Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sugar Cookies with Frosting

Submitted by Marie Newman


1 1/3 cup shortening
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp grated orange peel
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
8 tsp milk
4 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt


Combine dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, cream shortening, sugar, orange peel, vanilla.  Add eggs.  Beat until light and fluffy.  Add milk and combined dry ingredients.  Roll out to 1/4 inch thick.  Cut out shapes. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. 


3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup real margarine
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
3 Tbsp milk

Chicken Lime Soup

Submitted by Jenna Carr

60 oz chicken broth ( I use 4 14.5 oz cans)
1 1/2 cups salsa
1 cup corn
1/4 cup cilantro 
1/4 cup lime juice
2 cups cooked shredded chicken
1 cup instant rice

Combine all together in pot and simmer covered for about 20 min or until rice is tender.

Serve with sour cream and Fritos chips!

Lemon Bars

Submitted by Rachel Mecham


1 c. soft margarine or butter
dash of salt
½ c. powdered sugar
2 c. flour

4 eggs, beaten
2 c. sugar
¼ c. flour
6 Tbsp. lemon juice

1. Combine all ingredients for crust and mix well. Press into bottom of 9xl3" pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until light golden brown.

2. Combine ingredients for filling. Pour onto slightly cooled crust. Bake at 350 degrees for at least 25 minutes, or until set. Cool and sprinkle top with powdered sugar.

White Chip Orange Cookies

Submitted by Dayna Jamison (Taken from
(Original recipe makes 3 -1/2 dozen)


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
2 cups NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Premier White Morsels


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in egg and orange peel. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Tropical Philly Cheesecake


Submitted by Meagan Wade
(from "Kraft Food and Family" cooking magazine)


1 cup Baker's Angel Flake Coconut
2 Tablespoons flour
2 T margarine, melted (I used butter)
1 envelope Knox Unflavored Gelatin
1/4 cup water
2 pkgs. (8 oz. each) Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon grated lime peel
1/4 cup lime juice
8 oz. whipped cream, thawed (I used Cool Whip)
green food coloring

1. MIX coconut, flour, and margarine.  Press firmly onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan.  Bake at 350 F degrees fir 12-15 minutes, or until very lightly brown.
2. SOFTEN gelatin in water in a small saucepan; let stand 1 minute.  Cook on low heat for 5 minutes or until gelatin is dissolved, stirring occasionally.
3. BEAT cream cheese and sugar with electric mixer on medium until well blended.  Add dissolved gelatin, lime peel, juice, and food coloring.  Mix well.  Gently stir in whipped topping; pour over crust.
4. REFRIGERATE several hours, or until firm.  When ready to serve, run knife or metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake.  Remove rim of pan.  Makes 12 servings.

Tapioca Jello Salad

Submitted by Cynthia Gubler


1 large package orange jello
1 large package vanilla cook'n'serve pudding
1 small package tapioca pudding
5 cups water

Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil.  ***Refrigerate overnight (***DON'T skip this step).  Next day add 2 cans mandarin oranges and 8 oz Cool Whip.  Chill before serving.

I have also done this substituting strawberries/strawberry jello and it works well.

Lemon Shortbread Cookies

(Also called Sables au Citron)

Submitted by Sarah Graden
Adapted from Chocolate and Zucchini by Cloutilde Dusoulier
~From Savoring Time in the Kitchen

(Sarah did not use the lemon glaze when she made these cookies. She felt they were perfect without it.)


1 lemon (organic, if you can find it), zested, reserve the juice for the glaze (you'll need 3 tbs lemon juice)*
1 cup + 2 tbs all-purpose flour (I substituted 1/4 cup of the flour for rice flour)
⅓ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp fleur de sel, or kosher salt
7 tbs (3½ oz) chilled unsalted butter, diced
1 large egg yolk

1 cup confectioner's sugar

Add the first 4 ingredients to a large bowl and lightly combine. Add the cold, diced butter and combine with your fingers until blended with the dry ingredients, or use a pastry cutter. Add the egg yolk and stir with fork until combined and the dough comes together. You can add a little water if the dough is too dry or add flour if it is too wet.

Divide the dough in half and form each half into a log approximately 1-2" thick. Wrap each log with plastic and freeze for 30 minutes. You can freeze the dough up to a month at this point.

Preheat oven to 350⁰F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Remove one log from the freezer and slice into ¼" slices. To keep the rounded shape, keep rotating the log after each slice. I found the logs cut better after it thawed for just a bit. Place the slices on the parchment-lined baking sheet and leave 1/2" between the slices. Repeat with the second log.

Bake the cookies for 12 minutes, or until lightly golden. If your slices are bigger they may take longer to bake. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.


Add the 3 tablespoon lemon juice and confectioner's sugar to a small bowl and mix until well combined. Brush each cookie with the glaze, let stand until the glaze is set, about an hour. You can store the cookies up to a week at room temperature in an airtight container.

Sweet Rolls with Orange Topping

Submitted by Laura Hintze


¨ 1 pkg. dry yeast
¨ ½ milk, scalded
¨ 3 Tab. sugar
¨ 3-3 ½ C. bread flour, divided
¨ ¼ C. warm water
¨ ¼ C. butter
¨ 1 tsp. salt
¨ 2 eggs, beaten

Quick Orange Topping:
¨ ½ C. butter, melted
¨ ¾ C. sugar
¨ 1 orange rind, grated



Combine milk, butter, sugar, and salt in
mixing bowl. Cool to lukewarm. Soften
yeast in warm water. Add 1 cup flour
to sugar/salt mixture; beat well. Stir in
softened yeast and eggs. Add enough flour
to make a moderately stiff dough. Knead
about 8-10 minutes. Cover and let rise
75 minutes. Punch down and let rest 10
minutes. Shape into rolls or coffee cake.  

Quick Orange Topping:

Combine sugar and butter. Stir well. Add
orange rind. Spread over raw dough.

Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.