CHOCOLATE CHIP TOFFEE COOKIES
2 sticks softened butter
(beat the above ingredients well).
In separate bowl, combine 2 ¼ cups flour, ½ teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Add to other ingredients and beat well.
Mix in 1 cup of chocolate chips and 1 cup of toffee bits.
Bake on greased or parchment-lined cookie sheets for 11 minutes.
Best with a big glass of milk. BEWARE: It is not at all out of the realm of possibility that you will fall into a trance and eat about a dozen of these at once, especially if they're still warm. It's worth it!
1 lb butter
Directions: Cream butter, sugar and cinnamon. Add almonds and eggs (one at a time, beating well). Add flour, beating slowly until dough forms. Divide, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Break off and form into crescent shapes on greased cookie sheets. Brush tops with egg yolk and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
Bake 12-14 minutes at 350 degrees.
CHRISTINE'S CHOCOLATE CAKE
My BFF makes this cake. I thought my chocolate cake was pretty good…until I tasted hers. Perfect, not too difficult to make, and suitably for royalty.
4 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
Mix coffee, 1/2 cup of sour cream and 1/2 cup of vegatable oil in separate bowl. In mixer, add the coffee mixture to the dry ingredients and mix till just blended. Add 2 eggs, one at a time. Add the melted chocolate and mix. Bake for 25-30 minutes for cake; 20 minutes for cupcakes.
In a medium bowl, sift together the powdered sugar and cocoa, and set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter until smooth, then gradually beat in sugar mixture alternately with evaporated milk and coffee Blend in vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy.
GREAT-AUNT ANNE’S RICE PUDDING
This is a great recipe in that it’s easy and makes the house smell like heaven. It’s also fairly healthy (by my standards, anyway…). My next heroine will have to make this, methinks.
2 quarts + 1 cup milk
Scald the milk in a large pot (that is, bring it almost to a boil). In oven safe, large bowl, combine other ingredients. Add milk, stir. Put in a 350-degree oven and bake for 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes. Best eaten warm.
CINNAMON BREAD PUDDING WITH WHISKEY GLAZE
Lucy tries to woo Ethan up to her apartment using this dish in The Next Best Thing. She does love to bake for that guy!
1 pound of cinnamon raisin bread (homemade is best for you overachievers, but Pepperidge Farms isn’t bad, either…thick sliced works best)
Oven: 350 degrees
Tear bread into 1/2-inch square pieces. Don’t smoosh the bread…you want it to be nice and airy. Place bread chunks in bowl. Add milk and stir occasionally until bread absorbs milk…takes about 20 minutes.
In another bowl, beat eggs, then add sugar, vanilla, raisins and pineapple. Mix well. Add to bread mixture and stir gently with rubber spatula.
Pour into 13-by-9 inch baking pan and cover loosely with foil. Bake 45 minutes or until golden brown and puffy. Be gentle when opening the oven door to check…the pudding may fall if you’re not.
Jack Daniels Sauce
In saucepan, brown the butter (be careful…it turns fast). Add water and sugar, mixing until sugar dissolves. Don’t boil! Turn off heat, add a dash of cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon of vanilla and the whiskey. Mix lightly, then pour over warm pudding. A little whipped cream isn’t going to kill anyone, so go ahead and add that. Taste. Smile. Life is good!
DISGUSTINGLY RICH CHOCOLATE BROWNIES
(Reprinted with permission from Kids Cooking by the editors of Klutz Books)
Have you accidentally whacked your new neighbor with a field hockey stick? If so, I heartily recommend working your way back into his good graces with these. Worked for Grace after she accidentally assaulted Callahan in Too Good To Be True.
BEWARE! These are addictive! But if you have to have an addiction, I recommend these bad boys…
2 cups sugar
Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9 inch baking pan.
Melt butter over low heat. In mixing bowl, combine cocoa and sugar, then stir in the melted butter. Add eggs and vanilla. Stir. Add flour and salt. Mix until just smooth. Add walnuts. Bake in greased pan for 40-50 minutes, until brownies just begin to pull away from sides of pan. And then, enjoy. I know you will!
CLASSIC CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
Callie baked these regularly for her dear old grandfather, Noah, in All I Ever Wanted. Takes about ten minutes to whip up the batter. Time well spent, gang.
1 cup brown sugar
Cream the above ingredients till fluffy. Add
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla (Mexican is really best)
Beat till smooth.
Mix till smooth.
Drop from teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet; bake in 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes per batch.
Short on time? Add ¼ cup of warm water to the batter, an additional ¼ cup of flour, and instead of baking soda, use baking powder. Spread out in cookie sheet, bake 20-25 minutes at 375, and voila. You have blondies instead of cookies.
In My One & Only, Nick and Harper stop at a little restaurant in Montana, where Nick orders pie (just to irritate Harper, who’s itching to get to the airport).
1 recipe for a 9 inch double crust pie
4 ½ cups huckleberries
Mix huckleberries, tapioca, sugar, salt, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar.
Pour mixture into unbaked pie shell. Dot top with butter. Add top pastry and pinch edges (my neighbor smooshes them down with a fork, which looks nice, too).
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Then turn oven down to 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes. You almost can’t overbake a pie, unless you burn the crust.
Best served warm, about an hour out of the oven.
WICKED AWESOME OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES
To be honest, I don’t think I’ve used this recipe in a book (not yet, anyway), but I make these for the kids on the first day of school every year.
(Note: I stand corrected! A reader pointed out that Harper bakes Nick oatmeal cookies when he comes to visit her in their early years…aw! Kinda sweet, huh?)
Preheat oven to 350; grease two cookie sheets.
12 tablespoons butter (1½ sticks) at room temperature
Cream together in mixer. Blend in
In separate bowl, combine
2/3 cup of flour
Add to butter mixture and blend well. Then mix in with wooden spoon
3 ¼ cups quick cooking oats
Using ice cream scoop and packing batter firmly, drop onto greased cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches between cookies. Bake for 15 minutes in 350 degree oven. Big, buttery, sweet and even vaguely nutritious!