Macarons with Vanilla Buttercream Filling

Macarons are a fun French treat that adds brightness to your day with the rainbow of cheerful colors they have. These little cookies have a perfected look and a crisp/chewy texture with sweet flavor. Specialize them even more with a variety of different flavors between the cookies and the filling. Whether you are celebrating a bridal or baby shower, wedding, or just because, macarons are a delightful addition to any celebration or everyday! You can’t go wrong with these Macarons with Vanilla Buttercream Filling.
Macarons can be temperamental, but never fear! Once you figure out their texture, its response to your oven, how they react to your climate, and have patience when making them, you’ll be so excited with them in the end! Macarons are made to impress, their crisp shell and pleasantly chewy inside is exactly what you want.
These little cookies are a lovely treat to enjoy, and can be to make, once you get the hang of it. Give yourself a few tries and you’ll be making macarons for all occasions!
Here I am sharing a basic macaron recipe, but there are so many flavor combinations that can be done as well. Enjoy making these cute, elegant, and tasty sweet treat.

Macarons with Vanilla Buttercream Filling

Cookie Ingredients:

3/4 C. blanched almond flour
1 C. powdered sugar
2 large egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 C. granulated sugar
assorted food coloring gel

Vanilla Buttercream Filling Ingredients:

1/4 C. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
4 C. powdered sugar
1/4 C. Milk
2 tsp. Vanilla
1/4 tsp. Clabber Girl Corn Starch

Tools to use:
Piping bag
1/2-inch round tip
Parchment paper or Silpat mat

Directions:

Macaron Cookies:
1. Combine almond flour and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl and whisk together. Pass the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing against it to break up any clumps. Set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, add the egg whites and beat using a handheld mixer or a stand mixer. Beat on medium speed until whites get frothy, about a minute. Then add the granulated sugar and beat on high for about 2 minutes until stiff, glossy peaks form.

3. Using food coloring gel, add a knife tip of color to your meringue mixture. Mix for only a small amount longer until it’s well blended. Use more gel for bolder colors.

4. Gently fold in the dry ingredients a little at a time. Repeat until mixture is smooth. It will run a little but not be too runny. Be sure to not over mix.

5. Using a pipping bag with a 1/2-inch round tip, filled with batter to pipe each cookie.

6. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat mat and pipe batter into 1 inch circles, 1 inch a part. I use a macaron template that I found online for consistency. There are also macaron silpat mats available.

7. Once done piping the circles, tap the baking sheet on the counter top several times to release any air bubbles. Batter will flatten out a little. When lifting up your spatula, the batter should pour with a steady stream and then settle back down in the bowl.

8. Let batter sit at room temperature for 30 minutes until they form a skin. This is helpful when baking to form signature macaron feet.

9. Preheat oven to 350° F.

10. Bake macarons for 15 to 18 minutes. The cookies should come right off the baking sheet when lifted off. 18 minutes worked best for me.

11. Let cool for a couple of minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Vanilla Buttercream Filling:
1. Using a handheld mixer or a stand mixer, cream the butter until soft and smooth.

2. Warm the milk and dissolve the Clabber Girl Corn Starch in it.

3. Add the milk/corn starch, vanilla, and confectioners’ sugar a little at a time and mix together until light and fluffy, well blended.

Put together the Macarons:
1. Using a piping bag with a round tip, add the buttercream filling.

2. Pipe a swirl of filling on the flat side of the cookies.

3. Top with another cookie, creating a sandwich effect with 2 cookies and filling in between.

A Few Baking Notes:
– Do not overfold as the batter will be too runny, they will spread out and not for the signature feet. Do not under fold as the batter will crack.

– Do not skip the drying time. This will help develop a skin over the batter to create the feet when baking. They should be completely dry to touch before you bake them.

-You may need to adjust your oven temperature down some or shorter baking time depending on your oven to see for sure what works best for you.

-If you have hollow tops, you may need to adjust your oven temperature or baking time.

