Well it’s almost 2012 and time to reflect on the last year. I started blogging in the Spring and never really found my momentum. After a few posts I put it aside, got busy with other things, and almost forgot about it.
In the Fall I started to read food blogs and the more I read the more fascinated and inspired I became. The photos were stunning and the food….let’s just say I have been trying WAY too many AMAZING recipes (if you measure by the fit of my pants). Finally at the end of November I decided to resurrect my blog and begin posting regularly. I LOVE IT!!!!!! There is just something about it that I enjoy, maybe it’s because I love to talk about food and this way I can talk and I don’t notice if no one is listening (because I can’t see eye’s begin to glaze and hear MOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMM like I do at home). I can imagine that someone has stopped by for coffee, muffins, and to share recipes.
Whatever it is I am going to continue in 2012.
Since my blog is so new there are only a few recipes on it but these are 3 of my (and my family’s) favorites:
One of my favorite muffins. Chocolate and peanut butter, what’s not to like.
Cinnamon ‘Snickerdoodle’ Bar Cookies
The pan of these disappeared in a minute and the family is begging for more.
Chocolate Chip Dainties
A family favorite from the cookie tray. I am always surprised by how yummy this cookie is when I make it at Christmas. Don’t know why I only make it at Christmas
Enjoy a wonderful New Year!!!! May it be filled with Sweet Mornings!!!
My husband has been feeling a little left out, I have been making favorite cookies of everyone else and not his. So today I made cookies for him. One reason I did not make them sooner is he will eat them all before Christmas even if I stick them in the freezer so I was waiting until closer to Christmas so I wouldn’t have to make them twice. The other problem is he likes Snickerdoodles, cookies I had never even heard of until I married him (there is no chocolate in them so they did not show up on my radar) and Snickerdoodles are ROLLED cookies!! As I’ve mentioned before I detest making rolled cookies, that’s what my daughters are for but it’s Wednesday and they are busy with school. So I decided to change things up a bit, still make him Snickerdoodles (or at least a cookie that tastes like a Snickerdoodle) but make it as a bar cookie.
I am all about the bar cookie, great cookie taste without the tedious rolling or scooping. Seriously if you are having a cookie emergency, you know what I’m talking about, you MUST HAVE COOKIES but you are pressed for time a bar cookie is the way to go. Mix, through them in a pan and usually in 30 minutes or less you are finished and have an amazing batch of cookies.
I admit I tried the cookies and they are good (even if there is no chocolate). Buttery, cinnamonny, and light. My husband in ‘testing’ them has eaten half the pan (probably will have to make them again before Christmas) and likes them with an additional sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar best (tastes more like Snickerdoodles) but also likes them without the topping. It is up to you whether to add the extra cinnamon and sugar.
Another cookie for the cookie tray.
Cinnamon ‘Snickerdoodle’ Bar Cookies
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½ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon
2 cups flour
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
sugar and cinnamon (optional)
Preheat oven to 375.
Grease a 13×9 pan.
Beat butter and sugar until fluffy.
Mix in egg and vanilla.
In a small bowl combine cinnamon, flour, baking soda and salt. Stir to combine.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture.
Mix until combined.
Spread in greased pan.
If desired sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
Bake 18-20 minutes.
Makes about 24 bars