The Original “Easiest Pineapple Cake”

Ingredient

2 c all purpose flour
2 c sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
pinch salt
1 – 20 oz can of crushed pineapple ( undrained ) in it’s own juice – not syrup
1 c chopped nuts, optional

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
1/2 c butter or 1 stick
1 – 8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c confectioners’ sugar
coconut for garnish – optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
Mix all of the cake ingredients together in a bowl.
Pour into a greased 9X13 inch pan and bake at 350 for 35 – 40 minutes (until top is golden brown).
Frosting:
Beat butter, cream cheese and vanilla together until creamy.
Gradually mix in powdered sugar.
Frost cake with cream cheese frosting while still warm.
Sprinkle with chopped nuts if desired.
Enjoy!

ITALIAN CHRISTMAS COOKIES

Has the Christmas fever started shaking you?
I’m burning! More specifically, I’m burning, because I want everything, but I’m managing to finish nothing. I have xx tabs opened with recipes that I want to prepare, eat, erase from the “to do” list because it isn’t good to transfer all of that into the New Year, right ?

But it’s just not happening the way I would like … and this terrible weather! I’m waiting for noon to begin to take photos, the closer the time, the darker it becomes. I’ll never get used to winter time.

Soooo, back to today sweet treat.

One part of the Christmas and New Year’s magic, which gives a special flavor to the holidays is certainly – cookies. Easy to prepare, these colorful cookies, crunchy outside and incredibly soft inside, are an unavoidable and very popular part of the Italian festive cuisine. Their lightly sweet taste is again as most Italian cookies, perfect for dipping in espresso….or wine!

Ready to make Italian Christmas Cookies? I thought so.

To Make this Recipe You’Il Need the following ingredients:
Ingredients
Cookies
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
½ cup butter
2 tsp. vanilla
3½ cup flour
4 tsp.baking powder
Icing
2 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
6 tsp. water
Instructions
Cookies
In a bowl sift together the flour and baking powder , set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well. Mix in the vanilla. Add in the flour mixture.
Knead until dough is firm and not sticky, adding more flour if necessary.
Refrigerate 1 hour.
Cut off small amount of dough and roll on floured surface into 6 inch strips.
Twirl into shape and place on greased cookie sheets.
Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes (the bottom should be lightly browned but the tops should remain light).
Remove cookies to wire rack and cool completely before glazing.
Icing
Combine the Icing ingredients in a bowl until just smooth. You want it more thick than thin, but still runny.
Dip the tops of the cooled cookies into the glaze, then return to the wire rack, allowing the glaze to drip down the sides of the cookie.
Top with sprinkles, while glaze is still wet.

APPLE PIE BARS

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 egg yolks, beaten
4 tablespoons water
8 apples – peeled, cored and cut into thin wedges
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup butter

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 C).
Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.
Cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Mix egg yolk and water together and mix into flour until it forms a ball.
Roll out to fit the bottom of a 10×15 inch pan.
Combine apples, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons flour, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl.
Pour the filling into the pie crust and dot with 2 tablespoons butter.
Combine 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2/3 cup brown sugar and 2/3 cup butter in a medium bowl.
Cut in the butter until crumbly, sprinkle over the apples.
Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until topping is golden brown

POTATO PUFFS

Ingredients:
3 cups of mashed potatoes
2 eggs
1/3 cup sour cream (optional extra for serving)
1 heaping cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons chopped chives or parsley
Salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions:
1 – Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2 – Lightly grease with butter 8 – 9 of the wells of a nonstick muffin pan.
3 – In a medium mixing bowl whisk the eggs then mix in the sour cream. Stir in both cheeses and the chives. Add potatoes and mix well.
4 – Spoon them into the pan filling the cups to slightly below the top.
5 – Bake 25- 35 minutes until they pull away from the sides of the cup and are golden brown. Remove from oven and let them cool 5 minutes in pan. Serve with sour cream if desired

Source :cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com

SLICED BAKED POTATOES

Ingredients
Baking potatoes
Cheddar cheese, grated
Bacon, cooked and crumbled
Green onions, sliced
Sour cream

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Brush both side of potato slices with butter; place them on a cookie sheet. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until lightly browned on both sides, turning once. When potatoes are ready, top with crumbled bacon, cheese, green onion. Return to oven and continue baking until the cheese has melted. Add a dollop of sour cream when done and enjoy! Note: You can also poke holes in the potatoes and microwave them for six minutes instead of baking.

