Weather We Want It or Not…{let} It Snowed!

It’s another snowy day out there. Perfect for baking and perfect for Brownie Snowballs. YUM! Enjoy them with hot drinks on cold nights. (Try our huge line up of hot drinks!) While we do have Christmas treats on our mind, we also have gifts and shopping, too. Some of us still have gifts to shop for. Stop by The Country Cupboard for some great edible gift ideas or a quick assembly of a Christmas gift basket. We put together some fun, tasty stocking stuffers. We also have hand made soap, lotion and lipbalm – perfect for stockings!

Brownie Snowballs (click for pic) 

¾ c. cocoa

1 ¼ c. butter
2 cups sugar
¼ cup strong brewed coffee
4 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 ½ cup flour
36 mini marshmallows
14oz white chocolate or white coating wafers
2 1/2 cups shredded coconut
(all ingredients available at The Country Cupboard)

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl melt butter in the microwave. Combine with the cocoa and stir until smooth. Add coffee, sugar and eggs, one at a time, stirring after each addition. Add salt and flour and mix until combined. Pour batter into a greased 9×13″ pan. Bake about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the brownies comes out with fudgy crumbs. Let cool.

Cut the brownies into 18 squares and cut off the edges. Slightly flatten each brownie and roll them into balls around a few mini marshmallows. Set the balls on a cookie sheet and freeze for about 30 minutes.

Melt white chocolate on low power for short amounts of time and dip each brownie ball into the chocolate until well coated. Immediately roll in coconut. Set on a cookie sheet until the chocolate sets up. Store in a covered container.  Serves 18.


Elaine’s Famous and Delicious Cookies

1 ¼ c. white sugar

1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract (or whatever extract goes well with your variation)

1/2 c. instant pudding *

2 eggs

1 c. butter

2 ¼ c. flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 ½ c. chips/drops *

Cream sugar and butter, add eggs and mix well. Add extract, pudding, baking soda, and then flour. Add chips last, stirring in by hand. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.  Yield: 4 dozen

This recipe is so delicious and easy. We have a lot of great options to fix your taste buds. Try vanilla, chocolate or butter pecan pudding mix. For the chips/drops, try chocolate chips (white, semi-sweet or milk), butter pecan chip mix, fun flavored cookie drops, triple chocolate chip mix, butterscotch chips, peanut lovers mix, We also have a great line-up of mini’s: peanut butter chips, cinnamon chips, semi-sweet chips, mint chocolate, mini m&ms’, mini reese’s m&m’s, and mini rainbow chips.


Little Scoops of News

I just finished a little walk around the store. We have some “new item” signs out there. They are:  oyster soup crackers, ham base (for soups with ham), jumbo cinnamon jelly beans, dark chocolate mini buckeyes, edamame (roasted and salted), and organic sprouted wheat flour. A little note about the sprouted wheat flour – sprouting breaks down a portion of the starches in grains into simple sugars so your body can digest them more like a vegetable (like a tomato, not a potato). It also increases the nutrition value of your flour. You’ll find ours in the freezer section.

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