Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Moon Sometimes Looks Like C but You Can't Eat It!

Ryan's 1st selfie & his 1st AM girl
Did you know that the Oxford Dictionary's word of the year is "selfie!"  This is our moment!  AM gave the "selfie" a true raison d'etre.  Before online dating the "selfie" was just a vanity plate for your Facebook page - now it has a mission and purpose!  Of course I'm not sure why Oxford is celebrating the "selfie" as the reason we are all so into "selfies" is because we spend all our time on our smart phones and because we are always on our smart phones we for sure don't need no dang Oxford Dictionary!

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!

Almond Cookies (Kourabiedes)
*  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
Powdered Sugar
Rose Water

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.

Walnut Syrup Cookies (Melomakarouna)
*  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
Orange Zest
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.

Here is our fabulous cast of celebrity Cookie chef!

Bakers 2013:


Jz said...

I think for the complete effect, one should listen to Nana Mousskouri's Christmas album while whipping these up. :-)

These look super -- altho' that tease about a penis-shaped melomakarouna was a bit cruel...

Thanks for playing along again, Mr. Ryan!

Sillyone said...

So trying the walnut syrup cookies. I think the picture sold me

ronnie said...

Thanks for sharing. Almonds and walnuts my favourite nuts. Like the sound of the walnut syrup cookies.


Terpsichore said...

the walnut syrup cookies look delicious...thank-you for sharing :-)

Anonymous said...

Opa! Love your cookies selections! Love your music selections on the sidebar. Happy Holidays!

Cat said...

I absolutely love walnuts! Am going to try the Walnut Syrup Cookies this weekend! Thanks for sharing.


Ashly Star said...

Mmm these look good! I'll definitely be saving this recipe to try it out later. Thanks for sharing!