Molasses Cookies

19 12 2015

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Ingredients:

3/4c butter

1c brown sugar

1 egg

1/4c molasses

2c flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp ground ginger

White granulated sugar for coating

 

1. Beat sugar and butter together until creamed

2. Add egg and molasses, beat

3. Add dry ingredients and mix well

4. Roll out logs of dough about 1″ in diameter and wrap in plastic wrap

5. Refrigerate overnight

6. Preheat oven to 350F

7. Cut dough into 1/4″ slices and coat with sugar

8. Bake 10-12 min

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White Chocolate Covered Pretzels

19 12 2015

2015-12-13 09.37.42Ingredients:

1 pkg almond bark style white chocolate

3oz Bakers white chocolate

1/2 lb small pretzels

If desired: seedless sunflower seeds

1. In a double boiler, on low, melt the almond bark and white chocolate together.

2. In small batches, coat the pretzels – lift out with a fork and tap excess coating back into the double boiler

3. Place on wax paper to cool

4. After all pretzels have been coated, pour seedless sunflower seeds into remaining coating and drop by spoonful onto wax paper to cool





Lukken Waffles (Belgian Cookies)

12 12 2015

Last year, I made pizzelles – but, they were more like bread and less like cookies.  This year I found a lukken recipe – they turned out more like my grandma’s “Belgian cookies”. However, this is definitely a “cookie level: expert” job.  Making these takes a steady hand, patience, and an openness to a lack of perfection.  These cookies come off the press floppy and tear very easily.  However, they quickly dry stiff and are full of buttery sugary goodness.

The original recipe called for whiskey, but I substituted vanilla.  Also, the cookies shown in the picture contain a mistake – I was in a rush when making the dough and forgot to double the flour (I only used 3.67 cups).  So, they ended up extremely fragile (but still very crisp and yummy).  Next year, I’ll fix the flour issue and see how that alters the outcome.  I may end up using only 5 cups of flour to up the crispness.  Definitely a recipe to experiment with!

I used the PizzellePro brand of iron from QVC.

Ingredients:

2c butter

6 eggs

2tbsp vanilla

2 1/3c brown sugar

2 1/4c white sugar

6c flour

1/2 tsp salt

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  1. Beat sugar and butter together until creamed
  2. Add eggs and vanilla, beat
  3. Add dry ingredients and mix well
  4. Roll out logs of dough about 1″ in diameter and wrap in plastic wrap
  5. Refrigerate overnight
  6. Warm the iron
  7. Slice small section of dough and cook in iron (the exact amount will require experimentation for the particular iron you have)
  8. Remove cooked waffles with a small spatula and cool – they will firm up as they cool




Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

12 12 2015

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Ingredients:

1 1/4c brown sugar (firmly packed)

1c butter

1tsp vanilla

2 large eggs

2c flour

6tbsp unsweetened dark cocoa powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

2/3c dark chocolate chips

For dipping:

Bowl of granulated sugar

Bowl of powdered sugar

1. Beat together brown sugar, butter, and vanilla until creamed

2. Beat in eggs

3. Add dry ingredients and then chocolate chips and mix well

4. Roll dough into logs, 1 1/2 inches in diameter, wrap each log in plastic wrap

5. Refrigerate dough logs overnight

6. Preheat oven to 350F

7. Slice dough into 1/4 inch slices

8. Coat each slice completely in granulated sugar and then powdered sugar (do not skip the granulated sugar step or the cookies will not “crackle”)

9. Bake 10-12 minutes

Recipe adapted from a Crisco brand recipe





What’s for dinner?

13 12 2012

One of the biggest joys of working from home has turned out to be the fun I’m having making home-cooked meals!  Since I normally work right up until dinner time, I prefer to do my “cooking” in the morning.  And, since I actually don’t have much patience for watching pots bubble, I’m all about the Crock Pot!  I’ll post my favorites here as they develop, but I normally do things that are really basic – like, two ingredients basic!!  Our standards on any given week are: (1) thick cut pork chops in the crock pot with Lawry’s Tuscan Sun Dried Tomato marinade, spooned over rice; (2) thick cut steak filets in the crock pot with Lawry’s Steak and Chop marinade, with baked potatoes; (3) thick cut pork chops in the crock pot with Lawry’s Mesquite marinade, shredded and topped with KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce on sandwiches; (4) chicken breast in the crock pot with 1 pkg taco mix and a jar of Pace picante sauce, cooked and shredded for chicken tacos; and (5) Papa Murphy’s pizza – I don’t like delivery pizza because I like to actually see the ingredients go on.  We normally don’t eat out (allergies and MSG sensitivity) and I enjoy the challenge of replicating favorite meals at home 🙂








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