May 8, 2012

Petits Fours

Fruit Tarts and Petit Fours

1 c. shortening
2 c. sugar
3 c. all purpose flour
2 t. baking powder
3/4 t. salt
1 c. ice water
1 1/2 t. clear imitation butter flavor
1 t. vanilla extract
3/4 t. almond extract
4 egg whites
1/2 t. cream of tarter
10 c. sifted powdered sugar
1 c. water
3 T. light corn syrup
Creamy Decorator Frosting:
2 c. sifted powdered sugar
1/4 c. plus 2 T. shortening
2 T. milk
1/2 t. vanilla OR almond extract
dash of salt
paste food coloring

Beat shortening at medium speed in mixer, gradually add 2 c. sugar, beating well. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; slowly add to shortening mixture alternating with 1 c. ice water. Mix batter at low speed, stirring in flavorings.

Beat egg whites and cream of tarter at high speed until peaks form. Gently fold into batter. Pour batter into two greased 8 inch square pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 40-43 minutes. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks. Cover and freeze until firm.

Trim crusts off surfaces, making sure the tops of cakes are flat. Cut each cake into 16 1 3/4″ squares. Place squares 2 inches apart on wire racks over a jellyroll pan.

Combine 10 c. powdered sugar, 1 c. water, 3 T. light corn syrup and vanilla or almond extract in a large sauce pan. Cook over low, until heated through and smooth. Pour warm icing over cakes, completely covering top and sides. If necessary, reheat icing. Ice each cake a second time.

Decorate as desired with Creamy Decorator Frosting:
Combine 2 c. powdered sugar, 1/4 c. plus 2 T. shortening, 2 T. milk, dash of salt and 1/2 t. vanilla or almond extract. Beat with a mixer until smooth. Separate and color with desired colors. Use your favorite decorating bag and tip to make them your own! From The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook.

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Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls


My all time favorite gift I receive every year is sausage balls! The lady that makes them for me has been sick, so I have had to work hard to find a recipe that matches hers since she doesn’t share her secrets with others.

It has taken me FOREVER to figure out how to get them to the perfect consistency and I have finally done it! YAY!

Here is the recipe. Hope you enjoy

Sausage Balls


1 lb Jimmy Dean sausage, uncooked

2 cups of Bisquick baking mix

3 cups sharp chedder cheese shredded


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all three of the above together and then roll into 1 inch balls. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 25 minutes.

Remove and enjoy!

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