Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas Goodies Part One

This Christmas we made a variety of goodies again, but not our normal goodies which we're planning to make next month for a family get together we'll be having. Then again, with the beautiful summer heat we're having we might change our minds.

I stumbled upon a recipe for Peppermint Whoopie Pies which I knew Mr S would love. I squirrelled the recipe away and then made some fun milk container type boxes to put them in. I just googled the pattern and then printed it out and enlarged it by hand onto stiffer paper. I had to tape two 12x12 sheets of paper together in order to make them.

I also chose to cut out a rectangular chunk of the front of the carton and added some clear cellophane which I'd purchased for a previous project by accident. This stuff has come in very handy over the years!

Then I remembered I had some nifty wood scrapbooking decorations that I bought years ago when we lived in the states. I pulled those out and glued them to the front of the boxes. I made two like this for Mr S & his mum. Then I made another 5 that were made the same way but without the extra wooden decoration on the front. The ones without the decoration became the homes of carmel apples that I also dipped in chocolate & Mr S gave them out to his workmates.

As for the pies.. I used the chocolate cookie recipe and swapped the sugar for coconut sugar. The filling I changed entirely, thanks to experimenting with some oatmeal cream pies that I'd made earlier this year:

Cream Filling

2 egg whites
1/2 c Xylitol 
1/2 t cream of tartar
1/4 t peppermint extract

In a double boiler {I just use a pyrex bowl on top of a pan of simmering water}, add egg whites, xylitol and cream of tartar and heat over simmering water. Whisking frequently, heat until egg whites become very frothy and xylitol  is dissolved. Carefully add egg mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer, or mix in pyrex bowl. Mix on high speed for several minutes until egg mixture will hold stiff peaks and is light in texture. Carefully fold in peppermint until incorporated. Add filling to cookie and then top with another cookie, roll the edges through crushed candy cane. 

1 comment:

Tracey said...

Did you forget to send mine or are they on the way?