Saturday, December 18, 2010

Snowflake Spritz Cookies and a Bo Bunny Layout Using the Midnight Frost Line

Bo Bunny Midnight Frost

Amanda this January Snow 2010

Used the We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy tool note the stitching

The tag is the packaging and the straight pin I made with wire

Snowflake Spritz cookies

They come out so pretty

Ingredients for the Spritz cookies

Cream sugar and butter

Add flour gradually

You can make a log to place in the spritz cookie machine
I never do I just scoop into the cylinder

Note the snowflake comes out perfect

The first ones are never perfect but after a few they are!

They just come out so perfect and so EASY!!!!

Wilton Cookie Press

        Hi there wanted to bring you Recipe #18 with the lo, the snowflake spritz cookies.  If you have never used a cookie press well then you should, because they are awesome!! I had one back right after I got married and it never really worked well, so all these years I have been a little skeptical about buying a new one...for the same fear. Well one day when at Michael's and a coupon I thought yeah let me buy a new one and try it out. Well most defiantly worth the purchase. It really does work GREAT!! Wilton Cookie Press click HERE . I used the recipe in the booklet that came with it....oh cool is that!! I put the YouTube Video up so you can see it for yourself. AWESOME!!! I have made them several times since my purchase, they usually disappear quick. They are right tasty.
Spritz Cookie Recipe
1 1/2 cups of butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 Tablespoons milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
3 1/2 cups of flour (all-purpose)
1 tsp. baking powder
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  First cream the butter and sugar together in the mixer, add the egg, milk, vanilla, and almond extract. Stir together the flour and baking powder gradually adding to the creamed mixture. Mix well now roll into a log if you wish, i just pack it into the cylinder of the cookie press and start pressing on your ungreased cookie sheet, (I use the stones) Do NOT chill the dough.  If using sprinkles do so before cooking on these. I added frosting so the sprinkles stuck to that instead of the cookie. If you choose to dye the dough just add a few drops of food coloring or even icing colors Wilton has them.  These are yummy!! Here are some more Wilton recipes click HERE.

The layout is a pic of my dd Amanda this past January in a snow we had.  I thought it was so perfect with those pp's. I bought these last week and there were only these two sheets left and a few of the embellies. I was eager to make this lo, remember I have not scrapped much this year.....this is only the second lo since March. So many other projects going on.  The pp are Bo Bunny, the stitching is We R Memory Keeper's the sewing tool, it works great!! I used the Fiskars wavy paper roller. The straight pin was just a little something I made with wire...the crystal was such a nice touch. Hope you like it!! Have a wonderful day!!! Until tomorrow.  Cyber Hugs, Dawn Gallop

Recipe #17 Pizzelles and the Boys Make Fried Oreo's


Close Up view they look like snowflakes

Ingredients for Pizzelles

Mix together all ingredients except flour and powder sugar

Mix well

Gradually add flour

Grease Pizzelle Irons and add one tablespoon to iron in center

Once done dust with powder sugar
                                         Bonus Fried Oreos
Ingredients for Fried Oreo's

