Yearly Archives: 2011

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

A recipe for a large cookie with chunks of chocolate.

Source: Cookie Madness, a great blog with lots of fun recipes.

Yield: 24-36 cookies

Okay, yes this is very similar to chocolate chip. Very similar indeed. Some say the world has no need of another chocolate chip cookie recipe, but I disagree.

I actually really enjoyed this cookie. It is really big, with an amazing texture. You must have a tall glass of very cold milk with it, and I mean that sincerely. I am not much of a milk-lover, myself, but this is one of the few perfect uses for milk. As it turned out, my junior high boys walked through the door with their friends, right as I was putting these cookies in the oven. I convinced them to hang around for a few minutes and be my taste testers. It didn’t take much talking to convince them!

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Baking for One

I found this review for a fun cookbook called Small-Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers.  Apparently there is a chocolate chip cookie recipe that takes 20 minutes and has a yield of just 8 cookies.

I haven’t much use for a recipe that only makes enough for one person, myself.  However, I wanted to share it with you, since I think it is a great concept and the book has some great reviews.

Cream Cheese Cookies

A quick and simple recipe for a soft and creamy cookie.

Source:  This is another recipe from my mother-in-law’s very old Betty Crocker cooky book.

Yield: about 3-4 dozen cookies

This cookie sounded so good in the recipe book.  I mean, I love cream cheese, and I frankly think that it’s hard to go wrong with cream cheese and basically any other food.  Cream cheese and onions?  YES!  Cream cheese and marinara sauce? YES! Cream cheese and crab?  This is actually the only way I’ll eat crab.  So cream cheese and a cake mix was a no-brainer.

This recipe is deceptively similar to the Oreo Cookies I posted some time ago.  They both use a box cake mix, which makes them both easy and versatile.  This recipe called for a yellow cake mix or a devils food cake mix.  I was really in the mood for chocolate (as usual), but when I checked my pantry I found about 4 yellow cake mixes and only one chocolate.  Bummer.

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Amish Friendship Bread

It’s kind of funny, but Amish bread is a staple of Mormon culture. It’s been several months, maybe a year or more since I made it.

I recently reconnected with some friends. Several years ago, when I was a youth leader at church, I became close to a couple dozen teenage girls. Needless to say, they are not teenagers anymore, and many of them have moved from the area. Anyway, I invited some that I rarely if ever see over for Sunday dinner. One of them brought me a starter for the friendship bread.

This girl said she was sick of it, because it had gone around their apartment building so much. It turns out, she only had one flavor… the vanilla with cinnamon. A tragedy, if you ask me. I think the fun of this recipe is the variations. Since the favoring comes from instant pudding mix, there are lots of options.

Here are a few I have tried:
Chocolate pudding with chocolate chips
Banana cream pudding with bananas and walnuts
Coconut pudding with shredded coconut
Lemon pudding with poppy seeds
Butterscotch pudding with butterscotch chips

The options are practically endless. As you can see from my list, I’m not even that creative. If someone gives you a starter, I recommend keeping it, and making lots of bread. The bread freezes really well, and its a great snack for last minute guests.  Sometimes I make them up as muffins, too, for another variation.

Incidentally, if you want the recipe, I’ve posted it as a note on my Facebook page. You’ll have to get your own starter though. I don’t know how to make that, and I hear the recipe is a closely guarded secret!

Macaroons

A simple recipe for a coconut meringue cookie.

Source: Food Network, this recipe was from Alton Brown.

Yield: About 2 1/2 to 3 dozen

Macaroons are not a part of my background.  In fact, I have never made them before today.  I thought they would be appropriate for my family, however, because of this kind of strange food preference situation we have.  Some members of my family are extremely picky.  One thinks everything is “too chocolatey.” (Is there such a thing?) Others hate nuts.  But, with our various forms of pickyness, all of us love coconut.  I realize coconut isn’t for everyone, but it is for us!  So, this cookie is a good fit.

