Russian Tea Cakes

Easy to make recipe that’s great for the beginning baker. Make them with your entire family the kids can help roll them in the powdered sugar. Recipe by Mrs. Walter Benz . 1 cup butter 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar 1 tsp real vanilla 3/4 cup pecans dash of salt 2 1/4 cups sifted flour Cream together butter & sugar. Add vanilla, nuts & flour. Chill 1 hour. Shape into small balls 3/4 to 1 inch in size. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet in 350-degree oven for 25-30 minutes. While still warm roll in powdered sugar. Twice.

Gooey Butter Cake

Love making this pan cookie recipe. It’s great for holiday gifting too. Easy recipe for the beginning baker too. I put holiday sprinkles on it before baking. Gooey Butter Cake by Mary Fisher 1 box of yellow cake mix 1 stick of melted butter 1 egg 2 tsp. vanilla   Mix together & press into a buttered 9 x 13 inch pan. 1 box of powdered sugar 8 oz. philadelphia cream cheese 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla Beat until smooth and pour onto the top of the above mixture. Sprinkle with colored sugar sprinkles   Preheat over to 350 degrees. …

Chocolate Fudge Pie

A super rich pie with a great texture, similar to pecan pie without the pecans. 2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup butter cut into pieces 4 large eggs (lightly beaten) 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 dash salt 3 tbsp. light corn syrup 1 whole unbaked pie crust Melt the chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat. In a separate mixing bowl, add eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt and corn syrup. Mix well with whisk until blended. Add melted chocolate mixture and whisk until blended. Pour into the unbaked pie crust and bake in 375 …

Peppermint Shortbread by Jessica Driver 1 cup high quality salted butter, room temperature ¾ cup granulated sugar 1 tsp pure peppermint extract 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted 1 tsp pure vanilla extract Chocolate Coating 2 tsp coconut oil 1 cup high quality chocolate chips Cream butter and extracts together until just combined Sprinkle sugar across butter and combine until just smooth. Don’t overmix! Slowly add in the flour, ½ cup at a time, and mix until just incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. The less amount of time mixing, the better. Shape the dough into …

Peanut Brittle

Mom used to make this every Christmas for our friends and family. I wanted to share her recipe with you. Peanut Brittle by Mrs. Betty Fisk 2 cups sugar 1 cup light corn syrup ½ cup water 2 cups roasted peanuts 2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. butter 1 tsp. vanilla candy thermometer In very large pot cook sugar, syrup and water to 280 degrees on candy thermometer (medium crack stage). Do not stir, except to mix. Add nuts and let cook in syrup mixtures about 3 minutes or until they turn golden brown. Add baking soda and remove from …

Meringue Cookies

Meringue Cookies were my Mother’s favorite at Christmas. I remember baking them with her when I was little. I always tried to peek at them in the oven. Don’t do that or they will be ruined. Trust me. 4 eggs white at room temperature 1 cup sugar ½ tsp. vanilla ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar   Preheat oven to 250 degrees.   In large mixing bowl beat egg whites with cream of tartar until stiff. Add sugar. Slowly add vanilla.   Cut a small hole in the top of a pastry bag and insert a star tip. Transfer meringue into …

Sweet Potato Crisp

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Over the years I’ve searched for the best Sweet Potato recipe. This recipe is courtesy of Mrs. Michael Richardson of Franklin, TN (Jolene.) It is served annually at the Thanksgiving Night in the Hunger Fight annual fundraising supper at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church which has raised thousands of dollars to feed and educate children in Haiti. It’s been served to many groups and families, over the years that it’s become a holiday favorite.  Sweet Potato Crisp  Potatoes 3 cups sweet potatoes (peeled, cooked and mashed) 1/2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 2 eggs  1/3 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla Mash …

Ginger Bread Cookies

This easy to make traditional Christmas Cookie recipe for Ginger Bread Cookies was created by Jessica Driver. ½ cup molasses ½ cup sugar 1 ½ cups flour ½ cup butter softened 1 egg 1 tsp. ginger 1 tsp. vanilla 1 tsp. baking soda 1 cup boiling water Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Chill dough for about 1 hour. Roll out dough to about ¼ inch thick. Cut into shapes. Re-roll scapes of dough until all dough is used up. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes (smaller …

Celebrate the Season with a Classic Side

No holiday celebration can be considered complete without taste bud-tingling sides to pair with your favorite seasonal dishes. Whether you’re able to celebrate with loved ones or joining virtually from afar, dining together with traditional holiday foods is oftentimes a major part of the festivities. For a salivation-worthy side dish, turn to a seasonal classic like mashed potatoes but with a slight twist. Onions, at just 45 calories per serving, add a flavorful boost to Roasted Onion and Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and they serve as a source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium and other key nutrients such …

Savor Holiday Fun with Seasonal Sweets

(Family Features) Festive fun and baking holiday treats go hand-in-hand, and these Christmas Tree Cheesecake Brownies provide a perfect way to enjoy a holiday tradition in the kitchen with loved ones. Decorate your own version using green and white frosting, sprinkles of your choice and candy canes for “stumps” in the tree-shaped sweets. Visit milkmeansmore.org to find more holiday inspiration. Watch video to see how to make this recipe! Christmas Tree Cheesecake Brownies Recipe courtesy of Jenn Fillenworth of “Jenny with the Good Eats” on behalf of Milk Means More Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Servings: 16 …