Showing posts with label Fall. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fall. Show all posts

Saturday, November 12, 2016

3 Simple Ways to Decorate an Acorn Sugar Cookie

I mentioned in my post from last week, Apple Pie Bites For The Dessert Bar, that I was putting together a Dessert Bar for my Thanksgiving dinner guests. I thought it would be fun to add some simple sugar cookies to the Dessert Bar, and these Acorn Sugar Cookies couldn't get much easier. Even if you have never made decorated sugar cookies, these will be no problem for you! The only thing to remember when making these cookies is to allow enough time. It takes time for the dough to chill, time to decorate them and time for the icing to dry after they are decorated. So, if you are serving these cookies on Thursday, you might want to make them the weekend before. 

Acorn Sugar Cookies 
(Makes 5 dozen cookies)
(printable recipe at end of post)

Cookie Dough
5 cups Flour 
3 teaspoon Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
2 cups Butter
2 cups Sugar
2 Eggs
2 teaspoons Almond Extract

Icing 
6 ounces of Warm Water 
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds of Confectioner's Sugar
Brown Decorating Color
1 cup Chopped Cashews
1 cup Chocolate Sprinkles
1 cup Chocolate Heath Pieces 


Mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.....
until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs and almond extract. 
Mix dry ingredients a little at a time to butter mixture. Mix until flour is incorporated and the dough comes together.
The dough needs to be chilled. On the Kitchen Gifts web site they recommend this great idea to help you start cutting out your cookies sooner than later. Take a spatula full of dough, and put it in the middle of a piece of parchment paper. Cover the dough with the same size parchment paper. Roll out the dough to 1/4" thickness.


Place the dough on a baking sheet, cover with plastic, and let it chill in the refrigerator. Repeat the process until all the dough is used, and all the sheets of parchment are in the fridge. By the time you are done, the first sheet you put in should be done. If not, wait about 1/2 hour. They should be done by then. Take out the first batch, cut out, and start baking at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. The best thing is that you are not adding any additional flour to your cookies. If covered properly with plastic, these can stay in the fridge overnight. Many times I have made the recipe before I go to bed. and then I cut them out and bake them in the morning.
Frosting:
I have been using this recipe for a little over a year,and I really like it. It makes up quick, and I have had lots of comments of how good it tastes. I found this recipe on the Cake Central website. I love this site. I can truly spend hours browsing the cookies that bakers have
posted. It's a great site!
In the mixing bowl from the mixer, pour in the warm water and the meringue powder. Mix it with a whisk until it is frothy and has thickened a bit, about 30 seconds.
Add the cream of tartar and whisk for another 30 seconds.
Pour all of the confectioners sugar in the bowl, and place the bowl on the mixer.
Use your paddle attachment on low speed, and mix for 10 minutes. I usually stop the mixer at least one time during the 10 minutes to push down the icing that gathers on the wall of the bowl. Your icing will get smooth, thick and creamy.
Place in a sealed container until you are ready to use.

Mix some of the icing with brown color until it is your desired color. Add water to the icing, a little bit at a time, until it is the consistency that will allow you to outline the cookie and fill in the acorn. A good way to gauge this is to pull a spoon through the icing and count to ten. During the ten seconds the icing should go back together where it was pulled apart.
Place the icing in a decorating bag using a Wilton #2 tip. Outline the acorn. Fill in the bottom half of the acorn. Fill in the top part of the acorn.
 
Decorate the tops of the acorn with brown sprinkles, chopped cashews, and chocolate Heath pieces. Let dry and enjoy!

I think these cookies are the perfect addition to my Thanksgiving Dessert Bar! I hope you agree! 


print recipe

Acorn Sugar Cookie

INGREDIENTS:

