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Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Happy Spring my friends! Nothing says Springtime quite like these gorgeous little Lemon Meringue Cupcakes, don’t ya think? Add a little sunshine to your life with this cute lemony treat. These show stopping cupcakes are a fun spinoff on the classic and very delicious lemon […]

No Bake Black Forest Ice Cream Pie

No Bake Black Forest Ice Cream Pie

If you’re a dessert lover with less than fabulous baking skills then you’re in luck! This next recipe is for YOU!!! Black Forest Ice Cream Pie is a no bake, easy to prepare frozen dessert you’ll find yourself making again and again…..and again. This creamy, […]

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I’ve never met a cookie that I didn’t like and these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are no different. I’ve gotta warn you though…they pack a wallop of flavor and are highly addictive. Just like the ones Grandma used to make, this delicious cookie is crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and oh so satisfying. Jam packed with sweet brown sugar, spicy cinnamon, hearty oats, chewy raisins, and crunchy pecans, this trusty standby is something that everyone can agree on. Fill up the cookie jar and watch them disappear!

Here’s all you’ll need: shortening, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, old-fashioned oats, raisins, and pecans. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies ingredients list

And I haven’t even told you the best part yet. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are easy peasy to make! Let’s get started…so we can get snacking. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugars. Yep, both of them. I start with a hand mixer set to a low speed and then gradually increase to medium until the mixture is soft and fluffy.

Shortening, white sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl mixed together with a hand mixer.

Next beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Then blend in the vanilla extract as well. I told you this was simple!

Eggs and vanilla are added to the bowl with a hand mixer.

Mix in the baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and blend until well combined. Then add in the flour, half a cup at a time until just combined. I like to add my ingredients this way instead of mixing the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and adding them all at once. Anything to save a dish or two and it always works out just fine for me. Our cookie dough base is looking pretty delish already!!

Cinnamon, salt, baking soda and flour are added to the bowl to form a soft, sticky dough.

You’re going to need a little muscle for this next part! Ditch the hand mixture and stir in the oatmeal, raisins and pecans by hand. A wooden spoon works best because the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie dough will be thick and sticky. And doesn’t it feel more nostalgic too?!? Make sure to mix it up really, really good. We’re shooting for a little bit of oats, raisins and pecans in every bite! Feeling nutty enough? Of course you can skip the pecans if you’re not into that sort of thing.

Wooden spoon with a glob of cookie dough.

Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place them at least 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. Just a heads up…these babies spread…..A LOT!!!! I find that I get my best baking results with parchment paper as opposed to cooking spray. If you want to elevate your cookie game, I highly recommend trying it!

A cookie scoop is another great tool to have handy. I typically use the 1 or 1.5″ size for cookie baking (unless I’m making some giant, monster sized cookies). This one simple tool will keep your cookies uniform in size, which means they’ll all bake at the same rate.

And one more super simple tip for perfect cookies every time is to rotate the baking sheets halfway through baking. I always use the top and middle racks in my oven, never the bottom. And then halfway through baking time, I swap positions. So the cookies that were baking on the top rack get bumped down to the middle rack and the cookies that were baking on the middle rack get moved up to the top. I also rotate the baking sheets so that the cookies that were in the front of the oven are now in the back and vice versa. This helps all the cookies to bake evenly.

So anyways, now that you’ve got my best tricks up your sleeve, back to these Oatmeal Raisins! Flatten the balls slightly with the back of your hand, the back of the wooden spoon, or the back of a baking cup. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 10-11 minutes. The cookies will be just beginning to brown. If the middles still look a little soft, that’s ok. They’ll be fine. Just trust me on this. It’s better to under bake this recipe than to over bake it.

1 inch cookie dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet.

You can let them sit on the baking sheet for one minute (at the very most) or remove immediately and cool on wire baking racks (the countertop will work too). The cookies will be very soft so be sure to use a spatula. OMG, don’t they look delightful?!? Full disclosure, I’ve already made Oatmeal Raisin Cookies twice this week!! Are you a classic cookie addict like us? Don’t forget to try our Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies or Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies!!!

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

March 19, 2019
: 4 dozen cookies
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugars. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Blend in the vanilla extract.
  • Step 2 Mix in the baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and blend until well combined. Then add in the flour, half a cup at a time until just combined.
  • Step 3 Stir in the oatmeal, raisins and pecans with a wooden spoon. Mix well.
  • Step 4 Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place them at least 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. These cookies will spread! Flatten the balls slightly with the back of your hand.
  • Step 5 Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 10-11 minutes. Do not over bake! The edges will begin to brown but the middles will still be a bit soft.
  • Step 6 Cool on wire baking racks and enjoy!

