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Chirstmas Tree In a Pot - Christmas Cookie | All Recipes

Chirstmas Tree In a Pot – Christmas Cookie

Christmas is around the corner!

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For this year 2014, I will show you guys how to make these cute little Christmas Tree In a Pot sugar cookies that will sure to impress everyone. It is also great to be wrapped as a Christmas gift! Just a warning, these little cookies comes with a price of your time even though they are fairly easy to make, it is very time consuming. Make sure you have the time!

There are 3 parts for this recipe, Christmas tree cookie, royal icing and pot cookie. So make sure you organize the time yourself for this recipe to make sure things are going along smoothly! Don’t worry, everyone will appreciate your hard work and 不舍得吃 (could’t bear to eat it).

Basically, you will have a sugar cookie, and a chocolate chip cookies that has been infused with a slight touch of cinnamon to bring up the festive session for each and every Christmas Tree In a Pot Christmas Cookie.

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I’m sure this Christmas you will sure be loved by all your family and friends with your hard work. To be honest, I had to rush this recipe out due to my surgery on the 12th of December 2014.  (it’s not easy as it was my idea from my brain and had to present it in real life. Initially I wanted the Christmas tree to be made out of baked-donuts but it turned out horribly ugly and I messed my whole kitchen. Erhh….)  
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Friend sent me this picture to thank me for it. LOL

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Christmas Tree In a Pot
Serves 12
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Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies
  1. 1/4 cup of unsalted butter, room temperature
  2. ½ cup of icing sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 cup of plain flour, plus more for rolling
  5. 1/4 tsp. of baking powder
  6. 1/8 tsp. of salt
  7. ½ tsp. of vanilla extract
  8. ¼ tsp. of cinnamon
Royal Icing
  1. 1 egg white
  2. 1 ½ cups of icing sugar
  3. ½ tsp. of vanilla extract
  4. 1/8 tsp. of salt
  5. Green, red, yellow food coloring
Pot Cookies
  1. 1 ¼ cups of pain flour
  2. ½ cup of unsalted butter, room temperature
  3. ¼ cup of white sugar
  4. ¼ cup of light brown sugar
  5. 1 egg yolk
  6. 3 tbsp. of dark chocolate, chopped
  7. 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  8. ¼ tsp. of cinnamon
  9. 1/8 tsp. of salt
  10. ¼ tsp. of baking soda
Decorations
  1. 2 tbsp. of dark chocolate, melted
To make the Christmas tree cookies
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together plain flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, lightly cream butter and icing sugar until light and pale.
  3. Mix in one egg and vanilla extract.
  4. Throw in flour mixture and mix on low speed until just combined. Transfer into a cling wrap and let it cool in the freezer for 20 minutes.
  5. Dust your countertop with some flour, roll out your dough until half a centimeter thickness. Cut out shapes using a Christmas tree cutter that has been coated with flour. Re-roll if needed to repeat.
  6. Transfer into a baking tray lined with baking paper. Let it set in the fridge while you preheat your oven to 180C or 160C-fanforced.
  7. Bake it in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes.
  8. Let it cool while you make your royal icing.
To make the royal icing
  1. Beat egg white, vanilla extract and salt together until frothy.
  2. Gradually add in icing sugar while beating the mixture on high speed.
  3. Beat on high speed for about 5 minutes until thick, glossy and stiff.
  4. Divide the icing into 4 parts, 1 tablespoon for white, red and yellow icing respectively. While the rest for green.
  5. Color them using food coloring. Wrap it with cling firm if you are not using any moment as it will dry out.
  6. Transfer your royal icing into a piping bag individually. Pipe an outer layer of green icing for each Christmas tree. This is call outlining
  7. Let the icing set for at least 5 minutes before filling it up with green icing that has been slightly diluted with some water for easy flooding.
  8. After filling it up, let it set for at least an hour until the whole green icing has been set.
  9. Decorate the cookies with the different color of icing to your liking. Let it set.
To make the Pot Cookies
  1. In a bowl, whisk together plain flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Preheat oven to 180C or 160C fan-forced.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and both sugars until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in one egg yolk and vanilla extract.
  4. Gradually mix in some flour mixture until combined. Fold in chopped dark chocolates.
  5. Transfer tablespoonful worth of dough into mini cupcake pan.
  6. Bake it in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
  7. Once it’s out from the oven, immediately coat the end of every Christmas tree with melted chocolate and squash it into the center of every pot cookies.
  8. Let it cool in the fridge and serve. Or wrap it up as a Christmas gift.
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If you have kids, ask them to join you in to help you roll out the deliciously pot cookie into balls to be baked in a mini cookie pans. Or let them do the decorations. It will not be perfect, but will sure to have some fun family bonding session together. 

