Category: cookies

Seven Layer Bars

Seven layer bars 2Happy New Year’s Eve! Today I have the perfect bar to ring in the new year. Most of you have already heard of seven layer bars, they are quite famous in their deliciousness. This desert has a wonderful candy bar consistency, with its rich chocolate, delectable butterscotch, toasted coconut, and crumbly graham cracker crust; no one can resist this bar. They are the perfect addition to your New Year’s Eve party and they are so simple to make. As their name suggests, you just layer the ingredients and that’s it and when they are done baking, you have a full pan of candy bar awesomeness!  So if you are looking for that last-minute treat for your New Year’s Eve guests, whip up a batch of seven layer bars.  If you have too many bars (like that’s even possible!) just freeze the extras.

Seven layer bars 1

 

Seven Layer Bars 5Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then pour 1/2 cup of melted butter into a 9×13 inch pan.

melted butterCrush 2 cups of graham crackers in a plastic bag.

crushing graham crackers 2Pour the 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs on the butter in the pan.

graham crackers in panLayer 1 cup of butterscotch chips on the graham cracker layer.

butterscotch chips in panThen add the 3/4 of a cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.

chocolate chipsThen sprinkle on the 1 cup of coconut.

coconutThen pour 1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk.

adding milk

adding milk 2Bake 25-30 minutes. Check the bars after 20 minutes to see if they are almost done. I baked mine 25 minutes and they were done just perfectly.

finished barsNow you can let them cool and then cut into squares.

seven layer bars 6  

Seven Layer Bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup of butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of coconut
  • 1 (14 oz.) can of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then pour 1/2 cup of melted butter into a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. Crush 2 cups of graham crackers in a plastic bag.
  3. Pour the 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs on the butter in the pan.
  4. Layer 1 cup of butterscotch chips on the graham cracker layer.
  5. Then add the 3/4 of a cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  6. Then sprinkle on the 1 cup of coconut.
  7. Then pour 1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk.
  8. Bake 25-30 minutes. Check the bars after 20 minutes to see if they are almost done. I baked mine 25 minutes and they were done just perfectly.
  9. Now you can let them cool and then cut into squares.
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Christmas Cookie Recipes

Christmas-Cookie-Baking-Day-Ideas-1Yay!  It’s Christmas cookie time again.  It’s the time of year when you make all of your favorite holiday treats.  Every year my family has a Christmas cookie baking day.  We makes six types of cookies each year: Colleen’s Candy, Almond Bark Pretzels, Star Cookies, Spritz Cookies, Cut-Out Sugar Cookies, and Carmel Chocolate Swirl Fudge.  We have varied the cookies some years by deleting some and adding others, but for the most part the list has stayed the same for about 15 years.  We have a master list of ingredients we use to buy the supplies for this cookie baking day, which is shown at the bottom of this post.  This list makes checking your pantry for ingredients or buying the supplies easier.  You can also divide the ingredient list among the people coming to the cookie baking day to make it less of a burden for any one person.  In this post I will have a link for each cookie and a printable master ingredient list at the end of the post.  On the cookie making day we make enough cookies for three families so you could adapt this for a cookie exchange party with three friends or you can just use the recipes that follow for your holiday baking.  Choose one or two this year and start your own tradition.

colleen's-candy

                                       Click here for Colleen’s Candy recipe.

Almond-Bark-Pretzels

                                 Click here for Almond Bark Pretzels recipe.

star-cookies

                                                Click here for Star Cookies recipe.

spritz cookies

                                                Click here for Spritz Cookie recipe.

Cut out sugar cookies

                                         Click here for Cut-Out Sugar Cookies recipe.

Caramel Chocolate Swirl Fudge

                                 Click here for Caramel Chocolate Swirl Fudge recipe.

Christmas-Cookie-Ingredient-List-1

 

                                                          Click here to print cookie ingredients list.

Cinnamon Raisin Cookies

cinnamon raisin cookies 2This is a delicious cookie that combines two of my favorite things: raisins and cinnamon!  It has a buttery flavor that you will love.  This recipe is an old favorite of mine.  It is one of the three cookie recipes that my sister and I would bake on snowy days when we were bored. We would make this cookie because it was easy to make and we usually had all of the ingredients on hand.  We would alternate between this recipe, Peanut Butter Cookies, and chocolate chip cookies.  My sister would spend all day trying to make the perfect chocolate chip cookie, which is something she still tries to do to this day.  You can tell this Cinnamon Raisin Cookie recipe takes me down memory lane, and after you make it you will see why. So let’s get out the ingredients, because you won’t want to miss out on this wonderful cookie.

