A cookies’ texture and color can be largely determined by whether vegetable shortening or butter is used as the base. I love both types of cookies, but always forget how perfect a shortening cookies can be: lightly crisp on the edges and perfect coloring. These cookies are simply flavored and delicious straight from the oven or from the freezer! (I do love a frozen cookie on a hot day!)
Sometimes vanilla ice cream just isn’t right. Don’t get me wrong – vanilla is great, especially homemade, but when I want something a little different I reach for…..marshmallow creme. Yes, the fluffy white confection that many keep on hand only for Christmas fudge. Whipped into ice cream, marshmallow creme becomes ribbons of sweet cream, flavoring the ice cream just enough. It can be enjoyed in place of vanilla or stand on its own as a delicious dessert.
Young or old, there is something special about mint chocolate chip ice cream! For kids, I think it’s the bits of chocolate candy. For adults, it’s the smooth and creamy mint flavor. Either way this is an all-time favorite that can easily be adapted to make at home. And just between you and me, I think mine tastes better than any boughten!
This week, I had to throw in an especially unique ice cream (and a personal favorite). You may not think of dried lavender as a normal ingredient in the kitchen, but it is a French staple. Lavender adds such a simple and subtle flavor. And accentuated with honey, you may find this ice cream to be a new favorite.