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Cozy Gingerbread House

Adventures, Cookies, Desserts, DIY, Holiday, The Holidays

Did you ever have a Barbie Dream House? I think I asked for one for my eighth birthday (if I remember correctly) and I imagined myself being a grown-up in it. I had dogs (of course), I had a husband (Ken) whose head I shaved because I thought his blonde hair was ugly (I dunno) and a few kids who were ok. But most importantly, I had a pool with a slide and a trampoline. I also had a siqqq car that was bright pink that I’d use to pick up my friends so we could go to the movies and Disneyland.

When I got the insane idea that I should built a gingerbread house, I started to think: What should it look like? What should it include?

I remembered my Barbie Dream House and decided maybe that should be my inspo? I decided to leave out people because I don’t think I can make realistic versions of gingerbread humans.

Let’s start from the beginning.

The first step to making my gingerbread house was planning the dimensions like the architect that I AM NOT.

I started crunching numbers and decided on making the doors , the sides and the roof

Amazon boxes and an XACTO knife are golden!

I ended up using old Amazon boxes that were in the recycling for my templates. And XACTO knife comes in real handy in this instance.

Gingerbread Dough
Erin McDowell’s recipe is by far the best. I thought about developing my own but I was short on time and honestly, hers works wonderfully, no surprise there.

I happened to have shortening in my pantry because of these biscuits and it ended up making life SO much easier. I love that recipe. Her tips, btw, are absolutely brilliant. She overbakes her gingerbread to make it sturdier. I did the same.

Windows
I decided on having a few windows on the sides of the house.

I filled a few of the windows on the side and in the front with crushed up Jolly Ranchers. It ended up melting in the oven and making the prettiest pink windows.

Roof
If you’re interested in a true zen experience, glue on a million perfectly slivered almonds for two hours. Truth be told, I actually enjoy these types of things. I mediate and zone out and think about my life. Sometimes I even cry—it’s fun!

Pool
I made the pool outside from gingerbread that I cut out. I filled it with a piece of foil and crushed blue Jolly Ranchers to replicate the look of frozen water. I added a diving board because that’s what I would want in my own backyard.

Amelia’s Dog House
Amelia’s Dog House is obviously just for show because she wouldn’t think of ever sleeping outside. She prefers to sleep on beds and pillows. But it is cute. I used this gingerbread mini house cookie cutter.

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Chewy Chai Masala Snickerdoodles

Cookies, Desserts, Fall, Holiday, Quick and Easy, The Holidays

The Year of Cozy came out three years ago. THREE YEARS! That’s insane. Time goes by so quickly. I have to say, I’m so proud of that little book. It’s a little book that could.

This has hands-down been the most-made recipe out of the entire book. These snickerdoodles are delicious. They’re chewy, perfectly spiced with a combination of black pepper, cardamom, ginger and cinnamon. I love giving these away because they have a bit of staying power. They taste delicious even if they’re not straight from the oven.

The chewiness is heavenly. I attribute the cream cheese to their good texture. It’s truly magical in these.

I’m going to be honest and tell you that I don’t drink a ton of dairy milk but man, with these cookies, a glass of milk is SO GOOD.

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Sesame Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate, Cookies, Quick and Easy

I’m currently doing that thing on Netflix where you open the app and then look around for 30 minutes, debate what to watch and then give up and start internet-shopping for couches. I also sometimes put something on and then just look at my phone instead. 2018 can be depressing.

Sometimes I’m like, was life easier with regular cable? Things were more decided for us in some ways…anyways I decided to make a firm decision for us all.

To make this twist on our favorite cookie–the chocolate chip cookie.

This batch is simple. It has a healthy amount of sesame seeds and instead of tahini–I was going for more of a sesame flavor vs. tahini–I decided to use toasted sesame oil.

It’s delicious and noticeably there but not overpowering.

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How To Freeze Cookie Dough

Chocolate, Cookies, Desserts, DIY

I would like to confess something to you all: I use to be anti-freezer.

I didn’t like the idea of freezing food. I have no idea why. It sounded stale and not “fresh.” I was also a very single person for a long time and really had no need to freeze anything. But I’ve since found my freezer to be a true gift. I freeze all sorts of things: sauces, cakes, muffins, pie crust…and cookie dough!

I always get questions about why I scoop cookie dough so close together. People ask me if I bake them that close together. NO, SILLY! If I did that it’d be one gigantic cookie (not a terrible thing).

I scoop them out because I usually make a double batch of cookies and freeze most of the recipe for later use. It always comes in handy when people come over or we have a party to go to. I can usually reach in my freezer, bake off some cookies and have something to bring.

Here how I freeze cookie dough:

STEP 1: Make the cookie dough. Now this works best with cookie that needs to be scooped out and baked. It can work with, say, shortbread but those are different directions all together.

STEP 2: Per the instructions, I transfer it to the fridge to chill for 1 hour. You can chill it for longer, it just gets tougher to scoop out the colder the dough gets. So I always say an hour is good. This will also depend on your recipe.

STEP 3: Scoop out balls of cookie dough. My favorite cookie scoop is this medium-sized ice cream/cookie scoop from OXO. It’s the perfect size. It measures about 1 1/2 tablespoons.  It makes it super easy.

The edges of this cookie scoop are very sharp, so it easily cuts into cold cookie dough.

I place the scoops right onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and I place them super close together, though none of them are touching.

STEP 4: BAKE..OR FREEZE. If I’m baking the cookies, I’ll line another baking sheet with parchment paper and just transfer about 6 cookies to the tray and stick it in the oven. While those cookie are baking, I’ll usually transfer the cookies to the fridge, especially if it’s a hot day.

It makes the baking process much easier because once the cookies are done, I line another baking sheet and keep going. I reuse the parchment and baking sheet, I just allow it to cool a bit before adding the cookies to them.

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Strawberry + Cream Cookies

Cookies, Desserts, Spring

I am back from my honeymoon!! YAY! I am so excited to share some photos with you all soon. Japan was incredible. Hawaii was fun. But like whenever I am coming home, I’m happy to be home. I have a broken computer still—the saga seems to be never-ending—but it should be fixed by the end of the week. I rented a laptop for the week from some place in Hollywood and I feel like a new woman with this computer. I can do anything!

Since I wasn’t able to post while I was gone—even tho I shot a bunch of content so this blog here wouldn’t go dark—I have a bunch of stuff that I want to share. Like a ton of recipes that are gonna come at you very quickly!

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