Do you ever take on more than you can handle? I certainly do – and sometimes when I do this it seems like I am out to punish myself or something! When I do take on more than I can handle though, I always end up handling it – however the end result may not always be what I wanted and so then I am disappointed in myself.
This year I decided to participate in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. Before I realized what I was doing I had set myself up for stress. Our deadline was December 5th, which was also the deadline for Secret Recipe Club reveal day. I also have been out straight at my job, have had a hard time sleeping past 3:30 am, and dead tired when I get home in the evening. If I didn’t go to the gym at 5 am – I would never get there! However, my last weekend home before our cruise and also the last weekend I had before shipping off the cookies, I spent making cookies. Then, wouldn’t you know it, I read the directions wrong and made 3 dozen of 3 kinds of cookies! ha ha. That’s what I get for stressing myself out!
|Cardamon Sugar Crisps|
What it did for the recipients of my cookie exchange though was give them an extra surprise in their box when they opened it! The rest of the cookies, I put in my freezer for gifts to give later! Please click the link on the Cardamon Sugar Crisp photo for this recipe.
I received two packages before I left for my vacation. I still hadn’t received the third one before I left on Saturday morning so I can’t tell you who the third person was or what they sent me. My neighbor has agreed to open the box, take a photo, and eat the cookies for me. Thanks Auntie Jill (as Grumpy calls her!).
My first box I received was from Michelle of delishiono. She sent me Brown Butter Holiday Spice Cookies – and they were delish! They reminded me of a snickerdoodle. I took these to work and shared with co-workers and one in particular said he could smell cookies and I’m pretty certain he had more than one. Of course, I had to admit to everyone that I was not the baker this time! lol Great job Michelle and thank you!
The second box I received was from Kathy of Panini Happy! I was so excited when I saw who my cookies were from. I have been reading Kathy’s blogs now ever since I started blogging. I really love her Panini Happy Blog (she also writes another blog Cooking on the Side that is also fabulous!) Kathy also is one of the first people who’s blog I made something from in my first year of blogging. I made her Buffalo Chicken Panini in August of 2008 – and it was a great hit with both Grumpy & me! (Kathy’s Buffalo Chicken Panini Post). Thank you Kathy. It was a very special treat to have received the delicious chocolate thumbprints you sent! A few were eaten here and the evening before we left for vacation I sent the rest home with the neighbors little boy who was tickled pink to get them!
To whomever the 3rd person was – I’m really sorry to have missed your cookies…I’m sure they were delicious and that my neighbor’s kids were thrilled to have them!
Chocolate Peppermint Filled Bonbons
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2-1/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 Dove Chocolate Peppermint Candies, cut in 4 pieces
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon coca powder
2 tablespoons milk (more if needed for drizzle consistency)
Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, mix 1/2 cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla until creamy. Stir in flour and salt until dough holds together.
Mold portions of dough around pieces of peppermint patty to form 1 inch balls. On ungreased cookie sheet place balls about 1 inch apart.
Bake 10-12 minutes or until set but not brown. You can roll these in powdered sugar while still warm or drizzle with a chocolate icing.
To make the icing, mix together 1 cup of powdered sugar with the 1 tablespoon of coco and 2 tablespoons of milk. Mix together until smooth. Place in sandwich bag, clip corner, drizzle away!