Thursday, December 22, 2011

More Cookie Talk

Day 2 of cookies commenced yesterday. After a frustrating morning, the final results came out of the oven looking better than expected! A lot better! My first cookie I attempted was the Peppermint Pinwheel. I don't know if it was the recipe I used or the fact that this recipe employed techniques not often used by me but I did not end up with pinwheels. I really should have done a test run on these. Sigh. This cookie involves dividing the dough in half, rolling out each half into a rectangle, inverting one dough on the other, and finally rolling all the dough, jelly-roll style. Well, my dough was pretty crumbly and I had a very difficult time rolling it out and then an equally difficult time rolling the two doughs together. I also wasn't thinking and shaped the dough logs more like ovals than rounds. Not to mention it took almost 2 hours to make this dough! After baking the cookies and taste testing, they tasted pretty good. Like a minty sugar cookie. They also have a nice marble effect. So out of this mess, Peppermint Marble Cookies were born. They will work for this year.

Peppermint Marble Cookies
My other cookie yesterday was the Salted Caramel Brownies which I was initially worried about. The batter was sooooo thick! I have never seen brownie batter like that! I continued  on though and I am glad I did. The brownies turned out wonderful. The thick batter made for a chewier brownie. It is the salted caramel layer on the brownies that is to die for though! I will be making these again. And again. And again. Highly recommend :)

Salted Caramel Brownies
You can find the recipes I used here: Peppermint Pinwheels and Salted Caramel Brownies. Up today is Snickerdoodles and Vanilla Bean Shortbread!

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