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Nov 12, 2009

Lime Spritz Cookies

Lime Spritz Cookies

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 pkg. (3 ounces) lime gelatin
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
Red and Green colored sugar, optional

In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and gelatin. Beat in the egg and
vanilla. Combine the flour and baking powder. Gradually add to the creamed
mixture. Using a cookie press fitted with the disk of your choice, press the
dough into the desired shapes 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Sprinkle with colored sugars if desired. Bake at 350 F for 8-10 minutes or
until set. Temove to wire racks to cool. Makes 14 dozen

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet
chocolate chips
2 cups chopped peanut butter cups
(about six 1.6 ounce packages)

In a large bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter, and both sugars until light
and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, and
salt. Gradually add to the creamed mixture. Mix well. Stir in the chocolate
chips and peanut butter cups. Drop
by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at
350 for
10-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before
removing to wire racks to cool completely. Makes 7 1/2 dozen

Rocky Road Shortbread

1 1/4 cups flour



1/3 cups walnuts, finely chopped


1/4 tsp salt


1/2 cup butter, softened


1/3 cup sugar


1 tsp vanilla


3/4 cup mini marshmallows


1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts


1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips



Heat the oven to 350 F. Coat a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

Set aside. Blend the flour, walnuts, and salt in a bowl. In a second bowl,

beat together the butter, sugar, and vanilla for 2 minutes or until creamy and

smooth. Stir in the flour mixture. Roll 1 tablespoon of the dough into a

ball. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Gently flatten each ball to a 1/2 inch thickness. Smooth the edges. Bake at

350 F for 16 minutes or until lightly browned at the edges. Meanwhile, stir

together the marshmallows and the coarsely chopped walnuts in a small bowl.

Melt the semiswwet chocolate chips in another small bowl in the microwave oven

for 1 minute. Stir halfway through. Remove the cookies from the oven. Spread

each with 1 teaspoon of the chocolate, then sprinkle with the marshmallow

mixture. Return to the oven for 1 to 2 minutes or until the marshmallows

soften. Let cool

on the baking sheet on wire racks for 2 minutes before transferring to wire

racks to cool completely.

Makes 16 cookies


Browned Butter Cardamom Cookies

1 cup butter


3/4 cup sugar

1 egg yolk

1 tbsp vanilla

1/2 tsp ground cardamom

2 cups flour

1 cup powdered sugar



Melt the butter in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Continue cooking,

stirring constantly. Watch closely until the butter JUST starts to turn golden

- about 3 to 5 minutes. The Butter Will Get Foamy And Bubble. Immediately

remove from the heat. Pour into a bowl. Refrigerate until cooled - about 30

minutes. Heat the oven to 350 F. Combine the cooled browned butter and the

sugar in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed until well mixed. Add the egg

yolk, vanilla, and cardamom. Continue beating until well mixed. Reduce the

speed to low. Beat and gradually add the flour until the mixture is no longer

crumbly and forms a dough. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch

apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the

cookies puff and start to turn light golden brown. The Cookies Will Have Cracks

In Them. Immediately remove them to wire racks to cool. Cool for 1 minute.

Roll the cookies

in powdered sugar while still warm. Roll again when completely cooled. Makes

4 dozen


ALMOND CHOCOROONS

Almond Chocoroons




3 cups shredded coconut


1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch


3/4 cup sugar


3 egg whites


1/2 tsp vanilla


10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped


2 tbsp vegetable shortening


1 cup raw almonds



Heat the oven to 350 F. Mix the coconut, cornstarch, sugar, egg whites, and

vanilla in a heatproof bowl (or a double boiler). Set the bowl over a pot of

boiling water. Heat for 4 minutes. Stir often. Remove from the heat and set

aside. Spoon out the coconut mixture by the tablespoonful. Place on an

ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 F for about 15 minutes or until lightly

golden but still soft. Remove immediately to a wire rack to cool. Place the

chocolate and the vegetable shortening in a small microwave-sofe bowl. Heat for

1 minute and 15 seconds. Stir until smooth, microwaving in 15-second increments

if needed. Place one cookie on a fork and gently press 1 to 2 almonds on the

top, so they adhere to the cookie. Holding the fork over the bowl of chocolate,

carefully spoon the chocolate over the top. Allow the excess to drip back into

the bowl. Place the cookie on a rack over a waxed-paper lined baking sheet.

Repeat

with the remaining cookies. Place the rack in a refrigerator for the chocolate

to set, at least 20 minutes.

Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies


Peanut Butter Crunch Cheesecake Squares

1/2 cup flour


1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped

3 tbsp light-brown sugar

3 tbsp butter, melted

1 pkg (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tbsp lemon juice

3/4 tsp vanilla

12 fun-size Butterfingers, coarsely chopped

(about 3/4 cup)

5 fun-size Butterfingers, finely chopped



Heat the oven to 350 F. Line an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with nonstick foil.

Allow the foil to hang over the two sides. In a medium-size bowl, whisk

together the flour, pecans, and the light-brown sugar. Stir in the butter. Mix

until all the dry ingredients are moistened and a crumbly dough forms. Press

into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Bake at 350 F for 14 minutes or

until lightly browned. Remove from the oven. In another medium-size bowl, beat

the cream cheese and the sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg, lemon juice, and

vanilla until combined. Stir in 3/4 cup coarsely chopped candy. Pour into the

baked crust. Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven. Sprinkle

with the finely chopped candy over the top. Cool completely. Gently lift from

the pan and pull back the foil. Cut into bars. Refrigerate until serving.

Makes 36 cookies