Cookies

Frosted Sugar Cookies

This is a melt in your mouth sugar cookie! The recipe comes from recipesfoodandcooking.com.

Frosted Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies:
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup oil
1¼ cups sugar
2 Tbl water
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
5½ cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt

 Preheat oven to 325°. Spray cookie sheets or line with silpat. With electric mixer, cream butter, oil, and sugar. Mix in water and vanilla. Mix in eggs, one at a time. Add flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt; mix until well incorporated. Using medium cookie scoop, scoop dough into balls and place on prepared cookie sheets. Use a flat bottom glass dipped in sugar to press down each scoop of dough. Bake for 10-11 minutes. Do not let cookies brown. Cool completely before frosting.

 Cream Cheese Frosting:
4 oz cream cheese, room temp
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp milk

With electric mixer, whip cream cheese, butter, and vanilla. Add powdered sugar and enough milk to make desired consistency. Frost completely cooled cookies. Decorate as desired.

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Cakes

Cinnamon Sugar Sheet Cake

Cinnamon Sugar Sheet Cake…say that five times fast! It’s my daughter Rachel’s birthday and she is far away from me in another state. The only way I know to feel better about that situation (without getting on a plane), is to bake a cake.

Cinnamon Sugar Sheet Cake

Cake:
1 cup butter
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
2¼ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 375°, spray 12’x17″ sheet pan. In large microwave proof bowl, heat butter and water for about 2½-3 minutes on 50% power in the microwave; whisk until butter is melted. Add sugar, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg; whisk until smooth. Add eggs, vanilla, and sour cream. Whisk until well combined and smooth batter. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 20-25 minutes, test center with pick. Make frosting right before cake is baked.

Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
6 Tbl milk
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
cinnamon sugar
crystal sugar

In saucepan, heat butter and milk to melt butter and just after mixture starts to boil remove from heat. Whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla. Spread evenly over warm cake. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar and crystal sugar evenly over frosting. Garnish with chopped pecans, walnuts, sprinkles, white chocolate curls, if desired.

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Cakes

Vanilla Malt Cake

This is a big twist on a recipe I posted last year for Dark Chocolate Snack Cake. I made substitutions and this moist, tasty Vanilla Malt Cake was born. It was a friend’s birthday and I wanted to take her some cake…and that’s the story! Yummy ending.

Vanilla Malt Cake

Vanilla Malt Cake 2

Cake:
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup Carnation Malted Milk powder
1½ cups mini marshmallows
1 cup water
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup buttermilk
1½ tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and Malted Milk powder. Stir in marshmallows; set aside. In small saucepan, bring water, oil, and butter to boil. Pour over flour mixture and mix well to melt marshmallows. Stir together eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla; beat into batter. Pour into sprayed 9″x13″ baking pan. Bake for 38-40 minutes or until done in center. Cool.

Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 Tbl Carnation Malted Milk powder
3 cups powdered sugar
1½ tsp vanilla
3 Tbl milk

Whip butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add Malted Milk powder, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk; whip until creamy. Spread evenly over completely cooled cake. Sprinkle with chopped nuts, sprinkles or other garnish.

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Cookies

Brownie Cookies with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

This is a perfect chocolate fix! The problem…one just doesn’t seem to be enough.

Brownie Cookies with Chocolate Fudge Frosting 2

Brownie Cookies with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Brownie Cookies:
2/3 cup butter, softened
1½ cups brown sugar
1 Tbl water
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1½ cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 375°. Cream butter and brown sugar with electric mixer. Mix in water, vanilla, and eggs. Stir together flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. Mix dry ingredients into creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop by scoopfuls onto ungreased or silpat lined baking sheet, two inches apart. Bake 8-9 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.

Chocolate Fudge Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1½ cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2-3 Tbl milk

Whip butter with electric mixer. Add powdered sugar, cocoa, and milk one Tbl at a time to make desired spreading consistency. Frost each cookie and sprinkle with colored sprinkles.

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Brownies & Bars

Biscoff Brownies with Biscoff Cookie Spread Frosting

For all those who love Brownies and Biscoff Cookies & Biscoff Cookie Spread, why not? I think it is a winning combination!

Biscoff Brownies

Biscoff Brownies:
1 cup butter, melted
3 cups sugar
1 Tbl vanilla
4 eggs
1½ cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa
1 tsp salt
1 (8.8 oz) pkg Biscoff Cookies, finely crushed (I used 26 and ate the rest)

Preheat oven to 350°.  Spray 13″x9″ baking pan with non-stick spray. In large bowl, stir together melted butter, sugar, and vanilla.  Add eggs one at a time, beating after addition.  In medium bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, dark cocoa, and salt.  Stir dry ingredients into butter/egg mixture, mixing just until well combined. Spread half brownie batter (about 2 cups) in prepared pan.  Spoon Biscoff Cookie crumbs evenly across top of batter. Drop remaining brownie batter in small clumps evenly around on top of crumbs.  Using one finger, gently pull across the top of the clumps of batter, gently drawing them together to spread solidly over the crumbs (it takes a few minutes and some patience but it works). Bake 30-35 minutes.  Cool on wire rack.

Biscoff Spread Frosting:
1/2 cup creamy Biscoff Cookies Spread
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
4 Tbl milk

Whip Biscoff Spread and butter together with electric mixer until light and creamy. Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time alternating with milk 1 Tbl at a time, whipping until creamy consistency. Frost completely cooled brownies.

