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Cookie Exchange

As is typical for this time of year, I’m attending one of many cookie exchanges in the next couple weeks.  I’m really excited about the cookie I choose for my first exchange.  My favorite cake of all times is German Chocolate cake; homemade by my wonderful mom preferably, but a store bought will on rare occasion do in a pinch.  I love the flavors of the pecans and the coconut and just the right amount of sweet.

So to my excitement, I was searching through Facebook pages that I follow and one had a list of 50 cookie exchange ideas; and there I found it.  This is now my holy grail of cookies.  German Chocolate Cookies!!  They are moist, delicious and have absolutely NO calories in them!! (wink, wink, insert sarcasm)

Chef in Training is one of my favorite websites to get recipes.  I don’t think there is a recipe I’ve tried yet that hasn’t hit the mark 🙂  And now for the cookies.

German Chocolate Cookies:

Ingredients
  • 2 boxes german chocolate cake mix, dry
  • 4 eggs
  • 10 Tbsp. butter, melted
COCONUT PECAN FROSTING
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1⅓ cup sweetened shredded coconut, for drizzle
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 4 oz. melted chocolate candy coating, for drizzle

First combine the cake mixes, eggs and butter.

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Next, scoop 1in balls of dough onto either a lightly greased cookie pan or in my case I used non-stick aluminum foil.  Place 12 on a sheet to allow for spreading.  Cook on 350 degrees for 8 minutes.  You DO NOT want to over cook these.

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Once done, allow to cool completely.

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While the cookies are cooling, start the frosting.

  • Add evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, butter and vanilla to a large pan and cook on stovetop over medium heat. Continuously stir until thickened (takes about 12-15 minutes). Once thickened remove from heat and add coconut and pecans. Continue to stir until thick enough to spread.
  • Spread frosting over the tops of cooled cookies.

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The recipe calls for chocolate to be drizzled over the cookies, but I thought these were perfect with out it.

Hope you enjoy and check out other recipes from the websites I’ve included.  I don’t think you will be disappointed!!  Happy cooking.

I’d love for you to share your favorite cookie recipes or websites for your cookie exchanges.

Totally random family picture, but my boys were apparently having a meeting of the minds while I was making cookies last night.

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Don’t forget, if you are interesting in supporting our adoption process or want to read more about our story, please visit www.adopttogether.org/babygeiger

Happy birthday mom!

It’s been a couple days since I posted because I’ve been working on a special birthday surprise for my mom.

One of moms guilty pleasures use to be a Hostess Snoball. Since Hostess was bought by another company, the recipe is just not the same. So when I asked mom what she wanted for her birthday,she said a good tasting Snoball was all she needed. So that’s been my goal the last few days to find a comparable homemade recipe.

Although I was able to find several recipes, this is the one I choose. Thanks to From Away for the recipe.

It’s definitely not the marshmallow texture on the outside as the original but the taste is spot on.

Here’s a couple of pictures from my baking process. I had fun making these and can’t wait to share them with my mom. Happy birthday mama!!!

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Adoption News:

We found out this past week that we have officially been accepted into the infant adoption program. We submitted our fee and are now eligible to be matched with a birth mom. What an exciting time for our family.

We have been greatly blessed by the prayers, encouragement and financial support from friends, family and complete strangers. If you would like to read more about our story please see my earlier blog posts or check out our fundraising page.

Adopt Together fundraising

For those celebrating next week from my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!!

New Twist…Old Favorite

I’m not sure I ever “loved” rice crispy treats, but when I see one at a gathering I don’t mind having one on occasion.  I recently had a friend bring some to a meeting and she shared with me that she always adds peanut butter to her recipe.  YUM!  So I decided to expound on that recipe and try adding chocolate chips in as well as the peanut butter.  These were very yummy if I do say so myself!

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Use the standard rice crispy treat recipe:

3T butter (I used organic)
10oz marshmallows (yes I used the store bought, but next time I make my own)6 C rice crispys (I found a brown rice organic brand at Sprouts)
1/4 C Peanut Butter (I used a honey roasted peanut butter I got from the farmers market)
1/4 C Chocolate Chips (I used some left over Ghirardelli mini chips)

Melt butter over low heat, add marshmallows and melt, add peanut butter and chocolate chips.  Stir until all melted.  Remove from heat and pour in large bowl.  Add rice crispys.  Use wax paper to form into a 9×13 pan.  Cut and serve.

Enjoy!

World Adoption Day

We are so excited to share with you that this Sunday, November 9, 2014 is the first ever, World Adoption Day.  Check out the link and help show your love to all those you know who have been touched by adoption.

Baby Geiger