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Cheese Puffs (AKA Stilton Puffs)

I made this yesterday for the first time. I got this recipe from my lovely sister-in-law. She made them for my Mom’s birthday bash last summer and I thought, Hey! Maybe the kids would like these in their lunches!

These tasty little tidbits are called “Stilton Puffs”. Since I used Imperial Cheddar Cheese (the cheese in the small red and black container) instead of Stilton cheese, perhaps we should call them “Cheese Puffs” instead. They look like orange cookies when they are done. I guess that’s why the kids asked if they were a new kind of cookie when they first saw them.

Cheese Puffs

1 cup water
½ cup butter (or hard margarine)
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup flour
4 Large eggs
4 oz Imperial cheddar cheese (or stilton, if you prefer)
8 bacon slices, cooked crisp and crumbled
¼ cup finely chopped green onion
½ tsp pepper

Combine first 3 ingredients in medium heavy saucepan on medium-high until boiling and butter is melted. Reduce heat to medium.

Add flour. Stir vigorously for about 1 minute until mixture pulls away from  side of saucepan to form soft dough. Remove from heat. Transfer to medium  bowl.

Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition until well combined and dough is thick and glossy.

Add remaining 4 ingredients. Mix. Drop, using 2 tsp for each, about 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheet with sides. Bake in  425°F oven for 15 to 17 minutes until golden brown. Let stand on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Remove puffs from baking sheet and place on wire racks to cool.

I left out the green onions, as my kids are fussy and don’t like them. Make sure you don’t overcook them as any scorching can overwhelm the taste. They make a very good appetizer and even if they don’t puff up, they are still delicious!

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Basic Sugar Cookies (Or M&M Cookies)

I’ve been baking a lot lately. I thought that since I tend to modify things to make them so my kids will eat them, maybe I should put some of them here in my blog.

I’ll start with my simple sugar cookie recipe. It takes only about five minutes to prepare and only five minutes to bake (per sheet, of course). It has to be one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever come across. Because my kids love M&M cookies, I’ve been adding them into it too. They don’t last long around here. I think of all the things I bake, these have to be the kids’ favorite…

Homemade M&M Cookies

Here’s my sugar cookie recipe:

1/2 cup butter/margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups flour

Cream butter & sugar. Add egg, salt and vanilla. Add flour & soda (it’s always best to mix them together first). Roll it into balls, place on a cookie sheet and squash them. Bake at 375 degrees for 5 minutes.

I’ve been stirring in anywhere from 1/2 to 3/4 cup of M&Ms or Smarties but you can add (or not) anything you like!

I wrote this recipe out from one of my Mom’s cookbook years ago just after I left home. Every now and then, I’d get a craving for cookie dough (it’s great on ice cream) so I’d whip up a batch. Most of the dough never saw an oven. Yep, I’m a nutbar. I never worried about getting sick from eating raw egg. The dough tastes so good, you don’t even think about it being in there. Besides, don’t some of those crazy health nuts drink raw eggs for breakfast?

Guess cookie dough could be considered the breakfast of champions – Armchair Champions that is… *wink*

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