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Super Bowl Menu cont. Nutella-Hazelnut Bars

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If you like Nutella, you will love these bars. The only bad part about these is that you need to have Nutella in the house.  That is not a good thing for me as I cannot resist that little jar of gooey, wonderful, happiness traveling down to my belly (that is in memory of my father in law).  Of course when I was shopping for the ingredients, I had to buy the largest jar because “I didn’t really know how much the recipe would call for”.  I tried to hide it up on the top shelf, but seriously how hard is it to get the ladder out of the garage.

When baking these make sure you do not over bake them.  I baked them a little too long and they were too crunchy for my liking.  I like these kind of bars soft and chewy.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cups nutella

1/2 cup chopped roasted hazelnuts

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease an 8 inch square baking pan.  In a medium bowl, whisk flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.  In a mixer, cream butter and sugars on high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.  Add the egg and vanilla. Mix well.  With the mixer on slow speed, slowly add the flour until combines  Gently press half of the dough into the bottom of the pan. Evenly spread the Nutella over the dough.  Gently press the remaining dough on top of the Nutella.  Sprinkle the hazelnuts on top, gently pressing again.  You may sprinkle with a little more of the sea salt if desired

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.  Cut into bars.  ( I like to cover the bottom of my pan with parchment so I can lift the bars out to cut.)

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2017 in Recipes, Uncategorized

 

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Almond Joy Cookies

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I have been having my hair cut by the same person for close to 30 years. Christe from “Christe’s Cutaway” in Salt Lake. I have known her longer than I have known my husband. She cusses like a truck driver and is quick to speak her mind, but is the kindest, most generous person you will meet. And she does wonders with a haircut and color. I very seldom express my desires when I arrive for my once a month cut and style, but I never leave unhappy.
Dave would die if he knew what I spent, but at my age, it isn’t cheap to look good. It does seem like it is becoming a little harder to “look good” I want the haircut that will make me look 30 years old and 20 pounds thinner. She may be great but even she is not a miracle worker. I am not sure what I will ever do if she retires. I may have to have an opinion or something.
Well not only is she wonderful with hair, but a great cook and fellow foodie. When I was there this week, she shared a cookie recipe with me. I ran home that night and tried it. They were wonderful. It is an adaptation of a regular chocolate chip cookie recipe. I love almond and these have a great subtle almond flavor and the added crunch and flavor of the coconut is great.

Ingredients:

1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 ½ tsp vanilla
1 ½ tsp almond extract
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 cups flour
1 bag large flake coconut
1 bag milk or dark chocolate chunks

Directions:

Cream the butter and add the brown and white sugar. Add the 2 eggs and flavorings. Mix the flour with the salt and soda and add to butter mixture. Mix together. Toast coconut in a 400 degree oven until browned (not just golden). Add cooled coconut and chocolate to mixture. I used a small ice cream scoop to make fairly good size balls of cookie dough. Sprinkle with a little left over coconut and bake at 375 degrees for 10-13 minutes.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2014 in Recipes

 

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Cinnamon Roll Cookies

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I love Cinnamon Rolls and I love Sugar Cookie,s so these are a perfect combo. Kind of like Potatoes and gravy, Stella and Quinn, Jordan and Charlie, Kallie and shopping, Nutella and —-a spoon, and Dave and I!!!!

I also love cute food.  Have you ever gone on that website “cutest food”  Well it’s just that, all kinds of cute food.  The only trouble is that is all it is, cute pictures of food.  No recipes or directions.  Just looking at some of them, I am sure mine would be a perfect example of pinterest gone bad.  Another fun website to go to.  Examples of things on pinterest that did not turn out exactly like the picture. I am sure we have all had some of these.

