Featured Recipes

Kathie’s Baking Mixes are so easy to adapt and ‘make your own’

Valentine Shortbread Cookies

Quick Recipe Instructions

Put a creative twist on my Shortbread Cookie Mix with these Valentine cutout cookies!

 Ingredients

 

Instructions

  • Make Kathie’s Shortbread Cookie Mix into dough form as instructed.
  • Divide the dough in half and add enough red food coloring to make half the dough pink.
  • Roll out the dough and cut heart shaped cookies from dough.
  • Make icing, divide in half and use red food coloring to make half the icing pink.
  • Use the icing and sprinkles to decorate as you prefer.
  • Cut heart-shaped windows into some cookies and fill with raspberry jam.
  • Bake as instructed but watch for the smaller cookies as they will bake more quickly, remove those from the oven sooner if needed.

Cheese Scones

Quick Recipe Instructions

Try my Cheese Scones recipe for a nice savory twist on classic scones!

 Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. Kathie’s Bakery Scratch Scone Mix
  • 1 stick freezer-cold butter
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan
  • ¼ cup olive oil or a spiced oil like in the picture
  • ½ cup plain yogurt

 

Instructions

  • In large bowl, grate freezer-cold butter into Scone Mix.
  • Mix quickly, but don’t over mix.
  • Add grated mozzarella, parmesan, oil and yogurt.
  • Mix together with spoon or hands.
  • Pull off golf-ball sized pieces and place on greased cookie sheet about 2″ apart. Pat down gently.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes until light golden brown.
  • Let cool and enjoy!

Candied Fruit Muffins

Quick Recipe Instructions

 Add some fun Holiday color and flavor to my Muffin Mix with this easy candied fruit muffin recipe!

 Ingredients

  • 1 pkg Kathie’s Bakery Scratch Muffin Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup oil (or melted butter)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1-2 cups chopped candied fruit

Instructions

  • Combine Muffin Mix, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and candied fruit in a bowl and mix together with fork or hands
  • In a separate bowl, combine eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Mix together with a whisk.
  • Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture and mix together with a wooden spoon just until nicely blended – do not over-mix.
  • Scoop batter into a muffin pan lined with paper baking cups, filling each cup ¾ full.
  • Bake at 400 degrees until golden brown (16-18 minutes). Test with a toothpick, toothpick should come out clean. If not then bake for an additional few minutes.
  • Let cool and enjoy

Gingerbread Muffins

Quick Recipe Instructions

400Add a little Holiday spice to your muffins with this Gingerbread muffins recipe!

 Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine Muffin mix, ginger, cinnamon and allspice in a bowl and mix together with fork or hands
  • In a separate bowl, combine eggs, milk, oil and molasses. Mix together with a whisk.
  • Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture and mix together with a wooden spoon just until nicely blended – do not over-mix.
  • Scoop batter into a muffin pan lined with paper baking cups, filling each cup ¾ full. For a crunchier finish, sprinkle crystal sugar on top of muffins before baking.
  • Bake at 400 degrees until golden brown (16-18 minutes). Test with a toothpick, toothpick should come out clean. If not then bake for an additional few minutes.
  • Additional idea: to turn these into cupcakes, simply frost with cream cheese frosting!

Holiday Cutout Cookies

Quick Recipe Instructions

Make these elegant holiday cut-out cookies by simply rolling out my shortbread mix!

 Ingredients

 

Instructions

  • Make Kathie’s Shortbread Cookie Mix dough as instructed.
  • Roll out the dough with a rolling pin to ¼ inch thickness. You can use an embossed rolling pin for additional designs on the cookies as you see pictured here.
  • Use cookie cutters to cut out the cookie shapes of your choice.
  • Clump the excess dough back together and re-roll for more cookies.
  • Bake as per instructions on the package.

Holiday Thumbs Cookies

Quick Recipe Instructions

Add a splash of color and fruit flavor to my shortbread cookie mix with these cute thumbprint cookies!

 Ingredients

 

Instructions

  • Make Kathie’s Shortbread Cookie Mix as instructed 
  • After forming the shortbread balls, simply press into them with your thumb to flatten the ball and make a thumb indent into the cookie.
  • Fill the indent with your favorite jam, then bake as per instructions on the package

Holiday Sprinkle Cookies

Quick Recipe Instructions

Decorate your shortbread cookies with sprinkles for a festive holiday spirit!