I went looking for a good recipe, and I found a ton.  There are a lot of recipes out there that make this simple recipe even more fun and fancy.  Some are “snow capped” or “chocolate topped” or the like.  For today, however, I wanted to just start with the basics.  Alton Brown is always a good resource for that.

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Gateau Cookies

A soft lemon cookie, filled with orange marmalade and topped with icing.

Source: Betty Crocker Cooky Book… a very old one, from the 1960’s, I think.

Yield: varies widely.  I ended up with about 3 dozen, but it could easily have been more.

I was looking for something new and fun to try, so I went diving into my mother-in-laws old cook books.  (Don’t be surprised if I post more recipes from this source!) I will say that this is by far and away the fussiest, the fanciest, the most fragile cookie I have ever made.  I am not a person with a passion for tedium, so these cookies tested my patience.  The fact that I made them at 11:00 pm while in a bad mood didn’t help.  The results, however, were better than I expected.  Quite delicious!

One of the main reasons I decided to make this cookie this week was one of the ingredients, the orange marmalade.  I never, and I mean never, have orange marmalade in the house.  I like it okay, but the rest of my family flatly refuses to eat it.  I don’t think I have ever even purchased it.  But, a friend of mine gave me a jar of homemade orange marmalade and I have been enjoying it in small doses for several weeks now.  I thought, if I am ever going to make this cookie, I ought to do it now, while I know I have marmalade to use.  I won’t lie… a piece of me was sad to see it go into a cookie.  I means no more marmalade for toast or crackers.  But it found an excellent home, so I couldn’t stay sad long.

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Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheels

Sugar cookie dough infused with chocolate and peppermint and swirled into a lovely pinwheel.

Source: Alton Brown, on the Food Network Site.

Yield: about 20 giant cookies

Perhaps the only flavor combination to come close to the amazing wonder of chocolate and peanut butter together is chocolate and peppermint.  For years I have been telling people that my favorite ice cream is peppermint… smothered in hot fudge.  (Unfortunately, good peppermint ice cream is not easy to come by.  I personally prefer the variety made at the Utah State University creamery, which is, even more unfortunately, only available seasonally.)   When I found this recipe, I was very excited to try it.  It has all my favorite things in it.

You may have noticed that my batch did not turn out exactly professional looking.  In fact, they are downright ugly.  My husband advised me to make a new batch before posting, but I disagreed.  I will, however, explain why mine turned out so weird-looking so you can avoid this mistake.

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Butter and Jam Thumbprints

A simple butter cookie with jam filling.

Source: Food Network Kitchens

Yield: about 3 dozen cookies

The thumbprint cookie has always seemed like something of a staple of Americana to me.  A butter cookie filled with jam; what could be nicer?  Nevertheless, today was my first time ever making them.  I can’t even say why this is, but I blame my family.  I don’t remember ever having thumbprint cookies at my house, or my grandparents homes, or even the homes of close friends.  Maybe they just weren’t popular in my neighborhood.

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Chocolate Waffle Iron Cookies

A very quick recipe for a chocolate cookie baked in a waffle iron.

Source: My son’s junior high cooking class.

Yield: about 30-40 little blobs

My son is required to take this class at school which takes them through several practical vocational studies, including computers and bookkeeping, wood and metal shop, and cooking and sewing.  Surprisingly to me, he liked computers the least.  He really enjoys cooking and baking, and was very excited the day he brought home this recipe.  He made them for the family, and they disappeared in less than 30 minutes.  This is when I knew I needed to try it myself.

I have rarely come across a cookie that was easier or faster to make.  Even the stove-top no-bake cookies need time to cool.  These can be eaten in less than 10 minutes from the moment you decide to make them.  I’ll admit, they are not fancy, they don’t look cute on a nice platter.  They look like little blobs of dough that have been in a waffle iron… because that is exactly what they are.  However, when you have a house full of junior high age boys after school, and they need a snack, these are the perfect solution.

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