Grandma Helen’s Cut-Out Cookies

Cut out cookies recipe

Cut-out cookies are a favorite at Christmastime. Here’s a recipe you’re sure to love!

Cookies:

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup lard
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups thick sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda (mixed into sour cream)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 6 cups flour

Mix first 8 ingredients well, then add flour. Roll and cut-out. Bake at 300 degrees. Watch carefully, don’t let the bottoms get brown. When they look a little tan, pull them out of the oven. Makes 6 dozen cookies, depending on size of cut-outs.

 

Frosting:

  • 1 stick of butter (in cereal bowl)
  • Pour milk until halfway up butter (I know, grandmas’ recipe!)
  • Microwave for 2 minutes, stop every 45 seconds to stir. Add:
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla

Blend with mixer. If it is too thick, add milk; if too runny, add powdered sugar. Split into separate bowls to add food coloring as desired.

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Ham and Cheese Quiche

Ham & cheese quiche

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack
  • 1/2 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup Bisquick
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. paprika

Directions:

Sprinkle ham, cheese, broccoli, onion and green pepper over the bottom of a greased 10-inch quiche pan or glass pie dish. Set aside.

Place Bisquick in a large mixing bowl. Whisk in eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour Bisquick mixture over ingredients in quiche pan. Sprinkle with paprika.

Bake in a preheated 375° oven for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted in center of quiche comes out clean.

 

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Pumpkin Dip Recipe

Pumpkin dip recipe

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. package cream cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 15 oz. can pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger

Directions:

Mix cream cheese and sugar together and beat until smooth. Add pumpkin, cinnamon and ginger. Beat until well combined. Serve with apple slices and ginger snaps.

Cooks note: Recipe can be cut in half by using a 3 oz. package cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 can pumpkin.

Merchants Family Cookbooks are available at all Merchants Bank locations for $15. Proceeds benefit local food shelf programs.

Tacos in a Bag from the Merchants Family Cookbook

BlogRecipe-TacosInABag

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • 1/2 lb. shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • onions, chopped
  • tomatoes, chopped
  • lettuce, shredded
  • sour cream
  • avocado dip (optional)
  • taco sauce
  • 8-10 individual bags of chips — Fritos or Doritos work well!

 

Directions:

Brown ground beef and drain off excess fat. Add taco seasoning mix and prepare according to directions on package. Crush chips in the bag and cut off the top of the bag. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of ground beef mixture, all or any combination of the “toppings” and stir. Top with sour cream and taco sauce. Great for camping!

Peach Cobbler from the Merchants Family Cookbook

 

BlogRecipe-PeachCobblerIngredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 can (16 oz) sliced peaches, save liquid
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp banking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

 

Directions:

Pour butter into a shallow 2 quart baking dish; set aside. Drain peaches, reserving 1/4 cup juice. In a saucepan, bring the peaches and juice just to a boil. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup sugar, flour, milk, baking powder and salt; mix well. Pour over butter in baking dish. Spoon hot peaches over batter. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until cake tests done. Serve warm.

Yield: 6-8 servings.

 

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Country Style Spare Ribs from the Merchants Bank Family Cookbook

Recipe_CountryStyleSpareribs

Ingredients for Marinade:

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Enough water to cover ribs

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together. Pour mixture over ribs. Add enough water to cover ribs. Simmer, covered, until done, about 2 hours, checking to see if tender.

Place on broiler pan or grill and brush on the following BBQ sauce:

  • ½ cup miracle whip
  • 1 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 4 Tbsp. hot sauce
  • 2 drops of Tabasco sauce

Grill or broil for a few minutes.

Merchants Family Cookbooks are available at all Merchants Bank locations for $15. Proceeds benefit local food shelf programs.