Baked goodies

Cherry Cobbler
All of the ingredients are available at Pat’s Bulk Food!
4 cups frozen tart pie cherries (about 1 1/4 pounds)
1 cup white sugar
4 Tbls corn starch
½ teaspoon almond extract
Place cherries in a sauce pan and heat over medium heat for 10-15 minutes until cherries wilt and release their juice. In a bowl combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir into pan of cherries and juice. Continue stirring until filling thickens and becomes a clear red color. Add Almond extract. Spoon into greased 9” square baking pan.
One frozen unbaked pie shell broken into small pieces
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup light brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbls melted butter
Mix all topping ingredients together. Sprinkle evenly over the filling.
Bake in 400 oven for 20-25 minutes, until filling is bubbling and topping is lightly browned. Serve warm or store refrigerated.

Overnight French Toast

Yield 12 servings

  • 12 cups cubed bread
  • 9 large eggs
  • 5 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, to taste
  • 1 pound bacon or local breakfast sausage, cooked and diced or crumbled, optional


  1. Spread the bread cubes on a cookie sheet or other large pan to dry out for about an hour.
  2. Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  3. If you’re adding the bacon or sausage, arrange half the bread cubes in a lightly greased 9″ x 13″ pan, or similar-sized casserole dish. If you’re not using any meat, place all of the bread cubes in the pan or casserole dish.
  4. If you’re using the meat, scatter it over the bread, and cover with the remaining bread cubes.
  5. Pour the egg/milk mixture over the bread in the pan, pushing down on the bread to submerge it as much as possible.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for several hours, or overnight.
  7. Next day, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  8. Sprinkle the top of the casserole with cinnamon-sugar, if desired. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, and the top is lightly browned.
  9. Remove from the oven, and dust with cinnamon sugar, if desired.
  10. Serve warm, cut in squares and drizzled with maple syrup, if desired.

Fresh spices, maple syrup, light and dark vanilla, local pork sausage are available at Pat’s Bulk Food

Honey Refrigerator Cookies


  • 1/2 cup wildflower honey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • Instructions

Blend honey, sugar, butter, eggs. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add honey mixture. Add nuts. Shape into a roll and wrap in waxed paper. Chill 1-2 days to allow sufficient blending of flavors of dough. Slice in 1/4 inch pieces. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes on bottom rack and 5 minutes on top rack. Good with fresh fruit or hot chocolate.


Amish Schnitz Pie

  • 3 cups dried apples (schnitz) – 1 bag at Pat’s
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbls lemon juice
  • 1 Tbls. Cinnamon

Mix water and apples. Heat in pan or microwave for 8-10 minutes at simmer temperature. Remove from heat. Stir and let sit for 10 minutes. Mash with fork to break up pieces. Add brown sugar, lemon juice & cinnamon. Pour into unbaked pie crust.

Top with Crumble topping:

Break up second unbaked prepared pie crust & mix with 1 Tbls sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon. Or make from scratch: mix with your fingers 2/3 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup slightly softened butter

Bake at 425 for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 375 and continue baking for 20- 25 minutes.


Ruth Lyons’ Coffee Cake

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped apples optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add the oil and stir until crumbly. Reserve and set aside 3/4 cup of the mixture for topping.  Add vinegar to the milk and stir into the sugar mixture. Add the egg and soda and mix well. Stir in apples if using. Pour into 13-by-9-by-2-inch pan. Sprinkle with the reserved topping. Bake 30 minutes. For 2 9” round cakes, bake 23-25 minutes.


Toasted Butter Pecan Cake

  • 2 cups pecans pieces, chopped
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 2 cups raw or white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp. almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk


  • 16 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup salted butter, softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1-2 Tbsp. milk

Preheat oven to 350 F. Place chopped pecans on a cookie sheet and toast for

10-15 minutes. Let cool. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add

eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add almond extract. Add

flour, baking powder, salt, and milk; beat just until combined. Fold in 1 cup of

toasted pecans. Pour into 3 greased 8-inch round baking pans or 2 greased

9-inch round baking pans. Do not overbake. Cool for 10 minutes before

removing from pans.

