Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Goodies

Here are the 'goodies' I made this year.
Four new recipes which I will post here.
DH and I enjoyed all four.

The peanut butter bars are really yummy!

Delicious Raspberry Oatmeal Cookie Bars

"One of my favorite cookie bar recipes."


* 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
* 1 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* 1 cup rolled oats
* 1/2 cup butter, softened
* 3/4 cup seedless raspberry jam


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Grease one 8 inch square pan, and line with greased foil.

2. Combine brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and rolled oats.
Rub in the butter using your hands
or a pastry blender to form a crumbly mixture.
Press 2 cups of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
Spread the jam to within 1/4 inch of the edge.
Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture over the top,
and lightly press it into the jam.

3. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in preheated oven,
or until lightly browned.
Allow to cool before cutting into bars.


Lemon Poppy Seed Shortbread

SUBMITTED BY: Grace Yaskovic
"Grace Yaskovic from Branchville, New Jersey picks poppy seeds to perk up her lemony cookies. 'A sprinkling of sugar adds a sparkling sweetness,' she notes."


* 3/4 cup butter, softened
* 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
* 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice
* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons sugar


1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar.
Stir in poppy seeds and lemon juice.
Gradually add flour; mix well.
Divide dough into four portions.
On a lightly floured surface,
roll out each portion into a 4-in. circle.
Transfer to ungreased baking sheets.
Cut each circle into six wedges.
Prick dough with a fork. Sprinkle with sugar.

2. Bake at 325 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden.
Cool for 4 minutes before removing to wire racks.
Break into wedges when cool.


Peanut Butter Bars I


"These peanut butter bars taste just like peanut butter cups."

READY IN 1 Hr 25 Min
Original recipe yield 1 - 9x13 inch pan


* 1 cup butter or margarine, melted
* 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
* 2 cups confectioners' sugar
* 1 cup peanut butter
* 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
* 4 tablespoons peanut butter


1. In a medium bowl,
mix together the butter or margarine,
graham cracker crumbs, confectioners' sugar,
and 1 cup peanut butter until well blended.
Press evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 inch pan.

2. In a metal bowl over simmering water,
or in the microwave,
melt the chocolate chips with the peanut butter,
stirring occasionally until smooth.
Spread over the prepared crust.
Refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting into squares.


Orange Cranberry Drops

"A delicious orange cookie with dried cranberries. Beautiful and tasty!"

Original recipe yield:
3 dozen


* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
* 1/4 cup butter, softened
* 1 egg
* 3 tablespoons orange juice
* 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
* 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 cup dried cranberries (I used a dried cherry/berry blend)


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F(190 degrees C).
Lightly grease cookie sheets, or line with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl,
cream together the white sugar, brown sugar, and butter.
Stir in the egg, orange juice, orange extract, and orange zest.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt;
mix into the orange mixture. Stir in the dried cranberries.
Drop cookie dough by heaping teaspoons, 2 inches apart,
on the prepared cookie sheets.

3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until edges are starting to brown.
Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes,
then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Enjoy ~ FlowerLady

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