The Master Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe {I finally found it}

If you’re looking for the best chocolate chip cookie recipe in the whole world…I have it right here!

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I have made Nestle Tollhouse, Cook’s Illustrated, Paula Deen’s and many other chocolate chip cookie recipes in my life.  And while they have all added to my weight gain over the years (ahem), none of them were the absolute perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. Some came darn close – but never 100% perfect.

But I finally have found it.

The Master Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe.

The recipe that out-does all other chocolate chip cookie recipes.  The chocolate chip cookie recipe that meets all my tests, one that turns out perfectly for me every time. One that I can freeze into balls and that would bake up just as good as if you baked them without freezing since I love freezer cooking.

As I have been getting more into cooking more from scratch,  finding a recipe that used real butter instead of shortening was a must. But it was hard to get a cookie that didn’t fall flat, or turn out nice and soft in the middle using butter. That was until now.  These real ingredient chocolate chip cookies are soft in the middle and a little chewy and crispy on the outside.

Basically the perfect cookie.

This one tops them all. Seriously, my search is over! It’s FINALLY over.

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My criteria for the perfect chocolate chip cookie was:

  • Must use “real” butter, not shortening
  • Must use “real” vanilla, not imitation
  • Must taste amazing. Even the next day.
  • Needed to be soft and not flat
  • Needed to use quality chocolate chips (I love milk chocolate Ghirardelli)
  • Needed to be able to be frozen, baked later and turn out perfectly since I am a huge freezer meal gal.

This recipe met all these tests 100% perfectly.

In fact, I will let the pictures show you how good these are.

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You can see how beautiful this cookie looks on the inside – a perfect blend of chewy and soft melty goodness.

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My personal secret: make sure your cookies are a nice big size.  I usually roll mine into 1/4 cup or 4 Tablespoon sized balls. In fact I use this cookie scoop which is the perfect size.

If you want that gooey center with a bit of chewy outside…make them big.

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I love that this chocolate chip cookie recipe is not too flat, and the flavor it to die for.  I was given this recipe from a friend who got it from hereistherecipe.com.

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If you want to freeze this cookie dough, just form into balls and freeze individually. Then add to a ziploc freezer bag until you are ready to bake. Add a few extra minutes to your baking time and enjoy.

Here is the Master Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe that you can print out!

Don’t forget to enjoy your delicious homemade cookies with a tall glass of cold milk!

4.9 from 36 reviews
Master Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
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Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
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The world's perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Ingredients
  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 ¼ cups real unsalted butter
  • 1 ¼ cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (11.5 oz.) bag of Ghiradelli milk chocolate chips, or other quality chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix to combine and set aside.
  3. Using paddle attachment on mixer, cream butter and sugars together just until blended.
  4. Add eggs, one a time, mixing well after each addition.
  5. Add the vanilla.
  6. Put mixer on low speed, and add in dry ingredients.
  7. Mix until just combined. Do not overmix.
  8. Stir in chocolate chips by hand gently.
  9. It's best to make bigger cookies for the right texture - so I would recommend using 4 Tablespoon size scoop to form your cookies.
  10. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 15-17 minutes. I like mine to look a little undercooked in the middle, then let them finish cooking on the cookie sheet for a few minutes while they cool. Then move them to a cookie rack or plate to keep cooling.
  11. If you are freezing these cookies: Form into balls, and freeze on a cookie sheet. After frozen remove and add to a ziploc freezer bag. They will last for about a month in the freezer. To bake just take out and bake as directed, adding a few extra minutes of baking time.

I want you to bake these cookies and tell me what you think!

Come back to this post and give me your honest opinions. I think it’s the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever and I hope you do, too.

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6/29 Amazon Deals/ Breakfast Tray

Happy Monday!  Hope you had a great weekend!  Starting off this holiday week right with some wonderful deals on items you’ll love.  Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly. So if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!

