Saturday, October 27, 2012

Happy Halloween!!!

This has been my life for the last month…..

I apologize to those who follow this blog….I have been missing for awhile. While I hope you will all understand my efforts were transferred in an attempt to accomplish a halloween costume for my neighborhood party.  And this is THE neighborhood party!!!

For those who know me….I am creative with baking not so much with sewing. But I can say after 4 weeks I tackled this costume…and am debuting it this weekend…so I will have to share once complete.  Let's just say it is the hardest costume I have ever made in my life. I think I spent 4 days sewing…literally 4 days…..and even more hours painting, glueing, etc.

After all of this excitement, I also was able to make a cake for a neighbor's home…..I will be debuting it in the next week as well. I am it was a British recipe I have been wanting to try for quite awhile but hadn't tackled the conversions….so soon to come...Caramel and Chocolate…yum!

I hope your patience with me will be well worth it when this night is complete and I can share with you all of my efforts. Any who knows…..maybe I will win!! (Dreaming…but wouldn't that be fun!) I wish a wonderful weekend and Happy Halloween!!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Urban Legend or Not??? You decide….

Butter….Sugar….Eggs….childhood memories of a plate full of warm chocolate chip cookies.  Was it a family recipe or from the back of a yellow bag? The memories of past days come back with the first bite...

I have made tons of chocolate chip cookies over my lifetime. There have been some great recipes and of course other batches that burned. (We all live and learn right?) There were triple chocolate and even a version with mint. I am starting to believe it is one of life's struggles to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie….so I will keep searching.

The one recipe I tend to go back to is actually one we all know - an Urban Legend. We have all seen the e-mail floating around about how this recipe was created and the "story" behind it. I for one don't really care if it was made up….I actually love this recipe.

I love the shaved chocolate bar and the oatmeal. What's the best ingredient for the perfect chocolate chip cookie???

"Urban Legend" Cookies
(recipe can be halved)

2 cups butter
4 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups brown sugar
5 cups blended oatmeal (measure oatmeal and blend in blender to a fine powder)
24 oz. chocolate chips
1 tsp. salt
1 8 oz. Hershey bar (grated)
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)
2 tsp. vanilla

Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar and nuts. 

Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies