AMISH SUGAR COOKIES 4 WAYS

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What a hit these cookies are!!! I loved the Lemon flavor and Cinnamon flavor. Bob was crazy about the Lemon. I haven’t brought the cookies to our new neighbors yet, but I will later.

The recipe is the same exact recipe for Amish Sugar Cookies that I posted before, but with flavor and color variations. It was so simple!!! And now instead of bringing just Vanilla/Almond cookies to the neighbors, I’ll be bringing Lemon, Orange, Cinnamon and Vanilla/Almond.  Full instructions below.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SHARE THIS WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY. THEY’RE GOING TO WANT THIS ONE FOR SURE!

Ingredients 

1 cup butter, (2 sticks), softened

1 cup vegetable oil

1+ cup sugar

1+ cup confectioners’ sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

(my addition – ½ tsp almond extract)

4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter, oil and sugars. Beat in eggs until well blended. Beat in vanilla and Almond extract. Add baking soda and cream of tartar. Gradually add flour.
  2. Drop by small teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen. I USED MY LARGE SCOOP AND BAKED FOR  12 -13 MINUTES.

NOTE:  If you want to make a variety of flavors/colors, scoop part of the batter out and put it in a medium size bowl.  Add food coloring and whatever flavor extract you want.  Then bake that sheet, rinse out the bowl and do your next flavor/color.

If you make 1 ½ batches of dough, you can make one orange tray, one lemon tray (I added lemon zest and lemon food coloring), plain vanilla/almond, and cinnamon.  For the cinnamon flavor, I added some Saigon cinnamon to the dough, scooped the cookies out and then sprinkled cinnamon sugar on top.  Make sure you bake that batch last.  You don’t want cinnamon getting mixed in the fruit or plain flavored cookies.

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Browned Butter Chocolate and Variety Chip Cookies

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Make these cookies for your family!  It’s like having a variety pack!  They’ll think you went to the bakery.

     There’s something homey and comforting about Chocolate Chip Cookies. Everyone loves them, and for good reason. They’re delicious. For years though, I was plagued by flat cookies. You know the ones I mean. They’re beautiful when they come out of the oven, but as they cool, they became flatter than a fritter. What was wrong that it happened time and time again? Time to put my thinking cap on to figure this out. 

     It had to be the recipe on the bag. Something or some things needed serious adjustments. I decided that browned butter was the first place to start. Eureka! It made all the difference. The texture is wonderful, the cookies are chewy, and the best part is they stay soft for days. And the flavor? Delish!! So here is my all-new recipe and how I did it. (Yes, of course I had to change almost everything. You know me by now.)

     The cookies will remain soft for days if kept in a covered plastic or glass container. Of course, that’s providing they last that long.
INGREDIENTS: YIELDS 30 LARGE COOKIES

1 ½ sticks salted butter, roughly chunked

¾ cup Dark brown sugar, packed

½ cup granulated sugar

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

2 eggs

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

2 cups AP flour (If you want a firmer cookie, add a few extra TBSP flour)

 

Remember that at any given time I may have 20 different bags of chips, nuts, dried fruit, etc. in my freezer.  I mix and match a lot, so they last me a long time because I won’t use a whole bag of one flavor in one recipe.

OPTIONAL FLAVORS: Semi-sweet chips, Milk chocolate chips, Caramel chips, Peanut butter chips, White chocolate chips, Cherry chips, Cinnamon chips or even some of those crushed candy bar flavors.  Pecans, walnuts, raisins, dates, coconut. If it sounds good, it probably will be.  You can always make a few test cookies to taste before you make a whole tray of something you aren’t sure of.
PREPARATION:

In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium/low heat. It will begin to foam, and that is due to the moisture escaping. Swirl the pan every minute or so. The color will change from yellow to light brown. You will also notice a difference in the scent. Some people say it smells nutty when it’s done. I can’t say that I smell nuts, but the scent definitely changes to something much richer. To me, it smells like brown sugar. Sediment will begin to form at the bottom. Either strain that out or leave as much as possible in the pan. Set aside to cool, and then refrigerate for 30-45 minutes, but not until it sets up again.  Remember, starting with hot ingredients will make your cookies spread. 

Add the browned butter to your mixer bowl and beat for about a minute. Then add the sugars and beat until the batter is smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat again. Add cinnamon, baking soda, and salt, giving it a quick mix to incorporate. Add the flour and beat on low speed only until incorporated. Add chocolate chips and nuts. Chill dough for an hour.

