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Cinnamon Maple Cookie Rings Recipe

The cinnamon maple cookie rings recipe is a unique treat. These morsels are part pastry, part cookies. They look as good as they taste, and make a great alternative to rolls or muffins on a brunch plate!

Ingredients

Dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter, chilled and sliced into 8 pieces
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup, chilled
  • 2-4 tablespoons ice water

Filling:

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Hardware

  • Large bowl
  • 2 x small bowls
  • Cookie sheets
  • Rolling pin
  • Plastic wrap
  • Mixer

Step 1: In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar with an electric mixer set on medium speed.

Step 2: Add butter pieces and mix until dough forms pea-size pellets.

Step 3: Add chilled maple syrup and 2 tablespoons of water, and mix on low speed until the dough can be formed into a ball. Do not overmix the dough or it will become tough.

Step 4: Separate dough into two balls and flatten into disks.

Step 5: Wrap each disk with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Step 6: After two hours; in a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon.

Step 7: Lightly flour a work space and a rolling pin. Roll one piece of dough into a rough rectangle 10 inches wide, 15 inches long, and 1/4 inch thick.

Step 8: Sprinkle dough with half of the cinnamon-sugar filling.

Step 9: Starting with the smaller side, roll dough up tightly into a cylinder. Dampen edge with water and seal.

Step 10: Repeat process with remaining disk of dough.

Step 11: Wrap each roll in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Step 12: After 1 hour preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Step 13: Using a sharp knife, cut 1/4-inch slices from each roll. Place slices on ungreased cookie sheets 1 inch apart.

Step 14: Place 1/4 cup of maple syrup into a small bowl, brush tops of each cookie lightly.

Step 15: Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until light golden brown. Immediately transfer cookies to a cooling surface.

The cinnamon maple cookie rings recipe makes 48 cookies.

For more information on baking procedures and hardware used in this recipe see our Baking Tips section.

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By Griffin Wetzstein

Special Occasion Vermont Maple Syrup Recipes

Baking or cooking recipes with a Vermont maple syrup is easy to make and serve. These are perfect to serve in social gatherings. Make sure that the Vermont Maple syrup you buy is fresh.

Some recipes with Vermont Maple Syrup:

1. Vermont Maple Baked Beans

Ingredients:

o 2lbs dried beans
o ½ teaspoon baking soda
o 1 teaspoon dry mustard
o 1 medium slice onion
o 1 ½ cup pure Vermont maple syrup

Directions:

o Wash the beans and put this in a clean bowl.
o Cover a sauce pan with cold water and soak the beans overnight.
o In the morning, rinse the beans.
o Boil this gently in fresh water until the skins look wrinkled.
o Pre-heat this in a microwave or oven to about 325o F.
o Place the sliced onion in the bottom of the bean casserole or pot.
o Add pure Vermont maple syrup, dry mustard and baking soda.
o Baked it for about 4 hours.
o Allow to cool before serving.

2. Vermont Maple Sugar Pie

Crust:

– 1 large egg yolk
– 1 cup all-purpose flour
– ¾ teaspoon sugar
– 6 tablespoons vegetable shortening
– ¼ teaspoon salt
– 2 tablespoons cold water
– ¾ teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Fillings:

– 1 cup Vermont maple syrup
– 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
– ¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
– 2 tablespoons butter
– 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
– ¼ cup Vermont maple sugar
– 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
– 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
– Pinch of salt

Toppings:

– Whipped cream or ice cream

To make the crust:

– In a big mixing bowl, blend in sugar, salt and flour with a fork.
– Add shortening and cut with a pastry cutter.
– In a separate small bowl, beat the egg yolk, vinegar and water.
– Pour liquid over the flour mixture.
– Stir this quickly using a fork.
– Using your hands, shape the dough into round or disc shapes.
– Refrigerate for at least one hour.
– Roll the dough on a floured surface (into 12 inch circles, 1/8 inch thick).
– Place the dough in a nine inch pie dish and trim about one inch over the edge of the pan.
– Fold it under and crimp the edge with your fingers to make a high-fluted border.
– Chill for at least 30 minutes.

