Chocolate Snickerdoodles

Have you noticed lately that all the cookies are being baked into snickerdoodles?

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I’ve seen everything from gingerbread to peanut butter cookies twisted into snickerdoodles.  It doesn’t end with cookies either.  With a quick search on Pinterest, you’ll find waffles, cupcakes, and truffles, to name a few. Chocolate Snickerdoodles [Read more…]

Green Bean Bundles

Raise your hand if you cook for picky eaters who don’t really care for green veggies.  I have a little secret for you.  Wrap the vegetables in bacon.  I’ve heard it said that an old shoe would taste pretty good wrapped in bacon.  That said, these green beans wrapped in bacon are pretty delicious.  When I purchased the book from Rather Sweet Bakery, I imagined I’d be using it to make scones, cakes, and cookies.  Little did I know that the recipe I’d reach for most often would be for green beans.

Not that you really need to follow the recipe to make them because it’s very flexible.  It says to let the green beans marinate overnight, but more than once I’ve ran out of ambition the night before serving.  I mixed everything together, rolled them up, and stuck them in the oven.  I don’t think anyone cared.  Yes, the ground mustard pairs well with the brown sugar, but if you don’t have it, don’t worry about it.  It’s the long roast in the oven (and the bacon) that makes these green beans taste so good.

First, the beans are blanched for a few minutes, then mixed with a little of this and that and wrapped up in bacon.

Even when they’re only partially roasted, they’ll look good enough to eat. [Read more…]

Cocoa Shortbread Cut-out Cookies

Can you believe that it’s time for Halloween already?  Soon the neighborhood will be full of trick-or-treating witches, superheroes, and princesses.  But then we’ll blink, and it will be covered in snow, Christmas lights, and the occasional inflatable Santa.
These cocoa shortbread cut-outs are so easy to whip up for any holiday, and they’re tasty, too.  In Martha Stewart’s Cookies, they’re cut as simple diamond shapes and drizzled with melted white chocolate.  But you can cut them into as many shapes as you have cutters.  The dough mixes up in a food processor, and is ready to be rolled out right away.  No chilling required – bonus.
While we’re on the subject of Halloween, did you watch Modern Family last week?  That show always cracks me up, but especially the Halloween episodes.  Only Claire could dress as Little Bo Peep and still frighten the kids away.  [Read more…]

This and That

Mmm…chocolate cupcakes

Dulce de leche frosting

Owl cookies, before.

And after.

This and That

Remember the caramel corn with vanilla drizzle that i made for the Fourth of July?

I finally pulled the remaining M&M’s out of the freezer.  They’ve been sitting there since we picked out all the red and blue candies.

My awesome helper and I made some yummy doughnut muffins.  Some needed chocolate chips, just to keep it interesting.

And then to make it even more interesting, it was decided that a muffin person must be made with a gigantic muffin head.

Cinnamon Chip Biscones with Cinnamon Glaze

What, you may be asking, are biscones?  Oh, they’re just possibly my favorite thing to stick in the oven on a Sunday morning, ever.  The word may look like a typo, but this baked treat is a tasty combination of a biscuit and a scone, and easier than either of them to prepare.  They come from Back in the Day Bakery, the same book that I found this savory Sunday morning turnover.

 

I’ve made these biscones several times now, and each time after I finished mixing the dough, I didn’t expect them to turn out well.  The process is so different than making scones or even the easiest biscuits.  There’s no rolling, patting, or cutting out scraps of dough.  Instead, everything is dumped into a bowl and combined with an electric mixer, scooped out with a cookie scoop, and baked into soft and tender pastries.  [Read more…]

Caramel Corn with Vanilla Drizzle

How do you make sweet, crunch caramel popcorn even better?  Drizzle it with melted vanilla candy melts and chocolate candy.

It also helps if you have an assistant who is willing to go purchase more candy when you don’t have quite enough and also pick the right colors out of the bag.

I found this recipe over at a farmgirl’s dabbles and knew it would make a tasty and pretty treat for the holiday.  She warns that the stuff is addictive, and I’m glad that I plan to share because she’s right.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!
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Red Velvet Cake Roll, second try

As I flipped through a recent issue of Food Network Magazine, I spotted a photo of a red velvet cake roll that looked delicious.  I’d made one similar to it before, but this was a little different.  It involved boiling down cherry-cola to a syrup and adding it to the batter.  And so the story goes, I was in.  It all started out well. I opened the one bottle of soda I bought when I went grocery shopping, poured it into a saucepan, and boiled it down to a super sweet concoction.  I mixed up the batter, put it in the oven, and it baked up beautifully.  From there, it was a kitchen failure.

As I started to roll the cake, it fell apart before I could even complete one roll.  I make pumpkin rolls, and they tend to crack a little just to keep me from getting too confident.  But these were not cracks.  I’m talking tearing completely apart from one side to the other with each roll.  This was not a cake roll, but several long strips of red velvet cake.  Hmph.  I started to dump the entire thing in the trash (as I’ve done with more baking projects than I care to think about), but I tasted it first.  It tasted fine, but I certainly couldn’t taste any of the cherry-cola flavor.  I decided to freeze the failed cake.  Who knows, maybe I’ll try making red velvet cake balls.

But I wasn’t ready to give up.  The day was still young, and I wanted to make a cake roll.  I took a deep breath, grabbed a diet Dr. Pepper from the fridge, and started over.  Since the flavor didn’t even come through, I didn’t waste another trip to the store for cherry cola.  I went to the recipe from Baking for All Occasions that I made a few years back for Christmas. [Read more…]

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