Strawberry Shortcake

Once you've tried this easy, homemade Strawberry Shortcake you'll never turn back to store bought. This recipe combines common ingredients with easy steps so that you can impress your friends and neighbors .By contributing writer Beth

Once you’ve tried this easy, homemade Strawberry Shortcake you’ll never turn back to store bought. This recipe combines common ingredients with easy steps so that you can impress your friends and neighbors with a simple and delicious summer treat. And it’s one little dish that screams “SUMMER” loud and clear.

Make sure to not add too much milk into this. The mixture will be very dry and crumbly. But resist the urge to add more liquid. This shortbread is very close to scones. So just trust the directions, and they’ll turn out great.

Also, make sure to not over knead the dough. If you handle the dough too much, the butter will begin to melt and the shortbread will be tough and dry. Sticking with five folds during the kneading step will develop flaky and tender dough.

Enjoy!

Strawberry Shortcake
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
 
Easy and delicious summer treat!
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup oats
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar + 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, cold
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons maple extract
  • 3 tablespoons demerara sugar
  • 1 pint strawberries, cleaned and hulled
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375° F and line a baking pan with a tray liner or parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, place the flour, oats, brown sugar, ¼ cup of white sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine.
  3. Use a pastry blender or fork to cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly.
  4. Add the milk and maple extract and stir until the dry mixture comes together. There will still be some dry spots. Don't worry.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead the dough tenderly. Turn it over onto itself about 5 times.
  6. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Mold each portion into a small ball and smash it gently with your hand onto the lined pan. Sprinkle with the demerara sugar.
  7. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes.
  8. While the shortcakes are baking, slice your strawberries and place them into a small bowl with 1 tablespoon of white sugar. Stir gently and let sit on the counter.
  9. In a mixing bowl, combine the whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract and whip until light and fluffy.
  10. When shortcakes come out, allow them to cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Cut in half and serve with strawberries and whipped cream.

Once you've tried this easy, homemade Strawberry Shortcake you'll never turn back to store bought. This recipe combines common ingredients with easy steps so that you can impress your friends and neighbors

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Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies

These Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies are a hit time after time. The edges are as soft and fudgy as the center. We've even had them in place of birthday cake.By contributing writer Beth

I could eat dessert pretty much every day. That’s a fact my family has come to live with and accept. Sometimes it’s hit or miss when I’m trying out new recipes, but these Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies are a hit time after time. When we have guests, my family begs me to make these brownies. We’ve even had these brownies in place of birthday cake. They’re that special!

I know that some people love the chewy part of the brownie edges, but I’m a gooey center girl myself. And that, my friends, is my very most favorite part of these brownies. The edges are as soft and fudgy as the center. I know! It was hard for me to believe at first. I think the magic is in the parchment paper lining. It keeps the edges from overcooking.

These rich brownies are great by themselves or topped with vanilla ice cream.

Dark Chocolate Brownies
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24 squares
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2¼ cups turbinado sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Prepare a 9 x 13 inch pan by lining it with parchment paper. Spray the parchment with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the butter, coconut oil, and sugar. Stir to combine.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the bowl. Stir well so that the eggs are evenly mixed.
  5. In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Stir.
  6. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Stir just until they pull together. There will still be a few clumps.
  7. Add the chocolate chips and stir very lightly (maybe 8 times).
  8. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 32 minutes. Do not do a toothpick test. The batter should be barely set in the middle. If you jiggle the pan and see the middle move, then put it back in the oven for about 2 minutes.
  9. Allow the brownies to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. They will continue to cook during this time.
  10. Remove the brownies from the pan by using the parchment as handles. Move the brownies and parchment to a cooling rack. Serve warm or cool.
Notes
You can substitute all butter for the coconut oil.
You can substitute 2 cups of white sugar for the turbinado sugar. I prefer the turbinado because it has a slight molasses flavor and it adds more character to the dish.
If you use salted butter you'll want to reduce the amount of salt you add.

These Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies are a hit time after time. The edges are as soft and fudgy as the center. We've even had them in place of birthday cake.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

These Gluten-Free Chocolate Cranberry Cookies use fresh cranberries, allowing you to get their vibrant color and tart glory! | The Happy HousewifeBy contributing writer Tessa

These Gluten-Free Chocolate Cranberry Cookies use fresh cranberries, allowing you to get their vibrant color and tart glory!

Here in Oregon, we actually get homegrown fresh cranberries this time of year from a coastal town in the south. Vincent Cranberries are a real treat, and since I had some on hand, I wanted to find a way to use the fresh berries in a cookie.

These Gluten-Free Chocolate Cranberry Cookies use fresh cranberries, allowing you to get their vibrant color and tart glory! | The Happy Housewife

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
Serves: 24
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup allowed butter, ghee, palm shortening, or coconut oil (I used grass-fed butter)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar or more to taste (I used palm sugar)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup gluten-free flour (I used ⅓ cup each brown rice, tapioca, and rice flour)
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon gelatin or 1 teaspoon guar or xanthum gum
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup chopped fresh cranberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer, beat the softened butter with the sugar until creamy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  4. With the mixer still running, sprinkle in the sea salt, baking soda, and gelatin or gum.
  5. Continue with the flours and the oats.
  6. Taste and add more sugar (or stevia) if you like.
  7. Mix in the chocolate chips and fresh cranberries.
  8. Drop rounded tablespoons about 2 inches apart onto the parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for about 10 minutes until just golden.

These Gluten-Free Chocolate Cranberry Cookies use fresh cranberries, allowing you to get their vibrant color and tart glory! | The Happy Housewife

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Buckeyes

I love buckeyes, they are one of my favorite Christmas candies. What I love about them, is that unlike many other Christmas candy, you don’t have to own a candy thermometer or double boiler.

I love buckeyes, they are one of my favorite Christmas candies. What I love about them, is that unlike many other Christmas candy, you don't have to own a candy thermometer or double boiler. This foolproof recipe turns out every single time!

This foolproof recipe turns out every single time!

Buckeyes
Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening (if you don’t use shortening you can substitute with paraffin)
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and confectioners’ sugar to form a smooth stiff dough.
  3. Shape into ping pong sized balls.
  4. Place on wax paper, and refrigerate or place in the freezer for 30 minutes
  5. Melt shortening and chocolate together on stove top over low heat.
  6. Stirring constantly until smooth, and remove from heat.
  7. Insert a wooden toothpick into a ball, and dip into melted chocolate.
  8. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set.

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