Candy Cane Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup butter

1 cup powdered sugar

1 egg

1-1/2 tsp almond extract

1 so Vanilla flavoring

2-1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. Salt

Red food coloring

1. Mix together with a mixer, the shortening, butter, powdered sugar, egg, almond extract & vanilla flavoring, until well incorporated.

2. Mix flour & salt together and mix with wet ingredients.

3. When finished mixing, place 1/2 of the dough in a separate bowl

4. Color the remaining dough in the mixing bowl, with red food coloring

5. Take a tsp of each color of dough and roll each into a 4” rope. Place the two ropes side by side & twist and form a candy cane

6. Place on ungreased baking sheet

7. Bake at 375 degrees for 9 minutes.

8. Remove to a link re rack to cool.

Magic Cookie Bars

These are called Magic Cookie Bars for a reason! All you do is layer the ingredients, press it all down a bit @ back them! That’s it!

And they are so good! Rich, sweet & more like candy than a cookie! I have to freeze them or I’d eat them all

Magic Cookie Bars

1-1/2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs

1/2 cup butter, melted

14 oz. can Sweetened Condensed Milk

2 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips (could use 1 cup along with 1 cup butterscotch or peanut butter chips)

1-1/2 cups flaked coconut

1 cup nuts, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If using a glass pan preheat to 325 degrees. Lightly spray a 9×13 baking dish

2. Mix graham cracker crumbs and butter in a bowl.

3. Transfer mixture to a sprayed 9×13 baking dish. Press into the bottom of the pan.

4. Pour sweetened condensed milk over graham cracker crust

5. Sprinkle chocolate chips over milk

6. Sprinkle coconut over the chocolate chips

7. Sprinkle chopped nuts over all

8. Press toppings down firmly

9. Bake in a preheated oven for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.

10. Cool completely before cutting.

Butterball Cookies (Russian Tea Cakes)

Both my grandmother and my mother made ‘little white cookies’ at Christmas time. But they both had different names for the cookie. Grandma called them ‘Russian Tea Cakes’, but my mother called them ‘Butterballs.’

I was married and on my own before I learned that Grandma had the correct name, and that Betty Crocker Cookbook called them Russian Tea Cakes also.

But either name works for me, and I just look forward to making and eating them at Christmas time. Full video can be seen on Facebook and YouTube ‘Delicious by Debbie.’

Russian tea Cakes (Butterballs)

1 cup butter at room temperature

2 tsp. Vanilla

1-1/2 cup Powdered Sugar, divided

2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. Salt

3/4-1 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. In large mixer bowl mix butter, vanilla and 1/2 cup powdered sugar, until smooth

3. Add salt & flour & mix on low speed until dough comes together.

4. Stir in 3/4-1 cup chopped nuts

5. Roll cookies in to ball (I got 36 balls), and chill on a plate or tray for 1 hour

6. Bake on parchment lined cookie sheets for 7-10 minutes. The bottoms should be lightly browned.

7. Allow to cool until you can handle them, and then roll each one in the remaining 1 cup of powdered sugar.

8. Allow them to cool completely and then roll them in the powdered sugar again

9. NOTE: these freeze well and when I get them out of the freezer I let them thaw and roll them in the powdered sugar again!! (Keep the powdered sugar you have been rolling them in.)

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

The video will not upload on here, but can be seen on Facebook and YouTube on Delicious by Debbie.

I am not much of a cookie eater, but I can hardly stay out of these. That are so soft and delicious. Please don’t omit the 1/4 tsp of nutmeg. It’s also part of what makes these cookies so special 🎄🎄

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup butter, softened

1/4 cup shortening

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup sour cream

2-3/4 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1. Mix sugar, butter, shortening, egg & vanilla in a mixer bowl and mix until creamy

2. Add sour cream & beat again.

3. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt & nutmeg together and mix it into the creamed mixture

4. Roll out on a floured board & cut with cookie cutters

5. Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven, on ungreased baking sheet for 6-8 minutes

6. Cool on a wire rack & decorate if desired.

Chicken Broccoli Penne Casserole

I’m a pasta lover! So I made this recipe and we loved it! It’s a quick and easy recipe made easier by using a jar of Ragu Alfredo sauce!