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Tuxedo Strawberries

Tuxedo Strawberries

If you’ve mastered our Chocolate Covered Strawberries, then it’s time to kick your decorating skills up a notch with Tuxedo Strawberries!!! Instantly dress up any occasion with this classy little treat. This beautifully decorated dessert is easy to make and sure to impress your guests. You’ll […]

Chocolate Lava Cakes for Two

Chocolate Lava Cakes for Two

My idea of a romantic Valentine’s Day is cooking a nice dinner with my husband! In fact most years we skip the fancy restaurants and opt for a quiet, more romantic Valentine’s Day at home together in the kitchen. Our favorite V-day meal is usually […]

Peppermint Meltaways

Peppermint Meltaways

Have you started making Christmas cookies yet? Are you one of those people that makes a different batch every week and stores them perfectly in tupperware containers or are you the last minute type that whips everything together in one big cookie-palooza? I’m a little of both this year. Typically I make ALL of my cookies at once the weekend before Christmas. But this year I’ve wanted to share so many wonderful cookie recipes with you on the blog that it feels like my house has been a nonstop, round the clock cookie making factory. But I’m not complaining. I mean Christmas cookies are the unofficial breakfast food for the month of December, amiright??? No judgement here. This next cookie recipe is a simple one, but boy oh boy is it delicious!! Peppermint Meltaways are a delicate cookie, smothered with a creamy frosting and bursting with just the exact right amount of peppermint flavor. This festive cookie is truly special. It literally tastes like snowflakes melting in your mouth. I’ll be doubling the recipe for my Christmas cookie trays this year! Here’s all you’ll need: butter, confectioners sugar, peppermint extract, all-purpose flour, cornstarch, milk, and peppermint candies. Peppermint Meltaways by Happylifeblogspot.com #peppermint #candycanesrecipes #cookies #christmascookies #peppermintrecipes #dessert Let’s get started!  Begin by whisking together the flour and cornstarch in a medium sized bowl. We whisk you a Merry Christmas, We whisk you a Merry Christmas, We Whisk you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Peppermint Meltaways by Happylifeblogspot.com #peppermintcookies #peppermintmeltaways #christmascookies #candycanecookies #frostedcookies Next in a large bowl, cream together 1 cup of butter, 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract and 1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. The confectioners’ sugar is the secret ingredient that gives us that soft, melt in your mouth texture. Gradually add the flour mixture (about 1/2 cup at a time) into the creamed butter mixture until well blended. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm enough to handle. Peppermint Meltaways by Happylifeblogspot.com #peppermintcookies #peppermintmeltaways #christmascookies #candycanecookies #frostedcookies Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (I mean if you’re really serious about cookie baking then it’s a MUST!!). Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and space them about 2-inches apart like so. I always try to give cookie recipes a bit of room to breathe until I know how far those babies are gonna spread. So err on the side of caution if you’re not sure. Peppermint Meltaways by Happylifeblogspot.com #peppermintcookies #peppermintmeltaways #christmascookies #candycanecookies #frostedcookies Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 9-11 minutes or until the bottoms are light brown. When baking cookies I ALWAYS use the middle and top racks, never the bottom. And never ever all three at once. Halfway through the baking time I like to rotate my cookie sheets. That means that I switch the cookie sheet that was baking on the top rack to the middle rack and vice versa. I also rotate the cookie sheets 180 degrees so that the cookies that were baking in the front of the oven are now in the back. This helps to ensure I have a more even bake on ALL the cookies. Remove the cookies to wire racks to cool. Don’t you dare leave these guys on that baking sheet as they’ll keep right on baking! Peppermint Meltaways by Happylifeblogspot.com #peppermintcookies #peppermintmeltaways #christmascookies #candycanecookies #frostedcookies While the cookies are cooling we can whip up that deliciously dreamy peppermint frosting! Melt 2 tablespoon butter in a small microwave safe bowl. Beat in the milk and 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract. Peppermint Meltaways by Happylifeblogspot.com #peppermintcookies #peppermintmeltaways #christmascookies #candycanecookies #frostedcookies Next gradually beat in 1-1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar. Mix until nice and smooth. You better sneak a taste to make sure it’s ok (wink, wink!!). I can tell you right now Peppermint Meltaways will quickly become a Christmas tradition! Peppermint Meltaways by Happylifeblogspot.com #peppermintcookies #peppermintmeltaways #christmascookies #candycanecookies #frostedcookies Once the cookies have cooled completely, slather on some of that nice peppermint frosting. These cookies are delicate so handle with care. Sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies. These cookies are great to make the week AFTER Christmas too because you know you’re going to have an abundance of candy canes handy! If you find that the frosting feels too thick or is hard to spread, just toss it in the microwave for 10-20 seconds (as needed). This melts the butter and your frosting will thin right out. Peppermint Meltaways by Happylifeblogspot.com #peppermintcookies #peppermintmeltaways #christmascookies #candycanecookies #frostedcookies Don’t ya think Santa would LOVE some Peppermint Meltaways on his cookie plate this year?!? I’ll take all the help I can get to land me on that NICE list! If you really wanna fancy up that cookie tray, I suggest adding some Cappuccino Swirl Cookies too! Peppermint Meltaways by Happylifeblogspot.com #peppermintcookies #peppermintmeltaways #christmascookies #candycanecookies #frostedcookies

