Glazed Sugar Cookies

Merry Christmas!

For our first Christmas recipe we have a sugar cookie from the cookbook Christmas Cookies.

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Butter Softened
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1 16-oz Package of Powdered Sugar
  • 4-6 Tablespoons of Hot Water

Royal Icing:

  • 1 16-oz Package of Powdered Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 6 Tablespoons Hot Water
  • Liquid Food Coloring (Optional)
  • Edible Gold Dust
  • Clear Vanilla Extract

Directions for Cookies:

  1. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  2. Add egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla, beating until blended.
  3. Gradually add flour and salt, beating just until blended.
  4. Divide dough in half; cover and chill for 1 hour.
  5. Roll each portion of dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface.
  6. Cut dough into desired shapes with a 3.5 inch cutter, and place on lightly greased baking sheets.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.
  8. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  9. Dip cookies in glaze; place on wax paper to dry.
  10. Decorate with Royal Icing.
  11. Combine 1/4 Teaspoon gold dust and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract with a small paintbrush.
  12. Working quickly, brush on gold accents, add 1 drop of clear vanilla extract at a time, as needed, to moisten gold dust.
  13. Sprinkle on more gold dust if desired.
  14. Yields about 16 cookies

Directions for Glaze:

  1. Whisk powdered sugar and hot water until smooth. Yields 1 1/3 cups.

Royal Icing:

  1. Stir together the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and hot water until smooth.
  2. Add in food coloring, if desired.
  3. Pour into a decorating bag or zip-top freezer bag.
  4. Snip a tiny hole in the corner of the bag and decorate if desired.
  5. Yields about 3 cups.

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Thoughts After Baking:

So first of all, I didn’t decorate these, I had 3-5 year olds do it so they don’t look as nice as they would have, if I had done it. They were delicious, and the kids loved them.

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For more Christmas Cookies, go to Braided Candy Canes

For more Sugar Cookies, go to Sugar Puffs

For more cookie recipes, go to Eggless Cookie Dough

For more desserts, go to The “Best” Brownies

Saucy Spider with Hairy Leg Sticks

So I wanted to make sure you all had a Halloween-y recipe for whatever parties or events you may be having this year. My tia shared this recipe on facebook, and I decided I HAD to make it.

This recipe for how to make the spider comes from Woman’s Day and calls for 2 balls of pizza dough. I decided to make it myself and instead of trying the Sicilian pizza recipe, I got this pizza dough recipe from Bigger Bolder Baking’s 15-Minute Pizza Dough Recipe (No Yeast)

Pizza Dough Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 Cups of Flour
  • 3 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 3/4 Cup + 2 Tablespoons of Water
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

Pizza Dough Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F
  2. In a mixing bowl-combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Whisk until thoroughly combined and set aside.
  4. Combine the water and oil in a separate jug or cup.
  5. Slowly add the water and oil mixture to the flour mixture, holding back a little in case you don’t need it all.
  6. Using a wooden spoon, or your hands, mix until the dough is combined. It should be soft, but not sticky.
  7. Add a splash more water if you dough is dry.

Saucy Spider Ingredients:

  • 2 Balls of Pizza Dough
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp of Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Large Pitted Black Olive
  • 2 Cups of Marinara Sauce

Spider Directions:

  1. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Make the spider by cutting one ball of dough in half.
  3. Shape one half into a 5-inch ball to make the spider body.
  4. Cut a 1 1/2 inch strip from the remaining half and shape into a 2 1/2 inch ball to make the head.
  5. Cut the remaining dough into 8 strips and roll each strip into a 6 inch rope to make the legs.
  6. Arrange the body, legs, and head on one of the prepared baking sheets to resemble a spider, gently pressing all of the pieces of dough together.
  7. Brush the spider with some of the egg.
  8. Sprinkle the legs 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese.
  9. Place 2 of the olive slices on the top of the head for eyes and 2 on the bottom for pincers.
  10. Bake until golden brown, 25-30 mins. (Cover the legs with foil if they brown too quickly).
  11. Meanwhile, make the spider leg sticks. Cut the remaining ball of dough into into 8 pieces.
  12. Roll each piece into a 3/4 inch thick rope.
  13. Cut each rope into various lengths.
  14. Taper one end of each piece and slightly bend the others to resemble legs.
  15. Place on the second baking sheet, brush with the remaining egg and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese.
  16. Bake until golden brown-15-20 minutes.
  17. Meanwhile, warm marinara sauce.
  18. Using a knife, hollow out the body of the spider and fill with the warm sauce.
  19. Serve with the leg sticks.

