Texas Brownies

2 cups Flour                                     ¼ cup Cocoa
2 cups Sugar                                    ½ cup Buttermilk
½ cup Butter                                     2 Eggs
½ cup Shortening                             1 tsp Baking Soda
1 cup strong brewed Coffee           1 tsp Vanilla

Combine flour and sugar in large bowl.  In sauce pan heat to boiling the butter, shortening, coffee and cocoa.  Pour over the flour and sugar mixture.  Add buttermilk, eggs, soda and vanilla. Mix well with wooden spoon.  Pour in well greased jellyroll pan.  Bake 400'F 20 min. or until done.

While brownies bake, prepare frosting:

½ cup Butter                              3 ½ cups Powdered
2 T Cocoa                                  Sugar, sifted
¼ cup Milk                                 1 tsp Vanilla

Heat to boiling the butter, cocoa and milk.  Mix in powdered  sugar and vanilla until smooth.  Spread over warm brownies as soon as you take them out of the oven. 48 bars
Chocolate Chip Cookies

2/3 cup Shortening                 2/3 cup Butter
1 cup Sugar                             1 cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs                                            packed
2 tsp Vanilla                             3 cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda                  1 tsp Salt         
1 cup Chopped Nuts               2 cups Chocolate Chips

Heat oven to 375'.  Mix shortening, butter, sugars,
eggs, and vanilla well.  Stir in dry ingredients.
Drop by spoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheet. 
Bake 8-10 min.  About 7 dozen.         

Ben loved homemade cookies, so I would always double the recipes.   He would sit at the bar and eat them faster than I could take them off the pan. 

More cookie recipes coming soon.
Chewy Walnut Squares

1 C brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1/2 C flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 C coarsely chopped walnuts

Mix brown sugar, vanilla & egg in mixing bowl, stir until smooth & well blended
Stir flour with baking pwder and salt; add to first mixture and stir until
all of flour is moistened.  Fold in walnuts; turn in 8" square baking pan, lined with foil or cut grocery bag & sprayed with Pam.  Bake 350* for 18-20 minutes.  Cookies will be soft in center. Cool in pan, cut. 
Individual Cheese Cakes

2 8oz pkg cream cheese
2 eggs
1 tsp  vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
24 vanilla wafers
24 cup cake papers

Cream cheese at room tempature, blend everything together.  Drop on top of wafer in paper liners. Bake 350* 15 minutes

Top with

1 pint sour cream
3 tsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla

mixed or non-dairy topping

top with maraschino cherries
chocolate wafers can be used
Oatmeal Cake with Coconut-Pecan Topping

1 1/2 C milk
1 C quick oats
1 C brown sugar, packed
1 C sugar
1/3 C margerine
2 eggs
1 1/3 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Coconut-Pecan Topping

Combine milk and oats, let stand 20 minutes.  Cream sugars & butter in large mixing bowl; add eggs one at a time beating well after each.  Combine dry ingredients & oat mixture alternately to sugar mixture.  Pour into buttered 12x9x2 baking pan.  Bake 350* 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Spread with topping and broil 1-2 minutes or until bubbly and brown.

  Coconut-Pecan Topping: 

Combine 1 C brown sugar, packed, 1/3 C butter & 2 T water in sauce pan; heat until butter is melted.  Stir in 1 C chopped pecans & 1 C coconut.

Party Cake

1 yellow cake mix
1 large box of vanilla instant pudding
1 8oz cream cheese, softened
1 8oz container cool whip
1 med can crushed pineapple
1 small bag coconut

Prepare cake mix as directed; bake in cookie sheet with 2 1/2 in. sides; cool.  Split down middle. Prepare pudding, set aside.  Beat cream cheese until smooth and add cool whip until mixed; add pudding and mix well.  Put 1/2 mixture on bottom layer, top with 1/2 can pineapple; put remaining half on top and sprinkle with pineapple.  Refridgerate for one hour to overnight.
Banana Split Cake

2 C graham crackers                    1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 C butter                                 5 large bananas
2 C powdered sugar                1  large can crushed            2 eggs                                    pineapple drained

Mix together graham crackers and 1/2 C butter.  Bake 5 minutes in 350 degree oven, cool.  Beat sugar, 1 cup butter, eggs, vanilla for 10-12 minutes, pour into crust.  On top put sliced bananas, cover with pineapple and top with large tub of Cool Whip, nuts and marachino cherries.

Old-fashioned Pumpkin Pie

2 Eggs                                             2 cups Fresh Pumpkin
¾ cup Sugar                                    ½ tsp Salt         
1 ½ tsp Cinnamon                          ½ tsp Ginger
1 2/3 cup Cream or                         9 in Pie Crust
Evaporated Milk

425' oven.  Beat eggs, add remaining ingredients, mix well.  Pour into crust.  Bake 15 min., reduce heat to 325' baking 40 min. longer.

Ben could eat a whole pie himself!  It was always made with fresh pumpkin.   We had large gardens, Ben usually grew the pumpkins.  One year he wanted to enter for the "largest pumpkin".  One in particular he tended to daily, turning it, etc so it would be even.  It was probably 2 foot across when one day he went out to tend to it and something had eaten right through the bottom!  He was so upset. 

We grew alot of squash too and like the pumpkin Ben did that along with gourds.  We made bird houses, etc out of those.  Of course there were too many zuchini so I made alot of zucchini bread.

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Alabama Chocolate-Pecan Jumbo Fudge Pie

1-1/4 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate morsels, melted
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans
Garnishes: vanilla ice cream, fudge topping   
  1. Combine chocolate crumbs and 1/3 cup melted butter, mixing well. Press into bottom and up sides of an ungreased 9-inch pieplate. Bake at 350 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes.

2. Beat 1/2 cup butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add brown sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in melted chocolate and next 4 ingredients. Pour filling into prepared crust.

3. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes; cool completely on a wire rack. Garnish, if desired. Yield: 1 (9-inch) pie.

Southern Living

Fresh Apple Cake

1 C sugar
1 1/2 C vegetable oil
3 eggs
3 C apples, chopped
3 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla
1 C nuts (or more)

Beat sugar and oil together; add eggs, one at a time and beat well after each addition.  Add the apples to this mixture.  Sift flour, soda, salt, & cinnamon together and add to the apple mixture.  Add vanilla & nuts.  Bake in tube pan 350* oven 1 hour