This week I worked exclusively on my “Evergreen” piece. It’s what called to me, so I listened, and stitched on it when I had time. I finished the polar bear square and started/finished the fox square. This fox is just way too cute. He (she?) was a fun stitch.
Cookie recipe for this week … Rolo cookies. What looks like an unassuming chocolate cookie has a surprise inside. After making the dough, you wrap it around a Rolo candy. The candy then melts inside as it bakes, which gives you a delicious bite of caramel and extra chocolate when you bite into it. I drizzled mine with white chocolate for the wow factor. Since you dip them in sugar before baking, you don’t have to do that, but you might want to use a sugar which has larger crystals (I think it’s called coarse/decorating sugar) so the tops sparkle a bit. Oh, and you have to exhibit quite a bit of willpower, as you need to unwrap each Rolo candy before making the cookies. If you sample too many, you will have to make your cookies without the candies inside.
2-1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
Bag of Rolo candies (product sizes have changed so much over the years, just get a large bag)
2 tbsp. sugar, in small bowl
Heat oven to 375. Cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs. Measure flour, cocoa and baking soda into a bowl; blend well. Add flour mixture; beat well. For each cookie, with floured hands, shape about 1 tablespoonful of dough around 1 candy, covering completely. Press one side of each ball into sugar. Place, sugar side up, 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until set and slightly cracked. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely on wire rack.
*If you want to drizzle white chocolate over your cookies, I find that the white chocolate bars melt best. Four ounces is just enough to cover all the cookies. Put a sandwich bag in a tall glass, and pull the top of the bag over the edge of the glass. Fill bag, take out of glass, and make a small cut in the corner of the bag. Easy way to drizzle without getting out the pastry bag.
And to balance out all that cookie eating, I made spinach soup last night for dinner. I realize for most, this will cause you to make a face, but realize this is coming from the girl who, when asked to draw her favorite food by her second grade teacher, drew spinach. Here’s a picture of it, since it just looks so festive. I won’t include the recipe, as something tells me there will not be great demand for it, but if you’re interested, let me know and I’ll make sure you have it. Honestly, it was very delicious!