Braided Candy Canes

Merry Christmas!

Instead of doing another Christmas mystery, as I had a hard time finding those this year-I decided to post a Christmas recipe!

This comes from the cookbook Christmas Cookies.

Another Way to Make It:

“You can shape this dough into wreaths and attach red cinnamon candies as berries.”

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup of Butter, Softened
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Cups of Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of  Baking Soda
  • 1 Egg White, Lightly Beaten
  • Red Decorator Crystals (Optional) or Cinnamon Sugar

Directions:

  1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
  2. Gradually add 1 cup of sugar-beating well.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until blended.
  4. In a seperate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  5. Gradually add flour mixture to butter, beating at a low speed until blended.
  6. Divide dough into fourths.
  7. Divide each portion into 14 pieces.
  8. Shape each piece into a 9-inch rope. Fold ropes in half and twist,
  9. Shape twists into candy canes, brush with egg white, and sprinkle with crystals or cinnamon sugar.
  10. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 mins or until the edges begin to brown.
  12. Remove to wire racks and let cool.

Thoughts After Baking:

This was kind of hard and took a few tries before I got the hang out it. The smaller cookies tasted better, in my opinion, than the larger ones.

But delicious and a great cookie to have at Christmas or give to others.

For more Christmas Cookies, go to Basic Shortbread

For more cookie recipes, go to Christmas Lace Cookies

For more dessert recipes, go to Baked Apple Slices

 

Harvest Pumpkin Scones

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So we were having a tea at church and I needed a scone to go with our food. I had already decided on a savory (will be posting soon), but needed a sweet scone.

I started scouring the internet when I came upon this recipe on The King Arthur Flour website. Everything I have made from them has been fantastic so I thought I would give it a try.

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Ingredients:

  • 2-3/4 Cups of King Arthur Unbleached Flour or Regular Flour
  • 1/3 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice or 3/4 Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon, 1/4 Teaspoon of Ground Ginger, 1/4 Teaspoon of Ground Nutmeg, and 1/4 Teaspoon of Ground Allspice
  • 1/2 Cup of Cold Butter
  • 1-2 Cups of Chocolate Chips
  • 2/3 Cup of Canned Pumpkin
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • Cinnamon sugar (1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon and 1 Tablespoon of granulated sugar), for topping
  • Milk

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl; whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and the spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, & allspice).
  2. Work in the butter until the mix is unevenly crumbly; it’s ok for some larger chunks of butter to remain unincorporated.
  3. Stir in the Chocolate Chips.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the pumpkin and eggs till smooth.
  5. Add the pumpkin/egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until all is moistened and holding together.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment; if you don’t have any use the sheet without parchment, but don’t grease it. Instead sprinkle a bit of flour on the parchment.
  7. Scrape the dough onto the floured parchment or pan and divide it in half.
  8. Round each half into a 6″ circle, about 3/4 an inch thick.
  9. Brush each circle with milk and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  10. Using a knife, cut each circle into size wedges.
  11. Carefully pull the wedges away from the center to separate them just a bit, about 1/2 inch space between them.
  12. Place the scones in the freezer for 30 degrees uncovered. While the scones are chilling, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  13. Back the scones 22-25 mins or until golden brown and toothpick inserted into a center of one comes out clean. The edges should be baked through.
  14. Remove from the oven and serve warm.

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Update 9/23/18 I also made this for the first day of fall, and without chocolate chips:

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Thoughts After Baking:

I loved them! They were perfect!

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They were just so delicious everyone ate them right away and wanted more.

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I cannot recommend more strongly that you should definitely make them.

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For more King Arthur Flour recipes, 1-2-3-4 Peanut Butter Cookies

For more scones, go to Lemon Scones

For more pumpkin recipes, go to Pumpkin Spice Cake

For more recipes, go to Rice Krispies Peanut Butter Banana

Breakfast Puffin Muffins

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Thoughts Before Baking:

So this book wasn’t all that good, read my review here, but contained quite a few recipes that I wanted to try out.

This one sounded tasty and a good thing to have in the morning so I thought I would try it out.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 Cup of Margarine or Butter, Soft
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg Beaten
  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons of Pumpkin Pie Spices
  • 3/4 Cup of Milk, Whole or 2%
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon of Nutmeg
  • 2 oz of Raisins (optional)
  • Liners
  • Cinnamon Sugar (1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon and 1 Tablespoon of granulated sugar)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Blend margarine, sugar, and beaten egg together until the mixture is smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, salt, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg together.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and the wet to the milk, alternating and mixing as you go.
  5. If you’d like, now is the time to add the raisins to the batter.
  6. Fill the muffin cups halfway, then dust the tops of each muffin with cinnamon sugar
  7. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of each muffin comes out clean.
  8. Cool muffins before removing them from the pan.

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Breakfast Puffin Muffins

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Thoughts After Baking:

They were very good, they weren’t too sweet but very delicious. I’m thinking of altering the recipe a bit and trying to out in some apples or something. If I do I will post it, whether it works or fails.

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For more muffins, go to the Best-Ever Blueberry Muffins

For more breakfast dishes, go to Hole in One

For more recipes, go to Virgin Appletini