Adorable ice cream sandwiches with delicious tea that already has the cream and sugar added. Winning. Continue reading
All the cookie recipes for your holiday cookie swap your little heart could desire! Continue reading
A weekly roundup of my incredibly interesting life. Continue reading
A round up of 5 ice cream recipes and one boozy popsicle treat for good measure. Continue reading
The BF and I were having one of those late night I-can’t-sleep-so-I’m-going-to-bother-you discussions this week wherein he was complaining about how he feels he’s gotten so out of shape because of his job. If you can audibly roll your eyes, I did. He’s a man. If someone says the word “gym” within a 20 mile radius of him he’ll lose 5 pounds; 10 if he thinks of the gym. It’s a blessing. I, on the other hand, think of the word “cookie” and suddenly my ass doesn’t fit in my jeans any more. I’m pretty sure that’s not a blessing.
I have been on a quest for the perfect rolled sugar cookies for I don’t know how long. I mean literally years I have been looking for the recipe. I only just realized a few months ago that I was actually on a quest for several varieties of sugar cookies. There’s the perfect roll out and cut sugar cookies that you decorate for Christmas and all those other holidays. There’s the slice and bake sugar cookies for when you’re lazy and need a quick fix, and then there are those ultra soft, slightly pillowy sugar cookies that have the deep, smooth frosting with sprinkles. Can you tell I have spent many hours deep in thought over a cookie? One that we all seem to know from childhood and remember so well. And yet, every time I tried to re-create it, I failed. Well I have finally covered at least one of those recipes.
Oh my, I’m really bad at the posting during the holidays thing. And it’s only going to get worse, since The BF and I leave for Cancun in a week for his “Turning Old” celebration. Anyhoo, this is a really quick post and I’m not entirely certain it was a win but I think many of the mitigating factors about that are not due to my baking skills.
I figure I may as well make this the week of cookie swap cookies. May I present to you, one of the two types of cookies I brought to a cookie swap I attended this past Sunday: speculoos spread sandwich cookies. Now before I get to the amazingness that is speculoos spread and speculoos cookies, I have a little back-story to this cookie swap.
It has finally arrived! The day of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap post. I have to admit I was absolutely a wreck about this event. I signed up for it within seconds of hearing about it, and mere nanoseconds before several of my friends told me I should. I was totally stoked on the idea. And then fifteen minutes later, I had a minor panic attack. “Sweet lord, I have to bake for other people and mail them my cookies and then they are going to eat them! Eat my cookies, that I made! And I’ve never met them, they don’t know me, or my sarcasm or my incredibly dark sense of humor and I’m going to end up making them garbage cookies and no one is going to like me.”
I think I passed out then. I’m not sure what happened. I sent a barrage of frantic emails and Gchat messages to the amazing Emily who was the epitome of cool over this (I mean how could she not be? She won 1st place in a pie contest, the girl has skillz). She didn’t even test her recipe before sending out her cookies. I wish I had her confidence. I tested my recipe no less than 4 times, and I still tweaked the last batch before I sent them out.
Happy Thanksgiving Chitlins! Since I am almost positive not a soul is trolling the webs today and certainly no one is thinking of preparing any last minute recipes and everyone eats leftovers from now until Monday, I thought I would offer you a photo essay on how to make macarons. I’ve included the recipe below for those that are curious though.