During the past couple of gloomy days, I stayed cooped up, listened to one of my favorite metal albums (Reign in Blood by Slayer), and got crafty!
Some results of my metal induced furry are for sale on my Etsy shop, I Felt That.
A while back, I promised to transport a pile of treats to a friend for his birthday. Now, if I were meeting up with someone for a cup of tea or a visit to grandmas I would bring something like biscuits or scones. But for a celebration you need icing!!! Unfortunately, getting anything frosted from point A to point B in mint condition is nearly impossible unless I plan on lugging some oddly shaped piece of Tupperware back home….a chore I am not fond of.
So I went on a hunt for a tasty transportable treat and stumbled upon this recipe for homemade Oreos! I’m not a huge fan of Oreos, but these cookies have changed my mind. They were so fun, quick, and easy to make that I want to bake them all of the time.
For the cookies, you’ll need:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and follow these directions:
stir together all of your dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar)
Then add in butter. Mix with mixer on low until it forms a dough.
Then add in the egg and continue mixing until a thick batter is formed.
Roll a rounded teaspoons worth of dough into a ball and place onto a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper
Lightly flatten the dough balls with the palm of your hand, so that they bake more evenly
Stick these suckers in the oven for 9 minutes.
Transfer them to a tray and let them cool while you make the icing!
For the icing, you’ll need:
mix butter and shortening together on a low-speed
While mixing, slowly add in the sugar and vanilla.
Scoop the icing into a ziplock bag, and cut a little corner at the bottom of the bag to squeeze the icing out of. Or you could use a pastry bag, if you’re the pretentious baker type.
Find two cookies that are the same size and follow these photo directions (this is my favorite part!):
I think they’re best eaten at room temp, but if you plan on transporting them then I suggest sticking them in the refrigerator for a while so the icing can stiffen up for a short trip.
These things are so tasty, that it will make that box of Oreos want to find its favorite Elliot Smith album and a glass of milk to drown in.
All photos by: Chloe Rice
Special guest hand appearance by Laura
Gala, Krysti, and I welcomed spring by traveling out to the end of Queens, walked in a parade as the only snowflakes in the area, and got smothered in a sea of colorful talcum powders.
It was to celebrate Holi. An Indian word that translates to “festival of color”
The community would come up and cover you with these powder and water guns full of dyed water, and say “Happy Phagwa”
Due to my bad memory, I remembered the pronunciation of Phagwa, by thinking of one of my favorite meat treats, foie gras. mmmmm
Anyway, it was pretty fantastic adventure. The day became more amusing as we ventured further away from the parade and closer to Manhattan.
Happy Valentines day, stupids.
My favorite love song starts 1:40 seconds into this Ub Iwerks cartoon.