King Arthur Carrot Cake or Cupcakes

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

I didn’t care for the recipe in Carrot Cake Murder, but I had a super big craving for it.

I shopped around until I found the King Arthur website‘s recipe. Now I love the King Arthur Recipes, I used to have a cookie, bar cookie, brownie, and biscotti cookbook; but I’m unsure where I put it in my latest move.

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When I find it I will finish making the recipes and post the ones I’ve already made.

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Cake Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Cups of Vegetable Oil or Safflower Oil
  • 2 Cups of Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Ginger
  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons of Baking Soda
  • 3 Cups of Grated Carrots
  • 1.5 Cups of Chopped Pecans or Walnuts (Optional)

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Unsalted Butter
  • 1 8-0z package of Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons of Vanilla or Vanilla Extract
  • 2.5-3.5 Cups of Powdered Sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lightly grease two 9″ pans, a 9 x 13 pan, or line your cupcake pans.
  3. Mix together the oil, sugar, salt, eggs, cinnamon, and ginger.
  4. Mix the flour and the baking soda separately, then add it in to the previous mixture.
  5. Add carrots and nuts, mixing until well-blended.
  6. Pour into prepared pans.
  7. Bake the cake 35-40 mins or until toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
  8. Let them cool completely before frosting.
  9. Beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth.
  10. Add the salt and vanilla.
  11. Beat in the sugar.
  12. Add milk or cream if frosting is too stiff, if too thin add more sugar.
  13. Frost the cake or cupcakes.

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Thoughts After Baking:

This was fantastic!

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The cake was perfect, not to sweet but not bland.

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And the frosting was absolutely delicious. And with the two combined it was beyond words!

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I kept eating and eating them, I just couldn’t stop.

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For more cupcake recipes, go to Peppermint Bark Chocolate Cupcakes

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Gingerbread Men Cookies

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This recipe comes from the book

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Presidential Cookies: The Lure and the Love by Bev Young

Thoughts Before Baking:

I first made these cookies when my friends and I were having an Oscar party back in 2013. The rules of the party were that you had to pick a movie that was up for an Academy Award, and make one course that was relevant.

My film choice had been Lincoln, and I choose to make this Gingerbread Cookie recipe because this was one of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite desserts.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Butter (1 Stick)
  • 1/2 Cup of Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of Molasses
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 2 Cups of Sifted Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon of Ground Cloves
  • 1 Teaspoon of Ginger
  •  1/2 Teaspoon of Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Allspice
  • Icing

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter with the sugar until smooth.
  2. Beat in the molasses and egg yolk.
  3. In another bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices.
  4. Gradually beat the flour mixture into the butter-egg mixture.
  5. Cover and chill the dough for at least one hour.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. On a lightly floured board, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness.
  8. Cut into gingerbread men or other desired shapes.
  9. Place cookies about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  10. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes.
  11. Cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes.
  12. Decorate with icing if desired.

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We have our Dapper 19th century men and a couple of pirates.

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My favorite is the zombie cookie who ate the other on in the lower right hand corner.

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Thoughts After Baking:

I loved these cookies. I’m not the biggest fan of gingerbread as I like one or two and then am done; but these were so good I ate twice as much.

And of course one the best things is decorating the cookies.

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For more ginger cookies, go to Regency Ginger Cookies

For more cookies, go to Dinomite’s Fluffy Bites

For more holiday recipes, go to Hole in One

For more dessert recipes, go to Lemon Meringue Chiffon Cake

Pumpkin French Toast

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Happy Halloween everybody! I was trying to figure out the best post for Halloween, and I decided that October begins the rise of pumpkin everything, so what better recipe than a pumpkin one?

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

So I found this recipe on Pinterest from Cooking Classy and thought it would be great to make with my nieces and nephews. I love pumpkins and French toast. What could go wrong?

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Ingredients:

  •  3/4 of Cup of Milk
  • 1/2 Cup of Pumpkin Puree
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 tbsp of Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp of Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp of Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp of Ginger
  • 9 Slices of Texas Toast (Or Brioche or Challah Bread)
  • Butter
  • Maple Syrup

Directions:

  1. Preheat an electric griddle to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. (A non-stick skillet set over medium heat also works fine.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together milk; pumpkin puree, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger until well combined.
  3. Pour into a shallow dish.
  4. Butter the griddle and dip the bread into the mixture. Then rotate and coat the opposite side.
  5. Transfer to griddle or pan, and cook until golden brown. Flip to cook the other side.
  6. Serve with butter and syrup.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I didn’t really like it.

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None of the ingredients blended together that well, and there wasn’t any pumpkin-y taste in it.

However, my nieces and nephews helped me make it, taking turns in whisking and mixing, so maybe that was the reason it didn’t blend as well. Maybe I should have whisked each ingredient separately. I might try again, and if I do , I will post an update.

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For more Pinterest recipes, go to Cinnamon, Banana, & Peanut Butter Rice Cakes

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Regency Ginger Cookies

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Thoughts Before Baking:

So what could go better with a supernatural, Austen inspired novel, than some cookies in Regency style?

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Not much! So this recipe comes from Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder.

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When I saw it was Regency inspired I thought I might give it a go. Hopefully they won’t taste bad.

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup of Melted Butter
  • 1 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 4 Tablespoons of Molasses
  • 2 Teaspoons of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons of Ground Ginger
  • 2 1/4 Cups of Flour
  • 1/2 Cup of White Sugar in a Small Bowl

Directions:

  1. Melt butter and mix in brown sugar.
  2. Let mixture cool and then add egg.
  3. Add baking soda, molasses, salt, and ginger. Stir.
  4. Add flour and mix it in.
  5. Chill for at least 1 hour
  6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Roll the dough into balls, rolling them in the white sugar.
  8. Place them on a greased cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until brown.

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Thoughts After Baking:

So I’m sure you have noticed my earlier writing that I hoped they would taste good. You see I don’t like molasses. I hate how it tastes and smells.

So how did I like it? I loved the cookies. They tasted a bit like gingerbread, but not quite; lighter and fluffier. I loved them and will most likely make them again in the future.

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For more Hannah Swenson Recipes, go to Butter Berry Cookies

For more cookie recipes, go to Dark Choco Almond Butter Cookies

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