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From: lendube
Date: 05-17-2007, 07:41 PM (1 of 27)
Like a dummy I just offered my services for a bbq at a fire dept training this Sat. I was told that they have everything but dessert. They just weren't going to have it. Now they will with my help.

Cookies? Brownies? Guess I'll be Betty Crocker all day tomorrow.

Any ideas??? Successes for so many folks???

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From: MaryW
Date: 05-17-2007, 07:50 PM (2 of 27)
j-e-l-l-o! :up:
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From: dmoses
Date: 05-17-2007, 08:03 PM (3 of 27)
I would go to Sam's Club or Costco, or someplace like that and buy in bulk...small cream puffs, ice cream bars, etc. :bolt:
Take care,
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From: mommydionne
Date: 05-17-2007, 09:07 PM (4 of 27)
cookies!!! Esp if you have a convection oven, you can do multiple trays, kitchen aid has a great recipe that makes 4 dozen in one batch,
otherwise the costco thing sounds good, but I like jello too:up:
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From: lendube
Date: 05-17-2007, 09:26 PM (5 of 27)
Thanks everyone.

I'd have trouble finding room for that much jello. Costco would work but I'd rather make something myself. (I'm being petty here. The lady who's doing most of the work rubs me the wrong way and I want to show her I can hold my own. :re: )

I do have a convection oven. Where do I find that recipe, Jeanette?

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From: Mom of Six
Date: 05-17-2007, 09:56 PM (6 of 27)
Here is my Choc Chip Cookie recipe.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 C Shortening
1 C Margarine
1 C Sugar
1 C Brown Sugar
3 eggs
3 tsp. Vanilla
4 - 5 C flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Salt
3 C Chocolate Chips

Heat oven to 375degrees. Mix first 6 ingredients, Add soda & salt, then flour. Add Chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoon onto pan bake 8 10 minutes.
Makes about 80 cookies

You can substitute Peanut butter for the shortening & milk choc chips for a change.

I use a mexican vanilla (I know some people say it is toxic) It changes the flavor & no one can ever figure out the change. I have never had anyone get sick from eating my cookies & I have been using this vanilla for almost 13 years.
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From: Bama
Date: 05-17-2007, 10:56 PM (7 of 27)
Working in a school lunchroom, we make desserts for 1200 at a time and I think brownies or bar cookies are the easiest way to go for a crowd :up:
I have a recipe for peanut butter bars that are always a hit at school, home, or at family functions. They store and travel well too. Let me know if you want the recipe.
User: Bama
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From: Jeke
Date: 05-17-2007, 11:01 PM (8 of 27)
I have a recipe for Fudge Bars that is a lighter chocolate than Brownies and makes a big pan. They are always a hit. Many people have asked me for the recipe. Glad to share if you want it.
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From: Bama
Date: 05-17-2007, 11:10 PM (9 of 27)
I just noticed you said the bbq is Saturday. In case I don't get online tomorrow, I thought I'd post the recipe just in case you wanted it.
My son won a 4H baking contest with this one in the 5th grade. :up:

Peanut Butter Bars

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky, your choice)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
1 cup plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup oats

Mix butter or margarine, sugar, egg, vanilla, and peanut butter with electric mixer till smooth. In separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to peanut butter mixture. Stir in oats till moistened. Spread into greased 9" by 13" baking pan. (sometimes I bake in a jelly roll pan for thinner cookie bars)
Bake in preheated 350 F oven for 20-25 minutes. (or about 10 to 12 minutes in a convection oven) Do not over bake. Cool completely and frost with peanut butter frosting.

Peanut Butter Frosting

2 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cups peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix all together till smooth. Spread onto bars.

We would quadruple this recipe at school to serve 80.

Another easy option for a crowd is cupcakes.:up:
User: Bama
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From: grandma C
Date: 05-18-2007, 01:31 AM (10 of 27)
The Chocolate Chip cookie recipee could be baked as bar cookies by just spreading the cookie dough in a cake pan and making them a little thick. YUMMY!!

I made a desert called Cool Oreo for a wedding rehersal party. It went over well.

Vanilla Ice crean softened.
crushed oreo cookies (leave some big chunks
mix all this together and refreeze. It is pretty yummy and could be served with fudge sauce or chocolate syrup.

Theres also rice crispy treets
Homemade Icecream.
Get volunteers to bring electric freezers and their favorite recipe. You could bring yours.
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From: lendube
Date: 05-18-2007, 11:21 AM (11 of 27)
Thanks for the wonderful ideas, ladies!

I'm sure I could have figured something out but knowing that I have access to all of your great ideas was just terrific.

Since I have to decide now and make a dash to the store I think I'll make both the pb bars and the choc. chip cookies. That should do it. Thanks for including the recipes.

And Barb, Mexican vanilla is all I've ever used. Didn't realize some think it's toxic and also didn't realize that it tastes different from "regular" vanilla. Hmmm.

I had also considered rice krispie treats since everyone I know loves them, young and old. Me too!!!

Thanks again, everyone! I love this board. I'll let you all know how it turned out. :up:

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From: lendube
Date: 05-18-2007, 03:21 PM (12 of 27)
Okay, change of plans.

Went to the store. It's only slightly better than the two Mom and Pop's we have here in town but still closer than the "regular" grocery stores.

Bought everything for loads of Barb's choc. chip cookies. Looked for the stuff for the pb bars and saw the price of peanut butter and how much I needed and just scratched that idea. They sound wonderful Bama. Save 'em for next time.

