Monthly Archives: December 2011

ChRiStMaS BaKiNg

The finished product

I figured I would get a post up of one of my Christmas baking projects one day before we get too far away from Christmas.  This is a doughnut recipe that comes from one of my aunts and is a favorite around our house.  Good thing my kids and DH love them because otherwise we all know who would end up eating them all.

It is a yeast doughnut recipe so I did have to let the dough rise and then once they were fried up I decided to sugar coat, glaze coat and frost some with chocolate frosting. Then I just had to add my sprinkles for  a festive touch! I ended up giving some to my MIL because she had been hinting around for some the last time I made a batch, so it made a perfect Christmas gift for her!

Cute Cheap Christmas Gift.

I have been having the urge to make caramel candies, but haven’t gotten around to getting myself a candy thermometer. Well, today I had no choice. My friend invited me over to make caramels with her, and she even picked me up my own thermometer! So, armed with my new thermometer and a good caramel recipe, we tackled our little pipe dream. They taste great (too great) and this recipe made a TON!

My dear husband tells me “We are NOT giving them away!” Glad he likes them…I’m sure he won’t mind that we give some to his Grandmother, the girls’ Great Grandma. Tough luck, honey. The less we have in the house, the less my waistline is!

DIY Colored Sanding Sugar

While contemplating whether or not to tackle the job of baking and decorating cut-out cookies, I hopped online to get my motivation up and stumbled across this blog (l.o.v.e.!). After browsing through her BEAUTIFUL cookie displays, I decided I could tackle the job! And, why not, while I was at it, color my own decorating sugars.

Add desired amount of sugar into baggie.

Then, add a drop (or depending on richness of color needed, maybe more) of food coloring on to sugar.

Quickly, seal and mix, shake, squish, etc. the sugar to evenly coat the coloring.

Open baggie and allow sugar to “dry” for about 5 minutes, avoiding clumping.

Also, I wanted my blue to be a little lighter, so I tried adding more sugar once the color was dry (duh)

and ended up just getting a mix of blue and white crystals.

My mess… ;)

Store in baggies, salt/pepper shakers, used baby food jars (with holes in top)…or whatever you come up with!

My Brilliant Idea = Fail!

I thought..”Oh perfect! I can make ‘dusting powder’ using the same technique with powdered sugar!”

Ha ha! It was a major no-go…oops! No colored dusting powder here!

I baked the cut-outs (which btw, I have absolutely no shapes! Well, Halloween ones!) using THIS recipe.

Decorated with my neat colors and a little help from K…(and no, I do not profess to be a Champion cookie decorator. You’d think I’d have the patience, since it’s a pastime of ours, but nope- after the first one I am wishing I was finished!) And yes, one pan was ‘forgotten’ a little too long in the oven! :P

**In hind site, I should have used a little coarser sugar because the fine sugar gets a little swallowed up by the frosting. I went with what I had on hand, but in the following picture, I picked up some coarse sugar and tried it. Have yet to decorate with it, but I think it will show up a little better. 

A. M. A. Z. I. N. G. Brownie Bites

I was browsing through some blogs looking for something to quench my baking addiction…and I stumbled on THESE. First of all…I just so happened to go to the grocery this morning and bought Hersey’s Kiss candies. Than, obviously it was meant to be, I found this great recipe. Well, I whipped them up and, unfortunately for my waistline, they are seriously AMAZING and really simple!

(K helped me unwrap the kisses and probably sampled a few…so she deserves credit also.)

This BLOG actually has some pretty good recipes that I’d like to try someday.

Rudolph

So this is my first attempt at blogging and its a learning process so bare with me.  I got this from Pinterest (the source of ALL inspiration lately). These were for a cookie exchange that I had with some friends and were a hit!

(Except I had to do the quick version and used already covered chocolate pretzels. I think next time I will cover my own pretzels and make sure they harden once settled in the cookie because they were almost falling off later on).

I hope to keep up with these other crazy hooligans who are to be posting also.