Mom’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These. These are the chocolate chip cookies I grew up eating. See, in our house growing up, the chewier the better. While it’s probably not the recipe that I first made growing up (Mom – which recipe did we use then?!?), this is the recipe I made time and time again when I lived with my parents. The recipe that Mom used to bring to the track meets in college.

The recipe that I temporarily lost… I have a bunch of home/family recipes saved as .pdf documents on a laptop that won’t currently turn on. So, as you can imagine, I’ve been calling and texting my parents recently asking for several different recipes. I really need to get those files off that computer and onto something more secure!

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The secret in this recipe is the use of pudding mix in the dough. You’ll notice the recipe calls for much less sugar than a typical recipe because it gets some of the sweetness from the mix. It also keeps the cookies soft and chewy. These cookies are suppose to be soft, so if you’re going to error on a side while baking them, error on underbaking. After the first batch or so, Mom has been known to only leave them in the oven for 6-7 minutes sometimes! On a similar note, you’ll want to leave them on the pan to cool for several minutes before removing them to a rack or papertowel to cool completely. Otherwise, you’ll end up with what we called a “trainwreck” cookie. And those… they just have to be eaten immediately 🙂

I added some butterscotch chips into the dough this time as I was craving them. We’ve used all kinds of combinations throughout the years, and any combo of milk, dark, white, and/or butterscotch chips has all been delicious.

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Enjoy!

(Printable Recipe)

Mom’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
From Mom

Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup sugar
1 pkg (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda
2-1/4 cups flour, or more to consistency
1 pkg. milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add pudding mix. Beat in eggs, one at a time, and mix well after each egg. Add vanilla and mix.

Combine the flour and baking soda and mix. If the dough seems too sticky, you can add flour 1/8-1/4 cup at a time until you can form it into balls. Stir in chocolate chips.

Form into balls and press down slightly to flatten the dough once on the pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cookies just appear ‘set’. Allow to cool on the pan for severeal minutes before removing to a rack.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bake-Off: Doughmesstic vs. NYT

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Hope you’re having a happy hump day… I brought cookies!

A little later than promised, but I’m on to my next installment of our chocolate chip cookie bake-off. In case you’re curious, the original rules can be found here.

As I’ve eluded, the hubbs is convinced that we’re never going to find a recipe that “beats” the NYT recipe we’ve been carrying through this whole ordeal. It definitely is a great cookie! Maybe it’s my inability to be satisfied with a recipe. Maybe it’s only the fact that he wants it to “win,” but I’m definitely hoping we will find a recipe that  beats it. With that spirit in mind, I pulled out a recipe for this round with a few more stops – Doughmesstic’s My Go To Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. Browned butter + dark brown sugar. I was hoping the flavor of these would par up to the flavor that we keep coming back to in the NYT recipe.

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I found Susan’s recipe to be really easy to make. If you have never browned butter, just keep an eye on it. It will seem like it is taking forever to start changing color, but once it does, it is really easy to go from browned butter to burnt butter. The dough for these cookies was a little different in texture. Almost a little more greasy, although it does start with melted rather than just softened butter. Nonetheless, it was really easy to work with, and I didn’t have any trouble with sticky dough when forming cookie dough balls. I’ve heard that melting the butter helps make for a chewier cookie, and the centers of these were definitely soft (just the way I like them). You can even tell the middle of these cookies is soft in the photos. I’ll admit, I didn’t chop the chocolate as she indicates, but these are definitely a solid cookie!

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So which one wins… I feel like a broken record. It’s still the NYT recipe for both of us, although it serious took me ~24 hours to decide between these two recipes. There is just something about the NYT recipe that tastes like a “chocolate chip cookie,” and I’m not quite sure I can put my finger on it. One thing is for sure, the Doughmesstic recipe is a solid choice if I don’t have 24 hrs+ to wait for the NYT cookies. Until next month. Enjoy!

