Friday, March 24, 2017

Cookies, Cookies, Cookies! Christmas cookie #3 Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprints

o    Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprints  
o  1 ½ cups all-purpose flour  
    ½ cup unsweetened cocoa    
  1 cup butter, softened  (cut down to 3/4 cup butter)
    ¾ cup sugar, plus ¼ cup, divided  (may need a bit more for dipping)
    1 egg  
    1 tsp. vanilla extract   

    1 cup canned purchased white frosting   
    ¼ tsp. peppermint extract   
    4–6 drops red food coloring
o    Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Mix flour and cocoa with whisk to get out any lumps.  Cream the butter and 3/4 sugar until fluffy, then add in egg and vanilla.  Beat in flour mixture just until mixed.  Place remaining sugar in a small bowl.  Roll dough into 1 inch balls and dip in sugar.  Place on parchment lined baking sheet and bake 5 minutes then make impressions with a small measuring spoon in center of each cookie and bake an additional 4-5 minutes or until cookies are lightly set.  Cool completely.  Combine frosting, extract, and coloring.  Pipe onto cookies using a plastic bag with the corner cut off.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cookies, Cookies, Cookies! Christmas cookie #2 Pizzelles

Pizzelles (recipe adjusted for high altitude)

6 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
2 TBSP vanilla
4 c. flour
3 1/2 tsp. baking powder

Beat eggs, adding in sugar.  Mix in cooled and melted butter along with vanilla.  Add in baking powder and flour and mix until smooth.  Mixture will be a bit thick and sticky.

Bake in Pizzelle iron.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Cookies, Cookies, Cookies! Christmas Cookie #1 Vanilla Crescents

Cookie #1 Vanilla Crescents  These were just a simple nut shortbread rolled twice in powdered sugar after they baked.  They were actually a little better over baked to give them more of a biscotti-like crunchy and dry texture that went well with hot cocoa.

My co-workers seemed to like the Christmas cookies that I made this year.  I don't have the recipes readily available for all of them but I'll try to include some of the recipes I do have. The recipe will follow the name of the cookie if I have a recipe to share.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Randomness #490 : Cookies, Cookies, Cookies! Star Wars Sugar Cookies

The librarians at one of the branches of our local library system made this Star Wars cookie cutter set for me with their 3D printer and then I made cookies to share with them!  Here's the cookie recipe that I used:

Sugar Cookies

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 c. shortening
1/4 c. butter
2 eggs, beaten
2 TBSP milk
1 tsp. vanilla
3 plus 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Cream sugar, shortening, and butter and then add in eggs, milk, and vanilla, mixing well.  Add in baking powder, salt, and 3 cups flour until all ingredients are combined.  Add more flour if dough is really sticky, it should be a slightly tacky consistency.    Shape into a ball and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or overnight or stick in the freezer for a half hour until dough is easy to hand.  Grease cookies sheets lightly or use parchment paper.  Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thickness.  Cut into shapes.  Reroll trimmings and cut until dough is used up,  Try not to work in too much flour.  Bake at 400 degrees F for about 8 minutes or until edges start to turn light brown.  Remove to a rack to cool.

Look for more cookie posts this week and the next!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Randomness #78: Pictures from Portland from fall 2016

 Mama Leo's Caribbean.  Absolutely fantastic!

Don't remember all of this other than it was an appetizer sampler with things like fried yucca and arrepitas (sp?) and the bollos pelones (corn meal balls).

 Voodoo Doughnuts
 Powell's city of Books

 Street mural

 PMOA (see link below)
 Portland Museum of Art

Where we got a great grilled cheese for lunch.