You will need an egg, softened butter, brown sugar, vanilla, water, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and raisins.

Cinnamon Rasin Coookies ingredientsBreak the egg into a bowl and whisk the egg until it is light and foamy.

Whipped up eggNow get out a large mixing bowl and add the softened butter and brown sugar. 

addind brown sugarCream the shortening and brown sugar together.

creaming sugar and butterPour the beaten egg into the creamed mixture.

mixing in eggAdd the vanilla and the water.

adding vanillaStir the mixture until you have a smooth creamy batter and set the mixing bowl aside.  Measure the flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl.

flour for cookies

adding salt Pour about half of the flour mixture into the creamed sugar mixture and stir it in.

adding flour to sugar mixtureThen stir the second half of the flour into the batter.   Next measure and sprinkle the cinnamon over the batter and then stir it in. 

adding cinnamonThen dump in the raisins and stir them in the batter.

mixing in rasinsDrop spoonfuls of batter on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

dropping dough on cookie sheetBake in a 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.  Cool cookies on a wire rack.

cinnamon rasin cookies cooling on rackNow it is time to enjoy this buttery, and yummy cookie.  If your kids are bored this winter, they may want to try this recipe out.  

Cinnamon Raisin Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of raisins

Instructions

  1. Break the egg into a bowl and whisk the egg until it is light and foamy. Now get out a large mixing bowl and add the softened butter and brown sugar. Cream the shortening and brown sugar together. Pour the beaten egg into the creamed mixture. Add the vanilla and the water. Stir the mixture until you have a smooth creamy batter and set the mixing bowl aside. Measure the flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Pour about half of the flour mixture into the creamed sugar mixture and stir it in. Then stir the second half of the flour into the batter. Next measure and sprinkle the cinnamon over the batter and then stir it in. Then dump in the raisins and stir them in the batter. Drop spoonfuls of batter on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Cool cookies on a wire rack.
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Caramel Chocolate Swirl Fudge

Caramel Chocolate Swirl FudgeHappy New Year’s Eve!  Tonight I am featuring the sixth and last treat we make on my family’s annual cookie making day.  I have already featured Colleen’s Candy, Almond Bark Pretzels, Star Cookies, Spritz Cookies, and Cut-Out Sugar Cookies.  This fudge is a wonderful mix of caramelized sugar and chocolate chips.  You will love this soft and rich fudge, making it the perfect addition to any cookie platter.  It is very easy to make.  All you need is a candy thermometer.

In a heavy pan combine 1/4 cup of softened butter, 3 cups of sugar, 2 tablespoons of white corn syrup, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1 cup of cream.

sugar and butterStir everything together and put your candy thermometer in the mixture.

putting in thermometer in fudgeNow cook to soft ball stage or 235 degrees on the candy thermometer.  Stirring constantly while you are heating it up.

fudge at soft boilWhen the fudge gets to the soft ball stage on the thermometer, remove it from the heat.  If you don’t remove it right when it gets at this stage, the fudge will become too hard when it sets up. After removing the pan from the heat, stir the fudge constantly until is gets thick.

tirring fudge until thickenedOnce it has thickened, add the 1/3 cup of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips.

stirring in chipsStir the chips for just a minute and then pour the mixture into an 8×8 inch buttered pan and swirl the chips around with a knife.

finished fudge

Let the fudge set out for about an hour to cool and set.  Then you can cut it and serve it or put it in containers in the freezer.  This fudge freezes very well just like the other 5 recipes we make on my family’s annual cookie making day.  

Caramel Chocolate Swirl Fudge

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of cream
  • 2 tablespoons of white corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 of a cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a heavy pan combine 1/4 cup of softened butter, 3 cups of sugar, 2 tablespoons of white corn syrup, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1 cup of cream. Stir everything together and put your candy thermometer in the mixture. Now cook to soft ball stage or 235 degrees on the candy thermometer. Stirring constantly while you are heating it up. When the fudge gets to the soft ball stage on the thermometer, remove it from the heat. If you don't remove it right when it gets at this stage, the fudge will become too hard when it sets up. After removing the pan from the heat, stir the fudge constantly until is gets thick. Once it has thickened, add the 1/3 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Stir the chips for just a minute and then pour the mixture into an 8x8 inch buttered pan and swirl the chips around with a knife. Let the fudge set out for about an hour to cool and set. Then you can cut it and serve it or put it in containers in the freezer. This fudge freezes very well just like the other 5 recipes we make on my family's annual cookie making day.
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