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If This is November, It Must Be Time to Bake!

According to pilgham's home glucometer, MD's fasting blood sugar was 147.
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Speaking of sugar...


parsnip_chan casually asked me my favorite cookies but that is not a question to be answered lightly...

Before I answer, I must discourse on my philosphy of holiday sweets.

At the holidays, I used to make fancy desserts that were often really too sick makingly sweet to really enjoy. In-laws would feel forced to have some out of courtesy. It was madness and death.

Finally, I saw the light and that light is cookies! You can make them ahead of time, don't need to worry about refigerating them to keep the whipped cream from melting and it's eeasy to take as little or as much as one likes.

These cookies and bourbon balls are my favorites. My SIL also requests these.


Pecan Pie Bars
from Cookies by the Dozen by Dolores Kostelni

The recope as she is writ:

Shortbread
1 1/4 cups plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Filling
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg
1/3 cup dark corn syrup
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans


  1. With the rack in the center position, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Gloss an 8 x 8 inch pan with baking spray. Using a paper towel, remove the foam and spread the spray evenly over the pan.

  2. Prepare the shortbread. Combine 1 1/4 cups flour and salt and set aside. In a small bowl, cream the butter with the brown sugar and vanilla until light and creamy.

  3. Using a table fork, stir in the dry ingredients until the mixture becomes crumbly.

  4. Reserve 1/2 cup of packed dough. Press the remaining dough into the prepared pan. The dough should be even and level without a rim or stand-up edge. Bake 18 minutes.

  5. While the base is baking, add the remaining 3 tablespoons of flour to the reserved dough. Using a fork, cut the flour into the dough to form crumbs. Set aside. (If the mixture has become too soft, place in the freezer.)

  6. Prepare the filling. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter with the egg, dark corn syrup, and sugar. Stri in the vanilla and pecans.

  7. Remove the crust from the oven. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F. Pour or spoon the filling over the hot dough from edge to edge. Sprinkle the crumbs evenly and completely over the pecan filling. Gently press down on the crumbs.

  8. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.

  9. Cool the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Cut into bars. Cool the bars completely before removing from the pan.

  10. Store the bars in an airtight container.

Yield: 12 large or 16 medium bars.


O-7's Notes
These are really, really rich. I generally cut them into 32 or 64 bars.

I love pecan pie and actually like these better than pecan pie because they never disappoint with a poor crust or skimpy pecans.


Edit 6:55 PM: I forgot I this:

Inuyasha X Deathnote crossover where Kagome totally PWNS!!!!11

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Thanks much.

Maybe I'll try making those pecan bars, they sound good. I can get pecans cheap because they grow around here. (As a matter of fact I have a huge old pecan tree in the back yard, but the nuts are always rotten by the time they fall. Tree's too old.)

I made Guinness brownies yesterday; we still have some because they are so rich that you can't eat a lot of them. Right now I have pear-sour cream coffee cake in the oven to take to work tomorrow. That's probably my favorite thing to make because it's not too sweet, and it's easy.

Kagome was pretty awesome in that fic...wish I knew more about Death Note.

I have tried Deathnote and don't care for it, especially having read spoilers which I why I really like the crossover.

Kira/Light just offs people based on thinking they are a waste of space or a danger to him.

*groans*

I gained another ten pounds just reading this.

Those pecans are somewhere in my freezer...

Just more of you to love.

You can't go wrong with chocolate chip. The best recipe is on the back of the butter flavored crisco containers. So, when does your daughter go back in for more tests?

She had the official fasting blood sugar Saturday which we don't have the results of, yet. She sees the doctor a week from tomorrow. We are expecting to be referred to a specialist.

145 is manageable, isn't it? I suppose it depends more on what her body does with the sugar once it gets it.

I may try these cookies. I used to love to bake and haven't done any (baking)in a while. They sound good. I have some unsalted butter to get rid of, and Pecan Pie Bars sound like a handy 'excuse'. If they're really rich I'll need to cut them small too, I can only handle about 3 bites of pecan pie.

I liked the story, thanks for the link. The writing is very clever.

Remember that's 145 after not eating for 12 hours... But I don't really know.

They are yummy!

I'm not a Deathnote fan, it didn't really thrill me as a show, but I loved the story. The cookies sound delicious. Excuse me while I clear up drool from the keyboard. : )

I hope the glucose levels improve, too.

Don't like Death Note myself which is why I liked the story...

I just finished reading your recipe for bourbon balls. It seems remiss that nobody commented on your use of the phrase:

"Pack your nuts in the cup pretty good.."

So I thought I'd rectify that.

Nobody enjoys an improperly packed nut.

Those pecan bars sound mighty yummy. I'm gonna have to convince my mom to make them for the holidays, seeing as I don't bake. :o)

I'm glad to hear your daughter is doing a little better. I've been keeping her in my prayers. *hugs*

Meh. So when does she go in?

Just made a killer fruitcake. People shall have slices when it is old enough to go out on it's own.

Next Tuesday.

Sounds very hearty. What do you put in your fruitcake?

Her sugar is better then? I still need to try making your bourbon balls. The bars sound good but I need something I can make in like three steps this year - burnt out.

The advantage of the bourbon balls is Anna can "help".

We have the official numbers and they are not better. She is being referred to an endocrinologist.