Monday, November 28, 2016

'Jam in' Butter Cookies

'Jam in' Butter Cookies
Another variation for my Butter Cookies.  As long as you have a good base, you can make all sorts of yummy cookies.  These might not look as pretty but they are so tasty! Use your favourite jam, I used strawberry for a splash of red on my Christmas cookie plate.  A little drizzle of white chocolate or dark chocolate over the top is also quite fabulous. :D  Ooooh, colouring some icing green and drizzling it over top would be so cool against the red jam!  Plating that in the shape of a Christmas tree...awesome!  As always, have fun and make it your own.  

Ready for the oven.
1 cup salted butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Your favourite jam (I used strawberry).

In your mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar well.  Beat in eggs, one at a time.  Add the vanilla.  In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Add this to the butter mixture and mix well.  Using a small sized ice cream scoop, place the dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet.  Slice the scooped dough in half and shape into balls. Press your thumb into the ball to make a well in the centre of each cookie. Make sure the sides are even so that the jam doesn't escape.  Fill the hole with 1/2 tsp of jam.

Bake in a 350 degree convection oven for approximately 12 minutes.  (If you are baking three trays at a time, the trays on the lower rack may need to be rotated to the top and baked a little longer.)  

Cooling down.
#cookies #baking #Christmas #jam #butter

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Roasted Sweet Potato Squash

Roasted Sweet Potato Squash
Sweet Potato Squash is really popular around here, so this year hubby decided to grow some in the garden.  If my daughter had her way, we would have this every night. :D  

Sweet Potato Squash from the garden.
Wash the squash thoroughly, rubbing away any dirt, especially in the crevices.  Check for blemishes and cut them off.  Cut off the top and bottom ends, then cut the squash in half lengthwise.  Spoon out the seeds.  (We will be saving some of the seeds to plant next year.)  Cut the squash into pieces as in the photo below.

Time to turn!
Drizzle a little olive oil in a metal baking pan and place your pieces inside.  I try to place the pieces the same way so when I'm turning them I know which ones still need to be turned.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle a little more olive oil on top.  Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 10 minutes and then turn the squash, sprinkle a little more salt and pepper, and continue baking, turning, (and sprinkling some salt and pepper on the squash), every 10 minutes until all sides have turned golden brown.  About 30 more minutes.
#squash #sweetpotatosquash #roasted #sides