Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Cookies Round 2

So, this is my second set of Christmas Sugar Cookies. Word is getting around and request for sugar cookies are coming in!!! I knew there would be TONS of other goodies so I made a small batch (dozen cookies) for Christmas at Nana's. I am glad, I was right, there were TONS of goodies ~ *wink*




Chocolate Chip Butter Bites

Chocolate Chip Butter Bites
(have a glass of milk handy this recipe has THREE sticks of butter)


Printable Recipe
Chocolate Chip Butter Bites
  • 1 ½ cups softenened butter
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (12 oz bag) semisweet mini morsel chocolate chips

More powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 375. Beat butter, ¾ cup powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt in bowl. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in morsels. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place on ungreades cookie sheets.

Bake for 10–12 minutes until set and light brown. Remove from oven, leave on sheet until set and cooled. Roll in powdered sugar and cool completely.

Saltine Toffee Bars

Well........... I have seen them here and here and a few weekends ago at a Christmas get together I walked in the kitchen and saw them sitting on the dessert table!! So during the gift exchange I had a plate of them!!! Oh, they are so addicting and so delicious. They are perfect to make for a get together!!! The recipes I have seen vary. I emailed Aunt Holly to get her recipe since she is responsible for my newest addiction!!!











Saltine Toffee Bars

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Saltine Crackers
  • Chopped Nuts (optional)
  • Hershey Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Bake at 350.

Line baking sheet with foil or grease with butter/spray

Line crackers in baking sheet. Melt butter and brown sugar over medium-heat bring to boil. Pour mixture over saltine crackers and bake at 350 for 4 minutes. Remove from oven and drop chocolate chips on top of crackers. Spread the melted chips over crackers. Sprinkle nuts on top. Refrigerate until firm. Remove from refrigerator and break apart!

ENJOY!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Birthday Cake

What is better thank cake for your birthday?!?!? TWO cakes for your birthday!!!!

This year I had a GREAT birthday made special by so many people!!! This year I had TWO birthday cakes!!! If you have not caught on yet, I love CAKE!!!! My Mom bought Michael (his birthday is the day after mine) and I a birthday cake and it was red velvet, yummy!!! We enjoyed it on Saturday when we celebrated Christmas together. She knows I love all things personalized or monagrammed so this cake was perfect!!

Me and my bestie had a pack this year that I would get her a birthday cake and she would get me one! We both have ordered so many cakes from Patsy's Bake Shop in West for friends and family that we wanted to make sure we got a Patsy cake for our birthday. It turned out sooooo cute! She loves my love for Paula Deen, Pioneer Woman and baking so she went with that.


CAKE from Mom, Thanks Mom!!!




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The Baking Cake from my Bestie, Thanks Missy!!








YUMMY!!!

Christmas Cookies

I took off work this past Friday to get alot of things done before we headed to Waco for a weekend full of fun! One of the things on my to do list was to get my cookies decorated!!! I love making and decorating cookies but it so much work to get the icing made, colored and bagged but once you do it is a alot of fun!!! This was my first set of Christmas cookies and I think they turned out really cute and the cookie was so soft and yummy! I personalized two of the Santa hats for my parents!!!

I used the Wilton decorating gel in the tube and it worked great to write the names but the only problem with that is that it does not dry. It gets tacky but does not dry where you can put it in a bag. Do you have any writing tips? I don't like to use Royal Icing because my writing never turns out very good? What do you use?

Has anyone ever used the Wilton piping gel for names? Is there anything you can put over it to make it hard where you can put it in a cute bag and tie a ribbon?












Pecan Pie Cookies

We had Christmas this past weekend at my Mom's house and I thought these little Pecan cookies would be great to take. My Dad loves all things pecan so I knew I couldn't go wrong. He said they were great! They are super easy to make.












Pecan Pie Cookies

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Heat oven 350. Combine all cookie ingredients except flour and baking powder in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add flour and baking powder. Beat until well mixed.

Shape dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Make indentation in each cookie with thumb; rotate thumb to hollow out slightly.

