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So I am sitting here at work reading over one of the threads for cookie exchange. That got me thinking about my grandmother. She died this past Oct. and I have to admit that the holidays will not ever
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Re: That Special recipe exchange.

posted at 11/9/2011 12:42 PM EST
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In Response to Re: That Special recipe exchange.:
Years ago when my Mom worked in the sample department of Borden Foods, the salesmen would always give her small gifts as a "thank you" for her help.  One year she got a couple of cookbooks that have some really great recipes.  Here's one that all us "chocoholics" will love.                             TRIPLE LAYER COOKIE BARS 1/2 CUP MARGARINE OR BUTTER 1 1/2 CUPS GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBS 2 2/3 CUPS FLAKED COCONUT 1(14 OZ) CAN SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK 12 OZ SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS 1/2 CUP CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 DEGREES.  IN 13X9 BAKING PAN, MELT MARGARINE OR BUTTER IN OVEN.  SPRINKLE CRUMBS EVENLY OVER MARGARINE OR BUTTER.  TOP EVENLY WITH COCONUT THEN CONDENSED MILK. BAKE 25 MINUTES OR UNTIL LIGHTLY BROWN. IN A SMALL SAUCEPAN, OVER LOW HEAT, MELT CHIPS WITH PEANUT BUTTER.  SPREAD EVENLY OVER HOT COCONUT LAYER.  COOL 30 MINUTES, THEN CHILL THOROUGHLY AND CUT INTO BARS.  STORE LOOSELY COVERED AT ROOM TEMPERATURE. MAKES 36 BARS.
Posted by H. M

H.M.  Thanks for this recipe.  Can't wait to try it.

Re: That Special recipe exchange.

posted at 11/9/2011 10:56 PM EST
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Here is a recipe enjoyed by everyone!
This is My Mom's recipe:

Date cake:

1 cup dates

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/3 cups flour

1 cup walnuts (or other nuts)

-Preheat the oven 350*

-Boil water & add dates, cool to room temperature.

-Mix rest of ingredients except nuts.

-Add dates and the water, mix together.

-Add nuts.

-Put in oven.

Re: That Special recipe exchange.

posted at 11/10/2011 7:12 AM EST
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Retaj - please, how long do I bake this cake?
Thanks Smile

Re: That Special recipe exchange.

posted at 11/10/2011 3:01 PM EST
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Nancy, i don't have a set timing i just watch it until it is ready to take out, 
You can start with 10 m,ins and check it and if it isn't ready add a few more  mins...

Re: That Special recipe exchange.

posted at 11/10/2011 4:35 PM EST
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H.M your recipe sounds wonderful! What can i substiute for ccoconut, i don't like it.?
Posted by Retaj O


Reta, I've never tried it without coconut but you might be able to use ground nuts instead or even just finely chopped nuts.  Might be a different texture but you never know it could be even better.

Re: That Special recipe exchange.

posted at 11/13/2011 4:38 AM EST
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I just want to thank eveyone... Every recipe looks great, I can't wait to try each and every one of them. It's a good thing I like to bake on my days off, these will keep me busy cooking and running and working out, but I know it will all be worth it. So the next one I am posting were one of my favorites because of the dollop of ginger frosting on top. My grams had to make a batch with frosting and a batch without frosting just for my grandfather. Soft Ginger Drops 1 Cup soft oleo (butter) 1/2 Cup of sugar 1Egg 1/2 Cup of molasses 1 Tsp. Baking soda dissolved in 1/2 cup of hot water 2 2/3 Cups of twice sifted flour 1/2 Tsp. Salt 1Tsp. ground ginger 1/2 Tsp. Nutmeg 1/2 Tsp. ground clove 1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon Mix together thoroughly the oleo, sugar, egg and molasses. Stir the soda solution, sifted flour, salt and all the spices together. Then stir this in with the egg mixture and blend well.Drop by teaspoonful at least 1" apart on a greased cookie sheet and then chill for at least 1 hour. Then bake in a 400 dg. oven for 5-6 minutes. Frosting: Melt 6Tbl. of butter in a saucepan, remove from heat and stir in 2Tbl. flour and 1/8 Tsp. salt. Slowly add 6 Tbl. of milk. Boil for 1 minute stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in 1/3 Tsp. of Vanilla and 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar. I hope everyone enjoys!
Posted by joshua k



Thanks Joshua,for another of your Grandma's recipes that's so nice of you to share.

Re: That Special recipe exchange.

posted at 11/13/2011 6:40 AM EST
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   I do a recipe exchange for christmas with my sisters.
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