Apple Cider Caramels

Recipe from King Arthur Flour Ingredients 2 cups (454g) heavy cream 1 cup (312g) light corn syrup 2 cups (397g) granulated sugar 6 tablespoons (85g) butter, salted or unsalted 1/2 cup (170g) boiled cider *see note below 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ginger 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg *I made my own…

Butter Pecan Hedgehogs

Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.com Makes approx 40 cookies Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup confectioners sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups cake flour 1 cup chopped pecans For Topping: 6oz (ish) chocolate chips or other melting chocolate 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans Directions Preheat oven to 325F In a large bowl, cream together…

Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies These are a favorite at Christmas parties every year.  I found them originally on Pinterest, and have been tweaking them every year to improve the process.  Here are the basic steps: Make the peanut butter cookie dough.  I suggest using this recipe. When the dough is done, scoop the dough out…

Russian Tea Cookies

Russian Tea Cookies Recipe from AllRecipes.com Ingredients 1 cup butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 6 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup chopped walnuts 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar for decoration Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, cream butter and vanilla until smooth. Combine the 6 tablespoons…

Royal Icing

Royal Icing Recipe from Alton Brown 3 ounces pasteurized egg whites* (see note below) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 cups confectioners’ sugar (measure it *after* you sift it) In large bowl of stand mixer combine the egg whites and vanilla and beat until frothy. Add confectioners’ sugar gradually and mix on low speed until sugar is…

Super Apple Pie

Recipe from Alton Brown FOR THE CRUST 6 ounces unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 2 ounces vegetable shortening, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 5 to 7 tablespoons applejack or apple brandy (calvados) 12 ounces all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting 1 teaspoon table salt 1 tablespoon granulated sugar FOR THE FILLING 4 1/2 pounds of…

Make-Ahead Gravy

Recipe from New York Times Cooking INGREDIENTS 1 stick butter ½ cup chopped onion ½ cup flour Salt and pepper 4 to 5 cups rich stock, warmed Turkey drippings and giblets (optional) Nutritional Information PREPARATION Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, then add onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent, about…

Eggnog

Recipe from Alton Brown http://altonbrown.com/eggnog-recipe/ Ingredients: 12 large eggs (pasteurized if you need peace of mind) 1 pound sugar 1 pint half-n-half 1 pint whole milk 1 pint heavy cream 1 cup Jamaican rum 1 cup cognac 1 cup bourbon 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (plus more for serving) 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt Instructions: See…

Pumpkin Marscapone Pie

Recipe by Sarah Patterson Scott Published in Bon Appetit, November 2007 Recipe found on Epicurious.com, and is available here INGREDIENTS Crust: I prefer Alton Brown’s Pie Crust recipe, found here. Filling: 1 cup canned pure pumpkin 1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1…

Chocolate Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Recipe from Brown Eyed Baker YIELD: about 3 dozen large cookies PREP: 1 hour 30 minutes COOK: 15 minutes TOTAL: 3 hours Chocolate sugar cookies are the perfect base for royal icing or a more casual slathering of buttercream. INGREDIENTS 6 cups all-purpose flour 1¼ cups Dutch-process cocoa powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups unsalted butter,…

Fudge

Recipe from Attainable Sustainable Ingredients 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips 1 cup butter 4.5 cups cane sugar 2 cups homemade marshmallow fluff or 1- 7 oz. jar marshmallow creme 12 oz. can evaporated milk 2 tablespoons vanilla (Mexican vanilla is delicious with this recipe!) 1 to 2 cups chopped toasted nuts (optional) Directions Put chocolate…

Cheesecake Cookies

Cheesecake Cookies Recipe from La Receta de la Felicidad (Site is in Spanish, so you may need to use Google Translate) Servings: ~24 cookies Ingredients For the cookies: 400g all purpose flour (3 ⅔ cup) 125g powdered sugar (1 ¼ cup) 200g butter (1 cube + 6 Tablespoons) 1 medium egg 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 pinch of…