Today is Bake Cookies Day. So I did. A lot. Those of you who follow me on Facebook have probably seen the pictures of all the cookies I’ve been baking today*. For those of you who haven’t … ta da!
This is really more impressive if you know that I hate to cook. I have basically come to the conclusion that I’m allergic to any food product that isn’t handed to me through a window. Baking, on the other hand, is a completely different story. Might have something to do with the end product … jury’s still out.
|The “before” picture
(none of the refrigerated items are shown –
mainly because I forgot them for the photo op).
I first had to prep … which is the hardest part for me. I like instant gratification. However, some dough had to be chilled before it could be used. I can deal with that because I know how awesome the cookies are, and I’m flexible that way.
What was disappointing is that (probably because I don’t cook), I forgot to get the butter out of the fridge last night – hence, all the recipes (which is about 90% of them) that called for “soft” or “room temperature” butter had to wait. Of course, those are the ones that also have to be chilled before the dough can be manipulated into complete cookie awesomeness.
While I was waiting for the butter to soften, I went ahead and made my first batch: Pizzelles!
I remember having these back when I was little. I always thought I was being a little bit naughty when I ate them because they have whiskey in them! (The recipe also makes like 8 billion cookies, so I realize why we always had some).
With the butter finally softened, I got the dough mixed and chilled. My next batch was Tea Time Toffees (or tiny pecan pies). My grandmother used to make these and I always thought they were amazing!
|Mental note: don’t forget to set the timer|
Normally they are much prettier than this, but I let them stay in the oven a minute or two too long and they got a little burnt on the top. Still totally edible – and if no one wants them, I’ll eat them.
Next up: Dusty Roads:
These are a new addition to the event this year. It’s a buttery cookie with walnuts and a hint of cinnamon that nearly melts in your mouth. Not sure if you can tell from the photo, but there’s a light dusting of powdered sugar. They would be perfect with after-dinner coffee … or for breakfast … whichever.
Next I decided to work on the Kiss Cookies. I made these last year, and I forgot what a pain it was to unwrap all those kisses. But they seem to be everyone’s favorite. So, next year either Hershey will start making kisses without wrappers, or I am going to the craft store to get the cheap stuff.
The oven needed a break for a little while (so did I), so I decided to whip up some Kahlua fudge with walnuts real quick. Yum!
|Fudge with walnuts. Yumminess factor = 10!|
Next I made the foundations for my Horseshoe Cookies and my Melting Lace Cookies. Those will require some additional “dressing” after they cool off, so we’ll come back to those.
|Note: this candy gets very hot. If you try to make this, use a wooden spoon.
Plastic or nylon will melt.
|Butter cookies with semi-sweet chocolate and fun sprinkles!|
|Dark chocolate sandwiched between two delicate oatmeal cookies|
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