NOTE: Chilling the dough and baking at a lower temperature along with using the browned butter keeps the cookies from spreading into a flat cookie.

Preheat oven to 350° F. It’s always best to use a stoneware baking sheet, but if you don’t have one, use a silicone mat or parchment paper. I make large cookies and they need to bake about 14 -15 minutes or until edges are set.

INSTRUCTIONS TO USE VARIOUS CHIP FLAVORS:     If you want to make a variety of chip flavors, all you do is grab some of the dough from the bowl and plop it into a small bowl.  Stir in peanut butter chips, for instance.  Scoop the dough onto the baking sheet and top each unbaked cookie with a few extra peanut butter chips.  This will help people identify them after they’re baked.  Then put more dough in the same small bowl and add white chocolate chips, remembering to put a few white chocolate chips on top of each unbaked cookie. People will think you’re a genius, really!  (Or they’ll think you’re nuts, and spent 3 days making seventeen varieties of chip cookies.) I wanted some with coconut, of course, so I mixed a bit of coconut and semi-sweet chips with another small portion of dough in the small bowl.  After placing the dough on the cookie sheet, I sprinkled a bit of coconut on top of each.  (Look at the photos and you’ll see an example of marking each cookie for identification later.)

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you’re using regular baking sheets instead of stoneware, always make sure your baking sheets are cool before you drop a new batch of dough on them, even if you used silicone or parchment paper. Otherwise the dough will get hot and begin to spread before you put the sheet in the oven. This will mess with baking time, and possibly give you flat cookies.  I usually throw the unbaked dough in the fridge between batches.

WHY BROWN THE BUTTER? When butter melts, the water evaporates and the milk solids are exposed to heat and start to turn brown. They will sink to the bottom of the pan and begin to brown. You should see dark bits in the bottom. While you’re busy messing with Mother Nature’s perfect butter, it is taking on not only color, but flavor and aroma! It smells SO good!!

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BRAIDED DANISH WITH LEMON CURD

Braided Danish with Lemon Curd

Homemade Danish?  Yes!  Yes, you can.  It isn’t hard, and if you do it often enough, you’ll be able to do it in your sleep.  The dough mixes up in a blender or food processor.  Roll it, fill it with your own Lemon Curd, and bake.  Don’t forget the Glaze.  Oh, my ever lovin’ delicious.  And talk about impressing guests? Serve this at breakfast or brunch and you’ll have people begging for more!  If you plan ahead, you can make the Lemon Curd the day before.

LEMON CURD

     This tart and creamy lemon curd is SO delicious.  And, it’s not hard to make.  You’ll never buy store-bought again.  It’s perfect with fruit, pound cake, angel food cake, white cake, filling for muffins, donuts, cream puffs, or eclairs.  You can even pour it over ice cream or stick your finger in it and have a taste when nobody is looking.  I for one, have never done that.  OK, maybe I did it once.

     If you can make pudding, you can make lemon curd.  

INGREDIENTS:

¾ cup fresh lemon juice

1 TBSP grated lemon zest

¾ cup sugar (sugar is adjustable to taste)

3 eggs

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter and dash salt – OR – ½ cup salted butter

 

PREPARATION:

In a 3 qt saucepan, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, eggs and butter.  (It will spatter as it’s cooking, so you need a big pan.  Cook while whisking over medium/low heat until thick and bubbly.  (About 6 min) Let it simmer for another 2 minutes or so, whisking constantly. It should be about the consistency of gravy. (If you walk away, I promise you will have to strain your curd.  So don’t do it.) Cover and refrigerate.  It will thicken as it cools.

Keeps about a week.

 

DANISH DOUGH

¾ cup cottage cheese

1/3 cup sugar

¼ cup vegetable or canola oil

1/3 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups AP flour

2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

 

PASTRY DOUGH PREPARATION:

In a blender or food processor, process cottage cheese until it’s smooth and lump free. Add sugar, oil, milk, and vanilla.  Process until well incorporated.

Add baking powder and salt, processing until well mixed.  Add flour and pulse just until dough comes together and forms a ball. (Dough will be very sticky). Place dough in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. (or if you have room, put the whole blender jar in the fridge, covered.)

