Here is an all time favorite cookie recipe….Peanut Butter Blossoms. I saw the little mini kisses on sale in the baking aisle, and couldn’t resist making some mini blossoms! This is a recipe for cookies made with butter, NOT shortening. I try to avoid shortening…it really grosses me out. Hope y’all had a wonderful Thanksgiving…it’s time for Christmas baking to begin!
Coconut-Blueberry-Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting….what a mouthful! This is a light and summery cake with lots of wonderful flavors that really compliment one another. While making our anniversary cake, I found I was missing ingredients for the cake I was going to originally make. I went to the pantry, fridge and freezer and came up with this..
Coconut-Blueberry-Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
3/4 c Shredded Coconut
2 cups blueberries (if frozen, thawed)
Pumpkin Bread with Pecan Streusel Topping
1/2 c canola oil
1 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
3/4 c canned pumpkin
1/2 c apple cider
1 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c white whole wheat flour (you can substitute AP flour if you don’t have wheat)
1 t baking soda
3/4 t ground nutmeg
3/4 t ground allspice
3/4 t ground cloves
1 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t ground ginger
1/4 t salt
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 Tbs unsalted butter, softened
1/4 c flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup toasted pecan pieces
Preheat the oven to 350. Arrange the pecan pieces on a baking sheet and toast 7-9 minutes, until golden brown and aromatic. Set aside.
Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan, 3 mini loaf pans or 18 muffin tins with cooking spray.
Whisk the oil and sugars in a large bowl. Add the eggs, pumpkin, and cider and whisk to combine. Stir in the flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Pour into the prepared loaf pan.
To make the topping, mix together the sugar, flour, butter, cinnamon, and pecans. Sprinkle liberally over the loaf before baking.
Bake the bread about an hour, until the top has set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. My mini loaves baked for about 45 minutes. I would guess that muffins would take 20-25 minutes.
If you have never made The Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls…MAKE THEM NOW. They are WONDERFUL. I split the recipe in half, and came out with 4 pans of cinnamon rolls. I didn’t have the maple extract, so I used vanilla extract in half the amount (it is a lot stronger). I also used the minimum amount of butter, and baked them at 375. Three of them are in the freezer…waiting for the perfect opportunity to be eaten (warmed up in the oven) on a cold Saturday morning with a warm cup of coffee. I will post her recipe, but go HERE for detailed instructions with pictures! Enjoy!
My sweet husband bought me a Keurig for an anniversary gift. I have been wanting one for over a year, so I was pretty excited to wake up Saturday morning to a fresh cup of coffee. Of course…I needed to make something sweet, and I have been waiting to try this biscotti recipe. This recipe makes little mini biscotti…perfect for a small sweet treat. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…can’t wait! Have a great week!
Here is a biscotti recipe that I really enjoyed making….and eating. I halved this recipe, and still ended up with a lot of biscotti! I froze most of it, and occasionally pull one out of the freezer to enjoy with my coffee. Hope you enjoy!
Chunky Monkey Biscotti
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (i used dark)
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
2 large eggs
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Melted chocolate for drizzling, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper, or coat with cooking spray.
Bake for 30 minutes; cool 5 minutes before transferring logs to wire racks to cool an additional 15 minutes. Cut rolls diagonally into 1/2-inch thick slices. Place them back on the baking sheet, cut sides down. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees and bake 10 minutes. Turn cookies over and bake an additional 15 minutes. Remove from the baking sheet and cool completely on wire racks.
Drizzle with melted chocolate and enjoy!