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Slow Cooker Roast Beef French Dip Sandwich {Freezer Meal}

 

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Slow Cooker Roast Beef French Dip Sandwiches are a delicious, quick, tasty, hearty dinner. Plus it’s one of the easiest freezer meals I make!  So stop what you are doing, and add this to your menu of meals now. I promise you will be glad you did.

If you really want to show off (having a dinner party or guests) open up your bread, add the beef, and a slice of provolone cheese and broil it. It becomes a masterpiece then.  

ROAST BEEF FRENCH DIP SANDWICH RECIPE

To begin with you will need a nice beef roast and two cans of Beef Consumme.

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Freezer meal directions: If you are making this into freezer meals then just drop these ingredients into a ziploc freezer bag, label and freeze.  See how easy this is for a freezer meal? No chopping, mixing or anything. You can thaw it out for 24 hours in your freezer the day before you cook it. Or honestly sometimes I will freeze this roast in the bag upright so I don’t need to thaw. I will then cook it a bit longer (like on low for 8-10 hours).

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For regular directions, just add all ingredients to your slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours (or high 4 hours). I prefer the slow on low method, as I find the meat is more tender.

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If you are home you might consider making some homemade rolls or buns.  Or not. You can buy some at the store so they will be ready for you when it’s dinner time.

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Then when you are done, take out the roast beef and shred it gently. It should be so tender it will fall apart easily. Then use a fat separator or stick the juice/fat mixture in the fridge till it cools to separate.

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Add your beef to a sandwich and dip in the juice. YUM!

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Below is a printable recipe. Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich
 
Ingredients
  • 1 3-4 lb Boneless Beef Roast (chuck or round roast)
  • 2 Cans Beef Consumme
Instructions
  1. Place roast beef into your slow cooker.
  2. Pour beef consumme over roast beef.
  3. Cook on high 4 hours or on low 6-8 hours.
  4. Once roast beef has cooked, remove from slow cooker with tongs. Break apart lightly with two forks.
  5. Separate fat from beef au jus leftover in crockpot.
  6. Serve with buns, dip sandwiches in au jus.

 

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6/26 Amazon Deals / Scott Toilet Paper

We made to Friday and boy, are we kicking the weekend off with a bang!  I have found AMAZING deals for everyone here.  Remember prices on Amazon change all the time so make sure you jump on these deals.  Have a great weekend!

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Coleman MicroPacker LED Mini Lantern
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Rachael Ray Stoneware 3-Piece Serveware Set, Red
These dishes are exactly what I need to set up for my 4th of July dinner.  You can’t beat the price of $33.99 (was $100).  They can be shipped with Prime shipping–plenty of time before the festivities begin.

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6/25 Amazon Deals / Disney Infinity

Happy Thursday, everyone!  Here are some deals to make you and your pocketbook happy!  Don’t delay–these prices can change at any moment.  Get shopping!

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6/24 Amazon Deals/ Luvs Diapers

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6/23 Amazon Deals/ Bracelet

I love every single item today.  They are all so great, I can’t even believe it!  Hope you love them too!

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Summer Reading Programs 2015

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Summer, the time when kids are out of school and looking for things to do!   Here is the biggest list of Summer Reading programs 2015 for Eastern Washington and Oregon state. I have teamed up with Frugal Living NW, and Thrifty NW Mom, with each of us tackling one region each in the Pacific Northwest.

NATIONAL Summer Reading Programs for 2015

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program: Kids earn a FREE book when they read and write down 8 books!  Click the link above for more information and to download the reading journal. If you need inspiration for what books to read this summer, look here!

Book It! Program: (June 22-August 14, 2015)

The countdown to summer is on and we want to help slow the dreaded “summer slide” by making sure that reading is an integral part of summer activities. Students will once again find a cool, interactive experience beginning in June. The more they read, the more prizes they can earn.  Printables and book plugs are available, too!

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge(May 4-Sept 4, 2015) Log in your reading minutes to the Scholastic site and your child will be able to participate in a World Record challenge as well as be entered in a chance for virtual rewards.  You will also be entered to win free books!

