This is really more impressive if you know that I hate to cook. I have basically come to the conclusion that I'm allergic to any food product that isn't handed to me through a window. Baking, on the other hand, is a completely different story. Might have something to do with the end product ... jury's still out.
|The "before" picture |
(none of the refrigerated items are shown -
mainly because I forgot them for the photo op).
What was disappointing is that (probably because I don't cook), I forgot to get the butter out of the fridge last night - hence, all the recipes (which is about 90% of them) that called for "soft" or "room temperature" butter had to wait. Of course, those are the ones that also have to be chilled before the dough can be manipulated into complete cookie awesomeness.
While I was waiting for the butter to soften, I went ahead and made my first batch: Pizzelles!
I remember having these back when I was little. I always thought I was being a little bit naughty when I ate them because they have whiskey in them! (The recipe also makes like 8 billion cookies, so I realize why we always had some).
With the butter finally softened, I got the dough mixed and chilled. My next batch was Tea Time Toffees (or tiny pecan pies). My grandmother used to make these and I always thought they were amazing!
|Mental note: don't forget to set the timer|
Next up: Dusty Roads:
These are a new addition to the event this year. It's a buttery cookie with walnuts and a hint of cinnamon that nearly melts in your mouth. Not sure if you can tell from the photo, but there's a light dusting of powdered sugar. They would be perfect with after-dinner coffee ... or for breakfast ... whichever.
Next I decided to work on the Kiss Cookies. I made these last year, and I forgot what a pain it was to unwrap all those kisses. But they seem to be everyone's favorite. So, next year either Hershey will start making kisses without wrappers, or I am going to the craft store to get the cheap stuff.
The oven needed a break for a little while (so did I), so I decided to whip up some Kahlua fudge with walnuts real quick. Yum!
|Fudge with walnuts. Yumminess factor = 10!|
This is another new addition this year. I got the recipe from (of all places) the lady in the call center for Medicare when I called to check on the status of a letter we needed for one of our clients. I think she called them Peanut Clusters ... if not, it sounds like a good enough name to me. These were so easy to make, I made two batches.
Then came the Kix Brittle - like peanut brittle, except with Kix cereal. It only takes about 10 minutes to make, then once it cools, you get to smash it up!
|Note: this candy gets very hot. If you try to make this, use a wooden spoon. |
Plastic or nylon will melt.
Now for my two favorites - Melting Lace and Horseshoe Cookies!
|Butter cookies with semi-sweet chocolate and fun sprinkles!|
|Dark chocolate sandwiched between two delicate oatmeal cookies|
Whew! I can't wait to get them all packaged up for delivery on Tuesday!
*I'll be happy to share the recipes for any of these with whoever wants them. Just ask!