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The Tonight Show Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie

I always bake my pie in a Pyrex glass pie pan. I like glass better than a metal pan. I use part butter in my pie crust for the flavor of butter. I always use a pastry cloth and a rolling pin cover to roll out my pie crust. It is easier to roll out. In 1990 this blueberry pie won me a trip to the Crisco pie contest in New Orleans in spring 1991.

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  • Pie crust for a double 9-inch pie
  • Milk or Cream
  • Sugar
  • Filling
  • 3/4 cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups fresh blueberries, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Cheese Layer
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cup dairy sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • Decorations
  • Baked flower cutouts
  • 7 blueberries
  • Heat oven to 425 F.

    Press two thirds of pie crust dough between hands to form a 5 to 6-inch "pancake." Form remaining dough into smaller "pancake." Roll and press larger "pancake" into 9-inch pie plate. Bake and cool completely.

    Roll remaining dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut out seven 2-inch flowers using a cookie cutter. Cut 1/4 inch hole in center of each. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Brush with milk. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 425 F for 7 to 9 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely.

    For filling, combine 3/4 cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons sugar, cornstarch and salt in medium saucepan. Add lemon juice and 1 ½ cups blueberries. Cook and stir on medium heat, until mixture comes to a boil. Simmer, stirring often until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in butter. Cool to room temperature. Fold in remaining 1 ½ cups blueberries.

    For cheese layer, combine cream cheese, 2 tablespoons sugar, sour cream and lemon peel in small bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until smooth. Spread on bottom of baked pie crust. Spoon filling over cheese layer.

    For decorations, place one flower cutout in center of pie and remaining 6 cutouts around edge of filling. Place 1 blueberry in center of each flower. Refrigerate. Makes one 9-inch pie.

    Christmas Coffee Cake

    A holiday baking special!

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    Marjorie with Jay Leno
  • 1 cup water (105-115 degrees)
  • 2 packages active dry yeast plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 3/4 - 4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Cherry Christmas Tree
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/4 cup chopped candied red cherries
  • 1/4 cup chopped candied green cherries
  • Icing For Coffeecake
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 teaspoon milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dough
    In a large electric mixer bowl, dissolve yeast in the warm water with 1 teaspoon sugar. Add dry milk, honey, butter, salt, eggs and half the bread flour. Blend together on low speed, then beat at medium speed for 4 minutes. Switch to bread hooks and add rest of flour to make a soft dough that is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk. Punch down. Place dough on a floured cloth. Divide dough into two equal parts. Cover and let rest 15 minutes.

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    Oatmeal Walnut Cookies

    I made this cookie to give out to the the basketball players when I interviewed them as a correspondent of The Tonight Show at the NBA finals on June 7th. This is an easy cookie to make and so delicious.

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  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups quick cooking oatmeal
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • In a large electric mixing bowl, place butter, sugars, vanilla and eggs. Beat together until a creamy mixture. Sift flour with soda and salt and add on low speed to butter mixture. Add oatmeal and walnuts and combine well. Refrigerate dough for easier handling. Form into balls the size of walnuts. Place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

    Makes 5 dozen cookies.

    Bunny Rolls

    Here is the recipe Marjore made with Belinda on Kare 11 on April 7, 2007

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  • 1 cup water (105F-115 F. degrees)
  • 1/3 cup dry milk
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 1/2-4 cups flour
  • 1 egg slightly beaten (to brush over bunny rolls just before baking)
  • Place in an electric mixer bowl the water and yeast. Let stand for a few minutes till the yeast is dissolved. Add dry milk, butter, sugar, salt, eggs and 2 cups of the flour. Blend together on low speed then beat at medium speed for 3 minutes. Add rest of flour and knead with bread hooks or by hand to make a soft smooth elastic dough. Place in a greased bowl, cover, let rise in a warm place about 80 degrees till double in bulk.
    Punch down, let rise again till double. Punch down and make into bunnies.

    Cinnamon Rolls

    Shown on The Tonight Show on January 29, 2008

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    Cinnamon Roll Dough

  • 1 cup water 105-115 F
  • 2 packages active dry yeast plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup dry milk
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 to 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    Cinnamon Sugar Filling

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    Glaze for Cinnamon Rolls

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • In a large bowl place the water. Add yeast and the 1 teaspoon of sugar, and let stand for 5 minutes to dissolve the yeast.. Then add dry milk, butter, honey, sugar, salt, eggs, 2 cups of flour, and blend together on low speed. Then beat at medium speed for 3 minutes. Add rest of flour to make a soft dough and knead until smooth and elastic with bread hooks or by hand, 5 to 10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, cover, let rise in a warm place until double in bulk. Punch down.


    As a correspondent for The Tonight Show, I will be interviewing the baseball players on the All-Star team. Of course, I need to bring some of my blue ribbon cookies and these Gingersnaps will fit the bill perfectly.

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  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup sugar (for dipping)
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

    Cream shortening, brown sugar, molasses and egg in large bowl. In a separate bowl sift flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, blending until mixed. Dough can be chilled for easy handling.

    Shape the dough into balls the size of whole walnuts. Roll balls in sugar, place on baking sheet. Bake 8-9 minutes at 375 degrees. Cool on sheet one minute before transferring to rack.

    Makes 3-4 dozen.

    Sour Cream Streusel Coffee Cake

    Marjorie and Jay demonstrated this Coffee Cake on The Tonight Show on May 16

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  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups dairy sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds or chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons milk
  • To Make Batter:

    In a large electric mixer bowl cream together butter, sugar and vanilla extract until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. On low speed, or by hand, add flour mixture. Alternatively start with sour cream and end with flour mixture. Grease and flour two 9" round or square pans that are 1 1/2" deep. Place 1/4 of batter in each pan.

    Rosie's Cream Puff Cake

    I presented Rosie with this cake for her birthday on The View, topped with chocolate sauce, candles and sparklers.

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    Cream Puff Dough

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 pint whipped cream
  • A smaller version can be made as follows. Place a layer of cream puffs on a 12 inch plate, add a slighter smaller second layer and continue stacking layers until the top layer is a single cream puff. Top with candles and sparklers.

    You can also serve the cream puffs individually covered with chocolate sauce.

    To make cream puffs

    Place the butter and water in a saucepan. Heat until the water is boiling and the
    butter is melted. Remove from heat and add flour and
    salt all at once. Put the pan back on the heat and stir constantly until the mixture