-Store macarons in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

Enjoy these pretty cookies with their round tops, ruffled feet, and tasty filling between!

Dakota Caramels, A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe

Dakota Caramel in Pan

These Dakota Caramels are a perfect addition to make up as part of your holiday treats.

Dakota Caramel Hero 4

Growing up, my mom always made a large assortment of holiday treats from baking cookies, making caramels and toffees, and preparing chocolate-coated treats. I loved to help her with them, especially my favorites. We would make up trays of a mixture of all the goodies, and deliver them around to our neighbors. This Dakota Caramels recipe reminds me of those times making all the holiday treats.

The Dakota Caramels recipe is on page 208 of the Rumford Complete Complete Cookbook. Below is a photo of the recipe.

Dakota Caramels in Rumford Cookbook

They have a delicious sweet molasses-nutty flavor to them.

Dakota Caramel Hero 2

Here is my version of the recipe:

Dakota Caramels, A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe

Ingredients:
2 C. brown sugar
1 C. molasses
1/4 lb grated chocolate (I used semi-sweet)
1/2 C. butter
1 C. milk
1 C. chopped nuts (I used pecans)

Directions:
Put all the ingredients, except the nuts into a large pan. Cook at a medium to high heat to bring mixture to a boil. Stir often and continuously boil to bring mixture to a Firm Ball level, 244 to 248° F, on a candy thermometer.

Making Dakota Caramel

After reaching the firm ball level, add in the chopped nuts and stir them in. Then gently pour the mixture into a greased baking sheet and let cool. Cut into bite sized squares when cooled. Wrap each square in wax paper to store.

This old-fashioned recipe is easy to do and the caramels have a great blend of flavors.

Dakota Caramel Hero 1

Farmer’s Omelet

What better way to start your day than with a delicious omelet! We love omelets for breakfast! Any meal really!

Our family has different kinds of prepared egg often. From scrambled eggs, to eggs over medium, to omelets – everyone in my family has their favorites.

We have a chicken coop full of chickens and the kids love to go out and gather up the eggs.

Farmers-Omelet-Eggs

And there is just something about a bowl full of fresh eggs in all different shades of colors that I love!! Backyard chickens for the win!!

We really love omelets and different combinations of flavors that you can incorporate in them, but this recipe is probably my favorite combination.

Farmer's Omelet Final

My favorite and go-to combination is this recipe with ham, tomatoes, spinach, chives and cheese.

I especially like it during the gardening season when we can use fresh produce straight from our garden.

Farmer’s Omelet

Ingredients:
2 eggs
1/8 C. milk
1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1/4 C. diced ham
1/4 C. chopped spinach leaves
1/4 C. chopped grape tomatoes
1/4 C. shredded cheese
pinch of green onions

Directions:
Using a greased pan add the ham, spinach, tomatoes and green onions and start to sauté on a low-medium heat.
In a small bowl combine the eggs, milk and Clabber Girl Baking Powder and whisk together until well blended.
Then add the egg mixture to the pan with the meat/vegetable mixture. Move pan around so egg mixture is evenly spread.

Cook until bottom side is slightly browned and eggs are not runny. The top of the eggs will get some bubbles.
Add shredded cheese on one side of the top of the circle.

Gently fold over one side once. Flip omelet and cook thoroughly.

Place cooked omelet on plate and top off with extra sprinkle of cheese and green onions.

The egg, spinach, ham, tomato, and green onions combination is my favorite for breakfast creating a delicious farmer’s omelet!

