The Purple Baker

Cowboy Cookie Mix in a Jar
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This became my parents' favorite cookie recipe after I made these for the first time. I put the mix in the jar and left it there for over a week before using it. Here are my tips: 1. Layer the ingredients in this order: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, oats, brown sugar, white sugar, pecans, chocolate chips. Make sure you shove the chocolate chips into every bit of space at the top. Mine could barely fit! 2. If the brown sugar hardens, dump out all the mix that can come out of the jar. Then stick the whole jar in the microwave next to a bowl of water ONLY IF there is no metal in your jar. Microwave about a minute, and the brown sugar should soften a bit. 3. Try to dump in the chocolate and pecans in last when you add the wet ingredients. If you give this as a gift, tell them to use it as soon as possible!

Quiche
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Delicious! I used a package of thawed and drained spinach, swiss cheese, and crumbled cooked bacon. I used a bit too much spinach, so I'll try using only half a package next time. I'll also try using mushrooms! Also, it doesn't matter what order you put the dry ingredients in, as long as the milk mixture goes in last. Try mixing up the dry ingredients (cheese, meat, veggies) before putting them on the crust. All my cheese was at the bottom, and I would have preferred for it to be spread out.

Soft Oatmeal Cookies
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A yummy, chewy cookie with crisp outsides! I found this recipe after my brother had started to make the Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies. He added everything except the flour, so I took over from there and just added flour, oats, cinnamon, and more sugar to the dough. I also added chocolate chips. Make like you would make chocolate chip cookies- drop by spoonfuls or form into balls and place on cookie sheets. They spread a bit, but don't get too flat. After 10 minutes, they might look undercooked, but once they cool they'll be chewy. It makes 48 cookies.

Banana Crepes
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Yummy! I used a differenet crepe recipe, but I made this banana filling! I halved the recipe and used just one banana sliced into many pieces. After the bananas were eaten up (quickly), I used the remaining sauce in the pan and a little more half and half to cook up another sliced banana. Everyone loved them!

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White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
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A Cheesecake Factory quality cheesecake! Soooo good! I baked it in a water bath for about 55 minutes, then turned the oven off and opened the door a bit. I let it cool in the oven this way for an hour. I immediately refridgerated it, but the next day it was a bit difficult to come out. Maybe it was just the heart-shaped pan I used (it was Valentine's Day). The white chocolate flavor wasn't too strong, so I suggest using more if you love white chocolate! Also, melt the white chocolate completely before mixing in the half and half. I baked all of the raspberry sauce in the batter in three layers. I'll definately make this again.

Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips
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Yummy! I left out the raspberries, sugar, and fruit preserves. I made just half the recipe and added half a mango. Not really salsa, more like fruit salad, but excellent! The tortilla chips were great. Spray and sprinkle cinnamon/sugar on both sides.

Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas
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Very good! I left out the pepper, but the filling made enough for several quesadillas.

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Scones
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My dough was not sticky at all...my scones were done in about 14 minutes. Maybe I made a mistake. I think I accidentially left out the brown sugar. They tasted like biscuits and had the same texture- dry and crumbly. I shaped them into hearts for Valentine's Day by putting a glob of dough inside a cookie cutter on the baking sheet and smushing it out into the shape. If I make these again, I hope they'll be better.

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Baked Pumpkin Bread
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OH MY GOSH. I made this recipe a second time with 1/3 c. more pumpkin, a bit of added ginger, cloves, and vanilla, oil instead of butter, and a handful of chocolate chips. THIS IS AMAZING- my new favorite recipe for pumpkin bread! With the extra pumpkin, it does take an extra 5 minutes of baking but is SUPER moist.

Sugar Cookie Icing
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Extremely easy! I use this instead of royal icing. To reach the right consistency, add more milk, not corn syrup. This icing is very sugary.

Pumpkin Bread IV
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Yum! I made just 1/3 of this recipe, which made a medium-sized loaf. I replaced all of the oil with applesauce, used just a cup of sugar, and used part whole wheat flour. I also added 1/2 tsp of ginger, vanilla, and salt, and 1/3 cup each of pecans and chocolate chips. I recomend cutting all the spices in half except for the cinnamon.

Pumpkin-Pecan Bread
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