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Cheese Muffins

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Cheese Muffins
Serves 16
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Ingredients
  1. 4 eggs
  2. 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  3. 60 grams of white sugar
  4. 1/2 tbsp. of condensed milk
  5. 1/2 tsp. of sponge gel/ovalette (optional)
  6. 60 grams of plain flour
  7. 1/2 tbsp. of oil
  8. 250 grams of cream cheese, softened
  9. Cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180/160C fan-forced. Scoop up about 1 tablespoon ball of cream cheese into the center of each muffin liner.
  2. In your mixing bowl, add in eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, condensed milk, and sponge gel. Whisk on high for a good 5 minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Fold in sifted flour. Fold in oil.
  4. Transfer into a jar and fill each muffin liner up till 90% full. Lightly drop the pan 1 to 2 times
  5. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.
  6. Bake it in the oven for 20 to 26 minutes.
  7. Let it cool in the pan.
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Tomato Soup with Croutons

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Tomato Soup with Croutons
Serves 7
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Soup
  1. 2kg of fresh tomato
  2. 1 large onion
  3. 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  4. 1 carrot
  5. Handful of basil
  6. 2 cups of water
Seasoning
  1. 1 tbsp. of sugar
  2. 1 tsp. of mushroom extract seasoning powder
  3. Season with salt, dried oregano and black pepper
  4. ½ cup of olive oil
Croutons
  1. 1 baguette
  2. 4 tbsp. of olive oil
  3. 1 tbsp. of dried basil
  4. Pepper
Soup
  1. Preheat oven to 220 or 200C fan-forced.
  2. Cut all vegetables into chucks and transfer into a deep baking dish to collect all the juices later.
  3. Mix all the seasoning ingredients together.
  4. Drizzle in the seasoning and toss well.
  5. Roast it for 30 to 40 minutes.
  6. Place the mixture into a blender and puree until smooth.
  7. Transfer into a pot and add in 2 cups of water. Taste it for seasoning in case you may want to adjust and bring it to a boil.
  8. Serve warm.
To make the croutons
  1. Preheat your oven to 220 or 200C fan-forced.
  2. Slide a baguette into chucks, seasoning them with olive oil, dried basil and pepper.
  3. Transfer into a baking tray and toast them for 5 to 10 minutes until crispy golden brown.
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Prom Night 2014

So it’s my graduating year this 2014.

My peers and I were looking forward for our Prom Night. Excitedly yet to be honest, I was not really that prepared for it at all.  😕 

All my peers were eagerly preparing, spending a few hundred bucks on clothes for that one and only night. I was envious but at the same time lazy, and tried to be ‘cost-efficient’ so I did not buying anything. I feel that my size is going to change in future anyway, it will be a waste of money to buy something that I am going to wear once. Hahahas… Initially, I wanted to buy a blazer from H&M, since it looks really good on me. However, it will cost me quite a bit so I decided not to. (not that I couldn’t LOLL)

So I was so unprepared for prom night,

but luckily, I was able to wear my dad’s blazer! Even though it was not as tight-fitting as I wanted it to be but problem solved. (me being cheapskate. hahahas!)

