Blue Ribbon Muffins, Cookies and Pretzels

mpmToday I’m going to do something a little different for Menu Plan Monday.  Instead of posting my meal plans for the week, I am sharing the recipes my girls made for the fair this week in 4-H.  They got blue ribbons, so I can recommend them all!

No Bake Cookies (gr. 2, mini 4-H)

2 cups sugar

1/4 cup cocoa

1/2 cup milk

1/4 lb (1 stick) butter

1 t. vanilla

1/2 cup peanut butter

3 cups quick cooking oats

Mix sugar, cocoa, milk, and butter in a pan.  On medium heat, cook till it starts to boil.  Boil one minute.  Remove from heat and cool for one minute.  Stir in vanilla, peanut butter and oatmeal.  Drop by teaspoonfuls on wax paper.  Cool.

These are just as good as I remember when I made them as a child.  My friend Miriam and I loved to make them on the stove top and then pour the yummy goo warm over ice cream.  Ahhhhhh ….

Pumpkin Muffins (gr. 4, 4-H level 1)

Here is our recipe – very yummy!

Pretzels (gr. 6, 4-H level 2)

Cinnamon-Sugar Pretzels

1 1/2 cups flour

2/3 cup milk

2 T oil

2 t baking powder

1 t sugar

1 egg

In bowl, mix flour, milk, oil, baking powder, sugar and salt.  Sift until dough is soft.  Put dough onto floured surface.

Divide the dough in half to make 2 balls.  Roll each ball 3-4x.

Knead each ball of dough 10x.  Turn a bowl over the balls for 15 min.

Divide each ball into 8 balls.  Roll each into a 12″ rope. Twist into pretzel shape and place onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Crack an egg and brush onto each pretzel and sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mix on also.

Bake at 425 for 9-11 min. until light brown.

We used this recipe, which was in the 4-H book.  It’s fine, but not spectacular.  My daughter tried another yummier recipe, but it included yeast and that’s not allowed at the fair.  I also found this recipe for chocolate pretzels that sounds delicious. We haven’t tried it yet, though.

I’ll return to my regularly-scheduled menu plans next week.  Enjoy your baking, whether you take your results to the county fair or not :).

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