Sad Cake – Moist, Chewy, and Delicious

Sad Cake – Moist, Chewy, and Delicious

The Sad Cake is moist, chewy, and delicious!  It stirs up easily in a saucepan.  A mixer is not necessary; just like a brownie, it shouldn’t be beaten.  You simply stir the ingredients together with a spoon and pour the batter into a prepared pan.  Could it be much more simple than that? 

As summer slips away, and the crisp autumn air creeps into our days, certain foods begin to come to mind, don’t they?  For me, Sad Cake is one of those foods and it is such a quick and easy to make dessert.  This moist, chewy, cake has been a family favorite since the 60’s.  My mother brought the recipe home from work.   She has used this recipe a lot when she needed to take a dessert for potlucks, and to this day, she still says the ‘men‘ love it. 

Maybe that’s because there are not a lot of frills to this cake.  It isn’t particularly pretty.  The cake rises nicely in the oven and then falls and the top cracks!  What it lacks in visual, it makes up for in rich decadent taste.  There is no need for frosting.  The cake is rich enough on its own, but a small scoop of ice cream on the warm cake is heavenly, too.  To make it look a little more appealing, you might consider a dusting of powdered sugar.Sad Cake - Moist, Chewy, and Delicious! on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Sad Cake

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) Butter ( Not margarine)  
  • 2-1/4 cups Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup White sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 cup Nuts

Preheat oven to 350°

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Place the 2 sticks (1-cup) of butter and the brown sugar into a 3-quart saucepan.  (The batter will be completely mixed in the saucepan.)  Melt the butter with the brown sugar on low heat. Sad Cake - Moist, Chewy, and Delicious! on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com 

* Remove from the heat and add the white sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, and the vanilla. Sad Cake - Moist, Chewy, and Delicious! on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

 

 

Do not beat.  Stir until mixed.  Stir in the chopped nuts. 

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 Pour the batter into a 9″ x 13″ pan, greased and floured, or a pan lined with non-stick Reynolds Aluminum Foil. 

Bake 40 minutes at 350°.

 

 


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*Tips - A few years ago, I bought this set of clear nesting mixing bowls.  These are so wonderful!  Measuring the ingredients into these before adding them to your recipe ensures that you won't forget an ingredient or miscount how many cups!  Not that I have ever done that before... unless I was interrupted by a child or grandchild!

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I also mixed the flour and baking powder together with a wire whisk in the bowl.   Everything was ready to go before the butter was melted.

* I have to confess, I added the white sugar, two of the eggs, the vanilla and half of the flour - baking powder mixture, and stirred that until somewhat blended.  Then, I added the other two eggs and the remaining half of the flour - baking powder mixture.  It's not necessary but easier to mix this way. 

I also use the non-stick wrap.  I love the way you can lift the cake right out of the pan, fold the foil down, and easily cut the cake. 

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Whoever came up with this recipe might have thought it was a “Sad Cake” but, in my estimation, it would have been more aptly called a bar cookie.  Whatever it is called, it really is delicious and the ‘menfolk’ love it!

 

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How To Make Halloween Linzer Cookies

How To Make Halloween Linzer Cookies

A plate piled high with homemade goodies is a welcome sight anytime, but especially around the holidays!  These Halloween Linzer cookies look so festive, the kids are going to love them!  Filled with your favorite jam, what’s not to love?How To Make Halloween Linzer Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

You have seen Linzer cookies with the classic round holes in theHow To Make Halloween Linzer Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com top cookies but have you seen the cookie cutters with the witch hat, the pumpkin, ghost, cat, tombstone, and the bat shaped punch outs?  I found these  R&M Halloween Linzer Cookie Cutters on Amazon!

 

Halloween Linzer Cookies

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup blackberry jam
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • Powdered sugar for dusting cookies

Thoroughly, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl with a wire whisk.

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In a separate large bowl, beat the softened butter and powdered sugar together.  Add the egg and the vanilla and beat until well combined.

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Beat in the flour mixture.

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Divide the dough in half and place each half on a large piece of wax paper.

