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Some recipes our family enjoys

By: Mike Gashler

This is just a collection of recipes we like to make. They're mostly easy recipes that just happen to make us happy.

Moon cookies

Step 1: In mixer, stir 1/2 cup softened butter, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 egg yolks, 2 cups all purpose flour, 2 tsp lemon juice, 2 TBSP water.
Step 2: Scoop onto cookie sheet. (They don't spread much, so packing them close together is fine.) Press thumb into center of each blob. Fill the cavity with jam.
Step 3: Bake on 375 for 12 mins.


Step 1: Separate 2 eggs. Beat the whites with a whisk attachment.
Step 2: Add a little lemon juice to 2 cups milk.
Step 3: To the bowl with the yolks, add 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 TBSP sugar, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 4 TBSP melted butter. Stir.
Step 4: Heat the Aebelskiver pan on medium heat (5). Don't go too hot. Slow and cool is better. Stir all the ingredients together. (If possible, have several aebelskiver pans because this part is slow.) Put a little butter in each cast-iron cup. Turn with a toothpick.

Cinnamon rolls

Step 1: Use bread maker to make some sweet bread dough.
Step 2: Clean counter top. Roll dough very thin. Spread mixture of butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon over dough. Roll up.
Step 3: Cut with dental floss. Place in a thin layer of maple syrup in glass baking pan. Bake.
Step 4: Top with frosting made from powdered sugar and lemon-juice.

Dutch babies

Step 1: Put about 1/4 cup butter in a glass pan. Melt in pre-heating oven.
Step 2: With hand-mixer, blend 6 eggs, 1.5 cups flour, 1.5 cups milk.
Step 3: Pour batter over melted butter. Marble the butter into the batter. Bake for 30 minutes.

Chocolate chip cookies

Step 1: In mixer, cream 1/2 cup butter. Mix in 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Add 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, and a half-egg (just scoop some of a full egg back out and discard). Add 1+1/8 cup whole wheat flour, 1 tsp baking powder, and a pinch of salt.
Step 2: Stir in chocolate chips. Bake on 300 degrees for 9 minutes.

Vegan health cookies

(These are some kind of weird family joke. Everyone claims to hate them. I keep making them just to annoy the kids. But every time I do, they scarf them up while complaining loudly about how awful they are. I told them I'd stop making them when they'd stop eating them, but it went on for years.)

Step 1: Mix 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup all purpose flour, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1/4 cup pineapple juice, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp vanilla.
Step 2: Scoop into crumbly blobs. Bake on 350 for 11 minutes.

Hawaiian Haystacks

Step 1: Start cooking some rice.
Step 2: Melt 1/4 cup butter in pot. Add 1/3 cup all purpose flour. Stir and fry for a while.
Step 3: Add 3 cups milk, about 2 cubes of chicken bouillon, and a little salt and pepper. Bring to a boil while stirring.
Step 4: Fry some chicken. Chop some olives and onions. Drain some pineapple. Grate some cheddar cheese. And top with crunchy Chow Mein noodles.

Shortbread sandwich cookies with chocolate filling

Step 1: Mix 3/8 cups sugar, 1/4 cups vegetable oil, 1/8 cups water, a few drops of vanilla, 1/2 tsp ascorbic acid (maybe lemon juice might work--not sure?), a few shakes of salt.
Step 2: Add 1 cup all purpose flour and 1/2 tsp baking soda. Spread thin, maybe 1/8 to 1/4 inch, on a cookie sheet. Poke holes. Bake on 250 degrees for about an hour.
Step 3: Make a thick chocolate filling by mixing cocoa, powdered sugar, and melted butter.

Sloppy Joes

Step 1: Brown a pound of beef. Drain.
Step 2: Add a 10 oz can of diced tomatoes and peppers. Add about 2/3 cup ketchup, 2 TBSP brown sugar, and one or two tsps of apple cider vinegar.
Step 3: Brown some buns in butter. Serve with a slice of cheddar.

Lemon waffle topping

Step 1: In pot mix 3/4 cups sugar, 2 TBSP corn starch, 3 TBSP lemon juice 2 egg yolks, 3/4 cups water, and 1 tsp lemon extract.
Step 2: Bring to a boil while whisking.