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Peanut butter, peanut, and white chocolate chip cookies

3 Dec

Fun fact: I actually didn’t like peanuts until a few months ago, when my favorite local bartender, at Mockingbird Hill, insisted that I try a few peanuts with my Los Arcos (sherry). Game. Changer.

Now, of course, I stress eat peanuts so I always have a few jars at home…and what better way to eat them than in delicious cookies?

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Peanut butter, peanut, and white chocolate chip cookies

2 cups flour

2 tablespoons baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

3/4 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

1 cup brown sugar (packed)

1/2 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips

2/3 cup roasted, salted peanuts

2 tsp vanilla

1) Preheat the oven to 350.

2) In a stand mixer, combine sugars, peanut butter, and butter. Mix in eggs and vanilla.

3) Mix together flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Gently mix into the stand mixer.

4) Add in peanuts and white chocolate chips, then roll cookies into balls and cook for 13 minutes or until slightly golden brown.

Salted Chocolate Cookies

1 Dec

Hey folks.

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve seen my kitchen table without cookies, which must mean we’re getting close to the end of this challenge, right?

My newest approach to 30 Days of Cookies has been begging my friends to find new recipes or flavor combinations for me to play with, since I’m just not that creative. Luckily, my friend settled on salted chocolate and I found this great Brown Eyed Baker recipe to play with. All in all, these were delicious – and more importantly, super easy.

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Salted Chocolate Cookies

1¼ cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
11  tablespoons salted butter, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp sea salt (I used kosher salt)
1 teaspoon vanilla

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

2) In a stand mixer, combine butter and both kinds of sugar. Mix in vanilla.

3) In a separate bowl, combine cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, and sea salt

4) Mix dry ingredients into the stand mixer – the dough will be crumbly

5) Roll into balls, and cook for 12 minutes. Let cool slightly, then sprinkle with additional kosher salt

Pumpkin thumbprints

30 Nov

So far, I’ve done vanilla thumbprints (three ways) and chocolate thumbprints (two ways), so it only seems fitting to add pumpkin thumbprints (just the one way).

Warning: these will disappear pretty quickly.

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Pumpkin Thumbprints 

1 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp allspice

1/2 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cloves

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 oz cream cheese, room temperature

2 tablespoons butter, softened

1 cup powdered sugar

Cinnamon for sprinkling

1) Preheat the oven to 375

2) Mix brown sugar, pumpkin, vegetable oil, and vanilla in a mixer. Once combined, add in egg and mix.

3) In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients (except powdered sugar!) Mix into the wet ingredients.

4) Roll out cookies (I used a melon baller for consistency) and cook for 6 minutes. Pull out of oven, and indent each cookie with the back of a teaspoon (or coffee scoop).

5) Cook for an additional 6 minutes, then let cool completely.

6) Mix the cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar, then pipe into the center of each cookie and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Fudge sandwich cookies

29 Nov

As you may know, I had my family in town this thanksgiving, and so I let my brother pick out a recipe to try.

He, not surprisingly, went for the one with sprinkles.

(Recipe lightly adapted from the Food Network magazine).

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Fudge sandwich cookies

2 1/2 cups flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

2 1/2 sticks salted butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup heavy cream

8 oz milk chocolate, finely chopped

sprinkles

1) In a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until soft and fluffy (about 3 minutes)

2) Add egg and vanilla to mixer, and mix until just combined

3) Mix dry ingredients in a bowl (flour and baking powder), then add to the mixer.

4) Divide the dough between two sheets of plastic wrap, and form into disks (approx 3/4 inch thick). Refrigerate for an hour

5) Bring heavy cream to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat, and pour over the chocolate. Mix until fully combined, set aside.

6) Preheat oven to 350, and roll  out the dough as little as possible (seriously, this is important). Use a glass to cut out equally sized round cookies. Cook for 12 minutes, then let cool completely.

7) In a stand mixer, whip the chocolate for 45-60 seconds, or until thick.

8) Build your sandwich – put the chocolate between two cooled cookies, and add sprinkles as desired. Enjoy!

Peanut butter cookies

28 Nov

This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for the simple things – mornings I get to sleep in, a place to call home, and family who are willing to travel to spend the holiday with me.

Oh, and a brother who also thinks that cookies are an anytime food.

We made these as a snack while prepping Thanksgiving dinner, and while we might not be as hungry as we were when we started, we’re super happy about how they turned out.

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Peanut butter cookies

1/2 cup salted butter, softened

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1 egg

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/4 cup flour

1) Preheat oven to 375

2) Mix butter, peanut butter, and sugars in a stand mixer, then add in the egg

3) Mix flour, baking powder, and baking soda, then add to the mixer

4) Roll into balls, then use a fork to make a cross on each cookie (see photo for example)

5) Cook 8-10 minutes, then let cool before dunking in milk

Marzipan White Chocolate Chip cookies

27 Nov

My new grocery store is a magical, wonderful place – but the baking supply section is a bit odd. We’re talking…red cocoa powder, but no dutch process cocoa powder. Three kinds of baking powder but not a single baking soda in a resealable container.

Apparently, they also carry marzipan.

I hadn’t ever bought marzipan in a tube, and while I will say that it’s not nearly as good as homemade marzipan, it was certainly sufficient for baking purposes.

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Marzipan White Chocolate Chip cookies

1/2 cup salted butter, softened

1/3 cup white sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

1/2 tsp baking soda

3/4 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup marzipan, cut into small pieces (I found a sharp knife worked best)

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

2) In a stand mixer, combine butter and sugar until smooth, then add egg and vanilla

3) Mix flour and baking soda, then add to stand mixer

4) Mix in the chips and marzipan chunks – I had to do this by hand

5) Roll out cookies, and cook for 15 minutes or until slightly brown on the edges

6) Let cool before eating!

Chocolate thumbprint cookies two ways

26 Nov

After the successful thumbprint cookies the other day, I figured I’d try them with chocolate and see what happened.

I wasn’t disappointed with the results.

The first option have a cream cheese frosting center and red sprinkles:

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The second have a peppermint glaze and candy cane chunks:

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Both are delicious and wonderful and amazing…and you should make them right away.

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

18 tablespoons butter, softened

3/4 cup white sugar

1/3 cup cocoa powder

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2) In a stand mixer, combine butter and sugar, then mix in cocoa powder.

3) Add baking powder and baking soda to flour, then mix into the batter.

4) Roll into small balls, and cook for 7-9 minutes. When they come of the oven, use your thumb or a melon baller to create indents in each cookie. Let cool before adding center.

To make cream cheese frosting: Combine 3 oz cream cheese, 3 tablespoons butter, and 3-4 cups powdered sugar – mix until smooth.

To make peppermint glaze: Combine 1/3 cup heavy cream, 3-5 dashes peppermint extract, and 3-4 cups powdered sugar. Top with crushed candy canes.

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