Thursday, December 11, 2008

Gifts from the Kitchen ~ Chocolate Spoons

For a fun treat - dip plastic spoons in melted chocolate
and then in candy, nuts, etc.
Serve with your favorite hot beverage!

Gifts from the Kitchen ~ Italian Biscotti

Italian Biscotti
2 dozen

½ cup oil
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
¼ cup (choose one - sliced almonds, mini chocolate chips, mini cinnamon chips)

Beat together oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour and baking powder, stir into the egg mixture; add almonds and stir to form a heavy dough. Divide dough into two pieces. Form each piece into a roll as long as your cookie sheet. Place roll onto greased cookie sheet, and press down to 1/2 inch thickness. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 375. Remove from the baking sheet to cool on a wire rack. When the cookies are cool enough to handle, slice each one crosswise into 1/2 inch slices. Place the slices cut side up back onto the baking sheet. Bake for an additional 6 to 10 minutes on each side. Slices should be lightly toasted. Serve with coffee or tea and enjoy!

Gifts from the Kitchen ~ Cowboy Cookie Mix

Cowboy Cookie Mix
1 jar

1 1/3 cups quick cooking oats
1 1/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup chopped pecans
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar

additional ingredients to prepare cookies
½ cup butter, softened
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pour oats into a wide-mouth 1-qt. glass container with a tight-fitting lid. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; place on top of oats. Layer with pecans, chocolate chips, brown sugar and sugar, packing each tightly. Cover and store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.

Attach note to gift ~
"To prepare cookies, pour cookie mix into a large mixing bowl; stir to combine ingredients. Beat in butter, egg and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 11-13 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 3½ dozen cookies."