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Cakes, Dessert

Dark Chocolate Heaven Cake

I am of the belief that you can never have too much chocolate, so this is heavenly to me. Chocolate Chocolate and more chocolate! You might need a glass of milk!

Dark Chocolate Heaven Cake

Dark Chocolate Cake:
3/4 cup unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa
1½ cups boiling water
2¼ cups flour
1½ tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
1½ cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray two 9″ round cake pans and sprinkle with flour. Put cocoa in medium bowl, pour boiling water over, and whisk until smooth. Let mixture cool. Stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in separate bowl; set aside.

In large bowl with electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at time, then vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with cocoa mixture. Divide batter evenly between the two prepared pans. Bake 25 to 28 minutes. Cool completely.

Chocolate Cream Filling:
2 1/2 Tbl flour
2 Tbl unsweetened dark cocoa
1/2 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

Whisk together flour, cocoa, and half-and-half in small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, 5 minutes or until thickened. Spoon mixture into small bowl; cover surface with plastic wrap, pressing wrap onto surface, and let stand 30 minutes or until cool.

Beat butter and powdered sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add cooled cocoa mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Add vanilla, beating until mixture is consistency of whipped cream. Spread evenly on top of one layer of the cake (cut horizontally across top of cake if there is too much of a dome). Place second layer on top. Cover and place in refrigerator while making the frosting.

Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
1 cup butter, softened
3½ cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa
4-5 Tbl half-and-half

Whip butter with electric mixer until light in color and creamy. Mix in powdered sugar, cocoa, and enough half-and-half to make your perfect frosting consistency. Whip thoroughly to make it light and creamy. Frost top and sides of cake.

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Cupcakes

All Star Vanilla Cupcakes

Homemade vanilla cupcakes ready for you to add your favorite team’s colors! GO SEAHAWKS!

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All Star Vanilla Cupcakes 2

Vanilla Cupcakes:
2 cups flour
1¼ cups sugar
1 Tbl baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, very soft
1 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla
4 egg whites

Preheat oven to 350°. Place cupcake liners in cupcake pans (makes 18). In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add soft butter, milk, and vanilla; mix with electric mixer. Whip egg whites until frothy and mix into cake batter. Color batter with food coloring, all one color or divide batter in half and do two colors. Scoop into prepared cupcake pans. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until center is set. Cool in pan about 5 minutes, remove to wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

Vanilla Buttercream:
3/4 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
3-4 Tbl milk

Whip butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and enough milk to make your desired frosting consistency. Add color if desired. Frost totally cool cupcakes, add sprinkles!

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Eggnog Cupcakes

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Eggnog Cupcakes

Eggnog Cupcakes:
2/3 cup butter, softened
1¾ cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
2½ tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1½ cups eggnog

Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare cupcake pans with cupcake liners (20-24 depending on how full you fill the cups). In large bowl with electric mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well. In another bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with eggnog, mix until well combined. Scoop cupcake batter into prepared cupcake pans, filling each cup about 3/4 full. Bake 20 minute or until center of each cupcake is set. Cool completely before frosting.

Eggnog Buttercream Frosting:
1 cup butter, softened
5 cups powdered sugar
4-6 Tbl Eggnog
nutmeg

With electric mixer, whip butter until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time and eggnog one Tbl at a time (add more eggnog if you need to), whipping until desired piping or spreading consistency.  Frost completely cooled cupcakes, sprinkle with nutmeg and other decorations as desired.

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Brownies & Bars

Almond Cream Cheese Bars

A sweet little bar. A shortbread crust, almond cream cheese filling, almond buttercream frosting and the crunch of toasted almonds on top. Yum! Recipe from cooking.com.

Almond Cream Cheese Bars

Crust:
2 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter, cold

Filling:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
2 eggs, room temp
1 tsp almond extract

Frosting:
1/4 cup butter, softened
1½ cups powdered sugar
1½ Tbl milk
1 tsp almond extract
½ cup sliced almonds, toasted

Preheat oven to 350°. For the crust, stir together flour and powdered sugar. Cut cold butter into dry ingredients and pat into 9”x13” pan. Bake 20-22 minutes until just starts to turn golden. While crust is baking, mix up filling. With electric mixer, mix cream cheese and sugar. Beat in eggs and almond extract. Pour over hot crust as it comes from the oven. Bake 15-18 minutes more. Cool completely. For the frosting, whip butter until creamy and light in color. Add powdered sugar, milk, and almond extract; mix well. Spread evenly over cooled filling. Sprinkle toasted almonds on top and gently press into frosting just a little to secure from falling off. Cut into bars.

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Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream

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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream

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Pumpkin Cupcakes:
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
1 cup oil
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp allspice
½ tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350°. Line cupcake cups with cupcake liners (makes 24). Beat together pumpkin, oil, eggs, sugar, and brown sugar. Stir in flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, and salt until evenly mixed. Scoop batter into prepared cupcake cups. Bake 18-20 minutes or until top center is set. Cool completely before frosting.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
1 cup butter, softened
5 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
6-8 Tbl milk

Whip butter with electric mixer for about 5 minutes until light in color. Add powdered sugar, cocoa, and milk until perfect piping consistency. Pipe onto completely cooled cupcakes, add sprinkles.

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