 

ROLLING PASTRY DOUGH:

Place pastry dough ball in the center of an 18” length of parchment paper. Spray two large lengths of plastic wrap and lay side by side on top of the dough, overlapping them 3” – 4”.  You want them to overlap because the dough will grow larger as you roll it out.  (A great trick to avoid frustration!  The dough will not stick and you don’t have to wash your rolling pin.  (Yippee)

Roll dough into a 16 x 12-inch rectangle. Pick up the dough and parchment paper together, placing them on a large baking sheet.  (You may need to angle your pastry to give it room to expand while baking.  See my photo.  I used a half sheet baking pan).

Spread chilled Lemon Curd down the center of dough. On each side of dough, use a very sharp paring knife, and cut 3/4” wide strips. Don’t cut all the way to the filling, it’s best to leave approximately ½” uncut dough.  You don’t want it to ooze out during baking. Fold alternating strips at an angle across Lemon Curd. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Beat egg white with 1 tsp milk; brush over dough.

Bake at 400° F for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack.

GLAZE

3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar

2 tsp milk

½ tsp vanilla

 

GLAZE PREPARATION:

In a small bowl, combine glaze ingredients, and drizzle over warm pastry. It’s doubtful that you’ll have leftovers, but if you do, refrigerate.

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Blueberry Lemon Zucchini Cookies

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     There’s been a new marriage in town, and I’ll bet you haven’t heard about it yet.  It was hush, hush, but I’m here to tell you all about it.  Blueberry, lemon, and zucchini cookies are melt in your mouth good!  Now, get this.  You all know what a sugar addict I am.  While the first sheet of cookies was baking, I dug out my lemon cream cheese frosting recipe and my lemon buttercream frosting recipe.  I was definitely going to use one or the other.  Guess what?  They are so good just as they are, I didn’t frost them.  Yep, they’re nekkie.  Bob and I both agreed that no frosting is necessary.  Our waistlines are thanking me.

Here’s how I made them:

INGREDIENTS:         YIELDS 32 COOKIES

1 stick salted butter, room temp

½ cup white sugar

½ cup packed light brown sugar

½ tsp vanilla extract

¾ tsp lemon extract

1 large egg

2 dashes salt

1 tsp baking soda

¾ tsp baking powder

1 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp AP flour

1 1/2 cups grated zucchini

1 ¼  cup fresh blueberries

 

PREPARATION:

Wash squash and peel most of it.  I always leave a few skinny strips of the skin on just because I like the looks of the dark green in whatever I’m baking.  Grate it, using a box grater.  (Takes less than a minute). Set aside.

In mixer bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add egg, vanilla extract, and lemon extract, beating another minute.

Add salt, baking soda and baking powder, giving it a quick mix.

Add grated zucchini and give it a quick mix, just until incorporated.  With mixer on low speed, slowly add flour, mixing until just incorporated. Gently fold in blueberries.

On a stoneware baking sheet (or baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone sheet), drop batter using large cookie scoop.  Bake about 12 – 12 ½ min at 375° F Cool 2 minutes and remove to cooling rack. Frost when completely cooled.

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Zucchini Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Zucchini cookies with cream cheese frosting

    Oh what to do with all the zucchini?  Not more bread (although I love my zucchini bread recipe).  Cookies it is!  You’ll note the addition of only 1/8 tsp nutmeg.  I want to taste it, but I do not want it to be overpowering.  Nutmeg can be strong.  I think 1/8 tsp is just right.  This recipe makes a soft cake-like cookie.  Vegetables and fiber in every bite!

INGREDIENTS:         YIELDS 30 COOKIES

1 stick salted butter, room temp

½ cup white sugar

½ cup packed light brown sugar

1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

1 large egg

2 dashes salt

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp baking powder

1 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp AP flour

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1 1/2 cups grated zucchini

OPTIONAL:  Dates, walnuts, chocolate chips

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

4 oz cream cheese , softened

4 Tbsp butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups confectioner’s sugar

 

PREPARATION:

Wash squash and peel most of it.  I always leave a few skinny strips of the skin on just because I like the looks of the dark green in whatever I’m baking.  Grate it, using a box grater.  (Takes less than a minute). Set aside.

In mixer bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla, beating another minute.

Add salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg, giving it a quick mix.

Add grated zucchini and give it a quick mix, just until incorporated.  With mixer on low speed, slowly add flour, mixing until just incorporated. Stir in dates, walnuts, or chocolate chips.  Or go crazy and add them all.

