Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookie recipe using self-rising flour.

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar, reserved for coating cookies

Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy.
Add egg and vanilla, mix.
Add flour, mixing thoroughly.
Scrape down sides of bowl and mix again.
Roll into 1-inch balls.
Dip top half of balls in reserved sugar.
Place on parchment lined cookie sheet two inches apart.
Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan.
Remove to wire rack to finish cooling.

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Cost  $1.63 for 4 dozen cookies  
Cost of ingredients based on the online prices at Wal-Mart in my area. 
Freezes well either baked or unbaked.
My cost 1.14 (Kroger has sugar for .99/4 pounds)

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Bites

Easy no-bake candy recipe.


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix cream cheese and butter until creamy.
Add sugar a little at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Add graham cracker crumbs, vanilla and lemon juice, mixing well.
Chill batter until firm.
Roll into one inch balls.
Melt chocolate chips.
Dip balls into chocolate, covering completely.
Place on wax paper lined tray.
Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Cost  $5.75

Cost of ingredients based on the online prices at Wal-Mart in my area.

Butterscotch Blondies

Quick and easy blondie recipe.

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup butterscotch chips

Mix together the melted butter and sugar.
Add the egg and vanilla.
Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients.
Add the butterscotch chips.
Pour into a greased and floured 8X8 inch pan, spreading evenly.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.

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Cost $1.89 for 9 servings or $.21 a serving*

If you do a lot of baking, brown sugar is $4.58 for 7 pounds at Sam's Club.  That is 19 cents a cup versus  29 cents a cup if purchased in 1 pound boxes.
My Cost $1.41 or $.16 a serving

*Cost of ingredients based on the online prices at Wal-Mart in my area.

Orange Blossoms

Keep a batch of Orange Blossoms in the freezer for a quick dessert.  Just the perfect sweet bite with a cup of coffee.

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • zest of one orange

Mix cake mix with water, oil and eggs according to package directions.
Pour into greased mini-muffin tins.
Bake 10 to 15 minutes in preheated 350-degree oven or until lightly browned.
Mix orange juice and confectioner's sugar until smooth.
Add orange zest.
Dip muffins while they are still warm in the glaze, covering completely.
Cool on rack.

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Cost  $3.18 for 72 mini-muffins  $.13 for a serving of 3 muffins


Perfect for freezer.
Sam's Club has confectioner's sugar for $4.58 for 7 pounds.
If you do a lot of baking this is cheapest way to buy confectioner's sugar, 18 cents a cup versus 27 1/4 cents a cup.
I got a great buy on cake mixes at Kroger for $.49 and my eggs are free, so
my cost  is $1.76  or $.07 a serving

Cost of ingredients based on the online prices at Wal-Mart in my area.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Steamed Cranberry Pudding

Traditional Christmas Recipe 

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 cups whole cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Dissolve the baking soda in hot water.
Add sugar and molasses, mixing well.
Mix in cranberries and flour.
Pour into a greased 6-cup steamer mold.
Place mold in steamer, cover pot.
Cook over medium heat for 1 1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
Loosen the edges, and cool on a wire rack in the mold.
Serve with hard sauce.

Hard Sauce
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Make the hard sauce just before serving:  
Heat butter, cream, sugar and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium heat. 
Cook stirring constantly until heated through and smooth.

Cost of pudding $3.20
Cost of Hard Sauce $2.00
Total cost $5.20

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Pecan Pie

A easy recipe for pecan pie. Comes out prefect every time.

  • 1 cup light or dark corn syrup
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans
  • 1 unbaked deep-dish pie crust

Mix corn syrup, eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla together.
Stir in pecans.
Pour into prepared pie crust.
Bake in a preheated oven for 60 minutes or until center reaches 200 degrees.
Cool three hours before serving.

$6.34  8 servings 

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Pineapple Bread

A moist sweet bread recipe bursting with tropical flavors. Plus it so easy to make, just stir and bake.

3 eggs, beaten
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple, in it own juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups self-rising flour
1 cup chopped walnuts

Mix together eggs, sugar, oil, pineapple and vanilla.
Add flour, mixing until combined.
Stir in nuts.
Divide the batter equally into two loaf pans.
Bake in a preheated 325-degree oven for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cost to make 2 loaves $5.60.