|Ryan's 1st selfie & his 1st AM girl|
But today is not about "selfies," it's about COOKIES! So get over to JZ's page and figure out how you can bake up some of those awesome cookie recipes out there.
But speaking of words and cookies another trendy word out there these days is OPA, thanks to some festive Greeks and a Korean rapper. Apparently OPA is as much of a lifestyle as it is a word that has meaning. Strictly speaking I believe the word could be translated in the American lexicon as oops in the sense of the Greek word! As in oops I broke that plate, or oops I drank too much, or oops I screwed the wrong maid of honor at that wedding and now she is talking about our kid's names! Anyway Opa has evolved (or devolved) into a catch-all term for enjoying some total craziness and partying (which btw I need to consult Oxford to see when "to party" became a verb, I think it was some time in the 80's). In the Korean lexicon Oppa is a respectful term a young girl would give to her older FWB (e.g. I gave my Oppa my best blow job because he took me on a ski and spa weekend to Nagano). And of course that crazy Korean rapper Psy brought that term to the states a little over a year ago.
But all of that book learnin' is just fun and games so here is a Big Fat Way to enjoy some Big Fat Opa by baking some Big Fat Greek Cookies for your Big Fat Opa-filled Holiday Season - Enjoy!
* The special ingredient is the Rose Water which gives the cookies a hint of licorice flavor or perhaps even a hint of Anise!
3 Cups Flour
1 Cup Butter
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
2 Egg Yolks
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Crushed Almonds
Beat butter for five minutes until fluffy. Add the egg yolks and continue beating until egg blended with butter. Add flour into mixture gradually until combined then add almonds in the same manner. Knead mixture until completely mixed and fluffy. Shape the dough into cookies or balls or other desired shape (e.g. Reindeer, Elf penis, etc). Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, until bottom is golden brown. Remove from oven, sprinkle with Rose Water and coat with powdered sugar.
* Btw these are vegan if you love animals but still have a sweat tooth!
2 Cups Vegetable Oil
1 Cup Sugar
9 Cups Flour
1/4 Cup Brandy (2 cups if you plan on drinking it during the baking) :)
3/4 Cups Orange Juice
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
2 Cups Crushed Walnuts and/or Almonds
For Syrup: 1.5 Cups of Sugar, 1.5 Cups of Water, 1.5 Cups of Honey
For the syrup mix the water and honey together in a sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Slowly stir in sugar until completely dissolved into syrup. Leave sauce at low boil for 5 minutes and then reduce heat to below simmer.
For the cookies in a mixer beat the oil, sugar, brandy, and OJ until completely combined. Add flour, baking soda, and orange zest and slowly combine completely into a dough. Form dough into cookies and sprinkle lightly with crushed nuts and cinnamon as desired. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
After cookies are baked dip them into the syrup and coat with remaining walnuts.
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