Tag: Cookie

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Recipe – CHOW


Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Recipe – CHOW.

So, they’re called Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. Now I know. I have everything I need for these little guys, except for the eggs and the powdered sugar. Soon, very soon, I will make them.

(from Chow.com …how great are these guys?)

Difficulty: Easy

TIME/SERVINGS

Total: 1 hr 15 mins, plus 2 hrs chilling time

Makes: About 5 dozen cookies

Chocolate Crinkle CookiesSee More in the Gallery

Adapted from “The Essence of Chocolate: Recipes for Baking and Cooking with Fine Chocolate” by John Scharffenberger and Robert Steinberg

Not too sweet, with a rich cocoa flavor, these cookies deserve their place on the holiday cookie plate or in the cookie jar. They’re also well suited for ice cream sandwiches.

Holiday Cookies – Candy Cane Cookies – Photo Gallery – CHOW


Holiday Cookies – Candy Cane Cookies – Photo Gallery – CHOW. Candy Cane Cookies

These must be made. It’s just a fact. A Christmassy fact. First, I’ve got to round up some children to  feed… but then, it’s on.

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From Chow.com:

Difficulty: Easy

TIME/SERVINGS

Total: 45 mins, plus 30 mins chilling time

Makes: About 4 dozen cookies

Candy Cane CookiesSee More in the Gallery

Adapted from “Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book

When I was young, these sugar cookies were a Christmas staple. But sometimes things you loved when you were a kid don’t live up to your adult standards. Well, this Betty Crocker classic has busted through the child-adult taste barrier. Make the kids roll these out, and then eat them yourself.

This recipe was featured as part of our Holiday Cookies photo gallery.

…read on : http://www.chow.com/galleries/66/holiday-cookies/2203/candy-cane-cookies

Holiday Cookies – Dorie Greenspan’s Sablés (Basic Sugar Cookies) – Photo Gallery – CHOW


Holiday Cookies – Dorie Greenspan’s Sablés (Basic Sugar Cookies) – Photo Gallery – CHOW.

I want to try these for the simple pleasure of it. Mine will look nothing like them, of course, but hell, sugar cookies are just inherently good. And I’ll take any opportunity to legitimately slap icing on something 🙂

The rest of the photo gallery looks pretty fabulous as well… I want to try the Chocolate Crinkle cookies coated in powdered sugar. Mmmmmmm…..

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From Chow.com :

Dorie Greenspan’s Sablés (Basic Sugar Cookies) Recipe

Difficulty: Easy

TIME/SERVINGS

Total: 25 mins, plus 2 hrs freezing and baking time

Makes: About 30 (3-inch) cookies

Dorie Greenspan’s Sablés (Basic Sugar Cookies)See More in the Gallery

Adapted from “The Essential New York Times Cookbook” by Amanda Hesser

Butter, sugar, eggs, salt, and flour—that’s the short ingredient list for these versatile sandy-textured sugar cookies. For simple round cookies, form the dough into a log, then slice it into rounds. For shaping with cookie cutters, roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thick and cut it into cool designs.

Game plan: The dough can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 2 months.

This recipe was featured as part of our Holiday Cookies photo gallery.

…read on: http://www.chow.com/galleries/recipes/54/sweet-dessert/29088/dorie-greenspans-sabls-basic-sugar-cookies

Dog Cookies


My man and I are fat…not fat in the ‘morbidly obese‘ sense, or in the ‘holy crap, the heart attack’s a’ comin”  sense… but we’re fat in the ‘last year my physique was X, and now my physique is Y…and Y sucks’ sense.

So, my urge to express love via baking has been stifled.

Until now.

I have a gimpy little dog to spoil. A practice baby. Hoo-ha! I’m back in business!

New mixing bowls and cookie cutters at the ready, I Googled various dog biscuit recipes, ingredients that are healthy for dogs, and ingredients that are bad. Filtering that information through the materials I had on hand, I came up with this ingredient list-

A few cups of flour, about a half a cup of cornmeal, and mix it in the big shiny bowl.

About a cup or so of thawed pumpkin in some hot water with bouillon cube, blended with immersion blender and dumped into the flour.

