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Spritz Cookies

Great basic butter cookies

These are best made using a cookie press.  They are fun to make and kids love to help with decorating them.  We make tree cookies at Christmas time and decorate them with colored granulated sugar.

Spritz Cookies
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These are basic "Spritz" cookies that use a cookie press to form interesting shapes. The dough can also be rolled out and traditional cookie cutters can be used, but the pressed cookies are thicker and usually not a dry as rolled cookies.
Servings Prep Time
2 dozen cookies 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 dozen cookies 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 10 minutes
Spritz Cookies
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These are basic "Spritz" cookies that use a cookie press to form interesting shapes. The dough can also be rolled out and traditional cookie cutters can be used, but the pressed cookies are thicker and usually not a dry as rolled cookies.
Servings Prep Time
2 dozen cookies 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 dozen cookies 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: dozen cookies
Instructions
  1. Place butter and shortening in large mixing bowl. Cream together on medium high speed.
  2. Add sugar gradually. Beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes
  3. Add egg and vanilla; Mix well using medium speed.
  4. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl. Add to butter/sugar mixture in three (3) additions; mixing well after each addition. Dough will be stiff. You may need to add more flour to the mixture to ensure that the dough is stiff and not sticky - otherwise it won't work well in the cookie press.
  5. We use a Pampered Chef cookie press. We've tried other manufactures and this one works most consistently and has been long lasting. Please note that we didn't have much luck with the electric models sold by Procter-Silex.
  6. Assemble and fill the cookie press with dough. Select an disc for desired shape.
  7. Press cookies on ungreased, uncoated baking sheet.
  8. Bake at 375° F for 10-12 minutes or until light brown just starts to appear around the edges. Do not overbake.
Recipe Notes

Decorate cookies before baking by brushing them with slightly beaten egg white and adding one of the following:

  1. Sprinkle with white or colored granulated sugar.
  2. Place a nut of chocolate chip on center of cookie.
  3. Decorate with small pieces of candied fruit, chopped nuts, coconut or chocolate sprinkles

When using this egg white glaze you may need to increase baking time by about 1 minute.

(Davis family note: We've never used the egg white and it seems to work out).

You can also decorate cookies after baking by:

  1. Placing a small amount of jam or colored frosting on top.
  2. Brushing tops with sugar glaze then sprinkling with chopped nuts, coconut, decorative candy bits, etc.
  3. Roll warm cookies in powedered sugar.
  4. Dip half of cookie in melted semi-sweet chocolate then sprinkle with ground nuts.
  5. Brush with thin glaze.  Combine 1 cup powdered sugar, 4-5 teaspoons hot milk, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.  Mix well.
  6. Make sandwich cookies by placing frosting between two cookies.
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Pimento Cheese Spread

Southern Pimento Cheese Spread
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Southern Pimento Cheese Spread
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Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Place the cheddar cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, onion powder, minced jalepeno, and pimento into the large bowl of a mixer. Beat at medium speed, with paddle if possible, until thoroughly combined. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
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Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder
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A wonderfully fragrant and delicious Manhattan Clam Chowder recipe. This one was a favorite of Grandma Betty Davis, and is Mark's favorite.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Clam Chowder
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A wonderfully fragrant and delicious Manhattan Clam Chowder recipe. This one was a favorite of Grandma Betty Davis, and is Mark's favorite.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Saute diced bacon in a deep kettle until crisp, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in 1 tsp. thyme and onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender.
  3. Add potatoes, celery, hot water, salt and pepper. Cover. Simmer 5 minutes
  4. Add tomatoes, carrots, clam broth. If you don't have clam broth you may substitute additional water. Simmer, uncovered over very low heat for 1 hour.
  5. Add clams, parsley and 1/2 tsp thyme. Bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  6. Add salt to taste.
Recipe Notes

I usually make a double recipe and freeze half of the chowder for a future serving.

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Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie
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Servings
8 slices
Cook Time
2 hours in freezer
Servings
8 slices
Cook Time
2 hours in freezer
Peanut Butter Pie
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Servings
8 slices
Cook Time
2 hours in freezer
Servings
8 slices
Cook Time
2 hours in freezer
Ingredients
Servings: slices
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients, except crust, in the bowl of a food processor and blend until very smooth. (Alternatively, mix using an electric mixer on medium speed)
  2. Fill crust with misture. Place pie into freezer for minimum of 2 hours
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Crab Cocktail Dip

Crab Cocktail Dip
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This dip goes great with Triscuits
Crab Cocktail Dip
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This dip goes great with Triscuits
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together except the cocktail sauce. Chill. Form into a circle or any other shape you desire and place on serving tray. Pour cocktail sauce over top and serve with crackers.
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Ice Cream

Ice Cream
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This is our favorite homemade ice cream recipe. It requires an ice cream maker and we recommend electric.
Prep Time
4 hours
Prep Time
4 hours
Ice Cream
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This is our favorite homemade ice cream recipe. It requires an ice cream maker and we recommend electric.
Prep Time
4 hours
Prep Time
4 hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. combine all ingredients, except for the milk and vanilla.
  2. For vanilla ice cream use the entire bottle of vanilla. For chocolate ice cream replace 1/2 the bottle of vanilla with chocolate syrup to taste.
  3. Mix thoroughly. Pour into portable freezer container. Fill up to the fill line with milk.
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Swiss Steak

Swiss Steak
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This is a great camping/dutch oven recipe. We've also added in meatballs for the kids
Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
1.5 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
1.5 hours
Swiss Steak
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This is a great camping/dutch oven recipe. We've also added in meatballs for the kids
Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
1.5 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
1.5 hours
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Combine flour, salt, pepper – pound into meat
  2. Brown meat both sides
  3. layer in dutch oven – tomato sauce – celery salt, onion powder, garlic powder
  4. Bake 1 ½ hours
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Eggplant Parmagiana

This is a great camping/dutch oven recipe

Eggplant Parmagiana
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Servings Prep Time
6 people 35 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 35 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Eggplant Parmagiana
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Servings Prep Time
6 people 35 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 35 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Peel and slice eggplant into ½ inch thick rounds. Place the eggplant in a very large bowl with very cold salted water. Cover with a plate to keep the eggplant submerged in the water. Let it stand for about 30 minutes. Discard the water and drain the eggplant in a colander. Lay the eggplant slice on wax paper and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. In a shallow bowl, combine eggs and milk. Put the flour on a sheet of wax paper.
  3. Dip the eggplant into the milk mixture, then dredge them in flour.
  4. Fry the eggplant in hot oil.
  5. Parmagiana Layer the fried eggplant with spaghetti sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese in a dutch oven. Baked for 45 minutes - check frequently since this is currently a guess
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Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp
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Try this using a dutch oven when camping
Cook Time
35 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Apple Crisp
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Try this using a dutch oven when camping
Cook Time
35 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Ingredients
Crumble Mixture
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Butter the baking dish/foil pan
  2. Core, peel and slice apples into the pan
  3. Crumble together the crumble mixture and sprinkle over the apples
  4. Sprinkle with cinimmon
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 mins
  6. Halfway through, cover with foil if you don't want it crunchy
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