Sunday, January 9, 2011

Baked Goods

I think it was Baking Day at the Hayden House today! I started the morning making Blueberry Muffins for breakfast.

Then we bought this 10 Grain Bread Mix at the grocery store this morning and made it in the bread maker. It turned out really well! I think I'm beginning to get a hang of the bread maker.

It's so simple, and it makes the house smell SO good while it's baking the bread.

I also made cookies this afternoon, from this cookbook. That's 3 cookbooks down, 67 to go!

They were "Soft Apple Cider Cookies." This was the finished product, they were really good! Here's the recipe:

Soft Apple Cider Cookies

1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1/2 cup apple cider
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 apples, peeled, diced
3/4 cup finely chopped almonds (I left this out)
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider

In a large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed, beat brown sugar and margarine until creamy. Add 1/2 cup cider and eggs; beat until smooth. Reduce to low speed, gradually blend in flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Stir in diced apples and chopped almonds. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto greased cookie sheets. Bake in a 375°F (190°C) oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. To make Cider Glaze: In small bowl combine powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons apple cider until smooth. Remove cookies onto wire racks to cool. Drizzle with Cider Glaze while still warm.

Makes 48 cookies.

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