Monday, June 20, 2011

Cookies and Dad's

For Father's Day we had a hot dog bar extravaganza that only Mother Marcie could put together. I, of course, was responsible for dessert. I couldn't think of a better dessert that said "DAD's", than cookies. So dessert consisted of assorted cookies and root beer floats. I made two very generic cookies, for those that were less adventurous, and then two cookies that were a little "out-there"; one recipe I have tried before, and loved, and another recipe because it looked interesting.

I made classic Grandma Cole recipe Chocolate Chip Cookies. These are my families favorites, I like to think that I have perfected the recipe, and with Grandpa Lyle's seal of approval, I know I have.

Peanut Butter Cookies. We didn't have a family recipe, so between my mom and I we looked at a few different recipes and created our version. I think this recipe will stick, not only because they were good; but because Grandma Sheri said they reminded her of he childhood, with that statement, I knew we were on the right track.

Root Beer Cookies. We saw this recipe a few years ago in the Deseret News and decided to give it a try. It is basically an oatmeal cookie with root beer extract instead of vanilla. You then frost them, with what else; root beer frosting. They are very good, and my brother Hayden's favorite. I haven't perfected this recipe yet, but I think I will try a few things and see what happens. If you go to the Deseret News website you can find the recipe, and no a tablespoon of baking soda is not a typo.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies. I saw this recipe in Food Network magazine and was intrigued. I had heard of peanut butter and bacon sandwiches, and chocolate dipped bacon, so I thought why not try it. Making these cookies is a little more work than people usually want to do, at least the first time making them. Here is my philosophy as I learned from the best cook I know, my mom; when you are cooking a new recipe, follow it exactly the first time. After that you are welcome to make any tweaks or changes that you would like. Since I have now made this recipe once, I will now change it. The dough is very loose, not like a normal cookie. Next time I make these, I will use either the good ole' reliable Chocolate Chip recipe or the Peanut Butter recipe as my "dough canvas", and then add in the bacon. Eating these is an interesting adventure. Your palette isn't quite sure what it should be tasting, is it sweet, salty, savory? I think these have potential to be a hit, with a few adjustments.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Yummy Cake



Today is my birthday!
I share my birthday with some very interesting people; Michael J. Fox, Johnny Depp, and Donald Duck. I also share my birthday with one of my best friend's Cori Watson Mann. Cori and I meant in kindergarten, and when you are five years old someone who has the same birthday as you can be your friend; due to the fact that you already have one thing in common. We have had a lot of crazy experiences together and I know we will have many more in the future.
Last night I made myself a birthday cake, so I wouldn't have to do anything today. In my opinion, one of the greatest cake combinations is a great yellow cake with rich dark chocolate frosting. I know a lot of people who disagree with this combination, I'm sorry but you are CRAZY!
I'm not sure what the plan is yet to celebrate today, but I know we will do something fun. 26 should be a good year!!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My First Post

Hello All!!

I have decided to start this blog as a starting point. Let me begin by explaining the name of the blog "Sweet As..." I have three brothers and I am inspired by them daily. 6 months ago, my younger brother got home from an LDS mission in Wellington, New Zealand. The minute he got off the plane he kept using the phrase "Sweet as..." It can be used in a swell of excitement or as a way to describe something.
I have always wanted to open a bakery at one point in my life, even if it's only around for a year. One day the youngest brother said, "Hey, if you opened a bakery what if you called it Sweet As...", and I thought that is a great name. There are so many different things that you could end that thought with, "Sweet as PIE!", "Sweet as CAKE!", "Sweet as COOKIES!" etc. Also the other great thing about this phrase is it kind of has some shock value, because people aren't quite sure what you just said when you say it. Try it, I dare you!

The summer of 2011 has become the summer of chances and decision. I have decided that I am going to bake something new at least once a week. Of course I can't eat all of these things myself and I don't expect my family to eat them, so maybe you will be one of the lucky people who get's a surprise treat on their porch!