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Dec 18, 2015 Blog, Cookie Recipes, Recipes

You Better Watch Out, You Better Not . . . Run Out of Cookies!

You Better Watch Out, You Better Not . . . Run Out of Cookies!

I know that’s what’s already happening at my house. With or without them, of course, the meaning of Christmas and our joy in celebrating with friends and family remain the same. However, I’m figuring with just a week to go until Christmas Day and a little bit of time on my hands, I’d like to whip up just a few more treats for all the sweet teeth I expect over the next two weeks. I hope this one, a favorite among coconut lovers, comes in handy for you, too, as you enjoy this weekend of anticipation, fun and last minute prep. I may just have to make up another batch or two after the holidays to deliver to local booksellers along with a “thank you” for featuring The View From Prince Street when it reaches stores January 5th.

Coconut Sugar Cookies

Mary Ellen Taylor Holiday Cookies 2015 two

3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1-1/4 cups butter, room temperature
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1-2 cups shredded coconut

 

 

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Mix in extract and zest. Mix half the dry ingredients into butter/sugar mixture. Blend well. Mix in second half of dry ingredients. Scoop dough into one inch rounds and them roll in shredded coconut. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 9-10 minutes.

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Nov 23, 2015 Blog, Recipes

As American as Old Town Apple Pie

As American as Old Town Apple Pie

Yes, it’s time for me to go into high gear with my baking and other prep for Thursday! Thanksgiving Day always makes me competitive with my favorite frenemy—me! I love to bake and cook, but like so many of us, despite years of success, I go right ahead and worry that this year will mark the one time the bread doesn’t rise, the turkey turns tough and the desserts will be left uneaten.

Fortunately, I’ve been wrong on this score for about twenty-five years and everybody continues to show up at the table on time.  And one dish my family and I always count on is my apple pie. So from me to you in time for the holiday, here’s my take on one of America’s favorite traditional recipes.

Mary Ellen Taylor Old Town Apple PieMary Ellen’s Old Town Apple Pie

Filling

8-9 Tart Apples (such as Granny Smith)
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 9-inch pastry crusts

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Peel and thinly slice apples. In a bowl mix together sugar, cinnamon, flour and sugar. Pour over sliced apples and toss well. Let the mixture sit for about ten minutes. Place pastry crust in a greased pie pan. Drain any excess from apples and place in pastry crust. Cover apples with second pastry crust. Slice four slits or vents in the top pie crust and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 35 to 45 minutes.

Pastry Crust

2 ½ cups All Purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
2 sticks butter, chilled
1/3 cup chilled water

Place flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Slice butter into cubes and add to flour mixture. With a pastry blender or two knives, cut butter into flour into it resembles a coarse meal. Add the water and blend with flour-butter mixture. Form into a smooth ball and wrap in cling wrap. Refrigerate for at least one hour before dividing in half and rolling into two crusts.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Apr 30, 2015 Cookie Recipes, Recipes

My Go-To Cookie

My Go-To Cookie

Chocolate Chip Cookies as You Like

Whenever I  make cookies for an event or just for the fun of it, I go to this recipe which I’ve used for years. The addition of the rum extract gives the chocolate an extra pop of flavor that I really enjoy. These are easy to make and I promise they’ll make you a superstar with the folks that try one.
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Recipe–
1 cup of softened butter< ½ cup sugar 1-1/4 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 egg yoke 1 teaspoon rum or rum extract 2-1/2 cups All Purpose Flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup large chocolate chips 1 cup small chocolate chips

Cream together the softened butter and sugars. Add the egg, egg yoke (it helps if they are room temperature) and the rum or rum extract. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Mix in chips. And if you would rather have nuts, swap out some of the chips. You can even add raisins or craisins. Scoop cookies onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes.

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Dec 15, 2013 Cookie Recipes, Recipes, Writing

Mary’s 2013 Holiday Recipes

Chocolate Truffles
8 ounces of semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate
1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Cocoa
Chopped walnuts
• Place heavy whipping cream in a saucepan and heat gently,
stirring often.
• When the cream is hot, pour over chocolate and add vanilla.
• Mix until the chocolate is melted and blended.
• Place chocolate/cream mixture in a shallow dish and refrigerate for
at least two hours.
• When the mixture is solidified, scoop out, form into bite size balls
and roll in cocoa and nuts.
• Chill. Serve. Enjoy!
Vanilla Truffles
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 cups white chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Confectioner’s sugar
Coconut
• Place heavy whipping cream in a saucepan and heat gently,
stirring often.
• When the cream is hot, pour over white chocolate and add vanilla. • Mix until the white chocolate is melted and blended.
• Place white chocolate/cream mixture in a shallow dish and
refrigerate for at least two hours.
• When the mixture is solidified, scoop out, form into bite size balls
and roll in coconut.
• Chill. Serve. Enjoy!
Tex Mex Sugar Cookies
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 eggs
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon lemon extract
3-1/4 cups flour
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
chili powder
sugar for dusting
• Cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
• Add the eggs one at a time, milk and lemon extract. Mix well.
• In another bowl shift together flour, baking powder and salt.
• Slowly mix into butter/sugar mixture.
• Spoon even sized dollops on parchment-lined baking sheet.
• Sprinkle cookies with sugar and a hint of chili powder.
• Bake 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
This cookie is sweet and soft and has a real kick. The sweet and savory are a nice blend.

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