On a stoneware baking sheet or baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone sheet, drop batter using large cookie scoop.  Bake about 12 min at 375° F Cool 2 minutes and remove to cooling rack. Frost when completely cooled.

 

Cream Cheese Frosting Preparation:

In a mixing bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter and cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla and continue to mix until smooth and fluffy.  Frosted cookies must be refrigerated.

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PECAN COOKIES

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 I considered calling these Pecan Surprise cookies, cause you could add different surprises every time you make them. I might go crazy next time and do white chocolate chips. They’d be great with the pecans.

       Here’s a brand new one bowl, mix, scoop ‘em on the cookie sheets and bake delicious cookie for you!  You can customize them any way you want.  Don’t you just love that?  The recipe makes a lot, so I’m NOT counting them for you.  Sorry.  Bob guesstimates 75 cookies.  I’m still not gonna count.

INGREDIENTS:    PLEASE KNOW THAT I COPIED AND PASTED THIS FROM MY FACEBOOK PAGE.  THE SPACING ON THE INGREDIENTS LIST POSTED WEIRD.  THE LIST IS  CORRECT THOUGH.  THERE IS NOTHING MISSING.

 

2 sticks salted butter

1 cup Canola oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup confectioner’s sugar (sifted)
2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
½ tsp salt

4 cups AP flour

1 ¾  cups pecans (chopped)

1 ½ cups chopped (or whole chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)

1 cup Heath bits

PREPARATION:
Preheat oven to 335 ° F.  (You want a relatively low baking temp so they don’t spread).
In mixer bowl, beat softened butter for 30 seconds.  Add Canola oil, and both sugars.  Beat til smooth.

Add eggs and beat until combined.  Add vanilla, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.  Beat until combined.

Add flour and beat until just combined.

Stir in chopped pecans, chopped chocolate chips, and Heath bits.  For the last sheet, I mixed in some coconut.  Holy cow!  Outstanding.

Using a large cookie scoop, place dough balls approximately 2” apart on ungreased cookie sheet or stoneware sheet.  Bake for 14  – 17 minutes.

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Peach Crisp Pie

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Sum sum summertime, sum sum summertime . . . and the peaches are ripe for the pickin’!
OK, I picked nuffin. I sent Bob to the store. Now that I’m done telling fibs, let me tell you how I created this knock your socks off Fresh Peach Pie with my Apple Crisp topping. Firstly, I didn’t want a top crust, nor did I want a crumble topping, or even a streusel topping. But . . . I wanted something with texture and a bit of cinnamon flavor. So, it stands to reason that I would use my Apple Crisp topping. I also didn’t want to be mixing my beautiful peaches with flour as a thickener, I didn’t want to chance a gummy or pasty filling. So I used the Grandma standard ingredient – Tapioca. I baked mine in a Quiche/Tart pan, but a deep dish pan will work just as well.

 

INGREDIENTS:
1 unbaked deep dish pie crust
FILLING INGREDIENTS:
8 cups fresh ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced
¾ cup sugar (half brown and half white)
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
4 TBSP quick-cooking (Minute) Tapioca

 

TOPPING INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup wheat flour
¼ cup white flour
¼ cup cold butter, chopped
2 Dashes of salt

PREPARATION:
Line a deep dish pie plate with crust and refrigerate.
In a large bowl, mix peaches and sugars. Taste it. If the peaches are good and ripe, all is well. If the peaches are a little under-ripe, add a bit more sugar. Add cinnamon, salt, vanilla, and Tapioca. Stir to blend. Pour into the pie crust.
TOPPING: In the same bowl, use a pastry blender or two butter knives to chop topping ingredients until butter is in small pieces and mixture is crumbled (Pea-sized). Sprinkle over peaches. Put a baking sheet or foil under pie before baking, just in case.
Bake at 400° F for 20 minutes. Turn oven down to 350° F and bake for approximately 35 additional minutes or until topping is browned and filling is bubbly. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

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SUMMER ICEBOX CAKE WITH BERRIES

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Feel free to make a flag design if you’d like to. I usually do, but today I just didn’t feel like it.

INGREDIENTS:
2 pkg. (3.4 oz each) Instant Cheese cake pudding
2 ¼ cups cold milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tub (8 oz) Cool Whip
2 ½ cups sliced strawberries
1 ½ cups blueberries
Cinnamon graham crackers (whole)
OPTIONAL: 3 oz melted chocolate (Semi-sweet, milk chocolate or white chocolate)

PREPARATION:

Beat pudding with milk and vanilla for a good two minutes. Add cool whip and beat until just incorporated.

