Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Peppermint Meltaways

This is my new Christmas favorite- I found it in a magazine!!

Cream together until light and fluffy:
1 cup butter
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar

Beat in:
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract

Gradually add and mix well:
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup cornstarch

Shape dough into 1 inch balls (dough will feel a bit sticky). Place on ungreased baking sheet 2 inches apart (or they run into each other as they cook).

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.
Remove to wire racks and cool completely before icing.

2 tbs. butter softened
1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
2 tbs milk
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
2-3 drops red food coloring

Mix together and spread over cooled cookies

Sprinkle cookies with crushed peppermint candies

Makes about 3 1/2 dozen

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Farrell's Coffee Cake

This is sooo easy and soooo yummy- I generally have this on hand at all times for quick, yummy breakfasts. Named for my mother-in-law who made it up!

Mix together
1 box yellow cake mix (poweder only)
1 box small vanilla pudding (powder only)
1 cup sour cream (low fat works great)
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs

Mix until smooth

Add mini chocolate chips- I use 3/4 of the bag.
(minis work best- regular size seem to sink and clump together)

Grease a bundt pan

In a plastic baggie combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1 Tbsp cinnamon- shake to mix

Cover bundt pan bottom and sides with some of the sugar mix
Add 1/2 of the cake batter
Sprinkle more of the sugar mix over batter
Add rest of the cake batter
Sprinkle the rest of the sugar mix over batter

Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes

Let cool for 10 min then remove from bundt pan- ENJOY!!