2014 Cookie Week, Day 5

Just kidding.

I don’t really have a day 5.  Cause today is Friday and that’s the day I just ramble.

Rambling on….

I’ve had a fun week, not only did Jes come for a long weekend, my friend Mercedes from Houston came for four days.  We did a lot of shopping and eating. 

Speaking of shopping and eating, Terry, Michelle, Mercedes, Jes and I went to Hyde Park in Tampa for a quick shopping fling before an airport drop off and had lunch at Piquant.  So good.  Our server made us feel like we were special guests and the food was WONDERFUL.  Highly recommend. 

On the menu was Banana Bread French Toast.  We didn’t order it, but it peaked my interest and I had a loaf of homemade banana bread from Vera.  So I went out to Pinterest and found a recipe.  Oh YUM!

Banana Bread French Toast

Banana Bread French Toast

I used this recipe for Banana Bread French Toast.  Except I didn’t have the half and half so just used fat free milk.  And didn’t have kumquats.  (Does anyone have kumquats other than the ones on the neighbor’s tree?)

Next week I’m doing a CHRISTMAS WEEK!

Just random shots of the Most Wonderful Week of the Year.

Come back, check it out.  

Time to let Myra know my picks for the weekend!

So much going on.  First, we’re having a Christmas Golf Cart Parade on Friday night at 6 pm.  It starts at the Old Mill, winds through back streets, and ends up at the Freezer.  

It’s also Friday Night Thunder in Inverness.  Very cool cars–both old and new–and caroling. 

The 2014 Christmas Celebration of Lights starts at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park on Friday night continues through Dec 26th but is closed on Christmas. There’s a different theme every night along with the light and music show.  Well worth the $5 donation.

Saturday night is the Old Homosassa Christmas Boat Parade.  (According to the newspaper, it starts at 6 pm, not 5 pm like I erroneously reported last week)  The Tammy Hatch Band will be performing at the Shed.

Have a great weekend!

2014 Cookie Week, Day 4

 Peanut Butter Blossoms

 

Peanut Butter Kisses Cookies

I don’t bake much because Terry seldom eats sweets.  So that leaves the whole batch for me.  Not a good idea! But I do make Peanut Butter Blossoms every year because both of my kids and I LOVE them.  And they don’t make it to “Cookie Day”.  This year the ones that got by my mouth went directly on the Polar Express to the North Dakota family.

I’ve been using this recipe since my children were wee.  Probably got it from my mom or some really old cook book:

Peanut Butter Blossoms
Yields 48
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Ingredients
  1. 1 3/4 cup flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 cup sugar
  5. 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  6. 1/2 cup shortening
  7. 1/2 cup peanut butter
  8. 1 egg
  9. 2 tablespoons milk
  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  11. 48 milk chocolate kisses
Instructions
  1. In large mixer bowl, combine all ingredients except candy kisses
  2. Blend well with mixer
  3. Shape into balls, using a rounded teaspoon for each
  4. Roll balls in additional sugar
  5. Place on ungreased cookie sheets
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 - 12 minutes
  7. Remove from oven
  8. Top each cookie immediately with a candy kiss, pressing down firmly so cookie cracks around the edge
  9. Cool on cooling rack
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Peanut Butter Kisses Cookie

No reason for this picture, just thought it was cool.  Love that mixer!

Peanut Butter Kisses Cookies

Gotta take the foil off of a lot of kisses

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Parchment paper and the scoop that makes perfect 1 teaspoon cookies are indispensable tools for cookie baking!  (Michelle told me about the scoop many years ago!)

Peanut Butter blossoms

The cookies can be placed close together because they don’t spread out much.

Peanut Butter Kisses Cookies

See? I could have put them even closer together!

Peanut Butter Kisses Cookies

Stick a kiss on them and slide the parchment paper over to a cooling rack.

Peanut Butter Kisses Cookies

Yum! Ready for Santa!

 

2014 Cookie Week, Day 3

Holiday Butter Cookies (Made Better)

Holiday Butter Cookies Smothered in Chocolate

Today’s Cookie Feature comes from MICHELLE @ Badzoot.com!

Cookie Day is the most Happiest Day of the year!! Well, it is here anyway. Leading up to Cookie Day, there are many cookie days at my house as my guys love cookies. I mean, they’d both rather have a cookie over most any cake – cupcake – or candy. Maybe not a doughnut though, few things beat out a doughnut… ok, maybe a doughnut in the microwave. Yep, that’s a real winner.

