Posts Tagged ‘vanilla’

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Sour Cream Blueberry Coffee Cake

August 11, 2019

20190728 Sour Cream Blueberry Coffee Cake

I am a sucker for coffee cake, and summer is such a sweet time for blueberries. I love the crunchy exterior of this coffee cake and hope you do too!

You will need:

  • 1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 c brown sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 2 t ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 3/4 c flour
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries (or 1 c frozen blueberries)
  • 1/2 c chopped pecans

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a nonstick Bundt pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter together with the sugar and 1/2 cup of the brown sugar. 
  3. Beat in the eggs.
  4. Then beat in the sour cream, vanilla, 1 teaspoon of the ground cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
  5. Beat in the flour until just blended.
  6. Fold in the blueberries.
  7. Gently spread a third of the batter into the prepared Bundt pan.
  8. In a small mixing bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup of brown sugar with the remaining teaspoon of cinnamon and the pecans.
  9. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over the batter. Using a knife, gently swirl the mixture into the batter.
  10. Gently spread the remaining batter in the pan.
  11. Bake for 60 to 75 minutes. Tester should come out clean.
  12. Allow to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before inverting to remove from the pan.
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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

20181223 Pecan Snowballs

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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Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies

November 19, 2018

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Wow. So few ingredients in this recipe, yet the result is a batch of wonderous cookies. I love the flavor and texture that the ground toasted pecans offer. It’s the perfect complement to the brown sugar and vanilla. If you can resist baking them all at once, you can freeze the dough in several smaller logs. Then you can slice and bake the cookies in batches, whenever the urge arises.

You will need:

  • 8 T unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 c brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 vanilla bean, cut open and seeds scraped out with a spoon or back of the knife
  • 1/2 c toasted pecans, finely ground
  • 1 c flour
  • 1 T milk
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract

Then you will…

  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and salt.
  2. Mix in the vanilla bean seeds and pecans.
  3. Mix in the flour, milk and vanilla extract.
  4. On a piece of plastic wrap, form the dough into a 2-inch wide, 12-inch long log.
  5. Wrap the plastic wrap around the dough.
  6. Freeze for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Slice the dough into 1/2-inch wide pieces.
  9. Place the slices on the prepared baking sheet, leaving an inch between the slices.
  10. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until just starting to turn golden.
  11. Allow to cool on the sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
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No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls

November 1, 2018

These are a sweet and simply snack, perfect for little fingers and grown ups alike. They are best served out of the fridge for a cool and delicious treat during the day.

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You will need:

  • 3/4 c old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 c smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 3/4 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 3 T sweetened cocoa powder

Then you will…

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Allow to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Form into balls (roughly 2-3 tablespoons per ball). You should have about 16.
  4. Allow to firm up in the fridge for another 30 minutes before eating (or transferring to a storage container in the fridge). I suggest putting them on some wax paper or freezer paper so they are easy to remove.
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Baked Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Squares

October 15, 2018

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This is so easy! I loved that this baked oatmeal comes out of the oven firm enough to cut into squares. It’s perfect for packing breakfast-on-the-go or crumbling up over yogurt or feeding to hungry toddlers (and grownups!). You can serve as is or go wild: try topping with syrup or fresh fruit or a little milk.

You will need:

  • 4 T unsalted butter, melted and allowed to cool for 5 minutes
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/4 c milk
  • 1/2 c light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 t baking powder
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 3 c old-fashioned oats

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine everything but the oats until well mixed.
  3. Stir in the oats.
  4. Spread in the prepared pan.
  5. Bake 25-35 minutes or until the edges are golden and the center is set.
  6. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

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Banana Bread Coffee Cake

September 25, 2018

This sweet treat brings together the best of banana bread with the best of coffee cake. Combining ripe bananas with warm cinnamon and brown sugar makes your kitchen smell amazing.

You will need:

  • 8 T unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 c light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 3/4 c flour
  • 1 3/4 c old-fashioned oats, divided
  • 2 T unsalted butter, cold
  • 1/2 c chopped pecans

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×9 baking dish with foil and grease with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together 8 tablespoons of the butter with 2/3 cup of the brown sugar.
  3. Mix in the eggs, banana, and vanilla.
  4. Mix in the banking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
  5. Mix in the flour and 1 1/4 cup of the oats.
  6. Spread into the prepared pan.
  7. In a small bowl, mix together the remaining 1/2 cup of oats with the remaining 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of cold butter, and pecans until it forms a crumbly mixture.
  8. Spread the topping on the batter.
  9. Bake 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick in the middle comes out clean and the cake is golden.
  10. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

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