Monthly Archives: December 2009

Christmas Cookies: Round 2!

I baked some Christmas cookies to send to the East Coast of the US today where my friends and family live. If anyone wants the recipes, I can post them but they all have been posted here before except the chocolate peppermint pinwheels.
Those are just a modification of Alton Brown’s sugar cookie recipe my brother found on the food network website. They are awesome too!

Oatmeal Craisin:

Snickerdoodle + Caramel Filled Hershey Kiss sugar cookies:


Caramel Filled Hershey Kiss Sugar cookies:

The Best Ever Chocolate Chip:

Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheel:

Graham Crackers:

All the pics start here: and end at the end of the album.

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Posted by on December 14, 2009 in The Bakery!


MrsWok’s stuffed mushrooms

8 large portabello or large field mushrooms
8 slices of bacon
1/2 red pepper
4 spring onions
100g (3.5oz) cream cheese
handful of dried breadcrumbs
shredded cheese to put on top

Take the stalks out of the mushrooms. Chop the bacon/pepper/spring onions/stalks finely and fry it off until onion/pepper is softened. Put the cooked stuffing mix a bowl and mix with cream cheese and bread crumbs.
Spoon mix into mushrooms, sprinkle with shredded cheese and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is golden. I had the oven at 350F.

Obviously, I cut this recipe way down for the one I made tonight. I only did 2 mushrooms. I add a clove of garlic and some salt and pepper to my mixture as well. I didn’t have any bacon in the house so I just used butter and a little olive oil. I also added like 1/2 tsp Balsamic vinegar to the mixture as well because I like the way it tastes with the mushrooms. I used half a 3oz package of cream cheese for 2 mushrooms. These are photos I got of the last time I made them – with the bacon!

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Posted by on December 11, 2009 in General Food, Meals!


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First Christmas Cookies

These are my first christmas cookies of the season! Alton Brown’s sugar cookies. They are actually very very delicious. Probably the best sugar cookies I have ever made. I didn’t make his royal icing but I had Pillsbury vanilla frosting in the spray can that I used for decorating plus a bunch of different colored sprinkles. Enjoy!

Sugar Cookies

Recipe courtesy: Alton Brown
Prep Time: 15 min
Inactive Prep Time: 2 hr 0 min
Cook Time: 9 min
Level: Easy
Serves: about 3 dozen-2 1/2 inch

* 3 cups all-purpose flour
* 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 egg, beaten
* 1 tablespoon milk
* Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color. Add egg and milk and beat to combine. Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with powdered sugar. Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Move the dough around and check underneath frequently to make sure it is not sticking. If dough has warmed during rolling, place cold cookie sheet on top for 10 minutes to chill. Cut into desired shape, place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment, or silicone baking mat, and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking time. Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to complete cooling on wire rack. Serve as is or ice as desired. Store in airtight container for up to 1 week.
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Posted by on December 3, 2009 in The Bakery!


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