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Candied Yams | Crock Pot Recipes

This sweet and tender candied yams recipe is a delicious comfort food you can prepare any time of the day. It can also be a side dish – best paired with grilled pork chops, beefsteak, or roasted chicken.

Ingredients:

• 8 sweet potatoes/yams
• 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
• 1 tsp ground cinnamon
• 4 tbsp salted butter
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 2 tbsp cornstarch
• 3/4 cup white sugar
• 1/3 cup brown sugar
• 4 tbsp butter
• 2 cups water

Instructions:

Peel the sweet potatoes.
Soak in water for a few minutes.
Chop the potatoes and place them in the crockpot.
Sprinkle brown sugar, white sugar and cornstarch.
Season with ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and vanilla extract.
Add butter and water.
Cover the pot.
Cook for 4 hours in high.
Once done, transfer to a bowl.
Serve and enjoy!

Candied Yams - Crock Pot Recipes
Images – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_II9UDelZl0

The Most Fool-Proof Macarons You’ll Ever Make

A macaron is a French dish that consists of a buttercream filling sandwiched in two cookies. Macarons are notoriously a bit tricky. The process takes a lot of patience to make perfect classic macarons. You will have to pulse and sift the flour mixture a few times to achieve the perfect smooth yet crunchy surface. It may take a few shots to perfect this sweet and delicious French macarons recipe, but it’s surely worthwhile!

Ingredients:

Batter:

• 3 egg whites
• 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
• 1 cup almond flour
• 2 tsp salt (divided)
• 1/4 cup granulated sugar
• 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
• 2 drops of gel food coloring

Filling:

• 2 sticks unsalted butter (at room temperature)
• 3 cups powdered sugar
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 3-4 tbsp heavy cream

Instructions:

Batter:

Crack open three eggs in a bowl.
Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites.
Set aside at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.

Prepare a food processor.
Add 1 3/4 cups of powdered sugar, a cup of almond flour and 1 tsp salt.
Pulse the mixture for at least 10 times to get a very fine texture.
Sift in the flour mixture into another mixing bowl a few times.
Set aside.

Meanwhile, mix the wet ingredients.
In another mixing bowl, add the egg whites set aside earlier.
Sprinkle 1 tsp of salt.
Use an electric handheld mixer with a whisk attachment to whisk the egg whites.
Continue to whisk until bubbles form and color changes.
Gradually add 1/4 cup of granulated sugar while whisking.
Continue to whisk until stiff peaks form.
Add 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.
Whisk until combined.
Add two drops of gel food coloring.
Whisk until combined.
Add 1/3 of the flour mixture.
Gently fold the mixture until well combined.
Add the rest of the flour mixture, then fold until the batter is well combined.
Continue to fold until it reaches the desired consistency for making macarons.
Do a figure 8 method to check its consistency.
If you can do figure 8 without the batter breaking, it has reached the desired consistency.
Transfer the batter into a piping bag with a round tip.

Prepare a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
You can pipe out four small dots on the edges of the baking tray to help stabilize the parchment paper.
Start to pipe out batter to 1 1/2 inches wide to make the macaron cookies.
Once done, tap the baking tray to even out the surface and eliminate tiny bubbles on top.
Set aside to rest for 30-60 minutes.
After 30-60 minutes, place the baking tray in the oven at 300 F.
Bake for 17 minutes.
Once done, remove from the oven and let the cookies cool for 15-30 minutes.
Set aside.

Meanwhile, prepare the filling.

Filling:

In a mixing bowl, add two sticks of unsalted butter softened at room temperature.
Whisk until soft and creamy.
Sift in 3 cups of powdered sugar.
Whisk until well combined.
Add 1 tsp vanilla extract and 3-4 tbsp of heavy cream.
Whisk until filling is smooth and well combined.
Transfer the filling into a piping bag with a round tip.
Pipe out a small amount of the filling on one side of the cookie, then press two cookies together to make a macaron.
Do this with the rest of the cookies and filling.
Place them in a container and let them set for 24 hours.
Serve and enjoy!

The Most Fool-Proof Macarons You'll Ever Make
Images – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjVgIXccYXA

The 5 Best Classic Cookie Recipes

Cookies are one of the world’s most popular desserts or snacks and are loved by both kids and adults. There are countless styles and flavors, but the main ingredients are flour, sugar and egg. This is a collection of the five best classic cookie recipes you can prepare over the weekend.

1. Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

• 1/2 cup granulated sugar
• 3/4 cup brown sugar
• 1 tsp salt
• 1/2 cup butter (melted)
• 1 egg
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 1/4 cup flour
• 1/2 tsp baking soda
• 4 oz dark chocolate bites
• 4 oz milk chocolate bites

Instructions:

Prepare a large mixing bowl.
Add white sugar, brown sugar and salt.
Add melted butter.
Mix until well combined.
Crack open an egg.
Add vanilla extract.
Mix until well combined.
Sift in flour and baking soda.
Mix until well combined.
Add dark chocolate bites and milk chocolate bites.
Mix well.
Cover the bowl with clingfilm.
Let it chill for at least 4 hours, recommended overnight.
Once done, scoop from the mixture and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Place it inside a preheated oven of 350 F.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Once done, remove it from the oven and let it cool.
Enjoy!

2. Snickerdoodle Cookies

Ingredients:

• 1 cup butter (softened)
• 2 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 cup granulated sugar
• 1/3 cup brown sugar
• 2 eggs
• 3 cups flour
• 2 tsp cinnamon
• 2 tsp cream of tartar
• 2 tsp baking soda
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 cup cinnamon sugar

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Prepare a large mixing bowl.
Add softened butter and vanilla extract.
Whisk to combine.
Add granulated sugar, then whisk to combine.
Add brown sugar, then whisk to combine.
Crack open two eggs, then whisk to combine.
Sift in flour, cinnamon, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
Fold using a spatula to combine well.
Cover the bowl with clingfilm.
Let it chill for 30 minutes.
Once done, form into small-sized balls.
Roll them into a cup of cinnamon sugar.
Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Put inside a preheated oven.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Once done, remove it from the oven and let it cool.
Enjoy!

3. Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Cookies

Ingredients:

• 4 oz cream cheese (softened)
• 8 tbsp salted butter (softened)
• 3/4 cup granulated sugar
• 1 cup flour
• 10 cookies (crushed)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Prepare a mixing bowl.
Add softened cream cheese and salted butter.
Add granulated sugar.
Mix using an electric hand mixer.
Continue to mix until smooth.
Add flour, then mix until well combined.
Add crushed cookies.
Mix well.
Cover the bowl with clingfilm.
Let it chill for 30 minutes.
Once done, form into small-sized balls.
Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Flatten the balls using the back of a spoon.
Put it inside the preheated oven.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Once done, remove it from the oven and let it cool.
Enjoy!

4. Frosted Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

• 3 1/2 cups flour
• 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1 cup butter (softened)
• 3/4 cup granulated sugar
• 1 egg
• 1/2 cup sour cream
• 1 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting:

• 1/2 cup butter (softened)
• 2 cups powdered sugar
• 2 tbsp milk

Instructions:

Prepare a mixing bowl.
Add 3 1/2 cups flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1/4 tsp salt.
Whisk to combine.
Set aside.

Prepare another mixing bowl.
Add 1 cup softened butter and 3/4 cup granulated sugar.
Mix using an electric hand mixer.
Continue to mix until well combined.
Crack open an egg, then mix to combine.
Add 1/2 cup sour cream and 1 tsp vanilla extract.
Mix well to combine.
Add the flour mixture in three portions.
Mix to combine every time the flour mixture is added.
Continue to mix until dough comes together.
Transfer the dough into a flour-dusted work surface.
Shape the dough into a disc.
Wrap it with a plastic wrapper.
Let it chill for an hour.
Once done, transfer the dough into a flour-dusted work surface.
Flatten the dough to an inch thick using a rolling pin.
Use a cookie cutter to cut out cookies.
Place the cookies on a parchment-lined baking tray.
Put it inside a preheated oven of 300 F.
Bake for 8 minutes.
Once done, remove it from the oven and let it cool.

Frosting:

Prepare another mixing bowl.
Add 1/2 cup softened butter.
Mix until creamy.
Sift in 2 cups powdered sugar, then mix to combine.
Add 2 tbsp milk.
Mix well to combine.

Spread the frosting on top of each cookie.
Add sprinkles if you want.
Enjoy!

5. Brownie Fudge Cookies

Ingredients:

• 2/3 cup brown sugar
• 2 beaten eggs
• 1/2 cup melted butter
• 1/2 cup melted chocolate
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 cup flour
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
• 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Prepare a large mixing bowl.
Add 2/3 cup brown sugar and two beaten eggs.
Whisk until well combined.
Add melted butter, melted chocolate and vanilla extract.
Whisk until well combined.
Add flour, baking powder and salt.
Mix until well combined.
Add white and dark chocolate chips.
Mix well.
Let it chill for 30 minutes.
Once done, scoop from the mixture and place on a parchment-lined baking tray.
Do this with the remaining mixture.
Put it inside the preheated oven.
Bake for 12 minutes.
Once done, remove it from the oven and let it cool.
Enjoy!

The 5 Best Classic Cookie Recipes
Images – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_zM9IafC7A