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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas-Christmas Goose with Raisin Stuffing

Your family will love this special recipe for the holidays.

1 lg. yellow onion, chopped
1 lg. tart apple, chopped
1/4 + 1/3 separate C. chicken broth
6 C. toasted fresh bread crumbs
1/2 C. chopped raisins
1/4 C. slivered almonds; toasted
1/4 C. minced parsley
1 tsp. dried sage leaves
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 7-8 lb. goose, giblets removed


In a small saucepan, combine the onion, apple, and 1/4 C. broth. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until onion and apple are tender. In a large mixing bowl, combine onion mixture, breadcrumbs, currants, almonds, parsley, sage, salt, and pepper. Toss 1/3 C. broth with breadcrumb mixture. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Rinse goose; drain, and pat dry. Prick the skin on the lower breast, legs, and around the wings with a skewer. Stuff goose. Then, place goose, breast-side-up, on a rack in large roasting pan. Insert a roasting thermometer in its thigh without touching bone. Spoon remaining stuffing into a lightly greased 1 1/2-qt. casserole; cover and refrigerate. Roast goose for 2-2 1/2 hours or until the thermometer registers 175 degrees, drain fat often. Bake the covered casserole of stuffing along side the goose during the last 30 minutes of roasting. Let the goose stand for 15-20 minutes. Carve the goose and discard the skin.

Christmas-Sugar Plum Cookies

1 C. butter, softened
1 1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. confectioners' sugar
1 C. vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg
5 C. flour
1 tsp.baking powder
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. canned plums,finely chopped.drained
green and red colored sugar


Cream butter and sugar. Add confectioner's sugar and vegetable oil; mix well. Add vanilla extract and egg; mix well. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cream of tartar and salt. Add to first mixture; blend well. Fold in plums. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets. Grease fingertips, roll dough into walnut size balls. Dip into colored sugar and place on cookie sheets, spacing 2 inchs apart. Press down slightly with bottom of sugared glass. Bake for 12 mins. Cool on cookie sheets 5 mins. Then cool completely on a wire rack.

Christmas- Fast and Fancy Fruitcake

Don't show up to Christmas dinner empty handed. Spread your good cheer with this easy fruitcake.

2 1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 2/3 C. mincemeat
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 C. mixed candied fruit
1 C. walnuts, coarsely chopped
glazed cherries, optional


Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease a 9-inch tube pan; line with waxed paper and grease again (or use generously greased and floured 10 inch bundt pan.) Sift together flour and baking soda; set aside. In large bowl, combine eggs, mincemeat, sweetened condensed milk, fruit, and nuts. Add dry ingredients; blend well. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 1 hour and 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes. Turn out of pan. Remove waxed paper. If desired, garnish with glazed cherries.

Tip: To store cake, cool thoroughly; wrap well in aluminum foil and refrigerate or freeze.

Christmas- Famous Eggnog

What Christmas party would be complete without eggnog? Make this recipe with or without the alcohol depending on your guests.

4 eggs, separated (use only Grade AA)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 C. (1 quart) homogenized milk
1 C. bourbon or brandy, optional

In large mixer bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and light. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk, salt, vanilla, and milk. In small bowl, beat egg whites to soft peaks; gently fold into sweetened condensed milk mixture. If desired, stir in bourbon or brandy. Chill. Pour into chilled punch bowl or serving cups. Garnish with nutmeg. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Christmas - Church Windows

1 bag chocolate chips, melted
1/2 bag mini colored marshmallows
1 small bag walnut pieces
Powdered sugar


Mix together melted chocolate, marshmallows and walnuts. Take a piece of wax paper and sprinkle it liberally with powdered sugar put one third of mixture on top of sugar and shape into a roll fold the wax paper around the roll making sure powdered sugar is in between mixture and paper all over. Do the same to other two and put into the refrigerator. When chilled cut into about 1/2-inch round.

Friday, December 12, 2008

White Chocolate Brownies

Speckled with white chocolate, this black and white brownie is deliciously different.