Cookies Already Baked:

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies
Levain Bakery Copycat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Baking Illustrated Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies
Alice’s The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies To Bake:
Alton Brown’s The Chewy
My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies from Eat, Live, Run
David Lebovitz’s Salted Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Flour Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies
Bouchon Bakery’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
Top Chef: Just Desserts Chocolate Chip Cookie

So, I’m thinking the current list will take us through November. Any additional recipes I’m missing?

(Printable Recipe)

Doughmesstic’s My Go To Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
From Doughmesstic

Ingredients:
12 Tbsp. browned salted butter
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
12 oz. chocolate chips (1 pkg), mixed semi-sweet and milk chocolate
sea salt for topping

To brown butter, melt butter in light colored medium saucepan over medium heat. Continue to cook. The butter will foam first and then browned specks will start to form at the bottom of the pan and the color will start to appear more brown than yellow. Remove and let cool slightly.

Add the sugars to the butter and mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each egg. Add the vanilla and mix thoroughly. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add to the dough, mixing until just combined. Mix in the chocolate and place the dough in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Roll the dough into balls about the size of a golf ball and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat. Sprinkle with sea salt if desired. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until the cookies just start turning golden brown on the edges (the middle will still be soft).

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bake-Off: Alice’s Recipe vs. NYT

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Well, I kind of missed March for this. Sort of. I had the post ready to go, but it just didn’t seem right to post it up on Easter Sunday, so I kept it waiting until Monday. In fact, I like that idea. From now on, chocolate chip cookie bake-offs on the first of every month! In case you’re new to this bake-off, you can find the original rules here.

The contender this month, to the ever champion New York Times (NYT) recipe (pictured on the right), was a recipe that I saw across several blogs a few years ago – this recipe from Alice of Savory Sweet Life. The recipe Alice presents comes with a pretty fierce backing of her recipe, and I can tell you that her cookies were definitely well received by my coworkers. Including the oddest and likely most honest complement I’ve ever received on my baking, “These cookies have the perfect balance of salt.” Different, but as long as you’re enjoying them, I’ll take it 🙂

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One thing I noted was that Alice’s cookies have pretty specific instructions. By the time the eggs and vanilla have been added to the dough, it has been going in the mixer for 5 minutes and definitely results in a “fluffier” cookie dough. I did vary from the recipe slightly in the amount of flour listed. I originally added the amount of flour listed in the recipe (by weight – exactly 12 oz), but my dough was definitely still too gooey to hold together a cookie when baking. I added more flour, probably almost another 1/4 cup (although I didn’t measure exactly) to help the dough a little, and I am thinking they almost needed a little bit more as my cookies baked up rather flat. My guess is that this is due to the extended beating time as that is definitely longer than I leave most cookie dough in the mixer. While flat, the texture of the cookies was still the gold standard – crunchy on the edges and rather soft in the middle.

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So which recipe will be continuing in our chocolate chip cookie bake-off. We’re still NYT fan’s in this house. It’s the flavor that develops while the dough sits that seems to be what boosts these over other cookies. While I really like the NYT recipe, I tend to like my cookies a little thicker (tends to be chewier). The NYT cookies aren’t super thin, although I have definitely seen heftier cookies. This may be the place for another recipe to beat the NYT for me. Thinking I may need to try a recipe with either brown butter and/or dark brown sugar next time to see if we can get an even match on the flavor. We’ll see!

Cookies Already Baked:
New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies
Levain Bakery Copycat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Baking Illustrated Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies

Some of the Cookies Still On Deck:
Alton Brown’s The Chewy
My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies from Eat, Live, Run
David Lebovitz’s Salted Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Doughmesstic My Go To Chocolate Chip Cookie
Flour Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies
Bouchon Bakery’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
Top Chef: Just Desserts Chocolate Chip Cookie

Any cookies I should add to the list? Here’s the recipe for Alice’s recipe.

(Printable Recipe)

Alice’s The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
From Savory Sweet Life

Ingredients:
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3/4 cup (or 12 oz) all-purpose flour (I needed more than this)
3/4 tsp. medium course sea salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 pkg. each milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugars together with a stand mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes until light and very fluffy. Add both eggs and vanilla and beat for an additional 2 minutes. Add baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flour stirring until the flour is fully incorporated. Add more flour if needed to be able to form the dough into balls with your hands. Mix in the chocolate chips.

