French Bread – Bread Machine Recipe

French Bread - Bread Machine Recipe
 
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Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups +2 TBSP water
  • 2 TBSP oil
  • 2 TBSP Sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2¼ tsp active yeast
Instructions
  1. Add room temperature water to the bread machine. Then add the oil, sugar, and salt. Then add the flour. Sprinkle the active yeast across the top.
  2. On your bread maker machine, choose 2 lb. loaf and french bread.

 

4th Of July Cookies

 

 

4th Of July Cookies
 
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Serves: 4-5 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ¾ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Red food coloring
  • Blue food coloring
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven @ 350 degrees.
  2. Mix butter till creamy. Gradually add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture. Use food coloring paste to tint one third of the dough red and another third blue, kneading the dough to evenly distribute the color. Leave the last third untinted. Chill for ease in handling (about 1 hr).
  3. Roll out cookie dough on lightly floured surface to ⅛” thickness. Cut out a bunch of larger stars. With a medium-size cutter, cut a star from the center of each large star. Now use the medium stars to fill in the centers of contrasting larger stars lightly pressing them in place. Press the medium stars into the larger stars' centers. Using a third, smaller cutter, you can even create tricolored stars.
  4. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes.

#MMsGetCorny

Who isn’t a M&M’s fan? I know my family enjoys a ton of the M&M’s candy. Did you know that they have recently come out with a new product? It is called M&M’s Candy Corn White Chocolate. How yummy does this M&M’s candy corn sound? Now, your local Walmart should be carrying this (however, mine does not). Now, with a cool new product, of course, we need a cool recipe to use them in. For Halloween, I personally like to make scarecrow cookies. Here’s what my shopping trip looked like:

Here’s the recipe:

For the cookies:

1 cup soft butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
19 oz package of M&M’s (separate out about 100 M&M’s for the scarecrow eyes and a few extra to snack on along the way)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, mix together the butter and sugars until they are light and fluffy. Then beat in the egg, the vanilla, and the M&Ms. (This make break the M&Ms but you don’t see the cookie after the frosting anyway).

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add both bowls together and mix.

Grease your cookie sheets and then drop 1 heading teaspoon (or a heading tablespoon if you want larger cookies). Bake for 10 – 13 minutes. Cool, then frost.

Frosting

6 tbsp butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup of milk
1 tsp of vanilla

Melt the butter on your stovetop. Remove from the heat and add in the powdered sugar. Add the milk. If needed, keep adding more milk until you get the consistency that you are looking for. Frost the top of each cookie.

To decorate the cookies:

Sugar wafers
Candy corn
M & M’s
Bran cereal
Licorice Strings

First, cut a sugar wafer in half. Add a dollop of frosting to the top edge of the cookie and stick a wafer half to it for a hat top. Place a whole sugar wafer just below the hat top for a brim. Add a small licorice piece for hat trim. Press pieces of the bran cereal into the frosting around the hat. For the face, press on a candy corn nose, M & M eyes, and a licorice string mouth.

And this what they look like:

This recipe has been entered into a contest, so help me by voting.  :)

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias . #cBias