Monday, November 25, 2013

Merry Christmas Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

Peppermint Red Crinkle Cookies

I love most uses of powdered Sugar. Because it is Sugar.So in my quest to find more ways to fill the world with powdered sugar I like to roll cookies in it. These cookies are an adaptation of a traditional crinkle cookie. It started when I was at our grocery store and saw a product that I needed to buy for cookies:Andes Mints Peppermint baking chips. Now that I've tried them I want to go buy Williams-Sonoma Peppermint Bark and go cookie crazy. When I say cookie crazy I might mean eating half of it myself.

1 cup vegetable shortening at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup sugar
Mix together three minutes medium speed.

3 medium eggs
1 tsp vanilla
15 drops red food coloring (optional)
Add wet ingredients together than mix in one egg at a time. More food coloring can be added until you get the desired color.

 3 cups of flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
have dry ingredients together and mix together with a wire whisk. Split the mixture into three smaller bowls. Children need to add each part of the cookie recipe in parts and it's easier with a separate bowl.

1 bag Andes Mints Peppermint Candies
Mix on low speed.

1 cup powdered sugar 
Drop cookie dough in powdered sugar and roll around until coated.
Refrigerate one hour and bake at 350 degrees for 11 minutes.
Tell your daughter you can't make green cookies until next week.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sugar Cookie Sunday

Sugar Cookie Sunday

  Based on the cookie recipes I've seen online I should name this recipe the best sugar cookies ever that your mom made super soft.  But the other day I made some sugar cookies. When I say the other day I could mean a few months ago or yesterday. In this case both are true. I made sugar cookies yesterday for Cookie Sunday but I didn't have time to finish the recipe posting.
One of the best things about yesterday was that I met up with some of the lovely ladies from Feminist Mormon Housewives. They came to be my visiting teachers. And I wanted them to stay all night and tell me everything about their lives and I wanted to have better food to invite them over for dinner and I wanted to go hiking with them. So overall it was really positive except I SLIGHTLY BURNED THE COOKIES. I have been making cookies for over a year every Sunday and THIS is the first burned cookie Sunday? That did NOT make me smile.
I burned the second batch that was chocolate cookies with kit kats and white chocolate chips. 
First I made sugar cookies because they are always popular. I had some circle sprinkles so I thought I should make cookies with them. That is really the BEST use of sprinkles ever. Sprinkles and sugar cookies are also fantastic because it is much less work than making cute shapes and rolling them out and frosting them with more beautiful shapes. That is also wonderful but sometimes I just want sugar and sprinkles.

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Sugar Cookies
Notes on ingredients:

To make these cookies vegan:
1 cup crisco or vegan Vegetable shortening. Crisco has some fantastic baking sticks that have one cup and I recommend them. I don't like washing crisco out of my cup measure. For this Recipe I don't like to use the butter flavored Crisco. My favorite brand is spectrum organics which is also vegan. These cookies are very easily vegan.
Use organically sourced non GMO sugar 
Use your favorite egg substitute. I use Ener-G egg replacer. I've had a lot of success if I mix it up in a mixer before I start making the cookies and let it sit, then mix it again.

Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup vegetable shortening

mix for thirty seconds, then whip for at least two minutes.

2 jumbo eggs
1 tsp vanilla

mix in one egg at a time

1 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3.5 cups white flour or cake flour

mix in three parts

1-2 packages sprinkles of your choice

spoon dough into a bowl of sprinkles and completely coat with sprinkles. refrigerate for at least an hour.
Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees

eat a lot. like a billion million.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

Happy Cookie Sunday!

Today I just made one of my favorite type of cookies. The first thing I realized was that I was pretty much out of brown sugar. Which is a life threatening disaster when you are trying to make cookies every week. Last week I ran out of butter though and luckily a friend brought me some. I have tons of butter this week.

SO... I improvised a little. Also almost out of peanut butter. and milk. and all types of food because I haven't gone grocery shopping this week yet.  Please tell me I'm not the only one who keeps putting it off.

I LOVE peanut butter M&M cookies. I like making them little and eating a ton of them. I ate three of them today. I use a little ice cream scoop to measure out my cookies. I can fit 15 cookies onto one cookie sheet. Also I should mention that I have favorite cookie sheet brands and I feel pretty strongly about it. The Williams Sonoma Goldtouch nonstick pan is one of my favorites. I also like the Calphalon kitchen essentials series but I think I got it at bed bath and beyond and I have no idea what specific cookie sheet it is. If you just get really cheap crappy cookie sheets then your cookies might not cook as well. I use aluminum foil to line my cookie sheets. So I don't have to wash them. I've tried parchment paper and one of the silpat liners but I haven't tested those as much.

Peanut Butter M&M cookies
1 stick of margarine
1 stick of unsalted Tilamook butter
1 cup of white sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
cream sugar and butter for at least 2 minutes

1 cup peanut butter
1 tbsp vegetable oil

2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla 

3 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
blend dry ingredients. I used a whisk
mix with other ingredients in at least 3 parts

1 bag mini M&Ms 
1 bag milk chocolate chips.
chill at least one hour
scoop onto pre lined cookie sheets
bake for 10 minutes at 350degrees

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Lemon Drop Cookies

Lemon Drop Cookies

Today I typed out roughly a million recipes for cookies. give or take. I've been making cookies now every Sunday for almost 11 months.
So I have some recipes saved up to post later. Sometimes I make cookies and try something new and it fails miserably. I don't even eat the cookies on those days. It was an interesting day today. I went to church and it was the wrong building and I couldn't find the right one. That wasn't embarrassing at all.