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Chuck E CheeseRead 2 weeks in a row and receive 10 free tokens.  Food purchase is required.

 

 

Book AdventureSylvan offers this FREE reading incentive program. Your child reads books and then takes a simple comprehension quiz to make sure they understood what they read.  The quiz is usually about 10 questions long.  They earn points based on how much they remember from reading the book.  There are hundreds of books to choose from in all reading levels.  These are common books that can be found at your local library.  Once they have earned enough points they can trade them in for some really neat prizes!

TD Bank Summer Reading Program: Read and keep track of 10 books this summer and your child will get $10 added to their Young Saver Account FREE!

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American Girl:  This summer, are you excited to escape into a story? Or learn about yourself and the world around you? American Girl can prep you for pages of fun with ideas, quizzes, events, and more!  Select stores will have events from May 1-August 26.   As an added bonus, through August 26, $1 of every book purchased through American Girl goes to Save the Children’s U.S. Literacy Program

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Education.com and PBS KidsSummer reading adventures.  Host you own 10 week reading camp.  Lots of activities and ideas for a DIY summer reading program at home.

 

Eastern Washington Summer Reading Programs

Tri-Cities, WA:

  • Mid Columbia Library Summer Reading Program  Starting June 1st – Ending August 22. Create an account, read your favorite books, and enter your reading time. Read 10 hours and finish 5 CREATE activities and 5 EXPLORE by August 22 and kids get a free book.  Adults get a free book bag.  Also you are entered in to win amazing grand prizes.
  • Richland Public Library Summer Reading Program – Spend your summer reading and earn prizes!  Sign up at the Children’s Desk starting June 1st. Visit this website for fun summer activities at the library.
  • Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program – Read 8 books, download the journal and hand it into your local Barnes & Noble Store to pick out a FREE Book (selected choices). Go online  to get your journal.
  • Hastings Summer Book Club – Submit an essay for a chance to win a computer for you and one for your school!  Download a journal with activities and book suggestions. Details at their website.
  • Check with your local elementary schools – They often have a summer reading program where you might win passes to Benton Franklin County Fair and other rewards.

Spokane, WA

  • Spokane Public Library – Read for 15 hours or Read 15 books and turn in your reading log by August 30, 2014 to get a FREE book!  There are also fun programs during the summer at the library.
  • Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program – Read 8 books, download the journal and hand it into your local Barnes & Noble Store to pick out a FREE Book (selected choices). Go online  to get your journal.

Yakima, WA

  • Yakima Public Library Summer Reading Program – It starts June 1st. Register for the free summer reading program and get incentives for reading. There will be stories, games and crafts at the library along with special events.  When you finish the program you will receive a book!
  • Yakima Valley Museum Story Hour – Story Time is a free event on Wednesdays at 10:00am for an exciting hour of crafts, snacks, and a story.  This program meets at the Yakima Valley Museum, 2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima; 509-965-7100 ext.1019.

Wenatchee, WA :

  • Wenatchee Public Library – UNMASK AT YOUR LIBRARY! 2015 SUMMER READING PROGRAM.  Kids of all ages are invited to join the Summer Reading Program at your local library when school is out for the summer. If you can’t come to the library, you can participate online! It’s fun and it’s FREE!  A free, fun-filled half hour of stories, songs and rhymes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:30am. Baby/Toddler Story time: Fridays at 10:00am in the Children’s Room. Pajama Story time:  Tuesdays at 7:00pm.  You can wear your pajamas to these nighttime story times!
  • Hastings Summer Book Club – Submit an essay for a chance to win a computer for you and one for your school!  Download a journal with activities and book suggestions. Details at their website.

Walla Walla, WA – Walla Walla Library Summer Reading Program – Sign up and get your Summer Reading Log, a FREE book and more details on events and prizes at your local library branch.  Participate in weekly science activities at your library and online.  Complete your Reading Log and get another FREE book!  All Summer Programs are free!

