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Goodies For Santa? Then
Let The Flour Fly!
BY DAPHNE McWHITE
Hey, don't overlook the kitchen
when it comes to
with your kids.
your child can
be fun, and the
fa. Siimcigii the
haven't lived until you see a 5- and
2-year-old up to their elbows in
flour making cookies for Santa and
One of the most intriguing ques
tions for children at Christmastime
is, "Which goodies would you like
to leave for Santa on Christ. ias
Eve?" This week's food section fea
tures recipes that give kids lots of
answers to that magical question!
So, come on, parents and grand
parents, join your little ones in the
kitcheh, have the time of your life,
and let the flour fly!
The first four recipes arc from a
fantastic cookbook for kids called
My Very Own Christmas by Robin
West, 1993, C'arolrhoda Books. The
book has recipes and crafts well
suited for children. Thanks to Lisa
Andrews, a kindergarten teacher at
Union Primary, for sharing this book
with my children and me.
BUTTER OAT TREATS
X cup margarine, melted
A cup peanut butter
A cup brown sugar
1 cup oatmeal (not instant)
In a medium bowl, combine melt
ed margarine, peanut butter and
brown sugar Stir well. With your
hands, roll oatmeal mixture into 1
inch balls and place on waxed paper
BEST CINNAMON BREAD
X cup margarine, melted
I A cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cans buttermilk refrigerated
biscuits ( 10 per pkg. )
1 cup chopped pecans
Grease a bundt pan In a small
bowl, combinc melted margarine,
sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir un
til sugar is dissolved Set aside.
Separate biscuits. Cut each biscuit
into quarters. Sprinkle 'A cup pecans
in bottom of pan. Arrange A of bis
cuit pieces on top of pecans.
(Biscuits will be crowded.) Pour A
of syrup mixture over biscuits.
Repeat the layers 2 more times
Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or
until toothpick inserted in a biscuit
comes out clean. Serves 8.
3 cups chocolate chips
14-oz. can sweetened condensed
% cup butter or margarine
I'A tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts
Grease an 8 X 8 pan. Combine
chipd, milk and butter in medium
saucepan. Cook over medium low
heat, stirring constantly, until chips
arc melted. Remove pan from heat.
Stir in vanilla and nuts. Pour choco
late mixture into pan and smooth
with a spoon. Refrigerate one hour
or until set. Cut into small squares;
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 cups water
3 large apples, cored and cut into
1 bottled prepared hardening
chocolate sauce (such as Magic
Line a baking sheet with waxed
paper. In a large bowl, combine lem
on juice and water. Place apples in
lemon juicc mixture. Set aside.
Place apple slices on a paper tow
el and pat dry with another paper
towel. Arrange apple slices on bak
ing sheet and drizzle with chocolate
Refrigerate slices for one hour or
until chocolate is set. 30 apple
EASY PEANUT BUTTER
14-oz. can sweetened condensed
y i cup peanut butter
2 cups biscuit baking mix
> tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a
large mixing bowl, stir together
milk, peanut butter, biscuit mix and
vanilla. Shape into 1-inch balls and
roll in sugar. Place two inches apart
on ungreased baking sheet. Flatten
with a fork and bake 6-8 minutes.
'A pound butter (2 sticks)
% cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups walnuts, broken up
Roll into small balls. Bake at 325
degrees until light brown. Roll in
confectioners' sugar while still
warm. Cool. Store in airtight plastic
containers for up to 1 month. After
tasting these treats, people always
ask for the recipe!
? Dorothy Rettig
2 cups sugar
A cup vegetable oil
4 1 -oz. squares unsweetened
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour ?
2 tsp. baking powder
'A tsp. salt
y* cup sifted powdered sugar
Combine first 3 ingredients and
beat at medium speed with an elec
tric mixer until blended. Add eggs
and vanilla. Mix well.
Combine flour, baking powder
and salt. Add '/* of dry mixture at a
time to chocolate mixture, mixing
after each addition. Cover and chill
dough 2 hours.
Shape into 1-inch balls and roll in
powdered sugar. Bake on greased
cookie sheet at 350 degrees 10-12
minutes. Cool on wire racks. Makes
A cup Butter Flavor Crisco
'A cup granulated sugar
A cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
\% cups all-purpose flour
'A tsp. baking soda
'/> tsp. salt
2 cups crisp rice cereal
1 cup miniature semi-sweet
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease baking sheet with Crisco. Set
2. Cream Crisco, sugars and milk
in a large bowl. Blend at medium
speed of electric mixture until
blended. Beat in egg and vanilla.
3. Combine flour, soda and salt
and add to creamed mixture. Mix
well. Stir in cereal and chocolate
chips. Drop level tablespoonsful of
dough 2 inches apart onto baking
sheet. Bake 9 minutes. Makes 4
Handle, Prepare Food Safely To Prevent Illness
During the holiday season you
might find yourself cooking more ?
for panics and especially the Christ
mas meal with family and friends.
Handling and preparing the food
safely can prevent any chance of
foodborne illnesses that could spoil
"Many foodborne illness cases
can be traced hack to improper food
storage, handling or preparation."
says Gary McDonald, the Brunswick
County Health Department's pro
gram specialist fur food and lodging.
"People most at risk are young chil
dren, senior citizens and people with
damaged immune systems."
In an effort to eliminate possibili
ties of foodbome illness, he offers
the following tips:
? Thoroughly wash your hands
with hot, soapy water before and af
ter handling raw meat.
? Keep meat refrigerated or fro
zen. Thaw meat in the refrigerator or
microwave rather than at room tem
perature. Separate raw meats and
their juices from other foods.
? Wash working surfaces (in
cluding cutting boards), utensils, and
hands after touching raw meat or
Visit Santa! 1
Santa will be at
Minute Man Shell
J^Ton Saturday, Dec. 17
2 pm til 5 pm
Goodies For The Children!
Minute Man Shell #14
Corner of Hwys. 904 and 1 79, Seaside
? Cook ground beef all the way
through, until the center is no longer
pink. Beef roasts and steaks should
he well-browned on the surface, but
the interior will be slightly cooked
to medium rare.
? Remember to keep hot foods
hot (above 140F.) and cold foods
cold (below 400 F).
? When handling leftovers, re
frigerate the food immediately after
serving (within two hours) or discard.
? Freeze leftovers that you won't
be eating within a few days.
? When preparing leftovers, cov
cr and reheat until steaming hot. Stir
foods while you reheat them to en
sure that all the food reaches the ap
? Reheat sauces, soups, and
gravies to a boil for at least I minute
For specific questions about food
borne illness or safe handling of
food or to receive the brochure,
" Playing it Safe: A Market-to-Meal
time Checklist For Keeping Food
Safe , " contact Gary McDonald at
the Brunswick County Health De
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dozen 2-inch cookies.
? Sue Inman
CUT OUT COOKIES
6 oz. cream cheese at room
1 cup butter or 2 sticks margarine at
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
J/.' tup ItUUI
Combine first 5 ingredients in a
large bowl and stir by hand until
well-blended. Then add flour to
mixture until mixture forms a ball.
Cover and refrigerate one hour.
Divide dough in quarters. On a
floured surface, roll one portion at a
time to %-inch thickness. Press cook
ie cutters into dough.
Place on ungreascd cookie sheet
and decorate with colored sugar.
Place on third shelf in oven and
bake at 350 degrees 8-10 minutes.
Cool on wire rack. Yield: 4 dozen
? Barbara Kosanki
The next two recipes were featured
in December 1994 issue of Parent
Life magazine and were the
creation of Lorri Cardwell-Casey.
PEPPERMINT STICK STRAWS
Roll around an orange on the
countertop until "squishier." This
loosens up the juice. Cut an X deep
into cr.c side. Stick in an old-fash
ioned porous peppermint stick. See
who tastes the orange flavor first.
See whose peppermint can last the
longest. Sweet sippin'!
Prepare a package of gingerbread
mix and roll out. Press horse cookie
cutter into dough and place on bak
ing sheet. After baking, add pretzel
antlers and red cinnamon candy
Use icing or colored sprinkles for
sparkle. Make several and attach
them together, using red licorice for
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