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Tuesday Morning Tidy: Birthday Sweets & Treats

In further celebration of our birthday week, we are sharing a few family-favorite treats.


If you've never had a Texas Sheet Cake, it is a real treat. It's a very thin chocolate cake with a rich, chocolate frosting. Warning, though--you cannot eat just one piece!


Texas Sheet Cake

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Sift together in a large bowl:

  • 2 cups flour

  • 2 cups sugar

Bring to a boil:

  • 2 sticks margarine

  • 4 tbsp. cocoa

  • 1 cup water

Pour boil mixture into flour-sugar mixture.

Add:

  • 2 eggs, mix well

  • 1/2 cup sour milk (1/2 T vinegar or lemon juice and enough milk to equal 1/2 cup. Stir and let stand for 5 minutes before using.)

  • 1 tsp. baking soda

  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Beat well and pour into greased and floured jelly roll pan. Bake for 20 minutes.

Frosting

Bring to a boil:

  • 4 Tbsp. cocoa

  • 1 stick margarine

  • 6 Tbsp. milk

Add:

  • 1 lb. box of powdered sugar

  • 1 tsp. vanilla

  • 1/2 cup nuts (optional)

Frost evenly over top of cake.


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If you're looking for a treat that's not too heavy, we highly recommend this Oatmeal Cookie recipe. Even for those who aren't big oatmeal cookie fans, these cookies are a hit!


Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

- 14 Tablespoons of softened salted butter

- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar

- 3/4 cup of packed brown sugar

- 2 large eggs

- 1 1/2 cups of flour

- 1 teaspoon of vanilla

- 1 teaspoon of baking soda

- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

- 1/2 teaspoon of salt

- 3 cups of uncooked quick or old fashioned oats

- 1 cup of raisins


Directions:

Step 1 - Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Step 2 - In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugars on medium speed until creamy and smooth.

Step 3 - Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.

Step 4: In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Add mixture to large bowl.

Step 5 - Mix the oats and raisins into the large bowl.

Step 6: Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

Step 7: Let cool then store or eat!







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