Started looking for the rice krispies and none to be found. Scratch that! Then I saw a brown bag with two large bunches of brown bananas for .99. Hey! Banana bread!

I've made several dozen of your cookies, Barb. That recipe is a keeper. Deeeeelicious!!! I figured with you being a Mom of Six you've made your share.

Back to the kitchen. Thanks again, Lennie
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From: mommydionne
Date: 05-18-2007, 08:55 PM (13 of 27)
I know I'm too late but here is the recipe I use...

chocolate chip cookies
1cup sugar
1cup brown sugar
1cup butter softened

cream together

now add
1.5 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 cups of flour
1.5 c chocolate chips

I use a cookie scoop but about 1.5 tsp per cookie

bake at 350 for 12-15 min

makes about 4+ dozen
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 05-18-2007, 09:06 PM (14 of 27)
Lennie I am glad you enjoyed it. My DGS (6) loves to help make them. He told me he is going to be a "Baker Man" when he gets big & is done playing basketball for the Pistons.
I have made these cookies for the classroom at school who brought in the most General Mills Box Tops for Education. The school tripled the amount they had been earning. This year when I got moved to a different school & quit doing it there #'s dropped again.
Happiness is having time to sew!!
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From: prairielady
Date: 05-19-2007, 09:44 AM (15 of 27)
Twinkies and cupcakes!!! :bg: :bg: :bg:
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From: lendube
Date: 05-19-2007, 07:19 PM (16 of 27)
Well, the lunch is over and turns out there were about 90 people there (99% male). Barb, your cookies were a hit and I saw at least one on every plate. When I received a compliment I credited my friend, Barbara. These folks were working real hard with hoses, clearing brush and doing various exercises in the classroom and outside. They appreciated the great food and desserts are always popular.

Thanks everyone! Lennie :bg:
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From: PaulineG
Date: 05-19-2007, 09:07 PM (17 of 27)
Good job Lennie. I know that it should be the workers reaction and enjoyment that was most important but I hope your nemesis had one too - and choked out a compliment!
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From: lendube
Date: 05-19-2007, 09:27 PM (18 of 27)
Actually she did. She had to go to work before I left and said, "I hope you don't mind if I take a few of your cookies with me to give to my boss. She'll love them."

Don't trust the lady as far as I can throw her.........:cool:

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From: temom
Date: 05-19-2007, 09:40 PM (19 of 27)
The kids have 9 more school days, then have summer vacation. Now I know what I'm going to do with them: Sample all of your recipes! That should keep them busy for a while!
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 05-19-2007, 10:43 PM (20 of 27)
I'm glad everyone enjoyed them! I always told the kids at school the secret ingredient in my cookies that made them taste so good was love. Food always taste better if the person making it enjoys themselves while doing so.
Happiness is having time to sew!!
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From: MotherInLaw
Date: 05-19-2007, 11:05 PM (21 of 27)
Sorry I missed this post before but you are right about the love part. I love to cook and it makes everything taste so much better. I'm going to copy those recipes and try them all. Only thing is I have to wait until I have a crowd over because they are not WW's worthy. LOL:dave:
I'm regressing back into my youth, I just have to figure out how I'm going to convience my body to come along with me.
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From: cowqueenie
Date: 05-24-2007, 02:13 PM (22 of 27)
Those PB Bars sound to die for! I am going home to make some and share them with my SIL on our little trip tomorrow! OHHHH YUMMMY! I also am copying the CCC receipes too. My mom puts Oatmeal in hers and I don't like that! SO hers have never been a favorite of mine. GOtta try these tho! :) Thanks Len for asking cuz if it weren't for you then we wouldn't have gotten the yummy receipes! :)
"A trip to the fabric store is my therapy"
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From: lendube
Date: 05-24-2007, 04:22 PM (23 of 27)
You're welcome, Jane.

I know we have a wealth of info here. We need to tap into all that's available with all the experience we have as a group.

It would be great to start a forum with recipes but I don't think Mary would want to get too much going away from our core of sewing. Can't say that I disagree. There's got to be a limit.'s the easiest and best glaze for chicken, and especially salmon or whatever. Just mix orange marmelade and soy sauce. That's it!!! Adjust to whether you want salty or sweet or somewhere in between. It tastes like teriyaki and it's so, so simple, pretty and tasty.

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From: Pudge99
Date: 05-24-2007, 04:34 PM (24 of 27)
A few years back there was a cookbook put out with wonderful recipes from the people on this site. I am sure if anyone wanted to buy one Mary still has some left proceeds go to the site I believe. As for starting something here on the site Mary already offered to let us do it. It just never took off. Give me a few minutes and I might be able to find some info on it.
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 05-25-2007, 11:37 AM (25 of 27)
I have my cookbook.. And the copy of the page Mary sent me that the printers left out with My Dear Mom's pound cake recipe on it.. For you newbies, She (Mary) took the time to print a sewing hint on each page.. (I think, each page) I haven't read mine in a few months now..
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From: Upholsteress
Date: 06-02-2007, 08:09 PM (26 of 27)
That cookbook sounds fabulous.... If there's a possibility for a second printing... put me on the list!
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From: Bama
Date: 06-02-2007, 08:22 PM (27 of 27)
For those of you who have that cookbook, you have to try Krystal O's cheesecake. It has creasent rolls for crust and cinnamon added to it. It tastes like a cheesecake crossed with a cinnamon roll. YUM! :up:
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