recipes

Sweet Memories Recipe: Corn Flake Christmas Cookies!

When straightening up the kitchen after this year's Thanksgiving festivities... I noticed a recipe on the back of the Market Place Corn Flakes box.  We used cornflakes in our sweet potato casserole this year and realizing no one in the house will eat the rest for breakfast, I figured I would give it a whirl!  

Introducing... one of the most delicious cookies I have ever eaten!

Seriously... I don't bake cookies often... I bake cupcakes... I bake cakes... I can create standard corn breads and rolls, etc... but cookies have never been my "thing".  I do however host a holiday cookie exchange every year (this year is our 9th!!!) and I started this tradition so I could GET awesome cookies from others and trade off my boring blobs of dough in kind.   Don't get me wrong... I can bake... they just aren't pretty. 

Well, these corn flake cookies... not only look great but taste AMAZING.  The is the other thing... I don't really like sweets. So for me to like a cookie... it has to be AMAZING.

What you will need:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup crushed corn flakes
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup pecans (chopped)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Beat butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer on Medium-High speed until creamy.  Add peanut butter, egg, and vanilla; beat until well blended.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, and salt; beat until combined.
  4. Stir in corn flakes, chocolate chips and pecans. 
  5. Use a small scoop or drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto a nonstick baking sheet.  I prefer to use parchment paper to line the baking sheet.
  6. Bake cookies 9-11 minutes, until they are lightly brown... allow to continue baking on the sheet after you remove them from the oven.  
  7. Eat. Yum! 

Sweet Memories Recipe: Fresh Banana Bread

The weather is chilly... fuzzy socks... blankets... movie night... and yummy homemade treats!  Here is a favorite recipe of mine... a fresh banana bread!  It can be made as a loaf or in a wider pan... regardless, served warm with a little butter and you will have a new family favorite, as well!  This recipe makes 2 loaf pans.

What you will need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 mashed bananas (riper the better)

Sift flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla extract with a mixer, blending on med to high for 2 mins until fluffy.  Add the mashed bananas and eggs.  Once blended, add the flour/baking soda/salt mixture slowly in and blend well.

Butter and lightly flour the inside of your pan... If you are using a glass loaf pan fill 1/2 to 2/3 with batter and bake for 50-60 mins at 325 degrees.  If you have a dark metal loaf, fill the same amount and bake 40-50 at the same temp.  You can also use a wider pan (such as 9x13) and bake for 30-40,  check the center with a toothpick to make sure it is done!

Allow to cool for about 10 mins on a cooling rack in the pan, then remove and server warm with butter or let cool!