Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Las Vegas Trip

Vegas Baby! I was lucky to get the chance to go to Vegas during the X'mas weeekend. This was my first time visiting in winter weather and with girls only! Our friend's mother in law is a Vegas expert, thanks to her we stayed free in Riviera and also watched Rain's concert at Caesar's Palace. She also took us to a great burger restaurant and a japanese buffet. Although it was a short visit, we had a great time eating, shopping, and bonding!

Stained glass cookies

This year's x'mas, I made stained glass cookies for my friends. The cookies are made from a basic cookie dough with the centers cut out and filled with crushed hard candy and baked. If you don't want to make a cookie dough, you can just use store bought. As for the candy, I bought Life savers but i did not realize they were the sour kind. You can also try Jolly Ranchers. Just make sure that they are one color so that the stained glass will turn out clear. You can also experiment sprinkling different colors into patterns. When you're done decorating the cookies on the cookie sheet, poke a hole in the cookie dough for the ribbon later! Another tip is to make sure that there are no candy bits on the cookie dough to avoid staining the cookies. Make sure the cookies are completely cooled before lifting.
Give it a go! The cookies look amazing and are fun to eat, best of all, they are simple to make!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Afghan Cookies

One of my favorite snacks from New Zealand is the Afghan cookie. It's a chewy chocolate cookie made with cornflakes and chocolate icing on top. I remember buying a giant afghan cookie during recess at school. My favorite part is actually the icing because it makes the whole cookie sweeter. It's been about 6 years since my last afghan cookie (in the U.S now). Recently, I've been craving for something chocolaty and chewy. So, I decided to research a little for the recipe. I googled "Afghan cookie" and found that it is an Aust/NZ cookie. Also, the origin of the name is unknown. There is also two Youtube videos on making afghan cookies. So I picked one and decided to try it out. (Recipe adapted from Tanuvai)