Snowball Cookies!

Wow have I really been gone that long? How time flies!! Recently work has been very busy and I have had a ton of changes in my life! So I recently haven’t been doing any Pinterest-ing but I do have some things from the holidays to share! I  have had a major lifestyle change and have cleaned up my eating along with doing DDP Yoga (check it out it’s freaking awesome) so anything new I post will be healthier 🙂

Peacan Cookies Ingredients

2 cups flour, all purpose

2 cups finely chopped pecans (any nut really)

1 cup softened butter

Powdered Sugar

Toss everything but the powdered sugar into a bowl and combine, dough will be crumbly.

Dry ingredients

Dry ingredients

Finished dough

Finished dough

See how crumbly it is? This is normal since there is no egg to really make it stick like other cookie doughs. Scoop dough and form into roughly 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet.

Rolled and ready to bake

Rolled and ready to bake

Bake at 325 for 18-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Once out of the oven allow to cool for five minutes then roll them in powdered sugar.

Roll in powdered sugar after baking.

Roll in powdered sugar after baking.

Let them cool completely then roll in a second coat of powdered sugar

After cooling roll again in powdered sugar.

After cooling roll again in powdered sugar

These are very crumbly cookies so don’t be alarmed if they crumble slightly when you roll them around the powdered sugar. These are delicious, melt in your mouth cookies and I love making them! I always will make me a hot chai tea latte and then sit down to enjoy a few while I admire the sparking Christmas lights 🙂

Happy Pinning!

Copycat Starbucks Chai Tea Latte

OK tonight I was going to post about homemade pop tarts but as I was making them I realized it was a 2 day process! I got half of it done and the rest will be completed tomorrow morning. I am documenting everything so I can make a big post about it tomorrow! Well that left tonight with nothing to post until I saw at the very bottom of my cooking board a tiny pin from when I started pinning a year ago.

The Pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/72057662758213519/

I am a HUGE fan of Starbucks Chai Tea Latte (nonfat, no water, with  toffee nut flavoring…or pumpkin in the fall please! 😉 ). But it got to the point where I was an unemployed, single mother who went to school full time. I had no money and no time for my Starbucks fix…until I got the idea of making it at home. I didn’t know if it was possible so I asked the Barista at a Starbucks in Target and she told me to buy the Tazo Chai Tea Concentrate and mix equal amounts milk and concentrate. I asked how to incorporate the flavoring and she said buy some syrup, like Torani, and add it in. Well I tried this and yuck!! Then i got the idea to use flavored coffee creamer! So I tinkered with my recipe and I came up with this:

3/4 cup Tazo Chai Tea Concentrate

1/4 cup flavored creamer

1/2 cup milk

Ingredients

Ingredients

Mix well in either a saucepan or a glass measuring cup. If you used a saucepan then heat on the stove until it is your preferred temperature. If you used a glass measuring cup place in microwave and heat until desired temperature.

Ready to heat!

Ready to heat!

Once hot pour in mug and enjoy!

Ready to drink!

Ready to drink!

Tips from me:

#1 I do the 3/4 cup since it fills my standard size coffee cups, I used a bigger one this time since it was clear and easier to see when photographed. If you use a bigger cup increase the ingredients to 1 cup mix, 3/4 cup milk, and 1/4 creamer.

#2 I do not have a way to steam milk like they do at Starbucks so this will taste slightly different then theirs. But it’s close enough to give me my fix without paying $5 a cup!

Now that I have a better paying job I do on occasion splurge at Starbucks but this gets me by! It also has helped since I moved out a big city for work to a small town and the nearest Starbucks in about an hour away!

 

Happy Pinning!