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Happy Holidays

Every year I send around to friends and family a box of goodies for the holiday season.

Sorry I didnt take all the step by step pictures, its hard to bake, organize and photograph when I’m covered in flour, sugar and butter (LOL)

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Vanilla Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup of butter
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 4 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 5 tsp of baking powder
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups of milk
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp of vanilla seeds

Icing

  • 1½ cups of butter
  • ¾ cup of milk
  • 11 cups of icing sugar
  • 3-4 tsp of vanilla extract

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Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F (176 C) and line your cupcake trays with cupcake paper and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, and baking powder and set it aside.

3. In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter till smooth, then add in the eggs vanilla seeds and vanilla extract till the dough becomes airy and a pale yellow.

4. Gradually spoon in the flour mixture, while alternating with the milk.

5. Once the dough is fully incorporated, using an ice cream scooper, divide your dough evenly into the prepared cupcake trays.

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6. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the tops of your cupcakes are slightly golden and when you insert a toothpick in the center it comes out clean.

7. Let the cupcakes rest and cool before icing.

Icing:

1. In large bowl, cream together the butter and about 2 cups of the icing sugar.

2. Add in the vanilla and keep adding in the sugar when the mixer is on low, while alternating with milk till all the ingredients are incorporates.

3. The icing will look creamy and have the color of off white.

4. If you would like to color your icing, dived it into smaller bowls and color to your liking with food coloring.

5. When ready to pipe, place the icing in an icing bag with your preferred tip and decorate your cupcakes.

Serve and ENJOY.

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Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • ¾ cup of Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups of butter
  • 1 cup of water
  • ½ cup of milk
  • ½ cup of vegetable oil
  • 3 egg
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 ½ tsp of vanilla extract
  • 3 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp of baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp of salt

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Directions

1. In a large bowl place the chocolate and cocoa powder and set aside

2. In a medium bowl mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and set it aside.

3. In a small saucepan over medium high heat, combine the sugar, butter and water. Stir occasionally till all the ingredients have melted into each other.

4. Then, pour the hot butter sugar mixture onto the chocolate and cocoa powder.

5. Whisk until the chocolate is smooth. Gradually then add in the eggs, egg yolks and vanilla.

6. Gradually add in the flour mixture (alternating with the milk and oil) onto the chocolate mixture until fully combined.

7. Cover the bowl with the batter with plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature for 1 hour.

8. When the batter is ready to bake, pre-heat the oven to 350 F(176 C) and Line your cupcake pan with paper liners.

9. Using an ice cream scoop, divide your batter evenly into the cupcake trays.

10. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.

11. Let the cupcakes completely cool before icing with your favorite buttercream icing or just some chocolate spread.

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Ginger Molasses Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups of butter
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 ½ tsps ginger (ground)
  • 1 ½ tsps cinnamon (ground)
  • ½ tsp of nutmeg (ground
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup of sugar (to roll dough in)

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Directions:

1. In a small bowl combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and set it aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl beat butter, brown sugar and eggs until fluffy.

3. Gradually pour in the molasses and beat till combined. The color of the batter will now be darker like a brunt caramel.

4. Slowly start to combine the flour mix into the molasses and sugar mixture. Be careful not to over mix.

5. Place the dough in a plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for at least 30 min.

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6. While the dough is cooling and about to come out of the fridge, pre-heat the oven to 350 F (176 C). Prepare your cookie trays with parchment or lightly greased and floured.

7. In a small bowl, place the ½ cup of sugar.

8. Once the dough is chilled, scoop out the dough using an ice cream scoop, split the dough into 2 balls, roll them and drop them into the sugar and roll until covered.

9. Place the dough on the prepared cookie trays.

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10. Bake for 8-11 minutes or until golden brown.

(When cooled, dip ½ in white chocolate, if you would like)

ENJOY!

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Adapted from The View From Great Island

Cookies

  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ tsp of vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp of almond extract
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 1 ½ tsp of baking powder

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Royal icing

  • ¼ cup of water
  • 4 tbsp of meringue powder
  • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • dash of milk
  • Food coloring (to your preference)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 F (176 C)

Cookies:

1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking powder and set it aside.

2. In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Then add in the egg and both extracts.

3. Gradually add the flour mixture into the butter and sugar mixture till all combined.

4. Bring the dough out of the bowl on a floured surface, shape into 2 large disks, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.

5. When the dough is ready to be bakes, preheat the oven to 350 F (176 C) and prepare your cookie trays with parchment paper or have them lightly greased and floured.

6. Roll out the dough to about 1/8-1/4 inch thick and cut out the shapes with cookie cutters.

7. Bake the cookie for about 7-9 minutes or till the edges are slightly crispy.

8. When the cookies are COMPLETELY cooled then frost and decorate them

Royal Icing:

1. In a medium bowl, beat together the water, milk and meringue powder until combined. Then gradually beat in the icing sugar until it is glossy and smooth. (If the icing looks too thin, add a little more sugar).

2. Spoon the frosting into a large piping bag and when ready cut a small tip to decorate and ice your cookies.

3. If you wish to have different colors, divide the icing in smaller bowls and add the food coloring then repeat the above step.

4. ALSO if you wish to sprinkle on your decorations, do so when the cookie is wet.

5. Let the icing dry, then serve or package as gifts.

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