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Oatmeal Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2010
I wanted to review this recipe while it's still fresh in my mind. I just finished the 2nd time baking these today. I was a little disappointed with the first time...I wanted plain; my husband wanted raisins. So, I followed the recipe with the exception of raisins instead of choc chips in half, and just plain for the other half. The half with raisins was great! Just the right height and fabulous taste. The plain half was terribly flat,(thus, my disappointment), but still had the same great taste. I decided to try again, only this time using butter-flavored Crisco. Half w/chocolate chips, the other half plain. The results were as different as night and day! Both were great....nice and puffed up and still the wonderful flavor. I think I might try 1/2 butter and 1/2 Crisco butter flavored next time. I can't explain why my cookies w/all butter came out flat when other reviewers' didn't, but as long as I can remedy the problem, it doesn't really matter. These are some of the best tasting oatmeal cookies I have ever had. Thanks!
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Angel Biscuits II

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2010
I had never heard of "Angel Biscuits" before finding this recipe on AR; then just the other night my neighbor was telling me how much she likes angel biscuits. I knew then I would have to try these. So, I made then tonight, making 1/2 the recipe....only problem was, I failed to use only half the water and ended up using the entire 1/4 cup. As you can imagine, this made the dough very wet and goopy! I didn't want to throw it all away so decided to try to salvage by adding flour until I could cut out w/a biscuit cutter. I didn't attempt to roll out with a rolling pin, just patted into a nice thick circle and cut out. I baked four for my husband and I, and froze the rest before rising. I did bake them a few minutes longer than stated since they were so wet, but I was very pleasantly surprised when they came out really tasty! I can't wait to try again -- this time using the correct measurements! I have a hunch they're going to be even better when made properly. Thanks for posting the recipe.
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Chocolate Mint Cookies I

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2010
These are fantastic! I melt the butter, sugar, water and choc. chips in the microwave. The only thing I change is to add 1 tsp vanilla. I scoop out w/the Pampered Chef small cookie scoop, bake for 8 minutes, then put a whole Andes mint on top as soon as removing from the oven. By the time I have put the mint on the last cookie on the sheet, I go back and swirl w/a spoon. I then transfer the cookies (on the parchment they were baked on) to a cool cookie sheet & put in the freezer for 5-10 min or so until the chocolate has set. These are great at room temperature or straight from the freezer! My only complaint is that the cookies come out a little flatter than I wish, but it sure isn't a deal breaker! I'll keep baking these over & over again. Thanks for a great recipe. **ADDED: I have also used Hershey's mint kisses with good results. We like the Andes the best, though**
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Simple White Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2010
I made this recipe today, doubling it to make 24 cupcakes and an 8" single layer cake. The only change I made was to add just a dash more milk...I'm not even sure it was needed. The taste of this is excellent. However, with the cupcake I sampled, it stuck to the paper a little and kind of fell apart. This could definitely be "user-error" since I seldom ever bake cupcakes! I tried to remove the cake from the pan, but it wouldn't budge, eventhough I greased & floured the pan. Even with those two "mis-steps", no matter! We can eat the cupcakes w/forks, and I'm sure I can manage to get the cake out somehow! Excellent flavor! Thanks so much for the recipe. I will be trying to improve my technique.
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One Bowl Buttercream Frosting

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2010
Just made the frosting today, following the recipe exactly. I used it to frost cupcakes and a small cake. Very easy and very yummy!
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Blackberry Cobbler II

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2010
This was only my second time making a "real" cobbler. It was fantastic! I followed the recipe with the exception of adding the suggested cinnamon and vanilla to both the crust & the filling. I also made 1 1/2 timess the amount of crust. My husband rated it 100!! Thanks for a super good recipe. This will be made many more times and I'm anxious to try with other fruits.
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Quick Yeast Rolls

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2010
I have a hard time understanding why some raters keep going on about the dough being too sticky to knead or make into balls, etc. As the directions indicate, you are not supposed to knead..just get in the muffin tins. I used a cookie scoop with no problems...dough didn't stick to the scoop, no mess, no fuss! That probably should have been stated in the recipe to alleviate any confusion. We thought the rolls were pretty good for what they were...quick and easy! Thanks for the recipe, and thx to the other reviewers for the good suggestions.
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Simple Whole Wheat Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2010
I made this bread on Sunday and again today. On Sunday, I baked into 1 large 9X5 loaf in the Pampered Chef loaf pan, 2 cinnamon breads and 2 small loaves in the PC mini-loaf pans. Today I made 2 9X5 loaves and a slightly smaller cinnamon bread loaf. We love this bread...as is...no changes necessary. It did, however, take a little longer than the stated time to fully bake. Thanks for an easy and tasty recipe!
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Baked Ziti Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2010
I've made this recipe several times since finding it a few months ago. My husband and I love it! I always halve the recipe since I'm just cooking for the two of us, and still always have lots of leftovers. We add about 1/2 lb. ground beef, oregano, garlic, basil and italian seasoning, using about 1/2 jar of sauce. Usually serve it with a nice salad and garlic toast or breadsticks. My daughter and her family love our leftovers! Thanks so much for sharing this tasty recipe!
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Aunt Anne's Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2010
Made this early this morning to take to my sister's house for the traditional new year's dinner. I followed the receipe for ingredients & the mixing instructions with the only exception being I used 1/4 c flour, 1/2 c white sugar and 1/2 c brown sugar for the streusal (left the butter & cinnamon the same). Baked in a 9X9 pan @ 350 for about 30 minutes....just perfect. Next time though, I will put a layer of streusel between layers of the cake mix to get that extra goodness in the cake. The streusel did "crunch" up on top when cooled, but was very good. Thanks for the recipe!
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Cinnamon Rolls II

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2009
Just finished eating one (2nd one in an hour!). They turned out really well. However, when mixing (in my K.A. mixer), the dough was so wet and sticky it wouldn't form a ball on the dough hook even after adding more flour. So I just dumped it out on some flour and added more until it looked about right (still a little more wet than it should be), then put in bowl to rise. I was really surprised when it raised beautifully! Had no problem rolling into rolls. Baked in a 9X13 pan for 10 min @ 325, then another 9-10 min @ 350. DELICIOUS!! I did halve the recipe, by the way. Thanks so much for the recipe.
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Breadsticks with Parmesan Butter

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2009
These were very good. I halved the recipe (used the whole egg). Also added minced garlic, italian seasoning and parm. cheese (the dry canned stuff) in the dough. It was extremely wet and sticky & took probably another 1/2 - 3/4 c flour to get it right. Rose beautifully in an hour. Rolled out to make 20 sticks...let rise for another 45-50 min. Sprayed w/olive oil and sprinkled the same parm before baking for about 9-10 minutes. They came out golden brown. I then brushed with a mixture of melted butter, garlic powder, parm cheese & a little italian seasoning. They still needed more of a garlic taste, but my husband and I enjoyed them with the baked ziti from this site. Thanks for the recipe!
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Amish White Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2009
Have made the bread twice in a week now! Very good. Followed the recipe - no additions/changes. My only problem is sometimes getting the dough shaped into a nice loaf. Oh, BTW, used my Kitchen Aid...couldn't be easier! Thanks for the recipe.
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