelles

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One of my favorite things to bake are Italian Pizelles.  The are a light, crisp cookie with a hint of anise.  Now some people use vanilla, almond or lemon extract in their pizzelles but I prefer using anise seeds and anise extract.   Now in the fall and over the holidays, I love to make chocolate pizzelles as well as pumpkin pizzelles.  I find that pizelles are great to take to parties or any social gathering because it seems to be one of those cookies that people tend not to make.

To make pizzelles, you do need a pizzelle iron to make them but they are inexpensive and can be found in at your local store for kitchen supplies.  I have had my Pizzelle Iron for a very long time and it works great!

So, I am going to start by giving you a couple tips for prepping followed by my favorite basic pizzelle recipe:

  1. Many pizzelle recipes can be made ahead of time and placed in the refrigerator.  If you decide to do that, just take your batter out 30 minutes before baking.
  2. Make sure you plug-in your pizzelle iron before starting so it is warm and use a small amount of vegetable oil or melted shortening with a pastry brush and lightly put it on your press so your pizzelles don’t stick to the iron.  I only need to do this before baking them.
  3. Make sure you follow the instructions on using your Pizzelle Iron.

Classic Italian Pizzelles Recipe

  • 1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon of anise extract (or almond, vanilla or lemon extract depending on what you like)
  • Anise seeds (about a 1/4 cup – I eye this when I am making my batter)
  1. Pre-heat your Pizzelle Iron
  2. Mix your flour and baking powder in a small bowl and stir.
  3. Mix your eggs and sugar using a mixer for about 1 minute until thickened.
  4. On low-speed, add the melted butter and anise extract and mix until combined (about 20 seconds).
  5. Add the flour mixture and mix until combine (about 15 seconds – be sure not to over mix).
  6. Then using a spoon, drop approximately 1 1/2 teaspoons of the batter and drop in the center of one of your patterned cookie grills on your Pizzelle Iron.  Close the lid and lock.  With most irons, there is a little light that is red and then turns green when the cookie is done.  Just check the instructions on your particular Pizzelle Iron for the specifics for your press.
  7. Remove the pizzelle from the iron and place on a cookie rack to cook.  Completely cook the pizzelles and then dust them with a little powdered sugar before serving.

If you love pizzelles, trust me, they are simple to bake and take very little time.  The great thing about them is that they taste amazing and will make your family and friends very happy.  At some point, I will post my recipe for making chocolate and pumpkin pizzelle so that you have the recipes for the fall and the holiday season.

Happy Baking!! 🙂