So go start yourself a pot of coffee and get cooking! Eating Farmer's Omelet

Corn Starch Dough Ornaments

Corn Starch Ornaments on Tree LR
Homemade ornaments are so easy to make with just two everyday ingredients you probably already have on-hand: baking soda and corn starch. Corn starch dough is fun to mold and can last indefinitely once it is completely dry. Compared to a flour-based dough recipe, corn starch dough:
  • Feels silky to the touch
  • Is easy to knead
  • Doesn’t contain gluten
  • Won’t dry out your hands
  • Dries into a bright white color
White Corn Starch Dough Ornaments

Corn Starch Dough Recipe

INGREDIENTS
1/2 C. Clabber Girl Corn Starch
1 C. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
3/4 C. water
Cookie Cutters
Decorations, as desired
String/ribbon
Straw
Corn Starch Ornaments on Tree LRDIRECTIONS
  1. Combine the corn starch, baking soda and water in a medium sauce pan. Turn on heat to medium. Stir ingredients until the mixture starts to thicken, about 2-3 minutes, then remove from heat. The mixture should look like mashed potatoes when it is the right consistency. Let the dough cool for several minutes until it is just warm to the touch.
  2. Preheat the oven to 175° F.
  3. Remove the dough onto a cutting board or non-stick surface dusted with corn starch. Immediately add soap and water to your saucepan for easier clean up. Knead the dough so that it forms a ball. Roll dough to be 1/4-inch thick. Add more corn starch if you feel the dough is too sticky. Avoid over-handling the dough, this may cause more cracks when the dough dries.
  4. Cut out shapes and decorate the ornaments as desired. Use a straw to create a hole large enough for your string or ribbon to fit through. After you’ve cut shapes, you may reform the dough and cut again, but the second batch of shapes may develop more flaking or cracks.
  5. Arrange the shapes on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. The key to getting perfect ornaments (ones without flakes or cracks) is to dry the ornaments very slowly. Bake them at a low heat,175° F., for 45-60 minutes. Turn the ornaments over half way. The ornaments are done when they are completely white and your nail can’t make a dent in the dough. Depending on how thick your ornaments are, this can take longer than an hour. At such a low heat, you won’t brown the ornaments unless they are over-baked for a very long time.
  7. Let the ornaments cool completely before decorating and adding string to hang them. This only takes a few minutes if you move the ornaments from the baking sheet to a cooling rack.

Corn Starch Ornament Decorating Tips

There are so many different ways to decorate corn starch ornaments! One of the easiest ways to transform plain white ornaments is to paint them with acrylics. This quick drying paint allows you to get a coat on all sides of the ornaments at once. For the ornaments below, we used stencils for the letters, glitter glue sticks and ribbon to decorate. It’s a good idea to seal your artwork with a clear aerosol such as modge podge.

Hand print ornaments commemorate a child’s growth. There are two different ways to do a print-a direct print or the reverse. The photo below shows a reversed hand print. To achieve this look, we took a print in the corn starch dough and baked it. We then used it as a mold for another piece of dough. The result is a 3D handprint that stands out from the background.

Lemon Snowballs, A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe

Lemon Snowballs

A lemony sweetness in these moist mini cakes is a perfect little delicate dessert! If you love lemony flavor in a cake, you will love these!


I love lemon recipes. It is such a refreshing flavor. The cheery yellow, the bright taste, and the smell of fresh lemons makes me happy! All of that in light fluffy little cakes, drizzled with a tasty warm lemon sauce.

The Lemon Snowballs recipe is on page 98 of the Rumford Complete Cookbook from 1908. Below is a photo of the recipe.

Rumford Lemon Snowballs Cookbook Recipe
Here is my version with some revisions.

 


Lemon Snowballs, A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe 

Ingredients: 
3 eggs
1 C. sugar
3 Tbsp. water
Grated rind from 1 lemon
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 C. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. Rumford Baking Powder

Lemon Sauce

Ingredients: 
1 tsp. grated lemon rind
1/2 C. lemon juice
1/2 C. sugar
1 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Corn Starch

Directions:
In a bowl beat the yolks of the eggs and the sugar together until light and well mixed.

Add the water, lemon juice, and grated lemon rind.

Then add the flour and baking powder and mix all together well.

In a separate bowl, beat the whites of the eggs until stiff, then add them to the batter mixture and fold in gently.

Grease a mini muffin pan and add about a Tablespoon of batter to each.

Bake at 350° F. degrees for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool.

