It’s true — the kitchen is the heart of the home. Ever notice how people always gather there? Whether baking treats, making dinner or spending time with family and friends, the kitchen is my favorite place to be. Since my day job is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the Nestlé Test Kitchens, you can bet I love to stir things up. This column lets me pass along to you some of my best recipes, tips and baking secrets.
Ok, ladies, when was the last time you had a tea party? It might have been when you were little, dressing up dolls and teddy bears for pretend tea and cookies. Well, I’m excited to relive some of that simple joy and host a real tea party as a bridal shower.
I’m looking forward to showering the bride-to-be with the affection of good friends and a delightful array of tea-time treats. And it will be fun to dress up a little, too!
If you’d like to host a bridal shower tea, try some of these easy ideas:
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Zesty Orange Cookie Cups
Makes 48 cookie cups
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Premier White Morsels
2 large eggs
1 can (14 ounces) Nestlé Carnation Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon orange extract
1 tablespoon grated orange peel (1 medium orange)
PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 48 mini-muffin cups.
BEAT butter and sugar in medium mixer bowl until creamy. Add flour; beat until mixture is evenly moist, crumbly and can be formed into balls. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Press each ball onto bottom and up side of prepared muffin cups to form wells. Place 5 morsels in each cup.
BEAT eggs in medium bowl with wire whisk. Stir in sweetened condensed milk and orange extract. Spoon almost a measuring tablespoon of mixture into each muffin cup, filling about 3/4 full.
BAKE for 15 to 17 minutes or until centers are puffed and edges are just beginning to brown. Upon removing from oven, gently run knife around each cup. While still warm, top each cup with 8 to 10 morsels (they will soften and retain their shape). Cool completely in pans on wire racks. With tip of knife, remove cookie cups from muffin pans. Top with grated orange peel just before serving. Store in covered container in refrigerator.
Love lemon but not crazy about orange? Simply substitute lemon extract for the orange extract and use grated lemon peel (2 lemons needed).
Nutrition Information per serving: 130 calories; 60 calories from fat; 7g total fat; 4.5g saturated fat; 20mg cholesterol; 50mg sodium; 15g carbohydrate; 0g fiber; 11g sugars; 2g protein
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