I also made lemon cookies with lemon pudding.

Recipe for Lemon Cookies:
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup margarine (or crisco or other vegetable shortening)
cream 2 minutes

2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
zest of 1 medium orange
 mix in one egg at a time

1 small lemon pudding packet (I used instant)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 3/4 cups flour
mix dry ingredients together and add in at least 3 parts

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar in flat bottomed bowl

preheat oven to 350
scoop out and drop in powdered sugar.
roll in powdered sugar
freeze for 10 minutes or refrigerate for several hours.
bake around 14 minutes
remove from sheet.

optional: dip in powdered sugar again when hot and also after they have cooled.

I should explain something about how I cook.
The first step to cooking to to clear all your kitchen counters and clean them off. with a food safe kitchen cleaner.
Then gather the ingredients for your recipe and the measuring scoops you will use. I measure out all the ingredients before I start. Then I add them to bowls in the order they will be added to my dough. the sugar and butter go in the main bowl right away since they are first. The eggs and vanilla (and in this case orange zest) get mixed together in one bowl. There is a separate bowl for dry ingredients mixed together. If it applies, there is another bowl for chocolate chips.
As I measure out ingredients I put them away. I always know if I have salt in my dry ingredients because the salt will be back in the pantry. I hate having clutter. I also like to clean the dishes as I go. Today I made bread and by the time it was in the oven all the bowls and the mixing bowl were clean.

There is nothing worse than a dirty cook, and kitchens with children get dirty enough anyway. Today while I was cooking my little one threw candy bars behind the oven and also dumped three or four cups of water on the floor. That floor gets wiped down a lot but still manages to look like a tornado hit.

I found a cute little poster that sort of reminds me of how these cookies make me feel. It's on etsy HERE. Next time I'm going to add lemon juice. The cookies have a kind of lemon bar feel.

Happy Cookie Sunday!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Taking Halloween Pictures

Today Little Mr. was walking around in my gray UGG boots and growling. He was crushing all the toys he encountered like a little tyrant. He loves wearing huge shoes. I didn't quite remember if my other kids used to do that.
I wanted to take a picture but I didn't have my phone and I was about to try to go get it.  There wasn't time though. So I decided to just sit and watch and not worry about my phone. Or rushing to see the next thing my friends were doing online. I have seen so many people who got family Halloween pictures and have an adorable matching themed outfit. I probably should have made costumes since I sew. I wanted an adorable professional photo in the fall leaves surrounded by buckets and wearing hand sewn candy bar costumes. I didn't really have time to stage that, or make that. We did it last year but I missed the last weekend when the weather was good.
Then I wanted to write it down so I could remember the picture I didn't have of him in my shoes.
Yesterday was Halloween, a day I LOVE. except I was super overwhelmed at the prospect of three children alone at Halloween. I had no costume so I called my friend and asked her if she had something I could borrow. When I arrived at her house she pulled out her storage bin full of costumes. It was AMAZING. I don't even own one wig and she owns more than three. For example I borrowed a Marge Simpson wig. She asked me weeks ago if I wanted to go trick or treating together before I even  realized I was dreading it. Then she brought them to my work to do the trick or treat. I don't know if you are aware but everyone at my work had a bucket of candy and the kids got to come around and fill up their buckets. Also, we had donuts and trail mix and water. My little spiderman and peacock and dragon had quite the haul.
On the way home I realized I was in trouble. I wanted to go to bed, not pass out candy to a million kids. So rather than cancelling trick or treating like I wanted to do when they were screaming in the car I decided to walk around our small neighborhood.

Whenever we walk together or go hiking it usually looks something like this. The Peacock runs ahead and Spiderman falls behind and Dragon can't decide where to go but sort of doesn't want to be carried. The only difference tonight was that Mark was ahead of me. That my friends, is the power of candy. Little Mr. decided he wanted to attack a few people in the legs since he was a dinosaur. He let out a great rawr as he grabbed a monk by the legs and wouldn't let go. Then Mr. Dinosaur had to go walking on his hands and feet while growling about the universe. He took a pause to roll on the ground and pretend he was asleep. He walked into people's houses and tried to visit their pets. He stomped in puddles.

Spiderman never once asked me to carry him. Well, actually he did once but he didn't throw himself on the floor when I said no. My kids got great candy. They got almost as much as they got at the company party. They saw their friends. Little Mr. almost understands that we aren't visiting each person's house to stay and eat candy.
I couldn't take pictures. Dragons are hard to control when they have eaten candy for two hours straight.I have a few pictures from yesterday and most of them are pretty blurry. Just a little dinosaur who is the craziest happy one when he is full of sugar and a peacock running far ahead. So this year I won't have pictures. I will remember though.

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