Posts Tagged ‘cookies’

4th of July Pie Crust Cookies

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 by by

This time of year always has me feeling patriotic. I was trying to think of something fun I could make with the kids that would help us celebrate the 4th. When I looked through my refrigerator, I noticed some pre-made pie crust that would be expiring soon. I was in no mood to make a pie, so I turned to faithful pinterest and typed in “pie crust.” Most of the images that came up were actually for pies – go figure – but one on Stick to Your Hips was for pie crust cookies. Hmmmm…
You will need:

  • Pie crust (refrigerated or you can make your own)
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
That’s it! Oh, and this only takes 10 minutes to bake! Okay, I am getting ahead of myself.

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4 Ingredient Homemade Oreos!

Monday, May 7th, 2012 by by

How do 4 ingredient homemade Oreos sound? Not nearly as good as they taste! Let’s get started! This is the kind of dessert that you can’t help but munch on.

Ingredients
½ cup of oil
1 cup of devil’s food
cake mix
2 eggs
1 can of vanilla frosting

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Labor Days

Saturday, February 4th, 2012 by by

This? Lasts for about 3 minutes every day.  Then it’s like watching cage fighters.

It’s very difficult for me to spend an entire day at home.  I know some moms take their jobs at face value and relish hours spent within the four walls of their prison sanctuary, but not me.  However, in order to put my 2012 word to proper use, I’ve been trying to question my motivations a bit more often.  I think that sometimes I feel like getting “out” will alleviate what I perceive as boredom, but in actuality, all that running around really does stress me out.  Certainly the only one benefiting from our purposeless trips to Target is Target itself, because it sure isn’t “fun” when we’ve spilled popcorn 10 feet into the store and Larissa starts shrieking at the top of her lungs to get out of the cart 20 minutes later.  Ultimately, Kellan and Larissa are less enthralled by story hour at the library than they are by me reading here at home, and I am certainly far less pained when I don’t force my square peg into the round hole made by a circle of 30ish first-time moms at open gym.  So, to that end, I am testing out the stay-at-home aspect of my job for a while.

Long ago, I succumbed to the fact that I have the type of personality that requires me to be mentally or physically busy at all times.  As much as I envision myself snuggled up on the couch with the little ones watching a movie, truth is all that sitting still makes me edgy.  Fortunately, there is baking.  Which I like.  A LOT.   (more…)

Royal Icing Makes Kids Cookie Decorating Easy

Friday, January 20th, 2012 by by

Over the holidays, I made some festive-shaped gingerbread cookies. Noah and I decorated them together on Christmas Eve day. This is definitely an activity you should undertake with your child. It is so fun, it’s guaranteed to bring out the kid in you!

Years ago, I made and decorated cookies to give to colleagues at Christmas time. I packaged each large cookie individually in a clear treat bag, and I brought them to the school I worked at to hand them out with my Christmas cards. They didn’t look so pretty by the time I handed them out, since the icing melted onto the bags. This time I was determined to correct this problem.

I looked online to find out how to dry icing. Apparently, the only solution is something called “Royal Icing.” It is the only icing that dries or hardens. It is very simple to make. You can make it with raw egg whites, but this poses a very small risk of Salmonella (food poisoning). I did not wish to give the gift of Salmonella to anyone for Christmas, so I decided to do it the safer way, by substituting meringue powder. (more…)

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Pumpkin Production Line

Friday, October 28th, 2011 by by

Can you believe it’s almost Halloween?

We’re at a weird point with Halloween around here. The boys are in junior high, so they don’t have class parties or costume parades to prepare for, and Weston has only expressed interest in the day from a candy collection standpoint.  Kellan and Larissa are still not quite old enough to “get” the concept and therefore have only mild anticipatory excitement built up.  Eliza’s interest falls somewhere in the middle.  This year, she was indifferent about her costume and easily convinced to simply wear one of her brother’s old outfits.  In previous years, she and Maura always trick-or-treated together, but now, with Maura gone, I think she’s just not as excited.

Because there has been a clear lack of preparatory urgency this year, Halloween has basically fallen off my radar. Nonetheless, the show must go on, so this week we are trying to cram it all in: the pumpkin patch, the class parties, the last-minute costume assemblies, and of course…the cookies.  Every year, we make and decorate pumpkin-shaped sugar cookies. Today, I decided that after swim lessons, decorating cookies would be a nice way to pass the afternoon.

(Allow me to interject some sage “I-should-know-better-by-now” wisdom.  If you have just had housekeepers cleaning your home all morning, perhaps breaking out icing, crumbly cookies, and sprinkles 30 minutes after they leave is not the greatest idea.  When will I learn?)

What I did learn is that my two little ones are very discerning decorators.  They both had very specific ideas about how they wanted the cookies to look, and if I didn’t work “to spec,” they were quick and aggressive with their criticisms of my work.

