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MY COOKIE RECIPES IN TASTE OF HOME MAGAZINE

taste of home magazine, cookie recipes, published recipesI am always so excited and feel so honored when one of my recipes is published in a magazine.  This week I received 2 magazines from Taste of Home with one of my cookie recipes in each.   


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This is my recipe for Halloween Party Cutout Cookies.  It is in the Taste of Home magazine posted above.  I have not made my cookies yet for this year but here are a few from last year.tatse of home magazine, decorated sugar cookies

 

I use my recipe for decorated sugar cookies.  I decorated these very simple and some of the grandchildren helped.  
The second magazine is a cookie swap edition and is full of great looking recipes. I will be trying several of them out this year.  The cookie recipe of mine they published was actually one I created a few years ago as an after school snack for some of my grandchildren.  taste of home magazine, cookie swap 
trail mix, cookie cups, nutella, peanut butter cookie cupsThis recipe only has 4 ingredients.  If you like chocolate and peanut butter together, this will hit the spot.
Trail Mix Cookie Cups
Yields 24
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 roll (16.5 oz) refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough
  2. 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  3. 1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread (Nutella or Jif)
  4. 1 1/2 cups trail mix
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 24 cups of mini muffin pan with non stick cooking spray.
  2. Shape the dough into (24) even size balls, about 1 1/4 inch each. Press each into the bottom and up sides of a muffin cup.
  3. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from the oven and make an indentation in the center of each cup, using a wooden tart maker or the end of a wooden spoon handle. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
  4. Carefully remove each cookie cup and place on a wire cooling rack.
  5. Spoon 1 teaspoon of the chocolate spread and then 1 teaspoon of peanut butter into each cup. Top with a tablespoon of the trail mix. Transfer to serving platter and enjoy.
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SWEET 16 PARTY AND DECORATED SUGAR COOKIES

A few weeks ago one of my friends asked me to do some cookies for her daughter’s “Sweet 16” Birthday Party.  The theme was a Victoria Secret Theme. VS cookies, decorated sugar cookies for girls, pink sugar cookiesVS cookies, decorated sugar cookies for girls, pink sugar cookies

 

They turned out cute,  co-ordinated  with her other sweet 16 decorations and cake, and the guests really liked them.

Another grand-daughter was having a “Spa” themed birthday party the following week and wanted some of the cookies too.  She turned “12” so I made these. pink sugar cookies, decorated sugar cookies for girls party

I bought the dog cookie cutter at a kitchen store in our mall and for the other cookies I just used heart shaped and a round cookie cutter.  I did not take great pictures as I did not really plan to post them but they are a cute idea so I wanted to share them. 

I used my recipe for decorated sugar cookies.

 

 

 

IF ONLY LIFE COULD BE MORE LIKE MAYBERRY

A few weeks ago one of my daughters and I were talking about The Andy Griffith show and Mayberry. She said to me “Mom after your generation no one will even know what Mayberry was about”.  I started thinking about it and am hoping that is not true. But do most of the younger generations know who Lucille Ball, Vivian Leigh or John Wayne are??

Everyone around my age (62) grew up watching a show on television that transported us to a magical town called Mayberry.

It was a quaint, little old fashioned town, made up of kind, hardworking people with good morals. There was no serious crime and families were close. People were kind to their neighbors. Children showed respect to their parents and romance was not the sex scenes we now have on television. I know that for myself, I wanted to live my adult life in a place like this.

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RASPBERRY LIME COOKIE CUPS

This recipe for Raspberry Lime Cookie cups is not only pretty to look at, it tastes delicious.raspberry, lime, cookie dough, sweetened condensed milk

This recipe that I created for a summertime party is light, refreshing, and looks so pretty on your serving tray.  It is a winning  combination of sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese,  and raspberry preserves, topped with a fresh raspberry and lime slice. 

Raspberry Lime Cookie Cups
Yields 24
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 (16.5oz) roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  2. 1/4 cup crumbs from graham cracker ready made pie crust (may use graham cracker crumbs)
  3. 1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  4. 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  5. 3 medium limes, washed
  6. 1/4 cup red raspberry preserves
  7. 24 medium fresh raspberries, washed and dry
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray 2 (12 cup) mini cheesecake pans with removable bottoms, with no stick cooking spray.
  2. Break up and crumble the cookie dough into a large mixing bowl. Add the graham cracker crumbs and combine well, using hands. Divide the dough into 24 equal size balls, about 1-inch each. Press a ball into the bottom of each cup to form a crust. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven to a wire cooling rack. Using the end of a wooden spoon, make a slight indentation in each cookie cup.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese in a medium size saucepan. Cut 6 slices from one of the limes (1/4 inch each). Squeeze the juice from the remaining part of that lime into the saucepan. Set the slices aside. Zest the remaining 2 limes and set this aside. Cut each of the limes in half and squeeze the juice from them into the saucepan with sweetened condensed milk. Cook the milk, cream cheese and lime juice over a low heat, stirring constantly until mixture begins to bubble and starts to thicken; about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  4. Spoon equal amounts of the filling (about 1 Tablespoon) onto each cookie crust. Top each with 1/2 teaspoon preserves. Using a toothpick, lightly swirl into the filling. Chill pans for 1 hour. Loosen the cookie cups around the edges with a small plastic knife. Return to refrigerator for 1 hour.
  5. Carefully, remove the cookie cups from pan by pushing the bottom disc upward with fingers. Remove disc from bottom of crust using a butter knife. Transfer to a serving platter. Cut each lime slice into 4 wedges. Garnish each cookie cup with a lime wedge pointed into the filling, and a raspberry. Sprinkle lime zest over the cookie tops. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Notes
  1. I like to use a ready made graham cracker crust instead of the plain graham cracker crumbs because it is a little moister and has a sweeter taste. Plain crumbs works fine though.
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COOKING WITH THE GRANDCHILDREN

I have always loved to be in the kitchen creating recipes with my grandchildren. They know how I love to cook, bake, and enter cooking contests and I think that excitement has been passed on to them. They have been the inspiration for many of my contest recipes.

When they are small, we move a stool over to the kitchen counter or bring their small table into the kitchen. As they grow older, they have taken over the kitchen at times. They will even call me to tell me an idea they had for a recipe.  See how much fun we have baking and cooking together!

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HAPPY NATIONAL SUGAR COOKIE DAY

What a “sweet” day this is for sure!  Baking and decorating sugar cookies is one of my favorite things to do.  I grew up doing this with my mother, carried on the tradition for my children, and now do this for my grandchildren.006 (2)

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s1Here is a previous blog post I did on decorated sugar cookies and the recipe I have used for many years.    Sugar Cookies for all Occasions

Have a great day and hopefully eat a sugar cookie with someone you love

SUMMERTIME ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH YOUR GRANDCHILDREN

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 If your grandchildren are younger, chances are you get to spend some extra time with them.  Once they start school and activities, their free time is very limited.   This is the first summer I have not worked in 42 years, since I am now retired, so I am hoping for some extra time with my grandchildren.    I have some ideas of what I would like for us to do this summer.

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