Archive for 'Desserts'

Easy Strawberry “Shortcake”

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

What You Need:

  • 8 prepackaged sponge cake dessert cups
  • 1 can of whipped cream
  • 1 quart of fresh strawberries/ sliced
  • fresh mint leaves (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Arrange a dessert cup on each plate.
  2. Top with a generous layer of washed, sliced strawberries.
  3. Add a layer of whipped cream to each.
  4. Add another dessert cup to each.
  5. Top with another layer of the strawberries.
  6. Spray whipped cream on top of desserts.
  7. Garnish each dessert with mint leaves (optional.)

Lucky Orange New Year’s Cake

Servings: 10

Prep Time: 15 – 20 minutes

Bake Time: one hour

Cool Time: 1/2 hour

What You Need:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 sticks (melted) butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • grated zest of one orange
  • grated zest of one lemon
  • slivered almonds (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 10-inch round cake pan.
  2. Beat egg yolks with sugar for about 3 minutes in a large bowl until light yellow. Add the butter and beat for another minute. Beat in the orange juice.
  3. Mix dry ingredients (excluding almonds) in another bowl and blend into the yolk mix.
  4. Beat egg whites separately until they form soft peaks, then fold them into the batter.
  5. Pour batter into cake pan and top with almonds.
  6. Bake cake for one hour and let cool before serving.



Candy Cane Cookies

Servings: 4  dozen cookies

Prep Time: about 2 hours (refrigerate dough)

Bake Time: 12 minutes/ dozen

Cool Time: 30 minutes

What You Need:

  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons crushed peppermint candies
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring

What You Do:

  1. Mix the cup of sugar, milk, butter, vanilla, peppermint extract, flour, baking powder, and egg in a large bowl.
  2. Divide the dough in half.
  3. Add red food coloring to half the dough and refrigerate both halves for two hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Mix the crushed peppermint candy and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a small bowl.
  6. Shape cookies by forming a teaspoon of each dough into 4-inch ropes (roll dough on floured surface.) Place one red and one white rope side by side and twist together. Bend top of cookie over to form curve of cane.
  7. Place cookies several inches apart on cookie sheet and bake for 9-12 minutes. Sprinkle peppermint candy mixture over baked cookies and let cool (30 minutes.)


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