Thursday, August 30, 2012

Chocolate Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose G/F flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips . Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or just until set. Cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Harry Potter Party

A selection of Harry Potter Themed Treats, surprisingly uncomplicated. 
I used some old books and chocolate coins for extra effect.  

Butter-beer: Butterscotch syrup, ginger beer and whipped cream or ice-cream to top.
Broomsticks: Paper bag filled with popcorn tied with pretzel stick.
Golden Snitch: Ferrero Rocher with cut out paper wings 
Chocolate frogs: Paper boxes filled with chocolate frog. (see below)
Pumpkin Pasties and Quidditch Cup Pies 

The Daily Prophet: an important part of the Harry Potter world.
Ours was created using publisher and various stories 
and pictures from the internet, see the link below.

The Daily Prophet

Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans

I used a mix of the small boxes of gross flavoured beans with nice flavoured ones from the jelly bean co.
These are available at The British Lolly Shop or on-line.

Chocolate Frogs:  While you can buy these, they are $4.50 per frog. 
So I made these boxes and filled them with generic chocolate frogs. 

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