For frosting, in a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, butter, powdered

sugar, and almond extract. Add enough milk to achieve the frosting consistency

you like. Frost cake and sprinkle remaining toasted pecans on top. Serves 14-16.

Santa’s Whiskers

1 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 ½ cups sifted flour
¾ cups red candied cherries
½ cup chopped pecans
¾ cup flaked coconut

In mixing bowl, cream together margarine and sugar. Blend in milk and vanilla extract. Stir in flour, candied cherries, and pecans. Form into 2 rolls, each 2 inches in diameter and 8 inches long. Roll in coconut. Wrap in waxed paper; chill several hours or overnight. Slice into ¼ thick pieces and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown.


Coconut Oil Pie Crust

Makes enough for one 9-inch pie. Recipe can be doubled for a double crust.

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, room temperature
  • 4-7 tbsp. water, cold

Whisk together flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Rub in coconut oil with your fingertips or a pastry blender, pressing it into the flour mixture and breaking it up, until mixture resemble very coarse sand and no pieces larger than a pea remain.

Using a fork, stir in cold water until dough almost comes together into a ball. Add water gradually, a tablespoon or two at a time. Press dough into a ball with your hands and wrap in plastic.

Chill for at least 60 minutes before using.

Makes crust for one 9-inch pie.

Best Sugar Cookies

1 cup margarine, softened                                                           5 cups flour
2 cups sugar                                                                                1 tsp. salt
1 cup oil                                                                                        2 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs                                                                                           2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla                                                                                  1 ½ tsp. cream of tartar

Cream first five ingredients together. Combine dry ingredients and gradually add to first mixture. Roll dough into small balls the size of walnuts. Roll each ball in colored sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 11 minutes at 350 degrees or until desired browning. Cookies can also be iced. Enjoy!


Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

2 sticks Fleishman’s margarine                                                     1 tsp. salt
1 cup brown sugar                                                                          3 cups quick oats
1 cup sugar                                                                                     ¾ cup raisins
1 tsp. vanilla                                                                                     2 eggs
1 ½ cups flour                                                                                 nuts optional
1 tsp. baking soda

Cream first five ingredients together. Combine dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture. Stir in oats, raisins, and nuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes. Makes 4 dozen.


Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/3  cup soft shortening                                                            1 ½ cups flour
1/3 cup Fleishman’s margarine                                                ½ tsp. baking soda
½ cup sugar                                                                              ½ tsp. salt
1 egg                                                                                          ½ cup nuts
1 tsp. vanilla                                                                                6 oz. chocolate chips

Cream first six ingredients together. Combine dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.


Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup margarine                                                                            2 eggs
1 cup brown sugar                                                                        3 cups flour
1 cup white sugar                                                                          2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. vanilla                                                                                 ½ tsp. salt
¾ cup peanut butter

Cream first five ingredients together. Add eggs. Combine dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture. Form in balls and put on a cookie sheet. Press cookies with fork tines dipped in flour. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Makes 4 dozen.



1 cup shortening                                                                        1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs                                                                                        2 ¾ cups sifted flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar                                                                 1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt                                                                                   2 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. sugar

Mix together shortening, sugar, and eggs. Blend flour, cream of tartar, soda, and salt. Combine the two mixtures and roll into walnut sized balls. Roll in mixture of 2 tsp. cinnamon and 2 Tbsp. sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake until light brown at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

German Layered Apple Cake


  • 1 1/2 pounds semi-tart apples (about 5 medium-size apples – Golden Delicious)
  • Heaping 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick plus 3 tablespoons (11 Tbls) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • Heaping 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup apple cider or apple juice


