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Don’t trust the original recipe about shaping the cookie using cookie cutters.  I never understand how to roll shortbread dough easily, as it’s too oily to handle.  The reviews had someone suggested using making a log and just cut with floss.  I don’t understand why using floss too… as a knife works just as good to create a sharp edge.  The problem though is I cannot shape the log with a nice circumference, so ends up my cookies are not perfectly round.  Well, I tried my best…

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

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I got a small package of culinary lavender as a gift this summer, yet never had time to make anything out of it.  I’m making myself a purple Christmas, by making batches of lavender cookies to give.  I tried both the first two cookies recipes from the Google search.  It’s crazy to bake while I have to let my newborn cry a little bit during the baking.. sorry baby, I’m such a bad mom.  Only for Christmas, only for this Christmas…

It may sound stupid, but I took extra effort to make my own purple color sugar.  Now I’m infusing the leftover purple sugar with a small bag of lavender in an enclosed container.  One week later I would have lavender sugar to give away to someone!

Lavender Cookies

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These scones were made just the day before I finally greeted my little boy who had been hiding in my belly for the past 10 months.  These are so easy to make, especially you have an opened carton of whipping cream and don’t want to pour all of those fattening cream to make just 4 portions of pasta.  I froze the scones and took a few out at a time to thaw for next day’s breakfast.  My younger brother said this recipe (adapted from a recipe of lemon scone, from a local radio station; a few ingredients were modified, thus I won’t bother to post the original here) tastes better than he could get from outside!!

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With a newborn, you can never plan things ahead, neither can you go out or bake as easily as before.  I used a box of devil’s cake mix (see my post on “Chocolate cake, cake mix” using mayonnaise instead of the packaged instructions to make the cake more moist and has less artificial taste) to make 2 cakes.  I used one cake for this occasion and freezed the other one for future use.

I made my most favorite coffee liquor whipped cream too… used Kahlua, coffee essence, and icing sugar.  Inexpensive ingredients (including leftover smarties chocolates from the Halloween a few weeks ago) would still make impressive and tasty desserts, and this time made a memorable first month birthday cake for my dearest son.

Birthday Cake before writing words using chocolate

 

 

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