dessert

Christmas Cookies 2011

Hey peeps.

This week has been totally nuts. And will continue to be nuts because it’s almost Christmas! Anyway, I wanted to share with you all the sugar cookies we made for Christmas this year. They’re pretty cute! But because I’m short on time, these pictures are unedited, and have very little descriptors… I hope you all are ok with that. 🙂

I used the same sugar cookie recipe I usually do, only I added 1 tsp. cardamom, 1 tsp. cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg. I also used 1 tsp. almond extract and no vanilla. I flavored the royal icing with 1 tsp. almond as well. We had some icing consistency issues, so they’re not quite as detailed as they usually are. But I think they’re still ok. 🙂

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Monster Cookies!

Well, friends, I have my computer back! I actually got it back on Friday (the next day!) but have been working on restoring all the things I lost. I had some trouble with getting my free photo editing software to work again, but it’s working now (as well as it ever did.)

Last week I told you I was making monster cookies. Well, I did. And they were adorable. I’m giving a little bit of a tutorial for those of you who’ve asked, but I apologize in advance that I had to take the pictures at night, so they’re not the best.

Anywho.

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Individual Ginger Peach Crisps with Brandy Cream

Peaches! Peaches, Peaches, Peaches!

I love peaches.

And since peaches are in season, I’ve been canning a bunch. I made an AMAZING peach-rosemary jam and canned some honey spice peaches as well.

I bought a 16 lb. box of peaches for doing things with, and after canning several recipes’ worth, I had a few left. I wasn’t up to any more canning, so while I was driving home from Little Man’s doctor’s appointment (double ear infection) I was scheming about what to do with them.

Initially, I thought about making a ginger-peach tarte that I’ve made before, but I decided it was too much work and it’s not the easiest thing to keep in the fridge for a few days as my husband and I eat it. I had all the ingredients for the tarte, so I decided to rethink them. (more…)

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is my very own recipe for chocolate chip cookies.  It is formulated for maximum chewiness, which is highly desirable in a cookie, in my book. You’ll notice some… well… unusual ingredients for a cookie, but I promise it works.

I have had many a chocolate chip cookie that is incredibly tasty the day it was baked, but through a lot of trial and error, fiddling and… whatever else a person might do to get things just right…  I finally developed a recipe for a cookie that maintains its soft, chewy texture for 3-4 days when stored in an airtight container.

Let’s begin, shall we?

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