Chocolate Chip & Walnut Cookie – Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Prep Time: 15 mins.
Total Time: 30 mins.

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups flour
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips

Preparation Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Beat butter and sugar together in a large bowl. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in vanilla.
3. In a separate bowl mix together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Stir into butter and sugar mixture until combined. Mix in chocolate chips and walnuts.
4. Using an ice cream scoop (about 1/3 cup scoop), scoop batter onto prepared baking sheet, spacing 2-3-inches apart. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown at the edges. Remove to a rack to cool completely.
5. Sandwich cookies with a big scoop of your favorite ice cream.

Madeleines

These buttery treats are half way between a cake and a cookie. They were made famous by the french writer Proust, who is whisked away to his childhood by the their heavenly taste. In the “madeleine incident”, as it’s known to the literati, they are remembered as being dunked in linden tea, although I think coffee would work just as well! If you can’t get your hands on a madeleine pan, the bottom of a muffin tin makes tiny little cakes that are just as good!
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Ingredients

2 eggs
10 tbsp melted butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup flour
grated zest from half a lemon
pinch of salt

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 375.
Whisk the egg in a bowl. Slowly add the melted butter and whisk until blended. Add the sugar and mix for about a minute.
Add the vanilla and lemon zest. Mix.
Add the flour and pinch of salt and mix until smooth.
Bake 12-15 minutes, depending on which pan you are using.

Thank you to my friend Nancy Wigston for sharing her recipe!

Gingery pumpkin cheesecake bars

These decadent treats have a chewy gingery crust, a creamy layer of pumpkin cheesecake and crunchy spiced pecans on top. And they’re surprisingly easy to make!
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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups crushed ginger snaps (about 30 cookies)
1/2 can sweetened condensed mil

1 brick of cream cheese
2/3 cup of pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 sour cream

1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper
100 gr (small bag) chopped pecans

Preparation Instructions

Preheat over to 350.
Line a 9″ square baking pan with parchment paper.
Place crushed cookies into bottom of pan. Pour sweetened condensed milk over top. Place in over for 5 minutes. Remove from over and mix until combined.
Mix cream cheese with pumpkin and brown sugar. Beat until smooth. Gradually add eggs one at a time, and beat each time until smooth. Pour over cookie base.
Bake 35-40 minutes, until set. Cool completely.
Prepare spiced nuts: (you could just as easily add store bought pralines here!)
In a frying pan, add sugar, spices and butter. Heat until melted. Pour pecans in. Cook until sugar is dissolved, about 5-7 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour out onto parchment paper to cool.
Before serving, top squares with cream cheese and pralines. Cut and serve immediately.

Date filled cookies

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. shortening
2/3 c. sour cream
1 tsp soda
2 1/2 c. oatmeal
3 c. flour
1 tsp vanilla

Preparation instructions

Cream together sugars, shortening, sour cream, and vanilla. Then mix in soda, oatmeal and 2 cups flour.
The other cup of flour will be used for rolling out and cutting.
Roll out dough on pastry cloth or “tupperware” sheet. Use cookie cutters of your choice.
Bake @ 350° for 5-8 minutes or until lightly browned.

Date filling:
Microwave ingredients on high for 3 minutes, stir , then microwave on high for 3 more minutes. Allow to cool a bit, then spread on cookies and sandwich.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Carol’s brownies

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

2 c. sugar
1 c. butter
4 eggs
4 rounded tbsp cocoa
6 tbsp hot water
1 c. flour

Preparation instructions

Cream together sugar and butter. Add egg yolks and mix. Beat egg whites and set aside.
Mix rounded tbsp cocoa with hot water (make a thick “gravy”), add this to the above butter/sugar mixture and mix.
Blend in 1 c. flour.
Stir in beaten egg whites.
Bake in greased 9X12 pan for 30 minutes at 350°.

Frosting:
Cook (on stove top) sugar, whipping cream, milk and chocolate square. Cook to a “firm ball” stage, add butter.
Cool in ice cold water, stir until cooled and remove from water. Continue to stir until frosting holds peaks.
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Submitted by: Jennifer L

Spritz cookies

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

1 lb butter
2 c. sifted powdered sugar
2 egg yolks
3 tbsp cream
4 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp almond extract

Preparation instructions

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolks one at a time, creaming well after each addition. Add cream and flavoring. Lastly add flour and mix well. Put through a cookie press on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in 350° oven until done.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Peanut butter cookies

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

1 1/4 c. flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c. butter or margarine
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla

Preparation instructions

Stir together flour, soda, and salt. In a mixer bowl beat butter for 30 sec. Add peanut butter and sugars; beat till fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Add dry ingredients to beaten mixture; beat till well combined/ Shape dough into 1 inch balls; roll in granulated sugar, if desired. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet; crisscross with the tines of the fork. Bake in a 375° oven about 10 minutes. Cool about 1 minute before removing to a wire rack.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Gingerbread

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
3/4 tsp ground ginger
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c. shortening
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 c. light molasses
1/2 c. boiling water

Preparation instructions

Grease and lightly flour 9×1 1/2 inch baking pan. Combine the first 6 ingredients. In a mixer bowl beat shortening on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg and molasses; beat 1 minute. Add dry ingredients and water alternately to beaten mixtur, beating after each addition. Turn into prepared pan. Bake in a 350° oven 30-35 minutes or till done. Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pan; serve warm.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Ginger crinkles

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

2 1/4 c. all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 c. packed brown sugar
3/4 c. shortening or cooking oil
1/4 c. molasses
1 egg

Preparation instructions

Stir together the first 5 ingredients and 1/4 tsp salt. Combine the remaining ingredients and beat well. Add dry ingredients to beaten mixture, beating well. Form 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar, if desired; place 2 inches apart on a ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375° oven about 10 minutes.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Date surprises

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

3 1/2 c. sifted Swans Down Cake Flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c. butter or shortening
1/2 c. brown sugar; firmly packed
1 egg; well beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 c. milk

Preparation instructions

Sift flour once, measure, add baking powder and salt; sift again. Cream butter thoroughly, add sugar gradually, and cream together until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; then flour, alternately with milk, a small amount at a time, beating until smooth. Chill thoroughly. Roll 1/8 inch thick. Cut with 2 1/2-inch floured cutter.
Date filling (cook dates, sugar, and water 6-8 minutes, or until thick, stirring consistently. Remove from fire; add lemon juice and butter. Cool) Place 1 tsp date filling on a circle, place another circle on top, and press edges together.
Bake on greased baking sheet in hot oven (425°) for 6 to 8 min.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

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