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Monday, October 31, 2016

Honey Banana Bread

This is such a quick easy recipe without a ton of ingredients.  Simple to toss together and make for unexpected company or a nice treat in the morning on a cold winter day.  (oh btw I hate winter!)
Of course I made this for work and it was a big hit.

makes 1 loaf pan
2 cups AP flour (you could use whole wheat)
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs (room temp and beaten)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (I did use sweetened)
3/4 cup honey
1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
2-3 ripe mashed bananas

Preheat oven 350° great a loaf pan and set aside.
In a bowl mix dry ingredients, set a side(helpful tip, I always put my dry ingredients on wax paper then just dump into wet, one less bowl to clean)  In a med size bowl combine the honey and applesauce, add beaten eggs and banana.   Add the dry to wet and stir until combined, don't over mix, add nuts and mix.  Pour into prepared pan and bake for 60-65 minutes.  Insert toothpick to check if done, if it comes out clean it's done.  Cool in pan for 10 minutes then remove and pool on wire rack.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful week and Always Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things YOU L♥ve.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Almond shortbread cookie

These are AMAZING.  A quick easy cookie for any time of the year.  These are light and delicious.  A great cookie to add to your holiday list.  I made these for work and they were a big hit.  Shape them any way you like.  This will definitely be added to my holiday cookie list.

Prep time: 35 min (not counting freezer and fridge time)
40-50 cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon amaretto liquor or almond extract (I used amaretto)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour (sifted)
3/4 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted

  In a large mixing bowl, using mixer, beat butter, sugar, amaretto, salt until smooth and creamy.
2) With mixer on low speed, add flour and mix until dough forms.
3) Using rubber spatula, mix in almonds.
4) Form dough into a rectangular log (or 2 rectangular logs). Wrap each log in plastic wrap. Once the log is wrapped in plastic wrap, it is easier to continue shaping it as a more perfectly shaped rectangular log. Freeze the log for 40 minutes in freezer, then 20 minutes in refrigerator.
5) Preheat oven to 325. Using sharp knife, cut dough into 1/4 inch thick slices, place them on parchment lined baking sheet 1 inch apart. Bake until edges are golden, about 15-18  minutes. (depending on your oven)
6) Cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Thanks for stopping by,  have a wonderful week and Always Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things You L♥ve.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Almond Joy Cookie

 I made these for work back in August.  They were very easy but I found them to be very sweet.   They would be a great addition to Holiday baking.  These were a big hit.
Makes about 44 cookies
  from here

1 14 oz bag sweetened coconut flakes
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
⅔ cup chopped lightly salted almonds (I used Blue Diamond Low Sodium Lightly Salted - light blue bag)
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk (regular or fat-free works)
  1. Preheat the oven to 325F.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine coconut, chocolate chips, almonds, and sweetened condensed milk.
  4. Stir until combined.
  5. Scoop out dough with a cookie scoop onto prepared baking sheet.
  6. Moisten the tips of your fingers with water and shape into discs. Pat the tops flat.
  7. Bake cookies for 13 to 16 minutes or until tips of coconut are just starting to turn golden brown.
  8. Let cool on baking sheet.
  9. Store cookies in an airtight container.
thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful week and Always Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things You L♥ve.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

It's a raining day here in KS and it has finally cooled down a bit.  It's been over 100° everyday for the past week or so.  Each day worst than the next, makes it really hard to breathe.  I won't complain to much because I really hate winter and it will be here before we know it!  sigh!
I made these for work, found the recipe on Pinterest and I changed it up a bit.  To one of the batches i added peanut butter just to see what they would taste like.   They were a hit.  Next time I think I'll add caramel bits and maybe a batch with chopped walnuts.  So guess you can do a lot with this recipe.  Give it a try.

makes about 44 cookies
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar for rolling
  1. Cream together butter and brown sugar with a mixer until fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add in eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition, and then vanilla.
  3. Combine cocoa powder, flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture. Mix well.
  4. Refrigerate dough for one hour.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, scoop dough and place into granulated sugar, roll around to coat. Place sugar coated dough on lightly greased or parchment lined baking sheet, space cookies 2 inches apart. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 9-10 minutes.
  6. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before removing to racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container. 
Thanks for stopping by,  have a wonderful week and Always Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things You L♥ve.
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