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Recipe Reviews 41 reviews
Big Soft Ginger Cookies
Oh, my gosh... These are so good! The spices balance out nicely. We usually go for chocolate chip cookies, but even my picky 7-year-old son loves these. I doubled the recipe and used 1 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of margarine to get the buttery taste. Instead of water, I followed other reviewers' advice and used fresh orange juice. However, I'm not sure the juice made any difference. Before measuring the molasses, I sprayed the measuring cup with cooking spray so the molasses would slide out easily. I rolled the dough into 1-inch balls to yield more cookies. I will definitely use this recipe again very soon.

406 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 1, 2006
Chocolate Banana Bread
Fabulous! I had some sour cream and very ripe bananas to use up, so I tried this recipe. So glad I did! Both the banana and chocolate flavors came through. Modifications: 1) Used regular sour cream and mini chocolate chips because that's what I had on hand. With mini chocolate chips, chocolate flavor is more evenly distributed. Since my bananas were small, I used 7. 2) Whisked dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, and cocoa powder) together in one bowl and created a hole in the middle. In another bowl, mixed the wet ingredients (margarine, white sugar, eggs, mashed bananas, and vanilla extract). Then poured the wet mixture and sour cream in the middle of the dry ingredients and mixed by hand until just incorporated. Finally, stirred in the chips. This method will prevent tough bread. 3) Instead of two big loaves, I made 8 mini loaves with the batter and baked them for 35 minutes. Less time and easier to share with friends. This tastes more like a loaf cake than traditional banana bread, so this will not replace my tried and true banana nut bread recipe. However, this will be a wonderful addition to my repertoire, especially when I want to impress guests with an unique homemade baked treat. *Update on 9/22/06: Made bread with regular semi-sweet chocolate chips and mini chips many time with great success. Today used white chips, and they dissolved into gooey, sticky mess that stuck to the bottom of the pans and left ugly holes throughout the loaves.

198 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 10, 2006
Updated Mulled Cider
What a wonderful drink to warm up cold winter days! I doubled the recipe for a party, and it was a big hit. After bringing it to a boil on the stovetop, I transferred the cider into a big crockpot and kept it hot on the low setting. I did make a few changes to the recipe due to the ingredients I had on hand: I used a couple pinches of ground cloves because I did not have whole cloves. I only used a quarter amount of the fresh orange juice because that's the amount I got after squeezing a few oranges. I doubled the amount of raisins and cinnamon sticks for extra flavor. Serve this delicious hot drink with a spoon so your guests can eat the plump raisins as well.

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 19, 2005

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