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Merry Christmas Cookie Update

Just a quick note to say I followed a viewer’s tip, and rolled the chocolate snowcap cookie dough in white granulated sugar first, before coating in the powdered sugar. I was told this would prevent the white tops from fading in brightness, and as you can see, that’s exactly what happened (don’t let the bad cell phone picture fool you). Thanks, anonymous YouTuber! Enjoy!

Chocolate Snowcaps – There’s Snow on Them There Cookies

I don’t think I’ve ever been involved in a holiday cookies swap (apparently you need to have like-minded friends), but if I were, I’d bring these chocolate snowcap cookies. They just look so wintry, with their powdery-white tops, contrasted against those deep, dark cracks.


They’re so captivating, that I find myself daydreaming about tiny Christmas elves skiing down them when no one is looking. I really should see someone about that. Anyway, the point is, if you’re looking for a holiday cookie so seasonally appropriate it hurts, this is the one for you.

As I stated in the video, the only way to mess these up is to not use enough powdered sugar. The first batch I made looked like they had plenty, but that little bit I shook off before placing them on the pan made all the difference. You want to coat them, roll them, coat them again, and then, coat them again. You can’t put too much on.

Also, the batch I made after letting the dough sit overnight didn’t spread out as much, which I thought looked better, and much more mini mountain-like. As far as baking time goes, mine took about 12 minutes, but that depends on exactly how large you roll your dough balls.


To be safe, you should probably do five or six practice batches to get this time dialed in [wink]. Once you do, you’ll be rewarded with a classic Christmas cookie that tastes as good as it looks. I think I speak for tiny, imaginary elves everywhere, when I say we hope you give these a try soon. Enjoy!


Ingredients for about 2 dozen Chocolate Snowcap Cookies:
Recipe found here on Foodess.com
6 ounces dark chocolate, broken in small pieces, melted over hot water
3/4 cup AP flour
1/3 cup cocoa (I used Guittard’s Cocoa Rouge)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp fine salt
1/2 cup room temp butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup powdered sugar, or as needed

*Bake at 350 degrees F.  for about 12 minutes, depending on size

Banana and Candy Pecan Cake

Banana and Candy Pecan Cake

by Pam on May 19, 2013

I had a couple of ripe bananas to use up so I decided to make a recipe for banana cake I found on MyRecipes[1]. I loved that it used no butter or oil and that it was quick and easy to prepare. I decided to throw in some extra candied pecans that I had leftover. It smelled amazing while it baked and looked amazing when it came out of the oven. I let it cool before sprinkling the top with powdered sugar. Needless to say, my kids were thrilled to come home from school to this cake. It was moist, tender, and super flavorful and both of my kids loved it.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 inch square baking pan with cooking spray.

Beat the eggs, sugar, sour cream, mashed bananas, and vanilla together with a mixer until creamy. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves until mixed well. Slowly stir flour mixture along with the chopped candied pecans into the banana mixture until well combined. Scrape batter into the prepared baking pan.

Place into the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the top springs back when gently pressed and a skewer inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs attached. Remove from the oven and let cool. Dust with powdered sugar before cutting into squares and serving. Enjoy.



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Banana and Candy Pecan Cake






Ingredients:

2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
2 large bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup of candied pecans, chopped
Powdered sugar

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 inch square baking pan with cooking spray.

Beat the eggs, sugar, sour cream, mashed bananas, and vanilla together with a mixer until creamy. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves until mixed well. Slowly stir flour mixture along with the chopped candied pecans into the banana mixture until well combined. Scrape batter into the prepared baking pan.

Place into the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the top springs back when gently pressed and a skewer inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs attached. Remove from the oven and let cool. Dust with powdered sugar before cutting into squares and serving. Enjoy.



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by MyRecipes

References

  1. ^ MyRecipes (www.myrecipes.com)
  2. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

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