Moses Lake, WA – North Central Library Summer Reading Program – UNMASK AT YOUR LIBRARY! 2015 SUMMER READING PROGRAM.  Kids of all ages are invited to join the Summer Reading Program at your local library when school is out for the summer. If you can’t come to the library, you can participate online! It’s fun and it’s FREE!  Check out the summer programs and more info when it becomes available online.

Ephrata, WA  North Central Regional Library Summer Reading Program – UNMASK AT YOUR LIBRARY! 2015 SUMMER READING PROGRAM.  Kids of all ages are invited to join the Summer Reading Program at your local library when school is out for the summer. If you can’t come to the library, you can participate online! It’s fun and it’s FREE! Upcoming summer programs are here.

Pullman, WA – Neill Public Library Summer Reading Program  – This program offers a fun-packed summer program for kids from birth to teens! Starts at Neill Public Library on Wednesday, June 10.  Register June 10-13 at the library to help the library donate books to local community food banks. Get a free pencil and brochure listing ALL of the library’s summer programs.  Get all the details when you register!

Othello, Wa –  Mid Columbia Library Summer Reading Program – Starting June 1st – Ending August 22. Create an account, read your favorite books, and enter your reading time. Read 15 hours by August 17 and kids get a free book.  Adults get a free book bag.  Also you are entered in to win amazing grand prizes!

Sunnyside, WA – Yakima Public Library Summer Reading Program –  It starts June 1st . Register for the free summer reading program and get incentives for reading. There will be stories, games and crafts at the library along with special events.  When you finish the program you will receive a book!

Toppenish, WA – Yakima Public Library Summer Reading Program – It starts June 1st. Register for the free summer reading program and get incentives for reading. There will be stories, games and crafts at the library along with special events.  When you finish the program you will receive a book!

Ellensburg, WA – Ellensburg Public Library – The Summer Reading Kick-Off Party is on June 17th at 5:30pm-7:00pm.  The reading program goes until August 6th, 2014.  Check here for special activities throughout the summer!

Central and Eastern Oregon Summer Reading Programs

Bend, OR :

  • North Bend Public Library – Summer story times for children and also free museum passes are available.  Check here for the schedule for the summer!
  • Deschutes Downtown & East Bend Public Library Summer Reading Program  It starts on June 1.  Pick up a reading log at your library. Mark off a beaker bubble each day that you read for at least 24 minutes. When you finish 7 days bring your reading log to the library, fill out a coupon, and you get a free book, a Goody’s treat and a Papa Murphy’s pizza. Plus, a chance at winning the weekly prize of a puppet or science kit. Keep on reading, and every 7 days means another coupon and another chance at the grand prize, which is either a year’s pass for four to the High Desert Museum or a year’s pass for four to OMSI. Every reading coupon gives children age 6–11 a chance at winning a bicycle, donated by Bend Lodge #139 AF & AM.

Hermiston, OR – Hermiston Public Library Summer Reading Program   Here is the schedule for the story times.  If you have questions please call the Hermiston Public Library at 541-567-2882.

LaGrande, OR –La Grande Public Library Summer Reading Program – EVERY STORY HAS A HERO! 2015 SUMMER READING PROGRAM is here! Starts June 8th.  Join the Summer Reading Program at your local library when school is out for the summer!  The schedule for story times are here.

Pendleton, OR – Pendleton Public Library – Go here for the schedule of story times and other activities for kids!

The Dallas, OR – Wasco County Public Library Summer Reading Program –Coming this June: Summer Learning Club – Every Hero Has a Story.  The library wants you to participate in a summer of learning events and activities. This year we will have learning logs for an Early Literacy Club for children birth-5 years old, a Children’s Club for those going into grades K-3, a Tween Club for those go- ing into 4-8, a Teen Club for those going into 9-12, and an Adult Club. Sign-up for the Summer Learning Club begins June 1st. A complete list of planned activities will be in the June newsletter.  In addition to the Summer Learning Club, we are also planning lots of fun, new events including an all new Babies & Books story time for ages 6 weeks-18 months. Join us!  The story time schedule is here!

