Southern Praline Bars

Our son has been in South Carolina serving a mission for our church for two years. He comes home Thursday! In honor of him, I am posting a southern recipe. Southern Praline Bars, they taste like pecan pie in a graham cracker crust, so easy and delicious!

Southern Praline Bars

Whole graham crackers, enough to make a layer in a sheet pan
1½ cups butter
1½ cups brown sugar
2 cups chopped pecans
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a sheet pan with foil, leaving overhang on each end. Place graham crackers in a layer completely covering bottom of pan. You will have to cut some crackers to make them fit, a fun little puzzle. In a medium saucepan, melt butter and whisk in brown sugar. Bring mixture to rolling boil, stir in pecans and boil for 2 minutes; stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla (careful, it will bubble up when you stir in the vanilla). Pour mixture over the graham crackers, working quickly but gently to spread mixture evenly. Bake for 10 minutes. Entire surface will be bubbly. Remove from oven and cool 15 minutes. Using foil overhang, remove bars from pan to large cutting board. Gently peel foil down from sides of bars, cut into squares and cool completely. You can also drizzle them with melted chocolate!

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Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls

A little change from buttercream or cream cheese frosting on cinnamon rolls – peanut butter cream frosting! Why not? Yum!

Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Roll Dough:
1¼ cups warm water
2½ tsp (1 pkt) dry yeast
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbl oil
3½ – 4 cups flour
1½ tsp salt

In mixer bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water.  Add sugar, oil, and 1 cup flour.  Mix until well combined.  Add remaining flour and salt.  Knead.  Let rise until doubled.

Cinnamon Filling:
1/4 butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbl cinnamon

Mix sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon together in small bowl.

Roll out dough to 24″×8″ rectangle.  Spread softened butter over dough and sprinkle cinnamon sugar filling over dough.  Roll from long end to long end, pinch seam.  Cut into 12 – 2″ rounds (I use thread, place under dough, cross ends over and pull quickly through dough), put in sprayed 13″×9″ or 15’x10″ pan.  Cover and let rise until doubled.  Bake in preheated 375° oven for 15-20 minutes.  Frost with peanut butter cream frosting.

Peanut Butter Cream Frosting:
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
milk

Mix powdered sugar into peanut butter, add enough milk to make desired frosting consistency.  Spread over cinnamon rolls as they come from the oven.

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Butter Swim Biscuits

Easiest biscuits for dinner! A little crisp and very buttery on the outside and tender on the inside. Recipe comes from simplytexas. Careful, these are dangerous, you might eat the whole pan!

Butter Swim Biscuits

Butter Swim Biscuits 2

2½ cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
4 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt
1¾ cups buttermilk
1/2 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 400°. Stir together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Stir in buttermilk just until combined. Pour melted butter into 9″x9″. Drop biscuit batter into pan and spread out evenly. Butter will come up over the edges and cover over the top of the biscuit batter, as if it is “swimming”. Cut biscuits about half way down into batter to create the individual biscuits (3×3 or 4×4). Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and beautiful! Cool a bit and cut through again, but all the way through to the bottom of pan. Enjoy!

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Giant Chocolate Cookies

One cookie should be enough…but they are really good, you may just need another!

Giant Chocolate Cookies

1¾ cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 Tbl corn starch
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup butter flavor shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
3 Tbl sour cream
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup white chips

Preheat oven to 325°. In medium bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, corn starch, baking soda, and salt. In large bowl, cream butter, shortening, sugar, and brown sugar with electric mixer. Add egg, vanilla, and sour cream; mix thoroughly. Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Stir in chips. Drop 1/4 cup scoops of dough onto silpat lined baking sheet, flatten to make 3″ diameter discs. Bake for 14-15 minutes. Cookies will be 4″ in diameter after baking. Makes 14 cookies.

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Swedish Cardamom Braid

Back to my roots! I am mainly of English and Danish decent, but I have a great-grandmother who is Swedish. Every once in awhile it is fun to explore recipes from your past, ones that you can imagine your great grandmother making so long ago in her kitchen. This is in memory of Adela Olsson Seely (who probably didn’t bake a loaf like this then promptly eat a third of it for lunch like her great-granddaughter did!).

Swedish Cardamom Braid

   Swedish Cardamom Braid 1   Swedish Cardamom Braid 2

   Swedish Cardamom Braid 3   Swedish Cardamom Braid 4

1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 pkt (2¼ tsp) dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg, room temp, beaten
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cardamom
1/2-3/4 cup raisins

Warm milk and butter to 110-120° and pour into bowl of mixer. Sprinkle dry yeast over milk and butter, sprinkle sugar over yeast. Let sit for 10 minutes for yeast to proof. Add egg and mix. Add flour, salt, cardamom, and raisins; knead. Cover and let rise for 1 hour. Divide dough into three even pieces (no need to use flour while dividing and rolling dough, all the butter in it makes it easy to work with). Roll each piece into 20″ long rope, position three ropes next to each other on Silpat lined baking tray. Braid tightly, pinching ends together, cover and let rise for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°. Brush braid with egg white and sprinkle with sugar crystals (optional) Bake for 30 minutes, or until internal temperature is 200°. Cover with tent of foil during baking if necessary to prevent from over-browning.

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Homemade Cinnamon Pop Tarts

It is a frosty cold morning and a warm cinnamon pastry sounds wonderful. But it’s January and we are supposed to be eating better because of the indulgences of the holidays, right? So this is my slimmed down, smaller version of a recipe at kingarthurflour.com. Please don’t compare these to the store bought version because of the words pop tarts, these are buttery and flaky. Let’s drop the pop and call them Homemade Cinnamon Tarts.

