Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Happy New Year

Cookie Box Gifts

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone is happy and healthy. I've been MIA for a few weeks and have been missing my blog. The last few months were a bit rough for us. In a happy way thankfully. We had 3 weddings to go to. 2 of them were out of state and
required a few nights in a hotel plus travel and food expenses. Then 1 was the Saturday before Christmas, that was local thank goodness. Needless to say our bank account took a BIG HIT because of all of these wonderful and happy occasions. I informed our families earlier this fall that christmas will be presentless for everyone.

Instead of buying gifts I baked gifts. Luckily I pretty much have everything I would possible need at all times for baking up a few batches of different cookies. With a little excursion to The Christmas Tree Store (or is it Shoppe) to get pretty $2 foil boxes and VEGAN BUTTERSCOTCH CHIPS!!!!!!! I never cared for that store but now I love it. You have to love anyplace that you can find those chips.

Peanut Butter Bombs

My favorite cookie and I think everyone else's favorite as well. These were a lot of fun to make. I love rolling dough and flattening it with my hands. I also love getting chocolate all over them too. I'd be perfect for a job that makes handmade truffles.

Chocolate and Butterscotch Chip Cookies

Just your basic Chocolate Chip Cookie with Vegan Butterscotch Chips added. They came out nice and flat just how I like them. They would have been perfect if there were a little crispier as well. I'm not a fan of the "soft batched" variety. I want some crunch but my oven is whack so I feared leaving them in any longer.


If I had to make these again I would roll the dough in a mixture of sugar and colored sugar sprinkles just to make them extra pretty. I've always been a huge fan of Shortbread cookies so I don't know why it took so long for me to make them vegan. It's so simple. I also wanted to dip some of these in melted chocolate but ran out of time


The gift boxes lined up and filled ready for a square of parchment on top and some tissue paper filling. The one delicious looking bar that I didn't write about yet is called a Caramelita. It isn't vegan. It's the only cookie that I'll make for others that isn't. Everything in it is except for the caramel sauce that it used. It is something that I've been trying to veganize for years now and just haven't found the right caramel yet. It's something I'm working on and can't wait to make fully vegan. It's a wonderful cookie that my family has been making since I was a really little girl. You should see the original magazine that we still have somewhere with the recipe. It's hysterically old.

Now for some resolutions: the first 2 won't matter really much to you but I plan on getting organized this year. You can imagine how hard that is having a toddler but I'm determined. When your 16 month old is having a bad night because of teething and you never put the tylenol back in the same spot and it's easier to just run to the 24 hour store at 2 a.m. you've got problems. The second one is nimbleness. It was said as kinda a joke but I think I'll follow through with it. I've become quite the klutz and I'd like to be more agile.

The 3rd one does matter to you...I want to close this blog and start another. I want to blog about more then just food. Things like the knitted items I make, everyday things that I like, etc..etc.. I realize that I can still do all of that on this blog but I feel it's time to move on I don't live in B36 anymore and don't have a connection to the name anymore. Unfortunately it is very hard for me to come up with a new name. It took me literally weeks to name both my cats. Thank goodness for Reno we had a few months to name her before she got here with other options if needed. All the names I've come up with so far are already taken. I will still be blogging here until the naming mess is sorted out and it's designed then it will all be moved over and I will probably still mostly blog about food cuz I'm obsessed with the stuff.

Thanks for listening to all of this.


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Happy New Year, my fellow ANTM enthusiast!! :-D

Ooooh, lovin' all the cookie porn.

Good luck with your resolutions; but I'll sorely miss your blog!!! :-(

allularpunk said...

your cookies look so awesome! i've been craving shortbread, but haven't tried veganizing it yet... good to know how easy it is! also, i would cut off my pinky finger for one of those peanut butter bombs right now. my goodness.

veggievixen said...

so pretty! recipes?

steph said...

It's funny, I went the other way - I had a more general blog but wanted to separate them out into more specific blogs!

Good luck picking a name, that's always difficult. :o)

aTxVegn said...

I'm sure you'll come up with the perfect name for your new blog.

Your cookie gifts look very delicious and very festive!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back! Please send cookies :D

Vegan_Noodle said...

Baked goods make the best gifts!!
If you ever figure out how to veganize those bars... share the recipe please!!

Any luck figuring out a new blog name?

Tami said...

Selfishly, I'll miss you here. But I'll look forward to your new and expanded blog.

Those flat chip cookies are right up my alley!

Anonymous said...

The recipients of your cookies are so lucky! They all look amazing!

I have a really hard time coming up with names too. I took my blog name from a t-shirt I made on Skreened a couple months before I started my blog. I thought it sounded cute - I don't even speak Spanish!

I'm excited to see your new blog that includes all that other stuff. :)

bazu said...

Happy new year! I'll be sad to see this blog go- it's one of my favorites, but I'll be excited to see your new one. I know what you mean about naming things- it's torture!
Oh my god, those cookies. Your recipients are so lucky!

Anonymous said...

What amazing cookie boxes! I can only imagine how much joy they would create when unwrapped. :)

Anonymous said...

The cookies like fabulous, especially the peanut butter bombs!