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Flatten each into a disk and fold the wax paper over the dough, completely encasing each disk in wax paper.  (The flatter the disk is at this point, the less rolling you will have to do after it is chilled!)

Stack these and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least one hour.

Heat oven to 350°.  Line cookie sheet pan with parchment paper.

 

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Remove one disk from the refrigerator and roll to 1/4 – inch thickness.  Use the 2 – inch round scalloped cookie cutter and the cookie cutter fitted with the cutouts to cut out equal amounts of cookie bottoms and tops.

Bake at 350° for 8 – 10 minutes until lightly brown around edges.

Gather the scraps back into a ball and roll out like before in the wax paper and return to the refrigerator.  Repeat the process with the second disk.  Makes about 22 double cookies.

 

Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.How To Make Halloween Linzer Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Spread half of a teaspoon of seedless blackberry jam on some of the solid cookies and apricot jam on the remaining solid cookies.

Dust powdered sugar over the cookies with the Halloween shapes.  Place on top of the solid cookies spread with jam. How To Make Halloween Linzer Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stack on a plate and serve!  Aren’t they adorable?  For more of my favorite cookies click here ►Cookie Recipes

 

Baking Tips

Unless a recipe says otherwise, allow your refrigerated ingredients to come to room temperature for about an hour before you start your recipe.

Always use butter, preferably unsalted butter, not margarine.    

Always check your first batch of cookies at the earliest time given.  Once you've ascertained the perfect number of minutes, set your timer for that time for each of the remaining batches.

To keep cookies from spreading too much, be sure to place the cookie dough on a cool sheet pan and place in the oven quickly.

Use AirBake cookie sheet pans for baking cookies.  The layer of air prevents the top sheet from overheating which prevents burning.  After you use these, you will never go back to your old ones! 

Always allow cookies to cool on a wire rack, especially before stacking!
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Easy Cheesecake Bars – Tangy Lemon

Easy Cheesecake Bars – Tangy Lemon

 

Easy Cheesecake Bars – Tangy Lemon!   The ever-popular cheesecake, and a favorite dessert of mine, is reinvented in this easy, moist, tangy, lemon bar cookie!  Creamy and delicious, these are incredibly quick and easy!  

Some of my favorites are found here.►Cheesecake


Easy Cheesecake Bars

Preheat Oven – 350°

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Filling:

  • 8-ounce pkg. cream cheese – room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tblsp. milk
  • 2 Tblsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Prepare the Crust:

Place the flour, butter, and brown sugar in food processor bowl.  Process until you have a fine textured, lump-free, mixture.  Add the chopped nuts and pulse just to mix.

Don’t have a food processor?  Combine flour, softened butter, and brown sugar in a large bowl.  Blend with an electric mixer until you have a fine textured, lump free, mixture.  Stir in the nuts.

Reserve 1 cup of the mixture for topping, press the remainder into an 8″ x 8″ square pan, lined with parchment paper or Reynolds Quick Release foil.  (See Tips Below.)Easy Cheesecake Bars - Tangy Lemon on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Bake at 350° for 8 – 10 minutes until lightly browned.

Use a glass with a heavier base to press the mixture into the pan bottom.►

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Prepare the filling:  

With an electric mixer, thoroughly blend the softened cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl. Easy Cheesecake Bars - Tangy Lemon on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com 

(If you don’t want lumpy cheesecake, this step is key.  Make sure the mixture is creamy and lump-free before adding egg and liquids.)

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Add the egg, milk, lemon juice, vanilla, and mix well until mixture is smooth.

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Pour the prepared filling over the lightly browned crust.  

 

Sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture over the top of the cheesecake filling.

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Return to the 350° oven for an additional 20 – 25 minutes until light, golden brown.

Cool.  Cut into bars.  Store in the refrigerator.  This makes 16 (1-3/4″ square) bars.

 


 Easy Cheesecake Bars - Tangy Lemon on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com  After the pan of cheesecake had cooled for several minutes, I placed it in the refrigerator to cool faster.  Then, I took the pan out a bit later to slice the bar cookies.  Dave came over and tried one, and another, and another.  I think he really likes these little “Easy Cheesecake Bars – Tangy Lemon”.  

