My boyfriend just took me on a wonderful Christmas date to Indian food and then out to Yogurtland...AND he got me the Glee soundtrack. Talk about being spoiled :) I also got a mini cupcake pan and icing knife from a friend in the mail this week....so I think I'm pretty much set for Christmas. That's really all I wanted (besides a Chanel bag...but that probably isn't happening in this lifetime).
How about you? What sort of things are on our wishlist? If it's a box of cookies, you know who to contact ;)
Speaking of cookies, I made two more Christmas cookies while my sisters were here this weekend. Both were quite excellent and I daresay I will add them to my classics label. The first one is a Toffee Almond shortbread. It's very easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious. I think the flavors grew more distinct by the second day and they reached that perfect crispy on the outside and buttery soft on the inside (on the first day they were still a little softer than desired). They make a great gift because they keep for a while...and they go great with tea or coffee so be sure to give them to your tea or coffee-loving friends.
By the way, this recipe is from a really neat blog. The blogger tries recipes that are on the outside of packages...this one is from Horizons organic butter!
The dough is meant to be crumbly. This is what mine looked like. :)
These guys are so crisp and flaky on the outside, and soft and buttery on the inside. Wait, I already said that, right? Well, it's worth repeating if only to communicate my excitement about the proper shortbread texture this recipe creates.
Cut and ready to be packaged as gifts!
The second recipe I tried was also a keeper. I've seen countless orange cranberry this and that over the past few weeks because it is apparently a quintessential Christmas flavor. I'm not sure why orange cranberry is considered so particularly festive and holiday-ish because I enjoy this flavor year-round. But who am I judge, especially since I like it so much? The difficulty was trying to hone in on one recipe because there were so many. I ended up just picking randomly and I loved this orange cranberry white chocolate recipe. It had orange juice, orange zest, and white chocolate in it....in addition to the cranberry and oatmeal. I actually added a cup of flour to the recipe because I was making these for my mom and I know she likes her cookies less sweet (I either reduce sugar or increase flour). The orange flavor was fantastic and because of the reduced sweetness, they could be eaten by the handful. :)
Soft, but not too soft (not like the oatmeal peanut butter banana ones that was in my previous post), and very flavorful!
Finally, and this is totally random, Albondigas soup! Haha, this is a Mexican soup that my family and I absolutely loved (we literally went berserk over this soup!) when I was growing up in Arizona. We used to eat at this amazing restaurant called Don José, owned by a family friend's family. They made the best Mexican food I've ever eaten on either side of the US-Mexican border. Sadly, they closed a few years ago and I have been craving the soup ever since then.
In all honesty, this was no where near as good as their soup, so I was sufficiently and unsurprisingly disappointed. Nick loved it though. I liked the meatballs well enough, but I wish the soup itself had more flavor. If you have any recipe version of this soup, please do pass it along to me :)
That is it for now! I have one more cookie to post about and then I will have reached my six Christmas cookies for this year! Hooray 2009!