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Sunshine Snacks

Sunshine Snacks
Home Town: New York, New York, USA
Living In: Eastchester, New York, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2014
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Italian, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Biking, Photography, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I am just a teenager working my way through high school, trying to get good grades, keep up with sports, and spend time with friends. However, I've always loved baking and whenever a holiday, friend's birthday, or even a bake sale comes around, I take advantage to look up new recipes and expand my cooking/baking skills. For some reason, knowing what it took to make something, and that you made it with your own hands, that makes the something taste twice as amazing!
My favorite things to cook
I LOVE baking and I'll make brownies, cupcakes, cookies, cakes, crepes, muffins, and pies without discrimination. However, every now and then I play around with bacon cheese burgers, pancakes, omelets, and different pasta recipes. I also enjoy making smoothies and milkshakes. If I can make it, I will make it. I think it's really fun and exciting to try new recipes, and even new foods, each time I cook. In the end, my favorites will still probably be my sweet baked goods, but I still like cooking all kinds of foods.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom can't cook. She can heat up a can of soup, or microwave a frozen dinner, but she can't COOK anything. This makes my dad the chef of the house (although I would help him out in the kitchen when I was little), but he refuses to bake. He claims baked food is too unhealthy, and usually it is, so he never bothers to try baking. Therefore, as soon as I could understand a basic cook book, I began attempting to make simple things such as chocolate chip cookies. They were often a complete failure, but I kept trying until they weren't terrible. That made me the baker of the house.
My cooking triumphs
Brownies: first thing I ever made that actually turned out successful Apple Crumble Pie: first pie I ever made, and the best apple pie I have tasted in my entire life Key Lime Pie: although surprisingly easy to make, I made a couple careless errors and thought the pie would go to waste, but my dad, who's a huge fan of key lime pies, said it was exceptional and I had to agree with him on that
My cooking tragedies
Cookies: although I have gotten a bit better, I have never been great at cookies. I have ruined many, many batches, and the ones that do come out well harden like rocks in less than a day. I don't know what to do to fix this, and if anyone can give me some suggestions it would be much appreciated.
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Red Velvet Cake I
The cake was absolutely AMAZING after substituting 1 cup oil for shortening 1/2 cup shortening, 2 cups sugar for 1 1/2 cups sugar, and adding an extra tablespoon of cocoa powder, which was what several other people recommended. However, the icing recipe simply did not taste good to me. I didn't have time to try out another icing recipe so I had to use store bought icing. Other than the icing though, the modified cake was perfect.

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Reviewed On: May 26, 2014
Easy Sugar Cookies
I agree with the other comments that about 1/2 cup less flour should be used in this recipe, and I also added an extra 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract for flavor. My dough would not stick together so I had to add some extra melted butter as well to save the recipe. I still gave these cookies four stars because, despite the dryness of using too much flour, they do taste really good. However, I think I may try a new sugar cookie recipe next time.

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Reviewed On: May 15, 2014
Righteous Raspberry Brownies
I'm always a bit skeptical of less tried recipes, but these really proved themselves. My family just could not stop eating them! I used Marianne's formula for self rising flour by adding 1/2 tsp salt and 1 1/2 tsp baking powder to 1 cup all-purpose flour (thanks Marianne!), regular sugar (not exactly sure what was meant by "superfine sugar"), semisweet chocolate chips, and about 2/3 a cup of fresh raspberries. They finished baking just under 40 minutes and they were perfect! I will definitely make these again.

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Reviewed On: May 15, 2014

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