Mix it on up.

Knead, knead, mix, add flour, continue….

Coat the ball generously with veggie oil (good for the little guy’s still-suffering skin and fur), and lay out on baking paper.

Roll it out, cookie-cutter to heart’s content, bake.

I’m trying various thicknesses to see what he’ll like the best, and some I’m baking longer than others to make harder, crunchier treats.

My little dude loves them. Chicken fat goes a long way with dogs, but I like to think he enjoyed eating the little human-shaped cookies.

Soul Food


Well, we’re back in Mafrica after two amazing weeks with the family in Arizona. We celebrated our wedding with my half of the family, spent quality time with the siblings, hung with Grandma, reconnected with aunts, uncles, and one cousin, and bonded with Mom and Dad. We were also gifted with a financial advisor who shares my admiration for my man’s handsomeness. It was beyond good. All of it.

A couple of salient, summary nuggets-

1. Everyone adores my man. Rightly so. He adores them too. He is officially one of the clan 😉

2. “Bake it until it looks pretty” was adopted by the women in my family. I felt proud. It seems to work very well on things like sweet potato wedges and cookies. Go Team Slacker 🙂

3. My Grandma named my first textile/clothing business. “Woven Patches.” The business doesn’t exist yet, and probably never will. The name is mine, though, because Grandma gave it to me. Don’t even try to steal it. 🙂

4. Grandma is an eccentric cook and an adorable human. Being around her is good for the soul.

5. I have a truly great family. We’ve all reached that magic age where sibling/parental strife is no longer poignant, and where we can just love each other, hang out, and be, in a very, very good way. They enrich my life in a way that goes beyond description.

6. Penises are an acceptable cookie cutter shape for Christmas sugar cookies.

7. Our financial advisor not only (consistently) kicks the S&P’s butt (Standard and Poor index) every year; he is an adorable, huggable man.

8. Our dog has a pattern. Everytime we leave the country, despite having great, caring guardians in our absence, he manages to be stricken with one plague or another. When we were in Sao Tome, he ended up with Parvo and a tick-borne illness that required a week of IV fluids, lots of drugs, and constant vet supervision. This time, he had a nasty dermatitis around his neck and head that got infected. He needed antibiotics and some injections and some patchy head-shaving, and now he is healing with the help of hydrocortisone and antibiotic ointment, but he looks like an overused and abused research chimp. I managed not to cry when I first saw him, but barely.

At any rate, I’m back and I’m rambling. As always, I love reading comments, so feel free to put your two cents in. If you are even looking at this blog, it’s because I asked you to, so your ideas are valuable to me 🙂

(My beautiful friend in Canberra– I am jealous of your iPad…BUT I’ll get one next year, post-tweaking. I’m happy that you have one… It makes me feel like I’m somehow connected to the iPad in an appropriate way 🙂 )

Top Hacks of the Week: Gradissima’s tweaked Shortbread cookies and Stuffed Roma Tomatoes recipes


Adjusting, tweaking, hacking- whatever you call it, taking an idea and making it work for you is fun.

I almost never follow entire recipes when I’m cooking. If I’m baking, I’ll use a few recipes as a guide, and if I’m cooking on the stove, I might consult recipes online to bolster (or to helpfully redirect) my ideas of what flavors might work well together.

Here are some recent successful hacks you might like:

1. Shortbread cookies

It all started with 101 Cookbooks (as it so often does). Last year (or before?) I fell in love with Heidi’s Pine Nut Rosemary Shortbread.  The outcome is awesome. You also come off like a pro if you whip these out over the holidays. Simple elegance – Check!

I plan on making these again for the holidays. I was planning to do some test-runs with the recipe because of my degree-less-oven, and since pine nuts are insanely expensive here, I just used rosemary.

They were righteous. And the tweaking continued…

After a whole lot of calories, I ended up with this go-to hack (half the fat of the original, mind you!)

