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Orange Poppy Seed Ricotta Cookies

Orange Poppy Seed Ricotta Cookies

This recipe was originally from Yummy Addiction via Pinterest.  I’ve made it a few times, and have been known to shift around flavors and mix-ins based on what I have available!

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Orange Poppy Seed Ricotta Cookies
This is an easy recipe to halve, if you have part of a container of ricotta cheese that needs to be used up. The texture of these cookies is very different from an ordinary cookie--a nice chewy change of pace.
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
For the cookies:
For the glaze:
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
For the cookies:
For the glaze:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper, or a Silpat liner. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cardamom, and poppy seeds. Stir with a whisk to blend. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine sugar and orange zest. Mix with your fingertips until the sugar is moistened and fragrant. Add butter to the mixture and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Beat in the orange juice, vanilla and ricotta cheese. Scrape the bottom of the bowl and beat for another minute to make sure everything is incorporated.
  4. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. The dough will be moist and a bit sticky because of the ricotta cheese.
  5. Spoon/scoop about two tablespoons of dough for each cookie on a baking sheet. Bake for 16-18 minutes, until slightly golden at the edges. Remove from oven and and let rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
  6. While the cookies cool, make the glaze. In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar, orange juice and zest. Whisk until smooth. Spread about a teaspoon of glaze on the top of each cookie. Let glaze harden before serving. Enjoy!
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Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

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Coconut Macaroons
This is a gluten free version of classic coconut macaroons. It is from my classic America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. It is a little on the sticky side, so I prefer my other recipe that has a bit of flour in it, but these will do when needed!
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pulse the coconut in a food processor until finely chopped, about 15 seconds, and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Process the egg whites, sugar, salt, and almond extract together in the food processor until light and foamy, about 15 seconds.
  3. Stir the egg mixture into the coconut mixture until combined. Wrap the bowl in plastic wrap and refrigerate until the mixture thickens, about 30 minutes.
  4. Adjust oven racks to upper and lower middle positions and heat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and coat lightly with cooking spray.
  5. Using a cookie scoop or wet hands, scoop 1 Tbsp. of mixture into a ball and place on prepared sheets, 1 inch apart.
  6. Bake until macaroons are light golden brown, 13-15 minutes, rotating baking sheets halfway through baking. Let macaroons cool completely on sheet, about 30 minutes, before serving.
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Raspberry Chocolate Chip Squares

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Squares

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Ridiculously Good! Raspberry Almond Chocolate Chip Squares
Easy and attractive, these are good crowd pleasers. It is also a nice way to use up several complimentary flavors of jam, if you have a few half-eaten jars cluttering up your fridge.
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Ingredients
Cuisine Staff Lunch
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine the flour and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Cut in the butter until crumbly.
  3. Add in the egg and the almond extract. Mix well.
  4. Leave 1 cup of this mixture in the bowl and press the rest into a lightly greased 9X13 pan.
  5. Spread the jam over the pressed dough.
  6. Take the chocolate chips and sliced almonds and mix in with the reserved dough.
  7. Sprinkle this mixture over the jam layer in the pan.
  8. Bake at 350°F for 35-45 minutes. Let cool completely
  9. Slice into squares and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

This recipe was found at http://howdoesshe.com/ridiculously-good-raspberry-almond-chocolate-chip-squares/ and slightly adapted by me.

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Buttermilk Scones

Buttermilk Scones

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Buttermilk Scones
This recipe was given to me by a long time friend, back in our "newly married-let's have a tea party" days. I've made it for baby showers, wedding showers, and plenty of breakfast and brunch occasions. I have included some flavor variations at the end, but the original cranberry white chocolate version is the one I'm sharing here.
Servings
dozen small scones
Ingredients
Servings
dozen small scones
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  2. Put dry ingredients into a bowl or the bowl of a food processor. Stir briefly to combine.
  3. Using the food processor or two knives, cut in the the 6 Tbsp. of butter. Pulse or chop until mixture forms coarse crumbs. If using a food processor, move the mixture into a mixing bowl.
  4. Gently stir in buttermilk, egg, and vanilla. Only mix until combined. Sometimes I have to add a bit of extra buttermilk at this point (about 1 Tbsp. or so).
  5. Fold in cranberries and white chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop scones onto prepared baking sheet--I use my standard sized cookie scoop and end up with about 2 dozen scones.
  7. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes, or just until scones become firm and begin to turn golden around the edges.
Recipe Notes

