Hi my friends.
Hope you are all fine.
Thank you SO much for all your kind, encouraging and wonderful comments on my last blogpost.
You all made my heart smile
It is tuesday today.... This week is the most busy so far in 2010.
I'm working all day and all night with new designs
so please stay tuned ;)
And - yes, please forgive me yesterday ran by too quickly.
I'll leave you with some cookies and one of my favorite giftboxes, made using some of my favorite patterned paper ;) ;)
A delectable treat that can be rustled up quickly and eaten almost straight from the oven.
100g/3½oz good dark chocolate
125g/4½oz unsalted butter
100g/3½oz granulated sugar
75g/2½oz soft brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla sugar
150g/5¼oz plain flour
(I use at least 75g/ 2 1/2 oz rolled oats instead of half of the the flour)
½ tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
1. Heat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Line two baking sheets with baking parchment. Chop the chocolate into little chunks and set aside.
2. Heat the butter in a small saucepan very gently until it has just melted. Meanwhile, put the two types of sugar into a mixing bowl. Pour the melted butter on top of the sugars and beat well with a wooden spoon.
3. Add the egg and the vanilla and beat until well blended.
4. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the mixing bowl and stir them in, then add the chopped chocolate.
5. Dot heaped pudding spoonfuls of the mixture over the lined baking sheets, leaving plenty of space in between them--they really spread out while baking.
6. Wearing oven gloves, put the baking sheets in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, until the cookies are just turning golden brown. (If you have a glass door on your oven, watch the extraordinary transformation as these cookies bake--one moment you've got lumpy brown dough, the next, you have pale golden cookies, their shiny surface a network of cracks.)
7. Leave the cookies on the baking sheets to harden for a couple of minutes, then carefully lift up the baking parchment and transfer them to a wire cooling rack.
8. You can eat these cookies warm, but they are also good cold, and they store well in an airtight tin.
Make a giftbox like the one above. Add cookies or some other good stuff - and VOILA, you probably made the day for the person you decided to give the box filled with some heavenly good cookies.