Baking Off

Today is the last day for entries into the Pillsbury Bake Off. Here are my two entries for this year.

Mojito Minis

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And Lemon-Lavender Glazed Sugar Cookies:

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This is my first year entering the contest. Creating a new recipe was much harder than I thought — especially since I don’t normally bake with packaged products. It took a couple tries to get the cookie glaze perfect — not too flowery, not too tart but in the end it is delicious. The filling for the Mojito Minis almost didn’t happen. I originally envisioned these as a bar cookie using sweetened condensed milk like key lime pie does but they came out kind of gross and mushy. This morning, I was struck with inspiration and remade a different type of filling from scratch — a microwave lime-mint curd-type filling. It also took a couple tries to get the consistency right but, at last, perfection! One thing that struck me (after my many flops, when it finally went right) was how quickly both of these come together. The cookies could be make at the last minute and you’d never know they weren’t from a boutique bakery. Same with the Mojito Minis — the actual cooking is quick and they can be assembled right before serving. Here’s hoping someone other than me thinks these are tasty! Orlando, here I come (I hope). ๐Ÿ™‚

4 Comments »

  1. Megan said

    Maybe we’ll be in Orlando together.๐Ÿ™‚ We should make our entries for each other, you know, so she can size up our competition.

  2. Nancy said

    Wow! I’m impressed. I hope you get chosen. I’ll bet the Mojito Minis get some attention.

  3. Christy said

    Lavender cupcakes are really easy, too (since you’re into herby things). I just use a french vanilla cake mix and whirl up 1 or 1.5 tbsp. of lavender and toss it in there. I use a lemon frosting and put a lemon curd filling (or lemon pie filling works very well) in them. Very springy and yummy. I’m loving your blog. Why didn’t you tell us sooner???

  4. Christy said

    Clarification – I whirl up the lavender in the food processor. ๐Ÿ™‚

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