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DECEMBER IS HERE

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Can you tell how pumped I am by the fact it’s DECEMBER FIRST?! While my last post was a little overwhelming and unfun, today’s post is the opposite because it’s about our favorite subject, FOOD, and more specifically, HOLIDAY FOOD!

First off, take a look at the cranberry-apple pie I made for Thanksgiving:

Sure beats the one I made last year…hahaha.

This year, after successfully conquering pie making, I took on a new challenge: chocolate truffles.

Not only did I try making truffles for the first time last night, I made vegan ones at that!

Check it out:

Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Truffles

inspired by Vegan Chocolate Truffles on Novel Eats & Peppermint Crunch Truffles on Bakers Royale
  • 1/2 c of cashews
  • 1/2 c cold water
  • 8 oz (approx. 1c) semi-sweet chocolate chips (or whatever chocolate you prefer)
  • 1 box of candy canes

Puree cashews and water in a blender till smooth.

Slowly melt chocolate in a double boiler (or place one pot over another pot that has about 1/4c – 1/2c of water in it. Make sure the smaller pot does not touch the water. The steam will slowly melt the chocolate).

Once the chocolate has melted and cooled for a moment, fold in the creamy cashew “milk” and pour the mixture into a bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 1.5hr.

Meanwhile unwrap a bunch of candy canes, stick them in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin (or wine bottle, or mallet, or your whack weapon of choice).

Once the chocolate mixture has hardened, scoop out with a small cookie scoop (or melon baller, or spoon) and roll the ball in the crushed candy and place in mini muffin liners or on a cookie sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.

Once you are done with that nonsense, stick them in the fridge till it’s time to gift them or eat them. Bring to room temperature before serving. Makes about 12 balls.

You can also roll them in cocoa powder:

I am hoping last night was only the beginning of many more fun-filled nights full of baking/cooking/crafting, which equates to more yummy recipes and pics for the blog! It definitely helps bring down my stress level all while providing me with stuff to share with you all!

TO THE PANTRY!

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COOKIES!

I think I may be, single-handedly, the reason why Sesame Street had to convert Cookie Monster to Veggie Monster.  All those afternoons I spent watching my beloved Sesame Street, must be why I have such a manic love for COOKIES!

*Fun Fact: Did you know Jim Henson is a UMD alum? Go Terps!

Now while I am a pretty good baker, I can’t make chocolate chip cookies for the life of me! My cookies always end up looking like lacy, flat disks of disaster. Well that’s all changed now! Check out these puppies, straight out of the oven!:

I finally found a recipe that doesn’t make my batter spread into a giant mess! Talk about a long, frustrating, trial & error process! I tried all sorts of recipes, including the Tollhouse classic, but somehow I managed to mess that one up too.  But all that doesn’t matter, as I found my recipe! My inspiration was a post on Weddings & Cookies.  She originally came across the recipe on Allrecipes (Which is a great site, by the way.  I’ve been using it for years.)

You guys have no idea how excited I am to finally be able to cross “chocolate chip cookies” off my list of accomplishments. Victory is mine!

So tell me, do you have a recipe that’s given you trouble?  Or if you’ve already mastered it, how great was that feeling?