La Pine, OR – La Pine Public Library Summer Reading Program –  Pick up a reading log at your library. Mark off a beaker bubble each day that you read for at least 24 minutes. When you finish 7 days bring your reading log to the library, fill out a coupon, and you get a free book, a Goody’s treat and a Papa Murphy’s pizza. Plus, a chance at winning the weekly prize of a puppet or science kit. Keep on reading, and every 7 days means another coupon and another chance at the grand prize, which is either a year’s pass for four to the High Desert Museum or a year’s pass for four to OMSI. Every reading coupon gives children age 6–11 a chance at winning a bicycle, donated by Bend Lodge #139 AF & AM. 16425 1st Street. La Pine, Oregon 97739. Call for details 312-1090.

Redmond, OR – Redmond Public Library Summer Reading Program –  Pick up a reading log at your library. Mark off a beaker bubble each day that you read for at least 24 minutes. When you finish 7 days bring your reading log to the library, fill out a coupon, and you get a free book, a Goody’s treat and a Papa Murphy’s pizza. Plus, a chance at winning the weekly prize of a puppet or science kit. Keep on reading, and every 7 days means another coupon and another chance at the grand prize, which is either a year’s pass for four to the High Desert Museum or a year’s pass for four to OMSI. Every reading coupon gives children age 6–11 a chance at winning a bicycle, donated by Bend Lodge #139 AF & AM. 827 SW Deschutes Avenue. Redmond, Oregon 97756. Call for details. 312-1050.

Sisters, OR – Sisters Public Library Summer Reading Program  Pick up a reading log at your library. Mark off a beaker bubble each day that you read for at least 24 minutes. When you finish 7 days bring your reading log to the library, fill out a coupon, and you get a free book, a Goody’s treat and a Papa Murphy’s pizza. Plus, a chance at winning the weekly prize of a puppet or science kit. Keep on reading, and every 7 days means another coupon and another chance at the grand prize, which is either a year’s pass for four to the High Desert Museum or a year’s pass for four to OMSI. Every reading coupon gives children age 6–11 a chance at winning a bicycle, donated by Bend Lodge #139 AF & AM. 110 N Cedar Street, Sisters, Oregon 97759. Phone number 312-1070.

Sunriver, OR – Sunriver Area Public Library Summer Reading Program  Pick up a reading log at your library. Mark off a beaker bubble each day that you read for at least 24 minutes. When you finish 7 days bring your reading log to the library, fill out a coupon, and you get a free book, a Goody’s treat and a Papa Murphy’s pizza. Plus, a chance at winning the weekly prize of a puppet or science kit. Keep on reading, and every 7 days means another coupon and another chance at the grand prize, which is either a year’s pass for four to the High Desert Museum or a year’s pass for four to OMSI. Every reading coupon gives children age 6–11 a chance at winning a bicycle, donated by Bend Lodge #139 AF & AM. Phone number 312-1088.

Prineville, OR – Crook County Library Summer Reading Program – The 2015 Summer Reading Program begins on Tuesday, June 16 and ends on Tuesday, August 11.  Children’s Theme: Every Hero Has A Story (Birth to Grade 5).  Teen Theme: Unmask! (Grade 6-12).  Adult Theme: Escape the Ordinary (Age 18+).  Additional information about registration and events will be available in June 2015.

Madras, OR – Jefferson County Library Summer Reading Program  – EVERY HERO HAS A STORY! 2015 SUMMER READING PROGRAM is here! It starts in June at your library.

Lakeview, OR – Lake County Library Summer Reading program – EVERY HERO HAS A STORY! 2015 SUMMER READING PROGRAM is here! It starts in June at your library.

Burnes, OR –  Harvey County Library – Events for the kids during the summer are found here.

Baker City, OR – Baker County Library District – The summer calendar for story times and events is found here.