Dusty mixing the Oreo dipping mix

Daddy helping Dusty Mix

Colby and Dusty continue to Mix

Silly Faces Oreo's Done
Yummy!! Who would have thought????
         Hello all I hope this Recipe brings you close to having all you holiday prep almost done or at least almost done.  I had to go get a mammogram done yesterday and was so exhausted after the appointment I was too tired to get on the computer last night. The appointment was so stressful they had no orders, no appointment for me or anything, the health dept.was closed so they could not even call. Finally someone came from the mammography dept. and knew the health dept. had called because they had not gave me any papers, and my hubby called for me. I have been trying to get this appt. since July!!! Since we fall into the category of no insurance we always get the run around! No joke! We had insurance once for four years and we had a baby (which we had maternity coverage) and the following year our premium went from $650.00 a month to $1,300.00 a month and yeah that was out of the question, and it hardly paid for anything.  Insurance companies are out to make money not spend!! Okay now I vented!! Onto happy things..... We had visited some friends of Bruce after the appt. and stayed longer than expected, his wife Bonnie was such a sweety and a super hostess. She had coffee and cookies waiting and the just a sweet heart, their doggie was such a smarty....had a great time!! We had to rush back, since we were in town I had wanted to stop at Wally World...but that was out of the question. (you know to get more cooky stuff)
           In my last post I had told you about hubby getting on board this cooking thing...which was so cute, he decided he would make those famous FRIED OREO'S    I did a quick search and printed the recipe from All and off they were to making them...I was right proud of daddy and they did so well. I have seen these are fairs, and carnivals...but have never tried them. It just sounded too gross but boy was I wrong...they are the devil! OMgosh!! They are Yummy with a capital Y! Never ever expected that!! Now I have a new carny food to purchase...LOL!!!  I feel like the double stuff would work better but when you live in the middle of you tend to use what is on hand. Let me know if you try them. 
6 eggs, beaten
3 tsp. of baking powder
1 cup of butter melted
1 3/4 cups of sugar
2 Tablespoons of Vanilla flavoring (you can use lemon, anise, almond)
3 1/2 - 4 cups of flour (all purpose)
1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil
1/4 cup of milk
Powder Sugar for dusting
Mix together all ingredients except the flour and powder sugar.
Using the mixer on medium speed then gradually add the flour sugar and mix well until the mixture is dough like and can be dropped unto greased Pizzelle iron a tablespoon at a time. Usually bake on the iron for 30-40 seconds. They will burn so watch closely. You can use a waffle iron too...they will be thicker. Fun to make!!
This recipe is mine that I had over the years, I used to make them on the waffle iron, then we found a Pizzelle iron at Bed Bath and Beyond using that 20% coupon (sign up for their emails), it was so exciting to finally find one that was not a huge price. They one day coming back from the chiropractor we stopped at this tiny thrift store in the country outside a gas station and still in the box with a $15 tag a Pizzelle iron...I was like yeah!! So when I got to the cashier she said how about $8.00 (I didn't even haggle her) well YES!!!! So now I have two!! The kids love them and they are very light too. Easy for little hands.  Have a wonderful weekend!! Cyber Hugs!! Dawn Gallop

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Recipe #16 Cream Cheese Mints and a Bonus Idea with Dunkin' Doughnut Holes

Cream Cheese Mints

Small box for gift giving using Stampin' Up Ribbon

Ingredients to make the Cream Cheese Mints

Mix cream cheese and powdered sugar and add a few drops of food coloring (optional)

Mix until you have a dough-like mixture

Roll in sugar

If using a flexible mint mold, mold one at a time

Using the mint mold

rolled and then using a child's fork  across top

A large cookie the boys and I made (sorry for the color in the pic)
Using  a Wilton Pan
I was gonna get a much better pic...but it didn't have a chance
                                                     BONUS IDEA
Using the Dunkin' Doughnut holes and chocolate (leaves are plastic)

Dip in melted Chocolate

Red Chocolate

Finished apples and oranges

The snow came as they said it would and my car is all snowed on

The boys put out bird seed and they came
              Hello and welcome to day #16......only 8 more days until Christmas! Well the snow came just as predicted, this makes three snow falls this year............UNBELIEVABLE!! Now I wish I had more winter clothes, we usually just have such mild winters that we don't own a whole lot of wintery warm clothing. It has been oh so beautiful and the boys have been loving it, every time it snows he says "Is it Christmas today?" LOL!! We had put out the bird seed the other day and they had found it, we did have up a whole pole of feeders, but hubby had to move it because of the pizza oven and we can't see it now from the window.  I love watching birds.
              The cream cheese mints are so good they are hard to stop eating. I packaged them up in the little boxes that I purchased from Michael's in the cake section (you could make them on the Cricut). There are also many SVG files to use with SCAL. Wrap with a ribbon and done a perfect little yummy gift! You have probably had these mints at weddings or during the holidays. Awesome and can be so beautiful using the molds. The molds I have are from Wine and Cake Hobbies the molds are called flexible mint molds they come in many styles and are fun but can be time consuming so pull up a chair and have a seat it will be awhile. Today I was fortunate to have help from my dd Alexis and her friend Megan. Thanks you two!

Cream Cheese Mints
3 oz. package of cream cheese
2 1/4 cups of powdered sugar
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. of mint oil (any flavoring)
food coloring (optional) just a few drops
Beat the cream until soft, add the food coloring and flavoring. Mix until the mixture is like a dough-like texture. Roll the cream cheese mixture into large pea size balls and place into the mold if using, or onto the parchment paper lined plate/pan/tray.  Refrigerate until firm, serve or give as a gift.

