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This December, I apparently decided that making cupcakes and cakes wasn’t good enough. Instead I opted to make cookies, brownies, more cookies… and did I mention some cookies?

Starting off with gingerbread cookies with a Peppermint Kahlua frosting. gingercookies

Next up were macadamia nut sugar cookies with the Peppermint Kahlua frosting or Bailey’s frosting, some brownies with peppermint candy bits, and chocolate chip and ginger chip cookies. (Forgot to take pictures) All were well received and it was fun to come up with new holiday flavors!

Needless to say this has been a holiday of cookies… I think I’m ready to return to cupcakes. Or maybe muffins.

 

While I haven’t posted in awhile, that is not to say I haven’t baked in awhile. Just means I keep forgetting to upload pics from my phone.

For my husbands birthday this year (August) he asked for a non-cake/cupcake or cookie treat. This type of request typically results in one thing (since my pb/choc-o-holic friend moved to LA), brownies with bacon! (Not bacon BITS but properly thick bacon cut into small pieces.)

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Then sometime in September, early I believe, my boss tried to be stealthy about his birthday as did a colleague of mine. Both people should know me better than that, because when I *do* find out about your birthday… there will be baked goods! This time it was a macadamia nut sugar cookie with Baileys frosting.

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While both of the birthday people are too shy to announce to the world it is their birthday, they both enjoyed the cookies in proper old skool cookie monster style.

 

During the holiday season of 2012 I did bake. Really. Now baking and having time to post about it… two totally different topics. That being said… I’m playing a bit of catch-up.<p>

First up, in early November with all of the glory that is fall or “winter” in Northern California, I couldn’t let the season pass without making Spiced Cupcakes, complete with fresh ground nutmeg on top (and lots of Captain Morgan’s too).

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Next up, I was stage managing a holiday play, which means my poor cast had to eat more baked goods than people should. This included strawberry cupcakes with Bailey’s frosting and awesome (come on – you know they are pure awesome!) holiday sprinkles.

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And some holiday cookies, with chocolate chips and crushed candy canes. Maybe some Bailey’s as well, because I could.

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Fortunately everyone enjoyed the treats and there never seemed to be any left over.

I’m determined to find a way to bring the alcohol flavor goodness to cookies. I’ve had mild success in the past with a sugar cookie base, so building upon that I had my first attempt at a car bomb cookie.


This started by melting some chocolate chips to incorporate guinness. I was apparently a bit heavy handed on the guinness and the chocolate stayed more of a ganache than I had hoped.

The next adventure was how to incorporate the chocolate into the baileys sugar cookie. I tried a thumbprint cookie, which ended up looking like a quicksand pit in a cookie (well not sandy… but still not good), drizzling it on top of the normal baked cookie (which as ok but didn’t meld the flavors as I would like), and the winner – wrapping a small ball of chocolate with the cookie dough so it melts in the middle. Of course this is also the most time consuming method.

The result was very tasty, although you couldn’t really taste the guiness or the baileys, so more experimenting is in order! Fortunately, I’ll have a cast and crew soon that can help with this.

A coworker mentioned being in need of baked goods for a bake sale. Who am i to say no to that? However being short on time and supplies… And wanting to create something portable… Cookies seemed a good option.

The result was a first attempt at rolled cookies. Cinnamon bun imitation type cookies with icing.

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I learned that “put on flour surface” does not mean my silpat. So the rolled look wasn’t as pretty as i had hoped. But they were incredibly tasty and will be made again!

So I was bored one evening. I wandered over to my pantry and thought “hmm. sugar cookies. baileys. choc chips. hmmm.” The result:
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Sugar cookies with baileys (enough the taste carried through finally!) and chocolate chips. They ended up being a huge hit and I made a few more batches a few nights later. I think I’ve found a new “go to” cookie!

For new year’s I thought I’d be a rebel, a wild child, a down right crazy person and not bake a cake or cupcakes. I know… the insanity! Instead, I baked some apple hard cider snickerdoodles.

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The apple slices look either like a half moon or a smile. Sure, that was on purpose… no it wasn’t a complete accident. Not at all!

I wasn’t too happy with how the fresh cut apple slice baked up on top, and realized next time I’ll put double the amount of cut up apple IN the cookie. However, overall they were tasty and my friends and co-workers seemed to enjoy them. How I really knew they were a hit though… my husband inhaled the ones I kept at home!

So with that… happy new year to all! May it be filled with laughter and endless sweet treats!


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