InspireMe Crafts

Creative inspiration for the home, entertaining, and unforgettable gifts

Gotta Bake It: Lemon and Poppy Seed Melts November 2, 2007

Filed under: Gotta Bake It — inspiremecrafts @ 7:30 am

“A loving home is a piece of heaven on earth”

This recipe for Lemon and Poppy Seed melts is delicious!  These would be the perfect sweet for a baby or wedding shower, tea party, or hostess gift.  Once again, you can find this recipe in my always dependable Better Homes and Gardens Cookie Cookbook

Prep:  20 minutes     Bake:  7-9 minutes          Chill:  4-24 hours     Oven:  375  

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon poppy seed
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon milk
2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
Yellow edible glitter (optional)

1.  In a medium mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.  Add granulated sugar, poppy seed, and baking soda; beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.  Beat in egg yolk, milk, lemon peel, and vanilla until combined.  Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer.  Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.

2.  Divide dough in half.  Shape each half into a 9-inch long roll.  Wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper.  Chill in the refrigerator for 4-24 hours.  Using a sharp knife, cut dough into 1/2 inch slices.  Place slices 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

3.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 7-9 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are light brown.  Place powdered sugar in a plastic bag.  If desired, add edible glitter to powdered sugar.  While still warm, transfer several at a time to the bag.  Gently shake until coated.  Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool.  When completely cool, gently shake cookies again in powdered sugar. 

4.  Enjoy these delicious treats with your cup of tea!!!!!

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Gotta Bake It: Chocolate Crinkles October 26, 2007

Filed under: Entertaining,Gotta Bake It — inspiremecrafts @ 7:30 am

This quote made me laugh……“RECIPE:  A series of step-by-step instructions for preparing ingredients you forgot to buy, in utensils you don’t own, to make a dish the dog wouldn’t eat.” ~Author Unknown  I’ll guarentee everyone will eat these yummy cookies though!!!!

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This recipe is easy with no fancy ingredients or utensils needed!   Just note that the mix does have to chill 1-2 hours.  I chose to make this out of my favorite cookie cookbook, Better Homes and Gardens Homemade Cookies.  This came out of the same recipe book as those yummy, unforgettable Chewy Coconut Macaroons!  The Chocolate Crinkles taste like sugar-coated brownies and would be delicious with a bowl of ice cream! 

Prep:  30 minutes               Bake:   8-10 minutes              Chill: 1-2 hours      Makes:  48

Ingredients:       3 eggs
                            1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
                            4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
                            1/2 cup cooking oil
                           2 teaspoons baking powder
                           2 teaspoons vanilla
                           2 cups all purpose flour
                               Powdered Sugar

1.  In a large mixing bowl beat eggs, granulated sugar, melted chocolate, cooking oil, baking powder, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.  Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer.  Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.  Cover, chill in refrigerator for 1-2 hours or until easy to handle.  Shape into 1-in balls. Roll balls in powdered sugar to coat generously.  Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.  I lay down a piece of parchment paper to avoid lots of cleanup.

2. Bake in a 375degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until edges are set and tops are crackled.  Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool completely.  If desired, sprinkle with additional powdered sugar.

Nutrition Facts per cookie:  80 cal, 4g fat (1 sat), 13 mg chol, 19mg sodium, 11g carbo, 1 9 protein

For a person who use to never get her chocolate chip cookies to turn out even when it was the already mixed cookie dough (its true-ask my mom!) this book has converted me into a pretty decent baker!  I received it as a gift from my aunt for Christmas and I’m always asked for the recipes.  If you want to add it to your cookbook collection or use it as a gift for Christmas you can purchase it here.

 

Gotta Bake It: Halloween Chocolate Lollipops…yummy! October 18, 2007

Filed under: Entertaining,Gifts,Gotta Bake It,Halloween — inspiremecrafts @ 7:30 am

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OK – my attempt at a “healthy eating lifestyle (aka Diet) is officially in trouble.  I’ve always seen the candy making aisle at Michaels, but I have never experimented with it, partly because of my overbearing sweet tooth and lack of self-discipline.  Well… that all changed when I thought it would be a cute gift for my son’s friends.  I gave it a whirl  and now that I know that it is super easy, fun to do with kids, and yummy….my weight scale might be in for a bit of a surprise.  However, I will be the biggest hit with all his friends and all their parents will be thanking me immensely (yeah right!) .

All you need is a mold (as little as $1), some chocolate (in the same aisle and comes in seasonal colors), and lollipop sticks.  You literally pop the chocolate in the microwave, throw it in the mold, put the stick in it and put it in the fridge.  Voila!  Of course, you can make it more complex.  For example, my 17-month old took sprinkles and put them in the mold before you put the chocolate in (so complex!!!!!).   He had so much fun!  I then took plastic covers and used some left over ribbon I had to gift them.  I then used some stickers to spell “BOO” on the outside of the plastic wrap.

From here, you really can do numerous things.  You can hand them out as they are, put a name tag around them and use them as a place card, use a decorated pot with styrofoam in it to arrange them as a “lollipop bouquet”  and use it as a centerpiece or a gift, etc.  I am sure you have more ideas as well so please share with us and have fun! 

 

Gotta Bake It: Chewy Coconut Macaroons October 9, 2007

Filed under: Entertaining,Gifts,Gotta Bake It,Misc,Uncategorized,What's In a Name? — inspiremecrafts @ 6:00 am

“Good will, like a good name, is got by many actions, and lost by one”  – Lord Jeffrey

 

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This recipe is from the Better Homes and Gardens Homemade Cookies cookbook.  It is a guaranteed crowd pleaser and just way too hard to have only one!  

Prep: 15 minutes   Bake:  20-25 min    Oven:  325    Makes:  30

2 2/3 cups flaked coconut

2/3  cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

4 egg whites

½ teaspoon almond extract

2 ounces semisweet chocolate (optional)

½ teaspoon shortening (optional)

 

  1. Lighly grease and flour a large cookie sheet; set aside.  In a medium bowl combine coconut, sugar, flour, and salt.  Stir in egg whites and almond extract.
  2. Drop egg white mixture by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheet.
  3. Bake in a 325 oven for 20-25 minutes or until edges are golden brown.  Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool completely.  If desired, in a heavy small saucepan melt chocolate and shortening; drizzle over cooled cookies.

Nutrition facts per cookie:  54 cal; 2 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 0mg chol, 26 mg sodium, 8 g carbo, 0 g fiber, 1 g prot

 

 

 

 

With such yummy cookies to share with friends, family, and maybe even some strangers, we have to package them in something just as memorable!  See the picture below and hopefully it will inspire your creative juices to come up with something just as yummy to share with everybody….and don’t forget to celebrate their perfect name! 

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