This is the most amazing recipe. I say that not because there is something special about the ingredients or the taste, no, I say it because it is so huge. In fact, I have halved the original recipe. Perhaps these were called Monster Cookies because it’s a monster, humongous batch. As it is, be prepared to have cookies cooling on every surface of your kitchen if you make these. Continue reading
It’s Improv Challenge time once again. This month, the theme is Lime and White Chocolate. With Christmas just a week away, I am betting a lot of the recipes are going to be sweet treats and I cannot wait to see them! Continue reading
Welcome to Day #5 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.
I have had this recipe written in my recipe journal since the early 1990s, waiting to be made. I am shocked that I waited so long to make it because this stuff is seriously amazing. I have been doling it out to my friends by the spoonful. It’s been like, “Oh, you have come by to visit me? Open your mouth, taste this.” No one has been disappointed. Continue reading
Welcome to Day #3 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.
I am back with more candy, because December seems to require it. Although this stuff is as wonderful as it gets, no one seems to make homemade candy any other time of year. If grocery stores put sugar, extracts and other baking supplies on sale in June, maybe the story would be different, but our waistlines can heave a sigh of relief. December is the only homemade sweet month. ..for now. Continue reading
Welcome to Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th. Continue reading
Every year I make up treats for neighbors and friends. What I make changes a little every year, but the fun is in the planning and delivery of the plates. My kids get involved, arguing over who gets to take which plate to which family. We take an evening early in the month of December and instead of sitting in front of the television, we give. It may be wishful thinking on my part, but I like to think that that evening of sharing sweets with friends sets the tone for the month.
This year, I did my ingredient shopping at Dollar General, which has lower prices than most of my local stores. They have a full line up of ingredients for all of my holiday baking needs. I find that their Clover Valley brand is just as good as most name brands. They had a great big section all set up specifially for making treats.
I was able to get plates, candies, sugars, chocolate chips, nuts, crackers, and many other ingredients for less than $25. I came home and fired up my stove and microwave. I made homemade caramels, peanut brittle, fudge, chocolate covered Ritz sandwiches and English toffee and then filled 16 plates.
English Toffee has been a family favorite since I was a little girl when my mom started making it. It is really simple to make. I am not very good at making dipped candies, but because this recipe is broken into randomly sized pieces on purpose, there isn't a lot of stress over whether it looks right or not.
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp corn syrup
12 oz chocolate chips
Melt butter in a medium sized saucepan. Add sugar, water adn corn syrup to the pan. Cook over low heat to 290 degrees F, about 20 minutes. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with foil. Pour hot mixture over foil. Sprinkle with chocoalte chips. Wait a few minutes and then spread the chocolate evenly over the toffee. When cool, break into bite sized pieces.
The Dollar General Holiday holiday section can serve all of your needs. Not only are there foods and supplies for favorite holiday recipes, but there are decorations, lights, present wrapping supplies, stocking stuffers, and great ideas for presents from toys to electronics.
There is still time to shop for the discerning foodie before the holidays are over! Right in the middle of Hanukkah and a few weeks to go before Christmas, this new cookbook, Cooking Inspired, is filled with recipes taken from the pages of kosherscoop.com, one of the biggest kosher websites on the internet. Continue reading
I got my first cookbook for Christmas the year I turned eight years old. It was a book made just for children learning to cook and made every dish look like fun. I am sure my grandmother, who gave me the book, had no idea the adventures that would come to my life because of that gift. Today’s review is for a new cookbook for children: Kids Cooking Made Easy by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek, authors of the “made easy” series of cookbooks. Continue reading
I have always wanted to learn to dip chocolates and make homemade candies. When we lived in the Seattle area, I had a friend who had mastered the art as a home cook. I looked forward each year to receiving a holiday plate filled with her creations. It takes skill and lots of patience to make candy and I am sadly, pitifully lacking in the patience department. Lucky for me, there are things like jars of marshmallow cream, peanut butter and quality dipping wafers like those from Ghirardelli. Continue reading
It is getting so that gluten intolerant people don’t have to give up nearly as much as they did a few decades ago. Every time I go to the grocery store or look at a magazine, it seems like I am seeing a new gluten free product. We are even getting our own convenience foods from the big food companies, right there in the refrigerator section next to all of the “normal” food. Continue reading
This was a good recipe. The baker failed to execute all of the instructions correctly. Therefore, these are not pinwheel cookies, but rather, chunk cookies. You can almost see a swirl, almost, if you look at them with one eye shut while standing with your left leg six inches off the ground and your head to a right angle. Continue reading
My oldest son, the Musician, loves to bake cookies. Snickerdoodles have become his specialty. When he was in high school, he’d bake up a batch to take to school as often as I’d let him into the kitchen. Everyone in school started to recognize my round, blue topped Tupperware container that he carried around filled with cookies. During his senior year, one of his teachers made the statement that her Oatmeal Raisin Cookies were better than any other oatmeal cookie out there. The gauntlet was thrown and my son had to accept the challenge. Continue reading
When I was just a tiny little girl, my father affectionately called me the Cookie Dough Kid. By the time I was four or five, he had given up on all nicknames, but in a way, that monicker has defined who I am to this day. I adore cookies. I actually enjoy making them more than eating them, if that’s possible. Continue reading
Welcome to #cookieweek, friends! Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen and Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic have joined together this week with 23 of their blog friends to present you with a week of cookie treats! We have every type of cookie you can imagine listed this week, including some for our furry friends. Now is the time to bookmark these recipes for the upcoming holidays and cookie swaps. Make sure you enter the giveaway at the bottom with some fabulous prizes from Kitchen Aid, King Arthur Flour, OXO, Silpat and Zulka Pure Cane Sugar to help with your cookie making needs. Continue reading