Christmas Goodies

Posted on December 9, 2008. Filed under: Deserts | Tags: , |

With the Christmas season here, most people think one thing: home made sweets. As a baking addict myself, this is one of my favorite times of the year because there are so many things I can bake in a day.  The two recipies that follow, however, do take a bit of time, but they are worth the work.

Burnt Sugar Cake
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Burnt Sugar Syrup
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups water


3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs (yolks/whites divided)
1/2 cup Burnt Sugar Syrup
1 teaspoon
1/2 cup water (minus one teaspoon)
3/4 cup milk


1.        Dump the sugar in a skillet on the stove. Turn the heat to medium-low and wait for the sugar to melt.

2.        Now add the hot water, continuing with your heat on medium-low

3.        Turn off the heat and set it aside to cool to room temperature while you start preparing the cake

4.        Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In another bowl, combine room temperature butter and the sugar. Cream. Add two egg yolks and beat again

5.        In a small bowl, beat egg whites till fluffy.

6.        Pour or spoon 1/2 cup of the Burnt Sugar Syrup in a one-cup measuring cup. Add the teaspoon of vanilla then add enough water (cool to lukewarm) to add up to a cup combined with the Burnt Sugar Syrup and the vanilla. To the bowl with flour, add the creamed butter/sugar/egg yolks, the Burnt Sugar Syrup mixture, and the milk. Beat well. Gently fold in the egg whites. (Do not beat again.)

7.        Divide into two round, greased cake pans.

8.        Bake at 350-degrees for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Icing for Burnt Sugar Cake

16 ounces powdered sugar
2/3 cup to 3/4 cup Burnt Sugar Syrup
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon

1.        Combine and beat till smooth and spreadable. If your icing is too stiff because you found yourself on the low side with your remaining Burnt Sugar Syrup, add a bit of milk or water. Frost cake and decorate with pecan halves. Serve with vanilla ice cream.


Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

1/2 cup vegetable oil              
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
2 cups sugar                           
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla                 
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder    
1/2 teaspoon salt
powdered sugar

1.  Mix oil, chocolate and sugar.
2.  Blend in one egg at a time until well mixed.
3.  Add vanilla
4.  Stir flour, baking powder and salt.
5.  Add flour mixture to oil mixture.
6.  Chill overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Drop tablespoonfuls of dough into powdered sugar.  Roll into balls.
Place balls 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes.  DO NOT OVERBAKE.
Cool 1 minute on baking sheet then transfer to wire racks.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.



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Sounds awesome. I may have to acquire some baking skills.

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