Merry Christmas Eve, or Happy Holidays to you. Today is the day that I actually celebrate my first Christmas, since my parents are split up my brother and I always spend one day with my mom or dad on Christmas Eve and vice versa on Christmas day. Each year we swap who get's us on Christmas Eve/Day. This year, i.e. today we are spending it with my mom and her boyfriend and tomorrow we are spending it with my dad and his girlfriend. To be honest, it is kind of a drag but I mean that's what happens when your family isn't together still right? You just have to deal with things that aren't in your hands.
Tonight we are going to have dinner at a restaurant. I've mentioned this prior... it's going to be weird. I really am about tradition, I don't necessarily like change, even though I'm a human being and really should be able to adapt easily, I just really dislike it. Especially in cases like this, Christmas dinner at a restaurant? Weird. I mean, at least we aren't going to McDonald's and we are actually going to a fancy smancy restaurant but still. I will try and take pictures tonight, I hope that they don't forbid camera's for whatever reason. I've already looked at The North Restaurant's menu online and will definitely be having the Pumpkin Seed Crusted Seabass, Tempura Vegetable Roll, Avocado Puree, Chilli Roasted Pepper Sauce. I cannot wait, my brother and my dad went to this restaurant about a month or so ago and raved about it for days, so we shall see!
Afterward we will be coming home, perhaps watch a movie and will be opening our gifts. We will then talk as we usually do, go to sleep, have a really nice breakfast with tons of fruit and WHIPPED CREAM. (I've been craving whipped cream for quite a while now, twice I've gone to the grocery store put it in the cart and taken it out. My mom went to the grocery store by herself today, and came home with a can, I guess I have to eat it now right? :) ). We will then head over to my dads, do our gift exchange, possibly watch a movie, then head over to my dads girlfriends, do a gift exchange and spend the day there.
Before I go ahead and post the amazing cookie recipe, I just want to apologize for not posting as much. It's not that I don't have recipes, because I have recipes coming out of the wazzoo. I've just had a lot of personal things going on right now. I don't feel comfortable talking about it right now, but maybe with time I will talk about it. In the mean time I am going to try and post as frequently as possible, please don't hold it against me.
When I had first found this recipe it was along the time that I had made the Cinnamon Ginger Apple Cider Bread and the Crystallized Ginger and Cinnamon Apple Cider Bagels. I had so much apple cider left in the house since mom's boyfriend always likes to buy things and never finish it, but I just couldn't find a good cookie recipe with liquid in it to make it something amazing. Instead I turned away this recipe.
However, when my mom had received the invitation for the dinner at Casino Rama, they had stuck some mulled apple cider and candy ribbons in the envelope. Immediately I thought back to this recipe. There was no way I was going to be given powdered mulled apple cider and use it as a drink, not after I found this recipe which contained ooey-gooey melted caramel on the inside of a cookie, no way Jose.
I was incredibly excited while I was making this recipe. It was honestly one of the best cookie batters I have ever worked with. Not only that, the instant you pour in the mulled cider spices the whole room just opened up and praised you, yeah, maybe I live in a fairy tale. But I mean seriously, it was fantastic. You then get the mix ready, stuff it with some caramels (after perhaps eating too many while unwrapping them... sometimes I wish they came unwrapped because it would seriously prevent you from eating as many of them, I mean it may not stop you completely but it could definitely help!). Stick them in the oven and just die. Seriously, the aroma that the room gets filled in, then you can see the caramel ooze out of the cracks of the top of the cookie, seriously heavenly.
These are by far one of my favourite cookies I made for the holidays. Heck, it's probably one of the best cookies I've ever had in my life, I don't say that lightly either. These are so incredibly addictive. If I had more mulled apple cider mix I would definitely be in the kitchen right now instead of writing entry.
Truthfully I almost didn't even want to post this recipe and keep it as a secret (even though it is on the internet... it would mean that you would have to go out and seek it for yourself), but it's Christmas Eve I thought I should give you something! This is truthfully one of the best gifts you will receive, and it will definitely be the best virtual gift you receive. You need to make this. I cannot rave about it enough, it is so frickin' fantastic!
Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies
Recipe taken from here
- 1 cup unsalted butter, nearly melted
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 7.4 ounce package Spiced Apple Cider
- 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 (14 ounce) bag Kraft Caramels
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line rimless cookie sheets with parchment paper. It has to be parchment this time.
In a stand mixer, cream together butter, sugar, salt, and all 10 packets of apple cider mix until smooth and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract, then mix in the baking soda and baking powder. Add the flour and mix until just combined.
With a standard cookie scoop, scoop the dough scrapping off the excess as you go up the bowl. Flatten the dough slightly in your hand and place a caramel in the center. Work the dough around the caramel sealing well. Place the cookies two inches apart on the sheets.
Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. After baking, carefully slide the parchment with the cookies onto the counter. Let cool until they are no longer soft but still slightly warm. Twist gently to remove, and cool the rest of the way upside down on the parchment or on a cooling rack.
I hope you guys have yourself an absolutely wonderful Christmas Eve/Day. I hope it is spent with your beautiful and lovely families. Lots of food is shared. Lots of laughs are expelled from your lungs. And joyous moments and memories are created.
I also wanted to say a quick thank you. I may only have six "actual" followers, however, I know that there are people who visit my blog with out being followers and to that I am truly thankful. When I first started this blog I didn't know how it would turn out, but I have many views, and even if I don't have followers that I could put a face to I am glad I continued doing so. It has helped me learn, grow, and has helped me fall asleep at night. I love you all, and appreciate everything. Hopefully for Christmas on my blog I can get a few more followers, if not I am still thankful.