So before I share those ‘lovely’ photos of mine during my prom night, I want to say that I’ve totally ruined my hairstyle. 

Still look okay? I look awkward. Hahahas

Still look okay? I look awkward. Hahahas

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We had a lot of fun taking photos together. Come to think of it, I think everyone was taking photos non-stop the whole time!

 DSC07435-tile small editedThe food was not as great as we expected. But it was okay, nothing special.

The most unexpected thing that happened was myself being nominated for Prom King. (WTF face) When they were announcing the nominees for Prom King and Queen to get on stage, I kept saying to myself that it won’t be me and continued munching my food. The most epic moment was when I was eating halfway, I got called up on stage as a nominee. I was so astonished and looked foolish while everyone stared at me with my mouth opened filled with food.

Stage

What What??

I couldn’t believe it. I felt extremely nervous about standing on stage that it actually upset my stomach later in the day. 

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dance

We had to compete with each other in various rounds to win the crowd’s attention for both King and Queen respectively. In one of the rounds, I had to dance to a random music which I really had no idea how to. (I don’t dance) The random music turned out to be ‘Nicki Minaj – Anaconda’. Hello? How do I know how to dance with that song? The only thing that came to my mind was, butts. Yes, butts. I twerked as if I am Nicki Minaj. That was the most embarrassing action I ever did in front of someone (in this case, it’s everyone). Sigh….

Me and Prom Queen

 Anyway, to cut the long story short, I became the Prom King. 

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That’s pretty much everything. Prom Night 2014 ended well.

 

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Thai Basil Rice – Thai Vegetarian

Nobody is going to believe me that this is vegetarian. This vegetarian Thai Basil Rice has all the essentials of a normal pork Thai basil rice that makes it so real. Lots of garlic and onion are added to simulate our tongue to make it taste ‘meaty’. And once you freeze and thaw your Tawkua (Firm tofu), the whole texture will change. It will be slightly chewier and you will have to squeeze the water out, so that later your ‘meat’ will not be soggy. Sure you can go ahead and use a normal Tawkua, but if you have the time to freeze it. Why not? 
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Thai Basil Rice - Thai Vegetarian
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 100 grams of tau kua (firm tofu) that has been freeze, thawed rinse and squeezed
  2. 1 handful of basil
  3. 40 grams of yellow bell pepper
  4. 4 chili padi
  5. 2 clove of garlic, minced
  6. 1 large red onion
  7. 1 egg
Sauce
  1. ½ tsp. of Sugar
  2. 6 tbsp. of Water
  3. 1 tsp. of Soy sauce
  4. 2 tbsp. of mushroom sauce (Oyster Sauce substitution)
Instructions
  1. Freeze tau kua, thaw it and rinse with water, squeezed it dry. Crumble it until it resemble like mincemeat.
  2. Mince chili padi. Chop bell pepper into cubes. Roughly chop onion.
  3. Mix all the sauce ingredients together.
  4. In a wok, add in oil on medium high heat. Sauté garlic and chili padi together until golden brown. Add in onion and tau kua. Stir fry for a minute. Throw in bell pepper and basil, continue stir fry until basil is cooked down. Bring the heat down to low and drizzle in sauce. Let it cook until sauce is absorbed by tau kua and sauce is thickened. Add some extra water if needed.
  5. Transfer into a plate with warm rice.
  6. Heat up oil on your wok to medium-high heat and add in beaten egg. Let it cook until golden brown on each side.
  7. Transfer the omelet into the dish. Serve warm.
Notes
  1. If you don't have the time, you can go ahead and use normal Tawkua instead of freezing and thawing it.
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Ultimate Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

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I have made this Ultimate Chocolate Buttercream Frosting so many times because everyone loved it. It goes great with my Easy Chocolate Cupcake and my Yule Log Cake. I also have made it with classic vanilla cupcake too! Just to be sure you make enough for everyone!

