Wednesday, January 27, 2010


I received The Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook for Christmas! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I have made 5 recipes out of the book so far and have nothing but great things to say about it. My first one I am sharing is Egg-In-The-Hole. This is a super easy but really tasty dish!


1 Slice of bread
4 tablespoons butter (PW uses real butter.....YUMMY!)
1 large egg

Take a biscuit cutter or drinking glass cut a hole out of the center of the bread.

Heat 2-3 tablespoons of butter in a frying pan. After the butter is melted place the bread in the skillet. Move the bread around so it can soak up the butter.

After 1 minute crack the egg into the hole of the bread. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and allow to cook for another minute. Put another tablespoon of butter in the pan.

Flip the bread. Move it around so it can soak up the butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook until the egg has reached the desired doneness.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sugar Cookie Cutouts

I received some super cute Christmas cookie cutters from a lady at work this year. So naturally that means I have to use them! Here is how they turned out!

Sugar Cookie Cutouts
From Better Homes and Gardens Limited Edition Cookbook

2/3 cup butter (I used real butter. YUM!!)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 recipe Powder Sugar Icing

In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. If necessary, cover and chill dough 30 minutes or until easy to handle.

On a lightly floured surface, roll half the dough at a time until 1/8 inch thick. Using a 2 1/2-inch cookie cutter, cut dough into desired shapes. Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake in a 375 degree oven for 7-8 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are very lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. If desired, frost with Powdered Sugar Icing

Powdered Sugar Icing

1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk or orange juice

In a small bowl combined powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Stir in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until icing reaches drizzling consistency.

My Notes:

I use self rising flour in all my baking endeavors. In doing this I omit any baking soda, baking powder, and salt the recipe calls for.

In the icing I used orange flavoring in place of the vanilla. It gave the cookies a nice flavor that was not just sugar.

Now on with the pictures!!