Thumbprint Cookies

It’s been a wile since my last blog. Boy have I been up to my neck is stuff, but still, it’s no excuse. So today I bring to you  a wonderful recipe I took from one or my Sunset Books about cookies. I’m not very good at making an baking cookies – unless of course making goo counts-.

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The recipe for this beautiful cookies is as follows:

• 1cup of butter or margarine, soft
• 1/2 cups of firmly packed brown sugar
• 2 eggs
• 1/2 tsp of vanilla
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 2 1/2 cups of flour
• 1/2 cup of toasted rolled oats
• 3 to 4 tbsp of your preferred jam or jelly

* yields about 3 1/2 dozen

Preparing

In a bowl or electric mixer, I creamed the butter and sugar until light in color and fluffy looking. Separate the yolks from the whites. Beat the yolks and vanilla into the butter mixture; then add the sifted flour and salt. Make sure all is well mixed.

Shape the batter into balls of approximately 1 inch of diameter. Dip the ball in the whites an then roll on the oats. Place them on a cookie tray with some parchment paper about an inch apart. With your thumb or the tip of a spoon make a little dent in the center.

Fill each dent with your favorite jam and bake in an oven at 375° for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. When done, set them aside to cool.

They should look something like this.

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I hope you enjoyed this post and tried this lush cookies at home. The jams I used were guava and nispero*

* This fruit is also known as masaranduba and sapotilla.

Guava Marbeled Cupcake

Last week was a roller coaster for me. I worked the hole week gathering everything I need for the Mercadito of Agora Mall here in Santo Domingo.  Most of you might not know what a ‘mercadito’ is. Basically, is a day during which Agora Mall offers the change for entrepreneurs to be part of a mini farmers market. They offer it to promote local talent.

That being said, I needed to get everything I together for that Saturday. I usually have a special cupcake favor every week. Since my nan had been making marmalade all month. I decided it would be great to use it in on my cupcakes in some way. She had a fresh bash of guava marmalade made and what goes best with that flavor…. cheese. I know it sounds weird but it works.

I took a plain vanilla cupcake recipe- you can use the once you like best . My recipie is as follows:

Guava Marverled Cupcake

– Your favorite vainilla cupcake recipe
– 1 1/2 cup of Guava Marmalade. Make sure its fluid enough to a spreadable consistency.

1. Follow the cupcake recipe and fill in each cupcake liner with batter.
2. Warm your marmalade a little to make it more fluid.
3. Distribute about 1 tb of marmalade per cupcake.

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4. With a tooth pick or the back of a spoon. Mix the marmalade with the vanilla batter until you get a beautiful marvel effect.
* try to insert the toothpick and lift the batter from the bottom to the top.

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5. Bake the cupcakes at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes. Bear in mind you might have to adjust the temperature of your oven according to your environment … And his mood.

You should end up with cupcakes that look a bit like this

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* dont get scared if your cupcakes don’t rise as much. This batter is a bit more humid due to the marmalade.

Cream Cheese Frosting

– 8oz of cream cheese at room temperature
-1/2 cup ( 1 stick of butter)
– 3 cups of sifted powdered sugar.
– 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract

1. In a stand up mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese until we’ll incorporated.
2. Add I the vanilla extract.
3. Mix I the powdered sugar and beat until fluffy.
4. Frost and enjoy

I hope you enjoyed reading this and try it at home.

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Introducción Parte I

Mi amor por los cupcakes (bizcochitos) empezó de forma extraña. Crecí en una familia de reposteras y, … como se podrán imaginar, yo y la repostería nos limitábamos a tener una relación del tipo tu-te-ves-lindo-yo-te-como. Pues, fue así que mi etapa de los dulces caseros, mermeladas y bizcochos pasó algo rápido.

Hace un tiempo jamás le hubiese admitido a nadie que me gustaba estar dentro de la cocina, fueron demasiadas veces que ayude a mi abu mientras ella hacía lo suyo. Pero la verdad es que me encanta! Estoy loca por los programas de cocina.

En una de mis maratones de programas de cocina, me encontré con varios programas de pastelería y más tarde con Cupcake Wars. ¡Me encanto! No podía creer lo hermositos que se veían. Ahora, que fuesen pequeños seguro implicaba que son sencillos de hacer.

Yo jamás había horneado nada por mi misma ( sacando las veces que ayude a mi abu) y la curiosidad me mataba. Así pues, me metí a la web e investigue todo lo que podía. Me arme de valor y compre un pequeño libro de recetas en Amazon. En cuanto tuve el dinero compre los ingredientes y me puse en marcha. La tarea sería súper sencilla. Más tarde me daría cuenta cuán equivocada estaba.