I haven’t lost all interest in baking and blogging over the past year (eek!), I promise I have had good reason for my hiatus!

Miss Sloane Elise Peterson entered our world on April 9th, 2016 and life has never been better or felt more complete.

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When OXO contacted me about participating in their Cookies For Kids’ Cancer campaign this year, I knew that it was the perfect opportunity to jump back in the saddle and share a fabulous recipe and cause with you all.  OXO has also teamed up with Dorie Greenspan for this project as the baking guru just launched her Dorie’s Cookies cookbook.  Anyone who knows me knows that I will choose a cookie as dessert over any other treat and since Dorie is one of my all-time favorite bakers and cookbook authors, I could hardly wait to try out one of her new cookie recipes.  The best part of the project is that OXO will donate $100 for this post to the leading pediatric cancer centers in the U.S. whose missions are to develop better treatments for children’s cancer.  In total, OXO will be donating up to $100,000 to this worthy cause just for this campaign alone.  CLICK HERE to learn about how you can contribute to Cookies For Kids’ Cancer by hosting your own event.

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Dorie’s Almond Crescent cookies are likable for many reasons.  First, the dough comes together so quickly and there is no need to chill it before baking.  Most importantly, the cookies are delicious thanks to the nutty flavor from the almond meal and crunchy texture of the crescent-shaped cookies.

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These cookies were also a joy for me to make because of the OXO Illuminating Digital Hand Mixer that literally lights your way to creating perfect baked goods.  The mixer is quiet and smoothly transitions between speeds, it sits flat on your countertop thanks to the wrap and secure cord and flat base to the mixer and best of all, it makes ensuring that your cookies are thoroughly mixed easy because a softly glowing LED light illuminates your batter as you mix.

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In addition to the mixer, I thought that I had a favorite baking sheet until that idea went out the window when I tried the OXO Non-Stick Pro Cookie Sheet!

6p8a7438 Dorie’s recipe advised using parchment paper to line your baking sheet prior to baking the Almond Crescents, but there was just no need to grease my cookie sheet or line it with anything because the OXO cookie sheet has this innovative grid-like micro-texture pattern that evenly bakes and ensures that cookies are easily removable.  Honestly, I think all of my other cookies sheets will be donated to the grill cookware pile and I will buy another OXO Non-Stick Pro Cookie Sheet and they will be the only cookie sheets that I use from now on!

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The Almond Crescents are finished with a dusting of powdered sugar and OXO’s Bakers’ Dusting Wand makes this final step fun and easy.

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Almond Crescent Cookies
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Serves: 30
 
Made with almond flour and flavored with vanilla these molded crescent cookies can be covered with a heavy layer of powdered or granulated sugar right after they come from the oven.
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces; 226 grams) unsalted butter, cut into chunks, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (100 grams) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon pure almond extract,
  • to taste (optional)
  • 1¾ cups (238 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1⅓ cups (133 grams) almond flour Granulated or confectioners’ sugar, for coating
Instructions
  1. Position the racks to divide the oven into thirds and preheat it to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. Working with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter, sugar and salt together on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla and the almond extract, if you’re using it, then scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. With the machine off, add the all-purpose flour all at once and then pulse the mixer to start blending. Mix on low speed until the flour is almost incorporated, then add the almond flour and mix only until it disappears into the mixture and the dough comes together.
  3. Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop out walnut-size nuggets of dough or use a tablespoon. Work each piece into a compact ball between your palms and then roll it on the counter into a rope about 4 inches long. Bend the rope into a crescent, pinch the ends lightly and place on the baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between the crescents.
  4. Bake for 19 to 21 minutes, rotating the sheets top to bottom and front to back after 10 minutes, or until the cookies are golden at their tips, pale everywhere else and set, but too fragile to lift without breaking. Transfer the baking sheets to racks and let the cookies rest for 5 minutes before you give them the sugar treatment.
  5. Put the sugar in a small bowl and, one by one, dredge the cookies in sugar to coat and place on racks to cool. (I dusted the cookies with powdered sugar using the OXO Bakers' Dusting Wand)
  6. Storing
  7. The dough can be kept, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, or wrapped airtight and frozen for up to 2 months. If you decide to freeze the dough, I think you’ll find it more convenient to shape it first and freeze the crescents; let the crescents come to cool room temperature before baking them. If you omit the sugar coating, the baked cookies can be wrapped and frozen for up to 2 months. The baked cookies will keep for about 3 days; give them a fresh dusting of confectioners’ sugar before serving.

 

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Magimix Vision Toaster Review

Just in time for Christmas I am teaming up with Magimix to giveaway their bright red Vision Toaster!

