Sunday, November 30, 2008

Peanut Butter Blossoms

One of my favorites, but I rarely make them.

48 Hershey's Kisses
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup creamy Peanut Butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Granulated sugar

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.

2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.

3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar, place on ungreased cookie sheet and press Hershey's kiss on top.

4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4 dozen cookies.

*Just a note, you can also bake without the kisses and put them on as soon as they come out of the oven*


Everything you need
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pretty..
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now unwrap 48 of them!
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how many did you eat?!

Combine shortening, peanut butter and sugars and mix well (it looks lighter because I was out of brown sugar)
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looks good..
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now add your egg, vanilla and milk
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all mixed up!
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now add your dry ingredients and mix
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looks good
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roll into a ball
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roll in sugar
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put on baking pan and add hersheys kiss
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ready to bake
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all done and cooling
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yummy!
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I wonder how long the jar will stay full!
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Thursday, November 27, 2008

How to make cinnamon rolls

This is my first of (hopefully) many entries. I love to bake and have been baking since I was old enough to reach the counter and use the oven!

enjoy!


How to make cinnamon rolls.. step by step.. with pictures.. this is my grandmother's recipe. enjoy!


Cinnamon Rolls

What you need
2 yeast
2 tablespooons sugar
1 1/3 cups warm water

1 1/3 cups milk, scald and cool
1 stick of margerine

3/4 cups sugar
dash salt

6-7 cups of flour

for filling:
brown sugar
chopped walnuts
melted butter or margerine
cinnamon

bake at 400* for 15-20 minutes

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*just a note.. use the recipe I wrote down.. not the one in the picture.. I added a little more of everything to get more cinnamon rolls.*

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small bowl, or small pyrex measuring cup- combine warm water, yeast and 2 tablespoons sugar.. mix with wire whisk and let sit for at least an hour, it'll most likely double in size.

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In small saucepan heat milk until it comes to a boil, then remove and add stick of margerine and let melt, and cool.

In large bowl - sugar and the dash of salt

Once the milk mixture is partially cooled, add it to the sugar and salt and mix with wire whisk until combined.

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Once yeast is ready, add to bowl with milk, sugar, margerine and salt

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now, start adding your flour.. one cup at a time.

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once its ready, knead it so it looks like this.

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then cut it in half, and put each half in a bowl to rise

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now wait about 2 hours.

I forgot to take a picture of the dough doubled in size.

start with first bowl, lightly flour the counter or work surface and tip dough out of bowl, cut in half..

then carefully flatten it like this..

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and start with melted butter, then a little cinnamon, then brown sugar and nuts, top off with a little more cinnamon

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roll it up!

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and slice, I usually do about one inch slices.

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place in pan and repeat with rest of the dough

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pretty?

now let them rise, at least an hour.. I usually wait 2 hours.

then preheat oven to 400 and bake for about 15 or 20 minutes, depending on your oven

til they look like this

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yummy!

but they're not ready to eat yet!
let them cool for about an hour and then make your glaze.

very easy.
2 cups confectioners sugar, and just a little butter and vanilla, then add milk slowly til its got the consistancy you want.

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then frost and eat!

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