Snow Topped Mountains (Chocolate Microwave Cookies)

“Those must be baked cookies.” Actually, they are baked in the microwave but you cream the sugar and butter together just as if you were going to bake them in the oven. These snow-topped mountain microwave cookies are chocolate walnut cookies that are baked in the microwave and then sprinkled with powder sugar to make a delightful dessert. Snow Topped Mountains Microwave Cookie Recipe 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup cocoa dash of salt 3/4 cup butter 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup walnuts 2-3 tablespoons water powdered sugar for dusting Directions Mix the flour, cocoa, …

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How to Design Your Own Whole Grain Bread Recipes

You can make great whole grain breads! Often it’s as simple as substituting a whole grain blend for part of the flour in your favorite bread recipe. You may need to adjust the liquid a little, but other than that, it can be a straight substitution. If you want a 100% whole grain bread, start with your favorite whole wheat bread recipe. You can make great whole grain breads by starting with a white bread flour recipe and substituting the whole grains for part of the white flour. The result will be a lighter bread, sometimes an almost white bread, …

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Butter Nut Slice and Bake Cookies

These butter-nut slice and bake cookies are very good cookies. But then, a brown sugar and butter combination must be good. The nuts make for attractive cookies and add a nice contrast to the dough. Since these cookies are butter-rich, they may be a bit of an indulgence but are certainly worth it. This is an extra-large recipe. Save some of the dough for cookies next week or share a log of dough with a friend. FREE Cookie Guide! “Make Slice and Bake Cookies in 15 Minutes” Learn more about slice and bake cookies and get some great recipes. BONUS: …

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Old-Fashioned Yeasted Banana Nut Bread

Everyone loves banana nut bread. It’s a quick bread that is tender, moist, and flavorful. But what if you made banana nut bread as a yeast bread? Then it would be chewy instead of crumbly but with lots of bananas and still moist and flavorful. So we went to work on it. You can make a yeast bread with bananas. And it really does make a striking bread. With bananas, nuts, whole wheat flour, and little added fat, this is a wholesome bread to serve your family. How the Bananas Affect the Yeast If you are an adventuresome baker, you’ll …

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Look What You Can Make With a Brownie Mix!

Christmas day was a blizzard.  When I ventured to look out, the drifts were two feet deep in my driveway.  The county posted that they were only going to dispatch snowplows for emergencies.  The roads were closed.  It was Sunday, Christmas Sunday, but the churches cancelled service. The next day, Monday, we had a partial staff.  Our test kitchen was open.  So, we looked for a fun project.  Everyone likes brownies.  We decided to create new brownies by adding goodies to existing brownie mixes. That’s not a new idea.  On our shelves, we already have raspberry brownies, peanut butter brownies, …

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