Thursday, June 24, 2010

cookie recipe

I guess the cookies made a few mouths water so here is the recipe. I can't claim it. I got it from my big Mrs. Field's Cookie book. The recipe is for making them into crescent shapes, which I do sometimes but usually am too lazy. Rolling them into balls is much faster.

Snowy White Chocolate Crescents

  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened

  • 1 stick (½ cup) salted butter, softened

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 large egg

  • ½ cup confectioners’sugar

  • * Preheat oven to 325°

  • * In a small bowl, combine flour and cocoa. Mix well with a wire whisk and set aside.

  • * In a medium bowl, cream butter ans sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add vanilla and egg, and beat until light and smooth. Scrape down sides of bowl, then add flour and cocoa mixture. Blend on low speed until fully incorporated. The dough with be dry and crumbly.

  • * Shape a level tablespoon of dough into a 3½-inch log. Slightly bend the log to form a crescent shape. Form remaining dough into crescents, and place on ungreased baking sheets, 1 inch apart. Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until the outside of cookie is hard but the center remains soft.

  • * Cool on pan for 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a flat surface to cool a few minutes more. While still warm, roll the cookies in confectioners’ sugar until coated.

My variations over the years:
  • rolling them into balls instead of crescents
  • making them with spelt flour (half white spelt/half whole spelt)
  • making them with sucanat or agave
  • using only 1/2 cup of sugar/sucanat
  • using almond extract instead of vanilla extract (and adding a bit more to make them almondy yummy)
  • adding a dash of cinnamon to the recipe
  • using a scant 1/4 of apple sauce instead of the egg
Also, I think letting them cool 2-3 minutes before rolling in the powdered sugar is too long. They need to be warm (but not hot) for the powdered sugar to stick well.


the moon is made of chocolate...

You've heard the saying that the moon is made of cheese? Well, I beg to differ. I think the moon is made of chocolate...deep delicious warm chocolate covered in powdered sugar.

These are my full moon cookies for tonight's ritual. I figured it was close enough to the full moon to make 'em. Besides, who needs an excuse to eat chocolate?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Recent client work...

I have been really busy lately with client work as well as doing my own spiritual work to further enhance my personal spiritual path. So, I haven't had much time to but a blog post together and figured I would do a quick update with photos of recent client work.

Here goes...
5/22/10 - The working altar with all kinds of client work going. The two glowing candles on each side are skull candles for separate client cases. A few novena candles set for various purposes, mojos charging, etc.

A Custom Conjured All-Powerful Mojo Bag created for an extra special client.

One of the newly created original candle label designs now available at Pumpkin Cottage Conjure. This Steady Work Cottage Candle has been dressed and blessed and is being set for the special client mentioned above.

Look for a blog post soon about other new products and services being offered at Pumpkin Cottage Conjure.

Sometimes a binding spell is in order. This is the beginnings of a binding spell to stop a nasty person from doing more harm. Putting them in dirty murky water, then freezing until the next step.

First real harvest of herbs (and a couple of gerbera daisies for the altars). Here we see basil, purpose sage, rosemary, sweet woodruff, italian parsley and lemon verbana. If only computers came with smell-o-vision!

That is all for now.

Look for a product and services update post soon!


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