Cookie Friday: Chocolate Amaretto covered shortbread cookies

 

 

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Happy Cookie Friday !  The other day I posted how to make your own cookie cutters. I made an  oval shape cookie cutter and used it to make these wonderful , chocolate amaretto covered shortbread cookies. I love the yummy taste of the buttery shortbread cookie, covered with the chocolate with a touch of the amaretto liqueur flavor . Delightful !!!

 


Cookie Friday: Chocolate Amaretto Covered Shortbread Cookies

 

 

 

 

TOTAL TIME:30 MINS

PREP TIME:12 MINS

BAKE TIME:12-15 MINS

 

Ingredients

 

  • 4 cups of  flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups butter, softened (4 sticks)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 – 1/2 tablespoons Amaretto  {liqueur}
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of melted chocolate
  • 1/2 cup of melted white chocolate
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

 Directions 

1.Preheat the oven to 350

2.Mix  flour, salt ,sugar, butter and vanilla extract with your fingers until the dough is smooth and holds together. Roll out and using a oval cookie cutter, cut dough and place on cookie sheet with  parchment paper. Bake for 10-15 mins or until edges are lightly brown. Take out and cool.

3.In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and  uncovered on High 1 to 1 1/2 mins or until melted. Add 2 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur and  stir until smooth. Dip each cookie into melted chocolate. Place on waxed paper until chocolate is set.

4.In another small microwave bowl, microwave white chips uncovered on high for 45 to 1 min. or until melted. Then drizzle in a back and forth motion, and let set before serving.


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Make your own cookie cutters

 

 

 

 

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Do you want a way to customize your cookies ? Then make your own cookie cutters ! With a few easy steps, you can make your own cookie cutters in creative shapes that you can personalize for any occasion.

 

Make your own  Cookie Cutters

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things you will need:

 

  • Gloves 
  • Disposable Aluminum Pans
  • Heavy Duty Scissors
  • Ruler Glue Or Tape

 

 

Safety gloves

 

Disposable Aluminum Pans

 

 

Heavy duty Scissors

 

 

Ruler

 

 

 

 

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Using safety gloves,with you’re heavy duty scissors; cut the sides off the pan.

 

 

 

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When closing your cookie cutter, over lap the ends of the strips, and using staple or glue to seal it together more then once.

 

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I made a oval shape. But, you can use pens or cups to help curves.

 

1.Using a disposable Aluminum Pans draw straight lines onto the bottom the pan, marking lengthwise. Use a ruler or something with a straight edge. Mark the lines at least 1″ apart and use the bottom of the surface as much as possible.

2. Using safety gloves,with you’re heavy duty scissors; cut the sides off the pan. Next , cut out the strips that were drawn on the bottom of the pan. {Be very careful while cutting}

 

3.Design: Figure out what kind of shape or design that you want. Draw the shape of cookie cutter that you would like to create on a sheet of paper. Or a picture, and cut out the shape. The perimeter of your cookie cutter can be no longer than your longest strip. For a guideline, cut a piece of string the length of your strips and use it to measure around the perimeter of your design. Using the string, hold it up to the strips, to measure it to see if it is long enough. Allow 1″- 2″ of the strip, so you have enough material for curves and to close cutters when you’ve finished shaping them.

 

4.Take one of the 1″ strips and start shaping and molding it around the design. Helpful tips:

 

                      Use pens or cups to help curves.

 

                      Use a ruler to create different angles.

 

 

 

5.When closing your cookie cutter, over lap the ends of the strips, and using staple or glue to seal it together more then once.

 

 

6.You will have nicks, so you need to file it down with a metal file. Fold over the edges { about 1/8 inch/3.1} This will provide a surface that will not be sharp so you don’t cut yourself . Please, make sure you wash and dry thoroughly, before using.

 

 

 

Adapted from:

http://www.wikihow.com › … › Crafts › Metalwork and Wire Projects

http://www.instructables.com/id/make-your-own-cookie-cutters

 

 

 

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The Best Damn Turkey & Cheese Sliders Ever !

If you want a delish  & easy to make  sliders recipe, look no more.  This such a great recipe to serve while watching  the first round of the playoffs  of the NBA. I used  Colby, Provolone, Monterey jack cheese’s with a touch of Russian dressing on a toasted dinner roll.

