Archive for December, 2017

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Fruitcake Inspired Shortbread Cookies

December 23, 2017

My mom enjoys fruitcake, although most of the family does not. I decided to try making a fruitcake inspired cookie in her honor for the winter holiday. This was the result. These would also be delicious with a little lemon glaze (powdered sugar + lemon juice + milk).

You will need:

  • 1 c dried fruits (such as cranberries, cherries, apricots etc.), roughly chopped
  • 1/2 c bourbon
  • 1 c unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 c powdered sugar
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 c flour

Then you will…

  1. In a small bowl, combine the dried fruits and bourbon. Allow to macerate for 3 hours, before draining.
  2. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, lemon zest and salt until light and fluffy.
  4. Gradually mix in the flour.
  5. Stir in the macerated dried fruits.
  6. Roll the dough out until it is 1/2-inch thick. Cut however you want!
  7. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheets.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until starting to turn golden at the edges.
  9. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies

December 22, 2017

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These might be my new favorite cookies. They are spicy and chewy with just the right amount of sweetness. This recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies.

You will need:

  • 3/4 c butter, at room temperature
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/4 c molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 c flour
  • 1/3 c raw sugar (I made these for the holidays, so I used a green sparkling sugar)

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl,cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the molasses, egg, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
  4. Gradually mix in the flour until mixed.
  5. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls.
  6. Roll each dough ball in the raw sugar.
  7. Place on the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between cookies to allow for spreading.
  8. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges start to set.
  9. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Eggnog Cookies

December 21, 2017

Have some extra eggnog in your fridge? Add them into these cookies for a special holiday treat. They are perfect with…eggnog! (or cocoa!) This recipe make about 2 dozen cookies.

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You will need:

  • 3/4 c unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/2 c eggnog
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t ground nutmeg
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 2 1/4 c flour

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggnog, vanilla, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking powder.
  4. Slowly add the flour until combined.
  5. Drop spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets. Leave 1-2 inches between the cookies.
  6. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, or until starting to turn light golden brown.
  7. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Turkey Ranch Burgers

December 12, 2017

I’ve always found ranch seasoning packets to be a fun addition to all sorts of dishes. In this one, it enhances the flavor in turkey burgers in a big way.

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You will need:

  • 1/2 sour cream
  • 1/2 c panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c shredded cheese, like Cheddar or Colby Jack
  • 1 packet of ranch seasoning powder, divided
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 t hot sauce
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • Buns, lettuce and tomato – whatever toppings you want!

Then you will…

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the sour cream and half of the ranch seasoning mix. Set aside in the fridge while you make the burgers.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the panko with the onion, green pepper, shredded cheese, remaining ranch seasoning, garlic powder, pepper, egg and hot sauce.
  4. Add the ground turkey and mix well by hand.
  5. Divide into four patties.
  6. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  7. Lightly grease with nonstick cooking spray.
  8. Cook the burgers until cooked through and juices run clear, about 6-8 minutes per side.
  9. Meanwhile, lightly toast the buns in the preheated oven, about 3-4 minutes.
  10. Serve the burgers topped with the sour cream sauce, lettuce and tomato.
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Honeyed Pork Schnitzel

December 6, 2017

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I am a sucker for all types of German food, like schnitzel. This one has a fun honey-lemon glaze for a sweet and sour effect.

You will need:

  • 2 T flour
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 4 pork cutlets (~4 oz each)
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 1/4 c honey

Then you will…

  1. On a large plate, mix together the flour with the salt and pepper.
  2. Add the pork, one piece at a time. Flip to coat and set aside on a clean plate.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat with the olive oil.
  4. Cook the pork 3-4 minutes on each side or until juices run clear.
  5. Remove the pork and set aside.
  6. Add the lemon juice and honey to the skillet.
  7. Cook and stir until starting to thicken, about 3 minutes.
  8. Return the pork to the pan and toss to coat. Allow to cook another 2-3 minutes or until heated through.
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