Cookie Batter
  • 5 cups Flour
  • 3 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups Butter
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Almond Extract
Icing
  • 6 ounces Warm Water
  • 5 tablespoon Meringue Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 2.25 pounds Confectioner's Sugar
  • Brown Decorating Color
  • 1 cup chopped Cashews
  • 1 cup Chocolate Sprinkles
  • 1 cup Chocolate Heath Sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cookies
  1. Mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs and almond extract.
  2. Mix dry ingredients a little at a time to butter mixture. Mix until flour is incorporated and the dough comes together.
  3. The dough needs to be chilled. On the Kitchen Gifts web site they recommend this great idea to help you start cutting out your cookies sooner than later. Take a spatula full of dough, and put it in the middle of a piece of parchment paper. Cover the dough with the same size parchment paper. Roll out the dough to 1/4" thickness.
  4. Place the dough on a baking sheet, cover with plastic, and let it chill in the refrigerator. Repeat the process until all the dough is used, and all the sheets of parchment are in the fridge. By the time you are done, the first sheet you put in should be done. If not, wait about 1/2 hour. They should be done by then. Take out the first batch, cut out, and start baking at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. The best thing is that you are not adding any additional flour to your cookies. If covered properly with plastic, these can stay in the fridge overnight. Many times I have made the recipe before I go to bed. and then I cut them out and bake them in the morning.
Icing
  1. In the mixing bowl from the mixer, pour in the warm water and the meringue powder. Mix it with a whisk until it is frothy and has thickened a bit, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add the cream of tartar and whisk for another 30 seconds.
  3. Pour all of the confectioners sugar in the bowl, and place the bowl on the mixer.
  4. Use your paddle attachment on low speed, and mix for 10 minutes. I usually stop the mixer at least one time during the 10 minutes to push down the icing that gathers on the wall of the bowl. Your icing will get smooth, thick and creamy.
  5. Place in a sealed container until you are ready to use.
  6. Mix some of the icing with brown color until it is your desired color. Add water to the icing, a little bit at a time, until it is the consistency that will allow you to outline the cookie and fill in the acorn. A good way to gauge this is to pull a spoon through the icing and count to ten. During the ten seconds the icing should go back together where it was pulled apart.
  7. Place the icing in a decorating bag using a Wilton #2 tip. Outline the acorn. Fill in the bottom half of the acorn. Fill in the top part of the acorn.
  8. Decorate the tops of the acorn with brown sprinkles, chopped cashews, and chocolate Heath pieces. Let dry and enjoy!
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Monday, October 3, 2016

Pumpkin Bread / #PUMPKINWEEK


It is #PUMPKINWEEK, and everyday this week I will have a different, yummy recipe featuring pumpkin! I am starting off  with a recipe for homemade Pumpkin Bread! I look forward to baking this bread every fall, and giving some away to friends. I wish I could send everyone a loaf of this pumpkin bread, but because I can't, I am sharing it with you today. This recipe has been in my family for a good many years, and I must say, I never get tired of it. I hope you like it!

Homemade Pumpkin Bread
(printable recipe at end of post)

3 1/2 cups Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
Pinch of Salt
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Nutmeg
2 cups Sugar
1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar
1 cup Corn Syrup
4 Eggs
2/3 cup Water
2 cups Pumpkin

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Stir the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and brown sugar in a bowl. Make a hole in the center. Add the corn syrup, eggs, water and pumpkin to the bowl. Mix together. 
Pour into loaf pan of your choice, about 1/2 way up the pan. If using a metal loaf pan, you will need to lightly grease the pan. It is not necessary with most disposable pans.I like these disposable ones when I am giving the bread to friends. I like that they don't have to worry about returning the pan to me.  Place in oven. Cook for 30-40 minutes or more, depending on the size of your pan.
Once baked, remove from oven and cool completely. Enjoy as is, or spread a slice with whipped cream cheese.
Decorate, give to a friend and enjoy one yourself.  


Thank you for joining me on the first day of #PumpkinWeek! Stop by tomorrow for a sweet recipe of Pumpkin Doughnut Holes!

A special shout out to our host of this fun and tasty event, Terri from Love and Confections. Thank you for all the fun, Terri!

Check out the recipes below to see many more tasty pumpkin recipes:

Adorable Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie from Kudos Kitchen by Renee
Amish Pumpkin Roll from Palatable Pastime
Double Pumpkin Gnocchi from Caroline's Cooking
Gigi's spiced Pumpkin Pecan Bread from Family Around The Table
Lisa's Pumpkin Soup from Cooking With Carlee
Mini Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecakes from The Crumby Cupcake
Pecan Pumpkin Cobbler from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Pumpkin Bread from The Freshman Cook
Pumpkin Bread with Maple Glaze from Making Miracles
Pumpkin Brulee Tart from The Redhead Baker
Pumpkin Cookies with Butter Rum Icing from Grumpy's Honeybunch
Pumpkin Creme Brulee from Love and Confections
Pumpkin Glazed Bacon from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
Pumpkin Laksa from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Pumpkin Milkshake from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Pumpkin Muffins from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
Pumpkin Pretzel Bites from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Pumpkin Spice Affogato from The Bitter Side of Sweet
Pumpkin Spice Granola from The Chef Next Door
Spiced Pumpkin Cider from Gluten Free Crumbley


yield: 3-4 loavesprint recipe

Pumpkin Bread

prep time: 20 MINScook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 hours and 20 mins

