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Showing posts from January, 2013

Nutty Lemon Sandwich Cookies

I wanted to make something non-chocolate for the holidays. Yes, I know, there's white chocolate in there, but white chocolate isn't really  chocolate, right?  It has cocoa butter in it, but no chocolate solids, so I figure that's fine for someone not wanting chocolate. Stacey's Nutty Cookie Ingredients 1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, organic 1 c brown sugar, organic 1 c white sugar, organic 1/4 c peanut butter, organic 2 tbs sunflower seed butter (found this at Trader Joe's) 1 tbs Vanilla Bean Paste 2 c almond meal/flour 2 c unbleached white flour, organic 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp baking powder cookie sheet(s) Stacey's Nutty Lemon Filling Ingredients 6 oz Guittard white chocolate couverture (you could probably use white chocolate chips or any white chocolate block) 2 oz heavy cream, organic 1 tsp  Vanilla Bean Paste 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tsp citric acid, powdered First I made the filling since it needs to sit

Better Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yes, I know, there's already another one . But I like this recipe better. I made these for my wedding. Stacey's Pumpkin Cupcake Ingredients 2 c unbleached flour, organic 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin, organic 1 c granulated sugar, organic 8 tbs unsalted butter, organic 2 eggs, organic 2 tsp vanilla bean paste 1/2 c milk, organic cupcake pan cupcake liners OXO Good Grips Large Cookie Scoop Stacey's Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients 1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, organic 1 1/4 sticks (10 tbs) unsalted butter, organic 2 tsp vanilla bean paste 1/4 tsp salt 2 c confectioners sugar Preheat oven to 350F.  I prefer to use a mixer for this recipe than to hand stir.  The pumpkin comes out all clumpy and it's murder on my arm to try and stir it by hand.  Since I made 4x this recipe for my wedding, I really needed the standing mixer. First