Homemade Cinnamon Pop Tarts

Homemade Cinnamon Pop Tarts 1   Homemade Cinnamon Pop Tarts 2   Homemade Cinnamon Pop Tarts 3

Pastry:
2 cups flour
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
4 Tbl cold butter, cut in pieces
1 egg, beaten, 1 Tbl reserved
3 Tbl water

Cinnamon Filling:
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp flour

Stir together flour, sugar, and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Whisk together egg (minus 1 Tbl) and 2 Tbl water, mix into flour mixture. Add one more Tbl water if necessary to bring pastry together. Divide pastry in half. On well floured surface, roll each piece of pastry into a 8″x9″ rectangle (I have a ruler just for the kitchen, you can measure and cut the pastry with the ruler). Mark lines on one pastry piece for six rectangles, each 3″x4″ (see picture above).

Stir together filling ingredients, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Gently brush reserved egg over the pastry piece with marked lines, and put cinnamon filling in center of each 3″x4″ rectangle. Place second piece of pastry over the top. Use ruler to press and cut into six individual tarts. Press around edges with fork and prick the top to vent. Place on silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes while preheating oven to 350°. Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden. Cool on pan.

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Key Lime Cupcakes

Oh Yum! A little tart and a whole lot of sweet!

Key Lime Cupcakes

Key Lime Cupcakes 2

Key Lime Cupcakes:
1 (16.25 oz) white cake mix
1 can (22 oz) key lime pie filling (Duncan Hines Comstock), divided
3 eggs
1/2 cup oil

Preheat oven to 350°. Put cupcake liners in cupcake pans. In large bowl with electric mixer, mix cake mix, key lime pie filling (same 2 Tbl pie filling for frosting), eggs, and oil. Scoop batter evenly into prepared cupcake pans. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until set in center. Cool in pan 5 minutes, remove to wire rack and cool completely. Makes 18-24 depending on how full you fill the cups.

Key Lime Buttercream:
1 cup butter, softened
2 Tbl key lime pie filling
5 cups powdered sugar
3-4 Tbl key lime or lime juice
2 drops green food coloring, optional

With electric mixer, whip butter until light and fluffy. Add the 2 Tbl key lime pie filling and whip. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time and lime juice one Tbl at a time, whipping until desired consistency.  You can add a couple drops of green food coloring if desired. Frost completely cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle with green sprinkles if desired.

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Buttermilk Biscuits

Making really good biscuits can be a challenge (at least for me) because the trick is not handling the dough too much. You basically need to leave the dough sitting there with lots of flour and crumblies all around and everything not totally incorporated into a nice neat ball. How do you do that? It looks so MESSY! If you can do it and tolerate the mess, you will get a tall, flaky biscuit that your perfectionist, nit-picker, stickler, fussbudget self will love!

Cheddar Dill Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits

3 cups flour
1½ tsp salt
1 Tbl sugar
1½ tsp baking powder
1/2 cup butter, cold
3/4 cup buttermilk, cold
1 egg, cold
2 Tbl water

Preheat oven to 425°. In large bowl, stir together flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder. Cut cold butter unto dry ingredients. Whisk together buttermilk and egg and pour into flour mixture. Hand mix, before it all comes together, turn out onto floured surface. The less you touch it and work with it the better, just like pie pastry. Gently bring dough together and roll out to 1″ to 1½”. Cut out in rounds about 2″-2½” in diameter. Place on silpat lined or sprayed baking sheet right next to each other, barely toughing. Bake 12-15 minutes depending on how big you cut them. Original recipe – Ruth’s Diner Salt Lake City, UT.

For Cheddar Dill Biscuits:
To flour mixture add 1 cup cold shredded sharp cheddar cheese and 1 tsp dry dill weed (or fresh dill).
Try other combinations of herbs and cheese.

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Cinnamon Sugar Cookies with Cinnamon Honey Buttercream

A little taste of Fall. A soft sugar cookie with a hint of cinnamon topped with creamy cinnamon honey butter frosting, um, yum!

Cinnamon Sugar Cookies with Cinnamon Honey Buttercream

Cinnamon Sugar Cookies:
10 Tbl butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 cups flour
1½ tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

With electric mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add egg; mix well. Stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt; add to creamed mixture. Mix until well combined. Cover and chill at least 3 hours. Preheat oven to 375°.  Working with 1/2 of dough at a time, on lightly floured surface roll to 1/4″ thick. Cut with cookie cutter, place on ungreased cookie sheet or Silpat lined sheet. Bake 8 minutes, pull out before edges start to turn golden. Cool completely before frosting.

Cinnamon Honey Buttercream Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2½ cups powdered sugar
3 Tbl honey
1 Tbl milk
cinnamon sugar for sprinkling
sugar crystals for sprinkling

Whip butter with electric mixer until light and creamy. Add powdered sugar, honey, and milk; whip until frosting is a creamy spreading consistency. Frost each cookie and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and sugar crystals. Makes about 2½ dozen 2½” diameter round cookies or 16-4″ diameter round cookies.

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Root Beer Bread

We live near a Root Beer Store…Yep, a Root Beer Store, hundreds of kinds of Root Beer. It is fun to taste and decide on your favorite, or many favorites. This is a great quick bread, with a sweet buttery flavor. Use your favorite Root Beer. Easy and delicious!

Root Beer Bread

3 cups flour
4½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 Tbl sugar
3 Tbl butter, melted & slightly cooled
1 (12 oz) Root Beer

Preheat oven to 350º.  Spray a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan with non-stick spray and sprinkle with flour. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.  Add butter and root beer; stir just until combined.  Pour into prepared loaf pan, sprinkle with sugar crystals if desired. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown on top and pick inserted in center comes out clean. YUM! Inspired by abreadaday.com

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