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How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies

How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies

How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies? Candy Corn JELL-O Mini Desserts on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com The ‘Candy Corn Jell-O Mini Desserts’, which I made a couple of weeks ago, gave me an idea for a Halloween Monster Cookie.  I remembered pinning a cookie resembling a pumpkin with candy corn teeth, which Pillsbury had created.

I was pretty sure that there were some pumpkin cookie cutters in the pantry and after a search, I found some.  Yes,  Wilton has a set of  Halloween pumpkin cookie cutters and we just happen to have a set!  (We are an affiliate of Amazon and will receive a small percentage of any sale from this link at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website.)

Many years ago, I tried a recipe for Old Fashioned Butter Cookies from Land O’ Lakes.  The recipe creates a rich buttery dough that needs to be refrigerated for a couple of hours, then, rolled out, cut, and decorated.  This has been one of my ‘go to‘ recipes for cookies.  A neighbor tried one of those first cookies and in surprise commented that it tasted like one from the bakery.

Anyway, here is that simple recipe:

Old Fashioned Butter Cookies

  • 1 cup Land O’ Lakes butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 Tblsp. orange juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

 

In a 3-quart mixer bowl, combine butter, sugar, and egg.  Beat on medium sped until light and fluffy.How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 Reduce speed to low.  Stir in flour,baking powder, orange juice, and vanilla until smooth and well combined.  (1 to 2 minutes)

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Chill 2 – 3 hours or until firm enough to be rolled.

Tip – Divide the dough in half.  Place 1/2 of dough on a piece of wax paper.  Fold one end of the wax paper over the dough and flatten into a disk.  Fold the two side edges in and remaining end over the two folded side edges, encasing the dough in wax paper.  Refrigerate the disk for 2 – 3 hours.  The dough is much easier to roll out this way.How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

Preheat oven: 400°.

*Roll out dough, 1/2 at a time, on well-floured surface to 1/8″ – 1/4″ thickness.  Cut out with cookie cutters.  (I used the 3″ cookie cutter.  The cookies spread out to make a 3-1/2″ cookie after baking.)

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Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake near center of 400° oven for 6 to 10 minutes or until golden brown on edges.  Cool on wire rack.  Decorate with icing below.

 

* Tip – When you retrieve the disk of cookie dough from the fridge, open the wax paper, sprinkle a little flour on the top of the dough, and sandwich with another sheet of wax paper.  Roll out a little and flip the whole thing over, remove the wax paper on top, and sprinkle some flour over that side.  Use your hand to distribute it over the disk.  Continue rolling out and adding flour to keep it from sticking to the paper.  It keeps clean up to a minimum and you can easily slip it back into the fridge to firm up before cutting.

Icing Recipe

To Decorate Monster Cookies

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tblsp. milk
  • 2 Tblsp. light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. orange extract
  • food coloring
Stir the powdered sugar and milk together until smooth.  This will be thick. How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com
Beat the corn syrup and orange extract into the icing until it is smooth and shiny. How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com
Divide the icing into small bowls and add the desired food colors to each.How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 At this point,  it should be the right consistency for spreading and drizzling perfectly smooth icing. I used both gel food coloring and regular food coloring.  They both worked equally well for color.

I started out with the black icing to make mouths on each of the cookies.  How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comAs you can see in the picture, paint brushes, which you can find in the bakery section, can be used to smooth out and fill in the icing.

Then, the green stem was added.

By the time I finished those the first cookies were relatively dry.  The orange color was added all round the mouth and under the stem.  By the time I finished the orange icing on all of the cookies, the white around the eyes was added without any issue of the white sinking or bleeding into the orange.

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These little Candy Eyeballs by Wilton were placed on top of white icing layered on the orange icing to act as glue and exaggerate the eyes.  How cute are these?  The white icing was also applied on top of the mouth to ‘glue’ the candy corn pieces in place.  (We are an affiliate of Amazon and will receive a small percentage of any sales purchased through this link, at no cost to  you.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

You can see in the pictures, I deliberately chose one with a larger black dot in the center and one with a smaller dot in the center to make each cookie look a little goofier.