I did a full review of this fancy toaster a while back and I love not only the look of the see-through windows that allow you to see how browned your toast is getting but I also love the wide opening that allows you to fit in bigger items such as bagels and baguettes.  The Magimix Vision Toaster is sleek enough that it won’t be an eyesore sitting out on your countertop everyday and unique enough that it will probably even be a conversation starter!

The Magimix Vision Toaster has simple to use settings that allow you to defrost bread, rewarm your toast if you forgot about it but don’t want it more toasted and even to only toast one side of the bread if you only want the cut side of your bagel toasted, for example.  CHEFS Catalog is now the exclusive retailer of this vibrant red version of the Vision Toaster and you have your chance to win one for yourself by simply using the Rafflecopter widget below.  Good luck!
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Looking for last minute gift ideas for the baker in your life?  I’ve got you covered with my board from Learnist below:

*Magimix is sponsoring this giveaway, but all opinions are, as always, my own.

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We are all screaming ice cream as the weather heats up so when OXO asked me to team up with them for their #IceCreamforOXO campaign, I could hardly contain my excitement and really had to reign it in so that I could choose what flavor to make!  Lucky for me, I have an ice cream expert in house, and when I asked him if there was any flavor of ice cream I could make for him what would it be?  Without skipping a beat he answered “Sweet Corn Ice Cream!”  Sweet corn??  Yes, imagine sweet, buttery almost caramel notes with creamy, dreamy ice cream and just the undertones of that sweet summer corn that we all wait for until it’s knee high by the fourth of July and I can assure you, you’ll be singing the same tune after you have your first bite.Sweet Corn Ice Cream {satisfymysweettooth.com}

 

A small cafe within walking distance from our house serves freshly made gelato and among other interesting flavors such as Blackberry Balsamic and Avocado, they have Sweet Corn flavored gelato during a short time each summer.  I am sure this is what inspired my husband to have such a quick answer when I asked him what flavor ice cream I should make.  Think of the best creamed corn you have ever eaten:  it is sweet, creamy and rich and that is the same idea with Sweet Corn Ice Cream.

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I chose not to use my ice cream maker attachment for this recipe because I know that many people don’t have that kitchen appliance and so this Sweet Corn Ice Cream requires no churning or ice cream maker at all!  There are a few steps involved to make sure that the flavor of fresh summer corn shines through just enough, but each of the steps is super simple.  The hardest part will be waiting for the ice cream to set before you eat it!  See below for a step-by-step photo tutorial!

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add 2 cups of heavy cream to the corn kernels to a medium pot and heat over medium heat to gently simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally (Do not let the mixture boil)

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remove the pan from the heat and remove and discard the cobs

place a fine mesh sieve over a medium bowl and pour the cream mixture through the strainer to remove the corn kernels

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allow the cream to cool for 10 minutes, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, about 1-2 hours

place the reserved corn kernels into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, then chill the blended corn in a small container

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Sweet Corn Ice Cream {satisfymysweettooth.com}once the cream has fully chilled, use an electric mixer to whip the cream to firm peaks

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place the sweetened condensed milk and blended corn into a large bowl and mix with a spatula to combine

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fold in the whipped cream until the mixture is well combined

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Sweet Corn Ice Cream {satisfymysweettooth.com} pour the mixture into a regular-sized loaf pan or another medium-sized plastic or metal container and place into the freezer for at least 5 hours

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Sweet Corn Ice Cream (no churn)

Prep Time: 6 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: about 3-4 cups of ice cream

Sweet Corn Ice Cream: No ice cream maker needed for this creamy treat that has just the subtle flavor of sweet corn with caramel highlights

Ingredients

  • 2 ears of corn
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (I used fat-free)

Instructions

  1. Shuck and clean 2 cobs of corn.
  2. Cut the kernels off the corn cobs and place both the kernels and the bare cobs into a medium saucepan.
  3. Add 2 cups of heavy cream to the corn and heat over medium heat to gently simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Do not let the mixture boil.)
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and remove and discard the cobs.
  5. Place a fine mesh sieve over a medium bowl. Pour the cream mixture through the strainer to remove the corn kernels (do not discard the kernels).
  6. Allow the cream to cool for 10 minutes, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, about 1-2 hours.
  7. Place the reserved corn kernels into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Place the blended kernels into a small container, cover and chill along with the cream.
  8. Once the cream has fully chilled, use an electric mixer to whip the cream to firm peaks.
  9. Place the sweetened condensed milk and blended corn into a large bowl and mix with a spatula to combine. Fold in the whipped cream until the mixture is well combined.
  10. Pour the mixture into a regular-sized loaf pan or another medium-sized plastic or metal container and place into the freezer for at least 5 hours or until the ice cream is completely set before serving.

