Sweetness By Request

May 6, 2008

I am one of those people that try to please everyone. I know, I know, it’s never a good idea, but I do enjoy making people happy. So when not just one, but two people commented about their interest in the cinnamon-sugar crackers, I just had to try it 🙂

I am pretty happy I did cause they really did turn out great, so ladies, I hope you’ll try it yourself. They’re well worth it!

Cinnamon Sugar Crackers
Source: Straight From the Farm

2 ½ c. flour
2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 t. salt
4 T. olive oil
Âľ c. cold water

For sprinkling on top:
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 F.  Mix dry ingredients together in a medium bowl being sure to get everything well blended.  Add the oil and half of the water and begin mixing.  Add more water as necessary to form a rough dry dough.  Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead just until it comes together into a cohesive ball.

Divide dough into even quarters.  On a piece of parchment paper, roll dough as thin as possible.  Cut the dough into squares or other desired shape and use a fork to prick each square.  Sprinkle generously with cinnamon/sugar mix.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown, turning the sheet once half way through.  While the first batch is baking, roll out another quarter of dough.  Let baked crackers cool before breaking apart.  Store in a ziplock bag. Enjoy

This is a wonderful treat, and it would be something fun to make with kids since it is so very easy.

Oh and I was tagged, so I might as well add it here. Grace from A Southern Grace was tagged for a new game called “Look What I Made” and decided to pass on the love. Basically, you compile a list of five recipes that you’ve tried from other blogs. Not so hard for me since that seems to be where I’ve gotten most of the recipes on this blog 🙂

The creator of this little game, Farida of Farida’s Azerbaijani Cookbook, says that “this is a great opportunity to give kudos to the fellow foodies whose recipes we used and inspire them to post more of their yummies. A way to say thank you for what they do. I also think this tag will help us discover some interesting recipes and blogs out there. There are a lot of delicious recipes hidden somewhere in the archives, and this tag may actually give them another chance to shine.”

So here we go five things I’ve made:

Artisan Herb Crackers from Straight From the Farm
Buttermilk Biscuits from For the Love of Food
Cheesy Bread Braid from Cookie Baker Lynn
Kahlua Hot Chocolate from We [Heart] Food
and
Hearty Potato Bread from A Year in Bread

Unfortunately I don’t have that many readers yet, so I don’t have many people to choose from to tag back. However, I will go with Krysta, the Evil Chef Mom, Either/both Todd and Diane from White on Rice Couple and Lisa Rene from Little Bits. Hopefully you guys will have fun with it and not hate me forever 🙂

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An Old Favorite

March 19, 2008

I found out early last week that after the convention on saturday I was going to be joining my friends for their weekly/semi-weekly gaming night. This is a first for me, joining anyone for this kind of thing, but they’re really a great group of people, so I knew it would be fun and of course, I wanted to bake something special for them (I did not expect my tart to last long enough) 🙂

Now, I could have gone the easy route and just baked two tarts, but I wanted to try something else so out came my cookbooks and cache of recipes.

I actually considered making the same chocolate chip cookies I made last month, especially considering it would be nice to get some more input on them, but my dear friend Dean is not a big fan of chocolate (he doesn’t hate it, but it’s just “alright”) so I wanted to make something he might actually like and decided to go with one of the next best things…cinnamon!

I do not know anyone that doesn’t like snickerdoodles. They’re sweet, they lack chocolate so that covers those poor people with allergies and those that just don’t care for chocolate (yes, it’s shocking but there are people like that out there), and they’re fun to say! This is a classic cookie and one of my favorites.

The recipe came from my Magnolia cookbook. They are the ones that make the cupcakes everyone raves about. I have been a little intimidated about trying the cupcake recipes yet (I promise to try one later this year) but the cookies are all great. btw, some @#$@# in the bookstore ripped out a few pages of the book and I didn’t notice until I tried to look them up! If anyone has the book and is willing to mail/fax/email me the missing pages I would love you forever 🙂

Okay, enough already, on with the fun stuff.

Snickerdoodles
Source: Magnolia Cookbook

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs at room temperature
2 tbl milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

6 tbl sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

In a small bowl, combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs, milk and vanilla and beat well. Add the dry ingrediets and mix thoroughly. Wrap the dough in saran wrap and chill in the refridgerator for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350F

Mix the remaining sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Crop the dough by rounded spoonfuls onto cookie sheets, leaving several inches between them. Keep in mind these spread more than most. Sprinkle generously with the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.

Let the cookies cool on a wire rack for as long as you can wait. Enjoy.

This is really the kind of cookie that can please anyone, and they always seem to go so fast! It’s amazing that something lacking chocolate can still be so wonderful.