What to do with all of those cherries?
Tweaking your basic cookie Recipe
I enjoy baking and chocolate chip cookies are a staple. Here are some easy to change up your basic recipe to get whole new variations with very little effort!
Cream in a mixer:
2 sticks of butter with
3/4 cup of brown sugar
3/4 cup of white sugar
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
1 T vanilla (see homemade recipe below!)
2 1/2 cups flour
2 cups of chocolate chips
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Substitute 1/2 cup of peanut butter for one of the sticks of butter. The flavor is amazing!
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
Add 1/2 cup of baking cocoa to your cookie mix before adding in the chocolate chips.
Homemade Vanilla Extract
For years I have wanted to make vanilla extract from scratch but never got it all together. Today I "got it all together"....at least for this project! ;)
In a bowl combine 3/4 cup of melted butter, 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 cup rolled oats.
Combine all of the above --Reserve 1 Cup of the mixture--press the rest into a 9x13 pan that you've sprayed with cooking spray.
6 cups of apples peeled and sliced. Place on the crust
In a sauce pan, combine 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, 1 t vanilla, 1/2 t cinnamon and 1/4 cup of flour. Cook over medium heat and stir constantly until it comes to a boil. Pour over the apples.
Spread reserved crust over the apples and bake for 45 minutes.
**When I make the recipe, I double crust and apple portion and make only one batch of sauce...for me, it's sweet enough to cover two pans. If you have a stronger sweet tooth, you may want to try the recipe as is the first time through.