Showing posts with label baking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label baking. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cookies and "Bow-ken" Eggs

Last Friday was a sunny, but snowy day outside...so we took advantage of staying cozy, inside and made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. With Ava on my back and Brooks as my helper, we had an extra sweet afternoon baking together. Brooks had a fun time stirring the flour, and would add each ingredient to the mixer after I measured them. But he was not a fan of cracking the eggs, and got sad that they were "bow-ken." ;) He quickly cheered up, though, after the dough was finished and he got to enjoy the little bit left on the mixer's paddle. He even shared some with Aves, which says a lot since just recently his favorite word has been "mine" and he's got a wicked sweet tooth like his mama.


My friend recently perfected her recipe and was kind enough to share it on facebook, so I was excited to finally try it out. They were DELICIOUS, rich, chewy, cookie perfection. Thanks Emily! And thanks for letting me share it here too. :) 

Thick, Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Emily Tawzer

2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups brown sugar, packed
1 cup salted butter, softened (room temp)
2 cups rolled oats
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons thick maple syrup, honey, or molasses (I used molasses)
1 Tablespoon milk
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate...dark chocolate would be incredible...and so would white chocolate with craisins)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In regards to the butter and eggs...room temperature butter is important, it needs to be soft but not too soft, and cold eggs straight from the fridge are just fine. Whisk together flour, soda, and baking powder in medium size bowl. Cream butter and sugar in mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add oatmeal, syrup, and milk, mix but do not over beat. Add dry ingredients (all at once) and mix until just combined. Add chocolate chips and mix briefly. Spoon HUGE 1/4 cup size cookie dough balls onto cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for exactly 11 minutes. The edges will be lightly browned and they may not look done, but that's the trick to the chewy cooke! As they cool, they become the perfect, chewy cookie. Enjoy!

Yields: 2 dozen large cookies

Friday, December 14, 2012

Chubby Cookies and Chubby Cheeks


Last night we made some holiday sugar cookies. Brooks loved pressing the cookie cutter in the dough and seeing the shapes he made, it was like magic. ;) In no way did they come out of the oven looking like candy canes, snowflakes, snowmen, and Christmas trees. Well, maybe the chubby versions of them. Ha! Thank you very much Pillsbury. ;)  A little cream cheese frosting and some sprinkles fixed it no problem...and they tasted delicious along side our sparkling cider. After putting Brooks to bed, Adam and I enjoyed a few cookies (Brooks gobbled up his this morning) and looked up some "Would you rather...?" questions online. Some brought up some fun and interesting discussion...

Would you rather have a home with a great living room or a great back yard?

Would you rather be able to eat anything and any quantity of food with no negative health effects, or be refreshed and well rested after only three hours of sleep?

Would you rather have an ordinary home in an extraordinary location or an extraordinary home in an ordinary location?

...and others made us laugh 'til out stomachs hurt! I'd love to meet whoever came up with these...ha!

Would you rather drink a bowl full of gravy or have a large spider caught in your hair?

Would you rather attend Hogwarts or have a pet sasquatch?

Do you have any good "Would you rather...?" questions??

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

sprinkles

Today with baked, decorated, and ate sugar cookies with some of our sweetest friends :) Thank you so much Kira for having us over!

Brooks has never made sugar cookies so this was definitely new to him...he poked at the dough and once he figured out how good it tasted he downed about a half a cookie's worth before we could even get them in the oven. ;) Grant, his buddy, was a pro at cutting out the shapes! It's so fun to see children learn new things, and see what puts smiles on their faces...picking out different shaped cutters, squishing the dough, licking the frosting, and (Brooks' favorite) eating the sprinkles off his cookie...and the table.
*nom*nom*

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Spiritual Health:
Read Alma 46...so inspiring to read about Moroni and the Title of Liberty. Reminds me how blessed we are to have the U.S. Constitution.
Physical Health:
Adam has some church meetings tonight...while he's gone I'll hopefully hop on the treadmill and do lots of good stretching. I better, considering I ate 3 of those cookies...soon to be 4 ;)
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