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Family Matters: Hope’s Traditional Sugar Cookies


Tis the season for the holiday traditions to began. I love this time of the year – digging out all the ornaments that my kids have made over the years, baking my husband’s favorite pecan pie, going to the mall on Christmas Eve for pictures with Santa and decorating sugar cookies with my kids. Carrying out family traditions and creating new traditions for my family brings me so much joy. 

My oldest holiday traditions began around the age of 10 when I started doing the baking for my mom. To this day, if I do not bring the decorated sugar cookies to the family gatherings, everyone gets really upset with me! For a while, even turkey shaped sugar cookies made an appearance on Thanksgiving! Happily, I have now passed this tradition down to my nine-year-old daughter! 

Hope’s Traditional Sugar Cookies 

Ingredients:

1 cup Crisco

2 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking powder

2 Tbs milk

3 cups flour

Directions:

Cookies: Add Crisco, sugar, eggs, vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beat with a mixer until creamy. Stir in baking powder then gradually add flour and stir until blended together. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least up to three hours. 

Lightly sprinkle an inverted cookie sheet and rolling pin with flour. Roll dough out onto an inverted cookie sheet. Press cookie cutter into dough and remove excess dough around cutter. Work excess cookie dough back into a ball and repeat process. Bake cookies for 8 minutes (they should not turn brown). 

Icing: you can make your own Royal icing or use Betty Crocker Cookie Icing in a pouch. 

What ever your tradition is during the Christmas season, remember that time spent with family is by far the best tradition of all. Share Meals. Share Life. 



Sweet and Salty – Delicious and Savory


For the best of both worlds, satisfy your taste for the sweet and salty with four delicious and savory treats.  

Our chewy Tuxedo Pretzels and moist Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies pair well with crunchy Graham Cracker Bark, while everyone will be sure to delight in an indulgent, melt-in-your-mouth Almond Truffle. 

 

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies  

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 12 

Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs, separated
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
12 Hershey Kisses 

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Cream together butter, sugar and egg yolk. Add vanilla, flour and salt; mix well. Roll dough into balls. Roll balls into egg whites and then into walnuts. Place balls onto cookie sheet. Press finger into middle of each ball and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown. Immediately after getting cookies out of the oven place one Hershey Kiss into center of the cookie. 

Nutritional Information:  Calories Per Serving: 309, Fat: 21 g (11 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 73 mg, Sodium: 174 mg, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 5 g 

Graham Cracker Bark 

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 16 

Ingredients:
1/2 box graham crackers
1/3 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup Heath Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a 10×15 baking dish with parchment paper. Place graham crackers on top of parchment paper. 

In a saucepan, melt butter and stir in sugar; bring to a boil. Stir occasionally until candy thermometer reaches 310° F. Pour sugar mixture over graham crackers and then chocolate chips. Place baking sheet in oven and cook for 5 minutes. With a fork swirl chocolate on bark. Add chopped pecans and toffee bits to bark. Place bark in refrigerator for 2 hours and then break apart.       

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 281, Fat: 18 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 16 mg,  Sodium: 130 mg, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 2 g 

Tuxedo Pretzels 

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 12 

Ingredients:
 oz white chocolate
2 oz semi-sweet chocolate
1 (10 oz) bag twisted pretzels 

Directions:
In a microwave safe bowl, add white chocolate and microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Microwave in intervals of 15 seconds until melted; stir after every microwave. Repeat with semi-sweet chocolate. Dip half a pretzel in the white chocolate and place on wax paper to harden. Once white chocolate is hard, dip the other half in semi-sweet chocolate and place back on wax paper to harden. 

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 138, Fat: 4 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 1 mg,  Sodium: 325 mg, Carbohydrates: 25 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 3 g 

Almond Truffles 

Prep Time: 20 minutes, plus chill time
Serves: 12 

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Food Club Heavy Cream
2 Tbs butter
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup chopped almonds 

Directions:
In a saucepan, bring heavy cream and butter to a boil. In a metal bowl, combine chocolate chips and hot cream. Once chocolate is melted add almond extract. Place chocolate in refrigerator and chill for 2 hours. Roll chocolate into balls and place back the freezer for 6 hours or over night. Roll balls into chopped almonds. 

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 171, Fat: 12 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 32 mg, Sodium: 32 mg, Carbohydrates: 14 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 3 g



Shop the Sale: Chex Cereal


Chestnuts roasting on an open fire sure sound nice, but who has time for that? Sometimes it’s nice to spend less time in the kitchen so you can enjoy the party. Chex Cereal has always been one of my favorite go-to recipes. You can add just about anything to Chex Cereal and you are ready to go!