One of my cookie attempts was not exactly labeled as a ‘winner’. In fact this was a real ugly duckling. I’m glad I never took blog-photos. This cookie has to be the only recipe flop I’ve ever had from King Arthur Flour. Somehow, I’m sure it was user-error. My fault. Another thing I’m sure of is my inability to toss anything even remotely edible. So, this is what I did.

But first, just a little click for the recipe in question…

Holiday Butter Cookies

See? It sounds really good – right? Yeah, who can’t get behind a good old fashioned shortbread. OK, so I made the dough and refrigerated it…this is where it went all wrong. I think I let it sit for too long. Anyway, by the time I went to bake it, the dough had become a brittle poorly done pie dough consistency. It crumbled and was unrollable. I was ready to toss it and then thought..it’s no longer a cookie – it’s really a shortbread. Then, just bake it like one – why not.

I pulled out a small cookie sheet, about 14 x 9 and pressed the crumbled bits into a flat mass. I baked it for about 20 minutes at the recommended 350deg. from the original cookie recipe. After 20 plus minutes, out cake a sheet of golden crispy goodness. In the recipe it calls for an interesting extract/flavor called fiori di sicilia. This is something worth investing in. It’s that hard-to-describe flavor from numerous baked goods like Italian Panettone bread. A combination of vanilla and citrus that if, in a pinch, could be used as perfume. Delicious.

This brick of butter and sugar was still very bland. Which means one thing – it must be smothered in chocolate. So, I did. This was a very good idea. I took about a half a package of semi-sweets and a bit (maybe 1/3 cup) of the 60% Cocoa Ghiradelli chips, and melted them. After the cookie was nearly cool, I spread out the chocolate, and because it’s Christmas I sprinkled on some coconut. Perfect.

This experiment / resurrection passed the test with my cookie guys. Then what was left, I brought along to Cookie Day. Nobody turned them down. They’re good – try ‘em for your own Cookie Day.

Michelle @ Badzoot.com

Holiday Shortbread Cookies Smothered in Chocolate

 

2014 Cookie Week, Day 2

Reese’s Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Sandwich Cookies

Today’s delicious cookie feature is from baking elf Jessica.  Just give a little click for the yumminess of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Sandwich Cookies.  

PB Cookies

Jessica has a really big knife!

PB Cookies

Main Ingredient–not only was a peanut butter cup sandwiched between the cookies, they were also chopped up in the batter! Along with walnuts and oatmeal.  Decadent!

Reece's PB Cup Sandwich Cookie

Reese's PB Cup Sandwich Cookies

Reese's PB Cup Sandwich Cookies

Reese's Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookie

Breakfast of Champions! Just a whole lot of chocolate covered peanut butter goodness.

 Join us tomorrow for more cookie week delights!

2014 Cookie Day, The Most Happiest Day of the Year

I’ve decided that this is Cookie Week!  Kind of like shark week, but tastier (for humans)! The week that we all have cookies for breakfast every day!  Yum!

And Cookie Week started out with Cookie Day, The Most Happiest Day of the Year!

Do you have any idea how difficult it is to get a group shot of 11 women and have all their faces in the picture and all their eyes open?  Almost impossible!  But after numerous retakes, this is the official photo for 2014!

Cookie Bakers

And here’s some pics from the day and tomorrow we will have Cookie Week Day 2.

Catherine

MichelleThe locals

reindeer cookie Donna T. and Bonny

Vera CatherineConnie JesVeracookiesCards against Humanity

 Reindeer DonnaCarolingCookie Table

 

Group Shots from Years Past

2013 Cookie Day Baking Elves

2013

Jes and Terry in CT

2013 Cookie Day in Connecticut

2012 Cookie Day, The Most Happiest Day of the Year

2012

2012 North Dakota Bakers, The most happies day of the year

2012 North Dakota Bakers

2011, Cookie Day, The Most Happiest Day of the Year

2011

2012, Cookie Day, The Most Happiest Day of the Year

2010

2009, Cookie Day, The Most Happiest Day of the Year

2009

2008, Cookie Day, The Most Happiest Day of the Year

2008

2007, Cookie Day, The Most Happiest Day of the Year

2007