Last night I turned to foodnetwork and drooled over the cookies that were being so deliciously displayed…not a good idea. The whole night I was craving cookies and right when I woke up, I decided to make some. Yummmy. The cookie of choice… oatmeal raisin cookies! Everytime I look around food websites or bakeries, I always see oatmeal raisin CHOCOLATE cookies. Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of chocolate mixed in with the oatmeal and raisins. I do love chocolate, but I like to keep such strong flavors separate.
I made a delicious batch of chocolate chip cookies a couple of days ago. And that just made me crave some white choco macadamia nut cookies…yum! I don’t even like white chocolate but when its put together with macadamia nuts, they are just so delicious. Unfortunately, I had only half of the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts that were called for, but they came out just right nonetheless. The recipe is adapted from Whipped and these cookies were seriously perfect. Continue reading White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Choco chips! Choco choco choco! Chocolate chip cookies! I think freshly baked chocolate chip cookies are one of my greatest weaknesses. When the fragrant chocolate aroma wafts around the house I go crazy! And then I tend to eat one too many cookies for my own good…not good. Even my dogs come around to see what I’m baking–but of course dogs can’t eat any! (These cookies are all mine!) Well, not really all mine…to prevent myself from overeating these delicious golden cookies, I send some to my neighbors and friends.
Halloween is coming in about three weeks. I can hardly wait since it’s one of my favorite events of the year. I love the chilly weather, pumpkin flavored treats, and all the delicious candy. Of course dressing up in something spooky and running around the neighborhood was something I used to do, but now I prefer to let the neighborhood kiddies have all that fun for me.
One way I make up for not trick-or-treating is to bake some spooky treats. Today I found a recipe on allrecipes.com called “Eileen’s Spicy Gingerbread Men” and I decided to turn them into skeleton gingerbread men. Ginger cookies and skeletons are perfect for the month of October afterall.
Skeleton Gingerbread Men:
yield: 30 cookies
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ginger
1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Stir in the brown sugar, maple syrup, and egg yolk. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg; blend into the wet mixture until smooth. Cover and chill for at least one hour.
2. Preheat the oven to 340 degrees F (175 degrees). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 2 inches apart on parchment paper.
3. Bake for 8-10 minutes in preheated oven. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks. Decorate with royal icing.
1-1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 egg white, beaten
1. In a bowl, sift together confectioner’s sugar and cream of tartar. Using electric mixer, beat in the egg white for about 5 minutes or until mixture is thick enough to hold its shape.
2. Quickly dollop the icing into piping bag. If you don’t have a piping bag, you can put it in a zip-loc bag and cut a tiny opening off the edge.
Fall flavors are overwhelming with spices, ginger, and pumpkin. We didn’t have any pumpkins or pumpkin puree so I decided to make ginger spiced cookies instead. The recipe is adapted from “Big Soft Ginger Cookies” on allrecipes.com. They smell so fragrant and they’re quite yummy indeed.