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Summer Cooking Camp!

It’s that time again!  Join us for a week of hands-on delicious fun at one of our cooking camps.

We are super excited about this year’s theme:  Cooking in the USA!

Click here to find a location near you.

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 8:47 am and is filled under Uncategorized.

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Carrot Ginger Muffins

Do you know the muffin man? No worries if you don’t!  With this easy recipe, you can make your own batch of warm,  fresh-out-of-the-oven carrot-ginger muffins.

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Here’s how:

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1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray or line with paper muffin liners.

Mix topping ingredients together and set aside.

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2. Mix the dry ingredients together (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and brown sugar).  Then add the carrot, cinnamon, ginger and oats.  So far, so good!

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3. In another small bowl, mix the buttermilk, egg and butter together.  Add that to the dry ingredients and stir until just moistened.

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Don’t overmix or your muffins will be tough.  No bueno!

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4. Spoon your lovely muffin batter into a muffin tin, filling about 2/3 full.

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5.  Sprinkle topping mixture onto muffins.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean as a whistle!

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6.  Clean up the kitchen while the muffins cool just a bit.

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7. Have a seat and enjoy a warm, buttery, cinnamony, gingery carrot muffin.  Life is good and so are these little muffins full of love.

Good job, chef!

Dessert

Carrot Ginger Muffins

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour, all purpose
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup carrot, grated
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1 tsp ginger, ground
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 Tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup raisins, optional
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • dash salt

Topping:

  • 2 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup oats

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray or line with paper muffin liners.
  • Mix topping ingredients and set aside.
  • Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar. Add the carrot, cinnamon, ginger and oats.
  • In another mixing bowl, mix the buttermilk, egg and butter. Combine with the dry ingredients until just moistened. Don't overmix.
  • Spoon muffin batter into muffin tin, filling about 2/3 full. Sprinkle topping mixture onto muffins.
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Servings: 10-12 servings
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes

This entry was posted on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm and is filled under Easy.

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Banana French Toast

The perfect breakfast treat is, of course, none other than French Toast and to make it even better, we can add bananas!

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With just a few ingredients, this easy breakfast is absolutely wonderful and perfect for special days.

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To get started, crack 2 eggs into a mixing bowl.  Next add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar.  Mix it all together and set aside for later.

 

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Next you are going to need 4 slices of bread.  Any bread will do!  You will also need a banana sliced into thin slices.  Spread cream cheese onto each slice of bread then top with the banana slices.

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Sprinkle on cinnamon to each layer of banana to give it a more flavorful kick!  Continue to add another slice of bread and repeat the cream cheese and banana toppings until you have used all 4 slices.

Preheat the skillet to medium heat to prepare for the toast.  Cut the sandwich stack in half and grab the egg mixture.  Dip the sandwich halves into the egg mixture and cover completely.  This part can get really messy!  If the bowl isn’t working for your dipping action, you can add the egg mixture to a shallow baking pan to make the dipping easier.  Coat all of the sides to make your french toast perfect.

Once you have the slices well coated, cook each half on the skillet until they are a golden brown color and slightly crispy.  Cook both sides for 2-3 minutes.

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After you have the perfect crispy toast, put on a plate and top with a little bit of powdered sugar.  If you want to make them even sweeter, add a little bit of real maple syrup for the delicious breakfast treat!

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Breakfast Treat

Banana French Toast

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Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 slices bread
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 banana, sliced into rounds
  • extra powdered sugar for dusting
  • real maple syrup, optional

Directions

  • Mix eggs, milk, vanilla and powdered sugar together and add to a bowl or shallow baking dish.
  • Spread a little cream cheese onto each slice of bread. Add half of the banana slices to one piece of bread and sprinkle with a little cinnamon. Top with a second piece of bread. Repeat with remaining banana slices and bread.
  • Cut sandwiches in half. Preheat skillet to medium high.
  • Dip each half into the egg mixture, coating all sides well with the batter.
  • Cook each half in a hot skillet until golden brown and slightly crispy, flipping so that both sides are cooked...2-3 minutes on each side.
  • Dust with a little powdered sugar and a drizzle of maple syrup; enjoy.
Servings: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 5 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes

This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 5:38 pm and is filled under Intermediate.

