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Apple Cobbler

Delicious go to dessert for family or guests.  Everyone loves Apple Cobbler!

Apple Cobbler

Apple Cobbler

Ingredients

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ cup Gurley’s Chopped Walnuts
  • 4 cups apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix sugar, cinnamon and ½ cup walnuts; set aside
  3. Put apples in bottom of greased 8” x 8” pan.
  4. Sprinkle with mixture.
  5. Use this bowl to mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  6. In another bowl, combine egg, milk and butter.
  7. Add dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
  8. Pour over apples.
  9. Sprinkle remaining walnuts on top.
  10. Bake until golden brown, about 50 minutes.
  11. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

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Banana Bars

These bars are a delicious treat. Not possible to eat just one with a cup of milk or coffee.

Banana Bars

Banana Bars

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1-2oz. pkg. Gurley’s chopped walnuts
  • Frosting:
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 8oz. cream cheese
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together in a medium sized bowl.
  3. Beat in eggs, bananas and vanilla.
  4. Combine flour, baking soda and salt then add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  5. Fold in chopped walnuts
  6. Pour into greased 15 x 10 x1 baking pan.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool then frost.
  9. Frosting:
  10. ½ cup butter, softened
  11. 8oz. cream cheese
  12. 4 cups powdered sugar
  13. 2 tsp. vanilla
  14. Cream butter and cream cheese in a mixing bowl.
  15. Gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla; beat well.
  16. Spread over bars

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Cinnamon Roasted Pecans

These are so easy to make and are excellent alone or chopped up and sprinkled on top of apple cobbler, ice cream and salads.

Cinnamon Roasted Pecans

Cinnamon Roasted Pecans

Ingredients

  • 3 5oz. bags Gurley’s Pecan Halves
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250° F.
  2. Lightly spray or grease a large baking sheet.
  3. In medium bowl, lightly beat egg white until frothy.
  4. Stir in vanilla. Add pecans and stir well.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine sugars, salt and cinnamon.
  6. Sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mixture over pecans and gently fold until evenly coated.
  7. Spread coated pecans onto baking sheet to an even layer.
  8. Place sheet in oven for one hour shaking every 20 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container.

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Wild Rice Casserole

Excellent side dish with chicken or turkey.  Also can use left over turkey and mix in prior to baking for a delicious casserole.

Wild Rice Casserole

Wild Rice Casserole

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 1/2 cup Gurley’s slivered almonds
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cans sliced mushrooms, don’t drain
  • 3 cups chicken broth

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Put all ingredients except chicken broth in a heavy skillet
  3. Cook over medium heat about 10 minutes or until almonds are slightly brown stirring often
  4. Add chicken broth to rest of ingredients, stir and pour mixture into 2-quart baking dish.
  5. Cover tightly and bake for 2 hours.
  6. Excellent side dish with chicken or turkey

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Broccoli Sunflower Salad

Sprinkle chopped cinnamon toasted pecans (see recipe) for an added taste sensation!

Broccoli Sunflower Salad

Broccoli Sunflower Salad

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. bacon
  • 1 bunch broccoli
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1-3oz. pkg. Gurley’s Sunflower Nuts
  • 1 cup raisins
  • optional: 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • DRESSING:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip)
  • 2 tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup onion, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Fry bacon until crisp; crumble.
  2. Clean and chop broccoli and cauliflower into bite sized pieces.
  3. Mix with bacon, sunflower nuts and raisins.
  4. Mix together dressing ingredients and pour over salad.
  5. Serve immediately.

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Strawberry-Walnut Salad

Great summer salad for lunch or dinner.  Just add cooked chicken for a complete and healthy meal.

