Monday, December 15, 2014

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.. my Recipe

This year I made Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups to share with my fellow swappers and they were a hit :)  So much so that these will be going on the cookie platters I bring to friends and family this year.  I shipped all my cookies with some vanilla bean marshmallows too... ya know, for packing material ;)

Basically these are a sugar cookie cup filled with a homemade chocolate marshmallow and topped off with a vanilla candy wafer.


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

marshmallows - regular, chocolate or homemade in my case :)

vanilla candy wafers

Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a second large bowl and mix well. Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture 1 cup at a time. Chill the dough for 3 to 4 hours.

Here is where I deviated from the original recipe:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Roll the dough into 1" balls and place each ball into the well of a mini muffin tin.  Press a well into each ball with your fingers (or do like me and use the rounded end of a citrus reamer)

 Bake until the cookies are just beginning to brown around the edges, 8-10 minutes.

While the cookies are in the oven cut the marshmallows up.  If you're using a store bought marshmallow you're going to probably use half a regular sized marshmallow or two mini.  If you're using a homemade marshmallow I used about 1/8 of mine (I made them pretty big).

When the cookies come out of the oven put the marshmallows in the cups right away and top with a candy wafer.


Monday, December 8, 2014

New Products from Clearasil

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Clearasil. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation*

I was asked to try some new products from Clearasil with my son and then give a review. I received
Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Gel Wash and Clearasil Daily Clear Hydra-Blast Oil Free Face Wash. Clearasil is a brand that's stood the test of time having been around since 1940 and it's a brand that I haven't used since I was a teenager so I was really glad to be given the opportunity to try these new products.

I was excited to try something new and my son was as well, I've tried a few things but I can't usually use the same products he does because they dry out my skin too much and I've gotta be really careful with the stuff I buy him because benzoyl peroxide is really bad for his skin, not to mention it ruins absolutely everything from towels to pillowcases. (ugh, don't even get me started with how I know that)

The first product we tried was the Clearasil Ultra® Rapid Action Daily Gel Wash, it's dermatologist tested and I really liked it because it didn't dry out my skin or leave it feeling tight and uncomfortable. My son liked it because it was maximum strength medicine but it didn't burn or smell horrid like a lot of the medicated washes do.

The Clearasil Daily Clear Hydra-Blast Oil Free Face Wash is scientifically formulated with a moisturizing complex to leave your skin feeling soft and cared for and has become my nightly cleanser because it's gentle but cleans all the makeup residue off my face while leaving my skin feeling clean and healthy without drying it out.

All in all, we're both very happy with the new clearasil products and I will continue to use them.