After the party, the leftovers make for a nice surprise in the kids’ lunchboxes. Pick up the November issue of Celebrate Cooking Magazine for a free offer from General Mills. Enjoy FREE Chex Cereal (Selected Varieties 12.8 oz To 14.25 oz Box) when you buy TWO General Mills Chex Cereal (Selected Varieties 12.8 oz TO 14.25 oz Box).

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Family Matters: Cooking with Toddlers


Thanksgiving is a holiday that requires a lot of cooking and with hot foods cooking it can be scary with little ones running around. Keep a close eye on your children while cooking. You may want to put a movie on for your children to watch while you are busy at work in the kitchen.

When cooking on the stove, place pot and pan handles away from children’s reach, to prevent them from accidently pulling the hot food down on them. Make sure that the floor in the kitchen does not have any spills to ensure that you will not slip on anything that would cause you to fall with hot food in your hands. Always wear non-slip shoes while cooking to prevent falling and spilling hot food on yourself or someone else.  



Shop the Sale: Halloween Headquarters


Brookshire’s is the place to get your supplies for Halloween. Brookshire’s has an assortment of candy on sale along with non-edible treats, like spooky drink holders and Halloween rubber goods.  If you need something to carry all those yummy treats in, Brookshire’s has a lighted pumpkin basket that is on sale. You can also pick up a safety flashlight to ensure a safe trip of trick or treating.  

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Creative Takes!


Tricked-Out Caramel Apples

Ingredients:
12 apples
4 (14 oz) bags caramel bites
12 craft sticks

Toppings: crushed candy bar, crushed pretzels, sprinkles, chocolate candies, nuts, dried cranberries 

Directions:
Wash and dry apples. Remove stem from apple and place a craft stick down into apple where stem was removed. 

Press craft stick into apple until stick is sturdy. Set aside. In a sauce pan over medium-low heat, add caramel bites, stir constantly until melted. 

Once caramel is melted, dip apples into caramel and allow excess caramel to drip off. Press your choice of toppings onto the caramel.

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Shop the Sale: Caramel and Apples


I love the change that Autumn brings; nice weather, beautiful colors and fall cooking!  This year, my daughter and I are going to attempt to make caramel apples and mini-candied apples.

There are two great recipes and step-by-step instructions to create your own apple masterpieces in the October issue of Celebrate Cooking. Also in this issue, there is a coupon for $1.50 off Apples (Granny Smith – 3 lb or Red Delicious – 5 lb bag) when you buy TWO 4 oz bags of Kraft Caramels.



Celebrate Life — Eat Pink!


Using a pre-made cake like Brookshire’s Strawberry Créme Cake makes cake balls a quick and easy treat!

 

• Crumble cake into a large bowl and mix with 1 cup cream cheese icing. Chill for 2 hours.

• Roll cake into balls and freeze for another 2 hours.
• Melt white chocolate according to package directions.
• Mix white chocolate with red food coloring until chocolate turns pink.
• Insert toothpick in each ball and dip ball into melted chocolate.
• Top balls with sprinkles.
• Place balls on wax paper to harden. 

 

Créme cakes located in the bakery.

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Product Talk: Pumpkins


Pumpkins make fantastic decorations for the fall. You can carve them for Halloween to make unique or traditional jack-o-lanterns or set them out until Thanksgiving for traditional decorations. If you plan on carving pumpkins, carve the pumpkin right before Halloween or your pumpkin will rot too quickly.  When carving the pumpkin, save the seeds and bake them for a fall treat. You can make a variety of different flavors of seeds. Using cumin and cayenne pepper would make a Tex-Mex seed while using garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese to make Italian seeds. 

Oven-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: 

While carving the pumpkin, put seeds into a bowl. Wash seeds and remove any pulp. Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Place seeds onto a baking sheet. In a microwave bowl, melt butter and pour over seeds. Sprinkle your favorite seasonings over seeds. Bake seeds for 10 -15 minutes or until brown; stirring occasionally.



Family Matters: Family Game Night


What better way to start off the holiday season than spending quality time together as a family.  Twice a month, pick a night to sit outside on the porch in the fresh air and play board games or card games as a family.  Let the kids each pick out a game or take turns each game night. 

You are guaranteed lots of laughter and joy as you try to out play each other or team up on other family members.  This makes for a great time of friendly competition and family togetherness.  Family game night is cheap and priceless when it comes to the difference it will make to your children. 

Eating meals together as a family is important, but also taking time to play games with your kids adds lots of fun, smiles and laughter and makes for great family memories.  You have to make time for what is really important – our kids and family. 

Don’t forget to set aside time this week for your family and enjoy a family “game night”.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with your family.



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