food, xmas 15

Hot cocoa cookies

Rich, chocolaty and delicious

hot cocoa cookies

Ingredients:

For the cookies-
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

25 (apx.) large marshmallows

For the icing –
2 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Assorted sprinkles

directions:

Make the cookies-
1.) In a medium saucepan (or in a microwave safe bowl, using 50% power), melt the butter and chocolate, stirring frequently. Once melted, set aside to cool slightly.
2.) In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
3.) In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the sugar, eggs and vanilla on low speed until well combined.
4.) Add the cooled chocolate mixture and blend until just combined.
5.) While mixing, add the flour mixture slowly and blend until just combined.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then cover the dough and refrigerate about 1 hour. If making the dough a day ahead, let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before shaping.
6.) Preheat oven to 325*F. and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat type liner. Use a tablespoon (or a tablespoon sized cookie scoop) to scoop the dough, then roll the dough in your hands to create balls. Arrange the balls about 2 inches apart on your baking sheets, then flatten slightly.
Bake cookies about 12 minutes.
7.) While the cookies bake, cut the large marshmallows in half (crosswise). When the cookies have baked, remove from oven and press one marshmallow half (cut side down) into the center of each cookie. Return the cookies to the oven and bake another 2-3 minutes. Allow the pan of cookies to cool a few minutes, then transfer cookies to cooling rack.
8.) Prepare cookie icing by combining all ingredients in a medium bowl and mixing together with a whisk. Place wire cooling rack (with cookies on it) over a baking sheet (to catch any excess icing). Spoon a small amount of icing onto the top of each marshmallow, and use the back of the spoon to spread it a bit. After icing just a couple cookies, top with sprinkles before the icing dries.
9.) Allow icing to set up about 30 minutes before serving.

 

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design, Fragrance, next best thing, xmas 15

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I believe in this amazing “choco-factory”

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food, Movie, xmas 15

Ginger bread popcorn

Watch Christmas movies and enjoy your popcorn

ginger bread

Ingredients
  • 14 C popped popcorn (approx ½ C un-popped)
  • ¾ C dark brown sugar
  • ½ C butter
  • ¼ C light karo syrup
  • ¼ C molasses
  • 1¼ tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, combine dark brown sugar, butter, light karo, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  2. Boil while constantly stirring for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, add vanilla and baking soda- soda will foam.
  4. Quickly pour over popcorn and toss to coat.
  5. Let cool; stirring every 2-3 minutes to separate while cooling.
  6. Enjoy!

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Fall/Winter 15-16, fashion, food, taste, trends, xmas 15

Christmas decorating ideas

Inspirational alternative ideas to decorate your house

my fav

If you don’t have what you want, draw it!

The Holiday that is filled with joy, creativity and happiness arrived and we want to give back to you as much as love as you want and creative ideas that will certainly provole your smile!

Food, fun and DIY christmas treats

 

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