INGREDIENTS:


  • 3 1/2 cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Corn Syrup
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2/3 cup Water
  • 2 cups Pumpkin

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Stir the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and brown sugar in a bowl. Make a hole in the center. Add the corn syrup, eggs, water and pumpkin to the bowl. Mix together.
  3. Pour into loaf pan of your choice, about 1/2 way up the pan. If using a metal loaf pan, you will need to lightly grease the pan. It is not necessary with most disposable pans.I like these disposable ones when I am giving the bread to friends. I like that they don't have to worry about returning the pan to me. Place in oven. Cook for 30-40 minutes or more, depending on the size of your pan.
  4. Once baked, remove from oven and cool completely. Enjoy as is, or spread a slice with whipped cream cheese.
  5. Decorate, give to a friend and enjoy one yourself.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Apple Streusel Bundt Cake / #BundtBakers

It is beginning to look a little like fall! Well, ok, not outside, but here at #BundtBakers, where this month we are baking bundts with apples! This Apple Streusel Bundt Cake has streusel mix on the top, and cooked apple slices in the middle. I drizzled the cake with melted caramel to get a bushel of flavor in every bite!
Apple Streusel Bundt Cake
 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pumpkin Tiramisu

If you are looking for a wonderful and tasty fall or Thanksgiving dessert, I have one for you! Actually, this Pumpkin Tiramisu is delectable anytime! They are made in individual dishes for ease of serving, and they can be made ahead of time, for the most part, for all around dessert easiness! You will love these!


Pumpkin Tiramisu

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Carmelized Apple Spice Cake

Here in North Carolina, fall dropped by today! So, to celebrate my favorite time of the year, I have a Carmelized Apple Spice Cake for your dessert time pleasure. Today, I'm participating with over 40 other bloggers in a LorAnn Oil and Flavors Recipe Round-Up! Do you know LorAnn Oil ? They produce an incredible variety of oils and flavorings, and have done so for over 50 years. They also offer other items such as candy making and baking supplies, making them your "go to" company. Check them out! But check out my Carmelized Apple Spice Cake first! 
I used a special cake mold to make a spice cake, carmelized some apples,
melted some caramels, put it all together, and tasted fall! 
Carmelized Apple Spice Cake

Monday, October 14, 2013

Chocolate Halloween Sandwich Cookies!

Today I made some cookies so you can start getting in the Halloween spirit! They are Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with an orange filling, and they are not only tasty but festive also!

Chocolate Halloween Sandwich Cookies
(loosely adapted from BH and G)
3 1/2 cups Flour
1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
pinch Salt
1 cup Butter
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tablespoon Vanilla

Frosting 
(Antonia74 Royal Icing)
6 ounces Warm Water
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds of Confectioners Sugar

Mix together your flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, 
baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar, 
until light and fluffy.
Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until combined
Add the flour mixture, and mix together. 
Take dough and divide into pieces. Roll out between wax paper.
Freeze pieces in the freezer overnight.
 Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Take 1 frozen piece of dough out of the freezer at a time.
Cut out the outside circle with your cutter. 
Then cut out your inside design.
Reroll scraps of dough, and refreeze for 30 minutes.
Cut a back and a front for each cookie.
Bake for 8 minutes. Let completely cool.
Make your frosting:
   Pour warm water in a bowl and add the meringue powder.
         Mix with a whisk by hand until it is frothy-about 30 seconds.

 Add the cream of tartar and whisk for 30 seconds more. 

Pour all the confectioner's sugar into the bowl.
Mix together on low speed for 10 minutes.

Place some of the frosting in a small bowl and color it orange.
Put the remainder of the frosting into a bowl and cover to prevent drying.
If the frosting is too thick, thin with water, a tiny amount at a time.
Using a small knife or an offset spatula spread the frosting
onto the solid cookie base.
Place the top of the cookie gently over the frosting.

If you make these cookies I would love to hear about them!
I know you will enjoy them!
 Happy Halloween!!!











Thursday, September 12, 2013

Individual Apple Crisp~Brought to You by Fall!

Fall is definitely my favorite season, and I am excited that it is just around the corner. When I saw that this month's 2 ingredients for The Behind The Curtain Dessert Challenge were apples and cinnamon I knew I had to make my favorite fall dessert~Apple Crisp! This recipe is quick and simple and comes together in no time.
And it smells awesome!!
Apple Crisp!

