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Cranberry Cake

December 31, 2018

I am loving cooking with my toddler. He was very excited to help with this cake, and we all loved that it was not ultra sweet. The cranberries and lemon make it a very bright cake, even for the winter.

You will need:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 c packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 12 oz fresh cranberries, picked through to discard any that have gone soft
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • Approx. 1 c powdered sugar

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in the eggs, vanilla, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
  4. Mix in half of the flour and the sour cream.
  5. Mix in the remaining flour.
  6. Fold in the cranberries.
  7. Spread into the prepared bundt pan.
  8. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until golden on the sides. A tester in the middle should come out clean.
  9. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate.
  10. Allow to cool another 15 minutes before icing.
  11. In a small bowl, combine the lemon zest and juice with the powdered sugar to make a smooth glaze. Drizzle over the cake before serving.

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Pecan Snowball Cookies

December 24, 2018

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These cookies require a little bit of work, because you add a smidge of jam on the inside. However, the work adds a sweet surprise when you bit into each cookie. Yum! This makes about 18 cookies.

You will need:

  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 c powdered sugar
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/4 c flour
  • 1/2 c pecans, finely chopped
  • 2 T milk
  • ~1/4 c of your favorite jam
  • 1/2 c powdered sugar

Then you will…

  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter with the powdered sugar.
  2. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  3. Mix in a pinch of salt, the flour, and the chopped pecans.
  4. Stir in the milk, so the dough comes together.
  5. Form a ball with the dough and slightly flatten to form a disk.
  6. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for two hours.
  7. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  8. Roll dough into two-inch balls.
  9. Cut each ball in half and use your little finger to make a small indentation in both sides.
  10. Add about 1/4 t of your favorite jam to each dough ball, split between the two sides.
  11. Reseal with your fingers.
  12. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until golden on the bottom.
  13. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then roll in powdered sugar.
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Holiday 7 Layer Bars

December 23, 2018

I made these with my toddler, who loved sprinkling everything into the pan. It is a sweet combination of dried cranberries, white chocolate, a little dark chocolate and some coconut.

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs
  • 8 T unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 c white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 c chopped walnuts
  • 1 c dried cranberries
  • 1 c sweetened coconut flakes
  • 14 oz (1 can) sweetened condensed milk

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Lightly grease the parchment with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter.
  4. Spread into the prepared pan and light press together.
  5. Sprinkle on the white chocolate chips.
  6. Then sprinkle on the dark chocolate chips.
  7. Next sprinkle on the chopped walnuts.
  8. Then sprinkle on the dried cranberries.
  9. Then sprinkle on the coconut.
  10. Drizzle the condensed milk over the top.
  11. Bake 30-35 minutes, until lightly golden on top. Center should be set.
  12. Cool in the pan at least two hours before removing and slicing.

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