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Find unique crafts, desserts at fall show

Oct. 16, 2012 at 5:16 a.m.

From top left, are Old-Fashioned Applesauce Cake, Mom's Cherry Pie, Coconut Cherry Drop Cookies, Apricot Balls, Cranberry-Citrus Muffins

COCONUT CHERRY DROP COOKIES

• 1/4 cup butter

11/4 cups sifted flour

• 1/4 cup shortening

• 1/2 tsp. baking powder

• 1/2 cup sugar

• 1/2 tsp. salt

• 1 egg

• 1/2 tsp. almond extract

• 1/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries

•  1 cup coconut

Cream together the butter and the shortening. Add sugar gradually and beat well.

Add the egg and the almond extract and beat. Blend in the dry ingredients and mix well.

Add the chopped maraschino cherries and the cup of coconut. Mix.

Drop by rounded teaspoons onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly.

Top with 1/4 piece of maraschino cherry. Bake 10-12 minutes. Makes 21/2 dozen.

OLD-FASHIONED APPLESAUCE CAKE

• 1 pkg. spice cake mix (like Duncan Hines)

• 3 large eggs

• 2 cups applesauce

• 1/3 cup vegetable oil

• 3/4 cup water or apple juice

• 1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degree. Grease and flour pan (13x9 or bundt).

Combine all ingredients except pecans in a large bowl.

Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in chopped nuts.

Bake for 40 minutes or until knife inserted comes out

Clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Invert onto cooling rack.

Cool completely. Eat plain or add your favorite icing.

MOM'S CHERRY PIE

Stir and roll crust

2 cups sifted flour

1 tsp. salt

2/3 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup water

Mix first three ingredients; add water and mix.

Reserve 1/3 of the dough and use fingers to press

the remainder into a 9-inch pie pan.

Filling

• 2 cans tart, seeded cherries (drain -juice not used)

1/4 cup flour

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp. almond extract

Zest from 1 lemon

1 tsp. lemon juice

Mix ingredients and pour into prepared crust. Dot with 2 Tbsp. butter.

Roll remaining 1/3 crust and make a lattice or make cookie cutter designs and add to pie. Sprinkle with 1/2 Tbsp. granulated sugar over all.

Bake 10 minutes at 450 degrees, lower to 400 degrees and bake for 30-40 minutes until lightly browned.

APRICOT BALLS

• 2 cups dried apricots (halves or pieces)

• 2 ¼ cups coconut

• 1 can sweetened condensed milk

• Powdered sugar (approximately 1 cup)

• 3 Tbsp. granulated sugar

Put apricots, coconut, and about 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar into the food processor bowl. Pulse to chop. Pour into a large mixing bowl, making a well in the center. Add the condensed milk and mix thoroughly. Dough will be very sticky.

Roll into 1-inch balls. Drop into bowl of powdered sugar (coating well). Lay on wax paper to dry. Store tightly covered.

Makes about 6 dozen.

CRANBERRY-CITRUS MUFFINS

• 1 ½ cups chopped fresh cranberries

• 2 cups plus two tablespoons all purpose flour

• 2/3 cups sugar

• 2 teaspoons baking powder

• ½ teaspoon salt

• ½ cup vegetable oil

• ½ teaspoon grated lemon rind

• ½ teaspoon vanilla

• 2 egg whites

• 8 oz. carton low-fat vanilla yogurt

• 1 large egg

• 1 ½ teaspoon turbinado sugar

Preheat oven 375 degrees

Combine chopped cranberries and 2 Tbsp. flour and toss gently. Set aside.

Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in large bowl.

Whisk together oil, lemon rind, vanilla, egg whites, yogurt and egg.

Make a well in the center of flour mixture, add oil mixture and stir until flour is moist. Fold in cranberries. Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle sugar on top of muffins and bake 33 minutes.

Remove immediately and cool on wire rack.

Whether you're out to satisfy your sweet tooth or find unique gifts for Christmas, the Fall Arts and Crafts Show at the First United Methodist Church, 407 N. Bridge St., is the place to be Saturday.

The show, sponsored by United Methodist Women, will take place in the Christian Life Center and Wesley Hall from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Crafters from the area will fill 38 booths with handcrafted items such as Christmas angels, Santas, ornaments, wood and floral crafts, silver jewelry, fabric art, stained glass, and baby and pet items. Admission is free, and there will be hourly door prizes.

Country Cafe, open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will serve homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts. The bake sale will feature family favorites, such as old-fashioned applesauce cake, mom's cherry pie, apricot balls, coconut cherry drop cookies and cranberry-citrus muffins.

The pumpkin patch, on the front lawn of the church, will be open. Games and activities for children will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A small fee will be charged.

Walgreens will conduct a flu clinic from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. in the church parlor. Flu shots will be free with Medicare card or $31.99 for all others. Pneumonia shots will also be available. They will also administer free blood pressure checks and glucose screenings.

Proceeds from booth rental and food sales will benefit church and community missions. For more information, call the church at 361-578-2701.

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