From the cookbook "A Chocolate Christmas" this is a bit different from the other recipes posted here with the addition of the milk and cinnamon. Makes for a great holiday cookie but also a cookie for anytime of the year - especially lunch boxes! Sometimes I skip the raisins and just add in chopped walnuts or dried cranberries for an even more unique flavor.
From the cookbook I received from my sweet friend, "A Chocolate Christmas" This is another great cookie recipe for the holiday cookie trays and has a unique flavor with the orange juice. I hope you enjoy them too.
Another Nestle treasured recipe. This is great for a special birthday cake, dinner party dessert or just when you'd like to impress your family and friends with a decadent dessert that is lighter in calories and fat. This moist cake has a raspberry filling and topped with a light chocolate glaze. While the cakes are baking make the raspberry filling and the chocolate glaze as both need to refrigerate. While the cakes are cooling the filling and glaze will almost be ready to take out of the fridge. Preparation time includes this refrigeration time needed.
A sweet little bar that is fun on a cookie tray or made for a bagged lunch. Found through the Toll House website many years ago. You won't want to make these larger than an inch in size as they are sweet but oh so delicious. Cooking time includes time for refrigeration of bars.
When I was a kid the monkey bars were my nemesis - could never get all the way across without someone blocking my way. Well with these bars that is not going to happen as they are filled with my favorite thing (chocolate) and even something healty - wheat flake cereal (think Wheaties!) Recipe calls for cutting them into 2x1" bars but I always cut mine larger. If you cut them 2x1 you'll get 5 dozen bars but my way I get about 4 dozen. :)
From Nestle - these oatmeal scones are pretty enough for tea time and easy enough to make to serve for breakfast for your family. The Bit of Heaven in these is the chocolate - it is its own food group right?
This is a great bread to use a holiday gift to friends and family as the recipe makes 4 mini loaves of bread. A nice twist on a quick bread. Found in a Taste of Home booklet and original recipe submitted by R. Barefoot.
Another great find in a TOH booklet. Original recipe submitted by C. Schmeling. Great moist muffin that has just a fun twist with the raspberry preserve filling. The glaze is just a fun topping that gives it a bit more flavor. Original recipe calls for only 2 tsp of poppy seeds but I did not read it correctly and used 2 tablespoons - that was fine too!
From a Reynolds Aluminum Wrap recipe booklet. I find it unique by using crushed tortilla chips instead of a type of bread crumb. Another quick meal to throw together and have on the table within an hour. (Any leftover meatloaf can be crumbled and used as a taco filling the next day for fun too)
We lost a member of our community who was so special to so many people. Her name was Jeri Allen. She was very community spirited and involved in our local government but spoke to anyone she met just like she was a neighbor next door. She had submitted this recipe for a delicious light soup to our local Ruritan cookbook and a friend made it for lunch and I just had to have the recipe it is that delicious. You can even make most of this ahead of time if you are serving for a dinner party and finish it up the night of your event. I've put the notes into the directions.
A quick simple recipe that I found through the Target website. The intent of the recipe is to use already prepared marinara sauce but if you want to make your own or have some already canned - go for it! It is just a great way to have a super fast meal on the table for the family all within 30 minutes and that saves tremendously on my budget. Now that is my type of meal.
A print out I've used since 2006 that I found on the Taste of Home website. A nice soup that is low-fat and loaded with vegetables and pasta. Does not take long to make either which is a huge bonus. Dinner can be on the table in under an hour.
Another great find for fall flavors. I love cranberries and apples in almost anything (I can't imagine it in coffee - hee hee) so had to post this recipe. Great topped with vanilla bean ice cream or frozen yogurt too.
My mom always (and we expect it most definitely) makes a steamed date pudding over Christmas and for New Year's. I found this recipe and would love to borrow her steamed pudding mold and try this for Thanksgiving. This recipe needs a pudding steamer. I hope this pudding will become a family favorite like my mom's date pudding recipe.
A recipe I tweaked from Cooking Light magazine. The tweak was using dried dates instead of figs but feel free to use figs too as they are very tasty also. Just easier for me to purchase dried dates in this area. Note these bar cookies need to have the dough chill for at least 8 hours. I usually make the dough the night before and then bake everything the next morning.
Found this gem in Cooking Light magazine. This makes a nice cookie for a Christmas tray, an Easter basket or a summer picnic basket. The flavors are unique and light and you won't want to miss out on the icing as that takes the cookie over the top. Feel free to swap the orange juice and orange rind out with lemon for another great treat. I've done it both ways but my family loves the orange ones better as it is just a bit unique.