Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Gimme Cookie!!

Over the weekend I went to a party and of course I couldn't go empty handed. If you know me, you know I love to bake. So, I ended up making 10 dozen cookies... Yeah, when I bake, I power bake! *lol*  I ended up bringing half to the party and the other half went with Matt and I to work. Anyways, everyone loved the cookies and people were asking who baked them :) hehe.... The major hit was the Orange Slice Cookies, they have a little bit of everything in them. Perfect combination of sweet and salty if you ask me! They are a little time consuming to make but oh so worth it!

Orange Slice Cookies

1 cup chopped candy orange slices
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup coconut
3 cups corn flakes
1 stick of butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350°.
Mix the candy, pecans, coconut and corn flakes; set aside.
Cream butter, sugars, vanilla and eggs.  Sift together the dry ingredients.  Add to the creamed mixture, mix well.
Stir in the orange slice mixture.  Drop by teaspoonfuls on greased cookie sheet.  Or use parchment paper.  The cookies flatten and spread.

Bake for 12 minutes
Makes 5 dozen

Tonight for dinner we celebrated with steak and roasted vegetables... Celebrated??? Yep, Matt was offered a new position at his job as a Pharmacy Tech! :) So, until we go out on the weekend tonight we had Steak marinated in red wine vinaigrette and roasted sweet potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash and onions in a balsamic glaze. the glaze was easy to make and really good. I put way too much on my plate and only ate half of the steak... but I was a good girl and ate all of my vegetables! *lol*

Balsamic Glaze for Roasted Vegetables.

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, pressed
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh basil

Whisk vinegar and mustard in medium bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Stir in garlic, thyme, and basil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour over vegetables and toss to coat. Bake vegetables at 450° for 35-50 minutes.

Well that's it for tonight... Need to get a few things done tonight before America's Got Talent! :)

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