Linzer Cookies

¾ lb. unsalted butter at room temp 1 cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 3 ½ cups flour ¼ tsp. salt ¾ cup good raspberry preserves Preheat oven to 350 degrees Cream butter and sugar until just combined. Add vanilla. In medium bowl, sift together the flour and the salt and then add to butter mixture. Mix on low speed until …

Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes a bunch! Ingredients 1 pound unsalted butter 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar 2 1/4 cups packed light-brown sugar 4 large eggs 3 cups plus 2 tablespoons pastry flour* 3 cups bread flour 1 tablespoon salt 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 2 pounds bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped Directions – Preheat oven to …

Overnight Pizza Dough

Important Note: The sponge needs to rest overnight; the dough needs to rise for about eight hours.  This is not a quick pizza dough recipe, but it is well worth the time. Yield: Makes 8 9-inch pizzas Sponge: 1 cup lukewarm water (110°F to 115°F) 1 envelope active dry yeast, divided 1 cup all purpose flour, divided Dough: 1 1/2 …

Jill’s Peanut Butter Popcorn

2 Bags Microwave Popcorn – popped with the old maids removed Boil for 1 minute: 1 Cup Sugar ½ Cup Honey ½ Cup Karo Syrup Take off the burner and add: 1 Cup Peanut Butter 1 tsp Vanilla In a large mixing bowl, pour the peanut butter mixture over the popcorn.  Stir together so popcorn is evenly coated with the …

Pumpkin Poop

Small zip-lock bags Enough Candy Corn to fill bag Print off the following saying and attach it to the baggie of Candy Corn. “I started to carve a pumpkin with my carving knife and scoop, but the pumpkin got so scared he took a little poop!  It looked so cute and funny, just like a candy treat.  So I’m sharing …

Popcorn Balls

Pop 1 2/3 Cups of Popcorn.  Try to pick out all of the old maids and then prepare the caramel coating. Boil 5 minutes: 1 lb Brown Sugar 1 Cup White Karo Syrup Then add: 1 Can Eagle Brand Condensed Milk 1 Cube of Butter Boil to softball stage (225˚- 227˚F).  If you are testing in ice water, be sure …

Irene’s Caramels

2 cups sugar 1 1/2 cup dark Karo syrup 1 cup butter 2 cups cream Nuts 1 tsp. vanilla Combine sugar, syrup, butter and 1 cup cream; bring to boil, stirring constantly. Add remaining cream and cook slowly to hard ball stage (260 degrees—candy thermometer) After adding the last cream, you don’t have to keep stirring. Remove from heat. Add …

Jalapeño Pepper Jelly

Jalapeño Pepper Jelly Helpful Notes: From Dana: You need to make sure your jars and lids and caps are sterilized.  I run them through the dishwasher. This recipe makes 2 quarts. I use 8 oz. jars, usually.  I usually double the recipe. A double recipe will make about 15 jars. Be sure to stay with the jelly while it is boiling (it can …

Stovetop Popcorn

3 Tbsp canola, peanut or grapeseed oil (high smoke point oil) 1/3 cup of high quality popcorn kernels 1 3-quart covered saucepan 2 Tbsp or more (to taste) of butter Salt to taste 1 Heat the oil in a 3-quart saucepan on medium high heat. 2 Put 3 or 4 popcorn kernels into the oil and cover the pan. 3 …

Chocolate Oat Fingers

1 stick butter 5 ounces dark cooking chocolate ¼ cup coconut ½ cup condensed milk ½ cup craisins ½ chopped walnuts 2 cups quick-cooking oats powdered sugar for dusting Lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking dish. Melt butter and chocolate in top of a double boiler over simmering water. Pour in condensed milk and stir until well combined. Remove …