Thursday, December 23, 2010

Crinkle Cookies for Santa

I saw these cookies a few years ago in a magazine, we tried them and loved them. This year after I made them my husband informed me that these were one of his 2 Favorite cookies, and proceeded to eat as much as I would allow. Since I made these to give out to neighbors I kinda had to hide them from him. But in his defense they are REALLY REALLY GOOD!
So while we already made these a couple of times and ate most of them, we have decided to make them for Santa as well because doesn't he deserve the BEST, and they are the BEST!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas season and I will report back after Christmas with all the goodies I have eaten and made, here are a couple that you may find some use for.

Chocolate Crinkles

3/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 ounces mini semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup powdered sugar

In a large bowl mixt together he melted butter, cocoa powder, and sugar. Wisk in the eggs and vanilla extract. In a medium size bowl, stir together the four, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Use a large spoon to slowly add he dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture. Stir in the chips . Refrigerate dough 2 hours.

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Form the dough into 1-inch balls, then roll them in confectioners sugar. Bake the cookies on an un-greased cookie sheet for 10 min. Set the sheet on a wire rack for 5 min. then lightly dust the cookies with powdered sugar. Transfer cookies to rack to cool completely. Makes 4 dozen.

Once again these are so good and taste like little truffle cookies, so moist and rich and oh just perfect. Also here is a cute way to give them to a friend.
Put some cute paper on an empty pringles can.

For Steve's Birthday this year I did a Cereal bar party, I also made a couple of breakfast casseroles. This one from Pioneer Woman was INCREDIBLE. It was totally different and so good everyone loved it and it was the first one gone. The secret is the Pita Chips, if you have ever had these you know they rock, if not you are missing out.

This is what I will be making for Christmas Morning, I am already excited for it!

Here is the recipe I used, next time I make it though I will be adding at least 4-6 more eggs. It did not have enough. Just fyi

Recipe: Mushroom Bacon Breakfast Strata

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  • 10 slices Bacon, Cut Into 1/2" Pieces
  • 12 whole White Mushrooms, Sliced
  • 8 whole Eggs Beaten
  • ½ cups Half-and-half
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 4 ounces, weight Cream Cheese
  • ½ cups Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 10 ounces, weight Stacy's Simply Naked Pita Chips

Preparation Instructions

Fry bacon pieces in a large skillet until done but not overly crispy. Drain on a paper towel, pour grease from skillet. Add mushrooms to skillet (don’t clean skillet first) and cook until done.

Mix eggs, half-and-half, salt, and pepper.

Arrange pita chips in an 8 x 11-inch baking dish. Slightly press to flatten. Tear pieces of cream cheese and evenly distribute over the top of chips. Distribute mushrooms and bacon over the top of this, followed by the cheddar cheese. Pour egg mixture evenly over all ingredients.

Place into the fridge for several hours of overnight (makes a handy breakfast casserole!), then bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or until eggs are set. Cut into squares and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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