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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls...you will NOT regret making these! By: Lindsey

A friend of mine tweeted about how she made these and how they were the best cinnamon rolls ever. When normally a recipe like this would scare me...because she did it...I decided to try it out. I wanted us to have something special for breakfast on Christmas morning. I realized, though, that just this recipe makes 7 batches!!! I e-mailed my friend and she said she divided the recipe in half. But that she wished she wouldn't have. Since then she has already made another batch. What is great is that you cook these, put the icing on top, cover loosely with aluminum foil and freeze them. Whenever you are ready for a tasty treat take them out of the freezer and bake these on 325 for 20-30 minutes. I am giving my sister, brother, and parents a batch. So the ones who have tried them said they are the best cinnamon rolls they have ever had!! By the way, everyone has said these sound hard to make. But they are NOT! You do have to let the dough sit for an hour here and 45 minutes there...but you can make the dough 2 days prior to making the cinnamon rolls if you would like. Hope you love these as much as we do! We can't wait for Christmas morning to devour some more. Yum Yum Yum!


*if you want a picture of each step here is the link to the blog of who originally(I assume) posted this recipe. It helped me a lot. http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/06/cinammon_rolls_/ *

Ingredients

  • 1 quart Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 packages Active Dry Yeast
  • 8 cups (Plus 1 Cup Extra, Separated) All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon (scant) Baking Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon (heaping) Salt
  • Plenty Of Melted Butter
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • Generous Sprinkling Of Cinnamon
  • _____
  • MAPLE FROSTING:
  • 1 bag Powdered Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Maple Flavoring
  • ½ cups Milk
  • ¼ cups Melted Butter
  • ¼ cups Brewed Coffee
  • ⅛ teaspoons Salt

Preparation Instructions

Mix the milk, vegetable oil and sugar in a pan. Scald the mixture (heat until just before the boiling point). Turn off heat and leave to cool 45 minutes to 1 hour. When the mixture is lukewarm to warm, but NOT hot, sprinkle in both packages of Active Dry Yeast. Let this sit for a minute. Then add 8 cups of all-purpose flour. Stir mixture together. Cover and let rise for at least an hour.

After rising for at least an hour, add 1 more cup of flour, the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir mixture together. (At this point, you could cover the dough and put it in the fridge until you need it – overnight or even a day or two, if necessary. Just keep your eye on it and if it starts to overflow out of the pan, just punch it down).

When ready to prepare rolls: Sprinkle rolling surface generously with flour. Take half the dough and form a rough rectangle. Then roll the dough thin, maintaining a general rectangular shape. Drizzle 1/2 to 1 cup melted butter over the dough. Now sprinkle 1 cup of sugar over the butter followed by a generous sprinkling of cinnamon.

Now, starting at the opposite end, begin rolling the dough in a neat line toward you. Keep the roll relatively tight as you go. Next, pinch the seam of the roll to seal it.

Spread 1 tablespoon of melted butter in a seven inch round foil cake or pie pan. Then begin cutting the rolls approximately ¾ to 1 inch thick and laying them in the buttered pans.

Repeat this process with the other half of the dough. Let the rolls rise for 20 to 30 minutes, then bake at 400 degrees (see note below) until light golden brown, about 15 to 18 minutes.

For the frosting, mix together all ingredients listed and stir well until smooth. It should be thick but pourable. Taste and adjust as needed. Generously drizzle over the warm rolls. Go crazy and don’t skimp on the frosting.

Note: My rolls don’t work for me at 400 degrees anymore. I now bake them at 375 degrees.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sugar's Sugar Cookies by Ashley

I have never made sugar cookies from scratch before. I have eaten a ton, but never made any. I got this recipe from Taste and See blog. My favorite part is that they are simple to make and they make a ton. I made some for a party we are going to and I had plenty to share with the boys.

Recipe for the best "melt-in-your-mouth" sugar cookies in the world:

Ingredients
:
2 sticks butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
With an electric mixer, cream sugar and butter until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and beat well. Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl and add to the butter mixture just until combined. Add vanilla. Chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or so. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350-degrees for 6-8 minutes.
Yield: about 6 dozen small cookies

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Candy Cane Biscotti

I made this recipe for my boys teachers at school. It makes such a cute gift and yummy as well. Try it!!
-adapted "stolen" from Annie's Eats

Candy Cane Biscotti

Ingredients:
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup sugar
3 large eggs
2/3 cup finely chopped peppermint candies, plus extra for garnish
14 oz. white chocolate

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir briefly with a fork to combine. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until well combined, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs one a time, mixing well after each addition. Add in the dry ingredients and mix on low speed just until incorporated. Fold in the 2/3 cup crushed peppermints with a rubber spatula until evenly incorporated.

Evenly divide the dough into 4 portions. Form each into a 9" by 1½" log on the prepared baking sheet, spaced evenly. Bake until the cookies are light golden brown on top, about 18-20 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes on the cookie sheet. Reduce the oven temperature to 325° F.

After the logs have cooled for 10 minutes, use a sharp serrated knife to cut the logs into ½-inch slices on the diagonal. Arrange the cut pieces on the baking sheet, laying on one of their cut sides so one cut side is facing up. Bake for 15 minutes more, until the cookies are light golden brown and crisp. (They may seem a bit soft, but will firm as they cool.) Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Once the biscotti have cooled, melt the white chocolate in the top of a double boiler. Dip one half of each cookie in the chocolate, shake gently to remove the excess, and transfer to a baking sheet or work surface lined with wax paper. Sprinkle with extra crushed candy canes while the chocolate is still wet. Let stand at room temperature until the chocolate has set completely. Store in an airtight container.



Thursday, December 9, 2010

Peanut Butter Balls By: Lindsey

Ok...so I am not sure if we already posted this recipe on here. And I should just look under "sweet treats" label...but instead I am going to just post it. Simply because if we did already post it once we need to refresh your memory because these are SO wonderful during the holidays. They are really yummy and a great treat to make to give to neighbors, kids teachers, friends, etc. This recipe makes a lot of peanut butter balls. And, a little tidbit. If you(like me) need to make a certain amount but this recipe makes more than enough you can freeze the leftover balls(but don't dip them in chocolate) and bring them back out when you need to bring a good dessert somewhere else. Just dip them in chocolate after they have thawed a bit. Merry Christmas Everyone!!



-2 sticks of soft margarine
-1 lb. of peanut butter
-2 lbs. of confectioners sugar
-3 tsp. of vanilla
-1 block of milk chocolate almond bark OR 12 oz of semi sweet choc. chips

Mix all the ingredients EXCEPT chocolate. Roll into balls(golf ball size). Then put in the freezer until firm. Melt almond bark or 12 oz semi sweet choc. chips and dip PB balls into chocolate. Put on wax paper and let harden.

*If you use semi sweet choc. chips you will want to add paraffin wax while melting it to help it coat the PB balls.*