Wallowa, OR –  Wallowa Public Library – The schedule of the children’s programs are found here.

If you want to see the list of Western Oregon & SW Washington Summer Reading programs see Frugal Living NW.

If you want to see the list of Seattle/Puget Sound Summer Reading programs see Thrifty NW Mom.

Icebox Cake Recipe {From Old Recipe Box}

Craving a cool, light, old-fashioned dessert? Try this wonderful lemon Icebox Cake recipe on for size – it’s a great way to cool down on a hot summer day!

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It is officially summer, people! And you know what that means?

No-bake dessert season!!!

Yep, who the heck wants to turn on their ovens in heat like this?? Matter of fact, I’d much rather just open my fridge and find something tasty to eat while the cool, artificial air washes over me.

Luckily, I found the perfect summer dessert for that sort of occasion…in Great-Grandma’s Old Recipe Box!

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An Icebox Cake Recipe!

Say it ain’t so – that’s just the thing to cool you down after a hot afternoon outdoors!

Icebox Cake recipe, from the Old Recipe Box | happymoneysaver.com

After reading over the card and making some notes on the seemingly easy recipe, I grabbed my ingredients and got to work, excited to have a nice, cool slice of lemony cake the next afternoon – I admit, the 24 hour chill time did bum me out a bit, but I was looking on the bright side.

I set up my soft ladyfingers in my favorite round cake pan (lined with plastic wrap for easy removal!), fitting the tiny cut-off pieces in between the cookies on the bottom to prevent the filling from leaking out (genius!), and whipped my egg whites in my KitchenAid stand mixer while combining my other ingredients with my KitchenAid hand mixer (what can I say, I love me some KitchenAid.)

When it came time to fold the egg whites in, I was momentarily excited! And then…the whole mixture curdled on me. The fluffy egg white unfluffed, the butter and lemon juice seemed to almost melt some of it – I could see liquid at the bottom of my very slippery mixing bowl.

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Much like the egg whites, I felt deflated.

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I was determined to have a piece of cake, though, so I started over again (less excited this time), using a little less lemon juice and whipping my egg whites a little bit longer, on the off-chance that I hadn’t gotten them stiff enough.

When all was said and done, everything looked exactly the same as the first time: a curdled mess, with a small pool of liquid on the bottom of the bowl. It tasted great, but it was just so ugly and unappetizing, I couldn’t bear to waste my ladyfinger crust.

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After moping around for a while, I did a bit of research on what would cause something like that to happen.

I found nothing! No answers!! Everything I read referred to cooked egg custards, and I hadn’t cooked any of it!

Which got me to thinking…Great-Grandma’s recipe consisted of 5 completely raw eggs, the only cooking done by a little lemon juice! Back in her day, that wouldn’t have mattered, but now? With Salmonella and e.coli being so much more present, unless you use pasteurized eggs, you’re better off cooking your egg yolks.

A little more research later, and I found an icebox cake recipe very similar to the old recipe box version, only this one had me make a creme anglaise out of the egg yolks, sugar, milk, and a little cornstarch.

My spirits rose again as I set out to make this dessert for the third time.

Icebox Cake recipe, from the Old Recipe Box | happymoneysaver.com

I felt better about eating it myself, feeding it to my family, and sharing it with you. Sorry, Granny – I guess they can’t all be winners!

Icebox Cake recipe, from the Old Recipe Box | happymoneysaver.com

This final version (with a few slight adaptations by yours truly) of the lemon Icebox Cake came together much easier than Great-Grandmother’s, too! It did involve a tiny bit of cooking, but it helped the egg yolks thicken up nicely in to a loose custard, and the cornstarch kept it from curdling. Also, creaming the butter with confectioner’s sugar instead of granulated sugar kept it creamy instead of gritty – another problem I had with Granny’s recipe.

I did add the vanilla and almond extracts Granny used in her recipe, and they added a lovely accent to the lemon flavor of the cake.

