Sunday, December 12, 2010

Black and White Cookie Recipe!

Oh yes, these are my #1 All time favorite cookies....I used to walk to the corner store for bread either with my sister or one of my cousins and we would always purchase these!!! I loved love loved the white now living where I do you can't find them in this part of the country so I went on the search for a recipe....and THIS IS IT.....EXACTLY like I remember!!!! So I thought I would share it with you , you cookie lovers!!!! If you do make them, come on back and let me know how you liked them!!!!! ENJOY!

Black & White Cookies
4 cups Cake Flour (I used the softasilk kind)
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
16 tblsp (2sticks) unsalted butter, soft
1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp Vanilla extract
½ tsp lemon extract
1 cup whole milk

¼ cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup water
5 cups confectioners sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate …Melted
2 – 4 tsp water

The cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees , make sure racks are in the middle.
line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl.
In a LARGE bowl beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on med until light and fluffy…about 3 to 6 minutes. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and lemon extract until combined….oh about 30 seconds, be sure to scrap down the bowl and beaters if they need be.
Reduce the speed of the mixer to low and beat in 1/3 of the flour mixture by half of the milk. repeat with the half of the remaining flower mixture and the rest of the milk…then the rest of the flour mix……until combined.
Scoop about ¼ cup mounds of batter on to the baking sheets….be sure to space them about 2 inches apart. Use the back of a spoon or your fingers , dipped in water to smooth out the top of the cookies. Bake until edges are a light golden brown color. I would say about 15 minutes , rotating the sheets about ½ through baking. Remove from oven and cool on the cookie sheets for about 10minutes before putting them on a wire rack to cool for about 1 hour……repeat this with the other cookies.

Okay now onto the icing. bring the corn syrup and water to a boil in a saucepan over med/high heat…..remove the pan and whisk in the confections sugar and vanilla until you have a smooth consistency…..Measure out half of the icing into another bowl and wisk in the melted chocolate and 2 to 4 tsps of water as needed until it is smooth as well.
Now place two large wire racks over wax paper (cuz this will make your counter messy!!!) Spread about 2 tblsp worth of chocolate icing on ½ of the cookie with one of those small flat spatulas….put it back on the rack. …it will set up ( about 15 minutes or so) I do all of my chocolate at this time….then start back with cookie number one and put the white icing on the other half doing the same by putting it back on the racks to dry…..let them all sit to harden, I would say about 1 hour ….then serve and enjoy….my absolute favorite cookie!!!! Enjoy!

Friday, December 10, 2010


I am noticing a popular trend....TAGS!!! I love them. I always have. And they are back again.....yeah...this makes me very happy. I recently purchased some Tim Holtz stamps and this awesome sheet music stamp from Hero Arts....A little Bazzill and twine, glitter mist and flowers and whats a girl to do? Make tags of course! Here are mine...enjoy!

Thursday, December 09, 2010


What an UGLY term......People use it everyday.....this shirt is "retarded", one friend to another...."Your so retarded" Well recently on Facebook a friends son used this term to describe people that make dumb decisions....the topic was how about how some people take advantage of others and he said and I quote , "Seeing how retarded some people are just reminds you of your place in society." WOW that truely stabbed me right in the heart......So before you read my response, truely evaluate your slang and change it if you use this term..................Everytime you use it Who your referring to are people that were BORN with disabilities...they didn't ask to be this way....but they are....they are loving , wonderful beings that deserve the utmost respect from us....the ones that should be seeing them as humans...not second class, not as stupid, but as our sisters and brothers that stand right beside was my response. Please if you would like to snag this and post it on your blog, feel free......we can change this one person at a time.....

At the risk of being deleted as a friend...I can't stay silent. I am sure you didn't mean it at all the way I took it.....But you used the word "retarded" to describe some people. Well I take great offense to that. My daughters ,... both biologically mine and my husbands , and they are Intellectually Challenged, the former term was Retarded. And even tho it has become a slang term to define people that don't things accordingly , what your essentially describing that people like my daughters have no place in society because they are stupid and can't make decisions for are degrading them....they are lovely young ladies that deserve far more respect then to be described as second class citizens. What I would suggest in the future for you...being as bright as you are , is to do what your father says, enroll in your classes but be EDUCATED on the politeness of others less fortunate that will never have the opportunity that you have to attend college. Go spread the word that the word "retarded" is NOT acceptable to describe anyone in anyway....even if it is general population making bad decisions. Those people you can lovingly refer to as "irresponsible" that would be the best description. Retarded is a word that should not be used is very degrading. I pray you never have to endure the anguish my husband and I go through for our daughters on a day to day basis because people are not educated in dealing with Intellectually challenged people......I have vowed as long as I have breath in me that I would not stand for the injustice society reeks on them....and so I will educate you on this terrible word. Thank you.