What happens when you want to make macarons and the recipe you find simply didn't work for you but another recipe has in the past? Well you make up your own recipe from each of the other two recipes to make it work for you! :) These turned out just the way I imagined they would. The macarons cinnamon/nutmeg flavors pair perfectly with the filling's eggnog flavor.
WOW! That's a LOT of cookies! Follow me @haysnik86 on IG to see more. Links to recipes I used below.
Lemon Crinkle Cookies
Mary Berry's Viennese Cookies
Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Hot Cocoa Cookies
Sugar Cut Out Cookies
Salted Caramel Swirl Meringues
Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cranberry Orange Shortbread
Red Velvet Cookies
Ginger and molasses seem to be a thing with me this week! This gingerbread was absolutely delicious! Yes, I had a little bit of gingerbread with my Cool Whip. How else are you supposed to do it? 😍😏
Had a little cookie decorating party yesterday and made these oh so yummy scones to munch.
So the recipe is for cinnamon scones. No apples. That didn't quite compute for me so I added 2 small chopped apples to it. No regrets.
How was the cookie decorating party? Pretty fantastic. Did I take a lot of photos? No. Maybe 2. Otherwise I just spent time with some of my favorite people. Afterwards the hubs and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with another of our favorite people. His daughter Savannah.
God is good.
Counting down to the big day!
Giving thanks for the gift of friends and family. But most importantly the greatest gift given to mankind. The birth of the Savior.
Nikita, Cammy and Georgia
I love molasses cookies but I've never made them before today. Georgia was 100% accurate when she told me I would love them even more! I will most definitely be making these again
Pie -- coconut custard pie. There really isn't much else to say about it, except for how much I love coconut cream pie. Ok so custard isn't quite the same as cream, but close enough! It isn't as good as banana cream pie or lemon meringue pie either, but it sure was easy to make!
25 Days of Cookies and here are the first five days! ❤️
2. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
3. Brown Sugar Cookies
4. Raspberry Almond Thumbprints
5. Apple Crisp Cookies with Maple Glaze
Check out my IG @haysnik86 to follow along.
What are you baking this holiday season?
Cammy & Nikita
This year had a lot of highs and lows for us. The highs out weigh the lows by far. Moving home, seeing most of our favorite people. The lowest low was not seeing some of our favorite people. Who were supposed to be here for Thanksgiving. So Ran and I made the most of it.
How do you spend time with all your friends and family and not horn in on their Holiday with their families? Have a day after Thanksgiving Pie Party.
Which is exactly what we did.
Thanksgiving was a pretty small affair with family, but Friday was spent with more family and friends.
We served several pies. Pumpkin, Pecan, key lime and I found a new and yummy way to make apples. An apple pandowdy. Never heard of it? Neither had I. The recipe called for allspice, but did not have any on hand so substituted with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, fresh crushed cloves and cardamon. Served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
For me.. Being surrounded by so many loved ones made for one of the best holidays.
Praying everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving
Not quite a baked dish this week but delicious nonetheless! This pie does best in the freezer. Take it out 5-10 mins before serving, and it becomes a perfect marshmallowy softness with a stiffer crust. The beginning of our "Pumpkin Spice" fall! More to come......
Jade (Jen's daughter)
I still have cans of pumpkin so what else should I do? Mom answered that question when she sent me the link for this pumpkin turtle cheesecake. It was worth the work to make it. I also probably should have left it in the fridge for several hours longer before I cut into it as it still hadn't completely chilled. It was still delicious!
I had a serious sweet tooth today. While I was waiting for the cheesecake to chill, I baked some brownies with caramel as well...
Busy bake week for the ladies and I LOVE Jade's cupcakes
Until next week,
Jade, Nikita and Cammy
Apples + cinnamon = a winning combo
I've been seeing apple fritters EVERYwhere. I'm dying..
So I made this yummy but still not an apple fritter Cinnamon Swirl Apple Fritter Bread
I dare say it's MUCH better than banana pudding but maybe not macarons.
I did not add the sugar glaze for it.
We harkened back to our southern roots this week with a veggie dinner of Collard Greens, Black-Eyed Peas, and Sweet Mashed Potatoes. Vegetable dinners are amazing topped with that green Jalepeno Tabasco Sauce. Try it. Of course, a dinner like that needs to be followed up with Southern Banana Puddin', and oh. my. word! First - you NEED to make this a day ahead. The recipe says give it 2-3 hours to sit in the fridge before consuming, but it really tasted its best the following day. I had Banana Puddin' for breakfast AND dinner yesterday. I mean, people eat bananas for breakfast, right? 🤷🏻♀️
I decided I was going to try to bake macarons today. I finally got up the nerve to give it a go. Well, they look deformed and taste delicious! I will definitely try these again. I was surprised that they called for turmeric! I also think that, should I make this kind again, I will add a small amount of powdered sugar to the filling.
It's a great time to bake!
Until next week,
Georgia, Nikita and Cammy
Here is a birthday cake I made for a bright and beautiful 5-yr old. This is a 6" 3-layer White Cake with American Buttercream. It looks gorgeous, but challenges occurred. My original plan was to use Swiss Meringue Buttercream, but I could not get the texture right. It seemed so grainy even after heating the egg whites and sugar over boiling water. So that went in the trash. Then I made traditional American Buttercream, but my house was so warm that it kept melting in my piping bag while I was piping it. I'd have to stop and put it in the fridge to chill it. I ended up making a new batch because eventually my cream split and the butter began to separate from the sugar. Extremely frustrating. But in the end, I can say that I didn't give up and eventually prevailed. Enjoy the fun video below!
There is nothing that goes better with leftover chili than honey corn muffins! :)
I find that the word pudding is loosely interpreted around the world. For example, Bread Pudding is shredded, day-old bread baked in a custard. Yorkshire Pudding looks like a fluffy, over-the-top biscuit with gravy. But Brownie Pudding --> This. Right. Here. Is. Pudding. The recipe came together in under 10 mins, but it took an hour to bake which worked well during our carpool soccer night. I popped it into the oven and made it back with a few minutes to spare on the timer. When it came out of the oven, the top was hard but it jiggled with a little shake of the pan. The brownie pudding seemed undercooked, but it was not. It was in the oven for 60 whole minutes, and it's supposed to be a pudding texture. I used the Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder which made this dessert very rich. A wonderful weeknight dessert if you have errands to run.
It's fall all y'all! Continuing the gourd theme, I've made these wonderful pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies. I typically steer clear of any recipe that calls for any portion of it to be refrigerated for any length of time. Likely, had I read the recipe ahead of time, I'd have chosen something different. C'est la vie! These were absolutely worth the wait! Next time I make this, I may add a tsp of pumpkin pie spice.
Focaccia Bread Art
Nikita's baking is on fire!
Cammy & I just like dessert.
Until next week,
Georgia, Cammy and Nikita
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