Category: desserts

tipper gore’s tennessee treats

Tipper Gore’s Tennessee Treats

2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon baking powder, dissolved in 1/4 cup boiling water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup walnut pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 x 12-inch baking pan.

In a large mixing bowl, mix brown sugar and eggs. Add honey and stir. Add baking powder to water and mix. Add to mixture.

Combine flour and spices and stir into mixture. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Pour into prepared baking pan. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until a tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cut into squares while warm.

maya angelou’s banana meringue pudding

Maya Angelou’s Banana Meringue Pudding

3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
Pinch of salt
3 cups milk
8 eggs, separated
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups vanilla wafers
4 ripe bananas, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large saucepan, combine 1/3 cup sugar, cornstarch and salt; stir until blended. Mix in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened and boiling. Boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat.

In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks, then whisk in 1/2 cup of hot custard until blended. Pour yolk mixture back into saucepan of custard; cook over medium heat, stirring, 2 minutes. Stir in butter and vanilla until blended.

Place vanilla wafers on bottom of a shallow 2 quart casserole dish. Top with layer of banana slices and custard. Repeat layering, ending with custard.

In a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites and 1/4 cup sugar at low speed until frothy. Add cream of tartar; increase speed to medium and gradually beat in remaining sugar. Beat until egg whites hold stiff peaks.

Spoon meringue over hot custard immediately, making sure that meringue touches baking dish on all sides (to prevent it from shrinking). Transfer to oven and bake until golden, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for at least 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

loretta lynn’s apple turnovers

Loretta Lynn’s Apple Turnovers

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/4 cups shortening
5 to 6 tablespoons water
1 (20 to 22 ounce) can prepared apple pie filling
Confectioners’ sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Combine flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Cut in shortening. Sprinkle dough with water a tablespoon at a time, until just enough has been added so dough can be patted into a ball. On a floured surface, roll half of dough into a 10 x 15-inch rectangle. Cut into 5-inch squares. Repeat with other half of dough. Place about 2 tablespoons of fruit filling in each square. Fold over one half of pastry to form a triangle. Seal edges firmly with a fork. Prick top with fork. Bake on ungreased baking sheets for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool slightly; sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.

amy grant’s mud puddles

Amy Grant’s Mud Puddles

A family tradition from singer Amy Grant.

1/4 cup sweet butter
1 (11.5 ounce) package (2 cups) milk chocolate chips*
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups all-purpose flour

Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 to 4 teaspoons milk or water

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt butter and chocolate chips in 2-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth (5 to 10 minutes).

Remove from heat. Add condensed milk; stir until smooth. Add flour; mix well. Shape rounded teaspoonsful of dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or just until set. (DO NOT OVER BAKE.) Cookies may appear slightly under-baked. Cool completely.

Meanwhile, combine powdered sugar and vanilla extract in small bowl.Gradually stir in enough milk for desired glazing consistency. Drizzle over cookies.

Makes 5 dozen cookies.

*May substitute semi-sweet real chocolate chips.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie): Calories: 80 Fat: 3 g Cholesterol: 5 mg Sodium: 20 mg Carbohydrates: 11 g Dietary Fiber: 0 g Protein: 1 g

carol burnett’s raspberry riches

Carol Burnett’s Raspberry Riches

1 cup flour, sifted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups fresh red raspberries

Melt and cool unsalted butter. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter an 8- or 9-inch round or square baking pan.

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a mixing bowl.

In another bowl, beat together egg, buttermilk and vanilla extract until smooth. Stir in butter. Add dry ingredients. Beat with a wooden spoon until nearly smooth. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Sprinkle with raspberries. Top with Sugar Crumb Topping. Bake in preheated oven until nicely browned, about 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool on rack until warm. Serve warm.

Sugar Crumb Topping
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons semisweet chocolate, grated
2 tablespoons flour

With metal blade in place, add all ingredients to food processor. Process to a fine consistency.

congressman j.c. watts jr.’s oklahoma mud

Congressman J.C. Watts Jr.’s Oklahoma Mud

Source: The Honorable J.C. Watts Jr., United States Congressman, Oklahoma

2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) margarine, melted
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups coconut
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts – (pecans are great!)
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 jar Marshmallow Cr