Quick Cookies your way

Whether your  friends pop by without warning, or you forgot that bake sale at school, or perhaps you had a hard day at work and want to eat cookies for dinner (no judgments here) these are the cookies for you.

Introducing The Fastest Cookies in The West

Easy Chocolate chip Cookies

In under 2 minutes you can have these bad boys in the oven and in about 15 you can be munching them down!

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That Dirty Whore Always Wants S’more

This week Shelly over at Cookies and Cups has declared it S’mores week and I am so on board!

There might be a small glitch in my master plan at creating a kick ass s’more though.

I have never eaten a s’more.  This means I have no clue what they taste like.

But it can’t be that hard can it?

And so i did what is natural when faced with a challenge – I Googled it!  This was how helpful Google was:

image via Hershey’s Kitchen

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I Have Been Condemned {reasons for cookies}

I am not a bad person.

At least I really try not to be.

I recycle.  I pay taxes.  I don’t park in disabled parking spaces.

I do not belittle the beliefs of others.

I try to be kind and loving to all that I meet.

I resist urges to tell people what I think they need to hear, or tell them how horrible I think they have been.

Yet all of this has apparently gone unnoticed by ‘him’ upstairs.

It isn’t often I am approached by total strangers.  When I do I try to be courteous even if I am in a rush and they are looking for donations.

On this occasion I was not in a rush.  I was idly strolling through the street on my way to my favorite deli to pick up some scrummy bread and cheese for that days lunch.  Suddenly a man appears.

“Do you believe?” he announces in more of a statement than a question

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Simple Cakes for a Simple Girl

***** DONT FORGET TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE AT THIS LINK******

This Past week has been full of work and fun.

On friday I made cookie pops and salted caramel cupcakes (unfortunately they were devoured before I could snap a photo)  I will try and get some stuff up soon though.

I have been visiting other blogs and you should check out this one and this one (where I got the idea for cookie pops) and this one (who literally makes me laugh out loud) and dont forget to stop by here (which has loads of awesome stuff)

I have also been working my butt off with deadlines approaching an unfortunately this is why I haven’t been posting much recently!

But here is a recipe that has been passed down to me from my grandma which is really simple and make excellent plain sponge [for the pdf recipe click HERE]

It can be used for victoria sponge, vanilla cupcakes, the base for any other flavour or as a simple tray bake.

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Baking Tips #2 Recipes

#2 Following a recipe – the most important parts!

For those of you who are just learning / starting to bake I thought I would share some advice with you about some of the things I have learnt along the way, not that I’m a professional or anything just that these tips will help you get consistent results!

It may seem obvious but when following a recipe in baking you must follow it as closely as you can!

This is because when a recipe tells you to cream butter and sugar for 5 minutes there is a reason – not just to make the process a little longer, or to make your arm tired – these are the most important stages in a recipe.

Here is what my cookbook looks like!

Heavily annotated!

When I first started using Cook Books other than my Mum’s and Grandma’s I was baffled by the need to ‘whisk eggs for no more than 2 minutes’ or ‘cream butter and sugar until it looks like sand.’  These things confused me and I immediately turned to my mum for help!
“I don’t understand what the recipe is telling me – it doesn’t look like the kind of batter I am used to?”

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