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Carrot Cookies

Carrot Cookies

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the food. Of course, this should not come as a surprise to anyone. The difference between food every other time of the year and the holidays is tradition. During the holidays I get to make and eat foods that, for some reason, are saved for this time of year. That is definitely true of my grandma’s Carrot Cookies.

There is not a Christmas that I can remember that didn’t include Carrot Cookies. This recipe came from my dad’s mom. My own mother started making them at Christmas time during my childhood. They were one of the few cookies that my oldest brother ate. He was never a huge fan of chocolate or sweets in general. I’m sure mom felt that she needed to make some sort of treats that he enjoyed, too.

Through the years my own children have come to look forward to the Christmastime treat. In fact, when D1 heard that I was making Carrot Cookies earlier in the week she was very excited. Her excitement waned when I told her they were for a cookie exchange at work. I told her not to be discouraged; her grandmother would probably make some.

Many times when I tell people, “these are Carrot Cookies”, their faces, or at least their noses, wrinkle up. Carrots don’t seem to belong in cookies. However, when they are cooked and mashed and combined with fresh orange juice they are a soft and delicious treat. Plus, they must be full of Vitamins A and C. They’re practically a health food.

Our office Cookie Exchange didn’t have very many participants. Those who sampled the Carrot Cookies mentioned how soft they are, and the orange flavor. My co-worker who drew the number for my cookie canister is not a huge fan of sweets, similar to my afore-mentioned brother. I told him that his kids might really enjoy those cookies. Of course I touted the health aspects of these Vitamin rich cookies, so that he would feel good about letting the little ones eat them. That was Thursday.

Yesterday at work my Carrot Cookie winning co-worker mentioned that he liked my cookies. He had eaten four the previous evening. Wow. These really must be the cookie that people who don’t eat sweets eat.

As for D1, I do have a bowl of Carrot Cookie dough ready to be baked up right now. Don’t tell her, though. I want it to be a surprise!

What are some of the foods that you look forward to during the holidays? Those foods that you only make or eat during this season? I would love to know!

If you wrinkled your nose when you read “Carrot Cookies” I suggest you give these a try. They might be a new tradition for your holidays!

Carrot Cookies

Cookie Dough

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cooked and mashed carrots
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Juice and grated rind of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Orange Icing

  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • Juice and grated of orange of ½ – 1 orange
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl until combined.
  3. Drop by teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until starting to brown on the edges.
  5. Remove from the oven and place pan on a cooking rack. Allow to cool for five minutes before removing from pan. Cool completely before icing.
  6. In a medium mixing bowl, carefully beat or whisk ingredients together to make an icing. If you prefer a thicker icing add less juice. For a thinner glaze, add more orange juice.
  7. Spread icing on cooled cookies.
  8. Allow icing to set before serving or plating.

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2019 in Baking Recipes, Dessert Recipes

 

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Cheesy Egg Bake

Cheesy Egg Bake

As the holiday season is upon us, it is the perfect time to share this recipe. I made this the first time for my family about a month ago. It has become such a hit that it has transitioned to a dinner recipe, too! Cheesy Egg Bake started as a cost effective brunch that I thought everyone would enjoy. Imagine my surprise and joy when they all fell in love.

It can be a challenge to find meals that fit all of the likes of my family. Even the little foursome that we are most of the time now have varied food preferences. This recipe ticked off many of my families boxes:

  • Simple
  • Quick
  • Cost Effective
  • Cheesy
  • Not Spicy
  • Meatless
  • Protein

As I served the Cheesy Egg Bake for that first brunch my biggest surprise was how much Daughter Number 3 liked it. In fact, she wanted seconds. Then she asked if she could have it for breakfast the next day.

There’s another box this recipe ticks, too!

  • Easily portable

The Hubs and D4 liked it. They both thought it a bit bland at that first brunch. After a few bites D3 offered up some flavoring suggestions.

Everyone agreed that they sounded good, so I used her suggestion the next time I made it.

 

After I made the new and improved Cheesy Egg Bake the second time it was an even bigger hit.

Within a couple of weeks I made it again; this time for dinner. One more time everyone liked it.

In all of my years of cooking this might actually be the only dish I have ever made that my family wanted to eat as leftovers. The Hubs, who has never been a fan of leftovers, saw me getting a piece of Cheesy Egg Bake out of the fridge a few days after we had it for dinner. “I was looking for that”, he said. I just smiled and heated up the last piece.

Do you have a recipe that ticks off many of the boxes that satisfy the needs of everyone in your family? What about a dish that even the leftovers are sought after? If you don’t, Cheesy Egg Bake might just be the one!

I think it is a perfect breakfast or brunch recipe for your holidays!

Cheesy Egg Bake

  • ½ cup unsalted butter (melted)
  • 16 ounces cottage cheese
  • 2 cups grated cheddar (see note)
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon chives
  • ½ Tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 12 eggs (beaten)
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9 X 13 baking dish.
  2. In a medium bowl combine melted butter, cottage cheese and cheddar. Stir in flour, baking, powder, pepper, salt , chives, and parsley. Whisk in the beaten eggs until combined. There will still be lumps from the cottage cheese.
  3. Pour into greased pan and bake 30-40 minutes or until lightly browned and set in the middle.
  4. Remove from oven to cool 5-10 minutes. Cut into squares and serve.

Note: To make this lower in fat use mozzarella cheese and lower fat cottage cheese.

Note 2: The seasonings can be altered to your families taste.

Note 3: I have used as few as 8 eggs in this recipe, which makes it less fluffy and more dense.

 

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2018 in Breakfast Recipes, Brunch Recipes

 

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Sharing Morsels ~ Holiday Meals

Sharing Morsels ~ Holiday Meals

Sharing Morsels – Holiday Meals

I shared that I had taken some time to just be with my family and other loved ones over the Christmas holiday time. However, I did not take a rest from cooking or baking. I did plenty of that! Not the ordinary baking of candies, cookies, and goodies but cooking food for happy consumption! I enjoyed sharing morsels – holiday meals with my family.

Here was the menu for just a couple of days:

Christmas Eve Menu

Shrimp Bisque

Salad

Crusty French Bread

 

Christmas Breakfast

Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Glaze

Bacon and Sausage

Hash brown Egg Cassserole (vegetarian, not vegan)

Orange juice

Mimosas

Coffee, tea

Irish coffee

 

Christmas Day with Family

Fiesta Cheesecake

 

St. Stephen’s Day Feast / Boxing Day

Ham

Turkey

Mashed Potatoes

Green Bean Supreme

Dinner rolls

 

January 2nd

Clam Chowder

Bread Bowl

Salad

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This was not necessarily a menu from the Low Fat section, but it was from the High Taste section!

Every morsel of food was made from scratch.

Although I usually share as many of the recipes as I can with you, I am only going to share the menu at this time, and a little about the new kitchen appliance / gadget that was a key player in the prep of most of the meals. The Hubs and I had been discussing getting an electric pressure cooker and looking at our options. Leave it to The Hubs to announce one morning, that as he had been working late one night, he went ahead and ordered an Electric Pressure Cooker (EPC) he had seen while watching late night television. Correction: He ordered 2; one for us and one for Daughter Number One and her fiancé. While that may (or may not) have been my choice of EPC’s it is the one that I own. I have made good use of it in the short time I have had it, and as I learn more I will most likely share more with you.

The time that we spent together and the meals we shared as a family – that’s what the holiday season is about. Those memories will last not just my lifetime, but my girls’ as well.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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