Life in bullets:
*My Christmas shopping is done…are you?
*My Christmas cards are not…hand writing all those addresses with my right hand is less than awesome. But I have stamps and I never have stamps. I think I might start a new ground hog day card tradition instead.
*When dealing with people in fantasy land it is very hard to get them to understand reality world.
*I don’t know how people who work in retail don’t run and get a shovel and start beating people to death…not only for rude customers but for having to hear the same holiday music over and over again. Oh and having to work until 11pm this week and midnight next week at my local mall. I truly feel bad for them…so if this is you I’m sorry.
*I’m thinking about starting a savory aspect to the blog…what are your thoughts on this? It would just be once a week. My goal is to use a cookbook I hardly use a week to make dinner or lunch. But if you guys want and all baking blog let me know. It’s just that I’m on 6 ½ years of making desserts and sometimes it’s hard to reinvent.
*To the person who wrote me and said that just a few months ago I was begging for money but then I went out and bought a mixer so I am a scam artist: First off, I never begged for money. I told people I was going to have to blog less because my money needed to go to other things than making food for this blog and some people chose to donate. And the donate button was only ever put there because people asked for it. Also that was before I won my Better Homes and Gardens contest. Which I saved almost all of it to help run the blog and well, for a mixer…which is for this blog. Plus ad revenue during November and December are much higher than any other month as people bake a whole lot. Come January they are at their lowest. Sorry you think I am scamming you. It really does cost quite a bit to run a blog…especially one that is update often! I don’t know if you noticed but I am pretty forthcoming on this here blog of mine….subtle isn’t my thing.
*I decided that since I was drinking so many peppermint mochas, not from the ‘Bucks because they only have milk or soy, but from a local place that offers rice milk I decided to seek out a baked good that matched the flavors. My bff had a potluck at work and signed up for desserts…he bought the stuff and I baked away. They will all be featured on the blog. I found these Peppermint Mocha Blossoms over on My Kitchen Addiction and thought they looked fun and festive. They are tasty too…so even better!
Peppermint Mocha Blossom Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 TBSP instant coffee powder…I used Starbucks Via
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. peppermint extract
3 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
About 1/2 cup granulated sugar to coat cookies
Approximately 4 dozen Candy Cane Kisses, unwrapped
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease your baking sheets, or line with parchment, and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and espresso powder until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then add the vanilla and peppermint extracts.
Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture until the dough comes together.
Roll tablespoons of the dough into balls and coat with granulated sugar. Place on the baking sheet and bake for 9-10 minutes.
Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before pressing a Candy Cane Kiss into the center of each cookie. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
From my Kitchen Addiction