Growing up in Chicagoland I used to love to look at the paper on Wednesdays. That’s the day the Continue reading
My grandmother loved to bake and always used “real butter”. Knowing that I loved the taste of “real butter” and it was something we only had on holidays at our house, at her house she would sneak me a small pat near the fridge and we giggled as we let it melt in our mouth. One of the things she was famous for was her Gems, in this recipe I put my twist on it using a cranberry filling and a streusel topping. If you find yourself with leftover cranberry relish around the holidays, you can use it up here. I hope you give them a try!
6 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups flour
Place all crust ingredients into a bowl and combine using a pastry blender, or a fork. Press the ingredients together until combined and you can form a ball. Place the dough in the refrigerator until chilled.
12 oz. bag of fresh cranberries
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp. orange zest
1 cinnamon stick
Combine all ingredients into a sauté pan and cook until thickened. Use the back of a spoon to smash the cranberries. Cook for about 25-30 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick and set aside until ready.
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup quick rolled oats
1/3 cup sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
Combine all ingredients and press together using a pastry blender or fork. Do not over mix, it should be crumbly.
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 Tbsp. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Mix the glaze ingredients in a mug until smooth, you can adjust the thickness by adding more milk to thin it or more sugar to thicken it to your liking.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place them in the cups of a mini muffin tin. Press the dough out in the tin to create a pie crust in each tin. Fill the crusts with the filling and top with the streusel. Bake for 10 minutes or until the crust is golden. Cool and then drizzle with the glaze. Yield – 48 gems.
My friend Jen gave me an AWESOME cookbook for my birthday last year. It’s called The Art of the Cookie by Shelly Kaldunski.
I thought it only fitting that on her birthday I would try out one of the recipes in the book and surprise her with the results. So I set out to make the Vanilla Spritz Sandwiches on page 96. They were so pretty that you would think they were hard to make, but they aren’t. In fact I inspired Jen to make them too! I’m looking forward to trying a few of the others too, like the Neopolitans, Lemon Window Panes and the Dried Cherry Shortbread. Check out this book, it’s a good one to have on the shelf!
My son Andrew loves his Granny’s Sugar Cookies. Just made them recently for an event at school. They are always a big hit!
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
Cream the ingredients above.
Mix in just until combined:
5 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tarter
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
Preheat oven to 375°, on ungreased cookie sheet (I like to line mine with super parchment) placed 1.5″ dough balls spaced 2 inches apart. Moisten the bottom of a glass and dip into sugar, press to flatten the cookie dough.
Bake for 10 minutes until edges just start to brown. Remove to a rack to cool. Enjoy!