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Christmas ’07 – Cookies

Sugar and Spice Cookies (recipe coming)
So these are the greatest sugar cookies. I used to make plain sugar cookies, but since I started making these I always go back to the recipe. Sometimes people guess that they’re ginger snaps, but they’re really easy. I like using good quality spices – good quality cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg make a difference.
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I love how the “gingerbread” people turned out. The cookie cutters come like that, so it looks like they’ve had limbs or heads bitten off. Also I tried using a squeeze bottle to do the outline of icing on them, because I’ve always hated piping straight lines. So I think it worked really well. Also, my snowmen tasted really good because I used chocolate for their hats. It’s not really Christmas until I’ve made (& decorated) tons of sugar cookies.

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February 2, 2008 at 9:47 pm Leave a comment

Christmas ’07 – appetizers

Curry chicken appetizer
– recipe coming
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We always had these at Christmas when I was younger, then didn’t have them for a few years, but now they’ve made a return! My mom found out she can eat almonds (thought she was allergic) so we made lots (they’re actually still pretty good without almonds if you wanted to make them nut-free).
Spinach roll appetizers
– recipe coming
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These are REALLY easy, and yummy. Even people who don’t usually like spinach would probably love them, because once cooked, they get all warm and bubbly and crispy on the bottom and the most prominent taste is bacon and cheese.

January 31, 2008 at 2:11 am Leave a comment

Christmas ’07 – Harlequins & Choco-mice

Another Christmas cookie, and a Christmas candy, both pretty fun to make.
First it’s Two-Tone Harlequin cookies, chocolate and orange flavour.
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Two-tone Harlequins (chocolate & orange)
Recipe by Canadian Living
Chocolate dough:
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda, salt
Variation – Orange Dough
Omit chocolate, add 1 tsbp orange zest and
1/2 tsp vanilla with the egg.

Beat butter with sugar, then beat in the egg. Stir in chocolate (or orange zest & vanilla). In separate bowl whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda. Stir into butter mixture in two additions.
The directions are a bit complicated sounding, but it’s easy. You divide each batch of dough in half (this makes enough for two big batches of cookies, I saved my extra dough in the freezer) and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Then you roll the dough into logs (make sure they’re the same size) and chill for another 30 minutes. Then cut each log into quarters, and re-build two logs alternating the chocolate and orange. Chill again, and then slice the dough into about 1/8-1/4 inch slices.
Bake at 350 F for about 10 minutes.

When I first made them I was worried that they didn’t look perfect, but I think they turned out pretty well. These cookies are perfect for having with a cup of tea or hot chocolate. They’re thin and crisp with just a small hint of delicate orange flavour complimenting the chocolate.
Chocolate Mice
recipe from Canadian Living
(coming soon)
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January 30, 2008 at 6:06 pm Leave a comment

Christmas ’07 – Scotch Cakes

scotchcakesI went home over Christmas (I live in residence – luckily I do have access to a kitchen most of the time though) and baked a lot. There was a week where I baked or cooked almost every day, which is odd when you’ve gone a month or so without cooking (! tragic). I made a lot of tasty food that wasn’t sweet but I seem to always forget my camera at those times. Anyway here are some great Christmas cookies.
The recipe is from “Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens”, which is a great cookbook.
I’m not sure if you can actually get it, our copy is falling apart.
I’ll take a picture of a page when I go home next – I think it has a joke recipe or two. Ooh! You can see the cover of it in my picture. Also it looks like I left a pan of cookies half on and half off of the kitchen table. I’m glad I didn’t knock it off, I’m pretty clumsy. These are pre-oven.
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Scotch Cakes
(from Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens)
1 cup butter*
4 tbsp brown sugar
2 cups flour

Cream butter, blend with sugar. Gradually add the flour, then knead gently on a floured surface. Pat to 1/2 inch thickness and cut out shapes. Bake cookies at 325 F for about 20 minutes or until almost golden. (These instructions are all me except for the temperature. The cookbook is great for that, a lot of the recipes say “mix as usual and bake” or something similar)

Anyway these have three ingredients, but they’re amazing. It’s another name for shortbread, with the main difference being brown sugar and no cornstarch or other ingredients.
I put a tiny bit of buttercream icing on top. I got to practice piping and it tastes amazing because the cookies themselves aren’t that sweet, although you can definitely eat them plain.
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Oh yeah, here’s my “recipe” for buttercream. I actually don’t know the correct amount of milk, I always just add tiny bits until it’s the right consistency. I’ll try to measure it next time.
Buttercream icing
(from mom)
1/4 cup soft butter* (room temperature)
4 cups icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
some milk
Cream the butter and add in the icing sugar about a cup at a time. Add the vanilla and a little bit of milk (maybe a tablespoon?), and stir until the consistency is creamy but still thick.

* I use salted butter. I know this is a baking faux pas… I never bother looking for unsalted and I’ve never had a problem with it. I think these cookies might actually taste weird without the saltiness of the butter. If someone wants to try them and tell me it’s good with unsalted butter I might try it then. You could throw in some salt after, but if it’s all the same I’ll stick with my regular butter.

January 30, 2008 at 8:09 am Leave a comment


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