Sweets

There should be sweets at all times in my house.

Snickerdoodles

1 cup Butter; softened
1 1/2 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
2 3/4 cup Flour
2 tsp Cream of tartar
1 tsp Baking soda
1/4 tsp Salt

Preheat oven to 400. Mix butter, sugar and eggs thoroughly with a mixer.
Sift dry ingredients together and stir into first mixture. Form in balls, roll in cinnamon and sugar mixture, I mix equal parts of cinnamon and sugar.

Bake at 400~F for 8-10 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 12 oz. bag of semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter and sugars until blended. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well.
Add dry ingredients scraping down bowl as needed until mixed well. Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop by teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 1-2 minutes before removing them to a cooling rack.

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Pop Pop's Chocolate Cake

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup cocoa
2 eggs
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 350.
Mix all ingredients except the boiling water, and beat well. Add the boiling water, mixing all together. Place in a 9 x 12 cake pan greased and floured. Bake for 40 minutes or until done with toothpick in the middle coming out clean.
Let cool then frost if you want. We eat it plain. YUMMY!

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Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting
For Dough
1/2 C warm water
2 pkgs yeast
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 pkg instant vanilla pudding(3 1/2oz.)
2 C milk -- room temp.
1 1/2 cups butter -- melted divided
2 lg. eggs -- beaten
1 tsp salt
8 C all-purpose flour
2 c brown sugar
2 Tbsp. cinnamon -- (2 to 3)

For Frosting
4 oz. cream cheese -- softened
1/4 C butter -- softened
1 tsp. vanilla
2 C powdered sugar
2 Tbsp milk

In small bowl combine water, yeast & sugar. Stir until dissolved, set
aside. In large bowl, mix pudding with milk. Add 1/2 C melted butter,egg &
salt. Mix well, then add yeast mixture & blend well. Gradually add flour and
knead until smooth, adding a little more flour if needed ( this is a soft
dough). Place in a very large greased bowl. Cover & let rise until double in
size.Punch down & cover and let rise again. Roll dough out on a large floured
surface to a rectangle, about 34x21" in size. Brush the 1 C melted butter over
dough. Combine brown sugar & cinnamon and sprinkle
over butter. Roll dough up & cut into about 20 rolls (i use dental floss to cut
rolls easily). Pat each roll as you place it into a large greased pan (this
helps keep rolls in shape). Let rolls rise in a warm place about 20 minutes.
Bake in a preheated 350 deg. oven for 20-30 minutes, until done.
Frost rolls while still warm.
Beat cream cheese & butter until smooth, beat in vanilla and milk. Add powdered
sugar & beat until smooth. Frost rolls while still very warm.

I flash froze them in my chest freezer then put them in a zip lock bag, along
with frosting. when you want some i take them out and put in a greased pan
cover loosely with plastic wrap and put in cold oven with the light on over
night to defrost and rise...then i baked as normal what ever recipe called for
and turned pan upside down to remove and have all the yummy cinnamon sauce on
top then i just frosted as normal.

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Best Blueberry Muffins Ever
1 3/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
1/3 cup melted shortening or cooking oil
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup blueberries

Mix first four ingredients and prepare a well for the next fouringredients.
Stir in wet ingredients until the mixture is moistened-- Do not overmix.
Add 1 cup blueberries (be sure to drain the berries if they were frozen)
Fill 12 muffin papers/tins and Bake at 375 degree for about 25-30 minutes.

While still warm, dip tops in melted butter and then sugar.

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Andrea's Nanaimo Bars
These are made in a 9 x13" pan in three layers, take your time making them between changing diapers, fixing endless snacks and all those "other" things you need to do as a mother.
Bottom layer
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
5Tbspp cocoa
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
Mix together in a double boiler. Then Combine:
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Add chocolate mixture to crumbs and press into bottom of the pan and chill.
Middle layer
4 Tbsp butter, soft
2 Tbsp custard powder
2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tbsp milk
Cream butter and custard powder. Add milk and powdered sugar. Spread overbottomr layer and chill until firm.
Top layer
6 squares semi sweet or dark chocolate (6 ounces)
either: butter or 1 1/2 Tbsp hot water.
Melt chocolate and butter, then spread over middle layer and chill.
Cut into squares. Keep in fridge. Share with those mama friends who may need a pick up, you know the friends who will really need it. Share the love, I mean chocolate.

 

 
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