Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Perfect, Chewy Maple Cookies with Maple Glaze


My husband has been working in Canada for the last couple of weeks and has been bringing me home all sorts of maple treats. I've been in such a maple mood that I decided to try my hand at some maple cookies.

If you like crispy cookies, these are not for you! These are chewy, moist cookies that make your mouth sing!  They have just the perfect hint of maple from real maple syrup. I'm not talking about pancake syrup, that has the same amount of real maple sugar in it that an oak tree has. I'm talking about the real kind that comes from boiling the spring maple sap down into it's golden deliciousness. 

If you like more maple flavor you can add in some maple extract! You can decide how much maple you'd like!


INGREDIENTS 
COOKIE DOUGH
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup real maple syrup
  • 1-2 tsp maple extract (optional) This is for more maple flavor- if you prefer.
  • 4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

GLAZE
  • 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 3 TBS melted butter
  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup

INSTRUCTIONS
COOKIES
  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the eggs, maple syrup and (optional- maple extract) until fluffy.
  5. Combine the flour, salt and baking powder and with mixer off, add to the creamed ingredients. Turn mixer on low and mix until just combined.
  6. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the greased or lined cookie sheets.
  7. Bake in the 375° oven for 10-12 minutes until cookies are lightly golden browned. the tops will be cracked.
  8. Remove from pans to cool.

GLAZE
  1. Mix 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar, 3 TBS melted butter and 1/3 cup real maple syrup together until well blended. If the glaze is too thick you can add a couple of drops more of maple syrup or water to thin out.


PUTTING THEM TOGETHER
  1. When cookies are completely cooled, drizzle glaze over the tops. I use the whisk or fork that I mix the glaze with. I dip into the glaze and then go back and forth over the cookies.

These freeze really well if you don't eat them all first!


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Peanut Butter Blossom or Kiss Cookies


These cookies are chewy and peanut buttery and delicious. You can use a Hershey's chocolate kiss in the middle or a Brach's Chocolate Stars. I like the stars because they come in milk or DARK chocolate and as far as I'm concerned, the darker the better when it comes to chocolate plus they look so pretty. We love these not only at  Christmas but any time of the year.
Ingredients
• 48 Hersheys' Kisses or Brach's Chocolate Stars
• 1/2 cup butter
• 3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
• 1 cup packed light brown sugar
• 1 egg
• 2 tablespoons milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• Granulated sugar to roll dough balls into before baking
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees 
  2. Beat butter and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. 
  3. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. 
  4. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. 
  5. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
  6. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Do NOT put the chocolate on the cookie yet.
  7. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. 
  8. Remove from oven and immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie, the cookie will crack around edges. 
  9. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. 
  10. Cool completely. 
Makes About 4 dozen cookies

Sunday, February 7, 2016

DIY- Life Hack- Quickly and Easily Clean your Garage Floor with Snow


DIY- The Fastest and Easiest Way to Clean a Dirty, Winter Garage Floor from Factwoman Blog

I don't know about you but my garage floor gets so dirty during the winter. The dried dirt and crud from the roads just covers it. 

During the summer, I use the hose to rinse it all out but, during the winter, I don't want a skating rink in my garage. I've used this method to clean my garage floors during the winter for years and thought I would share it with you. 

How do I do it- I use snow!!!! Think of a snowcone. A snowcone just sucks up that syrup and that's what snow does to all the dirt and dirty water on the garage floor.  Plus snow crystals are slightly abrasive so it scrubs off that dried on dirt as you sweep it all out the door.
























Here's the before!  Obviously my garage floor needs to be repainted this spring but you can see how the dried on dirt is all over where the car parks. 

DIY- The Fastest and Easiest Way to Clean a Dirty, Winter Garage Floor from Factwoman Blog

Here's how to do it:

First:  Sprinkle fresh clean snow all over the floor with a shovel making sure to cover any dirty spots.  Second: Let it sit for 5-10 mins.
DIY- The Fastest and Easiest Way to Clean a Dirty, Winter Garage Floor from Factwoman Blog
Third: Using a wide broom, sweep the snow out of the garage. Usually the dried dirt comes right up with the snow, but occasionally you might have to move the snow back and forth over a stubborn spot to get it up.
DIY- The Fastest and Easiest Way to Clean a Dirty, Winter Garage Floor from Factwoman BlogDIY- The Fastest and Easiest Way to Clean a Dirty, Winter Garage Floor from Factwoman Blog
The snow just sucks up the dirt and any water on the floor. It's like magic!!!

All the dirt is gone! Boy, do I ever need to paint this floor!

DIY- The Fastest and Easiest Way to Clean a Dirty, Winter Garage Floor from Factwoman BlogDIY- The Fastest and Easiest Way to Clean a Dirty, Winter Garage Floor from Factwoman Blog

Here you can see how the snow absorbed the dirt and muck?!!  Sweep all the dirty snow into a pile and  shovel it off to the side so it doesn't get tracked back into the garage.  You now have a clean garage floor in minutes!

DIY- The Fastest and Easiest Way to Clean a Dirty, Winter Garage Floor from Factwoman BlogDIY- The Fastest and Easiest Way to Clean a Dirty, Winter Garage Floor from Factwoman Blog 
















I hope you find this method as useful as I do!