Gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread Cookies
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup shortening
1 egg
1/2 cup ground almonds
Raisins
Cinnamon candies
Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger and cloves; set aside. In medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, honey, applesauce and shortening. Bring to a boil; simmer for 5 minutes. Cool to lukewarm. Add egg, almonds and dry ingredients; mix well. Chill overnight. Make head, body, legs and arms. Place on greased cookie sheet. Make eyes and nose from raisins and cinnamon candies. Bake at 325 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Do not brown.

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Creative candy cookies

Creative Candy Cookies
1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup chopped nuts
2 (1 1/2 ounce) bars chocolate covered coconut or almond candy, cut up
1 1/2 cups biscuit baking mix
Cream together butter, sugar and egg. Add nuts, candy and baking mix. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes, or until light brown. Leave cookies on baking sheet a few minutes before removing.
Makes 3 dozen cookies.

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Spiced chocolate cake

Spiced Chocolate Cake
4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
2/3 cup shortening
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Melt chocolate; set aside to cool. Stir shortening to soften. Sift in flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cloves, cinnamon and coffee. Add 1 cup buttermilk and mix until flour is dampened. Beat vigorously for 2 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup buttermilk, eggs, chocolate and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes longer. Pour into greased and floured 13 by 9 by 2 inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until done. Cool; frost with your favorite 7 Minute Frosting.

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Creamy peppermint cheese cake

Creamy Peppermint Cheesecake

6 to 8 servings

A friend of mine was invited to her aunts for Christmas dinner and was asked to bring a dessert. Her aunt had asked four other people to bring desserts, too. And guess what? They all brought pecan pie! After I heard that, I gave her this recipe, cause its quick, easy, and rarely duplicated.

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2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

3/4 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

6 drops red food coloring

One 9-inch graham cracker pie crust

Whipped cream and candy canes for garnish (optional)

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Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat well. Add the sour cream and vanilla; mix well. Place 1/2 cup of the mixture in a small bowl and stir in the peppermint extract and food coloring; mix well. Pour the remaining cream cheese mixture into the pie crust. Smooth the top. Drop the peppermint mixture by spoonfuls into the mixture in the crust and swirl with a knife to create a marbled effect. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the edges are set (the center will be slightly loose). Allow to cool for 1 hour, then cover and chill for at least 6 hours before serving. To serve, top each slice with a dollop of whipped cream and a miniature candy cane, if desired.

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TIP: If you can sneak an extra few moments, make your own homemade graham cracker crust.

From A Mr. Food Christmas

By Art Ginsburg

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Stuffed apple dumplings

Stuffed Apple Dumplings
Recipe By : National Apple Harvest Festival, 1998
pastry for 2 crust 9″ pie
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon raisins
2 tablespoons walnuts
6 large baking apples
2 tablespoons lemon juice
whole cloves
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Chop together raisins & nuts; mix with butter, sugar, & cinnamon. Core and peel apples, brush with lemon juice. Stuff cores with raisin-nut mixture. Divide pastry into 6ths, roll out each piece to about 8″ square, trimming
evenly at edges. Put an apple on each square & bring up opposite corners of the square to join at top & pinch together. Pinch moistened edges together to make sort of a pyramid-shaped covering for each apple. Stick 1
clove in top of each. Brush with egg yolk diluted with 1 tablespoon water. Bake at 425ø F. on greased pan 40 minutes or until apples test tender with a toothpick.

Enjoy.

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Cherry winks

Cherry Winks
2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chopped dates
1/3 cup maraschino cherries
1 cup crushed cornflakes
Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. Cream together shortening and sugar; add eggs. Mix in milk and vanilla; blend in dry ingredients; mix well. Add pecans and dates. Shape into balls; roll in cornflakes. Top each cookie with a cherry. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.

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Jelly bean confetti cake

Jelly Bean Confetti Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup miniature jelly beans, cut in half (not licorice)
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Generously grease and flour 12 cup fluted tube pan or angel food cake pan. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. In small bowl, toss jelly beans with 2 tablespoons of the flour; set aside. In large bowl, beat together sugar, butter, cream cheese and vanilla until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add remaining flour, baking powder and salt; blend well. Spoon 1 cup of batter evenly over bottom of prepared pan. Stir jelly beans into remaining batter; spoon into pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool upright in pan for 10 minutes. Invert onto serving plate. Cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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