Ingredients

  • 250g (2 cups) flour (white, wheat, whatever you want… but remember wheat absorbs more liquid, so you might need to do your own tweaking)
  • 1 tsp salt (you might use a whisper less than this…I love the salty undertone.)
  • 100 ml/approx. half a cup of olive oil (Extra Virgin, regular Virgin, or slutty…whatever kind you want)
  • 2 tbs Water (you might need a bit more if you are using whole wheat flour. Just use enough so that the dough is moist enough to make a log out of)
  • 2/3 c sugar (brown sugar, white sugar, raw sugar…it all works)

This is your base… Nowadays, I do four main flavor variations. You can mix these into the flour before combining ingredients, or you can manage it by making the dough and dividing it into multiple batches, mixing after the fact in separate bowls. It all pretty much works.

My current favorite variations:

  • Cinnamon/Canela (a sure Porto-pleaser, I always make some of these in case I’m the only one with a more ‘adventurous’ palate)
  • Saffron (red, flower-looking Turkish saffron from my mother-in-law plus yellow powder saffron from Sao Tome ) + Nutmeg/noz moscada
  • Rosemary (dried is fine…rub it in your fingers or grind it to break it into smaller pieces so you don’t feel like you are eating pine needles)
  • Cacao Nibs (I feel pretty superior about this one. We were in Sao Tome e Principe a couple of months ago, and I brought back a cacao pod, cut it open, scooped out the seeds, cleaned them, dried them for a week, then roasted and crushed them. Rockstar? Yes. Yes I am.)

How much of the seasonings should you add to the batch?  A generous amount. I do it until it looks good. With the Turkish saffron, I add enough so I can see pretty little flowers in my cookies, and then enough of the good-smelling things to make the mix smell good.

Ok. So, you have ingredients. Now what?

  • Mix. Form, shape, roll out on baking paper. Slice/cookie-cut/whatever your cookies from the flattened dough. Bake until just barely getting golden around the bottom edges touching the baking paper. Cool. Eat. (For more precise details, look at the original recipe. )

Helpful hint- I now use baking paper to excess. I roll out the dough between two sheets of baking paper (vegetal), and my rolling-pin (or wine bottle, if you haven’t got a rolling-pin… or your hands, if you want to go commando) doesn’t get goopy. Neither does my countertop.

I have one baking sheet, so when I’m doing batches, I have one in the oven (on baking paper, on the baking sheet), and one batch ready to go on another sheet of baking paper. When the first is done, I just switch out the paper (which doesn’t burn your hands) and leave the baking sheet in the oven.

You can also make a dough log and freeze it. I don’t know how long it lasts, but probably months.

At this point, I’d like to acknowledge that no self-respecting food blog is without photos. Not a problem, as my blog is quasi-nebulous at the moment, and it has no ego. It’s more a point of referral than anything else. The other blogs I’m directing you to have fantastic photos. Also, my gal pal in Azeitão will soon be contributing her mad photography skills to the foodhack endeavor. Hang tight, friends, hang tight.

2. Emptyouthefridgebeforeweleavetowntomorrow

Otherwise known as stuffed Roma tomatoes.

Lunch today involved leftover cannelloni for my man, eggs for me, and a tray full of stuffed Roma tomatoes. We leave tomorrow for a two-week holiday with my family in AZ, and we had to get rid of some food. In addition to about 6 Roma tomatoes, I had a half-used bag of shredded mozzarella.

I also had about 20 minutes before my man had to go back to work.

No problem.

  • Preheat oven.
  • Cut tomatoes in half. Scoop out the seeds. Discard the solid core bits and put some seedy-juicy bits in a bowl.
  • Take a tosta or two (if you live in Portugal, you have these somewhere in your kitchen. Otherwise, use croutons, or breadcrumbs) and crush it into the seedy-juicy-bit bowl.
  • Throw a heap of oregano in. Or another herb. And some salt. And whatever other flavor you want.
  • Mix it up. Throw in some cheese. Mix a little more.
  • Line tray with baking paper.
  • Put the tomato halves on the tray, fill with treats from the juicy bowl. Top with more shredded cheese.
  • Put them in the oven until they smell good, and until they look like you’d want to eat them.

The whole process took, like, ten minutes.

Ok. That’s two quickies to start with. I also made veggie dumplings/gyoza the other night, but I need to pack so I’ll write about that later.

Let me know if you have questions, comments, etc!