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Chocolate Totos

My great aunt used to make these and when she passed away, the recipe was lost. I found this on the internet about 10 years ago, and it was very close.  I haven't made them in a while since my guys have nut allergies, but my dad asked for them this year. After looking at similar recipes I figured out the missing ingredient is the black pepper.  It gives the cookies a little depth and heat.  I also recommend grating the other spices fresh, it makes a big difference.  Making these brings back lots of good memories for me! Chocolate Totos Print With Image Without Image ingredients: 3 cups all-purpose flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon allspice 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 sticks butter -- softened 1/3 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 2oz  unsweetened chocolate 1 tablespoon butter -- softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2

Fruitcake Loaf

MIL called with a last minute request for me to make fruitcake for FIL.  There could not be any alcohol or nuts.     I got some great ideas from the TOHbb, but I had the ingredients on hand for this one I got from I was also make him a pumpkin pie  & Pink Elephant popcorn, so I wanted him to be able to reserve some of the goodies.   I baked this in my mini loaf pan rack, it made 5 mini loaves... Sort of.    I obviously overfilled them and it crawled all over the oven floor!  Had a little difficulty getting them out of the pan, but once I did they cooled and wrapped very nicely.  FIL kept one out and stuck the rest in the freezer, and said it's delicious.                        * Exported from MasterCook *                               Fruitcake Loaf   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method --------  ------------  --------------------------------   1                cup  all-purpose flour -- divided   2               cups  Drie

Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

I found these on the Martha Website, gave them a try for our family Christmas party. Thumbs up, there's room for a few tweaks though. It makes a VERY large cookie using size she gave. I ended up using a standard cookie scoop. Cookies themselves are good, even without frosting. I piped the frosting through a pastry bag with an open tip to make filling go quicker :)   Martha's Carrot Cake Cookies Print With Image Without Image Author: Jolene's Recipe Journal Ingredients 1 cup light-brown sugar 1 cup sugar 2 sticks unsalted butter -- room temperature 2 large eggs -- room temperature 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 2 cups quick oats 1 1/2 cups finely grated carrots -- (about 3 large) Cream Cheese Frosting 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature 1 cup