 

Ultimate Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
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Ingredients
  1. 150 grams of unsalted butter
  2. 150 grams of icing sugar
  3. 60 grams of cocoa powder
  4. 100 grams of dark chocolate, melted
  5. 1/8 tsp. of instant coffee
  6. ½ tsp. of salt
  7. 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  8. Milk
Instructions
  1. In your mixing bowl, add in butter, icing sugar, salt, instant coffee and cocoa powder. Mix on low until it forms into a thick paste.
  2. Add in your melted dark chocolate, beat on medium- high for 3 minutes.
  3. Add in vanilla extract, and continue beating. If it is too thick, add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time to loosen it out. Beat for another 3 minutes on medium-high until smooth and fluffy!
Notes
  1. Make sure that your melted chocolate has been cooled to room temperature before mixing them together.
  2. Butter have to be soften at room temperature.
  3. Add just enough milk for piping. Too little, it will be too hard to pipe. Too much, it will become a huge watery mess.
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Yule Log Cake

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My recipe for the Yule Log Cake is fairly simple to prepare. It is a great choice for Christmas. You can be creative and customize into any size and shape. You also will need my Chocolate Buttercream Frosting to cover the cake.
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Yule Log Cake
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Cake
  1. 4 eggs
  2. 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  3. 5 tbsp. of white sugar
  4. 4 tbsp. of cocoa powder, plus extra for dusting
  5. 60 grams of cake flour
Syrup
  1. 2 tsp. of honey and 4 tsp. of warm water, mix well
Filling (Chocolate cream)
  1. 250 grams of whipping cream
  2. 100 grams of dark chocolate, melted
  3. 1 tbsp, of white sugar
Frosting
  1. For the frosting check my chocolate buttercream here,
  2. URL:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA0LQtrStBM
Cake
  1. Preheat your oven to 200/180C fan-forced.
  2. In your mixer bowl using your whisk attachment, whisk eggs, sugar and vanilla extract on high for a good 5 minutes until white pale and double in volume.
  3. Sift in cake flour and cocoa powder into the air mixture.
  4. Fold dry ingredients into the mixture gently until combined.
  5. Lined your Swiss-roll pan with parchment paper. Pour the batter from heights of about 20 cm into the pan and smooth it using a spatula. Drop the pan lightly on the counter to raise the air bubbles out of the batter.
  6. Bake it in the oven for 8 -- 10 minutes.
  7. Remove the cake with parchment paper to a wire rack, lightly dust with cocoa powder. Prepare another parchment paper and wire rack on top and flip the cake. Gently remove the parchment paper baked with the cake.
  8. With the help of the new parchment paper below the cake, roll the cake and let it cool on the countertop.
To make the filling
  1. Melt the chocolate in the microwave.
  2. In your mixing bowl using a whisk attachment, add in whipping cream and sugar. Whisk on high until soft peaks.
  3. Turn your mixer down to low and stir in cooled melted chocolate.
  4. Whisk on medium until stiff peaks.
  5. Carefully unroll the cake, brush the cake with honey syrup. (2 tsp. of honey and 4 tsp. of warm water, mix well) Than fill it with chocolate cream. Gently roll it back without the parchment paper.
  6. Wrap the rolled cake with parchment paper, secure it with rubber bands. Cover with another layer of aluminum foil.
  7. Put it in the fridge to set while you make your buttercream.
To make the butter cream
  1. Check my chocolate buttercream here,
  2. URL:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA0LQtrStBM
  3. Remove the aluminum foil and transfer it onto your serving plate. Cut parchment paper into two, let cake sit in between for easily clean up.
  4. Frost the cake using a metal spatula. Make uneven patterns to resemble like a log.
  5. Dust with icing sugar and put it in the fridge to set.
Notes
  1. I'm using a cookie pan, 384 x 260 x 16mm
Frosting
  1. For the frosting check my chocolate buttercream here,
  2. URL:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA0LQtrStBM
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