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Buttermilk Biscuits

Who doesn’t love soft, fluffy, buttery biscuits? Try this easy recipe and enjoy it with your favorite jam.

Have fun measuring, kneading, rolling, cutting and most importantly…eating your homemade buttermilk biscuits.

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Buttermilk Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour, all-purpose
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup shortening, well chilled
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, plus 2 tablespoons

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Sift dry ingredients together. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles bread crumbs.
  • Add buttermilk and mix just until moistened.
  • Turn onto floured surface and knead 3-4 times. Don't over do it or you will have tough biscuits-no so good!
  • Roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with 2-3-inch biscuit cutter (a glass works too!) and place on baking sheet.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes until lightly golden. Serve with real butter and your favorite jam. (Save one to make an egg sandwich with-yummy!)
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This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 11:31 am and is filled under Easy.

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Lasagna Rolls

Is it me or does comfort food sound so good while winter hangs around a bit longer?

This week as the forecast calls for another week of cold weather, why not give this fun and yummy recipe a try: Lasagna Rolls!

Look at these beautiful works of warm, comforting deliciousness!

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Here’s the how-to:

To get started, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bring a large pot of salted water to boil.

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Once the water starts to boil, add in 8-10 uncooked lasagna noodles and allow them to cook for 8-10 minutes.  Once they are soft, carefully remove the noodles from the pot and  lay them out on a clean work surface.

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In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup ricotta cheese with fresh chopped basil or Italian flat leaf parsley.  Add a pinch or two of salt and pepper, mix, taste and adjust if needed.  Set aside.

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Top each noodle with about 2 tablespoons of the ricotta herb mixture.  Using the back of a spoon, spread on the noodle.

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Next, add 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce,

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and then a layer of fresh baby spinach.

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After adding all of the toppings, start at one end of each noodle and begin to roll it up.  Spray a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and place the rolls seam side down in the dish.

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Then you can pour the remaining marinara sauce over the lasagna rolls.  Add mozzarella cheese for an extra cheesy roll and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes.

Share these warm and cheesy lasagna rolls with friends and family. :)

Happy Cooking!

Entree

Lasagna Rolls

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Ingredients

  • 8-10 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil or Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh baby spinach, packed
  • 1 large zucchini, sliced into 3-inch spears (optional)
  • 1 cup mozzarella, shredded

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Spray a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Add lasagna noodles to boiling water and cook 8-10 minutes. Drain well and gently transfer to a clean work surface.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, herbs and a dash of salt & pepper. Set aside.
  • Spread each noodle with 2-3 tablespoons of the herbed ricotta mixture, 2 tablespoons of marinara and top with some of the spinach (and zucchini, if using.)
  • Starting at one end, roll up the noodle and place seam side down in the casserole dish.
  • Pour remainig marinara sauce over lasagna rolls. Sprinkle with mozzarella and bake until golden and bubbly, 20-25 minutes.
Servings: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes

This entry was posted on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 7:04 pm and is filled under Easy.

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Ratatouille

This week in cooking class, the chefs put their knife skills and vegetable-eating courage to the test.

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They chopped, chopped, chopped and chopped some more to create the vegetable dish, Ratatouille.

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We are happy to tell you almost all of the kids liked it!

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They LIKED it!

Below is the recipe so you can like it too. :)

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Ratatouille

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Ingredients

  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 cups eggplant, diced
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup zucchini squash, diced
  • 1 cup yellow squash, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Italian flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  • Chop the veggies into 1-inch or bite-size pieces and set aside.
  • Preheat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Add the olive oil to the hot pan.
  • Add the chopped veggies and garlic. Cook on medium high heat until veggies are softened, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the fresh herbs and salt. Mix well and taste. Add more salt if needed.
  • Serve with french bread; Bon Apetit'!
Servings: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes

This entry was posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 11:46 am and is filled under Intermediate.

