Ice Box Cookies, The Lincolns, and Dickens.

Note: Bake with a large skirt, corset, and a British accent. Your cookies will taste better.

Maybe it’s just pure coincidence, but within a few weeks of beginning rehearsals for Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol,” I have also dived into a book on the Lincolns, and discovered the glory of icebox cookies. It seems there’s a time warp happening and I’m tuning in the 1800s…

Icebox cookies. The first time I heard this name I wasn’t sure what to think….Sounds old fashioned? Is this a complicated process? Does it involve ice? To answer my own questions: it is indeed old fashioned, simple, and you might say it involves ice.

As one of my favorite New England authors once said. Simplify Simplify Simplify. (Name that guy!!) With 9 shows a week of caroling and wearing early Victorian period costumes, I need something quick and easy to whip up for the holiday season and these cookies fit the bill.

Ice box Cookies– a type of cookie with the dough formed and chilled before being sliced for baking; also called refrigerator cookie. Yeah, that’s right. Put it in the fridge and bake when it’s convenient!

The History: I love a little bit of history and am thoroughly enjoying reading “The Lincolns: A Portrait of A Marriage” as I eagerly await the release of the film this week. Lincoln’s favorite dessert was Apple Pie; but, I’m guessing Mary Todd Lincoln had a nice Icebox, and I like to imagine, she too, baked icebox cookies at some point along the road to the white house. As I gear up for performances of A Christmas Carol (first published in 1843 right around the time Lincoln was running for Congress) I am also hoping icebox cookies were being made by those who could afford fresh ice in London. With the advent of electric iceboxes, or refrigerators, in the early 1900s, people were able to prepare more foods with the luxury of refrigerating before hand. Icebox cakes and cookies started appearing in cookbooks and became very popular. We now know them as refrigerator cookies.

So Thank You Ice Box! Here’s the first Icebox cookie of the season, Butterscotch Cinnamon Ice Box Cookies, adapted from “Rosie’s Bakery All-Butter Fresh Cream Sugar-Packed No Holds-Barred Baking Book” by Judy Rosenberg. So incredibly simple and delicious.

Check out my Pinterest and this link from Martha Stewart for more icebox ideas.

*Note: Bake with a large skirt and corset and adopt a British accent. Your cookies will taste better this way.

Mix Ingredients.

Form dough into log and refrigerate. Remove and slice.

Bake until golden brown.

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Do you have a favorite icebox cookie recipe?


Legally Blonde Cake Pops “OMG!” {Baking Endeavors}

Corey opened the show “Legally Blonde” this weekend, so I whipped up some Cake Pops for the cast.

This was my first foray into Cake Pop Land, and I must say, they are some of the easiest and most creative sweets to make! The options are endless for cake pops. In keeping with the pink theme of Legally Blonde, I chose red velvet cake mixed with cream cheese frosting, pink candy coating, and white sprinkles. Recipe below. Omg, enjoy you guys!

* 2 notes for beginners: Get at least two packs of candy melts, you will want plenty for dipping. Also, if you have a scoop to shape them, they will be prettier…I will definitely be getting a scoop next time 🙂

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I think I can…

Well, I figured if I’m writing a blog about sweets I should at least TRY to bake something…I’ve been known to almost burn a house down, or at least cover everyone in flower when attempting to be domestic, but I’m taking a deep breath and giving it a shot!

On our most recent jaunt to Costco (God, I love Costco) I happened upon quite the fortuitous book! Atlanta’s Best Desserts. It was like a sign from the baking gods!!! Not only some of Atlanta’s best desserts and where to find them, but the recipes to boot. So I decided to tackle something from the cakes section since, as the book puts it, “Atlanta’s favorite dessert is the cake…” First thing first, I marched myself right over to Target and got a real hand mixer fit for a real lady (I definitely got the $5 one, God, I love Target). And so my journey began!

In the words of my photo journal below, my attempt at the Tres Leches Cake from Taqueria Los Hermanos, was a great success! I learned that condensed milk can be super messy and that it’s pretty easy to over-whip your whipping cream…those electric beaters are fast!

P.S. This recipe is great for beginners because it uses a store bought cake mix!

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