Spritz Cookies

My sister was making these cookies, so I joined her in the holiday baking for some childhood nostalgia – I used to love using the spritz press! ————————————————— Spritz Cookies Makes about 4 dozen Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 2 1/4 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt  1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 teaspoon…

Banana Chocolate-Chip Muffins

Being back in the States for a couple weeks at sea level seemed like the perfect excuse for baking – no worries about elevation in Indiana!  There were some bananas browning in the kitchen, so I decided to whip up some banana muffins, with a little help from my three-year-old niece, Mikaela. ————————————————— Banana Chocolate-Chip…

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Frosting is my favorite part of cookies, cupcakes, or cakes.  But, only if it’s homemade with yummy ingredients – none of that Crisco wax! This recipe for an awesome buttercream frosting, made completely from scratch!  It isn’t as pink as strawberry frosting might be, since it doesn’t have any food coloring.  I’ve made it before…

Chocolate-Chip Chocolate Mascarpone Cupcakes

Yesterday was one of my dearest friends in Bogotá’s birthday.  I wanted to do something special for Ingrid, and what better way to show your love than through homemade cupcakes? Easier said than done.  I have an awful cold at the moment, and was almost reduced to tears when the altitude destroyed my trustworthy recipe…

Strawberry Syrup

I made this strawberry syrup to add to some delicious strawberry icing I made, but I think it would also be delicious on pancakes, ice cream, etc. ————————————————— Strawberry Syrup Makes about 2 cups Ingredients: 2 cups strawberries, sliced 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup water    Instructions: Add strawberries, granulated sugar, and water to a medium saucepan…

Rolled Sugar Cookies

It’s finally the holiday season! December is here! I spent Friday decorating the office at the Ministry, and in order to further the Christmas spirit, I decided to make classic Christmas sugar cookies with buttercream icing. Sacrificing my 4 am morning run for cookie making  seemed like a good plan! The supermarkets here are not…

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

I made this icing to decorate some Christmas sugar cookies that I made.  It was delicious!!! This frosting was not only the perfect amount, but it was the perfect consistency.  Next time, though, I will use clear vanilla if I am going to leave it white. ————————————————— Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Makes about 2.5 cups Ingredients:…