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*OXO provided me with some wonderful kitchen tools for participating in their #IceCreamforOXO campaign, but all opinions are, as always, my own. 

Here are some of my favorite OXO products that I personally use just about every time I cook and bake:

Small silicone spatula:  Amazing because there is no seam between the spatula surface and handle so it is super easy to clean!  And it is heat resistant to 600 degrees!

 

LockTop Containers literally will not allow anything to spill out, so they are my go to if I am bringing soup to work for lunch or transporting anything that I want to be absolutely leakproof.

 

Angled measuring cups:  I already had the 4-cup version and OXO sent me the 2-cup one and I was so happy to receive it!  It is so much easier to measure anything liquid when you can just look directly down on the measurement numbers.

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There a few pieces of equipment that I simply do not enjoy baking without.  My Kitchenaid mixer is my reliable workhorse that gets things whipped and creamed just the way I like them. And a solid silicone spatula is my other must-have when I am baking cookies, cakes, or any desserts.  GIR Silicone Spatulas are just the right flexibility without feeling flimsy or unstable.  They are firm enough to adequately and efficiently scrape bowls when mixing batter or dough.  GIR Spatulas are also perfect for candy-making because they are heat resistant enough to resist temperatures over 460° F.

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My least favorite part of baking and cooking is the clean up, which is another reason I love GIR Silicone Spatulas.  They are one solid piece of silicone-no grooves or spaces that make them difficult to clean.  I have had wooden-handled spatulas that lose the seal between the silicone spatula and wooden handle and then they get gunk in the hole where the handle fits and become impossible to clean well.  There is none of that difficulty with GIR Silicone Spatulas.

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Another feature that is great about silicone cooking utensils is that you don’t have to worry about burning yourself if you have left your spatula in a hot pot and go to grab it without thinking.  GIR Silicone Spatulas’ handles stay cool to the touch so I don’t have to add anymore burns to my baking and cooking memories.

Lastly, I cannot pretend that it doesn’t excite me to grab my hot pink GIR spatula.  It’s the little things that make me the happiest and most excited to be in the kitchen and the rainbow of colors that these spatulas come in are like a ray of sunshine into your kitchen.

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*GIR provided me with a spatula for review, but all opinions are, as always, my own.

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When I think of Le Creuset cookware, I think of shiny French ovens in a rainbow of colors of that are sturdy and will last forever.  The enameled cast-iron of Le Creuset roasters provides such even heating that you don’t have to worry about things burning which makes it perfect for placing a slow-cooking meal in the oven, letting it go with nothing to worry about for several hours and then opening the lid to find a perfectly cooked meal ready for you to enjoy.

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I love that my Le Creuset French oven allows me to make one-pot meals that require minimal prep and cleanup.   I throw the ingredients for a soup into the pot and let it simmer on the stove or place the ingredients for beef bourguignon into the roaster and put it into the oven to do it’s magic for a few hours.  Once I am finished with my meal, no matter how impossible to clean my Le Creuset French oven looks after baking something for hours in it, it amazes me how easy it is to clean!  Dishes are easily my least favorite household chore so something that comes clean relatively easily is valuable in my book.

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While I was somewhat familiar with the quality of Le Creuset’s enameled cast-iron products, I had never tried any of their stainless steel cookware.  We were given a nice brand of stainless steel cookware as a wedding gift and I didn’t think it could get any better, until I tried one of Le Creuset’s tri-ply stainless steel fry pans.  It is now my go-to pan for just about everything.  I love that it is durable enough that I can sear a filet and then place it into the oven to finish it off in the same pan.  I use my Le Creuset tri-ply stainless steel fry pan often to get a sauce for pasta going or to sauté shrimp.  They really have thought of everything with the sturdy handles and brushed surface so that you don’t notice fingerprints on your cookware.

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Perhaps the best feature of both types of Le Creuset cookware is that I am confident that I will be using the same pieces that I own now for many years to come with hardly any show of wear because the craftsmanship is so superior.

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If you are making a birthday present list for yourself or searching for a wedding gift for a friend, you would be wise to consider a piece of Le Creuset cookware for any gift list.

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Le Creuset has generously offered to provide one Satisfy My Sweet Tooth reader with an 11-inch Tri-ply Stainless Steel Fry Pan so that you can see how wonderful it is to cook with for yourself!  Use the widget to enter below!
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* Le Creuset provided me with products for review, but all opinions are, as always, my own.

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