Sunday, December 16, 2007

Baking at the Hartke House

This year, I decided to go domestic, and bake! I thought since we are on a tight budget, it would be nice to make some little treat baskets to share with out friends. So, today Matt baked his world famous Chocolate Chip Cookies, but they came out a little flat. He blames the butter. I baked 4 dozen Gingersnaps, but the shortening was bad and they tasted HORRIBLE (and smelled bad too). So, I made 4 dozen more with a new recipe that used butter instead of shortening, and they are quite yummy! I also made 4 dozen Snickerdoodles, two batches of chocolate fudge, two batches of chex mix (I had accidentally turned the oven off on the first batch, so it was a little soggy). As a special request from Matt, I also made some Peanut Brittle. Surprisingly, it's pretty good...even though I had to heat it to 290 degrees when my candy thermometer only goes to 22o...I had to guess.

I finally got tired of baking for the day, so all that's left tomorrow is caramels, and maybe some peanut butter fudge.

Next year, I might start baking sooner. It's been a long day.

1 comment:

julie said...

I SURELY DON'T RECALL EATING ANY HOMEMADE CANDY-- OR SNICKERDOODLES-UMMMM-- Guess I'll wait for mine to come in the mail with my INDIANA ornament~
I'll watch for them every single day until it gets here! Thanks Misty!
P.S.--ya look great but I'm still waiting for the "hand" made Christmas Tree!!!!