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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas in Puerto Vallarta

It should be mentioned there are a few things obviously missing
in Puerto Vallarta during this season of celebration.

Beautiful snow covered pine trees and deep snow drifts for Santa's sled are nowhere to be found;
of course, they were probably also lacking
2,000 years ago in Bethlehem!

The average daily low temperature during the holidays is 65°F and the average high temperature is 80°F, resulting in the average daily temperature for this festive season of 72°F with clear blue skies and zero chance of rain;
it just doesn't get any better than this!

  • Hand-Made Ornaments, Painted Wood on Ribbons

Coffee-Cream Sandwich Cookies


U.S. Metric Conversion chart
1 large egg
2/3 cup(s) all-purpose flour
1/3 cup(s) sugar
2 1/2 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter, melted and cooled (see step 1)
1/2 cup(s) unsalted butter, at room temperature (see step 2)
3/4 teaspoon(s) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon(s) pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoon(s) instant espresso-coffee powder
2 cup(s) confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup(s) mascarpone cheese
2 tablespoon(s) mascarpone cheese, combined with above mentioned mascarpone cheese


1.Make the cookies: Combine the egg, flour, sugar, melted butter, baking powder, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Beat with a mixer set on low speed until smooth -- about 1 minute. Following manufacturer's instructions, make the cookies in a preheated pizelle iron: Using a generous 1/4-teaspoonful of batter per cookie, cook for 45 seconds to 1 minute. (Be careful: Unwatched batter will burn quickly.) Lift the cookie from the iron and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter.

2.Make the filling: Dissolve espresso powder in 2 teaspoons boiling water and let cool. Using a mixer set at medium speed, cream the softened butter in a medium bowl until smooth. Add confectioners' sugar and continue to beat until fluffy. Add espresso mixture and beat to incorporate. Stir in the mascarpone.

3.Assemble the cookies: Place 2 teaspoons filling between 2 cookies. Repeat with the remaining cookies. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Happy Holidays to Everyone

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