Hello Dolly Squares

We always make these at the start of the holiday season. They’re really quick and easy and bring back great memories for me!

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Ingredients:

4 tbsp Butter, melted
1 cup Graham cracker crumbs
1 cup Sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup Chocolate chips
1 cup Walnuts
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk

– Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC. Line an 8″ (20cm) square pan with a piece of parchment.
– Mix melted butter and graham cracker crumbs and press into the bottom of the pan.
– Sprinkle the coconut, chocolate chips, and walnuts over the top.
– Evenly drizzle the can of sweetened condensed milk on top and bake for about 30min or until golden brown.
– Cool on wire rack.

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Quick One-Day Moist Fruitcake

This is a great recipe for a last minute fruitcake. It’s nice and moist and only takes a day to make! Substitute your favorite dried fruits, nuts, and liqueur.

Makes a 9″ round or 8″ square.

Ingredients:

2½ lbs Mixed dried fruit/glace fruit
2 sticks + 2 tbsp Butter
1¼ cups Brown sugar
1 tbsp Corn syrup
½ lemon, juice and zest
¼ tsp Nutmeg
¼ tsp Allspice
¼ tsp Cloves
¼ tsp Salt
1 tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp Curry powder
2½ oz Blanched almonds, chopped
¾ cup Brandy
1 tbsp Cornflour
4 Eggs
2 cups Flour
1 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Baking soda

– Preheat oven to 320ºF/160ºC.
– Line baking pan with baking parchment. If using a regular baking pan, wrap some newsprint or parcel paper around the outside of the pan and secure with baking twine.
– In a large pot, bring fruit, butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup to a boil, stirring constantly.
– Once bubbling, add in lemon zest, lemon juice, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, curry powder, salt, almonds, and brandy.
– Simmer for 10 min, stirring constantly.
– Remove from heat and cool completely.
– Once cool, stir in corn flour.
– Mix in eggs, then flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
– Scrape into prepared pan.
– Bake at 320ºF/160ºC for 30min. Then reduce temperature to 250ºF/120ºC and bake for 3½ hrs or until done.

One-Pan Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

A giant chocolate chip cookie all in one skillet! This is a fun and easy way to serve a chocolate chip cookie anytime.

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This is my original chocolate chip cookie recipe:

And here is the slightly modified one from the video:

Ingredients:

2 1/8 cups Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1 1/2 sticks Butter
1 1/2 cups Brown sugar
2 Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla
1 x 12oz bag (about 2 cups) Chocolate chips

– Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC.
– Melt butter in 10″/25cm skillet over medium heat.
– Add sugar and stir until smooth, but not completely dissolved.
– Turn off heat and let butter and sugar mixture cool to room temperature.
– Once cooled, mix in eggs and vanilla.
– Stir in flour, salt, and baking soda.
– Stir in chocolate chips.
– Bake in skillet for 30-40min.
– Cool and serve in skillet.

Sweet & Simple Coconut Macaroons

These are classic coconut macaroons that are sweet and simple to make. They’re a great use for leftover egg whites!

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Ingredients:

1 bag (14oz) Sweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
3 Egg whites
1 tsp Vanilla extract

– Preheat oven to 325ºF/160ºC. Line a cookie sheet with parchment.
– Mix coconut, sugar, and salt in a bowl.
– Add egg whites and vanilla and mix until thoroughly combined.
– Bake 15-25 min. until golden brown.
– Cool on wire rack.

Ginger-Spicesnap Cookies

These cookies are nice and spicy for the cooler weather and perfect for the holiday season! They are a cross between a gingersnap and a spice cookie and have a delicious snap when you bite or break them.

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Ingredients:

2 cups Flour
1 tsp Baking soda
½ tsp Salt
1 tsp Ground cinnamon
1 tsp Ground ginger
1 tsp Ground cloves
½ cup Vegetable shortening
½ cup Packed brown sugar
1 Egg
½ cup Molasses
White sugar and cinnamon for topping

– Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC and line 2 cookie sheets with baking parchment.
– In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.
– In the bowl of a mixer, beat together shortening and brown sugar.
– Mix in egg and molasses until well combined.
– Stir in flour mixture.
– Scoop into round balls and place on cookie sheets.
– Dampen the bottom of a glass and dip into sugar cinnamon mixture. Use this to flatten cookies to desired thickness, dipping glass into mixture between each cookie.
– Bake for 12-15min or until a light golden color and firm to touch.
– Cool on wire rack.

