Thursday, December 22, 2011

butter pecan squares

Pecan tarts are one of my favorites.  The pecans, the gooeyness, even the raisins, who wouldn't love it? I've always wanted to try making these but the idea of making tart shells kind of put me off.  When I found this recipe for squares and an easy shortbread bottom, I quickly put it on my list of baking to do over the holidays.  Although I made these to distribute, none of them made it out the door.  They were delicious and satisfying and by the time I was putting together packages, there weren't many squares left!

Unfortunately I don't remember where I found this recipe.  It's easy and delicious though, so definitely try it out!

Butter Pecan Squares

1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter

2 TB melted butter
2 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
2 TB flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
1 cup raisings
1 cup chopped pecans

Combine flour and sugar and cut in the cold butter until the dough is crumbly.  Press the dough into a 9" square pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes

In a bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients.  Pour over the baked base and bake at 350 degrees for another 25 minutes.

Monday, December 19, 2011

chocolate and almond whipped shortbread

It's no secret that I love whipped shortbread cookies.  Easy and fast, they are a staple for any occasion. They are even great to give to little kids to decorate, keeping them entertained for some time. 

The addition of chocolate and nuts make these shortbread even more of a favorite.  This recipe can be found in Club Club's Community Cookbook.

Chocolate and Almond Whipped Shortbread

1 cup butter
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup sliced almonds

Cream the butter and icing sugar together.  Add the flour and beat for 10 minutes.  Add in the chocolate and nuts until well incorporated.  Place spoonfuls on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.  Makes 3 dozen small cookies.

Friday, December 16, 2011

cherry jam palmiers

One of the easiest cookies to make with minimal ingredients is a palmier.  I decided to change up my usual 2-ingredient version by adding some jam.  I had made some cherry jam over the summer and thought it would go great with the crisp layers of puff pastry.  The sweet jam added so much flavour and the resulting cookies were quite addictive.  I made the mistake of only using one puff pastry sheet, meaning not many left over to share!

Cherry Jam Palmiers

1 roll of puff pastry
3 TB jam of your choice

Unroll one sheet of puff pastry. Spread the jam evenly on the pastry.  If making mini palmiers, cut the sheet in half.  Roll the pastry from the horizontal ends into the middle. Refrigerate for 10 minutes and then cut the roll into pieces.  Sprinkle each piece with sugar and place on parchment paper.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

red velvet crepes

Ever since I attempted Red Velvet cupcakes last June, it has become a favourite of mine. Always looking to combine a couple of my favourite things, I mixed up a crepe recipe with red velvet and the combination was delicious. My 3 year old, Qais, who is always happy to help in the kitchen enjoyed stirring the batter and of course, taste-testing! I added Chocolate spread to the filling because one can never get enough chocolate.

Head on over to the Anyday Magic website for a recipe of this delicious dessert!

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