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Chocolate Chip Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

27 Feb

I love cookies. I love chewy cookies, I love crunchy cookies. I love cookies with stuff in the middle. I love cookies in/on top of of other things. You get the drift. Oatmeal cookies are a particular favourite, but if they have raisins in them they must also have chocolate chips. No going for the fake out here: I firmly believe you can’t JUST do raisins but that’s me. It’s your prerogative to do only raisins, but know that I think you’re crazy. At the very least, toss in a couple of chips, for goodness sake.

This recipe makes a pretty big batch, roughly two dozen. Make sure you don’t skip the flatten step, otherwise the cookies spend too long in the oven and can dry out. You’ll want to cook them in two batches, but they only take about 10 minutes in the oven.

Makes about 24.

Ingredients

1/2 c butter
1 c brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tb vanilla
1 ts salt
1 ts baking powder
1/2 ts cinnamon
1 c (heaping) all-purpose flour
1 c raisins
1/2 c chocolate/peanut butter chips
1 1/2 c rolled oats

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add in the egg, vanilla and baking powder and incorporate into the creamed mixture.
3. Stir in the flour, then the raisins and chips until everything is mixed together.
4. Drop spoonfuls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Take a fork and gently flatten the dough. Bake for 12 minutes et voila!

Coookieeees!

Coookieeees!

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Double Chocolate Cake Cookies

12 Sep

You read the title…need I say more to convince you to make these? Okay, how about the fact that they’re incredibly simple to make, are moist and rich, and they have chocolate in two forms. GO. MAKE THEM.

This recipe does make quite a number of cookies, so you may need to cook them in two batches.

Makes roughly three-four dozen.

Ingredients

1 c unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 c white sugar
2 eggs
1 ts vanilla extract
2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 ts baking soda
1/2 ts salt
2/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
2 c semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder. Whisk with a fork until even in colour.
3. In a separate, large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs – one at a time – and mix to incorporate.
4. Add the vanilla and mix thoroughly.
5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
6. Spoon onto an ungreased baking sheet, flattening with a fork or knife.
7. Bake for exactly 11 minutes. The cookies will be just barely firm.
8. Allow to cool for a few moments before moving to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

24 Jan

It’s been a while since I’ve headed into the kitchen to bake, but it was an especially cold weekend and the idea of freshly-baked cookies was too much to ignore. I had seen this recipe in Bite Me and I could hear it calling to me. The tartness of the cranberries contrast the sweet cookies beautifully. I can guarantee that once you make these for the first time, you are going to want to make them every weekend! (Sorry in advance to your waistlines…)

Yields 16 large cookies.

Ingredients

1/2 c softened butter
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1 large egg
1 ts vanilla
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 ts baking soda
1/4 ts kosher salt
1 1/2 c white chocolate chips or pieces
1 c dried cranberries

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a mixer (or with your mixer), cream the butter, sugar and brown sugar at medium speed. Add the egg and vanilla and mix til the batter is fluffy.
3. On low speed, add the flour, salt, baking soda, chocolate and cranberries. Mix until the flour disappears. DO NOT OVERMIX!
4. Drop heaping tablespoons on the prepared baking sheet and flatten with a fork. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the edges start to brown.
5. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack.

Comfort Food

10 Sep

Everyone’s got ’em. You know, those foods that you crave when you’re having one of THOSE days. Maybe they take you back to childhood or maybe they’re a more recent discovery; but, either way, they’re the foods that can make you literally sigh with relief.

For me, the list is fairly short: roasted chicken, soft chocolate chip cookies, matzoh ball or orange-ginger-lime soup, samosas, aaaaaaaaaaand….red wine.  No, it’s not food, but it’s verrah, verrah comforting after a long day. What all of these food(-like) items have in common is their ability to remove stress and replace it with happy memories. Even the making of these dishes can be therapeutic! A really good stress relief? Pounding cutlets with a pan or rolling pin. That feels goooooooooood.

How about you? What are your particular favourite comfort foods?

Stupendously Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

16 Aug

Full credit to the people at Kraft Peanut Butter – this is straight off the jar. If you have kids or are a new baker, this recipe is a great gateway to baking all sorts of other goodies.

Makes 14-20, depending on how big you like your cookies!  

Ingredients

1 c smooth peanut butter
1/2 c sugar
1 egg

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 325.
2. In a bowl, mix all three ingredients til smooth.
3. Roll into balls and place 3 inches apart on baking sheet.
4. Press flat with a fork.
5. Bake 13-17 minutes. When you can smell them, they’re done. Let sit for 5 minutes then inhale.

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