 

 

The best Damn Turkey & Cheese Sliders Ever !

 

     

Place turkey over the bottom half of the rolls

Place turkey over the bottom half of the rolls

Add some of cheese , and   set aside. Then drizzle the dressing onto it

Add some of cheese , and set aside. Then drizzle the dressing onto it

Love the cheese !

Love the cheese !

 

The best Damn Turkey & Cheese Sliders Ever !

TOTAL TIME:20 MINS.

PREP TIME:5 Mins

BAKE TIME:10-15 MINS.

Makes 12 servings

Ingredients 

 

12 mini soft dinner rolls
1 pound of Turkey  shaved
1 1/2 cup  Colby, Provolone, Monterey jack cheeses
1/2 cup of finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon of olive oil
3 tablespoons of russian dressing

Directions 

 

 1.Preheat oven to 350. Cut the entire pack of rolls in half and place the roll bottoms in a 9 x 13 inch pan.  Place equal amounts turkey each roll bottom and top  with  some of the cheese. {save a small amount and set aside}

 2.Drizzle 3 tablespoons of russian dressing on top, then add the roll tops. With pastry brush dip into olive oil, and brush lightly over the top of the buns.

 3.Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and bake covered with aluminum foil, at 350. Bake for 10-15 mins until heated through. once finished, separate for serving.

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Happy Easter !

 

 

 

Happy Easter Everyone !

Rice krispie Easter treats

 

This is a fun Easter treat that I love to do every year. So easy and fun for the kids to play with.  Wilton Pearlized sprinkles , cookie icing and candy melts help make this a fab fun family treat !

 

 

 

Rice Krispie Easter treats

White cookie iciing. pink pearl sprinkles.

White cookie icicing. pink pearl sprinkles.

 

 

 

Pink cookie icing, with white pearl sprinkles

Pink cookie icicing, with white pearl sprinkles

 

 

 

 

Wilton Pearlized sprinkles

 

 

 

Hot pink, red

 

 

 

 

Rice Krispie Easter treats

 

Ingredients:

 

TOTAL TIME:15 mins

PREP TIME:5 mins

COOK TIME:10 mins

 

 

3 tablespoons butter or 3 tablespoons margarine

40 large marshmallows (or 4 cups mini-marshmallows)

6 cups Rice Krispies

White & pink  pearlized Sprinkles

½ cup Wilton Candy Melts white, bright pink,

Cookie Icings  pink & white

 

Directions:

1.In a large microwave safe bowl, heat butter and marshmallows at HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth.

2. Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until coated.

3. Press mixture into 13 x 9 inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cut with cookie cutter shapes  when cool.

4. Once cooled,melt white candy melts spread on top of the rice krispie treats, immediately sprinkle pearlized Sprinkles on top. Place in fridge for 10 minutes to set the candy melts, once set using bunny or egg cookie cutter cut into desired shape.

5. Using cookie Icings { any color pink, white, or  yellow} to outline the shape of the bunny. And to decorate egg. Let it dry before serving.

 

 

 

 

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Mini chocolate chip mini crumb cakes

 

 

 

Here in NYC it’s raining a little chilly and damp. My mini chocolate chip crumb cake recipe,  is perfect for those of us who like to stay in and keep dry. Make this recipe with some tea, with a good  book read. Oh heaven this is my favorite lazy day activity . So, take out you’re mini pans and try this yummy crumb cake out now.

 

 

 

 

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Mini chocolate chip mini crumb cakes

Total Time: 60 Min.

Prep Time: 20 Min.

 

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup milk

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

3/4 cup mini bitter-sweet chocolate chips, for sprinkling on top of the cake

 Directions 

1.Heat oven to 350 .  Lightly spray mini loaf or mini cake pan with oil.In large bowl, stir flour, brown sugar and butter with spoon until crumbly.Reserve 1/3 cup mixture for topping.

2.Stir egg, baking powder, cinnamon and milk into remaining crumbly mixture until well mixed. Spoon batter into mini pans . Sprinkle reserved crumbly mixture over batter.

 3.Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pan. Sprinkle warm cakes with powdered sugar before serving. Serve warm or cooled.

 

 

 

 

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