Remove from muffin pan and roll lemon cakes in powdered sugar.

Serve with warm lemon sauce.

Directions: 
In a small saucepan add the grated lemon rind, lemon juice, sugar, and corn starch. Stir until well blended.

Bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly.

Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for an additional 2 minutes, sauce will thicken.

Remove from heat and serve warm.

Refrigerate extra sauce for up to 1 week.

Delightful, delicate, lemony! Enjoy!

Pecan Sandies

Pecan Sandy Cookies 1

Our cookie jar is usually full of a different type of cookie each week! Pecan Sandies are one of my favorites, toasty pecan bits combined with a sweet, buttery flavor make up these cookies. A crisp and light cookie that is buttery and loaded with pecans! So good!

Pecan Sandy Cookies 5

These cookies are great for any occasion, to make for a holiday cookie tray, bake sale, or just to fill your cookie jar each week.

Pecan Sandy Cookies 2
Perfect as is straight out of the cookie jar or pair with a glass of milk or cup of tea.

Pecan Sandy Cookies 3
I always like to make a variety of cookies throughout the year, then when the holiday season rolls around, I make them all up at once for cookie trays. These Pecan Sandies will definitely be included!

 

Pecan Sandies Recipe


Ingredients: 

1 3/4 C. flour
1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 C. unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg, beaten
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 C. pecans, chopped

Directions:

Mix together the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar then set aside.

In another bowl, using a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until fluffy.
Then add the vanilla, salt, egg and beat until smooth.

Slowly combine the flour mixture into the liquid mixture. Continue mixing with each flour mixture addition. The dough will be a thick so be sure to add flour mixture a little at a time.

Add the pecans and mix them in with a large spoon.

Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and lay out on an ungreased baking sheet. Using the end of a cup, flatten each dough ball to about 1/2 inch thick.

Bake at 350° F. for 12 to 15 minutes or until very lightly browned on the edges. Remove and cool.

Enjoy these Pecan Sandies anytime of the year!

 

Old Fashioned Rice Pudding

Old Fashioned Rice Pudding

Rice pudding…such a creamy, healthy, and delicious dessert! Old fashioned comfort food at its best that is very easy to make and turns out so rich and tasty!
Rice Pudding 3
This recipe comes from a version of my grandma’s recipe and I love the creamy sweetness of it!
Rice Pudding 6
There are so many variations of making rice pudding between using different rices and adding different flavors (just cinnamon, different fruits, chocolate, or caramel to mention a few). I love the raisins that is used in the recipe from my grandma.
Rice Pudding 5
If you need a simple, easy dessert that is flavorful that can be served warm or when it’s cooled down.

The pudding starts out by cooking the rice on the oven, then poured into a casserole dish, and finished in the oven and creates a delicious homemade, old fashioned goodness you’ll love.

Old Fashioned Rice Pudding

Ingredients: 
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups milk, scalded
1/3 cup uncooked rice
1/2 cup raisins
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons Clabber Girl Corn Starch

Directions:
Combine the sugar, salt, milk, and rice in a medium sauce pan. While continuously stirring with a whisk, bring the rice mixture a boil. Be sure to not turn up the heat to bring to a boil faster, the rice mixture needs to come to a boil slowly to prevent burn and to start cooking the rice. After the mixture comes to a boil, add the vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg and stir in. Transfer the mixture into a greased 1-1/2 quart baking dish and cover with foil. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Add the raisins, stir them in, cover back up with foil, and bake for 15 minutes more. Enjoy warm or cool.
Enjoy!!

French Pancakes, A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe

A tasty breakfast recipe is something I always look forward to! Our family’s schedule is super busy, but on slow weekends we love a tasty hearty breakfast.

French Pancakes 1
Add some sweet preserves to the center, roll them up, and sweeten with delicate powdered sugar to top off the dish!

French Pancakes 3
Perfect.

Delicious.

The recipe starts with a simple batter, poured into just the bottom of the pan, and cooked for a thin pancake.