 Ingredients

 

Instructions

  • Make Kathie’s Shortbread Cookie Mix dough balls as instructed on the package.
  • For a spiral effect, put grooves into the dough with a fork while flattening the dough ball.
  • Decorate with your choice of sprinkles.
  • Bake as per instructions on the package.

Heath Toffee Cookies

Quick Recipe Instructions

Add a little gooey goodness to my shortbread cookie mix with Heath toffee bits!

 Ingredients

 

Instructions

  • Make Kathie’s Shortbread Cookie Mix as instructed 
  • While mixing, add in Heath English Toffee Bits

Russian Tea Cakes

Quick Recipe Instructions

It’s so easy to turn my shortbread cookie mix into delicious Russian Tea Cakes!

 Ingredients

 

Instructions

  • Make Kathie’s Shortbread Cookie Mix as instructed 
  • While mixing, add in chopped walnuts
  • Leave cookies in ball shape (don’t flatten with fork)
  • After baking, roll in granulated sugar while still warm
  • Let cool, then roll in powdered sugar one more time

Pecan Balls

Quick Recipe Instructions

Get a little nutty and turn my shortbread cookies mix into yummy Pecan Balls!

 Ingredients

 

Instructions

  • Make Kathie’s Shortbread Cookie Mix as instructed 
  • While mixing, add in chopped pecans
  • Leave cookies in ball shape (don’t flatten with fork)
  • After baking, roll in granulated sugar while still warm
  • Let cool on baking rack

Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Quick Recipe Instructions

It’s so easy to add a little light and refreshing lemon flavor to my shortbread cookie mix!

 Ingredients

 

Instructions

  • Make Kathie’s Shortbread Cookie Mix as instructed
  • While mixing, add in lemon extract
  • Optional: for a bit more lemon flavor, add zest of lemon
  • After baking, sprinkle with powdered sugar

Blueberry Muffins

Quick Recipe Instructions

It’s so easy to turn my muffin mix into delicious blueberry muffins!

 Ingredients

 

Instructions

  • Make Kathie’s Muffin Mix as instructed
  • While mixing, add in blueberries

Blueberry-Lemon Loaf

Quick Recipe Instructions

A Blueberry-Lemon Loaf goes great with coffee and company!

 Ingredients

 

Instructions

  • Make Kathie’s Muffin Mix as instructed
  • While mixing, add in blueberries and lemon zest
  • Put mixture into greased loaf pan
  • Bake approximately 50 minutes at 400 degrees or until center is done (to check, insert a toothpick into the loaf and it should come out clean)
  • Let cool 10 minutes and remove loaf from pan

Apple Crisp

Quick Recipe Instructions

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Peel and slice apples into small pieces.  Place in medium mixing bowl
  • Add salt, sugar and cinnamon and stir until slices are coated.
  • Layer in casserole dish or other medium-sized pan
  • Follow cookie mix instructions and crumble dough over the apples
  • Bake at 350º for 35 minutes or until, brown and bubbly.

Serve warm with ice cream.

Blueberry Scones

Quick Recipe Instructions

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In large bowl, grate freezer-cold butter into Scone Mix.
  • Mix quickly, but don’t over mix.
  • Add berries and yogurt
  • Bake according to Scone Mix baking instructions (see package back)
  • Sugar glaze: Dissolve 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/4 cup hot water
  • Brush sugar glaze and then sprinkle dry sugar on baked scones

These are my husband’s favorite!  I hope you enjoy them, too.

Kathie’s Baking Tips

Adding Special Ingredients

Shortbread Variations

  • Add extracts or light flavored herbs like lavender or rosemary
  • Roll in sugar before baking
  • Dip half of cookie in melted chocolate

Scone variations

  • Add flavored yogurt for a little extra flavor
  • Add a cup of fruit, chocolate chips or poppy seeds to the mix
  • Add vanilla extract or zest of lemon or orange.
  • Try savory scones with bacon, cheese, jalapeño or let your imagination run wild!

Perfect Baking Instructions

  • I ALWAYS use my hands to mix my mixes.  It’s faster, they mix up perfectly and there’s much less cleanup.  Its’ fun for kids, too!
  • Shortbread tastes best when it’s cool – wait for it!
  • Warm hands are magic for mixing shortbread.  They make the butter and the mix marry together perfectly.
  • Err on the side of overcooking shortbread.  They melt in your mouth a bit better when a little overcooked.