“I want one that looks dead,” demanded Kellan.  I complied. Or so I thought.

I think the zombie-like mouth lends a certain “je nes sais quoi” to the face of death, no?

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Mmmm Cookies!

Friday, October 7th, 2011 by by
We’re having a quarterly birthday luncheon today at work. I’ve known about it for weeks, but as usual, I waited until yesterday to decide what I was going to bring.
Enter Pinterest. If you’re already a member, then you know it’s like crack. If you’re not – be warned. And if you need an invite, just send me a note and I’ll be happy to send you one.
I came across this pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe a week or two ago and quickly filed it away for future use.  When I checked the ingredient list and realized I had most of it on hand already, I knew it was a winner. Of course, I still had to make two trips to the grocery store last night for the few items I did need. Why do I always forget at least one thing? Last time I baked, I had to stop in the middle and run to the store for eggs. This is beginning to be a trend that I’m not looking to continue with!
Seems these babies were worth all of the effort though, because they are getting great reviews from the co-workers! I might have to hide them, because at this rate they’re going to be gone before the luncheon actually begins!

Love Child cookies

Thursday, June 16th, 2011 by by

A s’more and a macaroon walk into a bar… Have you heard this one already?  No?  Good.  Ok, so a s’more and a macaroon walk into a bar.  Nine months later, this amazing bar cookie entered the world.  I may not have a career as a comic, but I can bake some mean cookies!  Why do I call them Love Child cookies?  Because, if a s’more and a macaroon could have a love child, this would be it.

Love Child bar cookies

  • 2 packages graham crackers, crushed
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 12oz package chocolate chips
  • 2 cups mini-marshmallows

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a 9×13 pan (if you have a bar cookie pan, use it.  If not, anything about this size works great).

2. Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter.  Press into pan.  Bake 8 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients.  When the crust comes out of the oven, spread the coconut mixture over the crust.

4. Bake again for 10-12 minutes or until top is golden brown.

5. Cool and cut into squares.

Enjoy!

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cookies! numbers eight and nine

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 by by

It’s 11:24 p.m. and the rest of the family is sleeping. I can hear hubby snoring over the baby monitor. Actually I can hear him snoring quite well even without the baby monitor. (He’ll love me in the morning for this shout out.) I’ve gotten to the point that I pretty much dread bedtime. There’s just not a lot of comfort and joy to be had in knowing that the moment my head hits the pillow, I turn on some sort of invisible switch that screams, “Wake up and scream, baby!” Instead, I give you cookies.

And our pretty Christmas tree.

Yesterday went by in a flash – we seem to have that moment every year where we make a sudden discovery : it’s 10:30pm, tomorrow is the last day of work before hubby’s Christmas vacation, and he has to take in cookie gifts for his co-workers. And I rush around the kitchen like a madwoman, finishing up the last of the cookies and packaging them for the next day. For some reason only the Christmas cookie gods must know, I always, always, always end up having to ice spritz cookies on this frantic last-evening-before-Christmas-vacation melee. I don’t think I can recall a time where this hasn’t been the case : even last year, post emergency c-section and with a week-old newborn clinging to my breast, I still had to ice spritz (more…)

Cookies! Number seven

Saturday, December 18th, 2010 by by

Yesterday was a slow day in the field; after an eternally long night of fractured sleep pieced together with long, loud screaming sessions courtesy of Hobie, I wasn’t quite sure any of us would even make it to morning. Alas, saved by Pop Tarts and Coke and a healthy dose of ibuprofen, onward I baked.

First, I have to get this off my chest. I use the fresh butter wrappers from each recipe as a spatula/beater rest. Call me crazy. Oh, and I couldn’t live without my cookie scoop. Unless a cookie calls for being rolled into a ball or rolled out, I use the scoop, mostly because I’m lazy. You should get one – I think I paid like $8 for mine at Target a few years ago.

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cookies! the first four

Monday, December 13th, 2010 by by

Christmas would not be Christmas without cookies. This year, I’m busy baking up The Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies to give as gifts to family and friends. Not that it has anything at all to do with the twelve days of Christmas, or the song, but there will be a dozen kinds of cookies and it does sound rather festive.

I got a late start this year; last year I managed to finish up the final batch the day before Hobie was born. Our freezer literally did not have another inch of room to spare. We had to forego our storage drawer, our frozen vegetables, and our Eggo’s for a few weeks. The kids muddled through the sacrifice.

Today, I spent 7 hours in the kitchen whipping up the first four recipes on my list, in six batches. You should have smelled my kitchen.

First, there were the Chocolate Bliss Cookies. Chewy middles, crunchy edges, rich, crackly goodness. These cookies are (more…)

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