Are all sticking to your New Years Resolutions?
I have to admit, I have never really been into making New Years resolutions. It is actually kind of odd, since I am always planning and setting goals for myself. I literally have next five years of my life planned out already. For some reason, yearly resolutions have never drawn me. Maybe it's because I am already consistently setting goals. Either way, I think it can't hurt to set some goals. Really, what is wrong with being more ambitious? We just cannot let ourselves become discouraged if we do not meet those goals. We just have to keep working at them, until we are able to achieve them.
Do you love Créme Brûlée? If you do, I have found the next best thing: Créme Brûlée cookies. These cookies have all the flavor of creme brûlée without all of the work. These are best when made. with a kitchen torch, but you can just broil them in the oven after you top them with the sugar. In my opinion, they are not overly sweet (although I do have a serious sweet tooth), which makes them a great option for people who do not like cloyingly sweet desserts. I hope you try out these decadent little cookies, and let me know what you think!
Recipe adapted from: Taste of Home
You will need:
6 Tbsp. butter softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp. canola oil
1 tsp. + 1/4 tsp. Vanilla Plus (or vanilla extract)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 small package of cook n' serve vanilla pudding (prepared)
super fine (bakers sugar) for brûléeing cookies
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter
and sugar until light and fluffy.
|Beat in egg, oil, and vanilla plus or extract.|
In a separate bowl, whisk flour, cornstarch, baking
powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
Press a deep indentation in center of each
with the end of a wooden spoon handle.
Freeze cookies for 10 minutes before baking.
Place cookies 2 inches apart on parchment paper lined
baking sheets, and bake 8-10 minutes or until edges
are light brown.
While the cookies are baking, prepare the pudding according
to the directions on the box. Add additional Vanilla plus
or vanilla bean paste (if desired).
Indent the center of the baked cookies with the bottom of a round
measuring spoon. (This will create a larger vessel for the pudding.
|Fill each cookie with about a teaspoon of cooled pudding.|
Top the pudding with a thin layer of super fine sugar.
Brûlée the sugar with a kitchen torch. The sugar
should turn a dark golden brown. The cookies will dark
around the edges. Don’t worry, that is supposed to happen.
|Allow the shell (on top of the cookie) to cool before serving.|