Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Cookies #1

Today was supposed to be the day that we made Christmas cookies with my mom and Kyle's mom at Kyle's mom's house. Unfortunately yesterday we discovered our brand new furnace doesn't work! UGH! When it gets to a certain low temp the heat pump is supposed to kick off and the natural gas furnace takes over. SO I had to hang at home and wait for the fix it guy---guess what? They need to order a part. Of course, the first time it's cold enough to kick on and we already need a new part. Yesterday Kyle was pretty hysterical about it and I was pretty calm -- we had an appointment for today, we have space heaters, we're okay. But now that it's not fixed and it's 58 degrees in our house and my electricity is cranking to run the heat pump (or it would be 25) and 2 space heaters I'm pretty annoyed.

So to help create some heat we baked (and ran the dishwasher).

Christmas Cookie #1 = Whole Wheat Molasses Crinkles
click on the name to go to the recipe and see good photos of the cookies

Here's Gus trying to keep warm in his thermal union suit, fleece footie jammies, socks and a knit hat. Later I discovered his temp was 99.7 so we removed the hat and socks. 30 minutes later = normal temp. :)
Reese prepping for baking. I rewashed the mixing bowl just in case you get to eat any of these. He's got a mustache from his "coffee"--milk with a splash of peppermint coffee creamer.Here's our ingredients except I didn't need vanilla and baking powder. My regular flour is King Arthur's White Whole Wheat flour. This is my first time using it and I couldn't tell the difference from normal white flour, but it has more fiber and some other nutritional value.Pouring in the flour.
Getting a good whiff of cloves and ginger.Trying to get every last drop of molasses.
creaming the sugar and wet ingredients but my house was too cold for my butter to soften fully--oopsrolled and sugared and ready to go in the oven
Ready to eat (mine are not as flat as hers)Yum
He went back for a few more while I was blogging

So I'm wondering if mine are not as flat because my butter wasn't soft enough or I used silpat sheets or my altitude or what? Why are my small diameter and fat while hers are flat and big diameter? By "hers" I mean the lady whose recipe I used who writes the Finding Joy in My Kitchen blog. You check out her other recipes too. Good stuff.

1 comment:

SnoWhite said...

oh, your little helper is precious. Loved the one smelling the spices.

I emailed you back, but, the last time I made them, I flattened them a bit before baking. That's probably what made the difference.