The Lord bless you and keep you

The Lord make his face to shine upon you

and be gracious to you

The Lord lift up his countenance upon you

and give you peace…Numbers 6:24

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Adorable Teddy Bear Cookies!

How cute are these teddy bear cookies by the Cookie Fairy Blog?  These
are perfect for an after school snack or a Teddy Bear themed party!

Prepare two equal-sized balls of dough- Cocoa and Vanilla

Cool dough, then flatten between 2 sheets of parchment paper (no need for flour)

Cut dough into circles for face, ears and nose

Stack circles to form contrasting faces and ears, slightly push on each piece to connect

After cooling decorate with eyes, nose and mouth and enjoy!

                        Teddy Bear Cookies
                                        Makes 16 Cookies

Cookie Ingredients:

1/4 C Butter (1/2 Stick)
1 C Powdered Sugar
1 Egg Yolk
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 C Flour
1/4 C Cocoa

Icing Ingredients:
3 TBS Powdered Sugar
1/2 Tsp Cocoa
A few drops of milk or water
A handful of Chocolate Chips

For Cookies:

Beat Butter and Powdered Sugar together for several minutes until smooth
Mix in Egg Yolk and Vanilla Extract
Next, Sift in Flour until incorporated
Divide the Dough into 2 equal parts
In 1 part of the Dough mix in Cocoa

Wrap each part in plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours
If dough becomes soft during preparation, then place in refrigerator until stiff
Flatten each piece of dough between 2 cookie sheets or parchment paper into a             square that is approx. 25" X 25"
Using 2 sizes of circular cookie cutters cut out small and large circles of each color     of dough
Stack the circles of dough contrasting each piece and slightly push on each piece
    to connect (2 small for ears, 1 large for face and one small for nose)
Bake cookies for 10 -12 minutes at 350 deg.
Let cool completely

For Icing:

In a bowl: 2 TBS of powdered sugar
                gradually trickle a few drops of milk or water while stirring
                just until mixture is smooth but still thick
                If icing is too thin, add more powdered sugar to desired consistency

In a separate bowl:
                Mix remaining powdered sugar with cocoa trickle in a few drops of milk                   or water while stirring

Place each color of icing in separate pastry bags with small round couplings

For Chocolate faced Cookies: Use light colored icing for eyes and add a mini chocolate chip for his pupils
Use dark colored icing for nose and mouth.

For Vanilla faced Cookies: Use dark icing for eyes and add a mini white chocolate chip for pupils. Use light icing for nose and mouth.

Have fun eating the cute and delicious Teddy Bear cookies!

Apple Pie With Cream

I found a wonderful new recipe for Apple Pie from the Cookie Fairy Blog!

Apple Pie with Cream

Pie Crust:
1/2 C of Walnuts, lightly toasted
1 1/4 C of Flour
1/4 C of Powdered Sugar
3/4 C of Butter cut into cubes
1 Egg Yolk
1 Tbs. Milk/Cold Water

Pie Filling:
3 Apples
1 C Sour Cream
1/2 C Granulated Sugar
2 Tbs Flour
1/4 Tsp Salt
1 Egg
1 Tsp. Real Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp. Grated Lemon Peel
1/4 C. Raisins

1/3 C Brown Sugar
1/2 C Flour
1/3 C Butter
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon

Grind Walnuts in a food processor
Add Flour and Powdered Sugar
Add Egg Yolk and Milk and knead just until dough is smooth
Transfer to Refrigerator for 1 hr.
After cooled, transfer dough to pie pan
Preheat Oven to 180 degrees

Peel and slice Apples and arrange slices artfully in pie crust
Mix together the rest of the pie filling ingredients and pour gently over the apples
Bake for 25 mins

Process together all topping ingredients until coarsely crumbled
Refrigerate for 25 mins
After removing pie from oven, sprinkle topping on pie

Return pie with topping into oven for 20 mins
Keep refrigerated
May be served hot or cold according to taste. And don't forget to add a dollop of
sour cream!