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FUDGE WALNUT BROWNIES/ Scottie



We have a couple of friends who really know how to throw a party. Nadine and Joe go all out when there’s a bash at their house, and their most recent event did not disappoint. Joe descends from Scottish heritage and so Scotch was the night’s theme. My grandmother who was very proud of her Scottish heritage would have loved this! Anyway, the food and entertainment were amazing. They served a five-course traditional High Table Scottish Supper, while a Celtic Harpist strummed tunes. To embrace the full Scottish theme, Scottish tartan scarves in colorful plaids were provided at the door to each guest.


This is my traditional Deep Dish Brownie recipe  with walnuts added. Pecans or mini chocolate chips can be substituted for the walnuts. If you like your brownies with frosting, spread milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips on brownies just out of the oven.


Fudge Walnut Brownies
3/4 Cup Butter, melted & cooled
1½ Cups Sugar
1½ Tsp Vanilla
3 Eggs
3/4 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Salt
3/4 Cup Walnuts (or Pecans)


Grease & Flour an 8” square pan. Use large spoon or wire whisk to mix ingredients.
In a separate bowl mix Flour, Cocoa, Baking Powder & Salt. Set aside.
Mix melted Butter, Sugar & Vanilla. Add Eggs and blend well.
Add Flour mixture until well blended. Fold in chopped walnuts
Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes until brownies pull away from side or cake tester comes out clean.




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BAPTISM CROSS COOKIES/ First Party



Remember when the score was tied after the birth of grand niece #2? A few months later was time for her big debut, or should I say, first big party where she was the guest of honor. While still acclimating to the outside world, it was time to baptize this bundle of joy and welcome her into the church. Baptism is the first of many special events to come in her life, although the only one where sprinkled with water. She looked like a cherub in her father’s heirloom christening gown made by her paternal great-grandmother. The Christening of our grand niece was celebrated by her big brother, parents, godparents and various family members. It was a joyous day followed by a great party, although she will not remember any of it. Birthdays, graduations, swim meets, dance recitals, prom, engagement, wedding, etc. await this darling little girl.


The color theme of the christening party was light pink and white so those two colors were incorporated into a traditional cross cookie.


Baptism Cookies
Cross Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Light Pink with AmeriColor Red (just a smidge)
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2

Outline cookie with # 2 tip in white icing.

Flood cookie in white icing. Let sit 30 minutes.

Pipe two figure 8s with #2 tip in pink icing. 

Let dry overnight.
 

 

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BEACH COOKIES/ What a Beach!



The only beach I knew for my first 20 years was Fire Island off of Long Island’s south shore on the Atlantic Ocean. During the summers of the ‘60’s we visited our cousins a few times every summer. We would pack sandwiches, a huge jug of lemonade, chips and brown edge cookies. We would all pile into my uncle’s blue ’52 Chevy and one of my teenage cousins would drive the route across over the Robert Moses Causeway to the beautiful, expansive beach. It was pristine with no houses, hotels or restaurants … nothing as far as the eye could see. It was the perfect beach. There were two gigantic parking lots and a large refreshment hut. The sand was light tan and the waves were BIG. Did I mention the beach was very deep and walking to and fro the parking lot meant a lot of yousas and ouches while scooting across the hot sand? And lest I forget, the lifeguards who sat high overlooking the beach with their blonde hair, dark tans and red swimming trunks. Yes, there were beach boys on the East Coast too! Does anyone use the term ‘trunks’ anymore?  

Fast forward to Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale … high-rise hotels, retail shops, restaurants, bars along the main drag … and right there was the beach! What a culture shock as I thought all beaches were unspoiled like Fire Island. Ah well. A beautiful beach, riding waves with my cousins, brown edge cookies… indelible priceless memories! Maybe these beach cookies will stir your childhood beach memories.

Beach Cookies
Egg Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Red with AmeriColor Super Red
Royal Icing for flooding tinted White with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Light Blue with AmeriColor Turquoise
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Dark Blue with AmeriColor Teal and AmeriColor Turquoise
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Tan with AmeriColor Chocolate Brown and AmeriColor Egg Yellow
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Dark Brown with AmeriColor Chocolate Brown
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Toothpicks
Paintbrushes
Meringue Powder
CK Red Sanding Sugar
CK White Sanding Sugar
CK Brown Sanding Sugar

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Outline umbrella with #2 tip in red icing.

Pipe two lines with #2 tip in white icing.
Pipe three lines with #2 tip in light blue icing.
Flood rest of water with #2 tip in dark blue icing.

Pull with toothpick to create waves.

Flood umbrella with red icing.

Fill in sand with tan icing. Let dry overnight.

Mix 1 tsp meringue powder and tsp water. Stir until smooth.

Using a paintbrush apply to umbrella. Sprinkle with red sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess.
Using a paintbrush apply to sand. Sprinkle with white sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess.
Sprinkle with brown sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess.
 Pipe umbrella pole with #2 tip dark brown icing. Let dry 30 minutes.



 
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