I put up some apple preserves/pie filling that I generally use for my apple turnovers for the middle of the French pancakes and oh so yummy they were!

The French Pancake recipe is on page 130 of the Rumford Complete Cookbook from 1908.

French Pancakes Original Recipe
Here is my version:

 

French Pancakes, A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe

Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon Rumford Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
Preserve – any flavor you’d like (I used apple)

Directions:
Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder together in a bowl. In a separate bowl beat the eggs with the milk and add to the dry mixture in the bowl. Using a small pan and spray it before each pancake, pour some batter in just enough to cover the bottom. Cook golden brown then flip and cook the other side. Spread the preserve and roll up . Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

French Pancakes 2

Herbed Chicken with Cream Sauce

Are you looking for a simple chicken recipe that is super easy and loaded with flavor? This Herbed Chicken with Cream Sauce recipe is just that. Juicy and flavorful with the cream sauce, serve with your favorite vegetables or a side salad to round out the meal.

My family loves chicken meals and it’s nice to change up different flavors. This Herbed Chicken with Cream Sauce is easy and comes together fast, great for any night of the week!

Herbed Chicken 4
The chicken breasts are simply seasoned with herbs and baked.

Herbed Chicken 1
A cream sauce is made from chicken, the drippings from baking and cream to drizzle over the chicken.

Herbed Chicken 3
The herby chicken flavors are sure to please and delicious all times of the year! The blend of flavors of thyme, parsley and basil.

For meal variations, serve over rice, or pasta, or pair with your favorite vegetables and a roll.

Herbed Chicken with Cream Sauce

Ingredients:
2 pounds chicken breast
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup onion diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 1/2 cup chicken broth
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons Clabber Girl Corn Starch

Directions: 
In a small pan add the olive oil, butter, onions, and garlic and sauté them. In a small mixing bowl add the thyme, salt, mustard powder, pepper, parsley, and basil and mix together. Then add the sautéed onions and garlic to the herb mixture. Pour the chicken broth to a 9 x 13 baking dish. Rub each chicken breast in the herb mixture on both sides then place them in the baking dish with the chicken broth. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Remove chicken breast from the oven. Remove them from the baking dish and cover to keep warm. Pour chicken broth and drippings into a medium sauce pan to make the sauce. Add the cream and whisk together. Add corn starch to the sauce and bring to a boil for about 2 minutes to thicken the sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste if needed. Drizzle over herbed chicken. Serve.
Serve with your favorite vegetable sides, over rice or pasta for an added complete meal.

 

Honey Cake, A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe

A sweet and moist cake is a perfect addition for any meal. A great way to top off dinner, a simple and tasty Honey Cake!

If you love honey like I do, then you are in for a treat with this cake. It definitely has a great honey flavor!

I generally keep local honey on hand, but any kind of honey will do.

The benefit of local honey is that if you are one to suffer from seasonal allergies, local honey can help relieve those symptoms. The bees collect nectar from the same plants that are causing you to sneeze and sniffle, so with local honey you can ingest the same allergen that is bothering you and this will help you become more immune to those seasonal allergens in your area.

Plus honey tastes amazing and why not support a local beekeeper if you are able to!

And what a great way to enjoy honey…in a cake!

The Honey Cake recipe is on page 136 in the Rumford Complete Cookbook from 1908

Honey Cake Recipe

Here is my version:

Honey Cake 1

 

Honey Cake, A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe


Ingredients:
1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup honey
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon Rumford Baking Powder
1/3 teaspoon salt

Directions:
In a medium mixing bowl add the butter and sugar and mix together until creamy and well blended. Add the eggs and beat the mixture together well. Gradually add the honey and continue to beat the mixture with a hand blender. Add the flour, baking powder, and the salt and mix thoroughly all together until well blended. Pour the cake batter into a well-greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Let cool and remove from loaf pan. Serve.

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Warm Honey Cake with a little butter spread on it is super tasty as well!

Enjoy this deliciously sweet cake for a treat at any meal.