Friday, December 21, 2007

Happy "Seasoned Eatings" From Key West

My post yesterday was about the fun spice exchange "Seasoned Eatings" hosted by two great gals, Katie at Thyme For Cooking and Lindsay at Country Girl City Living. Thanks for bringing us an early Christmas! It was so fun opening up my spice gift from Sher at What Did You Eat. And, what I truly enjoyed was heading to the kitchen to bake the recipe Sher sent along with her secret spice "cinnamon"! I do not do much baking so this was the perfect treat for me. Sher's recipe for "Cinnamon Lace Cookies" was easy and oh so yummy for the Holidays.

Just look how great they turned out! After I popped them in the oven, I had to watch through the door and, oh my gosh, they did turn into lace while cooking!

Sher's "Cinnamon Lace Cookies"

1 stick of butter (4 oz)
2/3 cup of sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
4 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chopped

Combine the butter, sugar, corn syrup and cream in a heavy saucepan, bring to a boil stirring often. Remove from heat, add flour and cinnamon and beat till smooth. Put into a bowl and into the fridge to chill.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop 6 one half teaspoons size (and believe me, do not go bigger as I did the first time, these guys really spread out) mounds of batter onto the baking sheets, with room to spread! Bake 8 minutes or until cookies are lacy and golden.
Let cool on baking sheets until firm. Transfer to a rack. Wipe off parchment and repeat with remaining batter. Chill batter between batches.
When cookies are cool, melt chocolate stirring until smooth. Roll the edges of the cookies in chocolate and set them on wax paper to harden. Enjoy!

Sher, these turned out great! I even got a little creative while playing in the kitchen. While the cookies were still fairly warm out of the oven, before I transferred to a rack, I took a fork and picked up the edge of the cookie and then rolled them. When they cooled, I dipped the ends in the chocolate. They turned out like little candies! So sweet and crunchy! Thank you Sher for your spice gift to me!

And, Thank You again Katie and Lindsey for organizing this great event for us. I really appreciate all the time and effort you put into this event. It was so fun and now I look forward to the round up on your sites! Cannot wait to see what everyone else received and "cooked up" with their new spices and recipes!

Merry Christmas and Happy "Seasoned Eatings"!



Peter M said...

Deb they look awesome and wafer thin cookies take care of any guilt, have some more, go on!

Jen said...

Cinnamon is my all-time favourite spice, so I'm in!

Those cookies sound and look delicious (and so delicate) - I love the idea of dipping them in chocolate for an extra bit of Christmas decadence :-)

Bellini Valli said...

Love the look of these cookies. They are similar to brandy snaps that my dad used to make when we were kids. I had forgotten all about it!

winedeb said...

OK Peter, I just think I will do that!!! They are awesome!

Hey Jen, they are delicate. But so sweet and crunchy and not filling at all!

Hi Valli, would like to hear about your dads recipe!

katiez said...

Deb, I habe always wanted to make these! They look so scrumptious - but I always thought they would be too challenging for little, old, non-baker me!
I am really impressed. Especially with the rolled, dipped ones...

Lannae said...

Wow those lace cookies are amazing! They look soooo cool! Happy Holidays!

Aimée said...

Those look lovely and delicate. What fun to have a package of spices waiting for you.
Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Oh Boy! Do I love these cookies! We call these by a different name, but I don't remember what right now haha. One of my favorites though :)

Shayne said...

these look very yummy and the whole idea sounds so fun. I wish I had the time to do more things like this, Maybe when my 4 year old is 7 and my 2 year old is 5 I will have some time.

winedeb said...

Hey Katie, if I can do it, I know you can. They really are very simple to make.

Hi Lannae! This was just way too fun!

Thanks Aimee, delicate and tasty too!

Hey Maryann, they are a definate for the sweet tooth in ya!

Hi Shayne, enjoy those 2 little ones while you can. Believe me, they grow up way too fast! I always love how you share your cooking with your lovely kids!

Shayne said...

Oh yes and the chili was great, My hubby even ate it and he is not a fan of chili.

Chris said...

How wonderful! Thes cookies look fabulous. I have never made them, but want to try now! This was a fun event in which to participate. Glad you had fun, too!

Shayne said...

Thank you so much Deb. I rally love cooking with them...most of the time.

sher said...

WOW!!!! They look fabulous. I love the little coronets you made with them. I will try that myself--and maybe pipe some yummy whipped cream into them? So glad you could read my handwriting. :):)

This was fun!

Laurie Constantino said...

I love these and haven't made them in way too long. The curled ones look particularly good -- you did a great job with this recipe!

ostwestwind said...

Oh those cookies look great, I've never made them, but I'll try it out.

winedeb said...

Hi Shayne, I am glad you like the chili and hubby too!

Hi Chris! Thank you for the comment and for stopping by!

Sher it was a wonderful gift from you! I had such a good time making the cookies, as I am not a baker at all! Thank you again!

Thank you Laurie! They are great cookies and were such fun to bake, even I could do it! Thank you for stopping by!

Thank you ostwestwind! I am glad you stopped by!

Betty C. said...

Wasn't this a great event? I haven't had time to make the dishes, though.

I ended up sending a package to a blogger who often comments on my blogs, and me on hers! Oh what fun!

Happy holidays.