Dunham Township

107 Airport Rd, , Harvard, Illinois 60033
815-943-4444 | | 815-943-4600

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Welcome to Dunham Township.

 This tab brings you recipes, trivia, more event info, etc.

  The three photos represent natural beauty in Dunham Township. The last photo is the Rush Creek flowing after the heavy rains of June 2019. 

Helpful hint: A metal grate type ironing board(cover removed) can be a cooling rack for many baked goods. 

Need a recipe? See below...

Parmesan Sour Cream Dip

1 16 ounce container of reduced fat sour cream

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard

Kosher Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Add all ingredients to a bowl. Mix well.  Serve with black pepper potato chips.

Food Network, recipe courtesy of the Neelys

4 ingredient Fresh Pizza Sauce

1 clove of garlic, peeled

1 can ( 28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes in juice

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1/4 tsp salt

Pulse garlic in food processer until finely chopped. Thoroughly drain tomatoes in a mesh sieve, discard juices. Transfer to processer, add oil and salt, and pulse until tomatoes break down into a slightly chunky sauce 12-15 times. Sauce can be refrigerated in an air tight container up to five days or frozen up to three months. Martha Stewart Living

Cheesecake Cookies

5 ounces( 2/3 cup) cream cheese, softened

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 large egg

1 1/2 cups( about 6 3/8 oz) all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/4 powdered sugar

30 maraschino cherries without stems( from  1 8 oz jar), drained and patted dry

Preheat oven to 350 F. Beat cream cheese, granulated sugar, and butter with an electric mixer on medium low speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Stop to scrape down sides and bottom of bowl; continue bearing until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Add egg; beat on medium speed until very smooth, about 1 minute.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Gradually add flour mixture to cream  cheese mixture, beating on low speed until just incorporated, about 1 minute. 

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Using a 1 1/2 inch scoop, dollop batter into rounds spaced 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake in a preheated oven until cookies are set, about 12 minutes, rotating baking sheets from the top to the bottom racks halfway thru bake time.( cookie tops will not have any browning but will be slightly cracked and should spring back when touched lightly)

Transfer baking sheets to wire racks; immediately press gently into cookie tops using a round 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon to create a small divot. Let  cookies cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Dust cookies with powered sugar; place 1 cherry inside each divot. Store in an airtight container up to 1 day. To keep up to 3 days, store cookies without cherries in an airtight container; place cherries on cookies just before serving.    Southern Living

Italian Christmas Cookies

1 c butter softened

2 c sugar

3 large eggs

1 carton (15oz) ricotta cheese

2 tsp vanilla extract

4 c all purpose flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda


1/4 c butter

3-4 c confectioners

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3-4 tbsp 2% milk

Colored sprinkles

 Preheat oven to 350 F.  In a bowl cream together butter and sugar, until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in ricotta and vanilla. Combine flour, salt and baking soda. Gradually add to creamed mixture. 

Drop by tablespoons 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to cooling racks.

In a large bowl. cream together butter, confectioner's sugar, vanilla and enough milk to reach consistency.  Frost cooled cookies and immediately decorate with sprinkles. Store in the refrigerator.  Taste of Home

The Young Red Tail hawk that was found by a Township employee on Streit Road in August 2019 was released at Rush Creek in October after  being rehabilitated at the McHenry County Conservation District. Thank you MCCD for all your care towards the hawk. 


National Food Holidays....

January 19th National Popcorn Day

February 2nd National Tater Tot Day

February 3rd National Carrot Cake Day

February 15th National Gumdrop Day

Enjoy these days!