7 Granny Smith Apples
2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
2 tablespoons Water
3/4 cup firmly packed Brown Sugar
1/3 cup Flour
1/2 cup Rolled Oats
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1/4 cup Butter, cold

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Peel your apples.
Slice your apples and dice into small pieces.
Sprinkle the lemon juice and water over the apple pieces.
Toss a couple times.
Mix together your brown sugar, flour, oats, and cinnamon.
Take your butter and slice off small pieces and add to your bowl.
Mix together thoroughly.
Place apples in each of your tins.
Cover your apples with the crisp mixture.
Make it heaping, even more than you see here.
The apples cook down a lot.
Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Don't they look great?
See what I mean about how much the apples cook down.
Top with your favorite vanilla ice cream, and sprinkle
with cinnamon.
Enjoy!
Thanks for joining me today!
Check out what everyone else in the group made:


Lady Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sensational Pumpkin Bread Pudding w/ Gingered Creme Anglaise

I can never say no to bread pudding. It doesn't matter how good I am trying to be, or how full I say I am. If bread pudding is on the menu, I am a goner! This Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Gingered Creme Anglaise is the perfect example. It is to die for! The pumpkin flavor is subtle, but upfront, and the pudding  is creamy, yet crispy, with a ginger creme anglaise topper that just hints that the ginger came to the party. You have to try this! You will be so glad you did!

Pumpkin Bread Pudding 
w/ Gingered Creme Anglaise
(adapted from C&H Sugar)

Pumpkin Bread Pudding
4 cups White Bread, stale or day old
4 Eggs
3 Egg Yolks
1 1/2 cups Milk
1 1/2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
3/4 cup canned Pumpkin Puree
1 cup Sugar
pinch of Salt
1 tablespoon Vanilla
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground Cloves
1 tablespoon Butter

Gingered Creme Anglaise
1 cup Milk
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1-2 teaspoons ground Ginger(to taste)
5 Egg Yolks
1/2 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanila

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
I had a fresh loaf of french bread, and I wanted to use it,
so I cut it into small cubes, placed it on a baking sheet, and.....

  dried it in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
If your bread is already stale, just go ahead and
cut your bread into cubes.
Butter a 13x9x2"  baking dish.
Pour your cubed bread into the dish.
In a large bowl, whisk together all your ingredients,
except for the butter.
Pour your mix over the bread crumbs.
Pat down all the bread cubes so they are wet.
Let sit for 10 minutes to make sure the bread is fully soaked.
Place the 1 tablespoon of butter on top.
Bake for 40-50 minutes. The pudding should be set
in the center, but not dry. The edges will puff up
during baking, but it will deflate when your pan is
removed from the oven.
While the bread pudding is baking, make your
creme anglaise. Place the milk, cream, and ginger in
your  pot, and bring it to a boil. Once it boils, remove
the pot from the heat, and let it stand, covered, for
15 minutes.

In a medium bowl, beat the yolks with the sugar until
it is pale and thick. This should take 3-4 minutes.
I used a whisk for this, and it worked great.
The recipe calls for straining the cream mixture through
a fine sieve, discarding  the ginger. If you don't have one,
you can improvise like I did. Place a piece of cheesecloth
over a small bowl. Pull it somewhat tight.
  Pour the cream mixture through the cheesecloth
into the bowl. The ginger will sit on the top and will not go through.
Discard the ginger with the cheesecloth.
Slowly pour the cream mixture into the egg mixture.
Stir constantly until blended.
Return the mix to the saucepan.
 Cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly with
a wooden spoon until the sauce thickens.
Be careful not to let it boil. If the sauce boils, it will curdle.
If it curdles, remove the sauce from the heat immediately,
and pour it in your blender. Spin around a few times,
but be careful it doesn't splash you because it is hot.
When I felt the sauce was thick, I checked it by pulling
my spoon out of the sauce pan and running my
finger across the back of the spoon. If the line looks like
the picture, your sauce is thick and you should take it off the heat.
 If the line runs, it needs to be thicker.
Add the vanilla,
 but make sure the heat is not on when you do.
Your sauce is done. Place it in a small container, and let it cool.
I think the best way to eat this Pumpkin Bread Pudding is to
heat the pumpkin bread, and add a couple spoonfuls
of chilled or slightly room temp creme anglaise. 
Of course, the pudding is great cold also!

When I made this recipe, I cut it in half, as my family is small.
But the recipe I gave you is for 8-10 servings.

Enjoy!