Monday, October 20, 2008

Graveyard Cake

Halloween Graveyard Cake

Kids will love this cake. So will adults. Perfect if your having a Halloween party.

What you need:

13 x 9 in pan
2 1/4 cups chocolate wafer cookie crumbs, divided
1/2 cup sugar, divided
1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine, melted
1 pkg (8oz) cream cheese, softened
1 tub (12 oz) Cool Whip, thawed
2 cups boiling water
1 pkg (8-serving size) or 2 pkg (4-serving size) Orange flavor Jello
1/2 cup cold water
Ice cubes
DECORATIONS: assorted rectangular-shaped sandwich cookies, decorator icing, candy corn and pumpkins

Mix 2 cups of the cookie crumbs, 1/4 cup of the sugar, and margarine in a 13 x 9 inch pan. Press firmly onto bottom of pan. Refrigerate.
Beat cream cheese and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in bowl until smooth. Stir in 1/2 of the cool whip. Spread over crust.
Stir boiling water into jell-o mix, in bowl 2 minutes or until dissolved. Mix cold water and ice to make 1 1/2 cups. Stir into gelatin until slightly thickened. Remove any remaining ice. Spoon over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm. Spread remaining cool whip over gelatin. Sprinkle with remaining cookie crumbs. Decorate as a graveyard, if desired.

Winter Mitten Cookies

Winter Mitten Cookies
These cookies are made with canned frosting and refrigerated sugar cookie dough. Makes 8 cookies. Prep time:30 minutes, Bake time: 10 min per batch.

What you need:

1 (16 oz) container ready-to-spread vanilla frosting
1/2 (18 oz) pkg refrigerated sugar cookie dough
white edible glitter
blue food coloring gel
parchment paper
1 qt zip-top plastic bag
powdered sugar for garnish

Roll sugar cookie dough to an 1/8 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a 3 x 5 inch mitten cookie cutter. Place dough on parchment paper-line baking sheets.
Preheat oven to 350º. Bake cookies until edges are lightly browned, about 8-10 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks.
Tint half of the frosting with the blue gel to desired color. Spread evenly on cookies.
Spoon the remaining frosting into a 1 qt zip-top plastic bag. DO NOT SEAL. Snip a tiny hole in one corner of the bag and pipe designs on to cookies. Sprinkle with edible glitter.
Garnish with powdered sugar if desired.

Strawberry Angel Cookies

Strawberry Angel Cookies
This recipe makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

What you will need:

No-stick cooking spray
3/4 cup sugar free strawberry preserves
3 Tbsp mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (16 oz) pkg Angel Food Cake

Heat oven 325º. Spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
Beat together preserves and cake mix. Drop by rounded Tbsp on baking sheet.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until tops are just lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheet for 1 minute. Remove to cooling rack so they can cool completely.

Store between sheets of waxed paper to keep from sticking together.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


A delicious Mexican dessert.
What you need:
6 C Flour
2 tsp Baking powder
2 tsp salt
2 Heaping TBLs of shortening
3 Cups of water
Mix all ingredients.
Make into little balls, flour them and the surface you will be using. Roll out the little balls until flattened to about 1/8". Cut into squares or triangles.
Put into at least one inch of hot grease. Cook until golden brown and puffy.
Serve with honey or sprinkle powdered sugar on top.

How to Make Dumplings

This dumpling recipe is fast and easy.

What you will need:

1 cup flour, 3tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 6 Tblsp cold water.

Mix all ingredients by hand, drop by teaspoon full onto boiling stew or soup, cover and cook for 10 minutes. They will expand.