Monday, February 13, 2012

It's Been Awhile...

Whew- the Cookie Fairies have really been on vacation! We have actually done some cookies and brownies, I just haven't blogged about it. We got two new neighbors so we made some brownies for them. As a kid, we used to always get around to greet the new neighbors. When we moved in, nobody came to meet us. I want to change that culture in our neighborhood, and it really was great to at least know their names and a little bit about them.

There is a good reason for our break. I am pregnant, and I was pretty sick for awhile. Then, it was Christmas and then we just didn't get back in the swing of things for awhile. But...

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, so I thought we should have some fun. We made some sugar cookies.

Under normal circumstances, I do everything in my power to avoid making any kind of cookie that requires me to roll out dough, cut the dough into various shapes, and repeat. Again and again and again. But, the kids sure love decorating cookies, and we had some whipping cream in the fridge I wanted to use up, so we decided to go for it.

This is C making her "cake." She took some of the dough and made her own little cookie (which she insisted on calling cake). She worked on it for about 10 minutes.

 Here are A and C working hard:

 Some of the finished product- they turned out great:
Tomorrow we will deliver them to friends and neighbors. For now, I am exhausted! These really take a lot of work on Mom's part!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Chocolate Brownie Cookies


It's been awhile since we have made cookies because the fairies have been on vacation. But, now we're back and ready to deliver! Today we will be taking cookies to a family I fear I may have inadvertently offended due to a Facebook Group fiasco, and another family who I don't know at all but who I think I should deliver too. We will see- we might get 2 doors thrown into our face. That's the life of Cookie Fairies, though...

These cookies were simple and DELICIOUS!!! Definitely a recipe we will have to try again:


Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening, sugar, water and vanilla. Beat in eggs. Combine flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and beat just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts if desired. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees F for 7-9 minutes; do not overbake. Cool 2 minutes before removing to wire racks. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

An Experiment

We experimented with a new recipe today. I wanted to try something new, and was planning on a certain recipe but didn't realize we need to chill the dough for 24 hours- so we will make that recipe next week instead.

I am a little tired of Chocolate Chip Cookies, after making 100 for church to hand out on Father's Day. I went to allrecipes.com and searched for 30 minutes before I finally decided on this recipe:

Polka Dots Recipe



Ingredients

  • 1 (19.8 ounce) package brownie mix
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Directions


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  2. In large bowl, combine brownie mix, oil and eggs. By hand, stir until well-blended. Stir in chips.
  3. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake in heated oven for 8-12 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute; remove from baking sheets.                                                                 I am really impressed with how these turned out. I LOVE that they use a brownie mix, as I have about 30 of them in my basement from when they were on sale. I am not a big fan of cake cookies because they turn out too cakey. These, however, turned out very chewy- and very brownie-esque. I also put some coconut in them, which was a perfect addition. YUM!!!!  We will be taking them to three people today- one who just moved into the area, one who moved in awhile ago but who seems a little lonely, and one who I borrowed something from and am finally getting around to returning it.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Snickerdoodles

Today A and I made Snickerdoodles. I had never made them before, but we were at a little party this morning at a friends house and she had them, so I thought: why not? They turned out well, but I am a little disappointed in my own cookie making abilities. I like a soft, chewy cookie, but once again my cookies turned out crispy. Am I using too much flour? Not enough? I will need to research this further.

I realized today while making the cookies that A forces me to do things at a slower pace. Of course, I have known this. But today while she was doing an excellent, but slow, job putting the cinnamon sugar on the balls of cookie dough, I was reminded again of how grateful I am to be a stay at home mom with her, that we get to make cookies together in an un-rushed pace, and just enjoy each others company. She is such a special daughter of God, and I love being able to spend this quality- and quantity- time with her.

We are delivering the cookies today to Grandma M, because Aunt B just moved and Grandma is sad. We will also deliver them to a lady in the ward who is dealing with shingles. My grandpa has shingles, and they are absolutely horrible, so perhaps some cookies will cheer her up.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

No-Bake Cookies

We have been slacking a little bit, but for good reason.

The day we were to make cookies last week, a friend needed me to baby-sit in a pinch. I thought that was more important than baking for the week. Sometimes, the Cookie Fairies need to be of service in other ways, and that is just fine! The trick is just to be available for service in whatever form it takes.

This week we make Yummy No-Bake Cookies, but we didn't have the bags to wrap them in and I am feeling drained of energy. So I am visiting teaching tonight and will bring the cookies to my companion and the person I visit teach. Not as good as delivering them with the girls, but sometimes we got to take what we can get!

UPDATE: I ended up forgetting to take the cookies visiting teaching, so they did not get delivered. Instead I brought them to a get-together with friends where I was asked to bring a side dish or dessert. As it turns out, having homemade cookies on hand can be a wonderful thing in a pinch!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Lemon-Lime Cookies

Today A and I made Lemon-Lime cookies. I actually don't think they turned out very well. They are hard and more sugar cookie like than I had anticipated. I always prefer a soft cookie!

Before we started making them, A was being a royal pill. She was grumpy and whiny, and about to drive me insane. We kneeled down for our prayer to decide who to bring the cookies to. I made sure in the prayer to specifically thank Heavenly Father for A and to express my love for her. After the prayer, she was awesome! No more whining and complaining- just a happy smile and a willingness to help! Just goes to show that when you are at your wits end, a prayer is quite possibly the needed fix!

Also as soon as the prayer was over, the name of our RS President popped into my head. That is one of the people who needs cookies today. That  made me happy, because it made me realize that no matter your position, everybody has bad days sometimes. Everybody. And hopefully cookies will help to make their day better!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

And We're Off!

OK, today was our first day as The Cookie Fairies! I took A aside and told her we were going to make cookies and deliver them to whoever The Spirit told us to go to. She was incredibly excited- though admittedly, she also wanted to know if we could eat the cookies!

I decided that we would make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. It's not fall, but I had never made them before- even though I love them- so that's what we made.   
 I think we make a pretty great duo!
 To see this look on her face makes all the effort worth it!
 The finished product:

 And, of course, we HAD to test taste them to make sure they were good! (I am not certain this endeavor will not be good for our waistlines- we will have to do more physical activities to make up for it!)
Overall, I think we are on a good track. It was a lot of fun delivering the cookies, and as you can tell from the photos- A LOVED it!