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What to do with melted butter and brown sugar?

Ooh, your caramel suggestion gave me an idea -- if it works to keep it in the fridge for a bit and re-melt it later, I'm going to make some caramel popcorn.

Jun 05, 2012
curlyspice in Home Cooking

What to do with melted butter and brown sugar?

I am making chocolate chip cookies and accidentally melted my butter instead of softened it.

Now I have 2 c. of brown sugar and 2 c. melted butter mixed together.

I know that cookies *can* be made with melted butter, but I don't want crisp cookies -- I'm really going for soft.

Any ideas on what to make with my sad butter/sugar mixture?

Thanks!

Jun 05, 2012
curlyspice in Home Cooking

Make-ahead desserts? Freezing cookies?

It's going to be 87 and we have no A/C so while I love the idea of baking cookies on the day-of, I think it's asking for trouble.

So the question is, do I make the cookies the day before and seal them in an airtight container overnight? Or bake them now and freeze them until Saturday?

Here's what I'm thinking for the rest of the menu:
-Cheesy Turkey in a crock pot
-Assorted crudites
-Chips or pita bread
-Black bean dip
-Hummus
-Spinach dip
-Maybe an orzo or pasta salad?

In the garage, where the party will be centered, I'll put out cookies, m&ms, glazed nuts, and maybe pretzles or flavored popcorn.

Thoughts? There'll be a keg in the garage (yes, we're classy) -- if I'm also putting out a few bottles of wine, would you put them inside or out?

Jun 04, 2012
curlyspice in Home Cooking

Make-ahead desserts? Freezing cookies?

Greetings,

I am hosting a big housewarming party this weekend and I'd love to make as much as possible in advance.

I'm looking for make-ahead dessert ideas. I'm resigned to having to make chocolate chip cookies because they're simple, but even those would need to be made in advance.

How long could I refrigerate the dough? Can I refrigerate formed dough balls?

Should I make the cookies in advance and freeze them instead?

Any other good make-ahead desserts?

I'm also thinking dip and pasta salad in marinades that "get better as they sit" -- open to ideas on those too.

Thanks!

Jun 04, 2012
curlyspice in Home Cooking

Convection conversion baking - temp is auto; what about time?

I just purchased a new GE Profile dual fuel range wth convection.

The manual says that when using convection bake, the TEMP converts automatically (you enter in the temp from the recipe and the range automaticaly adjusts it down) but it says the TIME does not convert.

So my question is: do I need to adjust the time? If so, how much?

I'd like to bake both cookies (supposed to be 8-10 minutes in a regular oven) as well as bread (1 hour 10 minutes) tomorrow and I have no idea if and how to adjust the times.

Thank you!!

Feb 23, 2012
curlyspice in Home Cooking

HELP! Parchment paper stuck to bagels!

OK I realized that was a dumb question; I flipped the bagels with the parchment paper and used a pastry brush to brush water on the paper, let it sit for 60 seconds and peeled it right off. Thank you thank you thank you goodhealthgourmet!!!

Dec 16, 2010
curlyspice in Home Cooking

HELP! Parchment paper stuck to bagels!

No, it's parchment paper (believe me, I've made the wax mistake before). The bagels have various toppings, some of which are sugary, but even the non-sugary ones (I made four different kinds) are completey stuck on. I'm scared to spritz it with water because I can't see how that will get under the loosen it, won't it just = soggy bagel? Do you mean spritz on the UNDERSIDE of the paper?

Thank you so much!

Dec 16, 2010
curlyspice in Home Cooking

HELP! Parchment paper stuck to bagels!

My bagels looked beautiful coming out of the oven, but they are horribly stuck to the parchment paper! I oiled the paper, but apparently not enough. Is there a trick to getting the paper off or do I just have to cut the bottom of the bagel? :(

Dec 16, 2010
curlyspice in Home Cooking