It was Chinese New Years this long weekend. And Family Day today. And Valentine’s Day yesterday. AND reading week (for those in university who are NOT in their clerkship /sniff) How many holidays can you pack in a week?!?
So in all this excitement, baking was indeed necessary. We just finished our obstetrics and gynecology rotation this friday, which didn’t leave a whole lot of time for baking! But to say farewell to the LDRP nurses, I made some special cookies for them =)
Brownie Rollout Cookies(From smitten kitchen)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup cocoa powder
Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Whisk dry flour, salt and baking powder in bowl and set aside. Mix butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and cocoa in mixer. Gradually add flour mixture, and mix until smooth. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least one hour. (I chilled them overnight and baked them the next morning to bring in fresh to the hospital)
Roll out cookie dough on floured counter (make sure to flour the counter pretty well, otherwise these get sticky!). Cut into desired shapes – I used maple leafs in honour of the Winter Olympics, little hedgehogs, some cupcake-shaped (LOVE MY CUPCAKE COOKIE CUTTER), and some hearts). There may be extra flour from the floured counter, this doesn’t matter – just brush what you can of the extra deposits of flour off the top. Bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 8 to 11 minutes (the former for 1/8-inch thick cookies, the latter for 1/4-inch cookies) until the edges are firm and the centers are slightly soft and puffed.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Decorate as you wish! Or use them for ice cream sandwiches. I melted mint-meltaways of various colours for the decorations on top. Mint and chocolate always go well together! Or leave them plain – they’re just as good that way!
I decorated some of them for Chinese New Years with Chinese characters! They say “spring festival” “tiger” (it’s the year of the tiger this year) “Good fortune to you” and “Happy New Year”.
Next I made a Skor cake for Amol for the last little stretch of Haitian Bake Sale. Thank you guys for your support =) My little bake sale has made over $340!
Yum yum. I made a 3 layer chocolate cake, added two layers of chocolate frosting, chopped up skor bar in between, and a vanilla whipped cream frosting to go between the layers as well as on top of the cake. Mmmmmm….diabetes. Delicious diabetes.
Happy holiday-mania-week everyone!