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Lemon Syrup, Buttercream, and Sugared Zest

This is a very lemony cake made with polenta, grounds almonds, and ricotta. A lemon syrup is then poured over the warm cake to give a sweet lemony tang and moistness. More lemon flavor is added with the buttercream and even more lemon sweetness is added with the sugared lemon zest on the top.

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Cake and syrup recipe originally from http://www.wheat-free.org/wheat-gluten-free-lemon-ricotta-cake-recipe.html

Cake:

2 sticks Butter
1 cup Sugar
3 Eggs, beaten
1 cup Ricotta Cheese
1½ cups Ground Almonds
½ cup Polenta
1 tsp Baking Powder

– Preheat oven to 350ºF and line a 9″ springform pan.
– In a mixer, cream butter and sugar.
– Mix in eggs.
– Mix in ricotta, almonds, polenta, and baking powder until well combined.
– Scrape into lined pan and bake for 1-1½ hrs or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cake will be a golden brown on top.
– While cake is baking make Lemon Syrup and Sugared Lemon Zest.
– Once cake is cooked, remove from oven and leave in tin. Pour or brush cake with Lemon Syrup while cake is still warm. Leave to cool completely.
– Remove cake from tin and spread or pipe Lemon Buttercream over the top. Garnish with Sugared Lemon Zest.

Lemon Syrup:

½ cup + 1 Tbsp Sugar
1 Lemon, juice and zest
2 Lemons, juice
100ml water

– Place sugar, lemon juice (3 lemons total), and water into a saucepan.
– Heat over medium-high heat until it begins to boil. Boil for about 5min. or until slightly syrupy.
– Remove from heat and add zest. Set aside until cake is ready.
– Brush over warm cake.

Lemon Buttercream:

4 Tbsp Butter, softened
1 Lemon, juice
1½ cups Confectioner’s Sugar

– Beat butter and sugar, adding enough lemon juice to reach desired consistency.
– Spread or pipe onto cooled cake.

Sugared Lemon Zest:

3-4 lemons
2-3 Tbsp sugar

– Use a zester to remove zest from lemons.
– Toss in sugar to coat.
– Garnish finished cake.

Pumpkin Spice Mini Cupcakes with Buttermilk Buttercream Icing and Caramelized Pecan Topping

This is a great pumpkin spice cake recipe. I’m making mini cupcakes, but you can also make a cake, loaf, standard size cupcakes – just remember to adjust the cooking time.

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For the pumpkin spice mini cupcakes:

1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup vegetable shortening
4 eggs
1 can (15oz) pumpkin puree
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1½ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp ground allspice
½ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp salt

– Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC. Line mini muffin tins with paper cases.
– In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cloves. Set aside.
– In bowl of mixer, stir sugars together. Add shortening and mix until combined.
– Add eggs and mix.
– Add pumpkin and mix well.
– Mix in vanilla extract.
– Stir in flour mixture.
– Spoon mixture into muffin tins and bake for 10-15min or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
– Cool in tins for about 10min and then cool completely on wire rack.

For the caramelized pecan topping:

1 cup pecans
2 tbsp packed brown sugar
2 tbsp maple syrup

– Cook pecans in a saucepan until lightly toasted and fragrant.
– Add sugar and syrup and stir constantly until caramelized.
– Pour onto a baking sheet lined with parchment and cool completely.
– Pulse in mini chopper/food processor until desired coarseness. You can also chop nuts by hand with a knife.

For the buttermilk buttercream icing:

2 sticks butter
1 lb confectioner’s sugar
1/4 cup buttermilk

– Mix together until light and fluffy.
– Pipe onto cupcakes and sprinkle with pecan topping.