Source : allrecipes.com

Tomato-Potato-Zuchinni-Summer Squash “Casserole”

Ingredients

1 TABLESPOON OF OLIVE OIL
1 MEDIUM ONION
2 CLOVES OF GARLIC
1 MEDIUM ZUCCHINI
1 MEDIUM SUMMER(YELLOW) SQUASH
1 LARGE POTATO
1 LARGE TOMATO
1 TEASPOON DRIED TYME
1 TEASPOON FRESH ROSEMARY (CHOPPED)
SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE
1 CUP SHREDDED ITALIAN CHEESE

STEP 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Finely dice the onion and mince the garlic. Sauté onions in a skillet with olive oil until softened (roughy 5 minutes) then add the garlic until fragrant (about 1-2 minutes).

STEP 2: While the onion and garlic are sauteing, thinly slice the rest of the vegetables. Slice them into the same shape. I used a mandolin but you could also use a food processor or by hand as well(just try to get them to be as close to the same thickness as possible)

STEP 3: Spray the inside of an 8×8 square or round baking dish with non-stick spray. Spread the softened onion and garlic in the bottom of the dish. Place the thinly sliced vegetables in the baking dish vertically, in an alternating pattern. Sprinkle generously with salt, pepper,thyme, and rosemary.

STEP 4: Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, top with cheese and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.

The Best Brownies EVER! Lunchroom Ladies 50 year old recipe

Lunchroom Ladies 50 year old recipe for iced brownies. … smothered in the BEST chocolate frosting and topped with more caramel. the best brownies EVER!

You’ll Need (for the cake)

1 cup of butter.
½ cup of cocoa.
2 cups of flour.
2 cups of sugar.
4 eggs.
4 tsps of vanilla.
1 cup of chopped nuts.

You’ll Need (for the icing):

¼ cup of softened butter.
¼ cup of milk.
¼ cup of cocoa.
3 cups of powdered sugar.
A dash of salt.

How to:

To make the cake, mix all the ingredients together and pour the batter in a 9×13 pan.
In a preheated oven to 350° bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
Once the cake is done, let it cool a bit and prepare the icing.
Mix all the ingredients of the icing together and frost the cake as you like.

Easy, peasy and sweet! This cake is amazing. When I made it to my family, they all went crazy over it! You should give it a shot it’s worth it.

Source: Allrecipes.com

Autumn Apple Cake

INGREDIENTS:
5-7 apples
1 (9 ounce) package yellow cake mix
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 stick real butter

INSTRUCTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350°F
Fill your 9×12 pan 1/2 full with apples which you’ve peeled, cored and sliced thin
Sprinkle the apples with dry cake mix
Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the cake mix
Melt butter and drizzle over
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown
Can be served with ice cream, if desired…
You can also use other fruits for this cake… yummmmy
ENJOY!!

source : Food.com

Delicious Brown Sugar Chops

Grilled pork chops are basted with a sauce made with apple juice, brown sugar, and ginger.

Ingredients
6 pork chops
6 tbsp brown sugar
6 tbsp margarine
1 tbsp soy sauce

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Place the chops in a 9×13 inch baking pan. Place 1 tablespoon of brown sugar on top of every chop. Place 1 tablespoon of margarine on top of the brown sugar. Sprinkle chops with soy sauce.
Cover pan with foil and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes, until browned.
Smartpoints : 8
Serves : 6

Easy Homemade Divinity Candy

Ingredients:
21/2 cups sugar
½ cup water
½ cup light corn syrup
¼ tsp. salt
2 egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
Garnish: toasted pecan halves

Directions:

  1. Cook first 4 ingredients in a heavy 2-quart saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves and a candy thermometer registers 248° (about 15 minutes). Remove syrup mixture from heat.
  2. Beat egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Pour half of hot syrup in a thin stream over egg whites, beating constantly at high speed, about 5 minutes.
  3. Cook remaining half of syrup over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer registers 272° (about 4 to 5 minutes). Slowly pour hot syrup and vanilla extract over egg white mixture, beating constantly at high speed until mixture holds its shape (about 6 to 8 minutes). Stir in 1 cup chopped pecans.
  4. Drop mixture quickly by rounded teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased wax paper. Garnish, if desired. Cool.