You could make your own Alfredo sauce and I’m sure it would be delicious. But if your in a hurry, this is the recipe to use.

Chicken Broccoli Penne Casserole

8 oz penne pasta

1 1/2 cups Chicken, cooked and cut up

10-12 oz Broccoli, steamed until fork tender

1/2 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese

1 jar Alfredo sauce (16 oz)

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp minced garlic

1 Tbsp minced onion

1 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9×9 baking dish

2. Cook Penne in salted water to Al dente (10-11 minutes)

3. Drain pasta and place in large bowl

4. Add the cooked Chicken to the pasta

5. Add the cooked broccoli

6. Add salt, pepper, garlic & onion

7. Pour Alfredo over all & stir to mix all ingredients

8. Place in prepared baking dish

9. Spread Mozzarella cheese on top

10. Bake at 375 degrees for 26-30 minutes.

Chocolate Banana Bread

Want a different twist to your Banana Bread? Try this Chocolate Banana Bread. It’s easy & delicious.

This recipe is easy and your kitchen will smell wonderful when it’s baking. Try a piece of this bread while it’s still a bit warm, and enjoy it with a cup of coffee☕️

Chocolate Banana Bread

1 chocolate Cake mix ( I made my own)

1/2 Chocolate Chips

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

3 ripe bananas, mashed

3 eggs

1/3 cup oil

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Grease & flour 2 loaf pans

3. Mix, with a whisk, chocolate cake mix, chocolate chips & nuts in a mixing bowl

4. In a smaller bowl mix the mashed bananas, oil & eggs

5. Mix wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, by hand

6. Divide between the 2 long at pans, mixture is quite thick

7. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes

8. Bake until toothpick or cake tester comes out clean when inserted in the center of the loaves

Instant Pot Wild Rice Chicken/Turkey Soup (great way to use leftover Turkey)

If you have turkey leftover from Thanksgiving, here is a great way to use it! This can be made stove top if you don’t have an Instant Pot.

The Instant Pot makes it quick because rice cooked on the stove takes awhile. It’s difficult to find just plain wild rice, near me, but I was able to get a Wild Rice Blend.

Instant Pot Wild Rice Chicken/Turkey Soup (great way to use leftover Turkey)

3 cups chicken (raw, shredded or cooked & cubed) or Turkey

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup chopped celery

1/4 chopped carrots

12 cups chicken broth (I made mine from powdered chicken base)

2 tsp pepper

3 tsp salt (or to your liking)

1 Tbsp minced garlic

2 Tbsp dried parsley

1 cup wild rice blend

1 tsp Thyme

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup flour

2 cups half & half, or evaporated milk, or 1/2 milk & 1/2 half & half

1. Add chicken, onions, celery, carrots, rice, broth, salt & pepper, parsley, garlic, and thyme to instant pot.

2. Stir well

3. Lock lid and set valve to ‘sealing’

4. Set for 25 minutes on pressure

5. When done, do a natural release for 10 minutes, then move valve to ‘venting’ until pressure is released

6. Remove lid & stir well

7. Melt 1/2 stick of butter (1/4 cup) in the microwave

8. Stir, or use whisk, and blend flour into melted butter. Mixture will be very thick

9. Ladle in broth from the soup and continue to whisk until creamy

10. Turn instant pot to ‘sauté’ and stir in the thickening

11. While soup is thickening, add the milk or half & half (I used 1 cup half & half & 1 cup milk)

12. Enjoy!

Smoked Turkey

We used to do our turkey in a fryer. And it was delicious! But, I bought my hubby a smoker several years ago and now he smokes it. And we ALL love it🦃

I like to rub it with olive oil, then rub it with a Poultry Rub. It’s even better if you prep it with the oil & rub and let it sit in the fridge over night!!

After it’s smoked I sometimes cover it with foil & put into the oven at 350 degrees for an hour or so. When it cools I slice & debone and Thanksgiving morning put it in the slow cooker with chicken broth. So fresh and moist🦃

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