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I’m on a Lemon Kick- Ridiculous Lemon Cookies

22 Jun

I can’t get enough lemon right now. I’m usually such a chocolate person BUT I can’t seem to stop myself from baking lemony treats! Last week I made these {lemon brownies} that I found on pinterest, and last night I whipped up Lemon cookies that are so good that my fam has practically polished them off! Apparently this is an award winning recipe and DUH I can see why!

I found these cookies on pinterest as well! They came from Laurenslatest.com.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

**the only thing I changed is… I used cane sugar, kosher salt, and organic ingredients**

makes about 2 dozen

Ingredients:
½ cups Butter, Softened
1 cup Granulated Sugar
½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 whole Egg
1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
¼ teaspoons Salt
¼ teaspoons Baking Powder
⅛ teaspoons Baking Soda
1-½ cup All-purpose Flour
½ cups Powdered Sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease light colored baking sheets with non stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whip in vanilla, egg, lemon zest and juice. Scrape sides and mix again. Stir in all dry ingredients slowly until just combined, excluding the powdered sugar. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly. Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte {not melty or shiny}. Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

This is dedicated to the one I love…

17 Jun

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! I haven’t gotten to see my own dad yet, but tonight we’re having pizza and beer to celebrate  the first man I ever loved 🙂

The girls and I have had the best time celebrating Jarrod today. He’s such a great daddy, and we wanted nothing more than to make this a special day for him!

First we made him organic peanut butter cookies…

Hoke doing what she does best… getting things out of the pantry

Hen adding the sugar…

Mixing it all up…

Yum!

When the cookies were done and everyone was in bed, mama decorated the kitchen…

Jarrod always  gets out of bed before I do, so I think he was especially surprised this morning when I woke him up to come have fresh ground coffee, and homemade buttermilk biscuits with bacon, egg, and cheese.

Just out of the oven.

This is an old picture! I forgot to take one today because I was too busy eating. Just picture this with eggs added to it 🙂

Then it was time to open his presents! The girls and I worked hard on these.

Just mix 1/2 cup of flour, 1/2 cup salt, and 1/4 of a cup of water. Roll into a ball. Mash flat. Make your imprint, and bake @200 degrees Farenheit for 3 hours. Let cool and then paint.

Before I baked them I poked a hole in the top of each. We painted ours a cream color and then I went back and just painted the hand print. After painting, I strung twine through them and hot glued a bow at the top. On the back in sharpie, I wrote the name date, age, and a little father’s day message.

(I know the homemade handprint Father’s day gifts are so predictable, but the girls loved it, Jarrod loved it, they were inexpensive, and all homemade!)

As a cute an inexpensive gift to my dad, I made him this:

I saw several similar ideas on pinterest, but I just spliced a few of those together and came up with this. I think it’s so cute, and he loves peanut m&ms.  I didn’t use a template for the tie. I just eyeballed it. ( As you can probably tell!)

 

 

After such a heavy breakfast and with pizza for dinner tonight, we had a lovely Father’s Day salad for lunch. We used lettuce and veggies from our garden…

Salted Caramel Brownie Cookies

10 Apr

These cookies are one of the most divine things I’ve ever eaten! A friend repinned these on Pinterest, and I immediately repinned and ran to the kitchen to make them! I love the combination of sweet and salty, and these were perfection! Enjoy!

PS- Follow me on Pinterest @ Jamie Boyd!

This recipe comes from a blog called the Kitchenist.com, and is adapted from this recipe by Martha Stewart

Salted Caramel Brownie Cookies

makes 12

 

Ingredients-

 

4 ounces semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 cup plain flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon fine salt

1 egg

1/3 cup lightly packed dark brown sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/3 cup toffee bits

a few pinches sea salt

 

 

Directions-

 

1. Preheat oven to 170°C/350°F. Melt chocolate and butter together, either in a small saucepan over the stove, on in a bowl in the microwave. Set aside.

2. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

3. In another bowl (or using a mixer), beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla together until light and fluffy. Add the melted chocolate/butter mixture and beat until combined. Add the flour mixture and mix until combined. Stir in the toffee bits- batter will be very thick.

4. Drop heaping tablespoons of batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, about 1 to 2 inches apart. (These cookies will not spread much.) Sprinkle a small pinch of sea salt over the top of each cookie, and bake for 12 to 15 minutes. The tops of the cookies will be shiny, crackly and brown, like a brownie. Cool on a wire rack.

  • These go fast!!

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend baking- perfect chocolate chip cookies!

24 Oct

I am a sucker for a good chocolate chip cookie…seriously… I am not ashamed to say that I have been known to replace meals with cookies. Just don’t tell my babies 🙂

I tried a new recipe this weekend and it they turned out to be delish!  The beautiful green platter is from the Willow House Verde collection and can be seen here ($34.96)

Here is the recipe… Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 cups of unbleached organic all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of salt

3/4 cups of organic unsalted butter, melted

1 cup of organic packed brown sugar

1/2 cup of  organic cane sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons of vanilla extract

1 egg

1 egg yolk

2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips ( I used Ghirardelli )

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2.  Grease 2 cookie sheets or line them with parchment paper
  3. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt, set aside
  4. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and cane sugar until well blended.
  5. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy
  6. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended.
  7. Stir in the chocolate chips using a wooden spoon.
  8. Drop cookie dough(about 1/4 of a cup at a time) onto cookie sheet. The cookies need to be about 3 inches apart. Makes about 18 cookies.
  9. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until the edges are lightly tasted.
  10. Cool on baking sheets for about 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.
Voila!
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