The Pizza Dough:

The Spider Before Baking-I Didn’t Have Any Olives:

Spider After Baking:

Spider Body Filled:

Thoughts After Reading:

So the dough was okay, but too salty for me. I don’t think I would make it again. It also only made one ball of dough so I didn’t get any spider legs out of it.

The spider was so cute. I ended up making White Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens and filled my spider with it.

It was easy to make too, and I’m going to try and do it for a future party.

Soo good!

For more Halloween recipes, go to Pumpkin French Toast

For more pizza dough recipes, go to Pizza Siciliana

 

Easy Tomato Soup

Thoughts Before Cooking:

So true, right? So I love tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches paired together. I have shared a few grilled cheese sandwich recipes, but now it is time to share a tomato soup recipe. I don’t know exactly where it comes from, but it was shared with me from my mother.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Minced Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons of All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 Cups of Chicken Broth
  • 1 6-oz Can of Tomato Paste
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Cup of Half and Half
  • Chopped Fresh Tomatoes, Optional

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, saute garlic in butter for 1 minute.
  2. Stir in flour, until blended.
  3. Gradually add the chicken broth.
  4. Stir in tomato paste and cayenne until well blended.
  5. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 mins or until thickened.
  6. Reduce heat and gradually stir in cream. (Do not boil)
  7. Garnish with chopped tomatoes if desired.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I LOVED it! This soup was so good, especially with grilled cheese sandwiches. I recommend it.

For more soup recipes, go to Iron-Rich Black Bean Soup

For more tomato soup recipes, go to One-Pot Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

For more recipes, go to Hillshire Farm Crustless Quiche

Vegetable Tempura

So I found this book at the library, A Flash in the Pan: 100 Fast and Furious Recipes for Wok and Stir Fry by Shirley Gill and Liz Trigg. I had never had tempura before, but I always heard people ordering it in film or reading about it in books. So I decided to try it out.

“These deep-fried fritters are based on Kaki-age, a Japanese dish that often incorporates fish and shrimp as well as vegetables.”

Ingredients:

  • 2 Medium Zucchini
  • 1/2 Medium Eggplant
  • 1 Large Carrot
  • 1/2 Small Spanish Onion
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup of Ice Water
  • 1 Cup of All-Purpose Flour
  • Salt
  • Ground Pepper
  • Vegetable Oil for deep frying
  • Sea Salt Flakes
  • Lemon Slices
  • Japanese Soy Sauce (Shoyu)

Directions:

  1. Using a potato peeler, pare strips of peel from the zucchini and eggplant to give it a striped effect. *Peeling strips of peel from the zucchini and eggplant will avoid too much tough skin in the finished dish.
  2. Cut the zucchini, eggplant, and carrot into strips about 3-4 inches long and 1/8 inch wide.
  3. Put the eggplant, zucchini, and carrot in a colander and sprinkle liberally with salt.
  4. Let stand for 30 mins, then rinse thoroughly under cold running water.
  5. Drain well.
  6. Thinly slice the onion from top to base, discarding the plump pieces in the middle.
  7. Seperate the layers so that there are lots of fine long strips.
  8. Mix all the vegetables together and season with salt and pepper.
  9. Make the batter immediately before frying: mix the egg and iced water in a bowl-then sift in flour. Mix briefly using a fork or chopsticks. Do not overmix-the batter should remain lumpy. Add the vegetables to the batter and mix to combine.
  10. Fry vegetables in wok or pan.

Thoughts After Reading:

So when I made this, all the mixture came off the vegetables and fell into the pan and burned to the pan. I guess my vegetables were too wet or something.

The ones that did fry tasted good, but the others were okay. If I were to do this again, I would dry them off with a paper towel.

For more recipes, go to Scottish Oatcakes