This is the selection for Saturday, February 25, 2012.
This is the book to be discussed on February 25, 2012.
Some of us were inspired to try out the recipes. Others tried out a tweaked version of a recipe. Some of us just read the book. All are welcome to come and let us know what they thought of the book, the recipes or both!
I made these Carrot Oatmeal Muffins as suggested by the recipe in the book. I tweaked them by using all whole wheat flour, and honey instead of the sugar. We enjoyed them!
Nutmeg Snaps .The original version and Sueb's tweaked version are below.
Sueb's Nutmeg Softies
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 medium egg
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour
1/3 cup chopped dried pears
(measure after chopping)
You will notice that there are some differences in the amounts and kinds of ingredients! To make either kind of cookie dough, the steps are basically the same, though.
Cream the butter (original) or shortening (Sueb's) with the sugar. When smooth, add the molasses (Sueb's) and eggs. Add the dry ingredients. All purpose flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg if you're making the original, whole wheat flour, baking powder and
nutmeg if you're making Sueb's recipe. Combine until smooth. Fold in chopped dried fruit.
The author suggested chilling the dough for several hours in the original recipe. If making Sueb's variation, chilling the dough isn't necessary.
Shape dough into balls, roll in additional sugar. These should be placed on a greased cookie sheet or a pan with parchment paper. Bake for 8-12 minutes at 350. The original recipe indicated that she timed her's for 11 minutes, I timed mine for 10 minutes.
Let these set on the pan for several minutes after removing from the oven before placing on a cooling rack. The original recipe yielded 6 dozen, Sueb's recipe yielded 3 dozen.
I'm sure the original recipe would have tasted good! I know that the soft variation that I made up was very tasty!
Chocolate-Covered Raisin Cookies (AR Book Club- Devil's Food Cake Murder)
Made this recipe after having read Devi's Food Cake Murder. The recipe should be entitled, "Butterscotch Chocolate-Covered Raisin Cookies" because the butterscotch taste is so predominant.
Cookies, cookies and more cookies!!!
Marianne sent this photo and review:
tyle="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif">Cookies. . I used my black and raspberry vinegar,but I didn't have any rum extract, so I used my fiori di sicilia extract
(one of King Arthur's). These are excellent cookies! I will have to try them with rum extract when I get it! I did enjoy this book, too!
Mini Mac Cookies AR Book Club
Joanne Fluke AR Book Club Devil's Food Cake Murder Recipe
Some of us have had a chance to try out new recipes! Some have read the book! Some have done both! Please leave your comments!!!