Thursday, February 16, 2012

Chocolate Raspberry Linzer Cookies

It has been a while since I shared a recipe and this is a good one!  I usually make these to include on my Christmas cookie tray that we give friends.  This year I never got around to making cookie trays and planned to do something for Valentine's day.  That didn't happen either.  However, my son helped to make some because he wanted to give a tin to his girlfriend that night.

Chocolate Raspberry Linzer Cookies

2-1/3C flour
1t baking powder
1/2t salt
1/2t cinnamon
1C sugar
3/4C butter, softened
2 eggs
1/2t almond extract
1 pkg. (12 oz.) chocolate morsels
6T raspberry jam or preserves
Confectioners' sugar

In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; set aside.  In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter until creamy.  Beat in eggs and almond extract.  Gradually beat in flour mixture.  Divide dough in half.  Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm.

Preheat oven to 350.  On a lightly floured board, roll half the dough to 1/8" thick.  Cut with 2-1/2" fluted cookie cutter.  Repeat with remaining dough.  Cut 1" round centers from half of unbaked cookies.  Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheets.  Reroll dough trimmings.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or just until set.  Let stand on cookie sheets, cool completely on wire racks.

Over hot (not boiling) water, melt morsels stirring until smooth.  Spread one measuring teaspoonful of chocolate on flat side of each whole cookie.  Top with 1/2 measuring teaspoonful raspberry jam.  Sprinkle confectioner's sugar on cookies with center holes; place sugar side up on top of chocolate jam cookies to form sandwiches.

Yield:  3 dozen

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry

Recently, there was a blog hop.  Life has been pretty crazy lately so I frequently skip blog hops right now but I looked this time.  I was looking for a small thank you for teachers and leaders at church.  I ended up making 32 match boxes for them.  However, finishing in the wee hours of the morning and needing to get a little over an hour of sleep before I had to be up for church, I skipped the picture of that project.  I digress . . .

I came across this sweet little package on Lisa Young's blog and knew I had to make it.  I made a few to hand out at a meeting I had on Valentine's Day and my son liked it so much that he wanted one to give his girlfriend.

A couple of tips:

Cut 3 pieces of real red and chocolate chip using the petal cone die.  On one piece, cut off the panel without the tab.  When they are connected, you should have 5 panels instead of 6.

When you are embossing the real red cardstock for the strawberry, be sure you always do the same side (the tab of the petal cone die is facing the same direction each time).  I stopped paying attention and then I did one the wrong way so I had to re-do it.

Punch a hole at the top of each panel for the ribbon.  Weave the ribbon so it is at opposite ends when you go to tie it.  I cut about 1/2" to 3/4" on the fold of each panel to help it join together at the top when tying it up.

Stamps:  P.S. I Love You
CS:  Pear Pizzazz, WW, Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Ink:  Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Dies:  Petal Cone, Flower Folds, Two Tags
Misc.:  Perfect Polka Dots EF, Pear Pizzazz seam binding ribbon, anywhere hole punch/hammer, sticky strip, dimensionals, 1/8" hole punch, linen thread, scallop punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, modern label punch

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mixed Bunch

When my husband travels, I tend to manage my time better and I keep up with everything a little better because I know it's just me to get it done and if I procrastinate . . . well, it wouldn't be a pretty picture.  It is amazing how much 4 kids can still leave around as teens/tweens.  While I have been managing time pretty well, stamping had to be put aside during the holidays and for an early "spring cleaning".  I'm hoping to get back into it a little at a time, but I know other things are going to occupy my time.  Happy news is we reached 6 mos. (1/2 way) for my husband's deployment last week.  Next month he will be home for his R&R and then he heads back to finish out his year.
Cristena shared this card on Late Night Stampers and I liked how happy looking it was.  The only difference between her card and this is that hers used the Blossom Builders for the Center and I think she tied the button.  Like Cristena, I used two layers of the WW with the blossom punch and I cut the petals for dimension.

Stamps:  Mixed Bunch, Curly Cute
CS:  WW, Old Olive, Daffodil  Delight
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Old Olive
Misc.:  Blossom Punch, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch, Brights Designer Buttons (SAB)
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