Peppermint Meltaways

December 12, 2018
: 3 dozen
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • FROSTING:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, cream together 1 cup of butter, 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract and 1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Step 2 Whisk together the flour and cornstarch in a medium sized bowl. Gradually add the flour mixture (about 1/2 cup at a time) into the creamed butter mixture until well blended. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm enough to handle.
  • Step 3 Remove the cookie dough from the fridge. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and space them about 2-inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Step 4 Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 9-11 minutes or until the bottoms are light brown. Remove the cookies to wire racks to cool.
  • Step 5 FOR THE FROSTING: Melt 2 tablespoon butter in a small microwave safe bowl. Beat in the milk and 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract.
  • Step 6 Gradually beat in 1-1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar. Mix until smooth.
  • Step 7 Frost cookies and sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies. Enjoy!
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Cappuccino Swirl Cookies

Cappuccino Swirl Cookies

Christmas is a time for family and love, a time for magic and wonder, a time for…..BAKING!!! We’ve been baking up a storm here at Happylifeblogspot this December and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon. I wanted to share with you one of my […]

Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies were my absolute favorite as a kid. So when I grew up and started baking I knew that I needed a fabulous, no fail, peanut butter cookie recipe in my arsenal ASAP!! Well guys, this is that recipe!! These cookies are rich, […]

Peach Cobbler Bars

Peach Cobbler Bars

I love cooking and baking with whatever local produce is in season for a few reasons. It supports our local farmers, it’s usually a whole lot cheaper (who doesn’t love saving money), but most importantly, fresh food just tastes better. It really does. And since peaches are in season here in Western NY these amazingly delicious Peach Cobbler Bars needed to be made ASAP!! This peach cobbler spinoff is great for a potluck or crowd. It’s got layer after layer of goodness too. Loads of fresh, juicy peaches sandwiched between not one but TWO layers of buttery crumb mixture are sure to delight your tastebuds. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you really want to indulge!

Here’s all you’ll need: flour, white sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, shortening, an egg, vanilla extract, almond extract, cornstarch, and of course peaches!

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First we’ll start by making our crumb mixture. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Did you know? Peaches are so popular here in Western NY that they even have their own festival. The Lewiston Peach Festival is an end of summer tradition for us! They even crown a Peach Queen!!

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Next cut in the shortening with a pastry blender until crumbly. If you don’t have a pastry blender you can totally use your fingers. I’m not here to judge (translation: that was my method of choice for years).

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Add the egg and vanilla extract to a separate bowl and lightly beat with a fork. Then add the egg mixture to the crumb mixture. Mix with a fork until well blended. This crumb topping doesn’t look like much now, but trust me, they are the unsung hero of Peach Cobbler Bars.

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Kudos to that crumb topping for working not only as the topping but also our base layer. Measure out 2-1/2 cups of the crumb mixture and set it aside for our top layer. Now take whatever’s left and press it into the bottom of a 13X9″ baking dish. The bottom of a measuring cup will help you to spread it firmly and evenly in the baking dish.

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Now it’s time for the superstar of this dessert….THE PEACHES!!! Look at them! Aren’t they just gorgeous? Peel, pit, and chop the pieces. If your peaches are firm go right ahead and use a vegetable peeler to get the job done. If you’ve got some ripe peaches on your hands however, I suggest this method. Score the peaches with an “X” at the pointy tip of the fruit just enough to break the skin. Cook the peaches in boiling water for 30 seconds, remove with a slotted spoon, and transfer to an ice bath. Ice for 1 minute and you should be able to slowly peel the skins right off.

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Add the almond extract to the bowl and stir into the peaches. In a separate bowl, mix together cornstarch and 1/2 a cup of sugar. Add the cornstarch mixture to the peaches and toss to coat. Spread the peach filling evenly over the crust. Now Peach Cobbler Bars would be great just like this but we’re going to take it a step further!

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Grab that crumb topping that we set aside earlier and sprinkle it over top of the peach filling. Yep! All of it. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until golden. Cool completely and cut into bars.

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Are you drooling yet??? Cause I think I’m drooling!! Peach Cobbler Bars are giving me all those Fall feels!!! Dessert lovers raise your hands. You’ve gotta make our Over The Top Apple Pie Cheesecake next!

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Peach Cobbler Bars

September 21, 2018
: 2 dozen
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • a pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 9 medium peaches, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender until crumbly.
  • Step 2 Add the egg and vanilla extract to a separate bowl and lightly beat with a fork. Add the egg mixture to the crumb mixture and mix with a fork until well blended.
  • Step 3 Measure out 2-1/2 cups of the crumb mixture and reserve for the top layer. Press the remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of a 13X9″ baking dish.
  • Step 4 Peel, pit, and chop the pieces and place in a small bowl. Add the almond extract and stir.
  • Step 5 In a separate bowl, mix together cornstarch and 1/2 a cup of sugar. Add the cornstarch mixture to the peaches and toss to coat. Spread the peach filling evenly over the crust. Sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture over top.
  • Step 6 Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until golden. Cool completely and cut into bars. Enjoy!

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Fresh Strawberry Tart

Fresh Strawberry Tart

Our Fresh Strawberry Tart recipe is here just in time for strawberry season! This beautiful tart makes the perfect ending to any meal. A mouth watering dessert layered with chocolate, filled with a rich and decadent cream cheese filling, and topped with jam glazed strawberries. […]