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Ultimate Ginger Cookies

(Chef Karen is going it alone this week)

Ginger cookies have never been a favourite of mine.  Not sure if they’re too strong or what but I’m not a big fan…. until I found this recipe.  My husband likes them so I thought I’d be nice and make some for him; turns out, I like them now, too.  I used Ina Garten’s Ultimate Cookie Recipe from the Food Network website. They have a nice ginger-y taste to them and they’re not too strong.  When I made them I wasn’t thrilled with the dough. I found it to be VERY crumbly; to the point that I thought I was going to throw it out.  But, I continued on and made it work.  I think I added the flour too quickly so keep that in mind.  It’s certainly not too late to bake for the Christmas holidays so get going and whip up a batch of these….. I’m pretty sure you’ll be a fan, too.

Ultimate Ginger Cookies!

Ultimate Ginger Cookies!

Chef Jonathan and I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Thank-you for supporting our blog by reading our posts.  We hope to keep going in 2014 with fun and interesting recipes to pass onto you!

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Week # 14 – Crunch Bars

Chef Jonathan’s Part:

I really like this recipe. It’s so easy. It literally took me about 15 minutes. The important part is to really watch your caramel sauce, it can turn from amber to black within a matter of seconds. I also recommend pouring over your crackers immediately after you take it off the burner. I would also reduce the baking time by maybe a minute or so, my caramel was a little too dark on the bottom. All in all, a great recipe for a nice light snack or an app for a party!

Karen’s Part:

I’ve had this recipe for years but never made them.  I’m not sure why because they’re very easy to make and quite yummy.  The recipe was is easy to follow but I changed a couple of things.  I didn’t use the semi-sweet chocolate, I used chocolate chips.  Why crush squares when you can buy them already crushed? I also didn’t toast the walnuts; I forgot.  Careful when melting the butter. Mine was on the edge of burning.  They say don’t stir it and I’m not sure why, I would next time. When they need to be cut,they tended to be a bit hard so keep that in mind.  Also, I think because I used chocolate chips, the chocolate tends to be a bit soft so I store them in the fridge.  Probably the melted squares would keep a bit harder.

These were a hit at a Christmas party I took them to the other night.  Try them when you need something easy to make and good to eat.  Enjoy!

Here’s the recipe:

“Simply Stunning Crunch “Bars”” Dessert Recipes. Web. 18 Dec. 2011. <http://www.dessertcentre.ca&gt;.
 

Week #13: Christmas Cookies with Yuletide Frosting

Chef Jonathan’s Part:

I was very excited for this week, because these are my favourite Christmas cookies of all time! The icing is so sweet, combined with the nice subtle butter cookie underneath, the perfect combination! My Mom and I would make these all time, and I would usually just decorate them, while she did everything else…..Not until this year, did I realize how much work it is. Not to throw you off from making these, but it’s quite the process. But it just makes you appreciate the cookie all the more! These are always a huge hit wherever you take them, I took them to Church on Sunday, and they were gobbled up so quickly! I totally recommend this recipe, but make sure you dedicate a whole day to making them.

Karen’s Part:

The cookie recipe today is a recipe that’s stood the test of time for our family baking and making Christmas cookies.  I used to make these with my mom and sisters and I then made them with my kids.  It’s not a revolutionary recipe but it’s a good one.

I tend to be lazy when it comes to decorating these cookies.  That’s why I have mine decorated with white frosting and colored sugars, etc.  It’s also more fun done as a family event and not by yourself in the kitchen.  But the taste is still the same and each time I bite into one, it takes me back to my childhood and trying to sneak one so my mom wouldn’t say, “How many of those have you had?”  🙂

 

Here’s the recipe:

Christmas Cookies                  oven: 350 degrees

1 C soft butter             2 eggs

2/3 C sugar                 3 C flour

2 T vanilla                   ½ t salt

 Cream the butter.  Add sugar, vanilla and eggs and mix well.  Add the flour and salt.  Roll into a log, cover with wax paper and chill for 2 hours.  Roll out ¼ of the dough at a time.  Cut into shapes with Christmassy cookie cutters.  Place cookies on baking sheet covered with parchment paper.  Bake about 10 minutes.  Place on wire racks to cool. 

 Yuletide Frosting (to cover the cookies)

½ C butter (Room temp).                  2 t vanilla

½ C milk                                         confectioner’s sugar (as much as needed to make a stiff frosting.)

 Cream the butter.  Add the milk and sugar alternately creaming them until thick enough to spread.  Stir in vanilla.  Add colours as desired.  Decorate and put in the fridge to keep the frosting stiff.