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Christmas Baking Spree

My cousin, Pua, wanted to bake Christmas cookies since her and her husband missed out on baking with us a few weeks ago so we baked all day on Saturday.  I am all baked-out and cookied-out now!  No more baking, especially cookies, for a long long while.  Chong is cookied-out, too.

Here’s what we made:

Whoopie Pies

Tropical Chewies

Coconut Macaroons

Cranberries in the Snow

Double Chocolate Chunks

Sugar Cookie Cut-outs

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Starting at the Sugar cookie star and going clockwise, we have Cinnamon-sugar Roll, Cranberries in the Snow, Double Chocolate Chunk, Tropical Cheweis, Coconut Macaroons, Whoopie Pies, Rugelach, & Chocolate Chip in the middle.

That’s all the holiday baking I’m doing for the year.  I’m putting my flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda away until my fingers start to become itchy to bake again.

Have a fun, safe, and happy New Year 2010, everyone!

More Cookies!

Baked some peanut butter cookies for Chong on Christmas Eve.  I was trying to time it right so the cookies would be ready when he got home but he got home earlier than I had expected while the cookies were still baking in the oven.  I halved the recipe so my measures are different from the ingredient listed below.

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

Directions

  1. Cream together butter, peanut butter and sugars. Beat in eggs.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir into batter. Put batter in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Roll into 1 inch balls and put on baking sheets. Flatten each ball with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern. Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F oven for about 10 minutes or until cookies begin to brown. Do not over-bake.
Shifting flour, baking powder, baking soda, & salt                                        Shifted

1/2 c (1 stick) softened butter)

Add brown and white sugar                                                Cream together

Add peanut butter                                                               Cream together

Add egg                                                               Mix together

Add flour mixture                                                Mix well

Chilled for 1 hour

Roll into balls

Baked

Cooled and ready to eat!

Maybe next time, I’ll flatten them and see how he likes it.  I think that regardless of how they look like, he’s going to devourer them!

Happy Holidays!!!

Whew!  It’s mid-afternoon and I’m so tired already!  I’m not even done prepping/cooking half my food!  Good thing both desserts are made and just cooling.  Still have to finish the eggrolls and start on the spring rolls.  Letting the cream cheese soften up a bit before I start on it.

Darn weather!  I wasn’t sure if my side of the family were coming over so I didn’t start prepping yesterday.  It has finally stopped snowing so maybe they’ll make the short drive over in an hour or so.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! Will be back later, unless I can’t move.  : )

Updated 12/27/09

I was sooo full but still had the energy to go bowling for 2 hours!  Christmas was a blast this year.  Got a fondue set from my cousin and now my thoughts are filled with what to include for my Hot Pot Night!

Ok, back to the food. I had intended on taking numerous pictures so I can post up some pictorials but things got hectic once I had guests and I was trying to finish up the food because it was getting late so I didn’t have time to take as many photos as I would’ve liked.  *Deep breath*

Chong was a great help in making these potstickers.

Plated

Ready to eat!

Eggrolls.  These were sooo good!

These spring rolls were humongous!  And delicious!

Cream cheese puffs

Purple sticky rice my mom made

Key Lime pie

Sliced, top with Cool Whip

Christmas Dinner

had a very successful Christmas this year.  Looking forward to next Christmas!  Hope your day was also filled with fun, food, family, and love!

Prepping for Christmas weekend

Where do I begin?  I have no idea where to start.  There are soooo many things that need to be done (cleaning, organizing, making sure I have everything I need, prepping all my food, etc.) that I feel bombarded and don’t want to start anywhere!  Maybe I should wait til Chong comes home…and give him his “To Be Accomplished” list.  He was a good husband and did laundry and washed the dishes last night while I slept.  He always complains that I use so many dishes when I’m cooking.  I guess I do but that’s why we have a dishwasher.  Har har har.  : )

So far, I’m just going to make sticky rice, eggrolls, spring rolls, potstickers, and cream cheese puffs for Christmas dinner.  For dessert, I’m planning on making Key Lime pie, apple pie, and double chocolate cupcakes.  Bought a bag of Key Limes yesterday…I was surprised that they only cost $1.89 for a bag!  Yippee!  Can’t wait to try out the recipe!!!

