Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The recipe was submitted by Erin Paup of Upstream Investment Partners in Dexter.
It's wonderful learning what other people bake for the holidays. This year, Patch asked residents in Dexter and Chelsea to share their tried and true holiday cookie recipes for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from Artistica. Erin Paup of Upstream Investment Partners won the grand prize for her coconut cinnamon chocolate chip cookies. Paup received 16 online votes and 14 in-person votes for a total of 30 votes. "I had a lot of fun participating in the cookie contest. Everyone's cookies were delicious," Paup said. "I really hope the Dexter Patch hosts the contest again next year. I know that some lucky members of my family will be getting some lovely Christmas gifts from Artistica." Of her cookies, Paup said she loves the combination …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
The five finalists in Patch's "Home for the Holidays" cookie contest will provide free samples from 1:30-3:30 p.m. today for voters to taste.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The final five finalists need your vote to win a $50 gift card from Artistica.
UPDATE: The voting period for this contest is over. We will announce a winner shortly. Nine recipes were submitted in Patch's inaugural "Home for the Holidays" cookie contest, but sadly only one can win our grand prize. Five finalists are still in the competition. Vote for your favorite recipe between Nov. 28 through Dec. 3. You can also sample each cookie between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Artistica in Dexter. Online voting polls will close at 3 p.m. Dec. 3, when all online and in-person votes will be tallied. Patch will announce our grand prize winner on Dec. 4.
Monday, November 26, 2012
The grand prize winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Artistica in Dexter.
As you begin planning ways to entertain your guests this holiday season, be sure to check out Patch's guide to holiday treats. All of the recipes have been submitted by local residents. Vote for your favorite recipe in our semifinal round. Voting will be open through 3 p.m. Nov. 27. Once all votes are tallied, we will announce the top five semifinalists. Readers may then vote on the top recipe between Nov. 28 through Dec. 3. Semifinalists should also bring a sample of two dozen cookies to Artistica on Dec. 1 for for in-person walk-in judging between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Online voting polls will close at 3 p.m. Dec. 3, when all online and in-person votes will be tallied. Patch will announce our grand prize winner on Dec. 4. Good luck, and …
Friday, November 23, 2012
"The Essence of Chocolate" serves as a good guide for baked holiday treats.
This one is from The Essence of Chocolate and I always get rave reviews everytime I take it somewhere. It's not overly sweet, definitely more of a "grown-up" treat with sea salt and cacao nibs. Ingredients: 1 cup flour 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 6 tablespoons cacao nibs 1 teapsoon fine or coarse sea salt 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners. Combine the flour and cocoa powder in a small bowl. Combine the nibs and sea salt in a separate bowl (I pulse a few times in my spice grinder.) Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the vanilla extract. Add about 1/2 of the flour-cocoa …
These quick and easy pecan squares are great for any family gathering.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Submitted by Jeanette Brooks Here's a recipe my family has made during the holidays ever since I was little. My mom used to cut these cookies into small diamond-shaped bars. They are so good! Even though they aren't very glitzy-looking, they taste amazing and they'll make your kitchen smell like Christmas! Plus if you have any gluten-free folks who are joining you for the holidays, you can easily make these gluten-free by subbing the regular flour with almond flour. PECAN SQAURES 1 cup butter 1 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 separated egg 2 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup chopped pecans Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla and egg yolk. Beat till light and fluffy. Mix dry ingredients together and add half the …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
These easy cookies make for a fun baking craft for children of all ages.
My granddaughter loves to make and eat these cookies! She especially enjoys using the cookie gun. It’s the one cookie she still wants to come make, even in her teenage years. Mix together: ¼ c soft butter 8 oz softened cream cheese 1 egg yolk Add: 1 full package yellow cake mix (or two Jiffy yellow cake mixes) 1 tsp vanilla Chill at least 1 hour or more and put through a cookie gun or chill, roll into logs and roll logs in colored sugar using plastic wrap, chill some more and slice. Can be decorated with colored sugar, chocolate chips or bits of Maraschino cherry. Bake 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Pinwheel cookies will compliment your holiday meal this season.
Date Pinwheels 1 pound cut up dates 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup sugar Cook and stir the three items above until thick--set aside to cool. Then add 1 cup of chopped walnuts. 4 cups sifted flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt Mix the above 3 ingredients together in a bowl and set aside. 1 cup margarine 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup white sugar 2 beaten eggs 1 tsp vanilla Cream margarine and blend in both sugars, add eggs and beat until fluffy. Stir in vanilla. Stir in flour mixture and work dough until smooth. Chill. Divide dough into two equal parts and roll out onto floured surface in rectangle about 1/2 inch thick. Spread half of the date mixture onto rolled out dough. Roll up like a jelly roll, wrap in wax paper and chill. Repeat with the rest of the …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Surprise your relatives with our holiday cookie recipes.
My nieces say that it isn't Christmas without Aunt Sherry's white cookies! I usually make one batch per evening for two or three days before Christmas. The left-over egg yolks can be used in other recipes. Forgotten Cookies Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper, foil, or brown paper (from cut up grocery bags.) 3 egg whites: beat until frothy Add 3/4 tsp cream of tarter and a dash of salt Gradually add 1 cup sugar and beat until stiff and glossy. Add 1.5 tsp vanilla Optional: Fold in 6-8 oz chocolate chips (I usually make some cookies without the chocolate chips and then add the chocolate chips.) Drop in spoonfuls on covered cookie sheet. Sprinkle with colored sugar (can make those with chocolate chips a …
Make the perfect chocolate chip cookie for kids and adults with this homemade recipe.
In our never ending quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie, our family has chosen this one to be their favorite. The coconut and cinnamon are subtle but they do so much to enhance the flavor of the whole cookie. Coconut Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies 2/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup unsalted butter, right from the fridge, or at room temperature 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract 1 teaspoon vinegar, cider or white 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 large egg 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 2 cups dark chocolate chunks or chips Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease two baking sheets. …