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Watkins Extracts and Flavorings

January 17th, 2015

new watkins extractsImagine the possibilities with Watkins; our pure extracts are made from natural oils, so they are free of artificial colors and flavors.  Watkins Gourmet Extracts and Flavorings are concentrated, and backed by the same expertise that made Watkins Vanilla the choice for generations.  Each 2 ounce bottle is just $3.49 – what a bargain!



Banana – add to quick breads, pancakes and waffle batter.

Butter – adds a butter flavor to your recipes; cakes, cookies, rolls, biscuits, waffles, pancakes, popcorn, baked apples, vegetables and rice.

Cherry – try in your chocolate cake recipe or whipped cream.

Coconut-add to your angel food cake or fruit salad.

Rum – a staple for cookies, cakes, candies and sauces.

Strawberry – refreshing when added to yogurt and/or sour cream for fruit dip.

Pure Lemon-flavor your sugar cookies or muffins, add a few drops to tea.

Pure Orange – pairs well with chocolate or lemon for that additional burst of flavor.  Try it in dough, batter, sauce or whipped cream.

Pure Peppermint – tastes great in your favorite brownie or candy recipe.

Maple – make your own simply syrup and flavor it with other Watkins extracts.

Raspberry – this makes a great salad dressing.

Root Beer – cookies, homemade root beer, candy and more!

Caramel – add to sour cream or cream cheese for apple dip.

Pure Anise – a must for holiday cookies and candy.

Pure Mint – sometimes you don’t want peppermint, just mint.

Pure Almond – a staple for your baking shelf, there are too many recipes to name!

Bon appetit!




Watkins Apple Cider Quick Bread

January 6th, 2015


1-1/2 cups all-purpose flourApple cider bread
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 T. tasted wheat germ
2 tsp. Watkins Baking Powder
1 tsp. Watkins Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp Watkins Ground Nutmeg
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 egg white
1/2 cup apple cider or unsweetened apple juice
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup Watkins Original Grapeseed Oil
1 tsp. Watkins Original Double-Strength Vanilla
1 cup shredded peeled tart apple
1/3 cup golden raisins

1 tsp. Watkins Orange Peel

In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, egg white, cider, yogurt, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the apple, raisins and orange peel. Transfer to a greased 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350ºF for 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.  Yield: 1 loaf

Bon appetit!


Watkins Pumpkin Dip

December 21st, 2014

pumpkin dipWhat tastes like pumpkin cheesecake but is a whole lot easier?  Right, Watkins Pumpkin Dip!

Serve Pumpkin Dip with a tray of gingersnaps, vanilla wafers, toasted bagels, graham crackers or fresh fruit.



Watkins Pumpkin Dip

2 8 ounce packages cream cheese

1 15 ounce can 100% pure pumpkin

2 cups granulated sugar

1 teaspoon Watkins Ground Cinnamon

1 teaspoon Watkins Ground Ginger


1/2 Tablespoon Watkins Pumpkin Spice

Beat cream cheese and pumpkin in a large bowl until smooth.  Add sugar and spices, mix thoroughly.  Cover and refrigerate for an hour.

Bon appetit!


Watkins Grilled Vegetables

December 16th, 2014

Watkins all-natural grapeseed oil is lower in saturated fat and higher in unsaturated fats than nearly all other oils. One of the only oils shown to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol, this antioxidant-rich blend is healthy and stable. Its high smoke point makes it perfect for grilling or sautéing.

Watkins Grilled Vegetablesgarlic parsley grapeseed oil

8 oz fresh whole mushrooms

2 medium zucchini, cut into 1-inch slices

1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch slices

10 cherry tomatoes

1 1/2 tbsp Watkins Garlic & Parsley Grapeseed Oil

1 tbsp Watkins Italian Seasoning

1 tsp seasoning salt

1 tsp Watkins Black Pepper to taste

Grated Parmesan cheese to taste

Toss first 7 ingredients together in a large bowl. Thread vegetables on metal skewers; grill until crisp and tender or bake in a 425 degree F oven for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bon appetit!