First, I have some big news! I am designing my very own webpage! I am super excited about this new adventure. I know just a little about web design and when I say a little I mean the size of a gnat! I am learning more and more as I go-which is pretty exciting. I am hoping to have my new website up and running in February. There is still a lot to be done but as the days go by and my knowledge grows it gets closer to completion!
Now on to these graham crackers! I am not sure if you’ve noticed but I like to make as many things as possible from scratch. I am starting a series titled “Homemade Basics” to categorize all the great things you can make as home instead of buying fro the store. I am very excited to share with you some of my favorite homemade basics over the next few weeks. I have already shared some really easy and great homemade recipes: Homemade Flour Tortillas, Homemade Pie Crust, and My Favorite Pizza Dough just to name a few. These graham crackers are so much better than store bought and so much cheaper! I hope you enjoy these as much as we do.
Cookie Swaps are in full swing right now! I absolutely LOVE this time of year! I signed-up for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap for next year! When I saw this recipe in the December 2013 issue of Better Homes and Gardens, I knew I had to make them! I have made shortbread only one other time and they did not turn out so good. I was a little intimidated at first, luckily their website had a video tutorial I watched and that made me 100% more confident that I could make these and that they would be great! These cute little cookies are full of flavor and so festive! I hope you try them soon!
- For the cookies:
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter, slightly softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 tsp almond extract (you could use vanilla instead but make sure it’s clear)
December has begun and what better way to start off this Holiday Month than with these Red Velvet Whoopie Pies. Red velvet is one of my favorite cake flavors! These days you can make just about anything red velvet and these whoopie pies are no exception. I have made whoopie pies in the past but I must say these are by far my favorite. They are perfect for your next cookie swap! I promise they will amaze every time!
Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 Degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.