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An Elf’s Favorite: Ooey Gooey Chocolate Cookies

December 18th, 2014 | Filed under: cookie recipies helpful hints Holiday traditions seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer

These little bites are the perfect escape for your taste buds this holiday season! Mrs. Claus makes these delectable treats for us elves when we’ve had an exceptionally busy day. They have a light crisp exterior and a gooey melty interior, and not to say they are most pleasing to the eye on any holiday table!

Cookies

To make these charming treats all you need is:

3 tablespoons butter, melted

½ cup sugar

1 large egg

½ teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

½ cup flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

⅛ teaspoon salt

¼ cup semisweet chocolate chips

Powdered Sugar

– In an electric mixing bowl combine the butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth.

– Crack the egg in and mix until smooth

– In a separate bowl whisk together the cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt.

– Add the flour to the wet mixture sifting little by little, mixing between each add.

– Then fold in the chocolate chips.

– Now cover the bowl and allow to chill in the fridge for at least an hour, until the dough is firm enough to handle.

– While the dough is chilling prepare your baking pans by lining them with foil. This helps to prevent powdered sugar from sticking to your bakeware.

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare ½ cup of powdered sugar into a small bowl (you may need more but this is a good start).

– After the dough is chilled, use a spoon to form 1 inch balls and roll them in the powdered sugar until coated all around.

– Bake for 12 minutes.

Enjoy!

Holiday Magic and Santa at Pacific Place Shopping Center

December 5th, 2013 | Filed under: Holiday traditions planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Santa at Pacific Place

Every night Pacific Place puts Seattleites and Northwest shoppers into the holiday spirit! With opportunities to see Santa, weekend musical performances, a nightly snowfall, and opportunities to give back to the community. The holiday festivities will last all through New Years Day! With a nightly snowfall at 6 PM and Santa’s Wonderland, visit here for hours and information. There are a variety of genres in the line-up for the weekend holiday performances, from Caribbean Christmas tunes, to Gospel Choirs, to Jazz Trios!

Pacific Place would not be complete without ways to give back! Pacific Place will give you a sparkling snow wand for a suggested $2 donation; all proceeds benefiting Seattle Children’s Hospital. Also, get your gifts wrapped by the holiday gift wrapping professionals – benefits the Forgotten Children’s Fund!

Santa at Pacific Place Seattle

Come join all the fun! And don’t forget to visit Santa and tag him in all your holiday, festive photos on Instagram and Twitter: @MySanta!

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A Warm Holiday Delight to Share!

December 3rd, 2013 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer

I am so excited to share with you a absolutely wonderful dessert I made on Thanksgiving! It warms the soul and the belly – Bread Pudding! The dessert is very simple to make and is a favorite for everyone. When you go to the store looking for the perfect bread, I would recommend Challah or Brioche; these breads soak up everything so wonderfully and have a light airy feel to them! You could also use this as an opportunity to get rid of stale bread in the pantry!

Raisin Bread Pudding

 Yummy dessert

Ingredients:

1 loaf of Challah or Brioche (or whatever bread you desire)

1 qt. of 2% milk

3 eggs

2 cups sugar

2 Tbsp vanilla

1 cup of raisins

1/4 tsp allspice

1/2 tsp cinnamon

3 Tbsp melted butter

The Night Before:

Lay out each piece of bread on a cooling rack to stale the bread over night, this allows the bread to better soak up the wet ingredients. If you forget this step, you can toast each piece of toast in a toaster the day of, DO NOT brown, simply dry out the bread.

 Northwest holiday dessert

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Tear each slice of bread into about 1 inch square pieces. Personally, I think tearing the bread gives the dessert a more home-cooked feel than cutting it.

Put bread into a large bowl and add the quart of milk. Press down gently and turn over until all the milk has been soaked up. Make sure every piece is equally soaked.

In a separate bowl, lightly beat the 3 eggs. Then, whisk in sugar, vanilla, and the spices until thoroughly combined.

Gently fold the egg mixture into the bread mixture, try not to dissolve the bread. Let sit for a minute.

Melt 3 Tbsp of butter and pour into a 9×13 baking pan. Spread throughout the baking pan.

Pour the batter into the pan and bake 35 – 45 minutes. It is done when the sides are pulling away and it is just browning a little bit.

Serve warm or later on that day, serve the day you make it. Top with your favorite carmel sauce when you serve, and enjoy!

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