Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Martha Stewart Coconut Balls

Another Martha Stewart recipe :) These were super good although a bit messy to make!

Martha Stewart Coconut Balls


Makes 36.

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar, plus more for dusting
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups sweetened flaked coconut


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter with 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar until fluffy. Mix in flour and salt until they're just combined. Stir in coconut.
2.Roll dough into 1-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Bake until just starting to brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Roll the warm cookies in confectioners' sugar; let cool completely.

These are the adjustments I made:

1. I thought 1 inch balls were too big so I made them about 1/2 inch. The recipe made about 60 cookies instead of the suggested 36.
2. I only baked them for 15 minutes.
3. I let them cool for 5 minutes then rolled them in powdered sugar. I let them rest another 5-10 then rolled them again. If you just "dust" them the sugar gets moist and doesn't look all nice and pretty! I ended up using at least 1 cup of powdered sugar for the outside.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Icebox Shortbread Cookies

I used some candied orange for half the cookies and dark chocolate chunks for the other half. I also made my cookie roll a little smaller and ended up with about 50 cookies. The smaller seize cookies only took about 14-15 minutes to bake. This is a good basic recipe and the possibilities are endless. The next time I make them I want to try rolling the cookie logs in colored sugar before slicing them so they are a bit more festive.

Martha Stewart Icebox Shortbread Cookies

Makes 36

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling

  • Mix in grated zest of 2 oranges and 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • Mix in grated zest of 2 lemons; coat with 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • Mix in grated zest of 2 limes; coat with 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • Mix in 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots; coat with 1/2 cup finely chopped pistachios
  • Mix in 1/2 cup mini chocolate or peanut-butter chips
  • Mix in 1/4 cup finely chopped candied ginger; coat with 1/4 cup sesame seeds

  1. With an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt until smooth. With mixer on low speed, add flour, mixing just until a dough forms. Stir in desired mix-ins.
  2. Divide dough in half; place each half on a piece of floured waxed or parchment paper. With floured hands, gently roll each into a 1 1/2-inch-diameter log. Dividing evenly, sprinkle logs with desired coating if using, rolling log (to help coating adhere) and pressing in gently. Wrap logs tightly in the paper, and refrigerate until firm, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. (To store longer, wrap log and paper tightly with plastic wrap.)
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap logs; with a serrated knife, slice dough 3/8 inch thick (if dough crumbles, leave at room temperature 5 to 10 minutes). Arrange slices, about 1 inch apart, on baking sheets.
  4. Bake until lightly golden around the edges, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Cookies

Since I moved to DK, I started making cookies for the holidays to give to our family, friends and neighbors. Last year Mark was a huge help and this year I plan to get Mr. Twig involved in decorating some sugar cookies. A lot of the recipes are going to come from Martha Stewart this year. Don't laugh! Her kitchen peeps have some damn good recipes they come up with! I will try and share some of my favorites (and a few pics too!) and hopefully this will happen in a more timely manner than my Turkey Day recipes!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Zesty Broccoli Casserole

I did not take this picture but it looked so nice I borrowed it from the original recipe.

Yum yum yum. This was really well received by the fam and we loved it too!
Recipe from Cooking Light

Regular breadcrumbs can be used in place of the panko. If the broccoli florets are very large, cut them into bite-sized pieces.

Yield: 10 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)


  • 3 (10-ounce) packages frozen broccoli florets, thawed
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion (about 1/2 medium)
  • 1 (8-ounce) can water chestnuts, rinsed, drained, and sliced
  • 3/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 2 teaspoons butter, melted


Preheat oven to 375°.

Arrange broccoli in an even layer in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray; set aside.

Combine milk, flour, salt, and pepper in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add cheddar and cream cheeses; stir until smooth. Stir in mayonnaise, onion, and water chestnuts. Spoon cheese mixture evenly over broccoli.

Place panko in a small bowl. Drizzle with butter, and toss. Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture evenly over cheese mixture. Lightly spray breadcrumb layer with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until mixture begins to bubble and breadcrumbs brown.

Creamed Corn

Great recipe for a special occasion but too heavy for every day eating. To lighten it up a bit cut the heavy cream down to low fat milk and add 1 tsp. flour to the milk before adding it to the corn.

2-10oz packages (566 g) frozen corn kernels thawed
1 cup (236ml) heavy cream
1tsp salt
2tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp black pepper
2tbsp butter
1 cup (236 ml) whole milk

In a skillet over medium heat, combine the corn, cream, salt, sugar, pepper and butter. Whisk together the milk and flour, and stir into the corn mixture. Cook stirring over medium heat until the mixture is thickened, and corn is cooked through. Serve hot.

I didn't forget exactly

Sorry I am just now posting up some more of the Turkey Day recipes! Blame it on the preggo brain :)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sweet Potato Casserole

Taken from Eating Well. I loved it! Not too sweet and the orange gave it a yummy twist. I think for every day eats we will stick to plain old sweet potatoes but definitely worth adding to the holiday dinner table or for another special occasion.

  • 2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, (3 medium), peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons frozen orange juice concentrate (I subbed the juice from the orange I used for zesting)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • pecan halves to add to the top (not part of the original recipe but I thought it really added a nice look and texture)
  1. Place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain well and return to the pan. Mash with a potato masher. Measure out 3 cups. (Reserve any extra for another use.)
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch-square (or similar 2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Whisk eggs, oil and honey in a medium bowl. Add mashed sweet potato and mix well. Stir in milk, orange zest, vanilla and salt. Spread the mixture in the prepared baking dish.
  4. To prepare topping: Mix flour, brown sugar, orange juice concentrate, oil and butter in a small bowl. Blend with a fork or your fingertips until crumbly. Stir in pecans. Sprinkle over the casserole.
  5. Bake the casserole until heated through and the top is lightly browned, 35 to 45 minutes.