  • Peel and core the apples. Cut wedges lengthwise into thin slices.
  • In a bowl, combine the sugar and cream. Add the apples. Set aside until needed.
  • Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C). Butter the pan and dust with flour.
  • Sift the flour with the baking powder and salt and set aside.
  • Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl, either with an electric mixer or by hand, until smooth and creamy. Add the lightly beaten eggs to the butter mixture in 4 batches, scraping down the sides of the bowl and beating well after each addition. Gently fold in the flour in 4 batches, adding the apple cider with the third batch. Don’t overmix.
  • Divide the batter into 3 portions (about 1 cup each) Scrape 1/3 of the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface. Spoon half of the apple and cream mixture evenly over the batter, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge and smoothing the slices so they’re level. Scrape another 1/3 of the batter on top of the apples and cream and smooth the surface, spreading the batter all the way to the edge of the pan. Spoon the remaining apples and cream evenly on top of the batter, and then top with the third and final batch of batter, smoothing it all the way to the edge of the pan, which will be quite full.
  • Bake the cake for 1 1/2 hours, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 15 to 20 minutes, then release the sides of the pan and transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 2 dozen
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix together
1 Egg
1 cup sugar (white, brown or a combination) You can also substitute Stevia, but the cookies will be drier
1 cup natural peanut butter
Optional, but really good, add one or two of the following: 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup semisweet, butterscotch or cinnamon chips, 1/2 chopped nuts, 1/2 cup raisins
Stir well and place on parchment-lined baking sheets. If you are not using parchment paper, do not grease the baking sheets.
Spoon out 24 mounds of dough – 12 to a baking sheet.
Bake 9 minutes. The cookies will look under-baked. Let rest on baking sheets for several minutes and then move to a cooling rack.
If you did not add oats, the cookies will spread but still taste good.

Baked Coconut Pie

  •  4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 (3 ½ ounce) can shredded sweetened coconut (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup milk

1 (9-inch) unbaked pie shell

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine melted butter, eggs, flour, sugar, coconut, and milk. Pour into pie shell. Bake until firm, about 45 to 60 minutes


Date Bars

½ cup melted butter                                                                            1 cup sugar
2 well-beaten eggs                                                                              ¾ cup flour
¼ tsp. baking powder                                                                          1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup chopped nuts                                                                             1 cup chopped dates*

Mix together and pour into greased 9×9 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Cut into bars while warm and roll in powdered sugar.

*Apricots, cranberries, or prunes can be substituted.

Cherry Hand Pies
Preheat oven to 425
2 cups frozen tart pie cherries, thawed
1 cup sugar
2 Tbls corn starch
Scant ½ cup water
¼ tsp Almond extract
½ Tsp butter
Dash salt
Stir sugar and corn starch with cherries. Add water. Heat and stir until it thickens and turns from cloudy to clear. Add Almond extract and butter. Stir and cool before making hand pies
Thaw 2 deep dish pie crusts (from Pat’s, of course) and carefully flatten out on parchment paper or make enough pie dough to equal that amount
Use a 5” saucer or round container or lid to cut out 10-12 circles of dough. You can reroll scraps to make additional circles.
Use a Tbls measure to place filling in center of dough circle. Carefully fold dough over to make a crescent shaped pie. If any filling gets on the edge, wipe it off with a paper towel. Then press the two layers of dough together with your finger and then with tines of a fork to seal. Poke 2-3 slits in the top with a sharp knife.
Carefully place finished pies on lightly greased or parchment lined cookie sheet. Dampen your finger and wet the top of the pies and sprinkle with sanding sugar. (or add a glaze after baking – see below)
Place cookie sheet on middle shelf and bake for 18-20 minutes, until lightly browned. Let sit 5 minutes and then use a spatula to move pies onto a cooling rack.
Mix 3/4 cup powdered sugar with 1 Tbls water and dash of vanilla. Place the rack over the cookie sheet to catch drips before adding the glaze. Spoon glaze over warm pies.
Allow to cool before storing the pies in a covered container, with waxed paper between layers.