Apples and Oranges
A box of Dunkin' Doughnuts holes
chocolates (melted)
leaves (mine I have had from Wine and Cake)
you could use fondant ones cut from your Cricut Cake, or just cut out with a leaf cookie cutter. Even paper ones....let your imagination sore. These are cute for any holiday like little pumpkins, pink ones for bunnies at Easter using tiny paper ears and name it!! The kiddos will love just to decorate these and present to daddy or whomever. EASY!!! Melt your chocolate in the microwave starting on one minute, then 30 seconds, then 15 seconds stirring between each cook cycle. You can even add oils to chocolate for added flavoring.

    These recipes were from a class many years ago at the Wine and Cake they even sell the plastic leaves, they are washable and reusable I had mine before the Cricut existed.  So use your imagination to make your leaves. Before I go I wanted to let you know my husband made dinner tonight (which is like RARE) and now he is making a fried OREO.....and has been taking pics so I will share them tomorrow...LOL!!! I can't wait to taste these yummy creations.......Cyber Hugs, Dawn Gallop

Recipe#15 Amazing Fudge Brownies

Amazing Fudge Brownies


Ingredients for the Amazing Fudge Brownies

Melt butter/margarine

Mix sugar, butter, four, cocoa, baking powder, eggs, milk, and vanilla ,

mix well on medium speed

add nuts (optional) I used pecans

spread on a greased 13x9 glass oven safe dish

Bake in oven for 40 minutes at 350 Degrees

Use Eagle Brand condensed milk for fudge topping (while the brownies are baking)

on medium heat melt on stove top the morsels, vanilla, salt, and the Eagle Brand condensed milk

once melted place a top on and just wait for brownies to cook, turn heat off on stove top

Once the brownies come from oven immediately spread the fudge topping on

Cooper and Abigail

Cooper, Abigail, and Dusty making sugar cookies
             Well hello there and welcome to recipe #15 yeah you are saying is the sixteenth. Let me granddaughter Abigail (she is four, three months older than Cooper) came over yesterday and we just had a fun filled day, we made sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, necklaces, and colored. She ended up spending the night and when it came for her to go to sleep she wanted me lay with her and I did, in the meantime my hubby brought me a water and the next thing I knew it was 1 am when I awoke to my cold water leaking all in the bed. Abigail and I both woke up, changing the sheet and fast back to sleep. I had started the post but yeah that was it.
That usually is not my plan I lay with the babies to fall asleep and then it is off to the studio to CREATE!!! Oh well sometimes one must crash!! LOL!! Sorry!
              This morning I woke to phone ringing, it was the school they had called to tell us that the schools are cancelled today due to an Advised weather what? It is not snowing and it is 21 degrees....well anyway!!???! They are expecting a heavy snow fall around 11 we shall see. The kids were so excited!!
               Today's recipe #15 comes from Borden Eagle Brand 1-2-3 Dessert that I bought for $1.00 at Roses. I have searched many years for one like this one and always think that it will be the one and never is....but this is the one!! When I was in the fifth grade we moved to our new home and our new neighbors brought over the BEST brownies I had ever tasted, none have ever even came close to these!!! Well every holiday while I was growing up these BEST brownies would be a gift from them and trust me they very much welcomed.  Well the search was on, they would never give me the recipe even asking year after year. So every time I would find a new brownie recipe I would make it...and nope not the one. This one has come the closest ever. This recipe can be found on page 33 of the book and for a $1.00 who can go wrong???
Fudge Topped Brownies
2 cups of sugar
2 sticks of butter/margarine
1 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
3 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
1 cup chopped nuts (optional) I used pecans
2 cups of chocolate morsels (semi-sweet)
1 can of 14oz size Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
dash salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together in a large mixing bowl sugar, melted butter, flour, cocoa, baking powder, eggs, milk, and vanilla. Stir in chopped nuts (optional) I added pecans. Spread into greased 13x9 glass baking dish. Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.
While the brownies are baking. On a medium heat on top of stove melt together the chocolate chip morsels, vanilla, salt, and the Eagle Brand  sweetened condensed milk. Cover with lid and turn off burner allow to sit until the brownies come out of the oven, spread the fudge topping on immediately after brownies are removed from oven. Cut when cool, wiping knife between cuts. These freeze well, and are very delicious.    I hope you enjoying this one because we sure have. Remember I will have blog candy at the end of the recipe's to Christmas so don't forget your comment. Thanks!! Love to hear from ya! Cyber hugs, Dawn Gallop  (oh btw it has started snowing) wink, wink!!

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