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Posted on Feb 17, 2016 | 0 comments

Frog Cookies

Frog Cookies

This post is a follow up to A Frog Party and Frog Hats. Just a few tips on making Frog Cookies, from one who has been to the swamp and lived to tell about it.   1) Any old sugar cookie recipe will do, but I used a shortbread recipe because I wanted to and I am the Frog Queen. Add mini chocolate chips to the dough to make it wartier and chocolatier, but harder to get a cookie cutter through. Use the chips or not – it’s up to you. You are a Frog Queen.     2) To get them green, add matcha green tea powder, spirulina, chlorella, or any combination of those. I don’t have an exact combo – I just kept adding until I liked the color (and flavor – those substances have a flavor profile not commonly found at children’s birthday parties or anywhere else one typically eats for pleasure). Note: Use matcha green tea powder: Do not simply rip open matcha green tea bags, thinking you’re clever for saving a few bucks. The leaves aren’t...

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Posted on Feb 3, 2014 | 0 comments

Pan Cookies – The Easiest Cookies Ever

Pan Cookies – The Easiest Cookies Ever

The appeal of these sweet babies lies in their utter ease to assemble. They are basically soft cookies, without the most tedious part: scooping uniformly-sized balls and placing them evenly around a baking pan. Yawn.     With this recipe, just six essential ingredients, and a pan, you can have truly yummy treats in 25 minutes flat. I can’t imagine a more kid-friendly recipe but I had fun sneaking off to the kitchen by myself and surprising the kids with the results in the time it took them to completely destroy my living room (which is not as long as you might think).   I especially like that this recipe doesn’t require milk, which I always seem to be out of. The idea was inspired The Pioneer Woman, that crafty lady. She’s always up to something interesting. I started with the PW, then veered way off. Whole-wheat-off. (Some might just say “off.”) But I am not afraid of dark foods! I used spirulina in my son’s birthday frog cookies, for...

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Posted on Nov 22, 2013 | 0 comments

Switch Witch Switch: Chocolate Dipped Hazelnut Marbles

Switch Witch Switch: Chocolate Dipped Hazelnut Marbles

I was dreading this project. It’s real name is Billes de Noisettes au Chocolat, for God’s sake. It was the one thing in the entire world my kids asked to make, in exchange for surrendering their junky Halloween candy this year. I procrastinated, avoided, considered “forgetting,” and all-in-all just about gave up because I just didn’t wanna. Yet, I felt compelled to give my kids their first choice treat, since I was snatching the candy from their hands and disabusing them of the sweet Switch Witch story, all in one fell Halloween. (Actually, they were surprisingly game for the new plan). But I still didn’t wanna. I could not have been more wrong! This is the perfect activity for kids. Few ingredients, few steps, lots of hands-on mashing and poking of stuff, and hardly any actual cooking.   The recipe comes from the book Chocolate & Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen, by the sparkling food blogger, Clotilde Dusoulier. First, you grind up a bunch of hazelnuts with some...

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Posted on Oct 10, 2013 | 5 comments

Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween Cupcakes

I succumbed to this enticing, round, multi-compartment shaker of happiness.     At Target, naturally. I didn’t even go there for this. I was on my way to the garden section.     Target and sprinkles: They always get me!!     I used Nigella’s fairy cake and icing recipes from How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking. (You must pronounce it go-DESS, as Nigella does).     I’m clearly not quite ready for go-DESS status yet, because I totally screwed up the cupcakes. I dumped a bowl of powdered sugar into the batter, thinking it was the flour. (They look alike!) I tried to scoop it out without dumping the batter out too. It was a mess. They turned out really dry, but here’s the good part: I layered so much of this ooey, gooey, sweetly salty, life-changing icing onto them that nobody cared. In fact, it was a great excuse to do so. I can never get enough of this icing and...

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Posted on Mar 19, 2013 | 0 comments

Like Buttah: Burnt Butter and Brown Sugar Cupcakes!

Like Buttah: Burnt Butter and Brown Sugar Cupcakes!

  Okay. I’m not certain I can convey in mere words how entirely delightful these cupcakes are. No. Really. I texted Cute Banker at work about it in the middle of the day. They are stop-your-day, harass-your-spouse-at-his-place-of-business good.   I confirmed this fact with Cute Banker, who, upon returning from a particularly challenging day at work (I have no idea why!), proclaimed them, “Friggin’ GOOD.” Then, I ate one more, just to be sure.   Yes, it is certain: these are the best cupcakes, or cake of any kind, I have ever eaten.   As you can see, I had no trouble sampling them, from start to finish. I kept mixing and tasting, and scraping and tasting, and forgetting to take pictures of the completed steps. You’ll definitely want to lick the beater.   I’ve been in a general baking frenzy, ever since I noticed that when my child of three years and ten months spends the first half hour upon waking from his nap helping me bake, he...

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