Strawberry-Walnut Salad

Strawberry-Walnut Salad

Ingredients

  • 4 c. spinach or romaine, well washed and drained
  • 1 c. celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 c. oranges, sliced
  • 1 c. strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 c. Gurley’s Walnuts
  • Toss with raspberry vinaigrette dressing (below). Add 2 cups cooked chicken for a delicious main dish salad.
  • Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing:
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 c. olive oil (or canola)
  • 1/4 c. raspberry vinegar

Instructions

  1. Place salt, pepper, mustard and a few drops of oil and blend with whisk until smooth.
  2. Continue adding vinegar and oil gradually, whisking until smooth.
  3. Store in covered jar in refrigerator.
  4. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

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Carrot Cake Cookies

These cookies are super moist and delicious.  The icing makes them special.

Carrot Cake Cookies

Carrot Cake Cookies

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup sugar or honey
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup carrots, cooked and mashed, cooled
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup Gurley’s Flake Coconut
  • ½ cup Gurley’s Walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • Icing:
  • ½ package powdered sugar
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • orange juice
  • ½ cup Gurley’s Walnuts, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix sugar or honey, butter, egg and carrots.
  3. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt and vanilla.
  4. Fold in coconut and walnuts.
  5. Drop by heaping tablespoon onto non-stick cookie sheet.
  6. Bake 12 to 14 minutes.
  7. Icing: Mix powdered sugar, orange peel and just enough orange juice to make icing desired consistency. When cooled, frost cookies and dust with walnuts.

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Erna’s Gourmet Chocolate Cake

This state fair winner is completely from scratch.  Taste the difference of real chocolate cake and homemade icing.  This will become your family’s requested birthday cake.

Erna’s Gourmet Chocolate Cake

Erna’s Gourmet Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

  • 3 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 ¼ cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 ¼ tsp vanilla
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Frosting:
  • 4 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Gurley’s Walnuts, coarsely chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt chocolate in a small bowl in microwave at 50% power, stir often until melted; let cool. Grease and flour 2 cake pans.
  3. In a large mixing bowl beat butter.
  4. Add brown sugar and eggs and beat until light and fluffy.
  5. Add melted chocolate and vanilla.
  6. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt.
  7. Stir in dry ingredients alternately with sour cream.
  8. Mix in boiling water. Batter will be thin.
  9. Pour into pans and bake for 30-35 minutes.
  10. Let cake cool completely before frosting.
  11. Homemade Frosting:
  12. Melt chocolate and butter in microwave.
  13. In a medium bowl, combine sugar, milk and vanilla.
  14. Add the chocolate mixture.
  15. Put this bowl in a larger bowl of ice and stir until frosting is firm enough to spread.
  16. Garnish with walnuts.

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Cowboy Cookies

Rough and ready cookies are full of delicious chunks.  Every bite is a little different…and good!

Cowboy Cookies

Cowboy Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 6 oz. Gurley’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1-2oz. pkg. Gurley’s Golden Recipe walnuts (coarsely chopped)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix flour, baking soda, salt and baking soda together and set aside.
  3. Cream shortening and sugars, then add eggs and vanilla.
  4. Add to flour mixture and mix well.
  5. Fold in oatmeal, chocolate chips and walnuts
  6. Drop by heaping tablespoon onto cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for approximately 15 minutes.

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Homemade Granola

Easy to make and on another level over store bought.  Customize it to you and your families tastes.

Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

Ingredients

  • 10 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup ground flax seeds
  • 2 cups flake coconut
  • 2 cups raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 3 cups Gurley's whole almonds, pecans, walnuts or a combination of each
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • Raisins or other dried fruits as desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300° F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, flax seed, coconut, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and nuts. Mix well.
  3. In a large saucepan, combine brown sugar, water, oil, honey, molasses, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla. Heat until sugar is dissolved, but do not boil.
  4. Pour syrup over dry ingredients and stir until well-coated.
  5. Spread evenly on five 9X13 pans.
  6. Bake 20 minutes and stir. Bake another 20 minutes and remove from the oven. (Bake longer for crunchier texture.) Cool.
  7. Add raisins or other dried fruit.
  8. Store in airtight containers in a cool, dry place.