Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Cheese Cake

This is by far the best cheese cake recipe. I got this recipe from my sister Abby. It is my husband's birthday and this is what he requested, and it had to be this recipe! It is great plain or with fruit or chocolate topping.

Cheese Cake


2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup melted butter
3 T sugar

mix all together and press into a pie pan


2 - 8 oz packages cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 t vanilla
2 eggs

mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together. Add eggs one at a time. Beat until smooth and pour into pie crust. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until set. cool and then refrigerate until chilled.
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Friday, April 10, 2009

Oatmeal Muffins

My mom used to make these when I was growing up. I love that the smell of them makes my house seem so warm and loved. My kids absolutely love these! I like to make them with whole wheat flour instead of all purpose, but they are great both ways. And they are so quick and easy to throw together, I just love them!

Oatmeal Muffins

1 cup oats
1 cup buttermilk

Mix these together and then add:

1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg

mix again and then add:

1 cup flour or whole wheat flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 t baking powder

mix until combined. Pour into greased or lined muffin tin. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 12 muffins
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Monday, April 6, 2009

Cinnamon Rolls

In our house cinnamon rolls are only made about 3 times a year on very special occasions. This past weekend happened to one of those. I use my wonderful sister-in-law Adena's roll recipe. It is by far my favorite and also makes great dinner rolls. But, let's be honest, is there anything better than a hot, sticky cinnamon roll?!

Cinnamon Rolls

2 cups warm water
3/4 cup melted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 T salt
3 eggs
1 1/2 T yeast
6-7 cups flour

1/2 cup butter softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 T cinnamon
1/2 Cup walnuts, chopped

1/2 cup butter softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 oz cream cheese
1 t vanilla
pinch of salt

Dissolve yeast in water. Add the rest of the ingredients and two cups of the flour. Mix until smooth. Continue adding more of the flour until the dough holds together but is still sticky. Use this dough as sticky as you can handle. Knead until smooth. Let rise until double. Knock down and roll into a rectangle. Spread butter on dough and cover with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nuts. Roll the dough the short way so you have a long roll. Cut the cinnamon rolls with a piece of floss by sliding it under the roll and crossing the two ends and pulling. This will make about 24 or more rolls. Place rolls on a pan covered in parchment paper. Cover and let rise until they are puffy. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until they are light brown and cooked through. Spread icing on them while they are still hot. Serve warm.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Birthday Cupcakes

I just love cupcakes! I haven't made them in forever, but my little baby just turned one so I figured it was a good excuse. The recipe I used, I can't remember where I first got it, I think off the internet. The original recipe calls for chocolate cake and chocolate pudding but I used this recipe with yellow cake and vanilla pudding and it was great! The cupcake are dense and moist, just how I like them. The chocolate version is equally as good. Next time you are making a cake or cupcakes give this gussied up version of a boxed cake mix a try!

Birthday Cupcakes

1 box yellow or chocolate cake mix
1-4 serving box vanilla or chocolate instant pudding
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil

Mix all ingredients according to box directions. Bake at 350 for 17-22 minutes. Cool completely and frost with Butter Cream Frosting.
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