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Mashed Potatoes

Comfort food.  Potatoes are the King of Comfort food.  So, this week in cooking class, our young chefs cooked up some delicious comfort with Mashed Potatoes.

Today, we want to share this easy, family favorite recipe with you!

Have fun as you peel, chop, and mash your way through a bowl of potatoes.

Keep on Cookin’ for your family! :)

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Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 3 medium Russet potatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 3-4 Tablespoons heavy cream or whole milk
  • 2-3 Tablespoons salt

Directions

  • Fill a large pot halfway with cool water. Add salt. Peel and cut potatoes into 2" pieces and place in pot of salted water.
  • Bring potatoes to boil and cook, uncovered for 15-20 minutes, or until tender. Drain.
  • Mash with a masher and add butter. Mix well and taste. Add more salt if needed.
  • Slowly add cream or milk and mix until light and fluffy.
Servings: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes

This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:59 pm and is filled under Easy.

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Sweetheart Scones

How about some Sweetheart Scones for your special sweetheart?!  These yummy scones are full of flavor and a quick way to make anyone smile.

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To get started, preheat your oven to 400 degrees and grab two mixing bowls.

In one bowl add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

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Next you are going to add the chilled butter.  When you are measuring out the butter, look on the wrapper and see the marks they have to measure out the tablespoons.  Cube the butter and add to the mixture.  Continue to blend together until the mixture is nice and crumbly.

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Once you have the crumbly mixture, add in the dried cranberries and orange or lemon zest.

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To zest an orange or lemon, use a microplane, which is a tool with rough sides to scrape along the fruit’s outer skin.  You can also use a cheese grater to zest.

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Grab the second mixing bowl and crack the eggs into it, beat them together and add the milk.  Before adding to the dry mixture, make a hole in the middle of the dry mixture and slowly pour in the wet ingredients.  Stir until blended into a doughy mixture.

I like the word, doughy.  Don’t you?  It’s a happy word :)

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Sprinkle some flour onto the countertop and then place the dough on it.  Knead the dough by pushing into it to flatten it out, folding the top to the bottom and turning.  Push, fold, turn.  Repeat the process 4 or 5 times:  Push, fold, turn.  Push, fold turn…

When you are done kneading, flatten out the dough into about 1-inch thickness.

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Now the fun part, grab a heart shaped cookie cutter and begin to make the hearts.  Then place them onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes.

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For the yummy icing on top, mix together some cream cheese and strawberry jam.  Once mixed together, you can add topping to your scones and share with your special sweetheart!

Whatever you do, please don’t forget the most important ingredient in cooking is LOVE!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

You are loved :)

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Sweetheart Scones

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Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cup flour, plus a little more if needed to make dough tacky but not too sticky
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon orange or lemon zest
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2-3 tablespoons strawberry jam

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine first four ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the butter cubes and blend until mixture is crumbly.
  • Stir in the orange zest and cranberries.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and add the milk. Make a well in the middle of the dry mixture and pour the wet ingredients into it. Stir until blended. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead 4-5 times. Pat dough into 1-inch thickness.
  • Cut into heart shapes using a cookie cutter. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake 12-15 minutes.
  • Place cream cheese into a bowl and stir until soft and creamy. Add jam and mix well.
  • Spread some of the cream cheese mixture on top of scone and serve immediately.
Servings: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 35 Minutes

This entry was posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:36 pm and is filled under Easy.

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Chocolate Molten Cakes

How about an amazing chocolate treat for this very special week?  I have the perfect recipe for you!

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This recipe will give you four amazing Chocolate Molten Cakes that are perfect for your Valentine!

To start making the treats, you will need to preheat the oven to 400 degrees and place a cookie sheet on the rack inside.

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Then grab four ramekins, which are small baking dishes for an individual serving.  Using nonstick cooking spray or 1 tablespoon of butter, coat the inside of each ramekin and set aside.

