The holidays are approaching and these recipes may be useful.
2 C flour
1 C packed light-brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 lb. (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
5 lbs. (about 12) tart apples, such as Granny Smith
2 TBS fresh lemon juice
In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Using an electric mixer or a pastry cutter, cut in butter until mixture forms pea-size pieces. Press 2/3 of mixture on to bottom and 1 inch up the side of a 9-inch springform pan.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel apples, cut into thin slices, and place in a bowl. Pour off any accumulated liquid. Toss apple slices with remaining teaspoon of cinnamon and lemon juice, and put them in the prepared pan, pressing down gently as you pack them in (they will mound above the edge of the pan). Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture on top.
Put pan on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Run a knife around edge of pan, and let cake cool in pan to set. Serve at room temperature.
Chocolate peanut butter dirt cake
22 Oreos, divided
2 TBS butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
3/4 C peanut butter
1-1/2 C powdered sugar, divided
16 oz. whipped topping, divided
Reese’s cups, chopped
1 C cold milk
3.9 oz. instant chocolate pudding
Place 16 Oreos in a food processor and pulse until crumbled. Toss cookies with butter. Press mixture into a 9-inch square pan, un-greased. In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese, peanut butter, and 1 cup of powdered sugar. Fold in 8 oz. of whipped topping.
Spread mixture on top of cookie layer in pan. In a different bowl, mix together remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, milk, and pudding mix. Stir for about 2 minutes, or until thickened. Fold in remaining whipped topping. Sprinkle peanut butter cups on top of peanut butter layer. Spread pudding mixture on top of peanut butter cups. On top of cake, sprinkle rest of the chopped Oreos. Chill for an hour.
1/2 C butter
1/2 C milk
2 C sugar
3 C oats
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 C coconut
pinch of salt
Add butter, milk and sugar to a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in oats, vanilla extract, coconut and salt. Drop by teaspoonfuls on to wax paper. Cool completely. Enjoy once firm.
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