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[ profile] softbluebuddy asked for recipes for two of them, and here they are:

Natasha’s Russian Snowballs

1 c butter, softened
½ c powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ¼ c flour
¾ finely chopped walnuts or pecans (I used the food processer attachment on my blender to get them superfine)
¼ teaspoon salt
more powdered sugar (about 1 cup?)

Heat oven to 400. Mix butter, ½ c powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Stir in flour, nuts, and salt until consistency is a firm dough. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place about 1-inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake until set but not browned, 10-12 minutes. Roll in powdered sugar while warm. Let cool. Roll in powdered sugar again.

Thor’s Candy-Cane Cookies

¾ c sugar
½ c butter
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
1 ¾ c flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ c unsweetened cocoa powder
½ c crushed candy canes, plus more for topping

Cream butter and sugar. Then add egg, then vanilla. Sift together dry ingredients. Mix together. Dough will be very stiff. Roll into 1.5-2-inch diameter logs, chill in refrigerator overnight. Take out one log at a time and slice into rounds ¼ inch thick. Wipe knife every 2-3 slices as needed. Place on *greased* baking sheet, and make 18-10 min in 375 degree oven. While fresh out of the oven and still warm, top with a generous pinch of crushed candy canes and gently press down.
salixbabylon: (boys santaboys2)
avengers cookies1

I finally finished my cookies-for-the-Avengers project!

Scotch balls for Tony Stark/Iron Man
Sunflower-coconut cookies for Bruce Banner/Hulk
Nipple Cookies (peanut butter blossoms) for Steve Rogers/Captain America
Gingerbread for Agent Phil Coulson
Cherry Bombs for Agent Nick Fury
Molasses Snaps for Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Russian Snowballs (teacakes) for Natasha Romanova/Black Widow
Candy Cane cookies for Thor
and Devil's Food mini cupcakes for Loki

(clockwise, from 9 o'clock)

I had so much fun! I stopped baking years ago because it was a pain the in the ass, and I didn't want to gain weight, and every time I gave people food for the holidays they whined about their weight, and I got tired of it. But I enjoyed it *so much*! I'd forgotten how meditative it is and how much I just love baking. I'm going to take any leftovers to the bank, post office, fire station, etc after the holidays. :)

I hope everyone reading this has a fantastic week full of joy and cheer, and plenty of delicious things to eat.


(Recipes upon request!)
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I keep meaning to post, but then I think of something else to do. I've been distracted and a little down lately, but NO MORE. It's finally December, and I'm excited about the holidays. I'm not sure, why, exactly, but I'm going with it. :)

1) Tree! We decided to have xmas at our house this year, with my dad and some friends maybe, which means I get to have a tree! We haven't had one in about three years and I love them, so I'm excited about that. We get an ornament of some sort every time we travel together, and then we have a lot of literature or geek-based ones as well. And I love decorating the tree - even if we do always argue about the lights.

2) Decorations! Since we're having the holiday at my house, I get to get out my wedding china and fancy linens and stuff I never ever use. Yay! I'm not much for actual holiday decor, but the cards from people on the window, and stockings by the fireplace, and random mistletoe for smooches makes the house feel festive to me.

3) Food! I get to make xmas eve dinner, which is the fancy one. And also breakfast. I'm thinking beef wellington, salad with tangerines, maple butternut squash, and persimmon cake with rum sauce. And then asparagus and ham strata with fruit salad. And then either lasagna or veg soup for during the day, when friends come by. G is having board games and I'm marathoning LOTR.

4) COOKIES! OMG, so you know that comic thing with the Avengers drinks? I decided I needed to do cookies for them. Here's what I came up with, but your suggestions are welcome:

Iron Man/Tony Stark - rum balls, duh. I wonder if I could make them with scotch...

Captain America/Steve Rogers - I wanted something wholesome and all-American, so I decided on peanut butter blossoms. They're secretly giggly though because we call them nipple cookies, and he'd be scandalized.

Thor - cocoa candy cane cookies. My personal favorite, and somehow peppermint says Norse god to me. Also, I know he's got a sweet tooth.

Hulk/Bruce Banner - This one was the hardest, because both are so different. Grasshopper bars since they're green, for the Hulk? Or the sunflower coconut vaguely hippy ones for yoga-loving Bruce? I'm still undecided.

Hawkeye/Clint Barton- molasses snaps. I don't know why, that just seems like a perfect fit to me.

Black Widow/Natasha Romanova - Russian teacakes/snowballs. Another Duh.

Fury - cherry bombs

Coulson - loaves of gingerbread. Which tickles me endlessly because they're not cookies, they're different from the rest, they look boring and innocuous. BUT they are the best by far, secretly so spicy, and utterly delicious. :)

I feel like I shouldn't leave Loki out... maybe the grasshopper bars for him?

Avengers cocktails & cast )
salixbabylon: (SPN JDM grin)
In Relationships 201, Jeff brings the dessert to Chris and Steve's house for Thanksgiving. I'm making his pie this year, too, so I thought I'd share the recipe:

Banner by the lovely [ profile] tularia.

Pumpkin-Pecan Pie with Bourbon Spiked Whipped Cream )


Also, I've been a touch hesitant to share this here, but I got the cover and the galley and it's really real now, which is so unbelievably exciting for me. Relationships 201 (revised) will be published on December 13th, by Dreamspinner Press. :)

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