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Finally a Cookie!

In Cookies on October 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm

I am trying not to eat too many cookies these days. I actually haven’t been baking much at all, but the babe is getting a tooth (or possibly even teeth) and I needed a little cookie pick me up. The pediatrician said that the pain associated with cutting a tooth is equivalent to an adult breaking a bone. First of all, that sounds horrible, but second of all, how could that possibly be known? It’s not like a 6 month old can tell you how much pain they are in. I broke down and gave her some Tylenol today. The homeopathic teething tablets just weren’t cutting it. Then she ate some bananas and I had a cookie. We all felt better.

Start with a bag of Guittard chocolate chips.

I purchased this bag because it said “extra dark chocolate” on it. They weren’t kidding, but I really like the intensity of this chocolate. I followed the recipe for “Double Dark Chocolate Cookies” on the back of the bag.

I followed the recipe exactly.

Delicious!

Fresh out of the oven, the cookies taste like a molten chocolate cake. You know those little cakes that are cookie-ish on the outside and ooze with warm chocolate on the inside? I LOVE those cakes. I would eat one right this second if someone would make it, bring it to me and then clean my dish afterwards.

In other news, the babe, Dan and I are going to Healdsburg, CA later this week. We are absolutely insane, and I don’t know why I ever agreed to this trip. The babe is going to cry for the whole flight and wake up at 4AM every morning. If I survive, I’ll post a new blog entry next week.

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Mrs. Fields

In Cookies on November 1, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Who doesn’t love Mrs. Fields? Honestly, I hadn’t thought much about her until recently. We were visiting friends in Maryland, and our host made these delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies. I couldn’t get enough of them. I even took a baggie of them “to go” for our car ride home. Her recipe? Mrs. Fields!

There is a shocking (well, it was shocking to me) secret in this recipe. Mrs. Fields takes oatmeal, grinds it into a fine powder, and then adds it to the cookie dough. CRAZY!!!

I put some Quaker Oats into my mini prep....

A few pulses later, it looks like this!

I am not sure how Mrs. Fields came up with this technique, but it makes a really delicious chocolate chip cookie. The rest of the recipe is pretty standard.

This is a hearty dough...a little thicker than my typical cookie dough.

Scoop out the cookies as usual.

Then bake at 375° for 6-8 minutes. Mine took the full 8 minutes. I have to say, these cookies are really magnificent (especially when they are still warm). If I had to rate this cookie, I would say that I prefer the dough of the Nestle Tollhouse cookie. But once the cookies are baked, I prefer the Mrs. Fields cookie.

They are best fresh out of the oven. Enjoy!

Applesauce Cookies with Maple Syrup Glaze

In Cookies, Fruit on September 29, 2010 at 9:33 am

Applesauce and oatmeal cookies with maple syrup glaze. The perfect cookie for Autumn!

Remember that applesauce I made? I had an ulterior motive. I used a lot of it to make cookies. I have baked breads with applesauce before but never a cookie. You should try it. They are great!

Follow Martha’s recipe.

Make the batter as instructed. This batter is more wet than a typical cookie dough.

Bake the cookies for 13 minutes and then let them cool completely. Do not even consider icing them before they are totally cool to the touch.

While the cookies are cooking and cooling, make the icing. The icing is made of powdered sugar, maple syrup and water. I recommend adding the water 1 tablespoon at a time. I found that after one tablespoon of water, my icing was good. I think that it would have been too runny if I had used all 3 tablespoons of water.

Aren't they cute? I love the addition of the icing. They taste great too. Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

In Cookies, Pie on September 24, 2010 at 10:59 am

I use a lot of different types of chocolate in my baking: semi-sweet, dark, white, milk, etc. Inevitably, I end up with about 1/2 of a cup of all these different types of chocolate. It’s not really enough to do anything with, so they end up just sitting in the pantry. It was annoying me to have all these little half bags of chips around so I decided to just throw them all into some cookie dough and see what happened. I used a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe, but instead of using semi sweet morsels, I used a combination of all chocolates in the pantry (and a few peanut butter chips)!

Since I was already getting creative, I also decided to make a pie shaped cookie.

My dough was slightly chilled so it was hard to spread in the pie plate. Sorry it's a little messy!

I baked this guy for about 30 minutes. I kept a close watch over it. I didn't want the edges to be too browned.

Multi-chocolate chip (and some peanut butter) pie!

I don’t think I let this dessert realize its full potential. How awesome would this be with a scoop of ice cream and some chocolate syrup? Sick!! I sliced this baby up and put it in the freezer. I enjoyed every piece.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

In Cookies on September 14, 2010 at 9:43 am

I have made a lot of strange cookies lately (orange and pine nut? snickerdoodles? lime meltaways?). I don’t know what I was thinking. I was insane experimenting, I guess. There is really no good reason to make cookies without one of the following ingredients: chocolate, oatmeal or peanut butter. I reclaimed my good senses and recently made Nestle Tollhouse Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookies.  You can find the recipe here.

This is some of the best cookie dough I've ever tasted. I was reluctant to even bake the cookies. I could just eat the dough.

I ended up making some cookies though. They turned out great. Dan declared them as his "favorite cookie yet".