6 oz imported white chocolate, cut up
3/4 C. sugar
1 stick butter
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 C. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
Dash of salt
6 oz. semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, cut up
1/2 C. chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a 2-quart glass bowl, combine white chocolate pieces, sugar, and butter. Heat in microwave oven on high about 1 1/2 minutes, or until melted and smooth when stirred. With a whisk or fork, beat in eggs and vanilla until well blended. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and stir until well mixed. Stir in bittersweet chocolate and walnuts. Spread evenly in a buttered, foil lined 7x11 inch baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Do not over-bake. Let cool, then cut into 24 pieces.

Yield: 24 servings

Godiva Brownies

These decadent brownies are the ultimate in gourmet chocolate cooking.

3 (1.5 oz. each) Godiva Dark Chocolate, coarsely chopped
2/3 C. butter
5 eggs, at room temperature
1 C. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 C. Godiva Liqueur
1/2 C. all-purpose flour
2 C. chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 3750 F. Grease 15x10x1-inch jellyroll pan. Place chocolate and butter in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium (50% power) for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave 30 seconds more or until chocolate is softened. Stir until smooth. Cool 10 minutes. Beat eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla in mixing bowl until thick and lemon-colored, using electric mixer at high speed. Add liqueur and chocolate mixture, mixing well. Add flour, mixing just until combined. Stir in walnuts. Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake 20 minutes or until no imprint remains when touched lightly with finger. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 24 bars. Store bars in an airtight container.

Blonde Brownies with Brown Sugar Frosting

If you're not a big chocolate fan, but crave a sweet treat, these brownies are perfect for any sugar craving.

1 C. granulated sugar
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. butter (no margarine)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 C. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Brown Sugar Frosting:
1/3 C. butter (not margarine)
2/3 C. packed brown sugar
3 Tbs. milk
2 C. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 C. chopped pecans

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat sugars, butter, vanilla, and eggs in a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with a wooden spoon. Beat until light and fluffy. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt. Spread in an ungreased 13x9-inch baking dish. Bake 20-23 minutes or until golden brown and a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 45 minutes. Frost with Brown Sugar Frosting. Immediately sprinkle with pecans. Cut into 6 rows by 6 rows.

To make frosting, melt butter in a 2 quart saucepan over very low heat. Stir in brown sugar. Cook over low heat 2 minutes. Stir constantly. Stir in milk. Cook until mixture comes to a full rolling boil. Remove from heat. Gradually stir in powdered sugar and vanilla. Mixing well using a wooden spoon after each addition. Mix until smooth and spreadable. If necessary, add more milk, a few drops at a time.

Chocolate Chip Brownie Double Decker

This recipe mixes a brownie batter with a chocolate chip batter that combine to create bar cookies that offer the best of both.

Shortening or butter for greasing pan

Chocolate Chip Layer:
12 Tbs. unsalted butter
1 C. firmly packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Brownie Layer:
12 Tbs. unsalted butter, cut into 6 equal pieces
3/4 C. unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted if lumpy
1 1/2 C. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 C. all-purpose flour

Position the oven rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch baking pan.

To begin the chocolate chip layer: In a medium saucepan over medium heat melt the butter. Slide the pan from the heat and add the brown sugar. Whisk until no lumps remain. Set the butter mix aside to cool while making the brownie layer.

To make the brownie layer: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Slide the pan from the heat and add the cocoa powder. Whisk until the mixture is smooth. Add the sugar and salt and whisk until blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking after each addition just until blended. Whisk in the vanilla with the second egg. Sprinkle the flour over the chocolate mixture and stir with a rubber spatula just until the ingredients are blended. Scrape the batter into the prepared baking dish and spread it evenly with an offset or rubber spatula. Set it aside while you finish the chocolate chip layer.

To finish the chocolate chip layer: In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Whisk until it's well-blended. Once the butter mixture has cooled, add the egg and vanilla to it and whisk until blended. Pour in the flour mixture and stir with a rubber spatula until the ingredients are blended. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop the dough over the brownie batter in large scoops and spread it evenly with an offset or rubber spatula. Bake until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out with small, gooey clumps of brownie sticking to it, about 40 minutes. Don't over-bake or the brownies won't be fudgy. Transfer the baking pan to a rack to cool completely.

