Quick and Simple Butter Cookie Recipe

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It’s amazing how good these butter cookies are because they require so few ingredients – chances are you will have every thing you need on hand.
When I first looked at this recipe I thought it should have had baking powder in the ingredients, but it did not. The cookies were prepared as written without baking powder. They were a little flat but they had good texture and are delicious – actually I could not stop eating them.

This is a really simple recipe, give it a try, and enjoy.

Quick and Simple Butter Cookie Recipe
 
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Serves: 24 depending on size
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a large bowl cream the butter while gradually adding the sugar.
  3. Mix in the eggs, vanilla and then add the flour mixing until just moistened.
  4. Place the cookie dough 1 teaspoon at a time on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 8 minutes, let rest for 1 minute, and then remove to a wire rack to cool.

 

Fudge Brownies for Two

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This Fudge Brownie recipe is the perfect size for two people. The brownies are rich and moist, dont require a lot of prep time, and only require 20 minutes in the oven. If there are any left over they will store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

If you cooking for two give these Fudge Brownies a try; they’re delicious!!

Fudge Brownies for Two
 
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Serves: Serves 2
Ingredients
  • 3 ½ ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into 4 pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Line a 8 ½ x 4 ½ loaf pan with aluminum foil and lightly spray with cooking spray; preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place the chocolate chips, cocoa, and butter in a small bowl. Microwave mixture for 30 – 60 seconds until butter and chocolate is melted. Stir with a spoon until well combined and smooth; set aside.
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  5. In a large bowl whisk together the sugar, egg, and egg yolk, salt, and vanilla. Using a spoon mix in the flour until just combined.
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  8. Pour and spread batter evenly into the loaf pan and bake for 24 – 30 minutes until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
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  10. Cool on wire rack, remove, and cut into desired size bars; enjoy

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Adapted from Cooking for 2 Cookbook

Chicken Cacciatore for Two

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Chicken Cacciatore for Two

Sometimes it’s hard to scale down a recipe for 2 people without sacrificing the quality of the recipe, but this Chicken Cacciatore for Two recipe is delicious. This recipe is fairly quick to put together and doesn’t require a lot of cooking time. You can use 2 chicken leg quarters in this recipe or 3-4 chicken thighs depending on whats available. I used 3 because that’s what was in the package.

If you’re cooking for two give this one a try it’s excellent. Enjoy

Chicken Cacciatore for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken thighs or 2 leg quarters
  • Salt
  • pepper
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 8 ounces fresh portabella mushrooms (trimmed and quartered)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 medium red pepper (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • ½ teaspoons dried rosemary
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5-ounces)
  • ½ cup chicken broth
Instructions
  1. Salt and pepper the chicken on both sides. In a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat brown chicken on both sides; remove chicken to a plate. Reserve about 1 tablespoon of fat in the skillet.
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  3. In the same skillet cook the mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper until vegetables are softened and start to brown. Stir in the tomato paste, garlic, rosemary, and pepper flakes and cook until mixture is rust colored. Mix in the wine stirring any dripping off the bottom of the pan and continue cooking until liquid is evaporated.
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  6. Mix in the diced tomatoes and chicken broth and then work the chicken into the mixture. Cook covered over low heat for about 25 minutes until chicken reaches a temperature of 175F. Remove cover and cook on medium high until sauce starts to thicken and chicken is done. (185F.)

Adapted from cookscountry.com

Chicken and Rice For Two

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Sometimes just cooking for two can be a challenge. This chicken and rice for two recipe is simple and delicious, and fairly quick to prepare.

Put this on the menu for supper; you’ll love it.

Chicken and Rice For Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 ¼ cups low sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup long grain white rice
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 bone in chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium size microwavable bowl mix together ¾ cup chicken broth, rice, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Cove and microwave for 7-8 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
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  4. Salt and pepper the chicken. In a medium size sauce pan using the oil over medium high heat brown chicken on both sides; set chicken aside on a plate.
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  6. Reserve one tablespoon of the oil in the sauce pan, add the onion, ¼ teaspoon salt, and cook until onion is soft and starts to brown. Add the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant about 30 seconds. Add wine while scrapping any dripping off the bottom of the pan and then add the remaining ½ cup chicken broth.
  7. Mix in the rice and place chicken in the pan skin side up. Cove and bake until rice is tender and chicken is done.
  8. Remove chicken to a plate and lightly cover with aluminum foil. Mix the parsley into the rice and let sit covered for 10 minutes.
  9. Serve chicken and rice together.

