Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Whole Lotta Bakin' Goin' On...

Y'all know how whenever I drop something off at the Second Chance - I end up getting something else...
...so - I spied this box and was just intrigued enough by the shiny copper coloured metal peeking out to open it up - and what was inside was not a timbale set...
...but an old Mirro Dial-A-Cookie Press - all for $1.99...
...It appeared to be complete - but alas, it was missing a little screw to hold it all together...
...Never fear - for about 6¢ we bought a new one - and the Man used the Dremel tool to shave it off so that it didn't stand up too high...
...I used my mad cut and paste skilz to fashion a recipe booklet with all the old Mirro Cookie Press recipes I could glean from the web...
...so I got the last of my Willow Run...
...and the last of my Cheddar Teese out of the freezer (Mom had gotten it for me when I was visiting down south this past summer) - to make Cheese Straws...
...we packed it in the cookie press...
...and turned the dial to the star shape...
...and piped some pretty shaky Cheese Straws...
...they baked up nice and crispy...
...and were so good with a cup of tea...
...then we turned our attention to some cookies - we veganized one of the old recipes I had found - really easy - just sub Willow Run or Earth Balance for the butter/shortening and Egg Replacer for the eggs - and Silk Creamer for the cream - this was the original recipe:

VANILLA COOKIES FOR THE MIRRO COOKIE PRESS

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Cream the shortening and add sugar gradually. Add the eggs, cream and vanilla extract and beat the mixture very well.

Sift flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg and gradually add to the first mixture. Stir until blended well.

Fill the cookie press and bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.

...then Scout got crankin' and made tray after tray of cookies - about 6 dozen in all - it was so much fun changing the plates...
...we put a dollop of strawberry jam in the center of this tray of wreaths - and they turned out to be Scout's favorite...
...we ended up with a pile of cookies...

5 comments:

  1. how fun is that? wonder how many santa will eat with his glass of milk tonight???

    love, k

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  2. I've never heard of that cookie maker before but it does make cute little cookies!

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  3. You may remember we had one when you were growing up except mine did not use a dial system, but individual disc with design in center. I had a matching icing piper, too. MOM

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  4. awesome! it looks like a nice one too.

    Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family!

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