Using a bench scraper or a knife, cut the brownies into small squares measuring about 2 inches each. The cooler the double-deckers are, the cleaner the cutting will be, but these fudgy treats will always leave some sticky crumbs on the knife.

Note: After baking, cooling and cutting into squares, these can be frozen up to 1 month. There's almost no thawing necessary - about 20 minutes - because these brownies are delicious even when partially frozen.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Caramel Brownies

This classic recipe is easy to make and adds that sticky sweetness to every bite.

1 pkg. Kraft caramels
1 small can Carnation milk
1 box German chocolate cake mix
3/4 C. margarine, melted
1 C. chopped nuts (or more is desired)
1 pkg. chocolate chips.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap caramels and place in double boiler and melt with 1/4 can of Carnation milk; set aside. Mix cake with melted margarine, rest of Carnation milk, and nuts. Place half of this dough in the bottom of a 13x9x2 glass pan and bake for 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle chocolate chips evenly on top of the cooked dough. Then, pour caramel mixture over the top. Place the rest of the dough on top in pieces. Bake for 20 minutes more. Cook and place in refrigerator to set caramel.

Chocolate Rasperry Brownies

The perfect combination of chocolate and fruit makes this brownie a sweet treat.

2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
1/2 C. Crisco shortening
1/2 C. Smucker's Red Raspberry Preserves
1 C. sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 C. Smucker's Red Raspberry Preserves (for glaze)
1 Tbs. powdered sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8x8-inch baking pan with cooking spray. In a large saucepan, over low heat, melt the chocolate and shortening together; stir to combine. Remove from heat. Stir in preserves, sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking powder and salt. Spread batter in prepared baking pan; bake for 30-35 minutes or until firm but not dry. While brownies are still warm, carefully spread the preserves on top of the brownies. Let cool. If desired, sprinkle cooled brownies with powdered sugar. Cut into squares.

Yield: 16 servings

Chocolate Filled Peanut Butter Brownies

Using peanut butter cup candies, these brownies get stuffed with a sweet surprise center.

1 1/3 C. packed brown sugar
1/4 C. butter or regular margarine, melted
1/2 C. creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
1 1/2 C. all purpose
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
36 1-inch chocolate covered peanut butter cup candies (from 15 1/2 oz. bag)
1/2 C. milk chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees. If you are using a dark or a non-stick pan, heat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease and lightly dust with flour, the bottom and sides of a 13x9 inch baking dish.
Beat brown sugar, butter, peanut butter, vanilla, and eggs in a large bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed, or beat using a wooden spoon. Mix until well blended.

Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut 12 of the candies into fourths (about 3/4 C.). Stir cup up candies and the milk chocolate chips into the batter. Spread into prepared baking dish. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately press remaining 24 candies into the brownies in 4 even rows of 6 candies each. (Here I quickly score the top so I know where to press the candies. It just seems to make it a bit easier.) Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. For brownies, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.

Yield: 24 brownies

Double Espresso Brownies

1 1/2 C. all purpose flour
1 1/2 C. granulated sugar
4 tsp. baking cocoa
3 tsp. instant espresso coffee (dry)
1/2 C. water
3/4 C. butter or regular margarine
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/3 C. buttermilk
1 egg

Espresso Frosting:
1/4 C. baking cocoa
1/2 C. butter or regular margarine
1/3 C. buttermilk
4 1/2 C. powered sugar
1 tsp. instant espresso coffee (dry)
1 tsp. vanilla

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease bottom and sides of a jelly roll pan; 15 1/2x10 1/2x1-inch; with shortening. Dust lightly with flour. Mix flour, sugar, cocoa, and espresso (dry) in a large bowl. Heat water and butter to boiling in a 1 quart saucepan. Pour over flour mixture. Beat with wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in baking soda, buttermilk, and egg. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Bake 18-23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Spread Espresso Frosting over brownies. For brownies, cut into 10 rows by 5 rows.

To make frosting, heat cocoa, butter, and the buttermilk to boiling in a 3 quart saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in powdered sugar, espresso (dry) and vanilla using a wire whisk until smooth and spreadable