Posts Tagged ‘vanilla’

Poinsettia Cookies

In cookies, Dessert on December 11, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Well, I was able to redeem my cookie making skills with this DELICIOUS recipe. I feel a lot better about myself, and my oven now. My friend Annie introduced me to this recipe last Christmas, but she did all the work, so I felt the need to try it out myself this season. The recipe was one that she had cut out of a newspaper, and while normally that isn’t how I find my recipes this one was just too delicious to pass up. I started by tracking down all the ingredients:

Ingredients

First, I melted the butter in the microwave. I then combined it with the confectioner’ sugar in a large mixing bowl.

Sugar and Butter

Once the sugar and butter were mixed thoroughly with a hand mixer, I added the egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract.

With the Egg and Extracts

Once these were all combined using the hand mixer, I added the salt.

Salt

Last, I added the flour, half a cup at a time so it would be easier to mix using the hand mixer.

Flour

Once, this was all combined, I had the dough I need to put in the refrigerator until it became firm. I split the dough in half and wrapped each half in plastic. The dough then chilled for about an hour.

Ready for the Refrigerator

Once the dough was chilled I removed it one half at a time. I rolled the dough out on a floured surface until it was about an 1/8th of an inch thick. I then used a circular cookie cutter to begin shaping each cookie. The cookies are delicate so I relocated them to a cookies sheet before I did any further shaping.

Dough Circles

I then made four cuts almost to the center of the circle, so that they were divided into quarters. I then folded alternating corners of the triangles these cuts made into the center. Once these cuts were made the cookies were ready to go into the oven.

Ready for the Oven

I then put the cookies in a THOROUGHLY preheated oven at a temperature of 350°F, and baked for 8 minutes.

Right Out of the Oven

This recipe yielded 2 and a half dozen DELICIOUS cookies. I am so excited about these, and the fact that it appears my oven and I are back in sync. This a definite MUST recipe for the holiday season. The cookies can also be decorate with red sprinkles or other decorations to make them a little more Poinsettia-esk, but I LOVED them as is. Let me know if they work out as well for you, because they are a definite…

MMMMM, Cookies

Bon Appetit!

Cookie Icing 101

In Dessert on October 27, 2010 at 8:00 am

As I mentioned in my previous post, the cookies were still too warm to decorate last night, and I’m a graduate student that had the opportunity to get some sleep. One guess what I chose to do with myself? Not to mention other than sleep, my other alterior motive was the fact that I find baking/cooking/cookie decorating incredibly relaxing. Needless to say, there’s nothing better after a long day at work or school in my book.

So I started with some very sad looking, undecorated cookies…

😦 Cookies

Clearly, these cookies were in no condition to make an appearance at a Halloween office party. Have no fear! Erin is HERE!!I used/made 2 different kinds of icing, cream cheese and vanilla. Let’s start with the cream cheese icing. I pulled this recipe, from…guess where? The Food Network! I used the icing recipe from their Pumpkin Bars (which I intend on conquering soon, since I finally found some pumpkin in this pumpkin shortage). I didn’t follow their recipe directions exactly. I essentially took all the ingredients, cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and put them all in a mixing bowl.

Cream Cheese Icing Before Mixing

Then I used my hand mixer to beat the ingredients smooth. I also added some orange food coloring. And BAM!(always wanted to say that)

Orange Cream Cheese Icing

Next up, vanilla icing. I used another recipe from Everyday with Rachel Ray. I made what the site called Vanilla Frosting, and it lived up to it’s name, it was definitely frosting and not icing. Not easy to spread on cookies at all! But on a cake this would be PERFECT!! Once again I took the don’t follow the recipe directions exactly and just dump EVERYTHING in a large mixing bowl. Note to self, when a recipe calls for 5 cups of confectioners’ sugar, add them one at a time. This ended up being a rather long and messy mixing process, and my camera fell pray to the mess! OOPS!

The bigger OOPS was the fact that I didn’t realize my camera had fallen prey to my mixing mess until after I had taken pictures of the entire decorating process. Sorry, fellow foodies, you only get to see the end result on this one!

So add icing of different flavors and colors, some chocolate chips, sprinkles and candy corn….

Decorated Cookies

This was such a fun, easy, and delicious experiment, that for once I’m without tweaks! Shocking no?

I guess that leaves me with nothing to do other than tell you to give these recipes a try and make some yummy cookies of your own! I know I’ll be enjoying these A LOT!! Stayed tuned for some more fun, fall recipes!

And in the meantime…

Bon Appetit!