Monday, February 29, 2016

Cookie of the Month

So already this month, the kids have gotten used to there being a new batch of cookies every week. I even bought my first cookie jar (it's just a basic 1 gallon Anchor Hocking glass jar- but I have the 2 gallon jars for my sugar and flour so it "goes")!

And speaking of jars, the first week this month, I just made a mix from a jar someone gave us as a gift for Christmas. It was a gingersnap mix and all I had to do was add the butter and eggs and bake. I don't know what was in the mix, but I do have a great recipe for gingersnaps.

The second week of the month started with Superbowl Sunday. Amabel had liked the last M&M cookie recipe so much that her request was for monster cookies which I had not made in years.  We had some good friends over to watch the Superbowl and the peanut butter-oatmeal-M&M- chocolate chip cookies were a hit! They're one I really need to stay away from because I have absolutely no self control when they are around. Just to be clear, I don't put raisins in mine. Why would I do that? I just add more M&M's and chocolate chips to make the difference.

The third week of the month Amabel made another request - chocolate crinkle cookies. This recipe comes from the Williams Sonoma Kids Baking cookbook that I got a few years back when Borders went out of business. It's out of print, but I just love that it has basic recipes for basic baked goods. I use the recipe for pizza dough often. And this recipe is great too-- no chilling the dough or rolling out dough-- I think I've even made it on Sunday morning before church.

The last week of the month I was out of sorts. I just couldn't find any inspiration. Amabel was also out of sorts and really just wanted cookie dough. And the best kind of cookie dough, in both Amabel's and my opinions is chocolate chip cookie dough. Still slightly unsatisfied with the Nestle Tollhouse recipe and with no M&Ms on hand, I searched for a new chocolate chip cookie recipe and did find one that I liked, but the dough wasn't quite what we wanted. It lacked enough salt for one thing, and the inclusion of cornstarch in the recipe weirded me out a little. The recipe was fairly similar in many ways to last month's cookie of the month- down to the pre-chill (though only for 20 minutes in the fridge- I'm starting to think some sort of chill time is a must) and the two teaspoons of vanilla. However, the cookies themselves were also not quite salty enough. They were great though, and we all enjoyed them. However, I think the search continues for a new go to.

And therefore, the cookie of the month is chocolate crinkle cookies- simple, easy, soft, chocolatey, and delicious. I can't believe I've never posted them before now!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

1/2 c. butter
1 1/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 2/3 c. flour
1/2 c. Dutch processed cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. confectioners' sugar

- Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
- Scrape down sides of mixer and blend in vanilla and eggs, one at a time.
- Mix flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt together in a separate bowl.
- Mix the flour mixture into butter mixture
- One at a time, scoop out rounded tablespoons of dough and roll into balls, then roll each ball into confectioners' sugar to coat.
- Place balls on a parchment lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart and bake until crackled and puffed, about 10 minutes, at 350.
- Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet set on a cooling rack for 15 minutes before removing cookies to cooling racks to cool completely

1 comment:

Fittsy said...

I love that you're posting all these cookie recipes! We are hosting community group for the next few months, and cookies are the perfect dessert!

Also, we had the creamy kale soup last week and loved it! (Well, 4/5 loved it. Noble REFUSED TO EAT IT but got hungry before bed, since salad and bread only hold you for so long. So he ate it later and gave it a passing review.)


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