Place one layer whole graham crackers in bottom of 9” x 13” baking dish. You will have to break some to get them to fit evenly.

Spread half of pudding mix on top.

Put a layer of strawberries on top of pudding layer.

Place another layer of graham crackers on top. You can either fold the blueberries in the pudding mixture – OR – place the next layer of graham crackers on top and then add the pudding mixture, placing the blueberries decoratively on top. Garnish with a few strawberries.

OPTIONAL: Drizzle melted chocolate on top. Chill for four hours.

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BLUEBERRY CINNAMON COFFEE CAKE

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It’s blueberry season! Here’s something new to try. I had blueberries in the freezer. I didn’t even thaw them. I took them out when I began making the batter and threw them in when it was time. They are great! This is my old standby coffee cake, you know . . . the one I’ve been making forever. The one with the slightly crispy edges like cornbread and brownies have. Oh yes, I need another piece.

The cake is a quick, throw together operation with a tiny little extra step of making the cinnamon swirl part. The really good news is that once you pour the thick luscious batter into the baking dish, you can use the same bowl to mix the cinnamon mixture.
INGREDIENTS: for an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pan. (Feel free to double. You can make one to give away or make mini coffee cakes in a cupcake tin.) NOTE: If doubling, don’t forget to double the streusel.
¼ cup Crisco
¾ cup sugar
1 TBSP sour cream or 1 TBSP soft butter
1 egg
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp vanilla
¾ cup milk
1 ½ cup flour
½ tsp salt

STREUSEL PREPARATION:
In the same mixer bowl, mix with a pastry cutter or two forks, or two knives:
1/3 cup brown sugar
¼ cup flour
½ tsp cinnamon
3 TBSP room temperature butter
You want to see small lumps in it. Don’t mix until it’s smooth, or you’ll ruin it.

CAKE PREPARATION:
In mixer bowl, beat Crisco and sugar until light and fluffy. Add sour cream or butter, egg, baking powder, vanilla and mix well. Alternately add milk and flour, mixing until combined. Pour the batter into a prepared baking dish, add the cinnamon mixture, swirl it and get your fork ready.

STREUSEL PREPARATION:

In the same mixer bowl, mix with a pastry cutter or two forks, or two knives:
1/3 cup brown sugar
¼ cup flour
½ tsp cinnamon
3 TBSP room temperature butter
You want to see small lumps in it. Don’t mix until it’s smooth, or you’ll ruin it.

OPTIONAL BLUEBERRIES:
¾ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 TBSP flour
¼ tsp cinnamon

In small bowl, mix all ingredients and toss gently. After swirling streusel through cake, fold blueberries into cake.

BAKE at 375° F for 25 – 30 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.

GLAZE INGREDIENTS:
This is something I’ve eyeballed for years. The measurements are approximate, but between testing to see if it’s drippy enough and dragging your finger through it for a little taste, it won’t be a problem.
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 TBSP butter
½ tsp vanilla
¼ tsp almond extract
Small dash salt
2 TBSP warm half and half or milk

GLAZE PREPARATION:
In mixer bowl, combine sugar, butter, vanilla and almond extracts along with a quick dash of salt. On low speed, begin adding the half and half until you have a nice drippy glaze. Then beat on medium speed for a minute. Using a large spoon, drizzle this on the cake while the cake is still a little warm, just don’t put it on a hot cake.
NOW . . . How easy was that??? Yep. Pretty easy for all this delicious, moist, cinnamon goodness.

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STRAWBERRY RHUBARB PIE

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  It’s strawberry and rhubarb season.  Need I say more?  Strawberries and rhubarb in a homemade lattice-topped pie crust is sure to wow your guests. It’s quite easy, too.  Really!

INGREDIENTS:

Double pie crust (unbaked)

1 ¼ – 1 1/3 cups sugar

3 TBSP quick-cook Tapioca

¼ tsp nutmeg

3 cups rhubarb, cut into 1/2 pieces (don’t peel)

2 ½ cups fresh strawberries, cut in half or quarters

PREPARATION:

Place all ingredients (except pie crust, of course) into a large bowl and mix with a serving spoon until well combined.  Place pie crust into a pie plate and pour in the fruit mixture.  Go ahead and give the lattice top a try.  It’s very easy.  I usually cut 1″ strips.

Bake at 375° F for about 50 minutes.

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