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For the next step, melt the chocolate chips and a stick of butter.

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Place both ingredients into a microwave safe bowl and begin to warm them up for about 20 seconds.  Stir and melt for 10 more seconds and check again.  Continue to check on the chocolate until it is completely melted and able to mix together. Stir well and set aside to cool before adding to the other mixture.

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In a large mixing bowl, crack 2 large eggs and add 3/4 cup of sugar and 3 tablespoons of flour.

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Once the melted chocolate mixture has cooled, slowly add to the egg mixutre and blend well.  Be sure the chocolate is cooled because if you add it while it’s still really warm, it will scramble the eggs.  Chocolate scrambled eggs?  No thanks :) We want the oven to do all the cooking! If you would like, you can add in white chocolate chips to add even more flavor.

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After you have blended the mixtures together, divide it up evenly into the four ramekins and carefully place on the preheated baking sheet.  Do you promise to be careful?  Ok, thanks!

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Once in the oven, you will bake until the tops are shiny and cracked with the chocolate underneath perfectly ooey-gooey.  This usually takes about 18-20 minutes.

When the kitchen smells like a wonderful warm and fuzzy chocolate factory, the molten cakes are done.

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After they have cooled for 10-15 minutes, grab a spoon and serve this to someone you love…your parents, best friend, grandparents, even your sister or your brother.  Now that would be a super way to show someone you love them.

Oh, and to make the treat even better, add a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Happy Valentines Day!  :)

Dessert

Chocolate Molten Cakes

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Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon butter, softened or nonstick cooking spray for coating ramekins
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 stick butter, unsalted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons flour, all purpose
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, optional

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400. Place a baking sheet into the oven. Coat four ramekins with the butter or nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and the butter for 30-40 seconds or until melted. Stir well and set aside to cool.
  • In a second mixing bowl, combine eggs, sugar and flour. Add cooled chocolate and blend well. Fold in white chocolate chips, if using. Divide mixture evenly into each ramekin and carefully place on preheated baking sheet.
  • Bake until tops are shiny and cracked and chocolate beneath is hot and gooey; about 18-20 minutes.
  • Get a spoon and dig in! A dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream would make this a perfect Valentine treat!
Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 030 Minutes

This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:00 am and is filled under Easy.

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Lemon Drop Cookies

Our Winter Cookery session started this week and we are sharing the recipe right here on the handy-dandy kids cooking blog.

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Enjoy these while lemons are at their peak!

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First you cream the butter, shortening and sugar.  Then add the milk.

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Next, add the lemon zest and a little juice.

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Then add the flour.

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Mix well, then drop by teaspoonfuls onto a baking sheet.  Bake at 350, 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

While the cookies are baking, mix up a lemony glaze.  It’s sweet and sassy…just like you! Haha :0)

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For the lemon glaze, squeeze 3-4 Tablespoons of juice into a mixing bowl.  Then stir in 1/4-1/2 cup powdered sugar.  Mix until all the sugar is dissolved and you end up with a consistency of heavy cream…a little thicker than milk.

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Spoon some of the lemony snicket glaze on your cookie.  Then clean up any major spills, if that happens.  I’m not saying it will…but it might if you try to spoon way too much just because you love the lemony snicket glaze so much.  It loves you too.

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Then taste your winter treat and see that it is so good.  Thumbs up!

Happy Winter Cooking!

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Lemon Drop Cookies

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest and juice
  • 3-4 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4-1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, beat shortening and butter until softened and well blended.
  • Add sugar, milk, lemon zest , juice and half of the flour. Beat until thoroughly combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Beat or stir in remaining flour.
  • Drop dough by rounded teaspoons two inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove cookies to cool on wire racks.
  • Mix 3-4 T of lemon juice with the powdered sugar until thickened and runny. Spoon glaze on cookies and let it set. Store in an air tight container.
Servings: 20-24 cookies
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes

 

 

This entry was posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 9:15 pm and is filled under Easy.

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