Mini Cherry Pies

I’m still not sure what Jaime and I will be doing for the New Year, but I thought I’d share a couple of recipes that I think would make good desserts for a New Year’s Eve party.  These desserts are pretty and festive and easy to make.  First up: mini cherry pies.

Mini Cherry Pies

Unlike regular sized pies, these cute mini pies are a finger food so they are good for receptions and parties.

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Easy Oreo Truffle Recipe

Since Christmas Eve is tomorrow and it is officially last minute, I decided it was time to post a quick and easy dessert.  Jaime and I served these Oreo truffles at our holiday party.  Every time I walked by the dessert table the plate where these truffles had been was empty.  This was the most requested recipe at our gathering and one of the simplest.  I almost didn’t want to tell anyone just how easy these treats were to make, but I did and now I am going to share with you.

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Guest Post: It’s Cookie Time! (Part 2)

There is still time to make cookies before Christmas! I am thrilled to have my friend Nichelle back for a second guest post today.  This is the second of two flour free recipes that she is sharing.  If you missed her peppermint and chocolate meringues yesterday, you can check them out here.  

As a host, I feel it is important for a guest to have options.  Even if that guest has a gluten allergy and is coming to a cookie party.  So, after making minty meringues, I decided to go with an old faithful: crispy rice treats (with a little twist).  What’s the twist you ask?  Two words: Brown Butter.

Cookies!How’s that you ask?  Here’s how.

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Snowflake Sugar Cookie Recipe

Only three days until Christmas! This year went by so quickly, but there is still time to make a batch of cookies or two.  In fact, I plan to spend some time today baking. This is one of my favorite cookie recipes. I have made these cookies for many different occasions, including a baby shower and to celebrate the arrival of spring.  I made the latest batch for Jaime and my annual holiday dessert party.  To help give our party a cohesive elegant look we decided to make all of the desserts red and white.  Recently I have been a bit obsessed with snowflake cookie cutters and I figured that this was a perfect time to put them to use and make some snowflake cookies.  Earlier this season I put them to use to make salt dough snowflake ornaments.

Snowflake Sugar Cookies

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Guest Post: It’s Cookie Time! (Part 1)

I am so excited to introduce you to my friend Nichelle.  I am always drooling over her photos of baked goods so I was thrilled when she agreed to write two guest posts for Scissors and Spoons. She is sharing two cookie recipes that are flour free! Keep reading to see what delicious cookies she made.  This is the first of Nichelle’s two guests posts so check back tomorrow for a second recipe.

Well, actually, this is the high time of year for cookies, isn’t it? One of my (full disclosure:  I am not Marie, but I hope that will not stop you from reading) favorite memories from childhood during the holidays is the platters of cookies my grandmother and her friends would arrange and swap – pinwheels, icebox cookies, chocolate chip, bourbon balls, fudge – you name it, they baked it. Now that I’m all grown up, the hubby and I have started our own annual cookie and cider holiday gathering. After paging through back issues of magazines, browsing the internet and settling on a suitable cookie list, I discovered one of my guests had a gluten allergy. Gluten allergies and cookie parties do not go together, do they? What cookie could I make that did not contain flour?

Discovering my guest’s allergy sent me back to the magazines and cookbooks in my arsenal, and I came up with an answer (actually, two): peppermint and chocolate meringues and crispy rice treats. I started with the meringues, which I would love to tell you about.

peppermint and chocolate meringues

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Confronting My Thanksgiving Fears

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving!  I was a bit nervous about cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year as I had a somewhat traumatic Thanksgiving cooking experience last year.  Jaime and I hosted Thanksgiving for friends in our tiny DC apartment kitchen.  We made a full spread from scratch – turkey, ham, sweet potato rolls, baked sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, stuffing, green beans, pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin ice cream, and pumpkin and sweet potato pie – and our friends pitched in with a fruit and marshmallow salad, garlic mashed potatoes, quinoa with vegetables, and homemade cranberry sauce.  Everything was going really well – we had started cooking early and it looked like everything was going to be ready on time – when things suddenly took a turn for the worse.

Thanksgiving 2012Jaime was up on the roof cleaning off the patio furniture to bring inside (what can I say? seating was at a premium in our apartment) and I was making cream cheese frosting for the cupcakes.  I’ve made frosting more times than I can remember and it is not hard: cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar.  What could possibly go wrong you ask? Continue reading

Recipe: Sweet and Sour Chicken and Vegetables

I am sharing a recipe today, but if you are looking for more Christmas ornaments, don’t worry.  I’ll be back with more ornaments next week.  In the meantime, if you are looking for ornament ideas, check out my salt dough snowflake ornaments, my clothespin reindeer ornaments, and my twine ball ornaments.

Jaime and I have been trying to eat more vegetables lately and this sweet and sour chicken and vegetables is a tasty way to do so.

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