Thursday, April 21, 2011

Are you making one?

I've got my cake mix, frosting, and sweetened coconut all ready to go... (note to self: buy jelly beans and licorice for the face!)

Question is...are you making a bunny cake this weekend too?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Super-Soft Snickerdoodles

1 c shortening (or butter)
1 1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 3/4 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
cinnamon-sugar mixture (1 TBSP sugar + 1 TBSP cinnamon)

Preheat oven to 400°.

Cream shortening, then gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs; beat well. Stir in vanilla.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, soda, salt, and cream of tartar. Add to creamed mixture and stir until well blended.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll through cinnamon sugar mixture**. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.

Bake for 6 minutes at 400° or until lightly browned.

Comments from the cook: I'm a huge fan of soft cookies. And, to me, Snickerdoodles HAVE to be soft.

I searched for a Snickerdoodles recipe for a while, finally found this one, and loved it. Why? Because of the oven temperature and cook time. Cooking them at 400° for only 6 minutes (MAYBE 7 min) cooks them just enough to be done...and leaves them extra soft inside.

**My least favorite part of making these has always been rolling them through the cinnamon-sugar mixture. We keep a small shaker with cinnamon-sugar in it, and I just sprinkle that over the cookies after they've been rolled into balls (instead of rolling them through it), and then one more time after they've cooked. Almost the same result, but much easier!

Originally found here. Some text taken from the same site.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Fluffy White Cheesecake

1 package graham crackers
3-4 TBSP melted butter
3 TBSP sugar

2 (8 oz.) pkgs cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 small container whipped topping

Crush graham crackers in ziploc bag with rolling pin. Add sugar, then melted butter. (Leave in bag. Seal after sugar and butter are added, then knead with hands to blend.)

Press crust into bottom of 9x9 pan. (Add more butter for a more solid crust.)

Whip cream cheese with mixer until smooth. Add sugar and mix until blended.

Fold in whipped topping. Pour over graham crust.

Allow to refrigerate overnight and serve with fresh fruit or pie filling.

Comments from the cook: This recipe is one that my mom has been making for as long as I can remember! It's super easy, and is always a crowd pleaser.

When I made it this time, the crust was a bit more crumbly than I usually prefer, so next time I'll add a bit more melted butter. I have also added more whipped topping in the past, and stretched it to a 9x13 pan.

My favorite topping is cherry pie filling, but Brian likes fresh strawberries best. He won this time. :)

Originally shared by: Alane Sleight, my mom!
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