Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dark Chocolate Lace Cookies

I LOVE giving home baked treats as gifts to friends and neighbors, so I wanted to try this lace cookie recipe out before I made it a keeper...and it is a winner!  This cookie is wonderful - it's nice, light and crispy!  I hope you enjoy it!

Dark Chocolate Lace Cookies

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ounces of dark chocolate, melted


Preheat your oven to 375.   Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and oats in a bowl and set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the butter, cream, corn syrup and vanilla.  Mix until smooth and slowly add the dry ingredients.  Mix until combined!

Drop about 1 teaspoon of batter onto the sheets, trying your best to make each cookie the same size. Only place 12 cookies on a sheet because they will flatten while cooking in the oven. 

Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes then remove and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. 

Melt the chocolate and place between two cookies making little sandwiches.  ENJOY!!!
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Flour Tortillas

I made shredded fajita chicken last night and had planned to make quesadillas with the four tortillas I THOUGHT i had purchased at the grocery store.  For those of you who shop with 3 young crazies, you know why I might have missed a few things on my list.  Who knows...they may have even been tossed out of the cart when I wasn't looking.  I had the cheese shredded and chicken cooked before I realized I didn't have tortillas, or chips.  So I googled flour tortillas and made them for the first time!  I really loved the taste and freshness of them and will never go back to buying tortillas   They were super easy too - not perfectly round (sorry abou the horrible photo) but my family doesn't care about perfection!
Four Tortillas
original recipe here

2 cups flour (your choice - I used all purpose)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup warm water (may have to use up to 3/4 cup)

In a large bowl stir the flour, salt and baking powder together.  

Add the oil and mix with your fingers to combine.

Add the water and work the liquid into the dough until a stick ball forms.

Wrap in plastic and let the dough rest for 30 minutes.

Divide the dough into 8-10 balls and cover them again with the damp cloth.

On a lightly dusted counter roll each ball out into a circle approx. 1/4" thick.  You can trim the edges if you want a nicely rounded shape.  

Heat a dry griddle over high heat for 5 minutes.  Cook each tortilla for 30 seconds on each side until the dough looks dry and has a few brown spots on both surfaces.  Don't overcook!  Wrap them up in a damp towel to keep warm as you cook the other tortillas.

You can also put them in the oven on low at 200 to keep them warm until serving   

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