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[personal profile] synecdochic posted what is probably the best recipe ever:

edible chocolate chip cookie dough - as in, 'safe to eat' b/c no raw eggs, thus not-so-much tummy ache after.

I haven't tried it yet, b/c I'm not in a 'pseudo-baking' mood just now, but this is on my list of 'things to toy with later'. =)

Because, really, who doesn't like eating just the dough?




In other news? OMG if some ppl on this $project at $day_job don't stop with the 'mine's bigger than yours' bullshit, imma have to open a can of whupass or something. Gah! Just do your shit so I can do my job, please?


However - all-in-all, nowhere near as shitty as my last job. Stress levels, overall? FAR lower. This I prefer, even if the pay is about half. I think I like being not-stressed all the time, TYVM.

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I just found a recipe for "Little Lamb" cupcakes! They look really cute - if you like marshmallows! *g*

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I was tasked with making my nephew's birthday cake and as I'm now summarily opposed to using boxed mixes, I did some FoodNetwork.com surfing.

I came across this recipe: Chocolate Cake Recipe - yup, the name's that simple. The batter is really runny, so I ended up turning the oven back by 50 degrees and letting it bake a bit longer than suggested.

Then, b/c nephew had to have chocolate frosting on the cake, I did another search and found "PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" CHOCOLATE FROSTING - it's after the cake recipe. It makes a 'pourable' frosting that slides over the cake nicely and is very chocolatey.

The cake itself really doesn't *need* frosting (in fact, the recipe calls for dusting with powdered sugar), but I have yet to meet a 9 y/o who will eat cake w/o frosting (and [personal profile] katernater says she's not met a 25-y/o who will eat cake w/o frosting *g* - though, there's me - I'm not a frosting fan, but I liked this frosting).

On top we had race car candles and chocolate race cars we'd made with a candy mold. They're not bad, but I'd like to find a candy chocolate that has better texture and flavor if we plan to try that again.

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In other news... SVU )

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No-bake Cookies

2 c sugar
1 stick butter
1/2 c milk
4 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 c oatmeal (Quick oats)
1/2 c peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla extract

Combine sugar, butter, milk, cocoa powder and bring to a boil.

Boil gently for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat, add remaining ingredients. Blend.

Drop from tsp onto waxed paper.


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To add a little context - this is one of my fave recipes ever! I make these all the time for work pot-luck things. They're quick, they're easy and they taste good. =)

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Been doing this here recently - last week's foray didn't come out as well as I'd hoped, thus no recipes. This week, however, hoo-rah! they came out good!

I think this is now my most favorite bread ever - King Arthur Flour Oatmeal Bread recipe - as a link and I'll list it here:

King Arthur Flour Oatmeal Bread )

I'm partly lazy and partly not able to stir stiff dough by hand (bad shoulders), so mom's Kitchen-aid mixer got a hefty workout, b/c I also made [personal profile] synecdochic's basic yeast bread of awesome, so that thing was working quite a lot. It's a very cool machine (wish I had m'own) b/c it'll knead the dough too! Cuts the work time down by quite a bit. Still the long-ass waiting time, but less working time, which is good.

Things I've discovered while making bread: bread flour yields fantastic results! good yeast is an absolute must! (this is part of why last week was a partial bust) winter sucks when it makes your kitchen 50 degrees! (which is 20 degrees colder than the rest of the house and not a good temp for dough to rise, hence use of ye olde oven to 'cheat' *g*)

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So, in the previous cookie entry there were:



In this entry, there are several more:


Cut-out cookie recipe )


I also made another batch of Snickerdoodles so my family types would stop snarfing my cookie gifts!

This weekend, niece and nephew will get to cover the kitchen in icing and sprinkles for great decorating art! Hmmm - I think we need more food coloring. *makes a note*


At some point between now and Christmas, my friend's coming over to make Hermit Cake. If anyone wants that recipe, let me know. =) ETA: Hermit Cake recipe - just looking, it looks to be the same as the one my grandmother and mom have been making for years.

ETA: I got my 'Inner Child Secret Santa' goody box yesterday! (I mailed mine today! I promise! It should be there in 2 days or so!) My goody box had: A My Little Pony, 2 Matchbox cars, a PEZ dispenser and a holiday card! Very cool! Thank you, Secret Santa! =)


Also - my hockey countdown! XD


Dominica Vacation Guide


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I've mixed up batter for one batch of cookies and completely finished 2 others.

The batter I mixed up for baking tomorrow (it has to chill and set first) are the Sugarcrafter's chocolate crinkles. B/c what could be bad about chocolate cookies rolled in powdered sugar? XD

Next is the Snickerdoodles recipe that my mom's been making for years (though this recipe leaves out the measurements - you can get the recipe by inputting an e-mail - so I'll put those in later under the cut). It's from an old Pilsbury cookbook that bills itself as 'The New Pillsbury Family Cookbook'. And if you'd like to know how old it really is - it has a 'new' section on microwave cooking! *g*

And Alton Brown's Toasty Coconut Macaroons - one of my faves!

Tomorrow I'll bake the chocolate crinkles and maybe whip up the batter for sugar cookies. I'll probably wait until Tuesday to mix up the batter for the Spritz cookies so that I can bake those on Wed when I'll have plenty of time before I have to take my dog to the vet.

Snickerdoodles Recipe )

In other news - goddamned opossum! The fucker was in the trashcan and skittered out of it when I took my dog out just now and scared the fucking hell out of me. Damned thing.

