Honestly, I never thought today would come.
Not the date, that’s a given. Not Wednesday, that’s just…Monday III. No, when I say that I never expected today to come, I mean this post. Right now. Right here. Me, celebrating the second anniversary of the date that I pressed “publish” on my first ever post.
Last year, on my first blogiversary, I talked about how much I deliberated before I started my blog. And I discussed how utterly amazed I was when people started to come, to read, and to cook.
And over the last 12 months, my amazement has grown, just like the blog. It’s amazing how many of you come visit my tiny little corner of the internet. I’m awed and flattered to be a part of so many of your kitchens.
It’s been a crazy year. Crazy good, really. Some folks have taken notice of my little blog. I’ve met some amazing friends, both fellow bloggers and readers. I’ve started to work as a freelance food and product photographer. I’ve baked a ton of cookies.
And here we are. Two years in, and I am loving the blogging life. I love hearing from readers. I love seeing pictures of your creations based on my recipe. I love discovering that your parties, holidays and special occasions are made even more special by my recipes. Baking, cooking, photographing…it takes on a new life when I have you all behind me. I never thought I would keep at this for so long, but I did. You know why? Because you come. So I’d like to say:
And of course, keep coming back!
(Scroll past the recipe for the giveaway info!)
Chocolate Sugar Cookies for Decorating:
By Miriam Pascal, OvertimeCook.Com
Adapted slightly from Brown Eyed Baker
6 cups flour
1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
2 cups (4 sticks) margarine or butter
2 cups sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and cocoa. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer over medium speed, cream together the margarine and sugars until smooth and creamy, a couple of minutes.
Add the eggs and vanilla extract, and beat until combined.
Turn the mixer to low and slowly add the flour mixture. Beat just until combined. Do not overmix.
Remove the dough from the bowl and separate into 3 sections. Place each section in a bag in the fridge and let chill for at least an hour, and up to a day.
When ready to bake:
Preheat oven to 325. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Roll out the dough between two pieces of parchment paper. (Do not use flour as it will show up against the chocolate.) Roll the dough to about 1/4 of an inch. Don’t roll too thin or the stick will not fit properly in the cookie.
Cut shapes of your choice out of the cookie dough. Place cookie on the tray and gently push a stick into the cookie.
Bake at 325 for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool completely before decorating.
This is my favorite way to decorate sugar cookies, because it is super easy but still looks gorgeous! Nobody has to know…
light corn syrup
colored sanding sugar
Brush a thin layer of corn syrup over the surface of the cookie. Pour sanding sugar on top. Turn it over and shake gently to remove the excess sugar. Yes, it’s that simple!
Playing around: To line it with another color, pipe royal icing (using a #2 piping tip) around the edge and immediately dip into contrasting color. You can also play around with patterns and designs by coating only a part at a time with corn syrup, then decorating other parts of the cookie with a contrasting color sugar.
Giveaway Details – THREE Winners:
One of the things that I have been enjoying lately, that has also improved my knowledge and skills in the kitchen, is my subscription to a number of food related magazines. So in honor of my blogiversary, and to thank you all for reading, I want to share the fun with 3 of my lucky readers.
Three winners will win a 2 year subscription to one of the following magazines that I subscribe to and love – winner’s choice!
-Bon Appetit Magazine
-Taste of Home Magazine
How to Enter:
Please note: Each entry requires its own comment! Multiple entries in one comment will only be counted once!
You can enter as many of the following as you wish:
Entry #1 – Leave a comment on this post telling me how you found the blog, what your favorite recipe is, how long you’ve been reading, or really anything. I want to hear from you!
Entry #2 – Follow @OvertimeCook on twitter and leave a comment on this post telling me that you did.
Entry # 3- Like Tales of an Overtime Cook on Facebook and leave a comment on this post telling me that you did.
Entry # 4 – Follow @OvertimeCook on Pinterest and leave a comment on this post telling me that you did.
Entry # 5 – Subscribe to OvertimeCook via email (link is on the right sidebar of the blog). and leave a comment on this post telling me that you did.
Entry #6 – Follow Overtime Cook on Instagram and leave a comment on this post telling me that you did.
(If you already follow, like, subscribe, etc, that’s fine. Just comment and tell me so!)
Details: Giveaway is sponsored by me. Eligible to anyone with a US mailing address. Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on Thursday, August 15th. Winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Must include valid email address to enter.
As always, thanks for stopping by! Hope you all enter the giveaway…good luck! Come back soon! -Miriam