Bread Machine Love: Peanut Butter Cookies

So the topic of desserts came up a while back and the boy did me the grave injustice of not remembering all the different cookies I had made over the course of our time together. Given, my baking output has slacked a bit recently due to calorie-watching, warm weather, and less spare time, but the fact remains — I bake a mean batch of cookies. And lots of them. So it only seems right that I make sure this blog reflects that as well. Today, another classic: the peanut butter cookie. I typically use a tweaked version of this Allrecipes …

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Jelly-filled turtle. Mmmm.

We here at Casa Kerfuffle are rather fond of princess cakes. (Sponge cake layered with jam and cream in trifle format and covered with marzipan, of Scandinavian origin.) Usually we buy them from the Viktor Benês bakery inside the local Gelson’s, since they’ve always made the freshest ones in the vicinity. So when the boy’s family was out here this summer, we thought we’d grab a cake to celebrate their visit. This is what the cake usually looks like: Alas, they were all out of the traditional cakes. They didn’t even have the ones with the pink fondant that I’m …

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Bread Machine Love: Snickerdoodles

This was posted in my main blog back in 2001, and I’ve been making them pretty much the same since back then. Since I’ve moved around a bit since 2001, however, I no longer have access to my mom’s industrial stand mixer. However, I found that my trusty bread machine did the same job just fine! Based on the near-perfect Mrs. Sigg’s Snickerdoodles recipe. Soft, chewy sugar cookies coated in cinnamon sugar. There’s tons of good reviews there, for a reason. I’ve made these cookies for bake sales, pot lucks, as holiday gifts, for house warmings and parties of all …

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Soft Ginger Cookies

I posted the recipe for this to my main journal back in 2001. Have been making it for ages, so I suppose it’s about time I actually took pictures of these guys. A perennial favorite that even non-fans of ginger end up liking. And for those of us who *do* like ginger… well, it’s easy enough to pile on extra when making the dough 🙂 This recipe was adapted from the AR “Big Soft Ginger Cookies” recipe which probably has more fans than most major recording artists. It’s one of the oldest recipes there and has more than 1500 reviews, …

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Chocolate Cool Whip Pudding-turned-Gelato

Lactose is the bane of my existence. Well, not the only one, obviously. But a significant one nonetheless when you’re severely intolerant to it, living in a country where it is omnipresent, and not given much choice in avoiding it other than turning to often off-tasting specialty foods or chain-popping expensive enzyme pills. Considering that 60% of the world has some form of lactose sensitivity and America is a country of immigrants, it really is rather silly that more thought isn’t given to this by food manufacturers. I don’t know how many times I’ve come across somebody asking for dairy …

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Chocolate Butterscotch Banana Bread Pudding. Now that’s a mouthful.

Someone in charge of the new film I’m working on came up with the brilliant idea of having a production meeting on Sunday, Mother’s Day, at 6PM. Perhaps they were cloned or hatched, therefore do not feel the need to acknowledge any maternal associations? I don’t know, but I’m stuck driving out to LA whether I like it or not tomorrow night. To cheer myself up over this necessary working over the weekend, I baked a bread pudding. Bread pudding cures lots of ills. It also makes the house smell yummy and freezes into a nice, dense cake that’s great …

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Martha Stewart Meets MacGyver

Went over to Sheila’s today, for a little change of scenery. After watching the food network for a couple of hours, we were inspired to bake something new and exciting. “That gorgeous lemon raspberry tart the little French chef with the atrocious grammar just made looks good. Let’s do it!” we proclaimed. So we got our ingredients. Well, except for the raspberries. We got blackberries instead because the raspberries looked a little wrinkly and out of season. Triumphantly returned to the kitchen only to find that, um, so we’re missing a few things. Like… a mixer. And a rolling pin. …

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