Anyway not quite sure how I got off on this subject, but here is the recipe for the very cute “cinnamon roll cookies”  Wouldn’t these be cute for a shower or a neighbor gift for Christmas

Ingredients

Cookies:
    • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened to cool room temperature
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Filling:
    • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
    • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Glaze:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk

Directions

  1. For the cookies, in a large bowl, cream together the 3/4 cup butter and granulated and powdered sugar for 3-4 minutes, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla extract and mix. Add one cup flour, baking powder and salt. Mix. Add remaining flour and mix just until flour is incorporated and the dough is smooth and soft. Flatten the dough into a thick disk and cover in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  2. For the filling, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Separate the dough into two pieces working with one half at a time, roll it out to about 1/4-inch thick and about 15-inches by 4-inches or so. Gently spread 2 tablespoons of butter on top of the dough. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the cinnamon sugar mixture and lightly press the sugar mixture into the dough. Starting with one long edge, roll the dough into a tight log. Using a sharp knife (I found a serrated knife worked best), slice the dough into 1-inch pieces, making about 15 cookies per log. Place the cookies 2 inches apart on lined (with silpat or parchment) baking sheets. Repeat with the second half of the dough and the remaining butter and cinnamon/sugar mixture.

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes until set but not overbaked. Let the cookies cool for 1-2 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Prepare the glaze by mixing together the cream cheese and powdered sugar until thick and smooth. You can do this with an electric mixer or use a blender. Add the vanilla and 1 tablespoon milk. Continue adding milk, 1/2 tablespoon at a time, until the glaze is thick but pourable. Pour the glaze into the corner of a ziplic bag (placing the bag inside a large glass helps as you fill it). Snip off the tip of the corner and drizzle the glaze over the cooled cookies. Store covered in the refrigerator.
I found these cookies on Mel’s Kitchen Café , who found the on Chef in Training , who found them on Picky Palate.  Can’t keep a good thing secret for long!!!!
 
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Posted by on October 10, 2013 in Recipes

 

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Grandma Cheltina Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

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For some reason I have been on a blast from the past fixation.  Maybe it has been my fascination with the wonderful gift that Mike and Barry have given us.  They have taken all of the old pictures and documents from Mom and Dad’s house and scanned them and put them on a hard drive for each of us.  I know that they have spent hours on this and it is so precious. They have scanned everything, old letters, report cards, dance cards, newspaper clippings, everything!!!! And the pictures.  They are amazing.  I have been spending hours reviewing them and each one seems to elicit some fond memory.

Mike started a file for each of us where he scanned pictures or documents that pertained to our families.  I have been inspired to start on the boxes of stuff in the attic and scan them in and make a hard drive for each of the kids.  I would love to have it by Christmas but I know that is not possible, especially since I am redoing the guest bedroom.  But I can start and maybe have it done by next Christmas.  Then I would love to do the same for Dave and all his pictures, mission stuff etc.  Alot of work but it will be so good to have it all on a computer.  I love going to the old pictures and pulling them in for my blog, etc.

For mom’s birthday, I purchased some  printableblank note cards at Office Max and put a different picture of her and dad on a dozen of them.  Tied them with some old ribbon—-so cute.  I gave them to her to use, but I don’t think she will.  They sit on her kitchen table, right where she sets down to eat each day.  I don’t think they are going anywhere.

Well back to the purpose of this post.  Grandma Cheltina’s cookies.  I really don’t have alot of memories of Grandma cooking or baking but I know this is her recipe from the note on the original recipe card in mom’s file.. My memories of these were when mom made them.  I can remember coming home on Primary night ( that was when it was during the week) and she would have a big plate of these.  She always made a big batch and I loved the dough. it has been a treat the past few years to make them for her. With the whole wheat you have to be careful how many of these you eat at a time.  We didn’t call them “poop cookies” for nothing.

One of my favorite things about this recipe is the dough.  It is so good.

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oatmeal cookie

“Find the Layne nose!!!!”

He doesn’t understand “photo shoot”

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup oil

1 ½ cups brown sugar

2 eggs

5 TBS canned milk

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp salt

2 cups oatmeal

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup raisins

Chopped walnuts optional

DIRECTIONS:

Combine the oil, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and canned milk.  Mix together the dry ingredients and add to the oil mixture.  Add the oats, chocolate chips, raisins and nuts if using.  Drop by Tablespoon onto greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.  Do not over bake.   Freeze what you will not use quickly.

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2013 in Recipes

 

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