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Nov 22, 2009

Pecan Meltaways

Pecan Meltaways

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup chopped pecans
Additional confectioners' sugar

In a large bowl, cream the butter, confectioners' sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine the flour and salt. Gradually add to the creamed mixture. Mix well. Stir in the pecans. Refrigerate until chilled. Roll into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 F for 10-12 minutes or until set. Roll the warm cookies in additional confectioners sugar. Cool completely on the wire racks. Roll the cooled cookies once again in confectioners' sugar. Makes about 4 dozen

Walnut Horn Cookies

Walnut Horn Cookies

1 cup plus 1 tsp butter,
softened & divided
1 pkg (8 oz.) cream cheese,
softened
3 cups flour
4 cups ground walnuts
1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
1/2 cup 2% milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt

In a large bowl, beat in 1 cup of the butter and the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually add the flour. Beat until the mixture forms a ball. Divided the dough into four portions. Roll each into a 12 inch circle. Melt the remaining butter. In a large bowl, combine the walnuts, 3/4 cup sugar, milk, vanilla, salt, and the melted butter. Spread over the circles. Cut each into 12 wedges. Roll up the wedges, starting from the wide ends. Place point side down on the greased baking sheets. Curve the ends to form crescents. Bake at 325 F for 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks. Place the remaining sugar in a small shallow bowl. Roll the warm cookies in the sugar. Makes 4 dozen

THANKSGIVING CRANBERRY CRUMBLE

THANKSGIVING CRANBERRY CRUMBLE

6 large tart apples such as McIntosh or Granny Smith (about 2 1/2 pounds)
1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cup dried cranberries
Topping and Garnishes
3/4 cup oats (regular or quick, not instant)
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and diced plus extra for greasing the baking dish
Confectioner's sugar
Fresh mint sprigs, optional

Arrange a rack at center position, and preheat oven to 375 F. Butter a 9-by-13-inch Pyrex baking dish or an oven-to-table baking dish of similar size.

Peel and core apples, then cut into1/2-inch-wide wedges. Cut wedges in half crosswise, and place in a large bowl. Add cinnamon and ginger and toss apples well to coat with spices. Spread apples in dish and sprinkle cranberries on top.

Mix cranberries and apples together so that cranberries are evenly distributed.

For topping, combine oats, flour, brown sugar and pecans in a medium bowl.

Add diced butter and rub into dry ingredients using your fingertips, until mixture resembles pea-sized clumps. Scatter mixture evenly over the fruit.

Bake, uncovered, until topping is crisp and golden brown and fruit beneath is hot, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove and cool 5 minutes. (Crumble can be prepared 4 hours ahead; leave at room temperature. Reheat in preheated 350 degree oven 15 minutes or longer.) If desired, garnish center of crumble with mint sprigs.

Dust crumble with confectioner's sugar.

Carrot Raisin Salad

Carrot Raisin Salad

3 cups grated carrots
1 cup finely chopped celery
2/3 cup dark seedless raisins
1/2 cup coarsley chopped pecans
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp grated orange rind
1/2 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in order given and toss lightly. Serve on lettuce or
as a side dish.

Cauliflower Au Gratin

Cauliflower Au Gratin

1 medium cauliflower
4 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup grated cheese

Cook cauliflower and drain well. In a frying pan heat 1 tbsp. butter until
brown and roll cauliflower in it. Place in a baking dish, salt and pepper
lightly. Make a white sauce with the remaining butter, flour and milk. Salt
and pepper to taste and pour over hot cauliflower. Sprinkle cheese on top
and bake uncovered for 20 minutes at 400 F

Banana Cream Cheesecake

Banana Cream Cheesecake

1 1/2 cups vanilla wafer cookies, finely crushed
1/2 cup melted butter
2 lbs. cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
3 eggs
3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Combine butter and cookie crumbs; press evenly into the bottom of a greased
springform pan, chill.

2. Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

3. Beat in sugar and cornstarch. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each
addition.

4. Add the bananas, whipping cream, and vanilla. Pour mixture over prepared
crust.

5. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

6. Reduce oven temperature to 200 degrees and bake an additional 75 minutes, or
until center is almost set.

7. Allow to cool completely, then refrigerate, uncovered, for at least 6 hours.