Sunday, November 9, 2008

Farm News...

(photo courtesy Holstein Canada)

Recently, one of my good friends, her husband and four children have moved to live on a hobby farm in the country. There's lots of work to do in the days ahead to get the place up to date and livable but already her children are as excited as can be.

They love to share lots of country stories (like the one about finding a dead the house... eeewww), and finding a 'swamp' frog. You can just imagine what the poor thing had to endure.

So as a treat for them, I baked the following cookie recipe. It's called Holstein Crinkles and as you can see, the cookies turn out looking like little Holsteins.

Here's the details....

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 squares (1 oz each) unsweetened chocolate, melted & cooled
2 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips
3/4 to 1 cup confectioners' sugar

In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, oil, chocolate & vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to chocolate mixture and beat until smooth.

Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or until easy to handle.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls rolling each one in confectioners' sugar. Place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets.

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven just while looking a little under done. Otherwise they'll be too dry.

Hope you enjoyed your visit today and that you'll have fun entertaining with these great treats.