Saturday, April 30, 2011

Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies


2 c. sugar
1 c. shortening
2 eggs, well beaten
3 1/2 c. flour
2 c. oatmeal
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 c. applesauce with 2 tsp. soda added
2 c. raisins
2 c.  chopped walnuts

Cream sugar and shortening; add the eggs. Add the applesauce/soda mixture and mix well. Sift together flour, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon and add. Add oatmeal, raisins and nuts last. Drop by teaspoons on greased cookie sheets and bake in  a preheated 375°F oven for about 12 minutes.

May frost with powdered sugar frosting when cool if you like.

Makes 7 dozen cookies.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Texas Sheet Cake

It had been so long since I made this cake that I was actually wondering if it was as good as I remembered.  I made it yesterday and let me tell you, it is every bit as good as I remembered.  Takes a little bit of work, but the results are well worth it!
  • 2  cups flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream ( I didn’t have any sour cream so I added 2 teaspoons of lemon juice to milk to equal 1/2 cup, also you could use white vinegar)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 cups confectioner’s (powdered) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I am really picky about this and only use pure vanilla extract)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a 10X15 inch pan.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.  Beat in the sour cream and eggs and set aside.
  3. Melt the 1 cup butter in a saucepan over low heat.  Add the 1 cup of water and the 5 tablespoons cocoa.  Bring mixture to a boil and immediately remove from heat.  Allow to cool slightly, then stir mixture into the first mixture, mixing till well blended.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center come out clean.
  5. For the icing:  In a large saucepan, combine the milk, 5 tablespoons cocoa and 1/2 cup butter.  Bring to a boil, then remove from heat.  Stir in the confectioner’s sugar and vanilla, then fold in the nuts, mixing until blended.  Spread frosting over warm cake.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

French Breakfast Puffs

This recipe is from my original Betty Crocker cookbook from the 50s.  This is another recipe that I made when the children were small with good results.
Mix together thoroughly:
  • 1/3 cup soft shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
Stir together:
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
and stir in 1/2 cup milk.
Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full.  Bake until golden brown in a preheated 350 degree oven about 20 – 25 minutes.  Remove from pan and immediately roll in
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
then in a mixture of
  • 1/2 cup sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon cinnamon.  Serve hot.  Makes 12 medium sized muffins.
These taste like delicate glorified doughnuts.  My kids loved them.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bacon Scalloped Potatoes

From Kraft foods.  I can’t wait to try this recipe.



What You Need

1 red onion, thinly sliced

4 oz.  (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cubed

1-1/4 cups fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth

1/2 cup milk

3 slices OSCAR MAYER Fully Cooked Bacon, chopped

2 lb. Yukon gold potatoes (about 6), cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices

1 cup KRAFT Shredded Triple Cheddar Cheese


Make It

HEAT oven to 400°F.

COOK onions in large skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat 3 to 5 min. or until crisp-tender, stirring frequently. Remove onions from skillet.

ADD cream cheese, broth and milk to skillet; cook and stir on medium-low heat 5 min. or until cream cheese is melted and mixture is well blended. Remove from heat; stir in bacon.

PLACE half the potatoes in 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; cover with layers of onions and shredded cheese. Top with remaining potatoes and cream cheese sauce; cover.

BAKE 1 hour 5 min. or until potatoes are tender and top is golden brown, uncovering after 50 min.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Turkey Loaf

I  made this turkey loaf a couple of weeks ago.  I am not a turkey fan but I like this.  It is moist and slices very nicely. 

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mrs. Dash
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onions

Have oven preheated to 350 degrees.  Use a medium size loaf pan that you have sprayed with pan spray.

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly.  I was surprised to find that it was easy to mix with a large spoon.  Put into prepared loaf pan.  Bake for 45 – 50 minutes until lightly browned on top.

This recipe doubles easily.  Just use a large loaf pan if you double the recipe.