Monday, December 10, 2018

lacy gingerbread pecan cookies~



4 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons molasses
1 tablespoon heavy cream
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon clove
1/16 teaspoon salt
2/3 cups chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheet with a silicon mat or parchment paper.

Melt butter in a small saucepan on medium heat. Add sugar. Cook until dissolved, stirring occasionally. Stir in cream and molasses. Add flour and spices, whisking until smooth. Allow to come to a gentle boil for 1 to 2 minutes, reducing heat if needed. Stir in pecans and vanilla. Reduce heat to lowest heat setting as you continue to work.

Drop the cookie mixture, a measured teaspoonful at a time, onto the lined baking sheet. Allow at least 2 to 3-inch space in between. Mixture will bubble and expand as it bakes. Bake until the cookie turns light brown, 5 to 7 minutes. 

Remove from oven. Allow cookies to cool off and firm up a few minutes. Using a spatula, transfer cookies to a cooling rack. Cookie will become firm and crispy when completely cooled (best to wait 15-20 minutes before eating).

Store in an airtight container, refrigerated for maximum crispiness but could be left at room temperature. Makes 36 3-inch cookies. 

doggie advent*ures december tenth

come on girls, its a big day of fun for us!
yes, we are going to a Christmas tree farm!
its going to be a great doggie adventure for you!
we are heading deep in the forest
good thing they have a crackling fire, its cold out up in the mountains!
watch daddy grab a saw...
yes girls, we get to ride up the hill in the back of the jeeps
if we go up high enough we will be in the sun!
if we don't find the perfect tree to cut in 50 acres, they sure have some beauties down here
look at the great trees they found!
ready Katie?
on your mark, get set...
oh no, too small girls...
what do you see cassie?
perfect, tell daddy to cut that one!
are you girls helping or hindering daddy?
where is daddy?
jeepers, wasn't that fun girls!

Ok, I am hungry now mom...

I'm getting bored.

Me too!

What's that over there!

Sit girls, we are almost done, look at the breeze in your hair...

That's my good girls!

Katie, you could be a model you are so pretty!

we all know cassie only works for food...

But girls, we did find the perfect tree today!

yes cassie, it was a long day, and to all a good night~