Since a few people have asked, I thought I would post the recipe for Hungarian Cheese filled cookies. They are pretty awesome. And if you make them, don’t be like me and throw out surplus cheese filling because that stuff is pure gold and bakes down anyways!
2 cups butter 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup white sugar 1 package (3 oz) softened cream cheese
2 tbsp milk 1 egg yolk
1 1/2 tsp lemon extract 1/2 cup icing sugar
2 tbsp poppy seeds
4 cups flour
Heat oven to 325F. Beat butter, milk and lemon extract with mixer until creamy. Add poppy seeds. Gradually add flour, mix until smooth dough forms. Now for the filing, in a separate bowl, beat ricotta, cream cheese, egg yolk and remaining 1/2 tsp lemon extract until smooth.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls and put on a ungreased cookie sheet. Press thumb into center of each cookie to make indentations, spoon some filing into each cookie.
Bake 18-20 minutes until cookies look dry and set (they will not brown). Cool and sprinkle with icing sugar. Yum!
In terms of more holiday cooking, my mom and I have divided up our traditional list of baking treats and I picked Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares for Christmas and maybe Raspberry Snowbars. So I should have a good supply of treats around the house..
Anyways, in other festive news, I’m pretty much done my shopping. This year I went pretty nuts with it. Probably too nuts. After seeing my latest bills, I’m definitely going to have to reign it in. It’s tough though because I love buying presents and if I could I would buy my loved ones the world. What also doesn’t help is the high price of shipping-Cheese and rice, why does it cost so freakin’ much to ship things, especially relatively small items??? It’s a scam, for sure!
Anyways, there are plenty of other ways to show you care about someone than buying them stuff. I’ll probably get back into making some cards soon too.
What about you? How has your shopping been going?
For our first Festivus, I made some cookies-Poppy seed cheese and Whoopie Pie. The cheese ones turned out really well and kind of taste like shortbread with a hint of cream cheese in the middle:
The whoopie cookies are from Food and Drink magazine and I made them while Hubby went to his work’s holiday party. I was going to go to that party but have been experiencing weird foot and ankle soreness lately, so the idea of standing around holding a glass of wine all night in heels wasn’t probably the best idea:
Their holiday parties are usually pretty good, but I just needed to relax a bit. On Thursday night, on my way to art class, my ankles were really stiff and combined with a blah day at work and PMS, I was verging on gloominess. As mentioned, we were given free reign in the last two classes-The model struck one pose for three hours and we could depict her in an medium we wanted. I picked watercolour, which I love. During the first hour and a half, I was really far away and getting aggravated at how small she was on my paper. Plus, our teacher had this really annoying Bjork album on repeat, so we got to listen to weird wailing the whole time!
Normally, I love Bjork and have a few of her albums, but the one we heard in class was not good. I like listening to music while I paint, but not if it’s grating or too loud, it’s too distracting! Luckily, however, I managed to switch places with another student, up close to the model and the teacher eventually changed the music to that Snow Patrol album that was popular awhile ago. Here is the end result of my picture:
I was using some inexpensive portable brushes that come in a little case, rather than my usual pricier ones. They work alright, not great, but they’re cheaper, so I guess you can’t expect too much. There are three teenage girls in the class and one of them was talking to me about her watercolour pencils. She showed them to me later and they have definitely peaked my interest. Something to try perhaps in the future. This image was captured also with my camera, not with my scanner. A new scanner is definitely something I need-because the one we have right now works about half the time and the rest of the time divides up the picture in separate, weird files. Anyways, during the class, my mood was also lifted a bit by the chirpiness of my classmates and people from other classes who were converging on the sink in the hallway to clean up their brushes. One guy talked about the necessity of having a bucket while painting, while another joked around with me. The people in my class were in similar good spirits and everyone is very excited for the potluck we’ll be having for our last class next week. (I’m bringing fruits and veggies or rather Hubby is bringing them!)
So that’s it for me right now, I have a Festivus party to plan for, speaking of which, what do you guys think of our Festivus Pole? (aka Shower curtain rod wedged into a Christmas tree stand):
Pretty awesome right? 😉 Have a great weekend!