If you're like me, you are likely in full holiday mode right now, tackling one to do list item after another. The Christmas cards are in the mail, the gift shopping is almost done, and I've got my wrapping paper and ribbons out and ready to go. What more is there to do? Lots of baking, of course!
This weekend, my mom, sisters, and I will have our annual cookie baking day. Each year it gets more and more fun as the kids are able to participate. Julia is an old pro in the cookie baking department, but we are looking forward to two more little helpers this year, as my two-year-old twin nieces are now just old enough to join in. Which leads me to the next item on my to-do list... deciding ... [Continue Reading]
A real s'more, made with a warm, gooey marshmallow that has just been toasted over a crackling fire, is a real treat. It's not surprising that s'more-inspired treats have been popping up on blogs in all corners of the internet this summer. There is just something special about s'mores, and I can't help but pin so many of these treats. The only s'more dessert that I've actually made this summer, though, are these cookies (plus a few microwave s'mores, which can't compare to the real thing).
I actually made two batches of these cookies in a row, one week and then the next, because I liked them so much. Which surprised me because I was not sure how much I liked these when I first tasted ... [Continue Reading]
The other day after lunch I had a serious cookie craving. So although I had a to-do list a mile long, I used some of the precious minutes of the kids' afternoon naptime to bake these cookies. Like me, you were probably caught by the words “brown butter” in the title of these cookies. These are pretty much your basic chocolate chip cookie, but with a more complex flavor thanks to the brown butter. If you're careful not to overbake them, the cookies will be soft and chewy with just a little crispness around the edges.
I was almost hesitant to post these, because I've already shared a number of favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes with you. But then I thought, can you ever have too many ... [Continue Reading]
Have you started your holiday baking yet? Each year my mom, sisters, and I spend a day baking dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies. Last year was the first one where Julia was really able to participate, and she helped roll many a little ball of dough in powdered sugar or chopped nuts. Seeing her excitement for all of the little joys of the season makes this time of year extra special.
We haven't had our baking day yet this year, but Julia and I did make these gingerbread cookies together this past weekend. As a kid, I always decorated the gingerbread boys and girls with M&M's, cinnamon red hots (are they even called red hots anymore?), and raisins. So that's what Julia and I used and ... [Continue Reading]
Sometimes, you want a sugar cookie, but don't want to go through the process of rolling out dough, cutting out shapes, and decorating. For those times, these soft frosted sugar cookies are the perfect solution. They're quick and easy to make, and turn out just as cute as decorated sugar cookies, especially if you add some fun sprinkles.
The cookies are super soft and just about melt in your mouth. I've made them a couple of times now, and this last time I made them in mini size. I like the mini size so much better than the large cookies; they are just the right size for snacking. The large cookies, while delicious, were a bit much to eat in one sitting.
These cookies are fun to make ... [Continue Reading]
Last week we celebrated my birthday. Usually I would make some sort of cake or cupcakes to celebrate, but since I'm following my low-carb diet I decided not to. As the day went on, though, I started thinking about Julia and how she was going to think Mommy's birthday isn't much fun at all, with no cake or presents. (I'd already treated myself to a new wallet and had received my other gifts before my birthday.)
That leads us to these cookies. I thought Julia and I could have some fun together after school baking them, and then we put a candle in one after dinner to sing, "Happy Birthday." So, I made myself birthday cookies, but mainly for Julia since I shouldn't be eating them (although I ... [Continue Reading]
On a recent trip to the grocery store, while waiting in the checkout line, the special issue of Fine Cooking: Holiday Baking caught my eye. I picked it up, quickly looked through it, and knew I had to have it. The magazine has recipes for cookies, pies, cakes (including cheesecakes!) and breads, many of which I can't wait to try. These Dark Chocolate Crackles were my first choice of what to bake from the many delicious-looking recipes.
When reading through the brief description and ingredient list for these cookies, I was intrigued by the addition of orange zest to the batter. I know that chocolate and orange can be a wonderful combination, so I was expecting these cookies to be good, and ... [Continue Reading]
My sister, Karen, came to visit for the day today, and since we enjoy baking together so much, we decided that we needed to try a new recipe. Last time we made Apple Hand Pies, but today we wanted to make something a little quicker and easier. These chewy chocolate cookies were the perfect choice, and satisfied our afternoon chocolate craving!
The combination of cocoa powder, melted dark chocolate, chocolate chunks, and espresso powder make these cookies ultra rich and super chocolatey. We recommend enjoying these cookies with a cold glass of milk. Dark Chocolate-Espresso Cookies would be a great addition to your holiday baking list.
Dark Chocolate-Espresso Cookies
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*Post updated 8/20/11 to include new photos and printable recipe.
This recipe combines three favorite types of cookies into one. If you like peanut butter cookies, oatmeal cookies, and chocolate chip cookies, then you will love Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies! I've made peanut butter chocolate chip cookies before, but really like the addition of oats in this recipe. It gives the cookies a bit more texture and helps them to maintain their thickness while baking.
I love how these cookies baked up puffy and thick (I hate it when my cookies turn out flat!). There are a few tips that I always follow when baking cookies, in an attempt to prevent flatness. I added an extra ... [Continue Reading]
These cookies have a moist, light texture. It is hard to find the perfect words to describe the cookie flavor. It is like a smooth, cakey white cookie combined with chocolatey deliciousness. After mixing the dough, you lightly fold melted chocolate chips into the batter. You only partly mix the chocolate in, so that the cookies end up with a nice marbled look. The batter also contains sour cream, which helps to give the cookies their wonderful texture.
Marbles are one of my favorite cookies. I have been making them for years, ever since one of my best friends shared one of these cookies with me over 15 years ago. We were in high school and her mom had packed these ... [Continue Reading]