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Vanilla Spritz Sandwiches

Vanilla Spritz Sandwiches

Vanilla Spritz Sandwiches

My friend Jen gave me an AWESOME cookbook for my birthday last year.  It’s called The Art of the Cookie by Shelly Kaldunski.

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I thought it only fitting that on her birthday I would try out one of the recipes in the book and surprise her with the results.  So I set out to make the Vanilla Spritz Sandwiches on page 96.  They were so pretty that you would think they were hard to make, but they aren’t.  In fact I inspired Jen to make them too!  I’m looking forward to trying a few of the others too, like the Neopolitans, Lemon Window Panes and the Dried Cherry Shortbread.  Check out this book, it’s a good one to have on the shelf!

These make a great gift!

Surprise someone with a delicious gift!

 

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Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Perfectly hard boiled eggs

My mind isn’t what it used to be.  I’m always forgetting things!  Does this happen to you?  Well, I was getting ready to make a recipe that called for hard boiled eggs.  I put the water on the stove to boil and went to the fridge for the eggs, well something happened on the way to the fridge and I never got the eggs out!  I realized it much later when I noticed water boiling on the stove!  I couldn’t believe it!  I usually put my eggs into the cold water and then start the burner.  I decided to try putting the eggs into the already boiling water.  Using a slotted spoon I carefully laid the eggs into the pot.  Sometimes an egg or two will crack due to the change in temperature, but that’s okay.

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I let them boil for a total of 14 minutes.  Then took them out and immediately put them into an ice bath.

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IMG_0007 IMG_0008 IMG_0009 IMG_0010After they have cooled into the ice bath (to stop the cooking process).  You will find that they peel with EASE and there is NO green ring around the yolk.  The shell comes off in large pieces too!  No need to add anything extra to the water.  I have tried this many times and have perfected it with a 14 minute boil.  I will never go back to the old way of making hard boiled eggs.

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Try them and let me know how it works for you!  Sometimes mistakes turn into good things!