Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Side note for those with special dietary needs -

I do have a good friend whose child has food allergies. Since my nephews have severe food allergies this is not a problem! The bonus on this is he is not a big sweet eater so he will be getting Gluten-free, dairy-free fish crackers. I am also making special graham crackers for him. Yes, I will post these recipes too!

If you have a special, tried and true Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free recipe you would like to share - please let me know!


For the Adults!

What shall I make for the adults to go along with their baked goodies? Why not infused Vodka? I love that idea!
So on to Pinterest I went and found this blog Fancy Napkin 
Thank you Fancy Napkin! Now I can add a special twist to the Samplers for our friends!
(Pictures to follow)


This is a very basic recipe. I downloaded this one from Cathy Lowe of Food But really I have seen the same recipe in a number of places.

1 cup Sugar, 1/4 cup additional to roll cookies
1 stick butter - at room temperature (not too soft. You should be able to just press your finger into the butter) and only use butter - no margarine
1 egg, I bring my eggs to room temp when I bake
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups flour - white unbleached all purpose

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or you can grease them. Honestly, invest in parchment paper you will thank me later.
In a large bowl, cream  together the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg. Mix in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth and creamy.  Stir in salt, baking soda, and flour until well combined.
Roll dough into 1 inch balls - I use a small ice cream scoop. Then roll in sugar. I dip my fork in sugar then make a criss cross pattern on the cookies. You can sprinkle a little more sugar if you like.

Bake for 12 - 15 minutes. Cool on cookies sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to cooling rack.

This recipe can be doubled. If you make 3 times or 4 times you have to adjust the salt and flour. Just make 2 batches of double. I made 4 times and got  240 cookies (3 were eaten by the taste tester)  These cookies also freeze really well.


The List

Peanut Butter Cookies
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pumpkin Pie Whoopie Cookies
Grandma's Buckeyes
Vanilla Marshmallows
Gingerbread Men and Women
Sugar Cookie Trees
Margarita Balls
Fortune Cookies
Espresso Shots
Moravian Cookies
Grasshopper Squares
Meringues (not sure what type yet)
Sugar and Spice Pecans
Eggnog Truffles
Bavarian Vanilla Almonds
Chocolate Reindeer Cookies
Mimi's Bourbon Balls
Lemon Snowflake Cookies
Caramel Brownie Bites
Cheese Straws
Gingerbread Truffles
Pumpkin Spice Truffles
Salted Caramel and Whiskey Truffles
Thin Mint Truffles
Chocolate Bonbons
Salted Caramel Brownie Bites (a maybe)
Classic Pound Cake
Whiskey Chocolate Pound Cake
Red Velvet Cupcakes
German Chocolate Cupcakes
Pecan Pie bars
Guinness Beer Brownies
Gingerbread Biscotti
White Russian Cupcakes
Small Jar of Chocolate Sauce
Small Jar of Salted Caramel Sauce
For now....that is the list. Stay tuned to see if it is accomplished!

Christmas Baking Extravaganza Introduction

Every year for the past 9 years my family and I have been baking and creating our Christmas gifts. This process began as a way to give gifts to my husband's 13 managers and 150ish employees. Dollar wise this made sense. Time wise, well you can't put a dollar value on that part of the gift. The first year we (I) only made cheesecakes and pies for the managers. The next year, I (we) started with small cakes and a small variety of cookies/candies.
This year we have 30 or so different cookies, candies, and treats plus 4 different cakes.

This blog is to chronicle our adventure and post the recipes. People always ask for the recipes. I seldom give them out. Not sure why I hold onto the recipe. I suppose it is like a child. I work hard at finding the right recipe, perfecting it and hate to just let it go. I know. Selfish. So I have started typing them up. Yes, I will start sharing them. Please promise if you use the recipe to treat it with love and respect. Feeding someone is a true form of showing love.

Happy Baking!!!!