Saturday, December 10, 2016

More vegan macs with coconut cream ganache

Some pink pandas made from the floral frosting recipe and the honey and butter tutorial on you tube. Baked these for 35 min at 225F turned off oven and left for 15 min.  Per the tutorial at Avocados and Ales The panda feet were slightly stuck to the parchment but the cookies came off fine. Pink panda vegan macarons with coconut cream ganache Lavender macs made with aquafaba from floral frosting's recipe but baked in a preheated oven at 225 for 25 min and turned off oven and left for 15 additional minutes. Purple Vegan macarons with coconut cream ganache
The ganache was made with Trader Joe's coconut milk, one can to approx 3.5 cups of Kirkland chocolate chips which are supposed to be vegan.

For the shells I used 1 can of Trader Joe's garbanzo beans reduced to slightly less than 1/3 cup with Trader Joe's Almond Flour which is really super fine compared to their Almond Meal.

I also used the Floral Frosting tutorial and changed my macronnage technique slightly as per the video. I had to smooth some tops down with a wet finger which took much much longer to dry, by adding sprinkles it was easier to disguise some little piping marks that did not settle down, I added the sprinkles immediately and when the macs were nearly dry I was testing them on the spot that was sticking up and it flattened slightly

Finally I found to dry macs sooner you can preheat your oven to 320 F, then turn it off, open the door and rest the baking tray on the door for 5 min and then rotate for 5 min, this sped up the drying time but still allowed them to have feet, no shells cracked from not having dried enough. Here's the full description from the Kitchen Guardian

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Vegan macarons with coconut cream ganache


Vegan macarons with a coconut cream ganache.   Made with aquafaba.   Amazingly I think these are better than my egg white macarons.   I had a little help and used a different oven and parchment paper.   I'm really excited about the possibilities for these gluten free and vegan cookies!

Vegan macarons with a coconut cream ganache.   Made with aquafaba.   Amazingly I think these are better than my egg white macarons.   I had a little help and used a different oven and parchment paper.   I'm really excited about the possibilities for these gluten free and vegan cookies
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Monday, May 26, 2014

Cookie Monster's Special Cookies and the Sesame Street Cookie Stamper

Recently I fell down the rabbit hole that is google while looking at cookie cutters.  I found a blog post http://www.bitofbyrd.com/2012/03/sesame-street-party-favors.html with the most adorable set of vintage Sesame Street Cookie cutters so I made it my mission to find a set on ebay.  I made cookies for my son's birthday.  Since I learned just about everything there was to know about this rare cookie stamper set from Wilton and Pillsbury, I have discovered that the recipe for Cookie Monster's Special Cookies is no where on the internet.  Seeing as his famous recipe from the Sesame Street Treasury (and other books) is everywhere I thought I'd share this recipe for those of you with a bit of nostalgia for your old set, or those looking for a cinnamon flavored Cookie Monster cookie.

My notes are to use powdered sugar instead of flour when rolling out the cookies, make sure to dust the top surface of the cookie dough in addition to dipping the cutter in powdered sugar between cutting out each cookie. Failure to do so will mean that cookie dough will get caught in the crevices of your cookie stamp and will force you to dig out each sticky bit with a toothpick.  I do not recommend using flour when rolling out the dough.  I tried it on the Oscar cookies and they really tasted of flour after baking, whereas the Count/Cookie Monster/Grover cookies came out with a pleasant sweet cinnamon taste.

These images are hosted on flickr so please feel free to click on the recipe and download a higher resolution file for your baking use.
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Grouch Cookies for a Messy themed birthday party
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Cookies made with the Sesame Street Cookie Stamper
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Cookie Monster looks lovingly on his fresh made cookies
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Instructions for the Sesame Street Cookie Stamper
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Cookie Monster's Special Cookie Recipe
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More instructions, preheat oven to 400 degrees.
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Baking Time
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Final Message from Cookie Monster


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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pumpkin Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches

My Breakfast was on FoodBeast!
Check it out! My Pumpkin Waffle Deep Fried Ice Cream Sandwiches were featured both on FoodBeast in the Cravings Section and Instructables in the Food Section!


The Captain's Waffle
The Captain's Waffle
Loaded with Deep Fried Ice Cream flavored Deluxe Ice Cream from Ralphs, and made with Trader Joe's Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix. An awesome dessert, or an even more incredible Breakfast!
My Waffle
My Waffle
Lighter on the ice cream but sprinkled with large sugar crystals. An incredible crunch on this fall treat!

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012