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I'm starting on my cookie baking for Christmas. I'm not sure when I'll get to the cut-out cookies - or if I'll even do those this year. I probably will, b/c the neice and nephew like to slap frosting and sprinkles on cookies. =)

I'll pull the complete list together once I'm done with everything. =)

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Made Red Velvet cupcakes again. Yes. The same ones from the last time. The Red Velvet cupcakes of awesome! Mom made a cheesecake. And much of dinner/lunch tomorrow is prep'd and ready.

I have to work, so we're eating around 1400 or so (which, since my time schedule is shifted, is still nearly breakfast for me, but that's okay. It also means I can pack some up to take for dinner at work too.

At some point I'll be making a cheeseball. And later - lots and lots of cookies.


I need to work on my Yuletide assignment. I've done a little, but I need to find some time to focus on it. Cool thing is - I think I have an idea. So, go me! XD


Stars currently are tied w/ the Blues at the end of the 1st/start of the 2nd.... let's see how that goes.


Also, I have mentioned that hockey game I'm going to, right? Dec 16th!





countdown clock thingy ->


Dominica Vacation Guide


ignore the 'vacation' part... it's the best one I could find that didn't use Flash

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Okay, so I had to make something for this little get-together/going-away-party thing at work, so I decided on red velvet cupcakes. My original plan was to grab a box of mix and a canister of frosting and do it that way. Then I did a FoodNetwork.com search for 'red velvet cupcakes' and got a couple good hits - one was Paula Deen (love her!), the other was Terri Wahl from Throwdown with Bobby Flay. Now, she wasn't the most demure challenger he's had, but she had red velvet cupcakes. So, I took a peek at her recipe and it's not all that different from Paula's, except the exorbitant amount of frosting she makes.

Anyway - I made those instead and they are TO DIE FOR! I halved the frosting recipe and I STILL have too much! It's in the fridge and I might make Paula Deen's Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies tomorrow to use it up. =)

I told the #dw channel that I am really sad for anyone who doesn't get to try these cupcakes. And [info - personal] xb95 smooshed his face against the LCD to get at the cupcakes. Sadly, they don't travel well via internet. :(


Tips if you decide to make these:

  • weighing the ingredients will produce a more even result; if you don't have a scale, you'll need to find a conversion chart


  • I sifted the flour b/c it breaks it up a little and delivers smoother cake; cake flour would be even better, but it's a little pricey


  • be sure the sugar is fully dissolved in the oil and buttermilk before adding anything else or the oil will separate and you'll have oily cupcakes (which was the #1 complaint I read in the comments for this recipe)


  • the measurement for the red food coloring is a whole bottle - the little kind that comes in a box by itself (not the little tiny ones that come in the multi-packs)


  • bake them for about 15 minutes and check them, then every 5 mins after that or you'll over bake them (I actually turned the oven back 25* after the first 15 mins, but my oven's weird)



I didn't change anything about this, except I added about an extra tablespoon of cocoa powder b/c I wanted a little more chocolate flavor. Typically I use baking Splenda, but went with the regular sugar since I wasn't sure how Splenda would do in the oil. Maybe next time I'll try with the Splenda and see how it goes. I'll also probably use half wheat flour too.

Now I must away to get ready for work.

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Okay, so it's been longer than 20 minutes - RL came up and caused a delay. =)

Anyway, cupcakes: out of oven, cooled onna rack and ready for snacking... almost!

Next: once the chocolate ganache cools, I can dip the cupcakes in it and they'll be done.

I did 'test' one without ganache just to make sure it was good. It is. Though, I think I overbaked them a little. Next time - need to cut back the baking time by about 2 more minutes I think. I didn't bake them the whole 30, but I think I needed to cut the time back to about 25 minutes. *makes note for next time*

The 'little dry' thing has a pretty easy fix - drink milk with them. =)

They are good though! I also might cut back on the chocolate chips in the cookie dough part *just* a tad. Also might try them with milk chocolate chips rather than semi-sweet too.

I hope you've enjoyed my cupcake baking updates. *g* I'll possibly have one more after I get the ganache on them.

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Cupcakes are in the oven and *damn* they smell good!

I used baking Splenda instead of sugar, so I didn't have nearly as much cookie dough as I was expecting. Though, that could've been because it was a 'giant cookie' recipe for the dough - which tends to be a little firmer since you'd be making one BIG cookie, rather than a bunch of little ones. But it had a bucketload of chocolate chips in it, which I don't see as a bad thing. XD

I'll have another update in 20 minutes when they come out of the oven. =)

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sort of -

it's in a similar vein to our lovely [info - community] omnomnom comm, but it's an RSS feed of a blog that is addictive to read, especially because it has PHOTOS of all the things the lady bakes/cooks!

It's called [info - syndicated] sugarcrafter_feed and it's got TONS of lovely things to make!

And I totally blame [livejournal.com profile] priscellie and her twitter link for the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes that I'll probably end up making later today.

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Made these muffins today - soooo good!

Recipe can be found here.

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Made these muffins today - soooo good!

Recipe can be found here.

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I made these earlier today and posted the recipe over in omnomnom : Toasty Coconut Macaroons.

They are v. good! And v. easy to make!
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I made these earlier today and posted the recipe over in omnomnom : Toasty Coconut Macaroons.

They are v. good! And v. easy to make!

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