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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Snickerdoodles 2

 Recipe from AllRecipes

2,522 reviews, 4 1/2 stars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Cream together butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the eggs and the vanilla. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Shape dough by rounded spoonfuls into balls.
  3. Mix the 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls of dough in mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.  

      4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard. Remove immediately from baking sheets. 
 
 
This was my first time making snickerdoodles ever, and I was so surprised that they didn't turn out flat like the rest of my cookies and actually looked like from the store. Tasted just as good too! 

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Banana Cake

Banana Cake from allrecipes.com, 611 reviews 4.5 stars

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 1/8 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 3 large bananas)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. In a small bowl, mix mashed bananas with lemon juice, set aside. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Stir in banana mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place directly into freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.
  4. For the frosting: In a large bowl, cream 1/2 cup butter and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add confectioners sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high until frosting is smooth. Spread on cooled cake.

Nutritional Information open nutritional information

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 453 | Total Fat: 18.4g | Cholesterol: 84mg



My Notes
Instead of doing the cream cheese frosting, I used some Betty Crocker Lemon Frosting that I had on had that was going to expire in a couple weeks. Delicious!!!
I had a lot of bananas to use so I used extra bananas too - so a total of 2 cups. Worked just fine still.
Oh and I accidentally only did half the amount of butter that I was supposed to. It didn't taste as good, so I put holes in my cake and poured the other half of butter (melted) over it. Perfect!
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