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Caramel Popcorn

10 cups popped popcorn 1 cup butter 1 cup brown sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla 1/2 teaspoon baking soda Melt butter in medium saucepan; mix in brown sugar. Bring to a boil while stirring continuously. Boil 4 minutes on medium heat. Add vanilla and stir (careful: it can spatter when you add vanilla). Boil one minute […]

Toffee Tops

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 8″ square pan. Cookie Crust: 1 1/4 cups flour 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup butter, cut up and chilled 1/4 cup chopped, toasted, blanched almonds 1/4 teaspoon almond extract Stir together flour, brown sugar, and salt. Cut in butter. Stir in almonds and extract. […]

Nana’s Pecan Pie

My grandmother, Nana, gave me this recipe when I visited her in 1984. 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup corn syrup 1/4 cup butter, melted 3 eggs, well beaten 1 cup pecan pieces 1 unbaked 9″ pie shell Mix sugar, syrup and butter. Add eggs and pecans Fill pie shell with mixture and bake in moderately […]

Pie Crumbs

From the King Arthur Flour recipe for Classic Double Pie Crust: 300 g all purpose flour 1 1/4 teaspoons salt (less if using salted butter) 46 g shortening (1/4 cup) 142 g cold unsalted butter (10 T) Combine the flour, salt and shortening in a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs. Cut the butter […]

Italian Cream Cake

Another favorite from my friend Cathy Cozens. I recall making this for Emily’s third birthday, so that must have been at least 25 years ago! 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup shortening 1 stick butter (8 oz) 5 eggs, separated 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup buttermilk 1 cup coconut Cream sugar, shortening […]

Orange Glaze

1 cup confectioner’s sugar (125 g) 2 tablespoons butter, melted 3 tablespoons orange juice 1 teaspoon lemon juice orange zest Mix ingredients. Enough for 8×8 cake, or lightly on a 9×13.

Cranberry Cake

3 eggs 2 cups sugar 3/4 cup butter softened (must be soft!) 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups all-purpose flour 12 oz fresh cranberries Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat eggs and sugar until thickened and light, about 7 minutes. With a mixer, beat the eggs with the sugar until slightly thickened and light in color, about 5-7 minutes. Mix in butter and vanilla. Mix in flour just […]

Graham Cracker Toffee

14-16 graham crackers 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 cup salted butter 1 cup chocolate chips 1 cup pecans, toasted (optional) Preheat oven to 350F. Arrange crackers close together on foil- or parchment-lined baking sheet. Melt butter and brown sugar together in saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly until it boils, them boil for 2 minutes. Pour […]

Triple Ginger Cookies

3/4 cup butter or shortening, or combination 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 egg 1/4 cup molasses 2 1/4 cup flour 2 teaspoons ground ginger 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger root, grated 1/2 cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped coarse sugar for dipping Cream butter/shortening an sugar. Beat in […]

Vanilla (or Cappucino) Pudding

1/2 cup sugar 3 tablespoons cornstarch 3 cups milk 2 whole eggs, beaten 1 tablespoon butter 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla OR 1 shot espresso with sprinkling of cinnamon Stir cornstarch and sugar together. Add milk and stir. Cover over medium heat until bubbly; cook and stir 2 minutes. Stir 1 cup of hot mixture into […]