Monday, January 17, 2011

Back Home and Baking

Hello everyone. Hope you're all well! To those of you in Queensland, Australia,  my heart goes out to you. We just returned from Australia, and just missed the flooding that is now occurring in Victoria. Such a disaster. Damage is massive, so if you are interested in donating, click here.

I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things, now that we're back, but it didn't help that we had Christmas decorations to dismantle upon our return.  I baked some cookies this weekend as I needed something to clean the house by. The best part was that I had all the ingredients in the cupboard. They're pretty flipping good - hope you like them.

Double Chocolate and Sour Cherry Cookies - makes about 30

8oz/250g unsalted butter, softened
12oz/350g light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped white chocolate
3/4 cup dried sour cherries

Preheat oven to 350f/180c. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla and stir well. Sift in the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and salt, and mix to just combined. Fold in the cherries and chocolate.

Place large spoonfuls of dough on parchment paper lined baking sheet, and flatten the dough slightly. Make sure to leave room, between each spoonful, for spreading. Top with an extra piece of white chocolate.  Bake for about 15 minutes, until the bottoms are cooked. Cool on wire rack.

I will definitely be back soon! Now to catch up on your lovely blogs.

I leave you with a picture of my new Australian friend. He walked right up to us. Love him.


Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Welcome back - missed your posts!

That koala bear is SO cute!

Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

Glad to hear you are back home and safe. These cookies look divine!!

briannelee said...

OMG, I love koalas!!!!

Those cookies sound amazing!

lisaroyhandbags said...

So glad you're back safe and sound! It's a tragedy what's happening down there and I really feel for everyone being affected by the wrath of Mother Nature.
These look delicious and your little koala friend is so cute! :)

Lady Grey said...

Holy yum, these look good!

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

Glad you are back! I don't know how you restrained yourself from hugging that cute.

Natasha said...

Oh what a sweetie pie he is! The floods are heartbraking... glad that you are back safely.
Double chocolate + sour cherries, sounds heavenly to me!
Natasha xo

Jenn said...

Welcome back!! Hope you a great trip ... and that little guys is completely adorable!

Pinecone Camp said...

Thanks everyone for your welcoming comments. It's nice to be back though I miss Australia already!

Pooch Purple Reign said...

glad you are back safe. the flooding is fairly devastating to watch.
great looking cookies too
~laura x

Maria said...

welcome back janis!

red ticking said...

so glad you are ok... and my dream as a child was to have a koala for a pet (had no idea - thank goodness my parents get it!) he he

and the cookies look amazing,....

lots of prayers for all in australia... xx

sarah, flourish design + style said...

AGH! So cute!! Glad you are home safe and sound.. so sorry to hear you had decorations to take down upon your arrival :) x

shellie said...

sour cherries yum!

Charlie said...

I am glad you enjoyed your trip to Australia. Enjoyed your photos of Brighton...Flooding is tragic and it will be some time before things get back to normal.

Cookies look delicious !!

LAURA!!! said...

Glad you are back.
What a yummy treat and a cute friend!!

wishful nals said...

those cookies --- look sooo good!

jan said...

Nice to have you back! You keep trying to get us fat though! And oh i want to hug that new friend!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

welcome home...i missed you !!!!

so happy to see you today at farmhouse kitchen, my friend

the cookies look wonderful. i love the chocolate and the dried cherries...i will be making these very soon.

and i love that sweet little cub. what a cutie

so happy to visit here today, as always

kary and teddy

Catherine said...

Such a pretty blog ~ and such yummy looking cookies! But I think I gained 5 lbs just looking at them... ;)

The koala is adorable!

Charlotta Ward said...

Welcome back!
Glad you escaped the floods. It's all to scary!!

What a cute little friend. Koalas are marvelous.

Hope you pop in and pick up your award. Would love to read your list of seven..

x Charlotta

carnosine eye drops said...

Great, I just love the baked stuff, specially the biscuits and the baked potatoes. Very nice sharing dear. Keep posting such a nice stuff.

AnnaDrai said...

Bentornata! Welcome back!
From child my preferred animal was the koala :)
The cookies have to be delicious

christine, just bella said...

Welcome home to you!! I know what you mean, we were gone for 2 1/2 weeks after Christmas so I still have my decorations up too! Hopefully, this weekend... though my husband thinks we should just leave them up till next year ;)

Hello My Pretties said...

Aww he's SO cute!!

Millie said...

Delighted to hear you enjoyed your Aussie family holiday Janis in lovely Kyneton. Those cookies are nothing short of decadent, truly a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips kind of treat.
Millie x

StonehouseLove said...

those cookies just ruined my low carb plan-yum! xo

VeganBeauty2012 said...


Do you have any vegan baking recipes?
The beet cupcakes look delicious!