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  • Sugar Surprise Cookies

    sugar surprise cookiesI don’t know very many women who don’t love a good surprise! For mother’s day yesterday, it was the perfect opportunity to surprise both of our mothers with this very sweet treat that sure brought a smile to their faces. These Sugar Surprise Cookies are just that—sugar cookies with a hidden brownie inside!! Mouth-watering, ooey-gooey, and very rich, these cookies are amazing!! These cookies are actually pretty easy to make, and because the outer layers are sugar cookies, you can get creative and use cookie cutters to make these desserts even more special!

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    Start by making a batch of delicious brownies. They’re very easy to make! For this particular recipe, it was easier for me to line the cookie sheet with aluminum foil before spraying it—this made it so I could remove the brownies easily from the pan and be able to use a metal cookie cutter if I decided to. To make this cookie-sheet-sized pan full of brownies, I used 3/4 cup of water, and blended it until smooth with 3 3/4 cups of the brownie mix. For a little extra flavor, feel free to add some mini marshmallows, some chopped nuts, or if you’re a chocoholic like me, mix in 3 tablespoons of baking cocoa powder.

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    Bake the brownies in a thin cookie sheet at 350 degrees for about 24 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Leave the oven set to 350 for the final baking of the cookies.

    Making it this way and using my smallest round cookie cutter gave me a total of 15 perfectly round brownie inserts to put inside the sugar cookies. If you want more than that, simply adjust your brownie mix using the ratio 1 part water to 5 parts brownie mix. It all depends on how many cookies you plan to bake.

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    While that bakes, make the sugar cookie dough. The trick to making amazing sugar cookies is to use the same amount of butter as you do sugar and powdered sugar (the powdered sugar gets added in with the flour and baking powder later in the recipe). Then whatever measurement you used for the butter and sugars, use twice as much flour. Then be sure to add some vanilla extract for a little extra flavor. To make them rise, add some baking powder.
    For this recipe I creamed together 1 cup of butter and 1 cup of sugar along with 4 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 4 tablespoons of milk.

    Next, I combined in a separate bowl 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of powdered sugar, and 3 teaspoons of baking powder. Dump the flour mix into the butter mix, making sure to only add 1 cup at a time to make sure it all gets blended smoothly.

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    Once the dough is completely mixed together, lay out some wax paper and get out the rolling pin and a fairly good sized cookie cutter. For me, I taped the wax paper onto a cutting board so the paper would quit moving (seemed to work great!!), then sprinkle with powdered sugar (NOT flour) and roll out the cookie dough. Cut the sugar cookie dough however you want!! Just make sure they’re slightly bigger than the brownies so they’ll fit nicely between two sugar cookies.


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    Sandwich a brownie in between two sugar cookie dough cutouts, then pinch the two sugar cookies together. Smooth out the edges on the cookies so you cannot see any of the brownie.




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    Bake the cookies on a greased cookie sheet on 350 degrees for 7 to 9 minutes, or until the bottoms are lightly golden brown. *Note that these cookies will expand a little bit, so don’t place them too closely together.

    To keep these fresh and soft, stick them into a sealed container or onto a paper plate and into a plastic bag. Enjoy as is or with some cream cheese frosting, or warmed up on top of some vanilla ice cream!

    Sugar Surprise Cookies!! Sugar Surprise Cookies!!

    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


  • Superbowl Brownies

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    Let’s say it’s a half hour before kickoff, and you’re looking at your Game Day Display of foods—at one end of the dinner table, you’ve got your freshly smoked ham steaming next to your bowl of baked beans. You’ve got your perfectly cheesy scalloped potatoes freshly out of the hot oven and placed perfectly next to a big bowl of golden corn kernels. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think you were about to sit down to the annual family Christmas dinner again. Marveling at your day long labor of love, you look over to your snack table. There’s an abundance of various potato chips and corn chips surrounded by an array of chip dips. You’ve got your pretzels, your pork rinds, your jerky sticks, yet you can’t find anything to satisfy your sweet tooth.

    It’s now twenty-five minutes to kickoff, and your family’s starting to gather from who knows where to the couch right in front of the television. You can hear your sons arguing about whether it’s the offense or the defense that makes a great team. Your husband’s on his phone checking the stats of each player from his favorite team. That’s when your sweet little girl comes up to you and asks you if she can help you make a dessert. “What? A dessert,” you think to yourself in a bit of a panic. “There’s only twenty-five minutes before the highly anticipated game of the year starts! I don’t have time to make a dessert!” But instead you smile sweetly at your precious daughter and say, “Alright, sweetheart, let’s see what we can find.”