Combinge all filling ingredients in small bowl; fill each cookie with 1 rounded teaspoon filling. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Happy Early Birthday

So, tomorrow is my birthday but I got an early birthday present from my honey last night. He has never been good at holding onto presents the supense kills him and he just has to give it to me or maybe I asked if I could have my present early. No matter, I got it and I LOVE it. I told him I would love to have anything from the Paula Deen kitchen collection but did not mention one certain product.


AHHHH, I love them! I love the Aqua color! I love,love,love them!!! I cannot wait to cook with them!

Thanks Honey!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Cute Cupcakes

This weekend we had a Kid's Christmas Party at our house and had a great turn out!!! So, the sweet treat was CUPCAKES!!! I love cupcakes they make me smile!! There is no special recipe for these cute little cakes. They were simple cup cakes,box mix + icing = yummy treat!!  I bought the cutest christmas tree cupcake stand at Michael's on clearance for $3.99.

I had to redeem myself from my recent CAKE WRECK! These cupcake cuties made me feel much better!








Merry Christmas!!!

Christmas Cookies Coming Very Soon!!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Cake Wreck & True Friend




My daughter requested that I make her birthday cake this year. She told me she wanted a three layer strawberry cake with cream cheese icing. No problem, right?!?!? I thought I would make a six inch three layer cake and then  make a dozen cupcakes. She told me she wanted a "soccer" theme. So,I planned on  using black icing and draw a soccer  ball on top of the cake. So I went to the store and got all the ingredients to make a semi-homemade strawberry cake that I found on Joy the Baker.









Everything was going great until....... the batter was yummy... the cakes baked up in the pans perfectly.... I left the cakes to cool on the counter. While cooling I mixed up the cream cheese icing. After the cakes had cooled completely I started assembling. I put the icing on the first layer and all was good. I added the second layer and added more icing and this is when things started to go south, or east or even maybe west and possibly north. To say the least it was not going as I had planned. Then I added the third layer and this is the point I consdidered it had become a CAKE WRECK!!! I called my Mom and told her it was a disaster and she said "ah, Jen it couldn't be that bad" I would go ahead and bring it. I hung up with my Mom and called my Bestie, Melissa. I told her what a CAKE WRECK it was and she too said "oh, Jen it probably isn't that bad." So, I took a picture and emailed it to her and called her back and she was lauging so hard and told me "Um, yeah that is pretty bad" Only a true friend would tell you that.... So do you want to see it!?!?!?

are you sure........



ok, I guess I will show you......



don't laugh to hard......



just remember I never claimed to be a cake decorator......




Yeah, that is it.... let me just finish this post by saying it was D-E-L-C-I-O-U-S... It was moist and yummy! The real strawberries in the batter are oh so good! It may be a disaster but it was a very good tasting disaster. I hope your cake comes out better than mine. If you have any tips please comment!

I did not want to take this cake in public and embarrase my daughter so I ended up buying her a Soccer cake from H-E-B and we ate this one at home that night. In fact she ate on it all week!

Semi-Homemade Strawberry Cake
  • 1 (18.5 ounce) box white cake mix (without pudding)
  • 1 (3 ounce) package strawberry jello
  • 1 Tablespoon self rising flour
  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup fresh strawberries, finely diced.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

To make the cake, combine to cake mix, Jello, flour and sugar in a large bowl. Mix well. Add the oil. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition Add the water and strawberries and mix well. Divide the batter evenly into three 8-inch round baking pans that have been oiled and floured. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean and the layers pull away from the sides of the pan.


Transfer the layers from the oven to wire racks. Let them cool, still in their pans, for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, run a knife around the inside edge of each pan, then unmold each layer onto the racks to cool completely.



Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 (8 ounce) block cream cheese, softened
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 (1 pound) boxes powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract



To make the frosting, in a bowl combine the cream cheese and butter. Beat until soft and pliable and no lumps remain. Add one box of the powdered sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Beat until incorporated. Add the second box of sugar and mix until incorporated. If you would like a smoother consistency, and a slash of milk. If you would like a thicker consistency, and a bit more powdered sugar until the desired consistency is achieved.
 
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