Pear PB Cookie Bars

Today we made Pear Peanut Butter Cookie Bars!

2 1/2C flour, 2t baking powder, 1/2t salt, 1/2c creamy peanut butter, 1C chocolate chips, 1/4C honey, 2 large pears, peeled, cored and chopped into 1/2″ pieces, 1T cinnamon, 1/2C plain nonfat yogurt

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. In separate bowl, beat yogurt, honey and eggs.

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

In separate bowl, beat peanut butter and brown sugar.

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Add egg mixture to it.

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Make a well in the dry ingredients. Stir in wet until almost blended.

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Stir in chocolate chips and pears.

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Spread evenly into greased 9″X13″ pan.

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Bake 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned.

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Potato Apple Tart

Today we made Potato Apple Tart With Cinnamon Glaze!

1C cooked mashed potatoes, 1T butter, melted; 1/4t salt, 1T brown sugar, 4T flour

Filling: 1 medium apple, peeled, cored and chopped into 1/2″ pieces, 1T brown sugar, 1T butter

Glaze: 1 1/3C powdered sugar, 1/2T cinnamon, 1T water

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix together potatoes, melted butter, salt and brown sugar.

Potato Apple Tart

Potato Apple Tart

Potato Apple Tart

Potato Apple Tart

Potato Apple Tart

Mix in enough flour to make a soft dough.

Potato Apple Tart

Press half of this into a small, round greased cake pan. Mix filling ingredients.

Potato Apple Tart

Spread on top of dough in pan.

Potato Apple Tart

Evenly press remaining dough on top. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely. Stir together glaze ingredients until barely spreadable.

Potato Apple Tart

Potato Apple Tart

Potato Apple Tart

Spread on tart.

Potato Apple Tart

Makes 2 servings.

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Today we made Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls!

1 envelope dry yeast, 1/4C warm water, 1/2C sugar, 12T butter, melted, 4 eggs, 1C skim milk, 5-6C flour

Filling: 4 oz baby carrots, chopped into 1/2″ pieces, 1C chocolate chips, 4 oz fresh raw cranberries, quartered

Pour warm water (105 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit) on yeast in a large bowl. Stir until yeast is dissolved.

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Add sugar.

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Add 2C flour and melted butter.

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Add milk.

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Add 1C more flour.

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Work in eggs, then add enough flour to form a dough.

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Place in a greased receptacle that is double in area, the size of the dough.

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Turn over once. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight. Punch down dough. Place on floured surface. Add more flour. Knead a couple of minutes. Grab a handful of dough, and roll or stretch out into an approximately 3″X2″ shell. Place a few carrot and cranberry pieces, and chocolate chips on the dough.

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Roll it up and seal the edges.

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Place on greased cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350F.

Remove plastic wrap. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Choc Almond Cookies

Today we made Chocolate Almond Cookies!

12 oz chocolate chips, 2T butter, 3/4C flour, 14 oz sweetened condensed milk, 1C whole lightly salted almonds

Preheat oven to 350F. Melt chocolate chips with butter. Blend well.

Choc Almond Cookies

Stir in milk. Blend well.

Choc Almond Cookies

Choc Almond Cookies

Sift in flour. Blend well.

Choc Almond Cookies

Mix in almonds.

Choc Almond Cookies

Drop by T onto foil-lined cookie sheets.

Choc Almond Cookies

Choc Almond Cookies

Bake 10 minutes or until matte and set.

Choc Almond Cookies

Prune Almond Biscotti

Today we made Prune Almond Biscotti!

3 2/3C flour, 1C firmly packed, coarsely chopped prunes, 1C coarsely chopped almonds, 1/2t baking powder, 1T vanilla extract, 1/2t baking soda, 1/2t salt, 3/4C sugar, 1/2C butter, melted, 2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. In separate bowl, mix sugar and eggs.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Add cooled butter.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Stir in vanilla extract. Blend well.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Stir in dry ingredients until a dough is formed.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Press in prunes and almonds.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Turn onto floured surface. Knead 2 minutes. Shape into 2 logs about 8″ long by 2″ wide. Place on greased cookie sheet 3″ apart.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Bake 30 minutes or until somewhat dried out. Cool 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 275F. Slice logs at a slant into 1″ wide wedges. Bake 20 minutes. Turn over and bake another 20 minutes or until crunchy. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from sheet.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Apple Honey Nut Cake

Today we made Apple Honey Nut Cake!

14 oz sweetened condensed milk, 2 scant C flour, 3t baking powder, 1/2 C apple juice, 1/2C coarsely chopped peanuts, 1/2C coarsely chopped almonds lightly salted with sea salt, 1/2C honey

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, mix juice and honey.
Apple Honey Nut Cake

Apple Honey Nut Cake

Apple Honey Nut Cake

Stir in milk. Blend well.

