Monday, August 23, 2010

Watermelon Cookies - Pt. 2

Are you ready to finish these watermelon cookies?  This is the fun part!  If you missed the first installment, you can find it here.

Roll out the non-colored dough on a lightly floured surface.  Make it as wide as the red cylinder is long.

Place the red dough on the end and roll it up.
As you can see, the dough just barely met in the middle.  Take a knife and trim the dough that extends past the end of the cylinder.  Use the scraps to patch any gaps.

When you are done, the cylinder should be completely covered all the way around.  See those little pieces of left over dough that I didn't need?  I ate them.  I know, I know, raw eggs and so on.  I won't let my kids eat the raw cookie dough so don't tell them I ate it, but it sure was good. 

Next, roll out the green dough.  This will make a much thinner layer.

I came up a bit short this time.

Use the trimmings off the end to patch the places where the green came up short.  Wrap this in plastic and chill until firm.

Now use a sharp knife to cut slices that are approximately 1/4 inch thick.

Place the slices on a lightly greased cookie sheet.  I was afraid they might stick so I used a little non-stick spray.  I didn't want to risk changing their shape when I removed them from the pan. 

The original recipe called for raisins to be used as watermelon seeds.  I am not a fan of raisins, especially in a cookie.  My mother always says that you shouldn't put a raisin where a chocolate chip should be.  She is a wise woman.  I wanted to use mini chocolate chips but couldn't find them at the store.  The large chips didn't really give me the look that I was after.  If you can find mini chocolate chips, you'll definitely have a better looking cookie.

Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes depending on your oven.  Back them until they are firm, not brown.  Cut the cookies with a knife as soon as they are removed from the oven.  I then let them sit on the cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes before removing them to a cooling rack. 
These cookies make the perfect accompaniment to a scoop of ice cream, yum.  They also make great favors for a summer party when they are individually wrapped.  If you get a chance to make these cute, little cookies, send me a picture via email to  I'd love to see how yours turn out.  I might even add your picture to this post.

Happy Baking,


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Watermelon Cookies - Pt 1

Summer is quickly waning.  Where did the time go?  My kids will start school soon.  Some places have already started.  I don't know about you but I'm not ready to give summer up just yet.  I still need to make these festive little cookies.  
This recipe has been in my files for the longest time.  I found it in an old magazine that my neighbor gave to me in Texas.  The idea of a decorated cookie with no icing really appealed to me.  Not that I have anything against icing, God forbid!  Just the idea of making the cookie so decorative without the icing seemed very interesting.  I'm finally getting around to making them.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Iced Coffee My Way

Hello everyone!  This is the coffee post I told you via Facebook was coming.  If you haven't yet weighed in on my Facebook page about your like for coffee, please do.  I have some other coffee related recipes that I will post in the future if I have enough interest out there.  If there are only a few of you out there that like coffee, I won't waste your time with such desserts.  If you don't use Facebook, just give me a shout in the comment section below.

If I let myself, I could spend a fortune on iced coffee drinks at coffee shops or even McDonald's.  I love the frappes and the iced lattes.  Now I also like all the hot coffee drinks too.  I'll drink coffee just about any way you can fix it.  But since it is hot outside I turn my attention to the cold coffee drinks.

This is iced coffee my way and it won't break the bank...even if you have one every day!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Raspberry Muffins That You Have to Try

I have officially found something fabulous about living in New England...Raspberries!  My family and I went to a nearby farm today and picked about 3 pounds of raspberries.  I've never done that before.  It was great!  The weather was gorgeous and the raspberries were ripe and sweet.