Baking with Betty

By Betty Heald | Jan 05, 2017

This week's column is dedicated to Elves. What would Santa do without them?

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

1 cup raisins

3 cups quick oats

3/4 cup softened butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup milk

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter, brown sugar, white sugar, milk, egg and vanilla until fluffy. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt and add to butter mixture, mix well. Stir in oats and raisins. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Bake 12 to 15 minutes. Cool 2 minutes; remove to wire rack.

Pecan Goodies


1 cup flour

1 stick butter

1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese

Mix crust ingredients and roll into balls; put in small muffin tins. Press to sides to form small packets.


3/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chopped nuts

Mix filling and spoon into pockets. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

Magic Pie

4 eggs

1/4 cup honey

2 cups milk

1/2 cup flour

1/3 cup butter

1 cup coconut

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

pinch of salt

Put all ingredients into blender. Turn on high for 10 seconds. Pour into greased pie pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. It will settle into layers like magic.

Bubba's Noodle Kugel

1 pound medium egg noodles, cooked and drained

5 eggs, beaten

1 pound cottage cheese

1/4 pound cream cheese

1/2 pound butter

Heat oven to 375 degrees to 400 degrees. Coat noodles with butter until butter is melted. Add eggs, cream cheese and cottage cheese. Mix. Pour into greased, 13x9 inch pan. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until slightly brown on top. Serve with sour cream.

Dieting Under Stress

This diet is designed to help you cope with the stress that builds up during the day.

Breakfast: 1 grapefruit, 3 ounces skim milk, 1 slice whole wheat toast (dry)

Lunch: 4 ounces lean, broiled chicken breast, 1 cup steamed spinach, 1 cup tea, 1 Oreo cookie.

Mid-afternoon snack: Rest of Oreos in package, 2 pints Rocky Road ice cream, 1 jar hot fudge sauce, nuts, cherries, whipped cream.

Dinner: 2 loaves garlic bread with cheese, large sausage, mushroom and pizza pie 4 cans or 1 large pitcher beer, 3 Milky Way or Snickers candy bars.

Late evening snack: Entire frozen cheesecake, eaten directly from the freezer.

Rules for this diet:

1. If you eat something and no one sees it, IT HAS NO CALORIES!

2. If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, the calories in the candy bar are CANCELED OUT BY THE DIET SODA!

3. When you eat with someone else, CALORIES don't count if you don't eat more than they do.

4. Food used for medicinal purposes NEVER count, such as hot chocolate, brandy, toast, and Sara Lee cheesecake.

5. If you fatten up everyone else around you, then you look thinner.

6. Cookie pieces contain no calories. The process of breaking the cookies causes caloric leakage.

7. Things licked off of knives and spoons have no calories if you are in the process of making something. Examples: Peanut butter on a knife when you are making a sandwich, or ice cream on a spoon when making a sundae.

8. Foods that have the same color, have the same number of calories. Examples: Spinach and Pistachio ice cream, or mushrooms and white chocolate.

Note: Chocolate is a universal color and may be substituted for any other food color.

Our thought for the week "Don't interrupt your mother unless you're offering to clean the house."



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