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Holiday goodies galore!

29 Dec

Instead of buying gifts this year, I decided to bake for co-workers and friends! Besides, home-made is better than store-bought :) After reading through baking blogs and googling ideas.. I chose to make three goodies:

  1. Peppermint Bark
  2. Oreo Truffles
  3. Oatmeal Lace Cookies
The peppermint bark and oatmeal cookies turned out great. I didn’t like the oreo truffles too much – maybe because they were too soft. They are good when eaten chilled. I had a hard time keeping them cold so I opted not to make them anymore after the first batch.

peppermint bark & oreo truffles

They were surprisingly simple..  I think finding the packaging took me longer (finally found them at the Dollar Store near work and at Michael’s). Here are the recipes!

Peppermint Bark 

Ingredients:
5 squares of Baker’s white chocolate
5 squares of  Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate
2 drops of peppermint extract
5 candy canes, crushed

Steps

  1. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Place the candy canes in a ziplock bag and crush to tiny pieces. Sieve the crushed pieces to separate the big candy cane chunks and the finer candy cane “powder” into two separate bowls. Set aside.
  3. Melt semi-sweet chocolate squares in a double-broiler (substitute: use a metal bowl placed on top of a pot of boiling water).
    ** The key to melting chocolate is to make sure there is no moisture or water that touches the chocolate).
  4. Once smooth and completely melted, add two drops of peppermint extract to the chocolate then pour onto the cold cookie sheet. Spread thinly using a spatula.
  5. Repeat steps 3 with the white chocolate squares.
  6. Once the white chocolate is melted, pour the candy cane powder and mix it with the chocolate.
  7. Pour the melted white chocolate and candy cane mixture onto the already-frozen/cold semi-sweet chocolate. Spread.
  8. Sprinkle the larger crushed candy cane pieces on top of the white chocolate.
  9. Put back in freezer for at least 30 mins (or in the refrigerator for at least an hour). Once chocolate has hardened, break the chocolate into pieces.

Oreo Truffles (from Easy Oreo Truffles on allrecipes.com)

Ingredients
1/2 package of 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 package of oreo cookies, crushed
4 squares of Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate

Steps

  1. Crush 4 oreo cookies using a food processor and set aside.
  2. Crush the rest of the cookies and mix with cream cheese. Use a hand mixer to thoroughly blend the two.
  3. Using two teaspoons, shape the mixture into round balls.
  4. Use a double broiler (substitute: metal bowl placed on top of a pot of boiling water) to melt the semi-sweet chocolate.
  5. Once melted, place the oreo balls on top of a fork and use a spoon to scoop melted chocolate on top of it. Keep doing this until the oreo ball is completely coated.
  6. Place chocolate-covered oreo truffle on parchment paper.
  7. When you’ve dipped all oreo truffles in chocolate, put in freezer to cool.

Oatmeal Lace Cookies (from Lacy Oatmeal Cookies on allrecipes.com)

Ingredients
1 cup quick oats
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 165 degrees C.
  2. In a small bowl, combine oats, flour, salt, and baking powder (this is your dry ingredients bowl).
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
  4. Beat in egg and add vanilla to the butter and sugar mixture (this is your wet ingredients bowl).
  5. Add all dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.
  6. Place parchment paper on top of cookie sheet and drop teaspoon-sized dough on it. The cookies will spread quite a bit so make sure you don’t put them too close to each other.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until edges start to turn golden yellow or brown.
  8. Leave on cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Voila.. the finished product :)

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Failed Chocolate Chip Cookies ☹

10 May

I was really craving for some chocolate chip cookies the other day so I decided to bake some. I actually wanted to eat it with ice cream.. warm chocolate chip cookie with cookies and cream ice cream.. mmm! Sadly I made a mistake in measuring the amount of butter I needed so it was a disaster :(

Recipe used:
Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

The recipe called for 3/4 cup melted butter.. so I sliced 1/2 cup worth of butter and melted it in the microwave. It came out as 3/4 cups of melted butter so I thought it would be okay. I ended up having a batter that was way too dry. I tried baking it anyway.. they looked completely fine on the outside. But the insides were not baked at all. And if I had kept them in the oven any longer, they would’ve burned. So I had to throw them away :( I didn’t really wanna eat ‘raw’ cookie dough. What a waste of baking ingredients…

Yummy Rating:
no hearts :(

Sugar Cookie Lollipops

1 May

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I was planning to give the cake pops to my boss and co-worker as a goodbye present. But since that did not turn out too well, I had to come up with something else. So I thought of making sugar cookies.. you can’t really go wrong with sugar cookies. Got the recipe from The Best Rolled Sugar Cookie. For the frosting, I used Sugar Cookie Frosting.

After I chilled the dough, I had to cut the cookie shapes out. The first few I made were just circles (easy enough). Then I tried to be more creative and cut some ‘flower’ shapes out with a knife.. the one on the far right turned out okay. The bottom one, not so much (Is there a flower with only 4 petals?). Also made a square. After I did those two, I went back to making circles.. too lazy to make other shapes. Once the shapes were cut out, I stuck the cookie sticks into them. The back of the cookie opened up a little bit so I just got small pieces of dough and covered the sticks at the back. Then I baked them. I was a little worried that the sticks were gonna catch fire but luckily, they didn’t. Cooled the cookies for a couple of hours and then decorated them with frosting. I got lazy after a little while so I just made random scribbles on some of them. As you can see from my cookie frosting designs, I’m not a very creative person :p

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The final product. My thank you/goodbye present for my boss.

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Yummy rating:
♥♥

Snickerdoodles!

1 May

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Snickerdoodles are basically cinnamon sugar cookies. Not sure where it got its name from but I like it :) Reminds me of goldendoodles (which are not food)..

Got the recipe from allrecipes.com again — Mrs. Sigg’s Snickerdoodles. Almost all of my recipes are from this website. Whenever I think of something I wanna bake, I just search the site and (this is the imporant part) look for the ones with the highest ratings. Then read all the comments. If people are saying it tastes good, chances are high that it’ll taste good when you bake it — assuming you stick to the recipe!

Yummy Rating:
♥♥♥

Reverse Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 May

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I used this recipe from allrecipes.com:
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies I

Instead of using chocolate chips, I used white chocolate chips.

Yummy Rating:
♥♥
(out of 3)