Sunday, November 11, 2012

Cinnamon Swirls

As to which cookies I will make, I have decided to go straight through the book. The first recipe, which is on page 51, are Cinnamon Swirls. For these cookies, you make a roll and then cut. The recipe for this cookie does require 3 hours total in refrigerating, so you need to have the time (and patience) for these guys. There were some parts which were troublesome, but the turnout was amazing! There were no changes in the ingredients for both the cookies as well as the icing on top, but I did change what was used on the cookie pans. The recipe wanted parchment paper, but instead I used vegetable shortening.

I took a paper towel, wiped it with Crisco, and then spread it on the pan.

Here is the result!

My decorating skills have not improved since the last post. I did add some powdered sugar after this picture was taken.

These cookies looked and tasted EXACTLY like cinnamon rolls! However, upon trying to make the dough, the recipe said to use either a blender or a food processor until the dough starts to turn into little pieces. When I used the blender, nothing was really happening.

Nothing was moving in the blender and the dry ingredients kept jamming the blade.

Also, when I used the food processor, all it did was make the "dough" turn into powder.

There was motion, but it wasn't creating the expected result.

 In the end, I had do it manually. I took a large bowl and used a pastry cutter and the dough finally started looked like what it was supposed to be!

Finally the dough looks like it should!

This was pretty time-consuming and frustrating (not to mention that this included extra dishes to clean later on). Also, after this step the recipe said to use the blender/food processor to make the dough into a ball after adding a few ingredients. Since the blender AND food processor weren't exactly useful when I tried doing the step before, I had to make the ball by hand.  Afterwards, though, everything went smoothly. I especially loved seeing all that hard work being put into the oven!

Taste: ★★★★★
Experience: ★★★★☆
Overall: ★★★★☆

Hope you enjoyed my review! If you have any ideas as to what I could do to improve my reviews, please comment!

-Sandy Cheeks

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Jack-o'-Lantern Spice Cookies

Before I go into the cookie review, I want to say that these cookies and the cookies I will make in the future are included in the book Crazy About Cookies by Krystina Castella. Also, the way I review my cookies right now will most likely change over time. I'm still experimenting with how I want to review the cookies, and I will announce when I have set it up the way I want it.

The book I used.
For my first review, I've decided to be a little festive for Halloween, since it will be here in a few days time.  The recipe (Jack-o'-Lantern Spice Cookies- for future reference, the name of the cookie I will be reviewing will be the title of the post) can be found on page 214 in the book.  These cookies are one of those cut-out kinds, in which you roll out the dough, and can either use a knife or a cookie cutter to cut out the desired shape. There was no real challenges for these cookies and turned out quite delicious!

I have changed a couple things when I made my cookies. First off, the recipe calls for "freshly grated nutmeg," but because I didn't have the time to grate nutmeg myself, I used some ground nutmeg.
Ground Nutmeg
Also, it says to use orange food coloring, which I did not have. Fortunately, though, the food dye package I have had an excellent chart on the back to show me how much I needed to make orange food dye. This may or may not effect the outcome, but I just wanted to let you guys know.
This is the chart on the back of the food coloring chart. This helped so much!
 There was also a change in the icing (which is not that important). In the recipe, it wanted some homemade icing (turned to a black color). I did not have time for that so I used some orange icing instead.

The end result? Drum roll please!

I know the icing job isn't great. I have the decorating skills of a toddler.

These cookies tasted amazing and I did have fun cutting out the pumpkins! Although, once I started rolling out the dough, little pieces decided to break off now and then.  Overall, it was a fun making the cookies and was scrumptious in the end!

In the end of each description, I will be putting a star rating (out of 5) for some aspects of the cookies. What I star may change over time or the stars may disappear entirely. Right now I am rating it on taste, experience (if it was difficult or easy making the cookies), and overall (meaning the outcome of the whole cookie review- both taste and experience- which is most likely going to be an average of both the taste and experience ratings).

Taste: ★★★★★
Experience: ★★★★★
Overall: ★★★★★

Have a Happy Halloween everybody!

-Sandy Cheeks

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Beginning the Blog

Now, where to start....

I've been dying to make a blog for a while now, so I plucked up the courage and made one! I have made some blogs before, but none of them were successful enough to convince me to stick with them. Hopefully, this one will stay for a while (or long enough for me to keep with it for a couple years or so)! ☺

Recently I was able to get a cookie cook book, so I've decided to make the cookies inside and review them for all of you! I will admit I have a slight obsession with cookies, but then again, who doesn't love cookies?

Stay tuned for my first cookie review!

-Sandy Cheeks

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