Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Chocolate Carmel Espresso Chews

Chocolate Carmel Espresso Chews

Prep: 35 minutes Bake: 6-8 minutes per batch
Oven:375 degrees F Makes: 4 dozen cookies

1 tablespoon milk
1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder or coffee granules
1 cup butter softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups unsweetned baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup finely chopped peacans (optional)
48 Rolo candies ( Round chewy carmels in milk chocolate), unwrapped.

1/2 teaspoons instant espresso or coffe granuels*
1-2 teaspoons hot water
1 cup powedered sugar

Heat oven to 375. Combined 1 tab;espoon milk and 1 1/2 teaspoons aspresso powder in small bowl. Set aside.

Combine butter, sugar and brown sugar in large mixing bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add dissolve espresso powder mixture and eggs; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour, cocoa and baking soda. Stir in chopped pecans (optional). Beat, scrapping bowl often, until well mixed.

With lightly floured hands. shape dough into 48 (1 1/4-inch) balls. Place balls into lightly greased mini muffin pan cups*. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until puffed and set (insert a toothpick and if it comes out clean, then they are done..). Immediately press 1 candy piece, top-side down, into each Cookie. Cool for 10 minutes in pan; run small sharp knife inside edge of cups to remove cookies. Remove to wire rack. Cool completely.

Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder into 1 tablespoon water in small bowl. Stir in powdered sugar and additional water if necessary for desired consistency. Drizzle Glaze over cooled cookie.

* Editors note: I used coffee grounds instead of the espresso powder. With making the glaze using coffee grounds I suggest getting a coffee filter and after letting the grounds "dissolve" filter out any grounds that are left and use the coffee water with the powdered sugar for your glaze.

Also, I followed the directions and put the cookies into the the mini muffin pans, and as you can see, that didn't turn out so well. I suggest using the mini muffin pan liners. The cookies came out so much better in my second batch!

These turned out very yummy. They are very brownie like!

Next time I will share my pistachio cookies with y'all.

Until next time, enjoy!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Lifes a Circus!

For my birthday, way back in August, I got to go to the Circus with my sister and friends. It was very exciting. I've never been to the circus before, well I went once with my dad when I was little, but all I remember is getting out of the car. I don't remember the circus at all! How sad is that?! Anyways here are some pictures from the awesome circus!

People protesting the circus..

I got tons more pictures, but they are all blury.. These are the best of them! I had a blast at the circus. Came home sick from all the yummy cotton candy and pretzels!!

Until next time, enjoy!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Prep: 30 minutes Bake:10 minutes per batch
Oven: 375 degrees F Makes: about 48 cookies
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped peanuts or semisweet chocolate pieces
( I used 1/2 a cup pecans and 1/2 a cup chocolate since thats allI had in my cupboard)

Preheat oven to 375. In large mixing bowl beat butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed about 30 seconds or until combined. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Stir in rolled oats and peanuts.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoon 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake about 10 minutes or until edges are light brown. Transfer to wire rack; cool.

If your looking for something easy to make with stuff you already have in your cupboard, these are the cookies for you!
They were very simple to make and very yummy!
Next time I will be sharing my Chocolate Carmel Espresso Chews with y'all.
Until next time, enjoy!

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, October 12, 2009

I'm Back...

Okay, so here I am. Anyone miss me?
As you can see I changed my layout. A new face for a new beginning, right? I have decided that I am going to try and post more often and share my baking. With the holidays coming up I have been in a baking mood.. The people I work with love it because they get all the goodies I bake! I don't have anything right now to share, but come back later this week for some yummy cookies!
Since I've been MIA not a whole lot has happened. My husband has gone back to school full time. I think he as finally decided on getting his degree in mathematics. Other than that, nothing has changed. Ford and Rocky are crazy as ever.. Rocky is no
longer the tiny little kitty I brought home.. Pictures of them soon as well!
Well that's all I have for tonight. Until next time good night!!