The other Friday night we were sitting in the living room, relaxing. The TV was on, I was flipping thru a cookbook, Scott was reading the paper, and Pax was playing with his cars. Suddenly Pax stood up, threw his arms wide, and said "I have idea! LET'S MAKE COOKIES!!!!!"
Who can argue with enthusiasm like that?
As Pax has gotten older (3 now!) he is showing more interest in what happens in the kitchen, much to my delight. So when he wanted to do some baking, I was all for it. And fortunately we had just received a promotional box from the lovely people at Robin Hood, full of baking goodies to try and write about.
Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Robin Hood Quick Oats, Eagle Brand Dulce de Leche, Crisco Shortening, a lovely wooden recipe box, and a bag of baking goodies, including a spatula, snowflake and round cookie cutters, sprinkles, and cupcake liners.
We read through the enclosed recipe booklet to choose what we wanted to bake. We started with the Classic Linzer Cookies.
They were surprisingly easy to make, and once assembled, very impressive! We took some to a holiday brunch, and gave some as gifts. They were a hit.
I adore the cupcake lines that were in the package.
I couldn't wait to try them out with the Pumpkin Spice Muffins. So good.
We also tried a savory dish from the booklet - Tuscan Inspired Pesto Pasta.
This was a real hit for dinner. We loved the flavors, and the basic white sauce used in the dish was simple to make.
My final baking project and another winner were the Millionaire's Shortbread Bars. A lovely shortbread covered with ooey gooey delicious Eagle Brand Dulce de Leche, and topped with chocolate. One of my co-workers declared it "The Perfect Dessert".
I was thrilled with all the recipes and products that we tried. Everything was delicious and easy to make.
Head over to the Robin Hood website for lots of delicious recipes for the holidays and every day. I've joined up to Robin Hood's Baking Hour - a project on the website designed to get families in the kitchen cooking together. There are tons of recipes, ideas, crafts, and hints for having kids working in the kitchen safely. Definitely worth checking out.
Thank you, Robin Hood!