Category Archives: Cookies & Bars

Candy Corn Cookies

1 pkg. sugar cookie dough
Orange paste food color
2 oz semisweet chocolate, melted, cooled

1. Line 8×4-inch loaf pan with waxed paper, extending paper over sides of pan.
2. On work surface, place 3/4 cup dough. Knead desired amount of food color into dough until color is uniform. Press dough evenly in bottom of pan.
3. Divide remaining dough in half. On work surface, knead chocolate into one half remaining dough until color is uniform. Press over orange dough in pan, pressing gently to edge of pan. Gently press remaining plain dough into pan on top of chocolate dough. Refrigerate 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until firm.
4. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove dough from pan. Cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Cut each slice into 5 wedges. On ungreased cookie sheet, place wedges 1 inch apart.
5. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are set and edges are very light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet. Cool completely. Store in tightly covered container.
Makes About 9 1/2 dozen cookies

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Bars

1 package (18-1/4 ounces) Devil’s Food cake mix
1/3 cup canola oil
1 egg

FILLING:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, oil and egg. Set aside 1 cup for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until set.

For filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add egg; beat well. Spread over crust. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and reserved crumb mixture.
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.

Apple Cookies

1/2 cup shortening
1-1/3 cups packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup finely diced peeled apple
1 cup raisins

GLAZE (Optional):
1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 to 4 teaspoons milk

In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and milk. Combine the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in walnuts, apple and raisins.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks.

In a small bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, butter, vanilla, salt and enough milk to achieve drizzling consistency. Drizzle over warm cookies. Yield: about 4 dozen.

Raspberry-filled Poppy Seed Thumbprints

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. poppy seeds
1 tsp. grated lemon peel
1/3 cup seedless raspberry preserves

In a large bowl, cream butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the oil, egg and vanilla. Add salt and gradually add the flour to creamed mixture and mix well. Beat in poppy seeds and lemon peel.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Using a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in the center of each ball. Spoon 1/4 tsp. preserves into each cookie.

Bake at 324 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Move to wire racks to cool. Makes about 5 dozen.

Lemon Snowball Cookies

1 stick of butter (1/2 cup), softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)
1 Tbsp. grated lemon peel
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
Powdered sugar for rolling the cookies

In a bowl, cream the butter, sugar and egg until will blended. Add lemon juice and peel. Combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; stir into creamed mixture. Add the chopped almonds. Cover and refrigerate the dough several hours or overnight.

Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned (not brown on top).

Remove from oven and place immediately on wire racks to cool for about 5 minutes, then roll in powdered sugar. Makes about 3 dozen.

Pizzelles

1 lb. butter
1 lb. brown sugar
4 eggs
1 jigger whiskey
2 tsp. vanilla
4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup finely chopped black walnuts

Cream butter and sugar, then add eggs, whiskey and vanilla. Mix together flour, cinnamon, and nuts; add gradually to the butter mixture. Mix thoroughly.

Oil waffle (pizzelle) iron. Heat iron completely. Then spoon approximately one teaspoon of butter onto iron. Cook until golden brown.

Makes 10 dozen.

Triple Peanut Pizza Cookie

1 refrigerated tube of peanut butter cookie dough (18 oz.)
Semi-sweet chocolate chips (6 oz.)
Cream cheese (8 oz.)
1/3 c. peanut butter
¼ c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Reese’s peanut butter cups (2 c.)

Press cookie dough in greased pizza pan. Bake at 350o for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle chocolate chips over top of hot cookie and let stand 4-5 minutes. Spread the melted chips over the top to make a thin layer of chocolate over the cookie dough. Put in freezer for 10 minutes until set. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, peanut butter, brown sugar and vanilla. Put this mixture over the chocolate layer. Cut up the Reese’s p.b. cups and put on top of the cream cheese layer. Chill until ready to serve. Refrigerate leftovers. Serves 12-14.

Recipe submitted by Pam

Irish Cream Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
1 egg
1/2 cup Irish cream liqueur
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder

Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in vanilla and egg yolk until combined, then beat in egg until smooth. Pour in Irish cream, and beat until mixed.

Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir into butter mixture until evenly mixed. Form into a flattened ball, wrap well with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 2 hours to overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured work surface. Cut into shapes using cookie cutters and place onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake in preheated oven until golden brown around the edges, 6 to 8 minutes. Cool on a wire rack until they reach room temperature.

Sugar Cookies

½ cup sugar
½ cup powdered sugar
½ cup oil
¼ lb. oleo
1 eggs
½ tsp. almond flavoring (I added a little more)
½ tsp. vanilla (I added a little more)
2½ cups flour
½ tsp. soda
½ tsp. cream of tarter
¼ tsp. salt

Mix sugars, oil, oleo, egg(s) and flavorings. Mix four, soda, cream of tarter and salt. Combine. Roll into balls – roll in sugar – press flat. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

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Note: To double this recipe, double all the ingredients except increase the flour to 4½ cups and increase the salt to 1 tsp.

Recipe submitted by Cande.

Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Crust:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Topping:
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese,
softened
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 eggs
3/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup fresh or frozen red raspberries
1/4 cup sliced almonds

Heat oven to 350°F. Combine butter and 1/3 cup sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add flour. Beat until well mixed.

Press mixture onto bottom of ungreased 13×9-inch baking pan. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned.

Meanwhile, combine cream cheese, 1 cup sugar and cornstarch in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add eggs and almond extract; continue beating until well mixed.

Sprinkle raspberries over hot, partially baked crust. Pour cream cheese mixture over berries; sprinkle with almonds. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Run knife around outside edge of bars. Cool completely (at least 1 hour). Refrigerate bars at least 2 hours before cutting. Store refrigerated.

This freezes well, for making ahead of time.