Monday, December 21, 2009

Cookie Decorating

There is a long standing tradition in my family of decorating Christmas cookies. We don't use the candied fruit and maraschino cherries that my grandmother insisted on, but everthing else is pretty much the same - too much frosting, too many tooth-breaking dragees, and lots of fun. We're all ready for Santa!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


What else can I add my fabulous peppermint extract to? Chocolate peppermint whoopie pies! I found the recipe here which I believe is from this American Test Kitchen cookbook. The recipe yields 6 giant pies, but I needed something smaller to bring to a couple of parties. I doubled the recipe and ended up with about 60 silver dollar sized pies. I tried a pastry bag to pipe out the batter to keep a uniform size and it worked great. Once the cakes were baked, I didn't want to fill them all at once, so I made the filling recipe twice adding a few drops of peppermint deliciousness. I thought the candy cane would be a nice addition to the sides, but I ended up skipping it for 2 reasons - I didn't like the texture with the cake and it was just sort of annoying trying to get it to stick uniformly. Yum!! A new holiday favorite!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Peppermint Obsession

'Tis the season I suppose, but I can't stop putting a little peppermint in everything I make these days. I discovered Nielsen Massey peppermint extract at Whole Foods and it's amazing. These cuties are chocolate cake with white chocolate peppermint buttercream dipped in white chocolate ganache - topped with candy cane & sparkling sugar. Peppermint whoopie pies up next!

Monday, December 7, 2009

cupcakes vs. cake

The great debate! Rachel of TOTS and PLANS recently asked for my opinion on the controversial subject. Read all about it here.

Happy Holidays!

New flavors!

Dark chocolate peppermint & salted caramel
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