Flavor variations: (Use these in place of the cranberries and white chocolate)

Mocha: 1 tsp. instant coffee granules and 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Toffee: 1/2 cup toffee baking bits, sprinkle scones with brown sugar before baking

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Chocolate Crinkles

Chocolate Crinkles

November 2016 in Review, and Christmas Cookie #11

A favorite photo…

A few highlights…

  • A 90th birthday party for Grandpa Train
  • A second story for the treehouse
  • Thanksgiving road trip to Salt Lake, San Francisco, and back again

And a cookie recipe to go with it!

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Chocolate Crinkles
I got this recipe from my sister-in-law and have loved it ever since. Katya requested "just plain dark chocolate cookies" this year, and these always fit the bill.
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Mix oil, cocoa, and sugar well in a large mixer bowl.
  2. Blend in one egg at a time until mixed well. Add vanilla.
  3. Gradually blend in flour, salt, and baking powder.
  4. Chill dough for several hours (overnight is best).
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease several cookie sheets.
  6. Use a cookie scoop or teaspoon to shape dough. Roll dough in sugar (either granulated or powdered) and place on prepared sheets.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-14 minutes, until set and tops begin to crack. Don't overbake. These are best soft!
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Gumdrops

Gumdrops

October 2016 in Review, and Christmas Cookie #10

A favorite photo…

 

A few highlights…

  • The tree house begins
  • Family Fun night with all of us dressed in flamenco style

And a cookie recipe to go with it!

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Citrus Gumdrops
These are the Christmas treat that Nathan requests the most. When they turn out correctly, they make a lovely green and red addition to a cookie plate or a popular gift item. The temperatures are tricky, however, and I have had plenty of failed batches amidst the successes.
Course Candy
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Course Candy
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Line a loaf pan with aluminum foil, covering bottom and sides completely. Spray lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the 1 cup sugar and the corn syrup. Cook over medium-high heat until boiling, stirring often with a wooden spoon for 3 minutes to dissolve sugar. Carefully clip on a candy thermometer.
  3. Cook over medium heat (mixture should boil at a moderate, steady rate over the entire surface), stirring occasionally, until the thermometer registers 280 degrees F (soft-crack stage), about 7 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in another heavy bottomed saucepan, combine juice, pectin, and baking soda. Mixture will be foamy. Bring to boiling over medium heat, stirring often. This should take about 2 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and set aside.
  5. When sugar mixture in first pan has reached soft-crack stage, remove from heat. Remove candy thermometer. Return pectin mixture in second pan to boiling.
  6. Gradually pour the hot sugar mixture into the boiling pectin mixture, stirring constantly. This step should take 1-2 minutes. Don't rush! Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 more minute.
  7. Remove saucepan from heat. Pour candy mixture into prepared loaf pan. Let stand until firm--overnight is best.
  8. While candy cools, make the flavored sugar. Place 1/2 cup sugar and the zest of the lime or grapefruit in a food processor. Pulse several times to combine well. Transfer flavored sugar to a bowl or lidded Tupperware.
  9. When candy has set, use foil to lift it out of the pan. With a wet knife, cut candy into strips and then cut each strip into cubes. Toss squares in the flavored sugar to keep them from sticking together.
Recipe Notes

The gumdrops (if they turn out) keep well for several weeks.

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Candy Cane Thumbprints

Candy Cane Thumbprints

June 2016 in Review, and Christmas Cookie #6

A favorite photo…

 

A few highlights…

  • Nathan turns 11
  • Super fun vacation Bible school with an international missions theme
  • Katya finishes Suzuki Piano Book 1
  • Summer backyard barbeques begin
  • Extended family comes for a weekend to watch Beauty and the Beast on stage

And a cookie recipe to go with it!

