jam filled thumbprint cookies

Jam Filled Thumbprint Cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 egg, separated

1 1/4 cup flour, sifted

3/4 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped

1/2 cup of your favorite jam or preserves

Begin by beating butter in mixing bowl.  Add sugar.  Add extracts and egg yolk and beat until light and fluffy.

Gently mix in flour.  Press dough together with hands.  Wrap in film and refrigerate several hours or overnight until firm.

Remove dough from fridge.  Beat remaining egg white lightly with fork.  Place nuts in small bowl.  Spray baking sheet with pan release.

Shape dough into small balls, dip each ball in egg white and then coat with nuts.  Place on baking sheet.  Indent each cookie in the middle with your thumb.  Place small dollop of jam or preserves in each indent.

Bake at 300 degrees for 22-24 minutes.

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old fashioned apple crisp

IMG_7197Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

2 pounds granny smith apples

juice and zest of one large fresh navel orange

1 cup granulated sugar, separated

1 cup light brown sugar, separated

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 1/2 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup walnuts, lightly chopped

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 pound cold unsalted butter, diced into small pieces

cinnamon sugar to sprinkle

Peel, core and thinly slice apples into a large bowl.  Add orange juice, zest, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup light brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Toss lightly by hand to coat apples.

Place flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 3/4 cup light brown sugar, salt, oats, walnuts and butter pieces in medium bowl.  Work mixture by hand until coarse and crumbly.

Spray baking pan with pan release.  Spread apple mixture in pan.  Top with flour mixture.  Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 50 minutes or until apples are bubbling.

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croissant pudding

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1 cup half and half

1 cup heavy cream

3 tablespoons butter, separated

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

5 large butter croissants

1 granny smith apple

1/4 cup yellow raisins

2 eggs

1 egg yolk

2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar

In small saucepan over low heat, warm half and half, cream, 2 tablespoons butter, vanilla, sugar and salt, stirring occasionally until butter is melted.  Set aside to cool.

Cut croissants into large pieces and place in large bowl.  Peel and core apple and cut into chucks.  Add apple chunks and raisins to croissants in bowl.

Place eggs and egg yolk in mixing bowl and beat at low speed.  Add cooled half and half mixture and beat until thoroughly mixed.  Add liquid mixture to croissants and fruit.  Mix mixture lightly with hands until incorporated.  Let sit soaking for at least an hour.

Spread last tablespoon of butter in baking dish.  Add croissant mixture to dish and spread evenly.  Sprinkle top with cinnamon sugar.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 40 minutes or until croissants puff and turn golden.  Once croissant pudding is baked, top with vanilla sauce.

Vanilla Sauce

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 tablespoon flour

1 egg, lightly beaten

2 tablespoons butter

1 1/4 cup half and half

pinch of salt

pinch of cinnamon

pinch of nutmeg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place all sauce ingredients in small saucepan.  Whisk constantly over medium heat until sauce is thickened and coats back of a spoon, about 12 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.

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almond amaretto pound cake

Almond Amaretto Pound Cake

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Cake:

1 tablespoon white vinegar

3 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

2 3/4 cups granulated sugar

4 eggs, room temperature

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons almond extract

1 cup milk, room temperature

1/4 cup amaretto

Yummy Super Delicious Amaretto Sauce:

1 /2 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/3 cup half and half

3 tablespoons amaretto

Bake cake first:  In small bowl, stir together milk and vinegar, set aside.  In seperate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.

In mixing bowl on medium speed, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in eggs one at a time and then add vanilla and almond extracts.  Once this mixture is combined, beat in flour mixture alternating with milk and amaretto.  Mix batter fully.

Pour batter into bundt pan sprayed with pan release.  Bake at 325 degrees for approximately 60 minutes until center is set and inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Allow cake to cool completely before inverting onto plate.

As cake finishes cooling, make amaretto sauce:  Combine butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in small saucepan.  Heat over medium heat stirring constantly until smooth.  Once mixture is smooth, add cream and amaretto and bring sauce to a slow simmer.  Cook, stirring often for 5 minutes.  Allow sauce to cool and thicken for at least 15 minutes before drizzling on cake.

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smoked gouda macaroni and cheese

Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese

1 -16 oz package pasta, shape of your choiceIMG_7162

3 tablespoons butter

4 green onions, chopped

2 tablespoons flour

1 cup heavy cream

1 1/2 cups milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

8 oz smoked gouda cheese, shredded

Bring large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add pasta and cook until al dente.  Drain.

Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add green onions and allow onions to cook and soften.  Once onion is soft, stir flour into butter and onion mixture and cook, whisking, until a roux forms.  Slowly add milk and cream, whisking constantly until sauce is smooth and thickening.  Turn off heat.  Add salt, pepper and stir in cheese.

Add pasta to sauce mixture, stirring until pasta is coated.

Spray baking dish with pan release.  Transfer macaroni and cheese to baking dish.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes or until heated through.

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orange chocolate chunk cookies

Orange Chocolate Chunk Cookies

2 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 heaping teaspoon grated orange peel

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 cup butter, room temperature

2 eggs, room temperature

1 teaspoon pure orange extract

1 1/2 cups, 8 ounces, semisweet chocolate coarsely chopped

In medium bowl, combine flour, soda, salt and orange peel.

In mixing bowl, blend sugars at medium speed.  Add butter and mix until a grainy paste.  Add eggs and extract and beat until light and fluffy, scraping sides of mixing bowl as necessary.

At low speed, add flour mixture and chocolate to butter/sugar mixture.  Mix until just combined, do not over mix.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake in 300 degree oven for 24-26 minutes or until cookies start to brown around the edges.  Do not bother allowing to cool before enjoying.

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cranberry meatballs

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1 jar, 12 oz, chili sauce

1 can, 14 oz, whole berry cranberry sauce

1 heaping tablespoon light brown sugar

juice of two fresh squeezed lemons

1 bag, 64 oz, homestyle precooked .5 oz meatballs, thawed

Yes, you can use homemade cranberry sauce and homemade little meatballs!

Mix all ingredients, except meatballs, together in large bowl.  Add meatballs and toss until lightly coated.

Place meatballs in large oven proof pan or crock pot.  Heat in oven at 250 degrees for at least an hour to get the sauce flavor through the meatballs.  If serving meatballs in crock pot, low heat, 30 minutes before serving.  Serve with toothpicks.

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