Happy Valentines Day! Of course, this is one of my favorite holidays, only because there is so much pink stuff in the stores during this time. It takes me a lot longer to get through a store during this time of year. I did restrain myself and only purchased three additional pink household items this month. Only one of which was for Mavie. I think he might be getting a little sick of pink. This is the look he gave me when I told him we wanted to buy him a pink raincoat.
You may have noticed that there is a considerable lack of desserts on this blog. This isn’t because I hate sweets – definitely not the case. It is only because I royally suck at baking. I am just terrible at it. All that measuring, preheating exactness makes me sweat. I think it is because I inherited my dad’s lack of attention to detail – We are more big picture people and assume things will work themselves out in the end . Baking doesn’t really work that way, apparently you need to make sure and have the correct ingredients in the right measurements.
I have tried to post dessert recipes before only to realize that I could never tell other people how to bake. Here are some of my past results:
I was at Target and saw the cutest “I Heart U” pink cookie cutters. Of course, I had to have them.
This meant that I would need to bake something. I asked Jav what his favorite cookie was and he said “those chewy molasses spice cookies”. I decided I would attempt these for Valentines Day.
I did some searching on the internets and chose to combine a few recipes I found. See! This is how I bake. I read once that you should have all of your ingredients at room temp when baking. Who has time for this? When I want sweets I don’t have time to sit around waiting for eggs to gently warm up! So I improvise and heat things up in the microwave. When dough needs to be chilled for hours, I speed it up and just place it in the freezer. Don’t listen to any of this – I should not be teaching anyone anything about baking. However, these cookies turned out really good! Jav liked them a lot. Just follow the directions. That is the hardest part for me.
Chewy Molasses Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing
Step 1- Pour yourself a large glass of wine.
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, ginger, cloves)
½ cup white sugar
In a bowl, mix butter, brown sugar, egg and molasses together until combined.
In another bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt and spices until well combined. Add dry ingredients to the molasses mix.
Cover and chill for an hour in the fridge (don’t recommend the freezer).
Preheat oven to 375. Roll dough into small balls in your hand and then roll in the white sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool and then frost with cream cheese icing. Eeks. Went a little crazy with the bright pink.
The icing isn’t necessary, but I thought it was yummy!
Cream Cheese Icing (adapted from the Repressed Pastry Chef magnificent cream cheese icing)
I really like this icing recipe because it is the only one I have found that is pipeable.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter – COLD
1 cup powdered sugar (divided in two parts)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (I use clear, so it doesn’t turn it brownish)
1 8oz pkg of cream cheese – room temperature (not this again- eyeroll), divided in three parts
1 tablespoon shortening
Beat ½ cup sugar and butter in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and combine very well. Add the first third of the cream cheese and combine very well. Add the shortening and combine very well. Add the remaining cream cheese one piece at a time, combining very well after each. Gradually add the rest of the sugar and combine thoroughly until light and fluffy.
I have gotten a few requests to add printable recipes. Click here for a printable recipe of the cookies and icing.
Hope your day is filled with fun!