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Candy Cane Thumbprints
I got this recipe from a fellow pastor's wife at a cookie exchange many years ago. Even though there is no chocolate involved, they still end up as one of my favorites each Christmas! I always double the recipe when I make it, and then freeze half of the finished cookies for eating later in the month.
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
Peppermint Filling
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
Peppermint Filling
Instructions
  1. Beat butter for 30 seconds. Beat in sugar and salt and cream well. Add egg and vanilla.
  2. Mix in flour until well combined. Cover dough and chill for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned just around the edges.
  4. Immediately after removing cookies from the oven, use the back of a rounded measuring spoon or a melon baller to make an indent in the center of each cookie. Allow to cool completely.
  5. While cookies are cool, mix peppermint filling ingredients together. DON'T ADD THE CANDY CANES! Whip everything else well to form a soft, fluffy icing that holds its shape.
  6. When cookies are cool, spoon filling into indents and then sprinkle crushed candy canes over the top.
Recipe Notes

Cookies can be stored at room temperature for several days, or frozen for up to 3 months.

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Peppermint Swirls

Peppermint Swirls

May 2016 in Review, and Christmas Cookie #5

A favorite photo…

 

A few highlights…

  • School year ends
  • A family wedding with lots of festivities
  • Visit to St. Louis, complete with a backyard Senegalese meal and lots of good family time

And a cookie recipe to go with it!

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Peppermint Swirls
These pretty mint swirls are fun to make with kids, since they can help with the rolling and swirling. They make a colorful addition to Christmas platters. The recipe originally came from Light and Tasty magazine.
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Divide dough into thirds. Stir red food coloring into one portion of dough; stir green food coloring into another portion. Leave remaining dough plain. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Divide each portion of dough into four equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 12-in. rope. Place a red, a green and a plain rope next to each other. Cut through all three ropes at 1-in. intervals, forming sets of three differently colored doughs. Repeat.
  4. Roll each set of doughs into a ball; place balls 3 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten to 1/8-in. thickness with a glass dipped in additional sugar. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
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Sugar Cookie Bears

Sugar Cookie Bears

April 2016 in Review, and Christmas Cookie #4

A favorite photo…

 

A few highlights…

  • Buddy Bear turns 10
  • Spring piano recital

And a cookie recipe to go with it!

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Sugar Cookie Bears
This sugar cookie recipe is the one my mom used every year for Christmas cookies. It is easy to work with, stays soft, and tastes really good. This year, the fun part was turning the sugar cookie dough into cute little bears!! (As an added bonus, that meant I didn't have to frost them when they were done.) You can find the link to the original bear instructions at the bottom of this recipe.
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cream shortening, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and sour cream together. Mix well.
  2. Add flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda until evenly combined.
  3. Divide dough into 4-5 pieces. Place each piece onto a sheet of waxed paper. Cover with an additional sheet of waxed paper and roll to 1/4-1/2 inch thick. (Thicker cookies use more dough, but stay soft longer and are sturdier). Chill for 1 hour or up to 2 days.
  4. Lightly grease cookie sheets. Use a bear shaped cutter to cut out the dough and transfer the shapes to the sheets. Gently press a whole nut into the center of each cookie. Fold the arms securely over the nut. (If the arms fall off, just press them back on!) Use a toothpick to poke in eyes and a nose.
  5. Bake bears at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or until set but just barely beginning to brown. Let cool on sheets for a few minutes before moving.
  6. Store in airtight container at room temperature. Cookies should stay soft for a week or more.
Recipe Notes
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Cream Cheese Almond Bars

Cream Cheese Almond Bars

March 2016 in Review, and Christmas Cookie #3

A favorite photo…

 

A few highlights…

  • Katya turned 8
  • Spring break with family in San Antonio, TX
  • Favorite Easter traditions (especially of egg dying)
  • An especially good women’s retreat with our church

And a cookie recipe to go with it!

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Cream Cheese Almond Bars
These are one of Than's annual favorites. They should be kept refrigerated, but keep well for a week or more. They get a little messy when you cut them into small servings, but I do it anyway because they are deliciously rich.
Servings
small bars
Ingredients
Crust Ingredients
Filling Ingredients
Frosting Ingredients
Servings
small bars
Ingredients
Crust Ingredients
Filling Ingredients
Frosting Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Crust: Cut butter into dry ingredients. Press into a 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
  2. Filling: Mix sugar and cream cheese until well creamed. Beat in eggs and almond extract until fluffy. Pour over hot crust as soon as it comes out of the oven. The layer of filling might look a little thin, but it really is enough! Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Cool completely.
  3. Frosting: Cream sugar and butter together well. Add milk and almond extract and mix until fluffy and easy to spread. Adjust consistency with more powdered sugar or milk as needed. Spread evenly onto baked, cooled bars. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and press them gently into the frosting. Cover and chill to set.
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