Friday, January 05, 2007

A bright little Christmas for friends of Moon

Well actually it was a bright little calorie filled Christmas but hey, once a year.

Peanut Brittle, my recipe. I didn't make enough but I don't know if I ever could.
Fantasy Fudge, recipe on the back of the marshmallow cream jar. This is the easiest I've ever found and it has NEVER failed.
Vanilla Pecan Fudge, from my mom's ancient-falling-apart cookbook. They call it Panocha.
Chocolate Peanut Butter cookies dipped in chocolate and salted peanuts
Mexican Wedding Rings, La Vida Dulce's recipe.
Cranberry-Nut Jumbles, a tasty new cookie. Who doesn't like something called a "jumble". (recipe below)
Decorated Sugar Cookies, Soul Fusion Kitchen's recipe and now my favorite. It is the most flavorful tender cookie that will hold up to some serious Royal Icing.

Everything was well recieved and even though I'd spent a lot of time in the kitchen I'd do it all over again. So much fun to wrap it all up and deliver.

Ok, here's a dud of a recipe. I was very, VERY, dissapointed with America's Test Kitchen's Deep Dish Apple Pie. I tried they're version because when you make a deep dish pie, sometimes, the filling shrinks and the crust stays high leaving you with a whole lot of nothing when you cut the pie. Who likes nothing in a pie, we all want oceans of filling.

I have to say it did fill up the pie but the recipe did not have any flour and it calls to drain the apples before baking. You guessed it, no sauce, just dry apples. It tasted ok but all fell apart with no sauce to hold the apples together. No luscious, gooey, wonderful sauce. Will go back to my good old award winning recipe next time. Can't blame a girl for trying something new.

Cranberry-nut Jumbles

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts
5 oz. dried cranberries

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons orange juice

Oven 375

Beat brown sugar and butter until creamy (2-3 minutes) Add sour cream, egg and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed (1-2 minutes). Reduce speed to low; add flour, baking powder and baking soda. Beat another 1-2 minutes. Stir in nuts and cranberries.

Drop by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart on parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned.

Stir together powdered sugar and orange juice in small bowl. Drizzle over cooled cookies.

Makes 4 dozen.


maltese parakeet said...

i received a box of cookies (the one with the reindeer on it, as a matter of fact) and can confirm that they were indeed faboo.

i also lived through the apple pie disaster of 2006 and can only say, "wtf, atk?"

La Vida Dulce said...

Hey, these sound delicious! And kinda on the healthy side, with the nuts and cranberries. I'll make some this weekend. Thanks!

doodles said...

I too was a recipient of the Mexican Wedding cookies - a fav that sister Moon knows I love. How pretty the packaging is

wheresmymind said...

wow...that is a lot of great stuff!