I met Julie at Blog Sugar last February and I asked her nonchalantly "What do you blog about?" Do you remember that Julie? She said in reply, very nonchalantly, "Oh, this and that." After Blog Sugar, I went home and blog stalked all the people I had met that day, including, Joy's Hope. And I said "Dude! This girl's like, big-time. Like the biggest name in blogging I've met IRL." (We're from Southern California, so it is totally appropriate to still, at age 34, say words like Dude, Like, and Totally. Just so you know.) There is a reason Julie has such a following. She is real, funny, dang good in the kitchen and dang good at making a ginormous chalk board. But she is also amazingly encouraging and filled with faith. Need a pick me up ladies? Head on over to Joy's Hope. But I'm sure most of you already know that...so here is Julie in all her Betty Crocker loveliness.
Last month I was invited to bake in the Betty Crocker kitchens. It was a dream come true. A dream that I didn't even know was possible to have. We spent the day going from station to station, with everything set up for us, then someone to clean up after us. Pretty much baking bliss.
Citrus Kissed Fig Thumbprints. Beautiful, festive and incorporating figs, which are apparently all the rage in culinary circles. Speaking of which, I would love a bowl of Andrea's Vanilla Fig ice cream right this very minute.
Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Vanilla. My beloved friend that took a dive off of the pantry shelf to it's ultimate untimely demise. I'm still not over it. I may never be. That is until he is replaced. But my pantry does smell delightful.
Edible Creations. Honestly, I always thought jalapeno jelly was weird. Maybe because the ones that I had seen previously have all been a strange glowing green. But out of curiosity I tried it. One taste. My knees nearly buckled. I was done for. I originally bought it to pour over warm brie for girl's night out. But then I came to my senses. This was not to be shared. This was mine. All mine. Not even with my best friends. But today I am feeling crazy. Generous even. Mark it down. Days like this are few and far between when it comes to my precious.
Mumford & Sons, although they sort of make me want to put on a wool coat and drown my sorrows at the local pub. I'll drown them in a bowl of sugar cookie dough instead.
So what do you do with the ingredients, you ask?
Preheat oven to 375º
Combine cookie mix, flour, melted butter, lemon peel, orange peel, vanilla and egg until a soft dough forms. (I used the zest of an entire lemon and an entire orange. Trying to collect it and put it in a measuring spoon... who has the patience for that? If you don't have yourself a microplane yet, do yourself a favor. You will be zesting like it is your job!)
When the dough is good and combined roll it into 1 inch balls. Then roll each one in sugar. Feel free to use regular, super fine or course. Sometimes I love the crunch of course sugar, but I don't always have it in my pantry.
Edible Creations in my fridge. Two for me, two for the husband and kids. I decided to make a myriad of flavors to please everyone, but I had to make a concerted effort not to grab a spoon and eat them straight out of the jars.
this drink dispenser... sigh. It is just too wonderful.
Edible Creations. This 16 oz. jar of awesome is looking for a new home. A home that will love it as much as I do.
Bakerella on the cover, no less!
Thanks for taking this rambling cookie making journey with me. For letting me ramble on about my girl Betty Crocker, preserves and mason jars. Happy baking. Let me know how they turn out!
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