2011 Recap and a Happy New Year!

      My Dear Blog Friends,

The year nears it’s end and it is common for the food bloggers to make a top list of their favorite post of the year.

Crunchy Creamy Sweet’s first post was up in August – which is pretty late in a year, too late in my opinion to make a list of my top recipes. Don’t get me wrong, I could go on and on about my favorite cookies, this amazing jam, or this divine sauce. icon smile 2011 Recap and a Happy New Year!

I decided to focus on what new this year brought me. It’s a lot of it and it’s amazing!

In June of this year, we welcomed our Baby Boy into the Family. He is so precious! Loves to giggle watching his Big Sisters making silly faces. icon smile 2011 Recap and a Happy New Year! It finally allowed my Amazing Hubby to get some boy’s stuff ( think cars and bikes icon smile 2011 Recap and a Happy New Year! ) and me to add blue to our favorite colors!

We celebrated our oldest Daughter’s birthday with a big bash this year. A lot of the treats I made for the party ended up being my first posts on this blog. I still kick myself for not taking the picture of the cake, which was Rapunzel’s tower from “Tangled” and it looked amazing!

I started Crunchy Creamy Sweet shortly after and what a great experience that’s been! I am very grateful for all of you who read it. You might think that triple digit number would be something to brag about, but for me every Follower / Fan is special and I thank you today for clicking the “Like” or “Follow” buttons. I notice each and every one of you. I try to respond to every comment you post. You encourage me to bake more and share it here, in my little sweet piece of the blogosphere.

Thank you: Serena ( my very first follower! ), desperatehousewifeinholland, Fran, Warren, Jennifer, Delightful Sweet Treats, Tina, Divine Dinner Party, Ramona, Christine, Chef Dennis, Kelly, Erin, Une Recette Une Minutte, S.V., Jay, Angie, Suzi, Teena Mary, Kim Bee, Renkli, Maggie and Lizzy!

Thank you Kim and Ann for keep coming back and leaving comments! Hugs!

Thank you to all the readers via e-mail!

And those who just happen to stumble upon my blog!

I hope you will have a wonderful time tomorrow, wherever you are, clinking the glasses toasting the New Year. May the New Year bring happiness and joy to your life! And lots and lots of sweetness! ( I will try to take care of that anyways icon smile 2011 Recap and a Happy New Year! ).

Happy New Year!

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Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

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After all those fancy, decorated cookies, I decided to make a shaggy, rustic looking, easy cookie you can enjoy this season.

Winter is not exactly here yet. The temperature was in the 60s for the last couple of days, no snow in forecast for another week or so.

But when the white fluff will come – I will be ready. With those cookies on a platter. icon smile Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

This is an easy cookie ( 4 ingredients and 15 minutes tops to prepare ) for peanut butter lovers and gluten-free bakers.

You can definitely relax while making this one. No perfection needed.

Oh, and did I say they are gluten-free?

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
original recipe from Joy the Baker

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine peanut butter and sugar. Add egg and soda. Mix until everything is combined. Scoop the dough with a teaspoon and roll into balls. Place them all on your prepared cookie sheet. Flatten the balls with a fork.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool in a sheet for a minute or two before placing them on a cooling rack.
Easy – peasy!

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This cookie will satisfy your peanut butter craving.

For chunky version, use the chunky peanut butter or add some chopped peanuts.

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Enjoy!

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Decorated Sugar Cookies

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It’s a Christmas Tree cookie!

I have mentioned in an earlier post, that this year my Daughters, Audrey and Vivienne, are decorating cookies for the first time. I want to share their creations. I am totally in love with those cookies and proud of my Girls! icon smile Decorated Sugar Cookies

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I showed them the technique on one cookie and they made a batch of beautifully marbled sugar cookies!

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Vivi marbling the icing. icon smile Decorated Sugar Cookies
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Audrey, creating the most beautiful cookies ever!
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Please, do not mind the plates – they are their favorites! icon smile Decorated Sugar Cookies

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I used Bridgett’s from Bake at 350 recipe for sugar cookie and a orange chocolate snap recipe from Weelicious.

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I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! I will be back next week to start of a special series of recipes icon smile Decorated Sugar Cookies And they will be Crunchy, Creamy and Sweet!

xoxo,

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