Did you know that cookie dough freezes really well? I made one sheet of cookies and froze the rest of the dough. When you are ready to bake more, just let the dough thaw overnight and proceed as usual with scooping out the dough and baking the cookies.

Sorry I’ve been a little MIA. I have been feeling a little uninspired in the kitchen. I mean, how many cookies can I really bake? I am realizing that daily posting probably isn’t feasible long-term.

In other news, I’m obsessed with fall fashions, and I am seriously considering what boot to buy for the season. These Frye boots are my favorite, but I need a bonus or a major sale to afford them. I’m on a mission to find a similar boot for 1/3 the price! Let me know if you see any good boot sales out there!

Lime Meltaways

In Cookies, Fruit on September 9, 2010 at 9:41 am

This is kind of a fun and different cookie. It’s very appropriate for a summer dessert. The lime and powdered sugar flavors make a really great sweet and sour combo. This is one of Martha’s “cookie of the day” recipes. If you’re interested, you can find the recipe here.

Here are the ingredients!

If you follow the instructions, the dough comes together very easily. It’s really simple. Anyone can make this cookie! I did make a few alterations. The recipe yields 10 dozen cookies! My goodness, I surely don’t need 120 cookies around the house! I chose to half the recipe. Not a problem. Once the dough is done, the recipe says to chill it for an hour. I chilled mine overnight.

Slice the cookies into rounds and put them on a prepared baking sheet.

When the cookies are done, take them out of the oven and let them cool a bit. Then toss them in a bag of powdered sugar. I was in a hurry and didn't let the cookies cool quite long enough....some of the sugar got clumpy. Martha's photo is much better!

Overall, the lime meltaways were a success. The taste was great. I would take a little more care next time in my cookie shape. My logs of dough were not quite perfect, and therefore, my cookies were not a pretty circle shape. And, the whole powdered sugar thing didn’t go so well for me. The sugar started to melt and stick into clumps. That was also my fault. I just didn’t take the time to do it like Martha would!

Orange and Pine Nut Cookies

In Cookies, Fruit on September 7, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Sounds weird, right? A little. I must admit, the name of the recipe is just not that enticing. Honestly, the cookies aren’t that great either. I gave it a whirl….thought I might find a new, interesting cookie. Oh well…they are still pretty good. They just aren’t going to blow your socks off or anything.

As you might have guessed, there are two main flavors in this cookie. Orange and....

Toasted pine nuts.

I got this recipe from Fine Cooking. I added a little orange juice to the dough because it was too crumbly. Otherwise, I followed the instructions exactly.

After you make the dough, you roll the cookies into little balls and then coat them with sugar. Then you flatten the cookie before baking (like this).

Here they are freshly baked!

I think these might be good with coffee or tea. The citrus flavor is more pronounced than the pine nut flavor.

This is a good cookie to make if you’re dieting. Not necessarily because they are low cal…because you could probably just have a bite and be done.

Oh Martha.

In Cookies on August 24, 2010 at 7:36 am

I have really enjoyed the “cookie of the day” e-mails I receive from Martha (Stewart that is). I am quickly collecting a large file of cookie recipes that I really want to try.

I made these “Chocolate Charms” because they looked cute and I had all the ingredients on hand. The dough comes together very quickly.

The dough is made of butter, flour, sugar, eggs, salt, vanilla extract and unsweetened cocoa powder.

The recipe instructs to chill the dough for an hour, but I actually left it in the refrigerator overnight. When I was ready to bake the cookies, I let the dough sit at room temperature for about an hour.

Wow. Look at that giant block of ice in the back of the fridge. I guess I better call a repairman. It's always something, right?

Shape the dough into little balls and bake for 22-25 minutes. My cookies were ready on the early side.

Once the cookies are cool and you are ready to serve them, give them a little sprinkle of cocoa powder.

The cookies smell great. Chance agrees!

Martha’s chocolate charms are really tasty and pretty. They taste like a chocolate shortbread cookie. Enjoy!

Giant Snickerdoodles!

In Cookies on August 13, 2010 at 7:47 am

Snickerdoodles are a type of sugar cookie that have been rolled in cinnamon sugar. They are sooooo delicious. Despite the name, they actually are not at all like a Snickers candy bar.

Snickerdoodles taste just like Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

I followed this recipe from Cooking Light. I did everything as instructed, with one exception. I made giant cookies!

The recipe yields 30 cookies. I almost doubled the size of mine to make 18 cookies. I ate some of the dough (really tasty), so I probably could have made 19 cookies.

The cookies crack on top while baking.

These are crispy cookies - not chewy. They are awesome!

I hope you will make Snickerdoodles this weekend. One of the great things about this cookie is that you probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry.  Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend and see you next week!

Cherry, Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Cookies

In Cookies on August 9, 2010 at 7:23 am

This might just be my favorite new oatmeal cookie.

I love the tart cherry flavor combined with dark chocolate. And the oatmeal adds great chewy texture. I found this recipe in Cooking Light. They promote it as a “heart smart” cookie. Evidently cherries can reduce the risk of heart disease. They also have a lot of other health benefits. You can read more about that here!

I followed the instructions exactly. Your dough should look like this.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets.

Bake for 12 minutes and they are done!

Eat 2! They are good for your heart!