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1  Recipes & Tips / Cooking with Kids / Reindeer Cupcakes! on: December 11, 2009, 12:22:13 AM
Here is an awesome recipe for the holidays. It’s festive and great to do with the kids. The peanut butter really adds a great touch! Let me know what you think!  Smiley

Peanut Butter Reindeer Cupcakes
Ingredients:
Peanut Butter Cupcakes:
3/4 cup - all purpose four
1 teaspoon - baking powder
1/4 teaspoon - salt
1/2 cup - creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup - butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup - sugar
1/2 cup - firmly packed brown sugar
3 - eggs
1/3 cup - milk
1 teaspoon - vanilla
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
3 cups- powdered sugar
1/2 cup - butter or margarine
1/3 cup - Dutch processed unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup - milk
Decorations:
pretzels
chocolate covered candies

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper baking cups.

In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In large bowl with mixer at medium speed, beat peanut butter, butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add milk and vanilla. Add dry ingredients; beat until well mixed. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups.

Bake 18-24 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Carefully remove cupcakes from pan; place on wire racks. Cool completely.

To Prepare Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
Combine in a large bowl, with mixer at low speed, powdered sugar and butter. Add Dutch processed unsweetened cocoa powder and milk. Beat at medium speed 1-2 minutes until creamy. If desired add more milk until frosting is spreading consistency. Reserve 1/4 cup frosting. Frost cupcakes with remaining frosting.

To make reindeer on each cupcake, insert 2 pretzels for antlers and 2 candy pieces for eyes. Dip 1 “any color” candy piece in reserved 1/4 cup frosting to cover; place on face for base of nose. Top with red candy piece to complete nose.

Makes 12 cupcakes.
2  Recipes & Tips / Baking & Desserts / Cranberry Bread on: December 07, 2009, 07:46:26 PM
Looking for something sweet to make? You should try this recipe for Cranberry Bread using organic sugar. Let me know what you think.

Cranberry Bread
Ingredients:
2 cups - flour
1 cup - natural cane sugar
1 ½ tsp - baking powder
½ tsp - baking soda
1 tsp - salt
Juice and grated rind of 1 orange
2 tbsp - shortening
Boiling water (enough to make ¾ cup; see below)
1 egg, well beaten
1 cup - nuts, chopped
1 cup - raw cranberries, halved (may use meat grinder)

Preparation:
Sift together first five ingredients. Combine juice, rind, shortening and boiling water in a liquid measuring cup to equal ¾ cup. Add egg. Blend liquid into dry ingredients and stir until moist. Add nuts and cranberries. Pour into greased 8 ½ inch by 4 ½ inch by 3 inch pan.

Bake at 350 for 60 to 70 minutes. Cool, then serve.

Serving Quantity: 1 to 2


3  Recipes & Tips / Cooking with Kids / Re: Mini Taco Bowls on: November 17, 2009, 06:26:13 PM
This looks great!
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