Tuesday, December 17, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Mixing Chef

Cooking is such a big part of the holidays, in addition to the rest of the year, and 10961LC Prepping Chefs Clear Set (drawn by artist Ronnie Walter) works great for decorating all kinds of food-related projects:


For example, when Anna Wight was the Inky Guest Designer during October last year, she created this adorable candy gift using an empty spice jar, which coordinated with her wonderful card featured on our blog:


Prior to that, I'd used the same stamp set to make a nice little recipe folio:


If you'd like to make one for yourself, you can download this PDF file of the instructions.

Recently, Tammy Cappolina emailed to show me her annual cookie exchange recipe book. You may recall that last year I'd posted about her previous versions.

I think this year's project turned out so darn cute, don't you:


Here's a close-up view of the Mixing Chef image (2232G in wood mount) from this set:


"I made 13 of them, and the Carla Craft Binding System really makes it fast and easy for me," reports Tammy. " I always make them this size, 5" x 8 1/2". That way, I get two books out of one 12" coil."


"Of course, the cookies are the star of the party," she says. "I'm attaching my recipe for you. They are easy to make and very yummy!"

For the exchange, Tammy made Ice Cream Kolachkes. Below is the recipe, in case you'd like to try them for yourself:

Ice Cream Kolachkes

2 cups butter, softened
1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened
4 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cans (12 oz. each) Solo Cake & Pastry Filling
Powdered sugar for dusting

Beat butter and ice cream until blended (mixture will appear curdled). Add flour and sugar; mix well. Divide dough into four equal portions; cover and refrigerate for two hours.

On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough into a 10" x12" rectangle; cut into 2” squares. Place a teaspoon of filling in the center of each square. Overlap two opposite corners of dough over filling; pinch tightly to seal.

Repeat with remaining dough and filling, placing kolachkes 2” apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 11-14 minutes or until bottoms lightly browned. Cool one minute before removing from pans to wire racks. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Makes 10 dozen.

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What a unique ingredient list...don't they sound intriguing?

"The kolachkes come out flaky like a pastry," describes Tammy. "They look so pretty on the plate. I used raspberry and apricot fillings."

Yummy, huh! Let us know if you give them a try. Or please email me to share your favorite holiday recipe, Inky friends. I'd love to hear about it! 

5 comments:

Jennifer Scull said...

not only is this a cute post, but it's a yummy one, too! thanks for the recipe and inspiration! :)

Tammy C said...

Love the spice jar idea! Thanks for sharing my recipe & project. Enjoy all of the yumminess of the season!

Sue D said...

Wonderful cooking themed projects and thanks for the recipe Tammy.

Mary-Anne V said...

What a sweet set...love the great sentiments too.

designermc said...

What a great idea for the spice jar. Such cute ideas.
Nancy