Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Day 2: Chocolate Pixies + Tuesday Tangents

Tuesday Tangents:

  • A few weekends ago I traveled to the grand ole' state of Illinois to celebrate one of my BFF's bachelorette party. She gets married in less than 2 weeks! We had lots of fun. We'll leave it at that.

  • On the drive there, I stopped in our college town to run my favorite 3-mile route from back in the day. Yes I'm one of those people who packs running clothes in their car for instances such as this. Totally fun though.

  • While driving back to the Bean Town, I passed a truck on the highway. Carrying a treadmill. And then spent the next 20 miles wondering if it would be possible to run on the treadmill while driving down the interstate. Physics friends, help me out??

  • My friend Kristi came to visit us here in the Bean Town this weekend with her two wee ones. We had loads of fun... though we didn't quite bake as much as we did last year. Something about entertaining a 5 month old + 3 year old makes regular activities take three times as long. Massive kudos to Kristi, I don't know how she does it.
Girly time on the couch.

We went downtown to Modo Media and Pears Avenue and had some fun with at their Christmas photo session, haha. Cora was a bit of a grump and didn't want to wear a Charlie Brown headpiece, wonder why??!

  • The countdown to Christmas break has begun. Though we are now down to just 8 days... that picture is from last week.

  • And I am finally sharing Day 2 of the Christmas Cookie Challenge a week after I posted Day 1. I will get them all posted by Christmas, I swear! (Says the girl who barely has time to think. Though this little cold I developed fortunately? unfortunately has me confined to the couch today.)

Chocolate Pixies are a Christmas classic that my mom has been making ever since I can remember. They're rich and fudgy and go great with a little bowl of ice cream. They're also so perfect for Christmas because they look like they're covered in snow!

They do require a bit of planning, as the dough has to chill in the refrigerator overnight. And just a warning, your hands will get messy when you roll them into balls. There's no escaping it.

Chocolate Pixies

Servings/Yield: 4 dozen cookies

  • 4-oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • powdered sugar

In large bowl, beat eggs. Add sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla, melted chocolate; mix well. Add flour, salt, and baking powder; mix until thoroughly combined. Chill dough in refrigerator overnight.

Roll dough into 3/4-inch balls; roll in powdered sugar, and place on cookie sheet.

Bake at 350*F about 10 minutes until cookies are set.

Source: family favorite


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