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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving: Gratitude

Gratitude: a feeling of thankfulness or appreciation.

May you all enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Chocolate Chip Waffle Iron Cookies

Printable Recipe

1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup plus 2 T. packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 t. vanilla

3/4 cup flour

1/2 t. baking soda

1/4 t. salt

1 cup regular rolled oats, although instant works too

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Mix the melted butter and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, oats and chocolate chips.

Drop by spoonful onto a greased, heated waffle iron. Close the lid and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes. Time will vary depending on your waffle iron.

Holly's Note:
These are good, but my regular chocolate chip cookie recipe is better. The waffle iron is fun to use, but I prefer my cookies baked in the oven! These end up really crispy. I found the original recipe at Fine Cooking.

Chocolate Waffle Iron Cookies

Printable Recipe

1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 t. vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 t. salt

Cream sugar and butter together. Add eggs, vanilla, cocoa, flour and salt. Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased, hot waffle iron. Close lid and bake for about 2 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired. Cooking times will vary depending on your waffle iron.

Waffle Iron Cookies

Printable Recipe
3/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 t. vanilla
3 eggs
3/4 t. salt
1 3 oz. package fruit-flavored jello
1 t. baking powder
2 3/4 cup flour

Cream together the shortening, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, salt, jello, baking powder and flour. Mix well, until a soft dough forms. Roll into small balls and place on a hot, greased, waffle iron. Close lid and bake for approximately 2 minutes. Times will vary with waffle makers.

Holly's Note:
The above photo is of the recipe using Lemon jello. The photo below is of the recipe using Berry Blue jello. Little boys love the aqua-colored cookies! These are easy to make, although they can be somewhat time-consuming. However, children love them.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Cookies as Muffins

I made Peanut Blossoms this week and instead of doing it the normal way: rolling the ball of dough in sugar and baking it, then pressing an unwrapped chocolate kiss into it towards the end of baking; I baked them in mini muffin tins.

They turned into little bite-sized morsels of deliciousness. I think I prefer them this way, actually. They're easier to eat, easier to store and easier to pop into a lunch box.

Check out the recipe here.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Family Favorites: Rice Pilaf

Do you ever need a really good, really easy side dish? This one is about as easy as they come.

Rice Pilaf.

It's easy and versatile. You can use beef or chicken broth and bouillon, depending on the main course. It simmers on the stove top and is simply delicious. Pair it with a Roast Chicken for the perfect complement.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Chili-Cheese Dip

Printable Recipe

1 can Chili (we prefer no beans)
1 block/cube Cream Cheese

Place the cheese and chili in a bowl. Microwave it for about a minute. Stir it together and serve with tortilla chips.

Holly's Note:
This is the perfect dip for game days or any time you need a quick appetizer. It's our favorite.