Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Exotic Spice Cookies w/ Ginger, Cardamom, and Rosewater

Original Recipe courtesy of Camilla Saulsbury, winner of Ultimate Recipe Showdown 
Adapted recipe & photos by SomethingDifferentForDinner

Let me take a minute to say that these are my new favorite cookies.
They are incredible!!!

I absolutely recommend this recipe!! The ingredient list is a little tricky, and you may have to search a bit for some of the things. It's worth it. Give it a try...the recipe I mean.

Happy Baking everyone!!
Let's get to it.....

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon rosewater
  • 3/4 cup turbinado (raw) sugar, for rolling

chopping my crystallized ginger


Whisk the flour, ground ginger, baking soda, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, pepper and salt in a medium bowl until blended. Mix in the crystallized ginger. Set aside momentarily.

mixing my wet ingredients

In a large bowl beat the brown sugar, butter and shortening with an electric mixer until fluffy (do not overbeat-it will add too much air). Add the egg, honey and rosewater and beat until blended. Stir in the flour mixture with a wooden spoon, mixing until just until blended.

Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray 2 cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon the turbinado sugar in thick layer onto small plate. Using wet hands, form dough into 1 1/4-inch balls; roll in sugar to coat completely. Place balls on prepared sheets, spacing 2 to 3 inches apart.

raw sugar, ready to roll my dough in

Bake cookies until cracked on top but still soft to touch, about 11 to 13 minutes. Cool on sheets 1 minute. Carefully transfer cookies to wire racks; cool completely.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was in the mood for something sweet all damn day but I didn't have much to work with.
Cookies had been on my mind.... so I searched the web for something.

I found this recipe and they turned out surprisingly good! Easy beans and super quick.
This isn't the exact recipe I found online, but I adapted it to me and what I had to use.

What you need: 1 box strawberry cake mix, 1 cup whipped cream, 2-3 eggs (depending on the size of the eggs, I used 3 medium eggs), 1 cup chocolate chunks, and 1 teaspoon vegetable oil.

Combine all these things, bake in oven at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Take them out and let them cool on pan for another 5 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack and finish cooling.

Happy baking. *Kelly

Monday, May 23, 2011

Smothered Chicken Breasts

Smothered Chicken Breasts


 4 skinless, trimmed chicken breasts
1 can Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup
Bacon, cooked, and chopped into bits
Extra sharp white cheddar
fresh parsley, chopped

I began by getting a large, oven safe baking dish and emptying my can of Cream of Mushroom soup and one can of water into it. Mix the soup up. 

Next, I placed my chicken in them middle of the dish.
I sprinkled the top of chicken with salt, pepper, and paprika to taste.

Cover with foil and place in the oven, on 350 degrees, for 1 hour and 20 minutes. For the last 20 minutes of baking, I took the foil off and browned the top of the chicken.

I found that by cooking it this long, the chicken is very moist and basically just falls apart.

In my dish, spiced and ready for the oven

browning the tops
While the chicken is baking, cook up your bacon.
Chop it into bits and put aside to use later.
Also, grate your cheese and put aside.

Once the chicken is done, take the pieces out and put into a nice serving dish.
Immediately top with your cheese and bacon bits.
Let the cheese have a minute to melt on top and then top with some fresh parsley.

That's it. Pretty damn easy and very tasty.

Thanks for coming by. Happy Monday!!