In spite of my kitchen flubs (that I still can’t explain), this cake was totally worth the effort! It’s light, fluffy, perfectly sweet, and absolutely hits the spot if you’re in need of some cooling down. Just don’t eat the whole thing at once!

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Note: the egg whites in this filling are not cooked. Raw eggs can present a health hazard for pregnant women, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems. If you’ll be serving this cake to any of the people listed above, please use pasteurized egg whites, just add a few drops of lemon juice to help them stabilize.

Here’s your handy dandy printable Icebox Cake recipe card!

Icebox Cake {From Old Recipe Box}
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Serves: 6-8 slices
 
Craving a cool, light, old-fashioned dessert? Try this wonderful lemon icebox cake recipe on for size - it's a great way to cool down on a hot summer day!
Ingredients
  • 2 (7 ounce) packages ladyfingers
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream, whipped
Instructions
  1. Line the sides and bottom of a 9-inch cake pan with plastic wrap. Cut ladyfingers so they sit flush against the bottom of the pan, reserving the cut pieces. Arrange the ladyfingers around the sides of the pan and across the bottom, using the cut pieces to fill in any gaps, to prevent the filling from oozing out. Set aside.
  2. In a measuring cup, dissolve the cornstarch into milk. In a bowl set over a medium saucepan with an inch of water in it, combine yolks, ¼ cup of granulated sugar, and cornstarch-milk mixture, and cook about 5 minutes over simmering water, until thick and smooth. Be sure your heat is on low, unless you want sweet scrambled eggs!
  3. Remove from heat and add lemon juice and zest, and allow to cool.
  4. In a large bowl, cream butter and powdered sugar with an electric mixer, then add extracts. Mix in lemon/egg mixture until smooth and pale yellow.
  5. In a separate bowl (or stand mixer), whip egg whites to soft peaks, streaming the remaining granulated sugar in on the side of the bowl (so you don't deflate them!); continue whipping until you reach the stiff peak stage.
  6. Fold the egg whites carefully into the butter-lemon mixture. Don't overmix!
  7. Pour half of the filling in the bottom of the pan, then cover with remaining ladyfingers (theres should be just enough left for a nice full layer.) Cover with the remaining filling, cover with a layer of plastic wrap, and freeze or refrigerate overnight.
  8. When ready to serve, top with whipped cream and garnish with a lemon slice, removing the cake from the pan and setting on a platter.

So fluffy and cold and I’m gonna go have some more…

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6/22 Amazon Deals/ Toilet Paper

Good Monday Morning!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and were able to honor all of the Fathers in your lives yesterday for Father’s Day.  This morning we have some great prices on items I know you will need in your house.  Enjoy these prices, as the price could change at any given point.  So, buy while you can.

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Kleenex Cottonelle Ultra Soft Standard Roll Bathroom Tissue 1-Ply, White (Case of 4, 12 Roll per Pack)
Great deal on toilet paper today!  On sale for $31.99 (was $46.04) and it has free Prime shipping.

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Post-It Super Sticky Notes , 3 x 3-Inches, White, 5-Pads/Pack
We always like Post-It notes at our house!  This 5-pack is a great deal at only $6.99 (was $11.85) and they ship for free for Prime members.

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Suave Kids 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner, Peach, 12 oz
I love these suave kids shampoos.  Such a great deal today for only $1.14 (was $3.69)  when you clip the 10% off coupon, and it ships to you for free as an Add-on item.

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CoverGirl Queen Collection Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner Black Onyx 200, 1 Count
Grab this eyeliner at a great price today!  Only $2.34 (was $8.99) when you clip the $1.00 off coupon.  Also, there is a deal that if you buy two, you get one free.  So, go ahead and stock up!!!  Ships for free as an Add-on item.

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New Balance Women’s W780v3 Running Shoe,Silver/Pink
These are great shoes!  I have had a pair of these for years, I just keep replacing them with the newer version.  These shoes are on sale for just $37.99 (was $99.95) and they have free Prime shipping.

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