Adapted from Cooks Country

Rabbit Cacciatore

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This Rabbit Cacciatore is perfect for wild or domestic rabbit meat. This recipe has a delicious combination of flavors and tastes exceptionally good on a cold night.

If you have rabbit meat available give this one a try you wont be disappointed, it is delicious.

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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 rabbit cut into 6 – 8 pieces (about 2 ½ pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme (divided)
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine (I used homemade cherry wine)
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic (crushed and minced) or more to taste
  • 3/ cups fresh mushrooms (coarsely chopped)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces each)
  • 2 red bell peppers (seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 bay leaf.
  • 1 can sliced black olives (4 ounces)
Instructions
  1. Place flour, salt, ½ tablespoon thyme, and pepper into a food grade disposable bag and work with your hands to combine.
  2. Shake rabbit pieces in flour mixture one piece at a time. In a large skillet over high heat using the olive oil cook rabbit until nicely browned on both sides; set aside on a platter.
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  4. Reduce heat to medium, add the onion and cook for about 1 minute. Add the garlic, mushrooms and pepper pieces and continue cooking for about 2 more minutes. Stir in the other ½ tablespoon of thyme and the rosemary. Add the wine to the skillet and using a spoon scrap any dripping from the bottom of the pan. Continue cooking until wine is reduced to about in half. (about 1 minute)
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  7. Reduce heat to low - place the rabbit pieces back into the pan and pour the diced tomatoes over the top. Add the bay leaf, cover, and cook until rabbit is tender. (domestic rabbit meat 35 minutes – wild may take longer depending on the rabbit)
  8. remove rabbit to a serving platter, add the olives, and continue cooking sauce until sauce starts to thicken. (about in half)
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  10. Serve rabbit and sauce over spaghetti.

Adapted from Simply Recipes

Sweet Potato Pancakes Recipe

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Sweet Potato Pancakes Recipe

This is pretty much a basic recipe leaving a lot of room to add additional spices, but I wanted to keep this recipe as quick and simple as possible. The recipe was prepared as written – I thought the end result was pretty good.

Sweet Potato Pancakes Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup milk
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl whisk together the sweet potatoes and eggs.
  2. Using a large spoon mix the flour and baking powder into the sweet potato mixture and then mix in the butter and milk. The mixture will be thick and lumpy. (If you want a thinner batter add extra milk a little at a time. (Be careful the batter thins quickly)
  3. Cook pancakes in a skillet, or over a griddle on medium high heat. Cooking until golden brown and bubbles form on top and edges start to firm up, flip and finish cooking.
  4. Serve hot with butter and syrup.

Adapted from Food.com

Quick and Simple Drop Biscuits Recipe

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Quick and Simple Drop Biscuits Recipe

Baking Quick and Simple Drop Biscuits Recipe

For a simple biscuit recipe – this has to be about the best.

I was planning on having stew for supper and thought hot biscuits would be great to have along with it. This Drop Biscuits Recipe looked like it was simple to put together, and I had all the ingredients on hand, so I decided to give it a try. It was just my wife and I for supper, and between the 2 of us there wasn’t a crumb left over.

The next time you need a quick biscuit recipe give this on a try.

Quick and Simple Drop Biscuits Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter (cut into ¼ inch pieces – I threw them in the freezer for a few minutes to get them good and cold.)
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cups whole mild ( I used some cream I had left over from the holidays and mixed it with 2% milk.)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients. Fold the butter pieces in and using your fingers or a pastry blender work the butter into the dry ingredients to form a pea like texture.(a food processors makes quick work for this)
  3. Add the milk and stir until just moist.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or lightly spray with cooking spray. Using ¼ cup measuring cup place dough on baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake until biscuits are golden brown, about 20 minutes, let cool a little bit and serve warm.