The cousins and I are going to be baking cookies at my place this weekend.  Might get an early start and bake Chong some peanut butter cookies today.  That is, if I get everything done and still feel like baking.  I know he’s been craving some lately.

My other cousin is having my niece’s birthday on Friday afternoon so if Chong and I do go, that means I’ll have to get my prep work done early.  With the current snow storm that we’re getting, I don’t even know if my family is going to come over for Christmas dinner.  Hence, I don’t want to make so much food for us because leftovers aren’t that good the next day, especially if they’re eggrolls.  So we shall see what will happen tomorrow.  Time to be productive!

Winter Loves

Even though I’m not much of a winter person, I still love winter for its beautiful scenery.  I especially love icicles and sunsets!  On a warmer day last week, I spent some time watching the snow melt and form icicles on my balcony.  It was too pretty to not take a picture!

Look at that beautiful weather!

Couldn’t resist taking a picture of the sun setting behind the trees.

There goes the sun.

Cookies, Cookies, Cookies!!!

I am posting up cookie pictorials from last weekend when Chong and I made cookies.  These recipes can be found at http://www.allrecipes.com.

Felix K.’s Chocolate Chip Cookies (I shortened the name since it was way too long)

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (12 ounce) bag chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  2. Gently mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt with a fork in a bowl. Beat the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Beat in the vanilla with the last egg. Mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips; mixing just enough to evenly combine.
  3. Divide the dough into 24 3-tablespoon-sized balls. Flatten the balls to about 1/4-inch thick onto a baking sheet.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden, 15 to 17 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet until the centers begin to set, about 20 minutes.

Flour, baking soda, baking powder, & salt

1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter

Add brown and white sugar                                       Cream together

Add eggs and vanilla                                                   Cream together

**Opps, I guess I was too excited and forgot to take a picture of dry ingredients + wet ingredients.  But moving on…**

Mix dry + wet ingredients together & fold in milk chocolate chips

Roll the dough into balls.  DO NOT FLATTEN if you like textured cookies!!!

Cool on cookie sheet for 2 mins, then transfer to cooling rack.  Enjoy with a tall glass of milk!

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 1 (6.5 ounce) jar macadamia nuts, chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Stir in the egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt, stir into the creamed mixture. Finally, stir in the white chocolate and nuts. Drop cookies by heaping teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. When cool, store in an airtight container.

Flour, baking soda, & salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter

Add sugar and cream together                                       Add egg and vanilla and mix

Add dry ingredients                                      Mix together

Add white chocolate chips & Macadamia nuts                                 Fold into dough

Roll into balls (I just used 2 spoons since the batter was so wet)

Baked goodies!

I hope the cookie pictorials were clear and helpful!  Have fun baking cookies!  I know I’ll be baking a lot this weekend.

Weekend with the Husband

The husband and I spent last Saturday baking cookies, watching Lord of the Rings Trilogy (which he had never seen before and really liked), and pigging out on pizza.  It was the perfect way to spend a weeknight indoors.

Chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven

These are the BEST chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made and tasted!  I’ve tried a lot of different chocolate chip cookies in the past and they never came out like how I wanted.  These cookies were crispy on the outside, while soft and chewy in the middle.  I LOVE fresh out of the oven cookies with a glass of cold milk!

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

These are my all-time favorite WCMN cookies.  I haven’t made these for a while and I thought the batter was a bit wetter than I remembered but they turned out to great.  Chong loved these, too, although his favorite are anything peanut butter.

On Sunday, we ran errands, got a birthday gift for my niece, and did laundry.  Got home really late but had time to make some delicious Zuppa Toscana soup for dinner.

Zuppa Toscana

Chong loved this soup.  It consists of potatoe, Italian sausage, bacon, garlic, kale, chicken stock, and heavy cream.  A little bit too oily for me because I didn’t strain the excess fat.  Will remember to do that next time.