Sunday, December 6, 2009

In the Kitchen

We got a little snow this week which really helped put me in the Christmas spirit! Just a little bit thankfully though!!

I did a little baking and treat making yesterday. I made Candy Cane Kiss brownies, peanut butter cracker sandwiches covered in chocolate, and a version of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies.

First up are the Candy Cane Kiss brownies.

I saw this recipe over at Picky Palate this week. I don't have the mini cheesecake pan that she used but I thought I would try it with a muffin tin. didn't work so well. Only four of the twelve came out of the pan without ripping apart. So most of them came out looking something like this....

I didn't really care for them - the candy cane kiss had a weird texture to it after being baked.

Next up I made the peanut butter cracker sandwiches covered in chocolate. Love those things!

I also made these faux Girl Scout Thin Mints. I think I found the recipe back when Pioneer Woman had her readers send in their favorite recipes (here's the link to the over 5,000 recipes that were sent in - definitely worth the time to dig through! I added a big chunk of recipes to my cookbook).

They are so good and easy, and actually taste pretty similar to the GS cookies. All you have to do is melt the Andes Mint Chips and then dip the crackers in (the recipe called for Ritz but I had the Town House crackers on hand so I used those instead). Yum! Definitely a keeper for the Christmas file!
Best of all, my brother-in-law and his family live here in town so I get to send off some treats to their house so we don't sit here and eat them all week!
My husband is off to a Minnesota Vikings game next weekend so I'm planning to visit my mom. I'll be baking some treats for her to take to work the following Monday. The company that she works for was recently sold and the new company that purchased it are not so nice to their employees. They've been working Sunday through Friday, about 55-60 hours a week. So I think they at least deserve some Christmas goodies while their working their holiday season away!
I'll let you know what treats I make next weekend too! Hope you all have a great week! :o)


Nicolle said...

My mouth is watering. What aren't we neighbors???!! I have not seen those mint cookies before. I am going to make those. They all look fabulous!!

Katie said...

Yum! Thanks for the link to the PW reader recipes. (I read her blog; not sure how i missed that!) What a sweetie you are to make treats for others! Sorry your mom is having a hard time at work. I'm sure your treats will cheer her up!

Rona's Home Page said...

I love these treats.