Orange flavoring was added to the icing to echo the orange flavor in the cookies, however, you could easily change the flavoring to suit your taste.

Depending on how big your cookies are and how much area you are covering, you might need more or less icing.  You can half the recipe easily if you think you will need less.

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How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies?  It’s really pretty simple with this easy to make recipe for cookies and icing!

 

 

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Candy Corn JELL-O Mini Desserts

Candy Corn JELL-O Mini Desserts

Candy Corn Jell-O Mini Desserts!  Aren’t these the cutest?  The inspiration for these was a pin on Pinterest.  It featured a mini dessert which resembled candy corn in a shot glass.  When I saw it, the little mini flare dessert glasses in the cupboard came to mind.  These make any little dessert special!  The shape of these mimic the candy corn better, too, right?  (We are an affiliate of Amazon and will receive a small percentage of any sale from this link.  Thank you for supporting this website!)

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The grandkids love Jell-O and I knew they would love these, especially when presented like this!

 

This is such an easy mini dessert!

 

 

 

 

Candy Corn Jell-O Mini Desserts

  • 1 (4-serving) box Orange Jell-O Candy Corn Jell-O Mini Desserts on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com
  • 1 (4-serving) box Lemon Jell-O
  • Water
  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2-1/2 Tblsp. Powdered Sugar
  • 1-1/2 Tblsp. Meringue Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

 

 

First, prepare the Lemon Jell-O following the directions on the package.  (I used 3/4 cup of cold water instead of the 1 cup, thinking that the lemon layer would be a little firmer.  Don’t know if it really was necessary!  Lol!)  Then, ladle the prepared Jell-O into the mini flare dessert glasses, filling up the lower half of the glass.  *Place these in the refrigerator to set for 20 – 30 minutes.  You want these to be firm so there will be a distinct edge separating the two colors.

Then, prepare the Orange Jell-O following the directions on the package.  Place the orange Jell-O in the fridge for a few minutes to cool before pouring on top of the lemon layer.  Place back in the fridge to set before topping with the whipped cream topping recipe below, or if you would rather, top with Cool Whip or Reddi-wip.  The whipped cream below is stabilized with Meringue Powder and won’t weep.  You can make it a day ahead and it will stay perfectly!  (We are an affiliate of Amazon and will receive a small percentage of any sale from this link.  Thank you for supporting this website!)

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Stabilized Whipped Cream

Chill a medium-sized mixing bowl and mixer beaters in the freezer for 20 minutes or so.  Pour 1 cup of the heavy whipping cream into the bowl.  Add the 2-1/2 tablespoons of the powdered sugar and beat until thickened.

Mix in the 1-1/2 tablespoons of the Meringue Powder and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla.  Whip until stiff peaks form.Candy Corn JELL-O Mini Desserts on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Place in a large pastry tube fitted with a large round tip.  Pipe on the top of the set orange Jell-O and top with a kernel of candy corn.

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*My tip for you here – use a plastic refrigerator bin to corral mini dessert glasses.   The sides are taller than a sheet pan and keep them from tipping.   It’s much easier to place them in, and take them out of, the refrigerator!

Place silicone potholders in the bottom of the bins.  These grab the base of the glass and keep them from sliding around.  (Ever had unset Jell-O tip over in the fridge?  Not a pretty thing!)  I’m not sure if the spongy silicone potholders would work for this but the firmer ones work great.  (We are an affiliate of Amazon and will receive a small percentage of any sale from these links.  Thank you for supporting this website!)

 

Check out these other Jell-O mini desserts► Strawberry Jell-O Parfait Mini Desserts – 4th of July Firecracker Mini DessertsEasy St. Patrick’s Day Mini Dessert – Apricot Peach Mini Dessert – 

Another Jell-O mini dessert!  Your family is gonna love these “Candy Corn Jell-O Mini Desserts!”

 

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