Apple Honey Nut Cake

Apple Honey Nut Cake

Apple Honey Nut Cake

Stir into dry ingredients until just blended.

Apple Honey Nut Cake

Apple Honey Nut Cake

Stir in nuts.

Apple Honey Nut Cake

Turn into greased loaf pan.

Apple Honey Nut Cake

Bake 40-45 minutes or until knife inserted in center of cake emerges clean.

Apple Honey Nut Cake

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Today we made Pear Date Carrot Muffins!

2C flour, 3t baking powder, 3T brown sugar, 1 egg, 1T ground ginger, 1 1/4C skim milk, 3T butter, melted, 1 large pear, peeled, cored and chopped into 1/2″ pieces, 1/2C chopped baby carrots in 1/2″ pieces, 1/2C chopped, dried, sugared dates

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together dry ingredients. Add brown sugar. In separate bowl, mix milk, egg and cooled butter. Blend well.

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Make a well in the dry ingredients and stir in wet until almost blended.

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Stir in pears, dates and carrots.

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Turn into lined, greased or nonstick muffin tin.

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pineapple Almond Bread

Today we made Pineapple Almond Bread!

3/4C sugar, 1/3C butter, melted, 1t almond extract, 1 1/2C flour, 1t baking powder, 2 eggs, 1t salt, 1/2C skim milk, 1/2 C coarsely chopped almonds lightly salted with sea salt, 1/4C pineapple juice

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix butter and sugar.

Pineapple Bread

Pineapple Bread

Pineapple Bread

Beat in eggs.

Pineapple Bread

Add juice and extract.

Pineapple Bread

In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Add alternately with milk to wet ingredients, beginning and ending with dry.
Pineapple Bread

Pineapple Bread

Pineapple Bread

Pineapple Bread

Stir in almonds.

Pineapple Bread

Turn into greased extra large loaf pan.

Pineapple Bread

Pineapple Bread

Bake 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned.

Pineapple Bread

Pineapple Bread

Choc Choc Chip Yogurt Cupcakes

Today we made Choc Choc Chip Yogurt Cupcakes!

6T butter, 1 2/3C flour, 1/2C unsweetened cocoa powder, 1T baking powder, 1/2t salt, 1/2C firmly packed brown sugar, 2C chocolate chips, 2 eggs, 1C plain nonfat yogurt

Icing: 1/4C unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 1/4C powdered sugar, 4T plain nonfat yogurt

Preheat oven to 350F. Melt butter with 1 CUP chocolate chips.

Choc Choc Chip Yogurt Cupcakes

Stir in brown sugar. Cool 20 minutes.

Choc Choc Chip Yogurt Cupcakes

Choc Choc Chip Yogurt Cupcakes

Sift together cocoa, flour, baking powder and salt.

PB Chip Cupcakes

Stir eggs into melted chocolate mixture. Blend well.

Choc Choc Chip Yogurt Cupcakes

Alternately add dry ingredients and yogurt, beginning and ending with dry until just blended.

Choc Choc Chip Yogurt Cupcakes

Choc Choc Chip Yogurt Cupcakes

Choc Choc Chip Yogurt Cupcakes

Stir in remaining 1 CUP chocolate chips.

Choc Choc Chip Yogurt Cupcakes

Choc Choc Chip Yogurt Cupcakes

Turn into lined, greased or nonstick cupcake tin, overfilling each cup.

Choc Choc Chip Yogurt Cupcakes

Bake 25-30 minutes or until set in center. Cool completely. For icing, sift together cocoa and sugar. Mix in yogurt until barely spreadable.

Choc Choc Chip Yogurt Cupcakes

Choc Choc Chip Yogurt Cupcakes

Choc Choc Chip Yogurt Cupcakes

Choc Choc Chip Yogurt Cupcakes

Spread on cupcakes.

Choc Choc Chip Yogurt Cupcakes

Choc Choc Chip Yogurt Cupcakes

Choc Choc Chip Yogurt Cupcakes

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

Today we made Banana Chocolate Chip Scones!

2C flour, 1T baking powder, 3T brown sugar, 1t salt, 2T cold butter, 1/2C skim milk, 2 bananas, mashed, 3 oz strawberry cream cheese, 1C chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together flour and baking powder. Cut in butter and cream cheese while stirring in milk.

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

Mix in mashed bananas until just blended.

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

Stir in chocolate chips.

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

Drop by T onto greased cookie sheets.

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

Bake 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones