Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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Hey Blogger Buddies, are you enjoying the CHRISTmas season?
10 days left, if you're counting...

12.14.10 Cookie Baking Day 2010 was as intense as ever.
It was a FULL DAY of baking and we took it seriously.
A little burnt chocolate, some spilled sprinkles
New recipes and classic family favs

Speaking of family favs...
My sister rocked the lemon butterfly cookies this year (see pic below, top right)
Seriously rocked them.
Maybe it was the newlywed glow? I don't know...
What I do know is that both my sister-in-law and I nominate her to be the one to make them again next year.
What?! Back to back years? What an honor for her.

Why? Because we trust her and her supreme ability to make the lemon butterfly cookies.

It has (nothing) to do with the fact that the batter is (annoyingly) super sticky.
Or that it involves a metal cookie press to pump them out one-by-(painstakingly)one.
Nor is it related to the fact that the amount of steps involved in making such an intricate cookie surpasses the amount of bites it takes to consume it.
And, in case you were wondering, it has no correlation to the pressure involved in getting the baking time just right to produce a soft yet not-too-doughy Christmas delicacy that is furthermore dipped in powdered sugar when cooled.

No. It's really because my sister is that good at making the lemon butterfly cookies.

Holly, if you're reading this, I'm so proud of you. Few people can claim this gift and you possess it. Embrace it. (love you, Hol!)
My cookie baking assignment was this new recipe I found. The last sentence on the description caught my eye. Can you read it?
It says, "Some people say they taste like Christmas!" (I may or may not have repeated this phrase more than once while in the process of making these creations)

Despite the fact that when I doubled the recipe my poor simple math skills came into play and I added a whole extra cup of sugar....we pretty much all agreed that these taste a-mazing.
Like Christmas even.
Does anyone recognize what mag this recipe came from? If you do, hit me up with a comment because I have no idea.....
If you, too, have the recipe from where I got it, than you'll def want to make these goodies.

Except forget about the icing they tell you to make with the white chocolate and honey (what?!)
We made them with a mixture of powdered sugar and milk and I'm pretty sure we upgraded the cookie to magical in the process. (Or maybe it was just the extra cup of sugar in the batter...)

Well, I feel a little guilty. Here you are looking at all these fun Christmas treats and I'm the one smelling them and (of course) eating them.
How rude of me. Let me make it up to you, Blogger B's.
Remember these?!

My personal belief is that nothing, NOTHING, goes better with chocolate than peanut butter. But maybe that's just me.
What do you think? What's the #1, BEST THING to pair with chocolate?
No wrong answers, only entries in today's GIVEAWAY WEDNESDAY!
Just leave a comment with the words:
"chocolate plus _____ (fill in the blank) is magical."
Tomorrow I'll pick a winner and send out a package of the #2 reason to rejoice in Christmas:
Reese's Peanut Butter Trees
JESUS holds the #1 spot.....and He wins by a landslide.
But something's gotta be #2


  1. okay chocolate (in the form of hot fudge sauce) + peppermint stick ice cream = PURE MAGIC!

  2. chocolate plus pretzels is magical. yes. chocolate covered pretzels it is... wait.. maybe chocolate plus strawberries is magical...oh boy. i can't decide! (chocolate covered marshmellows.. chocolate covered cherries) Darn it all ~ looks like everything is a little bit better with chocolate!!

  3. Chocolate plus carmel is magical. But I agree with "me" that pretzels, strawberries, mashmellows, really anything, is good too!!
    Talk to you tonight, when you declare me the winner...finally.

  4. Chocolate plus raspberry is magical...followed closely by strawberry, peanut butter, and caramel!

  5. Chocolate plus (and in) a good cup of coffee is magical! :)

  6. I don't really care for chocolate (I kid, I kid:)). I don't think there is anything I've had chocolate with that I didn't like. I'd even try it on bacon if I had the chance! I think my favorites are caramel, peanut butter, and something salty!

  7. Chocolate plus 1 more fantasy football point would've been magical!!! But chocolate plus marshmellow Peeps is most magical.

  8. Chocolate plus peanut butter is definitely my top choice for some Magic!!! I have tried Chocolate covered bacon and it actually wasn't that bad! I'm not too keen on Chocolate and fruit, but I love Chocolate covered pretzels too!!!

  9. Chocolate + Coconut is my all time favorite!

  10. Chocolate+Mint is magical. Also Chocolate+potato chips and chocolate+cashews

  11. chocolate + pancakes (choc. chip pancakes) is magical!! hey, who doesn't love chocolate for breakfast?
    loved your post, laur...i was cracking up :) humor won't get me to make butterfly cookies two years running will take a Christmas miracle for that to happen!

  12. TASTE OF HOME my dear... I just found it and I'm going to make them. Yummy!! Thanks for the reminder!