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Walnut Coconut Chews

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When our granddaughter Abbey arrived for a visit last fall one of the first things she asked of her Grandpa Lee is, “Do you have any black walnuts?” Earlier this summer Abbey had been the recipient of fresh black walnuts from Grandpa Lee’s walnut trees. She told us that she used them in a recipe for Coconut Walnut Chews given to her from her best friend’s grandmother.

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She wanted to make them for us but declared, “they are the very best with black walnuts instead of English walnuts.”  Grandpa went to the freezer and dug around awhile reappearing with a pint jar packed with black walnut pieces.

Cocnut chews single platedAbbey is right, these walnut coconut treats are outstanding when made with black walnuts.  However, if your pantry doesn’t include any of these pricey little nuts, English walnuts run a very close second when mixed up to make these oooey, gooey, chewy bars.

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The top of the bars bake up into a thin crispy layer while the middle stays chewy sitting on a buttery crust.  I’ve made this recipe several times.  With black walnuts, with English walnuts, doubled in a 9″ x 13″ pan and single recipe in an 8″x8″ pan, and even in a round pan!  Every time they receive rave reviews.  This is a keeper!  Thank you Abbey!
Abbey Coconut ChewsHere’s wishing you a Happy May Day and a lovely spring weekend ahead!

Happy Baking!
~Catherine

Song of Solomon 2:11-12

 

for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.”

Walnut Coconut Chews
 
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Chewy, ooey, gooey goodness with a crispy top and a buttery crust! Just say "yum!"
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12 bars
Ingredients
Bottom Crust
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Filling
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, black walnuts, English walnuts or pecans
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream together bottom crust ingredients. Press into bottom of a greased 8"x8" baking pan. Bake 15 minutes.
  3. Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees F.
  4. Combine sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, and vanilla mixing well.
  5. Add coconut and chopped nuts. Spread over baked crust, return to oven and bake 20 minutes at 375 degrees F.
  6. Cool. Cut into bars. Enjoy!
Notes
Black walnuts are delicious in this recipe. English walnuts or pecans okay too!

Recipe adapted from my granddaughter's best friends Grandma!

 

Snicker Doodle Cookies For Santa!

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Do you have cookies ready for Santa tonight?  Well, I didn’t until we made a stop to visit Lee’s Aunt Mattie Lou this morning!  Mattie Lou reminded me of a recipe I had given her for Snicker Doodle cookies.  She said, “I made that recipe and they turned out great!”

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She had them all packaged up in cute little brown paper bags with little cutouts of snowmen, Christmas bears and such.  I only slightly remember even giving her the recipe and I was pretty sure I had never blogged it.

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I remember making Snicker Doodle cookies for a 4-H project a kazillion years ago.  I’m not sure I have made them since.  But I have been wrong in not keeping these on hand for family and friends.

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These really are melt-in-your-mouth wonderful.  My Chief  Santa could hardly wait until we got home to dig into them.  I said, “wait!  I need a picture first.”  He smiled and sighed, “of course you do.”  :)

These are super easy to make and Santa will love them!  It’s not too late for this year and be sure and put them on your cookie list for New Year’s eve munching!

Merry Baking!
~Catherine

Snicker Doodle Cookies For Santa!
 
Here Comes Santa Claus and the cookies and milk are ready!
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Recipe type: Cookies
Ingredients
Cookie:
  • 2¾ cups (360 grams) all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1½ cups (300 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Coating:
  • ⅓ cup (66 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Cookies: In a large bowl whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  2. In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until smooth (about 2 to 3 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat until you have a smooth dough. If the dough is soft, cover and refrigerate until firm (about one to two hours).
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (190 degrees C) and place rack in the center of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Shape the dough into 1 inch (2.5 cm) round balls.
  5. Coating: In a large shallow bowl mix together the sugar and cinnamon.
  6. Roll the balls of dough in the cinnamon sugar and place on the prepared pan, spacing about 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Then, using the bottom of a glass, gently flatten each cookie to about ½ inch (1.5 cm) thick.
  7. Bake the cookies for about 8 - 10 minutes, or until they are light golden brown and firm around the edges. The centers of the cookies will still be a little soft. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
  8. Makes about 4-5 dozen cookies.
Notes
Can store in an airtight container, at room temperature, for about 10 - 14 days.
Makes 4 to 5 dozen cookies.

Recipe from: Joyofbaking.com

 

Whole-Wheat Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies

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Have you ever heard the term “you can’t out give a giver?”  That saying totally describes my neighbor and friend Gaye. Isn’t she beautiful?  Imagine this — she is even more beautiful “inside” and her love of God is unsurpassed.

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Recently I baked some fresh strawberry cupcakes (recipe coming soon) and couldn’t wait to take them to Gaye and her family. But, as is usual, before I could take them down the road she showed up at my door with these outstanding Whole-wheat almond butter sandwich cookies! Gaye saw the recipe in the April copy of Living magazine and knew they would be a perfect treat for her family. You can find the recipe on Martha Stewart’s website here.

ww almond butter cookieCan you just taste the crunchy, buttery almonds?  I can and I did!  The best part is these cookies aren’t overly sweet.  Actually not too sweet at all, but packed full of taste!

Thank you Gaye and happy baking!
Blessings, Catherine

John 15:12-15

English Standard Version (ESV)

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

 

 

Peppermint Patties

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Jet-Puffed JUMBO Peppermint Mallows are back!  Why is this important to you? Because if you want to be the hit of the Christmas goodie parade you are going to want to use these super-charged, JUMBO peppermint-infused marshmallows to make some awesome Peppermint Patties!
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In December 2011 I stumbled upon these mallows while shopping for groceries that really mattered – like meat, vegetables, milk, and chocolate. :)

I absently threw a bag into my cart thinking they might be good for something during the Christmas baking craze I was about to cause in my kitchen.

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A few days later I mixed a little almond bark with a few chocolate chips and tossed a couple jumbo peppermint mallows into the warm, dripping, chocolately mixture.  What happened after that only happens say, every two years.  That is because Kraft in their infinite wisdom chose not to produce these awesome Jet-Puffed JUMBO Peppermint Mallows in 2012. :(

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Fast forward to today, December 15, 2013.  I did the really unthinkable and actually ventured into Wal-Mart after church to pick up a few items.  Even my smarter-than-the-average hillbilly husband said, “you want to go to Wal-Mart on Sunday afternoon?  Are you crazy?”

“Yes I am, now let’s get going.”

Kismet. Serendipity. God smiling on me.  Call it whatever you want because I was casually walking down the middle aisle when my eyes dropped to the bottom shelf of all the baking goodies and there I saw them — Jet-Puffed JUMBO Peppermint Mallows.

I am pretty sure I could go on some more about today’s super-find, but I am heading to the kitchen. I’ve got chocolate and almond bark to melt, mallows to dip, friends and family to make happy.  Very, very happy.

Happy Dipping!
Catherine

P.S.  On the back of the package is a recipe for … Peppermint Patties.  That recipe wasn’t there two years ago.  Might they have read my blog post?  ha! ha!

Peppermint Patties
 
You will be the hit of the Christmas parade when you serve these awesome homemade peppermint patties. Every chocolate lover's delight!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 8 oz. chocolate almond bark
  • 30 +/- Jumbo Peppermint Marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Combine chocolate chips and chocolate almond bark and microwave for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir. Cook on high for another 30 seconds. Do not over cook.
  2. Dip each marshmallow in the melted chocolate. Shake gently and place on foil. Leave plain or sprinkle with crushed peppermint candy.
  3. Share with every chocolate lover you know!
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