Sunday, December 21, 2008
These snowman/woman cookies are so cute, but are so incredibly time consuming. This was the second time making them, which was a little surprising to me considering that after I made them the other day I swore it would be the first and only time I would ever make them. But they are just so cute!
To make them, I used double stuffed Oreos, white chocolate, royal icing, large sugar crystals, and luster dust for the cheeks. I'm hoping the next time I have to make these (which will be in a few days!) they will start to go a little faster!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
This is kind of a generic recipe for Peanut Blossoms, but I can't ever do anything plain and generic, so I had to change them up a little.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
These cookies did not last long in our house! I'm trying to think back now and remember which recipe I used for these...I'm almost thinking maybe I used the recipe for Almond-Marmalade Thumbprints, replacing the almond extract with vanilla and rolling them into logs instead of balls. I really liked these a lot, too, but I think I might use a recipe for shortbread fingers next time. I had problems getting these to roll into a rope so I could slice them evenly, so I hope to find a more fitting recipe.
I think these cookies are pretty close to the top (if not THE top) of my favorite cookie list. I don't know what it is about them...they just have this subtle, not overpowering, buttery, yummy...they are just GOOD! The almond just adds THE right touch. I love them!
I think I'm the only one that has been eating these cookies! I'm not really sure why, considering that Em was eating the kisses.
These cookies were really easy to throw together; I will probably mess with them and think of some other cookies to make out of them.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I have been noticing more and more that I am unable to go a day without baking something. Usually I don't have anywhere for it to actually go...so why am I baking? I think I might be starting an obsession with taking food pics. Yes, I am a dork...but I already knew that.
Last night I had some blueberries that I wanted to use up, so I made some blueberry bread. The recipe I was using had good reviews, so I was expecting positive results. It ended up looking nice, but tasted a little bland for me. The recipe didn't actually call for vanilla extract, and I was out of it anyway, so I added almond and some cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. It smelled like eggnog while I was mixing it, so I think that is what I was expecting. It wasn't horrible, but not a recipe I'd use again.
These blondies, however turned out great. I figured since I was home today, I might as well get started for the next round of Operation Baking Gals. Here is the recipe...
3/4 c. butter, softened 1 c. sugar
1 c. packed brown sugar 2 1/2 c. flour
3 eggs 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 pkg. baking M&M's
Cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, then mix in eggs and vanilla. Add flour, salt, and baking powder and blend. Stir in a little more than 1/2 of the M&M's.
Spread batter evenly into a greased 13" x 9" baking dish. Sprinkle remaining M&M's on top. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 25-30 minutes.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Beat butter, sugars, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs and milk. Add flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt to the mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.
Refrigerate for at least a few hours, or until the dough is hard enough to shape into balls. Place balls on ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
As soon as the cookies come out of the oven (before you take them off of the baking sheet) place three mini Hershey's Kisses on each cookie. Remove cookies from baking sheet and let them cool.
Monday, October 13, 2008
This soup rocked! I say that I'm not much of a cook (although sometimes that might just be to get Ad to cook) but I guess I don't mind too much. This soup I made on a chilly pre-fall day; I remember it being one of those days where you know you need to be "good" but all you really want to do is eat. So I threw this soup together...pretty easy; a ton of veggies, a (measured!) serving of pasta, chicken broth, and a little rue to thicken it up. I had some homemade pita chips that I brought home from work, so I threw those on, too. This probably made 3-4 bowls and really hit the spot.
I really hate those days where you change a recipe and it doesn't turn out how you planned. That was these Apple Cream Bars. These originally were a recipe for caramel bars, using packaged caramels. I'm not one for using packages items, so I decided to use sweetened condensed milk and slowly heat it on the stove top, to make a caramel. Yeah, that didn't work. Maybe if I had used a double boiler? I didn't want to do the "boil-the-can" method, basically....which, on a side note, WOULD of worked. So I went with the sort-of-caramel-but-not-really anyway, and added chopped apple. The bars came out ok, but I definitely got a cream flavor and not the caramel flavor I was looking for. Oh well, they still looked pretty.
OPERATION BAKING GALS
In August I came across this great group, and immediately signed up. I had been wanting to do SOMETHING for our troops, but just didn't know what or how. This group was just what I had been looking for. Every month, there are several teams, and each team has a different solider to send their items to. You can find the Operation Baking Gals site here.
Some baked goods that I sent this last month:
I also sent puppy chow (which I LOVE!) and some packaged Halloween candy. I'm already looking through my cookbooks to figure out what I will send the next round. Very exciting! =)