Archive for February, 2014

Pepper the Watkins Way

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Watkins Black-Pepper“Black pepper is, without a doubt, the world’s most popular and important spice….when you use the King of Spices, use the best.” Jeff Severson. Watkins buys top-quality Malabar and Lampong peppercorns (the two most potent varieties), carefully screens out fillers and stems, then granulates (not grinds) them through our exclusive process that preserves their high essential oil content. Experience the Gold Medal-winning taste of the most flavorful pepper on the market!

Watkins Black Pepper gives extra flavor to these Swedish cookies, yes, cookies!

Pepparkakor from the Watkins Kitchen Collection

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup light molasses

2 tsp Watkins Cinnamon

2 tsp Watkins Ginger

1 tsp Watkins Cloves

1 tsp Watkins Black Pepper

1 tsp baking soda

2 tbsp cream or milk

2 cups all-purpose flour

In a large bowl, beat butter and next seven ingredients until blended.  Beat in cream, then flour, just until blended.  Chill 30 minutes or until firm enough to handle.

Shape dough into 3/4 inch balls.  Press down lightly with a floured or sugared glass.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool on baking sheet one minute then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.  If desired, cookies can be drizzled with melted vanilla chips.

Makes about 6 dozen cookies.

Bon appetit!

Terry

Watkins Deluxe Sugar Cookies

Friday, February 14th, 2014

big valentine cookiesIt wouldn’t be Valentines Day without sugar cookies; these sweet, buttery homemade cookies are the perfect way to say “I Love You”. You’ll get a kiss of approval when you serve them!

 

 

Sugar Cookie Baking Tips from sweetsugarbelle.com

1. Mix ingredients in the proper order

2.The egg and butter should be room temperature

3. Gather your rolling tools and have them ready

4. Cut desired shapes from dough as close as possible

5. Use a spatula to transfer cookies to baking sheet, or roll on parchment paper, remove scraps and place parchment paper on baking sheet

6. Get to know your oven, you should know how many minutes for the best results

7. Don’t peak very often – hot air will escape and baking takes longer

8. Let cookies cool for hours before decorating

Watkins Deluxe Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp Watkins Original Double-Strength Vanilla

1/2 tsp Watkins Almond Extract

2 tbsp milk

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

Frosting

4 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

3 to 4 tbsp milk

1 to 2 tsp your choice **Watkins Extracts to taste, food coloring

**try:

Pure Anise Extract

or Pure Peppermint Extract

or Pure Orange Extract

or Pure Lemon Extract

or Pure Mint Extract

Directions
Combine butter, sugar, egg, extracts, and milk in large bowl. Stir in flour and baking powder; mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (about 2 hours). Heat oven to 400ºF. On lightly floured surface, roll dough one third at a time to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with floured cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 6 to 9 minutes or until edges are light brown. Immediately remove to wire rack to cool.

Combine all frosting ingredients; beat until smooth. Decorate cooled cookies.

Bon appetit!

Terry

Watkins Chocolate Mousse

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Save $1.00 on Watkins Dessert and Frosting MixChocolate-Dessert-Mixes in February.  Each can makes 17 – 37 servings and they’re just $8.99!  Watkins combines the goodness of homemade with the convenience of a mix. Not an instant pudding, but a rich, creamy dessert mix with old-fashioned, homemade goodness and flavor.

Versatile: Make puddings, pies, sauces, fillings, frostings and much more.

Concentrated/Economical/Space-Saving

Convenient: Just add milk, sugar, and eggs to mix for pie fillings.

Simple: Combine mix with shortening, powdered sugar, and half-and-half for delicious frosting.

Microwave or Stovetop: Directions for both included.

Tastes better than instant mix; easier than scratch.

Watkins Chocolate Mousse

1 pudding recipe Watkins Chocolate Dessert Mix
2 cups/500 mL frozen whipped topping, thawed
Additional whipped topping, chocolate cookie crumbs or chocolate curls for garnish

Prepare pudding according to package directions, cover top of pudding with plastic wrap and let cool to room temperature. Stir pudding and fold in whipped topping. Spoon into dessert dishes and refrigerate until serving time. Before serving, top with whipped topping and garnish.

Bon appetit!

Terry

Watkins Garlic Bread

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

IMG_2566Combine 1 tablespoon melted butter or olive oil with 1 teaspoon Watkins Garlic Liquid Spice; brush over bread and bake or broil until toasted.

Bon appetite!

Terry