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Old 11-04-2014, 11:12 PM   #511
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Not baking tonight, but I want to try brownies again. All I got us the packaged stuff. Maybe I could alter the recipe a little?
Welcome Star! If you aren't allergic to nuts, you might want to add some chopped walnuts. I usually put those in when I make brownies. Some people like chocolate chips. Maybe dried cherries. I also just thought of this: I might try tossing in some shredded coconut next time I make brownies. Hmm, cherries, almonds and coconut would be almost like a Mounds bar...

If you want to try a better brownie, might I interest you in Bakechef's Brownies? Easy to make and oh-so-good!
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Old 11-04-2014, 11:42 PM   #512
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Welcome Star! If you aren't allergic to nuts, you might want to add some chopped walnuts. I usually put those in when I make brownies. Some people like chocolate chips. Maybe dried cherries. I also just thought of this: I might try tossing in some shredded coconut next time I make brownies. Hmm, cherries, almonds and coconut would be almost like a Mounds bar...

If you want to try a better brownie, might I interest you in Bakechef's Brownies? Easy to make and oh-so-good!
I second that. They are so easy and delicious. It has become the "go to" for a brownie recipe. In fact, I just might make up a double batch for the church fair since The Pirate did a number on the cake I was going to bring. Half will have nuts and the other without. I just have to remember to do the without first.
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Old 11-05-2014, 11:51 PM   #513
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SO made a batch of pecan cookie balls.
Andy, I'm not much of a baker, but funny you should mention this now. My late mother used to make something that sounds like pecan cookie balls, but I've looked through her recipes and can't find it.

She'd make a cookie dough with very finely chopped pecans, then roll them in balls, and dredge in confectioner's sugar. Does that sound like what your SO made? We loved them, and I would like to make them for Christmas cookies.
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:25 AM   #514
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Those sound like Mexican wedding cakes, aka Russian tea cakes. My mother made them for Christmas all the time. They're one of my favorites.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/fo...g-Cakes-108073
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:34 AM   #515
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Mine too!

I use this recipe from Land O Lakes.

Snowball Cookies | Land O'Lakes

I always make mine with walnuts.

Try swapping out the vanilla extract for some almond extract or maple extract.
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Apple-maple-walnut-cranberry crisp. If I can get the camera to work, I'll post a pick. The recipe is simple--

6 cups apples (I'm using Cortland, Macs, and Sparten).
Juice of 1/2 lemon (~2 T)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 T maple syrup
1 T corn starch
3 tsp roasted cinnamon
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
1/3 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/4 c dried cranberries

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1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Combine apples, lemon juice, maple syrup in a 2-quart baking dish; toss gently to coat.
3. Combine granulated sugar, cornstarch, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon; stir with a whisk. Add cornstarch mixture to apples, toss well to coat.
4. Toss flour, remaining cinnamon, brown sugar, salt, cranberries, lemon zest in food processor bowl. Pulse a couple of times.
5. Add chilled butter; pulse 6 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add oats and walnuts; pulse a couple of times.
6. Sprinkle flour this evenly over apple mixture.
7. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is golden brown. Cool 20 minutes on a wire rack; serve warm or at room temperature.

I like to serve this with whipped cream to which I've added a tsp of brandy or calvados.
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Andy, I'm not much of a baker, but funny you should mention this now. My late mother used to make something that sounds like pecan cookie balls, but I've looked through her recipes and can't find it.

She'd make a cookie dough with very finely chopped pecans, then roll them in balls, and dredge in confectioner's sugar. Does that sound like what your SO made? We loved them, and I would like to make them for Christmas cookies.
This is the recipe she uses.

Pecan Cookie Balls Recipe | McCormick
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After my morning cup of coffee, I'll be baking a dozen onion bagels.
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This is the recipe she uses.

Pecan Cookie Balls Recipe | McCormick
Thank you, Andy!

Thank you too, GG and Aunt Bea! Those are all just what I was looking for. They'll be on my Christmas cookie list.
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Thank you, Andy!

Thank you too, GG and Aunt Bea! Those are all just what I was looking for. They'll be on my Christmas cookie list.

The LOL recipe is almost identical except for the amount of vanilla.

I've thought about making this recipe with walnuts.
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