Friday, December 30, 2011

Double Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies

This is my entry for the Zanussi Cookers make every meal a masterpiece competition.

3 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
4 oz. peppermint candy cane, ground into a powder
4 oz. peppermint candy cane, crushed (Save 2 oz. to sprinkle on cookies)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12-oz. pkg) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Start off by grinding the first 4 oz. of peppermint candy cane into a fine powder using a coffee grinder. Then take the other 4 oz. of peppermint candy cane and crush into little pieces using a food chopper/processor. Set aside.  
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, candy cane powder, 2 oz. of the crushed candy cane, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. 
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract until creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, making sure to beat well after each egg. Then gradually add in the dry ingredient mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips. 
Place 1 tablespoon of mixture into rows onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 4 minutes then sprinkle a bit of the extra crushed candy cane on top of each cookie and bake for another 5 to 7 minutes or until done. Remove cookie sheet from oven and let cookies cool for at least 2 minutes then place them onto a cooling rack and let cool.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wordless Wednedsay - Amish Farmland

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Nikon D90 Giveaway @ Oh So Posh Photography

Here is a wonderful giveaway that will not only inspire both the amateur and professional photographer but also those who might hanging on the line just thinking about it. Oh So Posh Photography is giving away a beautiful Nikon D90 to one of their readers.

Here are the details for the camera:
Nikon D90 12.3MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-105 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR DX Nikkor Zoom Lens

It's a dream come true. I highly recommend that you not only enter this wonderful giveaway but do a lot of browsing while your there. There's lots of beauty in store. Also if you get a moment, make sure you check out Oh So Posh Actions as well.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Black and White

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