Adapted from Serious Eats

Black Forest Cream Cheese Pie

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Black Forest Cream Cheese Pie

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Chocolate, cream cheese, whipped topping, and cherries forming a rich and delicious combination of flavors to create this Black Forest Cream Cheese Pie.

Wow your Holiday guests – this Black Forest Cream Cheese Pie is quick and simple to put together.

Black Forest Cream Cheese Pie
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1 pie
Ingredients
  • 1 package cream cheese, (8 ounces softened)
  • ¼ cup butter (softened)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups milk chocolate chips (melted and cooled)
  • 1 carton frozen whipped topping ( 8 ounces thawed)
  • 1 graham cracker crust (9 inches)
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, mix together the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and sugar until smooth. Add the chocolate and continue mixing until well combined and then mix in the whipped topping until just combined.
  2. Using a spoon, spoon the mixture into a 9 inch graham cracker crust.
  3. Top with the cherry pie filling and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Adapted from Taste of Home

S’mores Blossom Cookies Recipe

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What would the Holidays be without cookies? These S’mores Blossom Cookies are delicious and have a perfect combination of flavors for the holiday season.

This is a simple and quick recipe that makes 24 cookies depending on the size you make.

Bake some of these cookies up for Christmas; you and your guests will love them.


S’mores Blossom Cookies Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 8 crackers)
  • 1 large egg (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 large marshmallows (cut in half crosswise)
  • 24 Hershey's Chocolate Kisses
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium size bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  3. Using a stand mixer with paddle attachment on medium high speed mix together butter, sugar, and ½ cup graham cracker crumbs until mixture is light and fluffy. (If you don't have a stand mixer a regular mixer should work fine)
  4. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture mixing until just moist (If not using a stand mixture use a spoon).
  5. Place the rest of the graham cracker crumbs in a shallow dish, measure the dough out 1 tablespoon at a time and form a ball like you are making meat balls, roll in the cracker crumbs too coat, placing 12 on each cookie sheet.
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  8. Bake one sheet at a time for 10 – 12 minutes until edges start to crack, remove from the oven, and switch oven to broil,
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  10. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes and then place a marshmallow slice on the top of each cookie.
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  12. Broil cookies 10 inches from the broiler element until deep golden brown.
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  14. Remove from the oven and immediately place kisses on top of each cookie; transfer to wire rack to cool.
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  16. Repeat the process with the other sheet of cookies.
  17. Note: on the second tray I used a fork and flattened the balls a little bit to make the tops a little flatter to hold the marshmallow – this seemed to work real well.

 

Adapted from Cooks Country

 

Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

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This Sweet Potato pie is rich, smooth, and delicious because the filling is cooked to perfection.

In the past over the holidays I have always prepared pumpkin pie, but because I have never had sweet potato pie I decided to give it a try.

This pie was no disappointment; it’s delicious. If you have never had sweet potato pie, and are looking for a change, give this Sweet Potato Pie Recipe a try for the holidays.

Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1 pie
Ingredients
  • 1 pie crust (9 inch)
  • 1 ¼ cups dark brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 ¾ pounds sweet potatoes (try to get potatoes about the same size so they get done at the same time)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 3 large eggs plus 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Place crust in pie plate and sprinkle ¼ cup brown sugar over the bottom; set aside.
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  4. Pick sweet potatoes with a fork and microwave until tender flipping half way through the cooking process. (About 15 to 20 minutes – these can be done ahead of time. Just place the flesh in a bowl and refrigerate). Immediacy slice potatoes in half lengthwise, allowing some of the moisture to escape, and the potatoes to cool. Once the potatoes have cooled enough to handle using a spoon scoop out the flesh into the bowl of a food processor and then add the remaining sugar and salt, process until smooth.
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  7. In a small bowl melt the butter along with the cinnamon and nutmeg in a microwave (about 30 seconds).
  8. Add the melted butter, egg and egg yolks, sour cream, and vanilla; mix until smooth. Pour mixture into pie crust.
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  10. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 350 and continue baking for 35 to 40 minutes or until edges firm up and center jiggles slightly when shaken. (center should be 165F)
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  12. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours before serving.

 

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Adapted from Cooks Country