Tag Archives: christmas

Foodies Freebie: December 2013 Wallpaper Collection

December is a month full of goodness: family, friends, the closing of a year and the preparation for the next. This is a month were most of us spend plenty of time in the kitchen preparing for both Christmas and New Years dinner, but we love it (we do!): as soon as our guests take that first bite, they see all the cookies, all the goodies set up on the table, kids building their first gingerbread house… We love it!

Today we are sharing our December  2013 Wallpaper Collection with you, featuring some of our favorite ornaments ‘ we love that lil’ gingerbread man! As always all of our desktops are iOS7 and Retina display friendly. Feel free to download them all!

Kitty & Helga

Foodies Freebie: December 2013 Wallpaper Collection - Draft

Continue reading

Honey Spritz Cookies

I really wasn’t planning on baking spritz cookies this year. I’ve made them several times already, and they aren’t exactly the most flavorful cookie around.  A big plus for spritz cookies is that you get a ton of them from one recipe, which is handy if you’ve got plenty of cookie eaters around, and they are pretty which makes them a good choice for gift baskets.

I got Food Network’s December issue last month, and found this recipe. Honey Spritz Cookies sounded good to me,  they were definitely going to taste better than the regular kind, I thought.  I was right.  The added honey makes them bake to a deeper caramel color than you would get from the regular kind, and you do taste and smell the honey in there.  These would probably taste even better if you drizzle melted semi-sweet chocolate on top… if you have the time.  I opted for a sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon.

Helga

Honey Spritz Cookies

Continue reading

Gingerbread Cookies: Take 2

Whatever cookies I plan to bake for Christmas, Gingerbread Cookies are always on the list.  They are mandatory.  I used the recipe we shared last year for Snowflake Gingerbread Cookies but changed the decorating style, and also tweaked the recipe a tiny bit.  The original recipe asks for 2/3 cups molasses. I used half the amount of molasses and completed the 2/3 cup with honey.  I will bake them this way from now on, the added honey makes them smell and taste even better!

I used white royal icing for the decorations, and little M&M type candies.

I noticed I didn’t provide this tip on the recipe last year.  After you take the dough out of the refrigerator to start rolling it, you do need to apply quite a lot of flour to prevent it from sticking. Otherwise, cutting out the shapes is impossible.   I dusted quite a bit of flour on my counter, placed the dough on top and dusted with flour heavily on top of the dough as well.  I had to do this about 3 times before my dough became workable.  Cutting out shapes was a breeze after that.  Also, divide the dough into two, and keep half in the refrigerator while you cut out shapes from the other half.  This also helps.

Helga

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Classic Shortbread Cookies

If you have a Sugar Cookie fan at home, these Classic Shortbread Cookies are going to be a hit. Since I made the cookie dough ahead of time, it was just a matter of thawing it correctly (moved down from the freezer to the fridge overnight) and baking them the morning of Christmas eve. I popped them in the oven, and as soon as they started baking my dad came around and got their scent. He thought that they were regular Sugar Cookies! But by the time he tried them, he was hooked! I have to say that these cookies have been one of the best ones I’ve baked – and the ones that I’ve got great feedback from too.

Kitty

Classic Shortbread Cookies

Continue reading