    Quickly you search through your cupboards to see if you can find a chocolaty something that’s faster to get through than the half time show. All of a sudden as if a light bulb flashed on and showed a “LOOK HERE” sign, you see hidden in the furthest part of your cupboard a Christmas gift of Rainy Day Foods Brownie Mix**. Having never tried it before, you think, “Well it’s chocolate, so let’s see how it is.” You tell your daughter to grab a mixing bowl while you turn the can around and start reading the instructions: “Preheat oven to 350 Degrees. Pour 4 ½ cups of brownie mix into a mixing bowl and slowly add ¾ cup hot water. Don’t over mix. Bake in a rectangular-sized cake pan for twenty-five minutes.” While opening the can with your electric can opener, you can’t help but think, “Really? Is it really that simple?? Well if it’s that simple, then there’s no way it tastes any good.” Your daughter mixes the batter just as instructed, and then you pour it into the pan and place it into the reheated oven. Praying to yourself to please be delicious, you both stroll into the living room to join the boys.

    It’s now ten minutes ‘til game time. The whole family is wound up and ready for a great game between two incredible teams! You and your one son are rooting for the home team while your husband and other son are cheering for the competitors. Just then the buzzer goes off and your daughter shouts, “It’s ready! It’s ready! Our yummy dessert is ready!” You take them out of the oven and tell your family to sit at the table for the pre game meal. Between each bite you can’t help but wonder if those brownies are going to be any good. You hope to keep the happy spirits up with a delicious dessert, but what if it doesn’t taste good at all? Everyone has almost finished their meal, so you excuse yourself to grab the pan of mystery. “They smell good, dear,” your husband says cheerfully. Your sons are drooling at the mouths. Your daughter is beaming with smiles as she waits patiently to taste her creation. “Now,” you think, “the moment of truth…” Everyone has their piece. It’s being examined by each member. It goes into their mouths…and…SUCCESS!!! “Wow mom! These are the best brownies I’ve ever had” “Me too!” “Wow dear! Where did you score this secret recipe?” That’s when you just grin from ear to ear and share the look with your daughter of total secrecy. The timing couldn’t be any more perfect as you hear that wonderful announcement coming from the TV, “Are you ready for some FOOT BAAAAAAAAALL!!

    Contributed by Angelia Kunz

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  • Storing Basic Pantry Items

    Treats can be so yummy, but sometimes they’re needed at inconvenient times.  Recently this was the case at our home.  Needless to say, I was so happy I had all of the ingredients on hand in my pantry.  This reaffirmed to me the importance of storing food.  Even if you’re not into storing emergency items like wheat, rice and beans, you might want to think about storing basic pantry items.  What a relief it is to be able to make something without making a trip to the grocery store for that one missing ingredient.   At Rainy Day Foods you can stock up on flour, powdered sugar, baking powder, baking cocoa, powdered milk, butter powder, and powdered eggs.  All of these were in the recipes for the treats I needed to make.  I love that you can get larger sizes of these items; larger sizes mean less shopping and less money spent in the long run.  And who doesn’t want to save money?  One note:  I did not use the powdered eggs, butter or milk in these recipes.  However, it’s nice to know that if I had been out of these refrigerated items, I could still make these treats.  Here are the recipes:







    8 eggs               1 lb. butter                    ½ c. baking cocoa              4 c. sugar              

    4 c. flour                                                                                                          

    Mix together.  Pour into large cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 min.


    ¼ c. butter         3 T. baking cocoa       ½ c. milk      4 c. powdered sugar

    Mix together.  May need to add more powdered sugar to get right consistency.       

    Sunburst Lemon Bars

    Crust:     2 c. flour       ½ c. powdered sugar         1 c. butter, softened

    Mix ingredients together on low speed until crumbly.  Press mixture evenly in bottom of ungreased 9x13 pan.   Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes until lightly browned.

    Filling:    4 eggs, slightly beaten     2 c. sugar      ¼ c. flour    1 tsp. baking powder  

    ¼ c. lemon juice

    In large bowl, combine eggs, sugar, flour and baking powder, blend well.  Stir in lemon juice.  Pour mixture over warm crust.  Return to oven and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until top is light golden brown.  Cool completely.

    Glaze:      1 c. powdered sugar       2 to 3 T. lemon juice

    In small bowl, combine powdered sugar and enough lemon juice for desired glaze consistency.  Blend until smooth.  Drizzle over cooled bars.  36 bars. 

    Sunburst Lemon Bars





    contributed by Pam Higley


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