Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Hi everyone - I'm finally back, I'm sorry for the long absence - I've had a lot going on in my household lately - the kids moved back in with their mom (so the house is suddenly very empty), my parents and in-laws have been having lots of health issues and I recently left a job situation that was becoming very toxic. Time for new beginnings!

You would think with all this time on my hands that I'd be posting left and right, but honestly, realistically, I do need to find another "day" job so that has been consuming a fair amount of time and there was the holiday. My parents and sister joined us for the 4th - it was the first 4th I wasn't working in 4 years! I hope you all had a lovely, safe holiday. I neglected to take much in the way of photos - which is a shame because we had some lovely copper river salmon, grilled asparagus, roasted potatoes and watermelon margaritas...Can I just say - YUM!

This is some trail mix my husband made. It's loaded with apples and plums from our own trees that he dehydrated last fall.

We have a close, personal friend who has been supporting my cookie-baking habit by purchasing a dozen cookies from me every couple of weeks. I send him a container of cookies and when he's ready for more, he sends the container back. I'd been itching to make Snowcaps - a tasty, oreo-like variation of the Chocolate cookie recipe I used for Chocolate Salted Caramel Thumbprints which you can find here, so when his empty container was delivered to me last night, I knew just what to make him.

These are wonderfully dark chocolate cookies. In this case, I simply frost them with cream cheese frosting. Just look how dark the dough is...

...and the cookies fresh from the oven, before I hit 'em with the cream cheese frosting...

Oh no! I ran out of frosting!!! Hmmmm...Did I tell you these also make wonderful ice cream sandwiches? Well, they do! They are good...really good... Oh Darn! I guess I'll just have to get to the store and pick up some ice cream...

The cream cheese frosting recipe I use is my Grandma Marion's - both of my Grandma's were talented cooks and Grandma Marion's Carrot Cake is the best I've ever had. I'll post it here some time in the future, but I use her frosting recipe more than I make the cake since I like it on these cookies as well as on sugar cookies. The recipe makes a lot, enough for 2 cakes, and it freezes well, in fact, the frosting I used for the cookies came from the freezer from the last time I made her Carrot Cake. It comes together pretty quickly and you can go ahead and frost your cookies with it as soon as it's well blended, but if you beat it in your mixer a bit longer - you'll get a frosting that has a whipped-cream consistency - that is how I like it best.

Grandma Marion's Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 Cup Butter
8 oz Cream Cheese, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla (do not reduce vanilla, even if you halve the recipe)
1 lb powdered sugar
Milk, as needed

Cream butter, cream cheese and vanilla. Beat in one pound of powdered sugar (the recipe says to sift, but I never bother). Add milk if necessary to get the spreading consistency you prefer.

One thing about this frosting, it takes awhile to set up so be sure to allow plenty of time for the frosted cookies to dry before attempting to stack them on platters or adding them to cookie jars.

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