Monday, December 17, 2007

Sparrow's Nest Cookie Exchange

Over at the
  • Sparrow's Nest
  • Mrs.Wilt is hosting a Christmas cookie exchange. I love cookies!? :) And just because I do love treats so much I'll put in two recipes. Woo hoo!

    Graham Cracker Squares
    1 Cup Shortening
    1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
    2 Tbsp Cocoa
    1 Egg
    1 tsp Vanilla
    30 Graham crackers broken into quarter size pieces

    In medium saucepan, whisk together egg and brown sugar.
    Whisk in cocoa and vanilla.
    Add shortening and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
    Boil 1 minute. Immediately pour over graham wafers.
    Put in 8x8 pan. Press down slightly to smooth top.

    1 Cup Icing Sugar
    2 Tbsp Flour
    1 1/2 Tbsp Cocoa
    1 Tbsp Vanilla
    Lump of Butter
    1/4 tsp Salt

    Mix with milk to make icing and spread over top of graham wafer mixture.
    Put in fridge 1 hour or more to set.

    * I must say it is very important to mix the egg with the sugar, cocoa and vanilla before heating!

    Peanut Butter Balls
    We love baking with peanut butter and this is so easy and tasty it's scary. No actual 'baking' involved. :)
    All you need:

    1 Cup Peanut butter
    1 Cup Icing sugar
    1 Cup Rice Krispies
    1/4 Cup Butter softened

    Mix the butter with the peanut butter and add the icing sugar.
    Add the Rice Krispies and mix all up.
    Roll into 1 inch balls and then roll in icing sugar to coat.

    Another option if you don't mind a little mess is to melt milk chocolate chips and use spoons to dip and cover peanut butter balls and let harden on wax paper. That's the way I usually do them. These never last long around the kids and have become an expected holiday treat. Just remember that you may need to store them in the fridge for a while so they don't get too soft. All thanks to Grandma for this recipe.

    Make that 3 recipes. :)
    Melt in your mouth Shortbread
    You may think you have the best shortbread recipe in the world, and I don't mean to be rude, but you don't. If you want total melt-in-your-mouth shortbread, just like the olden days, then we've got the recipe for you just in time for the holidays. It is pictured just under those yummy peanut butter balls on the cute snowman plate.
    I took a whole big tin of this to a little gathering in Ontario and didn't get to bring a speck of it home. Everyone wanted to know who brought the shortbread and where the recipe was.
    And believe me, you have to use your hands to do all the mixing. It really does make a difference. Once I was so energetic I mixed it for 20 minutes instead of 10 and it was even better.
    Another must with the recipe is to use Splenda whether you need to or not. Using regular sugar just ruins it for some reason.

    1 lb Butter, softened
    1 pkg Rice Flour
    1 Cup Splenda white sugar
    3 1/2 -3/4 Cup All purpose flour

    Mix all together with hands only 10 - 15 minutes at least. (The longer you mix it the better it is.)
    Make into 1 ball and roll out to 1/2" thickness on floured area.
    Cut into bars (just like you were cutting squares to serve) and place on cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
    Bake at 225 F for about 40 min. Until top is dry and dusty. (It's hard to tell until you've done it once. Just brush it with your finger to see if it's dusty or damp.) It's another one of those times when you take it out when you think they aren't quite done.
    Place on cooling rack and taste test as soon as your lips won't get burned. :)



    Cari said...

    About the shortbread--
    How much is in one pckge of Rice flour? Can you use regular sugar instead of Splenda? I love shortbread but haven't found THE recipe yet. This could be it?

    Anonymous said...

    you just made me SO hungry :)

    Shannon said...

    Hey Cari! One package of rice flour is 227g. You can use regular sugar but it doesn't work nearly as nicely. I don't bother making it without Splenda. For some reason that is what makes it 'melt in your mouth'. If you try it let me know how it worked for you. :)

    Anonymous said...

    Hello sharon!

    I posted under anonymouse as i don't have a username but im joy and often chat over at the Sparrows nest on mrs. Wilt site. =)

    I just want to thank you so much for all those wonderful recipes! I had been looking for a peanut butter ball one just today and clicked the link under your name and there it was!!! Yippie!!!

    Quick question on the peanut butter balls...when you mentioned suagr icing is that something that can be baught already made in a container or something you have to make yourself?

    Thank you again for these lovely, yummy holiday recipes!!! =)


    Shannon said...

    Hello Joy, Hope I'm not getting back to my comments too late for you. The sugar icing is just a fancy way of saying icing sugar, powdered sugar... I'm not sure what else to call it. Maybe I just typed it wrong the first time. Sorry for the mix up. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like the recipe as much as I! :)

    Erin said...

    okay folks, the graham cracker squares are MY FAVOURITE FOOD EVER. seriously, everytime i went to shannon's i would take a quick look around her kitchen to see if she mady any. you WON'T be disappointed if you make them.

    joy said...

    Thanks so much shannon! =) Your reply was right on time! ;) Okay I got it when you said Powdered sugar. I shouldv'e gotten what you meant when you said icing sugar. Oh dear mind has lost me after my 4 kids! LOL!!!

    Thanks again for sharring and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    ~Joy =)