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Nothing Screams Christmas like a Gingerbread Nativity Scene

That’s right folks, at my house this year there will be a gingerbread baby Jesus and we are little excited about it. I came across this set last year after Christmas and I’ve been waiting all year to give this a try.

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This is the creation of the folks over at Brikmann. They’re a company based out of Denmark that specializes in all things related to baking. They have some amazing cookie cutters and baking molds. I stumbled across this set at my local Marshall’s and was instantly propelled to purchase. It was a memorable shopping moment.

cuttersintinSo after falling in love with the beautiful tin cover, I was equally delighted to find the cookie cutters along with a booklet with a gingerbread recipe and assembly instructions. Although the recipe was in english, I opted to use King Arthur’s Gingerbread recipe just because I didnt have a measuring scale for grams in the kitchen.

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Here are a few picks of the whole thing coming together.

I just love these cookies. I made them 1/4 in. thick

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Decorating these took some major work and I definitely need more practice but I’m pleased with the results. I fixed all the cookie pieces to a long slab of gingerbread  using royal icing. To make sand I used crushed graham crackers. I really love this and I plan on making it again next year.

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And here’s a close up of Mary, Joseph and Gingerbread Baby Jesus.

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Merry Christmas Folks!

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This is when having twin brothers comes in handy. Boys can be so easy. They will eat whatever you make.

Why? Because their hungry.

They usually don’t talk too much so I wont be overwhelmed with opinions about my baking. And lastly, because if they want to eat again, and you better bet they do, they wont say too many bad things about what I made.

My ego feels good, get you some male taste testers asap.

For the record, the twins are allergic to peanuts and this would be my last blog, cause my life would be over, if my mom found out that I baked with any nuts in the kitchen. So no nuts in these cookies, but I’m sure they would taste delicious.

J. Simon aka Baby B,  as he was known on the ultrasound, said that the Neiman Marcus cookie was good, he liked the texture and it taste good to him.

J. Henry  aka Baby A, took one bite of the chain letter cookie, smiled and said “Now that’s a good cookie”. He likes the oatmeal and Hershey’s.

Overall the chain letter cookie got great reviews. My work peeps loved them and they disappeared faster than the others. I liked the espresso in the Neiman Marcus Cookie.  I think next time I’ll make a hybrid of them both ground oatmeal, espresso, hersheys and chocolate chips….(insert drool).

The Official Taste Test

The $250 Cookie Recipe

Today is the day of First. First Blog Post. First time using a Kitchen Aid Mixer (wish me luck)! First Recipe on the Blog. Ahhhhhhhh I could go on and on.

My new BFF

So lets just do this.

Nothing gets me going like a good story. I don’t care whether it’s a juicy over embellished story between girlfriends, a movie plot that keeps me tied in until the credits roll or a page turning book. You’ve got a good story I’m all in.

So I decided my first recipe would come with a story and sorry folks but it’s not an original of my own, but I sure don’t mind re-telling this tale.

This urban “legend” aka “the awful truth they wont admit” (another overdone embellishment, I cant help myself) is all about the Neiman Marcus $250 Cookie Recipe.

Unless you’ve been without internet, email or just under a rock for the last 10 years this is probably one of the most common chain letters floating the web.  The story goes, watch for the over embellishments cause once again I can’t help myself, that a woman and her daughter are dining at Neiman Marcus and both have salads. This is so fitting cause fine ladies at Neiman Marcus only eat salads not cheeseburgers and fries. They decide to order the Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookie for dessert (who eats just one cookie…not me).  The woman enjoys it so much she asks for the recipe and the waitress tells her she can’t have the recipe. When the woman offers to buy the recipe, the waitress states that the cookie recipe cost two fifty. What a steal the woman thinks until her credit card statement comes in the mail. She was charged 9.99 for 2 salads (what a steal!), $20 for a scarf and $250 for the cookie recipe. She began to argue with Neiman Marcus for a refund and she was told they would not refund her money because she has already seen their recipe. So since revenge is a dish best served warm, she emailed her story along with the recipe to as many people as she could and requested that they pass it along.

So here is where the controversy comes in: Neiman Marcus states that around the time this so-called incident occurred that they weren’t even selling chocolate chip cookies in their stores (insert side stare). And that variations of this folktale have been going on for years. There’s a similar story about a red velvet fudge recipe and the Waldorf Astoria. Oh and there’s the story about Mrs. Field and her $250 cookie recipe too.

‘Til this day Neiman Marcus denies any involvement in such said rumor and offers their own recipe free to copy, download and print. (although this recipe differs from the one on the chain letter). And yes I’m making both.

So here’s the recipe from Neiman Marcus and their disclaimer.

Neiman Marcus $250 Cookie Recipe

An urban myth is a modern folk tale, its origins unknown, its believability enhanced simply by the frequency with which it is repeated. Our signature chocolate chip cookie is the subject of one such myth. If you haven’t heard the story, we won’t perpetuate it here. If you have, the recipe below should serve to refute it. Copy it, print it out, pass it along to friends and family. It’s a terrific recipe. And it’s absolutely free.

Ingredients

·  1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
·  1 cup light brown sugar
·  3 tablespoons granulated sugar
·  1 large egg
·  2 teaspoons vanilla extract
·  1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
·  1/2 teaspoon baking powder
·  1/2 teaspoon baking soda
·  1/2 teaspoon salt
·  1-1/2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
·  1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

1.Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy (approximately 30 seconds)

2. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds.

3. In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture at low speed for about 15 seconds. Stir in the espresso coffee powder and chocolate chips.

4. Using a 1 ounce scoop or a 2 tablespoon measure, drop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into a 2 inch circle. Bake for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges. Bake a little longer for a crispier cookie. Yield:2 dozen cookies

Chain Letter-$250 Neiman Marcus Recipe

(Recipe may be halved):
2 cups butter
4 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups brown sugar
5 cups blended oatmeal (measure oatmeal and blend in blender to a fine powder)
24 oz. chocolate chips
1 tsp. salt
1 8 oz. Hershey bar (grated)
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)
2 tsp. vanilla

Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda.

Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies.. Have Fun!!!

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