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Friday, December 23, 2011

Cinnamon Chips

I had some left over corn tortillas that needed to be used, so what better way to use them up than to make some chips? I decided to make some cinnamon chips for the boys to snack on today. Let me just say....yum!

What you need:
10 tortillas (flour or corn)
Butter cooking spray
Cinnamon sugar mixture

What to do:
Cut your tortillas into 8ths and spread them out on a baking sheet. Do not overlap. Spray them with cooking spray, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture and then lightly spray again with cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes in an oven preheated to 350 degrees. After baking let cool completely for 15 minutes. Repeat steps for remaining tortillas.



Friday, December 9, 2011

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Earlier this week I baked these cookies for a cookie swap I was invited to by a large group of woman from my husband's company.  It was my very first cookie swap and it was SO MUCH FUN!  We had a wonderful white chicken chili prepared by the host and had a fabulous time eating cookies and chatting.  To top it off at the end of the night we filled our bags full of each others cookies to bring home and I can't wait to get my copy of all the recipes that the host is in the process of compiling.  For the swap I decided to try a new cookie.  This one caught my eye because it was minty and green, a perfect cookie for a Christmas get together.  These cookies were so moist, minty and chocolatey, I have decided to make them for my neighbors and am including the recipe in with my Christmas cards!

The Ingredients:
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
1/2 teaspoon mint extract
1 egg
1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
8 drops green food coloring
1 cup creme de menthe baking chips

1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, extract, food color, and egg until soft dough forms.  Stir in creme de menthe baking chips and chocolate chunks.
2.  Using a small cookie scoop drop dough 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
3.  Bake 8-10 minutes or until set.  Cool 3 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
4.  Store tightly covered at room temperature.

Makes 36 cookies  


Monday, December 5, 2011


Thanksgiving Day we made our first Wassail of the holiday season.  It is a delicious tradition in our house and the kids always look forward to it.  This year our 11 year old Collin prepared the Thanksgiving wassail and he did a terrific job.  It tasted just as wonderful as ever, maybe even a little bit sweeter, being made by such a sweet guy! :)

1 gallon Apple Cider
1 tsp Whole Cloves
1 tsp Whole All spice
2 3" cinnamon sticks
2/3 cup sugar
orange studded with whole cloves

Mix all the ingredients together in a large pot or slow cooker (I prefer the slow cooker that way I can keep it on low and we can enjoy the hot cider throughout the day).  Bring to a boil. (In a slow cooker turn on high and in about an hour should be good and hot).  Reduce heat and let simmer.