Favorite Recipes

These are some of my very favorite recipes. I have listed them here for easy access, as much for myself as for anyone else who might enjoy them.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 sticks + 2 Tbsp butter, melted
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs

3 and 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

bake at 375 for 10 minutes

Oatmeal variation: reduce flour to 2 cups, add 2 cups oatmeal

Peanut Butter Cookies (no flour recipe)

1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

2 cups peanut butter
2 eggs

8-10 minutes at 350 degrees, add a chocolate kiss after they come out of oven.

Sugar Cookies

1 and 1/8 cup butter, melted (1/8 cup is 2 Tbl)
1 and 1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla

3 and 3/4 cup flour
1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 and 1/2 tsp salt

Chill one hour. Cut out and bake at 400 6-8 min.

Mmmm Brownies

combine, cook over medium heat until boiling:
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp water

stir in until melted: 1-1/2 cups choc chips

stir in:
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla

mix and add:
2/3 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Bake at 325 in 8x8 pan for 25 min

Monster Cookies

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

stir in:
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup melted butter (one stick)
1 1/2 cups peanut butter

stir in:
4 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup flour

stir in:
3/4 cup choc chips
3/4 cup pb chips
3/4 cup m&ms

let dough rest 30 min. oven to 350. 1/4 cup scoop to scoop out cookies. flatten slightly. bake 10-12 min. makes 26.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

1 1/2 cup grated zucchini
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp. soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 brown sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup chocolate chips

350 degrees for 1 hour - 9x5x3 pan

Pumpkin Bread

1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
1 and 2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
4 large eggs
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts, if deired
1/2 cup raisins, if desired

Oven: 350

Mix pumpkin, sugar, oil, vanilla and eggs. Stir in everything else except nuts and raisins. Stir in nuts and raisins.

Use 2 loaf pans (or 24 muffins).

Bake loaves for 50 min to 1 hour 20 minutes, depending on size (8" or 9"). Bake muffins around 20 minutes -- don't overbake or they get a bit dry.

No Bake Cookies

Bring to boil:
1 and 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk

Mix in big bowl and add to pot, after turning off heat:
3 c. oatmeal
1/2 tsp soda
4 Tbl. unsweetened cocoa
1/2 c + coconut

Stir. Drop onto wax paper. Cool.

"Rosemary's Classic Pizza Dough," from Julia Child's "The Way to Cook."

For two 16"disks.

The yeast mixture:
1 package (2 and 1/4 tsp) dry-active yeast
1/2 cup tepid water (not over 110 degrees)
1/8 tsp sugar

Additions to the yeast mixture:
3/4 cup cold milk, plus more if needed
2 Tbs olive oil

The dry ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour (measured by scooping and leveling)
1 and 1/2 tsp salt

Mix. Knead 50 strokes by hand, give a 2-minute rest, and knead 20 strokes more to make a soft, smooth dough.

Rising -- about 1 and 1/2 hours. Let the dough rise in a covered bowl until doubled in bulk. Turn it out onto your work surface and cut in half. Form dough gently with your hands into smooth balls. Cover loosely and let rest 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees with pizza stone inside (if you have one). Roll and stretch (and toss, if you're feeling brave) the dough into a sixteen inch disk about 1/4" thick. If you have a pizza peel, transfer the dough to that for topping; if not, just get the hot pizza stone out and put the dough on there for topping with sauce, cheese, and so on and so forth.

Baking -- 7 to 10 minutes. Bake until edges have puffed, cheese is bubbling, and when you lift up the edges you can see that the bottom has crisped -- it should be a patchy brown.

Apple Muffins

2 cups flour (wheat)
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (+ ½ teaspoon for coating apples)
2 apples, diced
1 stick butter
¼ cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
½ cup milk

375 for 20 min.

Carrot Cake

1 and 1/2 c sugar
1 c vegetable oil
3 large eggs

2 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt

Stir in:
3 cups shredded carrots (about 5 medium)
1 cup coarsley chopped nuts, if desired

Heat oven to 350. Grease bottom and sides of pans and bake accordingly: 9x13 (40-45 min), two 8" round pans (30-35 min), or two 9" round pans (30-35 min).

Cool on wire rack 10 min, then remove rounds from pan. Cool completely, about one hour. Frost with ...

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 c butter, softened
2 to 3 tsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
Gradually beat in 3- 4 cups of powdered sugar


4 cups oats (old-fashioned)
6 Tbsp olive oil (or Canola or coconut oil or butter, or any combination of)
1/2 cup coconut (unsweetened for less sugar)
1/2 cup almonds (or any nut)
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup sunflower seeds (pepitas, etc...)
1 Tbsp brown sugar (or honey or maple syrup)

Optional: I like to stir in one egg to make the granola fluffier/stickier.

Mix well, spread out evenly on a cookie sheet (on foil makes for easy clean-up). Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, stir, then bake 5 more minutes. Let granola cool, then add

1 to 1 1/2 cups dried fruit (raisins, craisins, blueberries, cherries, etc. etc. or maybe chocolate chips)

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