Monthly Archives: December 2014

Praline Rounds

When i first making this , i was quite excited , i love pecans ,  i like anything praline . So when i baked them and took a bite of it , i expected a great flavor . But i found something is missing . Granted i skipped the frosting that was supposed to be on the top of these cookies . I didn’t think it would miss a great flavor by skipping its frosting . After all , i am not really into frosting anyway .

But i was wrong , the recipe makes 2 logs of cookies . The good thing about this cookies was that you can make the dough few weeks ahead of time , esp. with busy christmas time , it’s a big help if you can make the dough way ahead of time . So with these 2 logs , i baked the 1st log and threw the other one in the freezer . Later on , i found out that i needed to make the frosting since the first batch i made , i didn’t add any frosting . Taste wasn’t the greatest .

On christmas eve , i let the dough thaw out in the fridge , and sliced them nicely , and while they’re baking in the oven , i decided not to skip the frosting this time . Made the frosting .. plenty of them , and had to throw away a lot since i only made for half batch . But my suggestion , when you make this cookies , def , make the frosting , it is very important !

praline rounds

 

Ingredients :

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup of shortening

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

pinch of salt

1 egg

2 tbsp. of milk

1 tsp. vanilla

3 cups of all purpose flour

1 cup finely chopped pecans

brown sugar frosting

1. In a large mixing bowl , beat butter , shortening on medium to high speed for 30 seconds . Add sugar , baking powder , baking soda and salt . Beat til combine , add egg , milk and vanilla . Beat til combine , add flour as much as you can with mixer , and 1/2 cup of chopped pecan .

2. Shape the dough into 2-10 inch log , wrap in wax paper or plastic wrap , chill in the fridge or you can throw it into the freezer for future use . Thaw before using . It needs to be chilled at least for 4 hours before slicing and baking them .

3. When you’re ready , slice the dough into 1/4 inch thickness and bake on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet , about 10 minutes or so , 375 F .

Frosting :

In a saucepan , combine 1 cup of packed brown sugar , 1/4 cup of butter , and 1/4 cup of light cream . Bring this to boil for 1 minute and stir constantly . Remove from the heat , add 1 1/3 cup of powdered sugar  , stir until smooth and combine . Drizzle this on top of the cooled cookies .

praline rounds

Frosted Bourbon Brownies

During christmas time , we usually bake a lot of cookies , i did this time , but not as many as i used to . I was a little procrastinating this year , i even forgot to send some goodies to friends out of state . And on top of that i did not make butter cookies for my family to decorate . Yes , i was that bad , i was also sick for almost 2 weeks during the month of December . Actually was a really bad cold , and i started to feel better just days before christmas .

But anyway , to make up for it , that Christmas Eve morning , after coming home from working out , i told my son , who just turned 10 years old that he should pick out a recipe from this christmas baking book , and i will help him to bake it . He chose brownies recipe , maybe because it’s the first recipe on the first page or whatever his reason was .. he picked that one . Okay .. great no cookies , less mess , quick to make .

I let him do everything himself , i only helped measuring the ingredients , he would pour , stir , and mixed it all himself . Set the oven temperature , putting it into the oven ( nervously ) and took it out and even made the frosting . The brownies turned out really yummy .. so i decided to keep it here online , so anytime i want a brownie recipe , this should be my go to brownies !

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Ingredients :

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

1/3 cup of butter ( aboutt 5 1/2 tbsp )

2 tbsp. of water

1 cup of semisweet chocolate pieces ( we didn’t have 1 cup on hand , but we had very few , so we ended up mixing semisweet chocolate chips with heath bits )

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

3/4 cup of all purpose flour

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 cup of chopped pecan

2-3 tbsp. bourbon ( we didn’t have this either , so we used amaretto )

1 recipe butter frosting

1. Grease square dish 8×8 , line with parchment paper , grease with shortening , set aside . Set oven temperature to 350 F .

2. In a small saucepan , combine sugar , butter and water . Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture boils . Remove , and then , add chocolate pieces , stir with whisk until melted , add eggs and vanilla , whisk well until just combined .

3. Combine flour , salt and baking soda , stir into the chocolate mixture , stir until combine , add pecan . Pour into the baking dish .

4. Bake for 20 minutes or longer until edges are set and pull away from the pan . Might take a little more than 20 minutes .

5. Using fork , poke brownies all over , and sprinkle with the bourbon .

Butter frosting recipe :

In a small bowl , beat 3 tbsp. of butter with mixer high speed for 30 seconds . Gradually add 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar , 2 tsp. milk and vanilla . Adjust the consistency by adding more milk if necessary . Spread on top of cool brownies .

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