To make the filling:

– In a big bowl, whisk together all the filling ingredients until it becomes smooth.
– Pour into chilled piecrust and bake for about 35 minutes or until the edges are set and the center jiggling slightly.
– Remove and place on a wire rack.
– Allow to cool in room temperature.
– Then serve it with and ice cream or whipped cream.

3. Vermont Maple Syrup Fudge

Ingredients:

– 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
– 2 cups maple syrup
– ¾ cup light cream
– 1 teaspoon vanilla
– ½ cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

o Combine corn syrup, cream and maple syrup in a two-quart heavy saucepan and place over a low heat stove.
o Stir constantly until the mixture starts to boil.
o Continue cooking without stirring making a sort of soft ball stage or onto about 236o F.
o Remove from the heat and then allow cooling. Don’t stir or beat while cooling.
o Stir in the vanilla and nuts.
o Pour this onto a lightly buttered loaf pan.
o When it cools down, cut into squares and serve.

For more information on Vermont Maple Syrup and Best Maple Syrup Recipes please visit our website.

By Dave Urmann

How to Make a Moist Applesauce Dessert Cake

When it comes to fall baking, I enjoy making this Applesauce Cake because its easy, and I save time by not using fresh apples.

I prefer to bake mine in a tube pan, but you can certainly make it in a round cake pan. You can sift confectioner’s sugar on top of your slightly warm cake or mix up some vanilla icing and drizzle that over top.

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup raisins, chopped
  • 1/2 cup black walnuts, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the vegetable shortening with the granulated sugar. Stir in the egg and applesauce. In a separate mixing bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, salt, cinnamon, cloves and allspice and set aside.

In a small saucepan, bring a 1/2 cup of water to a boil and stir in the baking soda until it has dissolved. Alternating with the flour mixture, slowly stir in 1/3 of the boiling water to the creamed mixture and then stir in 1/3 of the flour mixture to the creamed mixture. Continue doing this until the water and flour mixtures have been completely added to your creamed mixture. Stir in the chopped raisins and walnuts until all ingredients are well combined.

Pour batter into a well-greased tube pan (bundt pan) and bake in a 350 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until done.

Let your cake cool completely before removing it from the tube pan. I recommend storing your cake in an airtight cake container.

Shelly Hill has been working from home in Direct Sales since 1989 and is a Manager with Tupperware. Shelly enjoys cooking and baking for her family and friends. You can visit Shelly online at http://www.workathomebusinessoptions.com or her recipe blog at http://wahmshelly.blogspot.com for additional free recipes.

Great Irish Soda Bread

This recipe was given to me by a friend.  When her church hosts their annual St. Patrick’s Day meal, she and several other ladies get together to make over fifty loaves of this bread to serve!  I’ve tried many recipes, but this one takes first prize!

3 cups of flour
2 TBS brown sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 cups of buttermilk

1/2 cup of golden raisins

1-2 TBS of melted butter (for the top after baking)

Mix all the ingredients  except the butter together in a bowl, then turn out onto a lightly floured board.  Kneed it until it feels “nice” (you’ll know!).  Free form a round loaf and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep checking it but it will take about 30-40 minutes.  Smear the top with butter after it’s done baking.

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Italian Cookies

This is a recipe from my husband’s grandmother.  Grandma N. was born in Italy and my husband fondly remembers watching her make so many Italian classics from scratch like her Italian cookies and ravioli when he would visit her as a child.    I hope you enjoy this recipes!

Italian Cookies

1 package condensed mince meat
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 TBS cocoa
1 1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves

Place all of these ingredients into a mixing bowl and add 1 cup of boiling water to soften the mincemeat.

After it has softened, add:
1 cup shortening
4 cups of flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup walnuts.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Place cookie dough, by the teaspoon onto a greased cookie  sheet and bake for 10 minutes.