Bake on stoneware pans or on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper for about 12 minutes or until the cookies are set on the outer edges. Cool on the pan for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

SRC: Pretzel Nutella Chunk Cookies

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When I’m am thinking about recipes that will eventually make this way to the blog, I try to maintain a balance between meal recipes and desserts. Nonetheless, there is no hiding the fact that cookies are the first thing that brought me into the kitchen, so I was definitely excited find out that my blogger this month for SRC was Katrina from Baking and Boys.

I spent more than one day looking through all of Katrina’s recipes, but in the end, I could not get over one of the recipes right at the front of her blog. These pretzel Nutella chunk cookies. Really? I could have stopped right there on the name along. There was no way these wouldn’t be a hit at our house. Cookies are where it all started for me, and cookies are my final choice this month for SRC. That said, cookies weren’t the only recipe I saved when looking through Katrina’s recipes. Check out this wheat berry salad. I am hoping it will be lunch soon. As soon as I get a chance to make it

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The cookie dough came together really quickly, although my Nutella did not seem to freeze quite as hard as Katrina’s. I started trying to mix the chunks into the cookie dough like traditional chocolate chips, but the Nutella melted so quickly that it ended up being “swirled” throughout the batter. After that, I re-froze the Nutella and just stuck a few pieces in the top of the cookies just before putting them in the oven. So, in the end, half my Nutella ended up swirled into the cookies and half was in the more traditional “pieces.” I am sure there wasn’t a change in the final outcome of the cookies because we loved these! The hubbs has designated them the official a la mode cookies. Thanks for the great recipe Katrina. I am sure we’ll both be craving these again soon!

(Printable Recipe)

Pretzel Nutella Chunk Cookies
Adapted from Baking and Boys

Ingedients:
1 cup plus 1 Tbsp. cake flour
3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. bread flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. coarse salt
1 stick + 2 Tbsp. (or 10 Tbsp) butter, softened
1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup  + 2 Tbsp. brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2-3/4 cup bite-sized pretzel pieces (broken up)
1/2 cup Nutella, divided

Line a pan or plate with waxed paper. Spread 1/4 cup of Nutella thinly over the paper. Place in the freezer until firm, at least 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg, mix until incorporated. Mix in the vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Turn the mixer to low and add the flour. Stir until just incorporated. Add 1/4 cup of Nutella and stir until the batter appears marbled or swirled. Stir in the pretzel pieces.

Form the dough into tablespoon sized balls. Set on a baking sheet and press down on the balls of dough to flatten slightly. Remove the Nutella from the freezer. Working quickly, cut the Nutella into chucks. Place several chunks into the top of each ball of cookie dough. Return the Nutella to the freezer in between batches of cookies. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for approximately 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are just set. Let cool on the pan for several minutes before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely (or enjoy slightly warm with ice cream).

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bake-Off: NYT vs. Neiman Marcus

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Well, I guess the detox from Monday is over. I know it was short lived, but see today is February 27th. That means I only have approximately 32 hours to bring you the previously promised chocolate chip cookie bake-off for February. Bring on the cookies!

So, far the recipes we’ve been through include the New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookie,  a copy-cat Levain Bakery cookie, and the Baking Illustrated recipe. In our house, the NYT recipe is the current champion, and you can find our take on that recipe as well as the original rules to my bake-off here.

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In the above photo, the Nemain Marcus recipe is on the left and the NYT cookies are on the right. I had a feeling this would be a tough round for me. The secret to the Neiman Marcus recipe is oatmeal. Not whole but ground up in a food processor until you basically have an “oat flour.” I am a fan of oatmeal in many forms, but I love how it changes the texture of a cookie. Unless you really overbake them, cookies containing oatmeal are always soft and chewy for days.

The recipe for the Neiman Marcus cookie comes here from an adaptation from the Brown Eyed Baker. I found that the cookie dough came together pretty quickly and easily (especially compared to the fuss of the NYT recipe), although after all the flour/oats were mixed in it seemed drier than most cookie dough I’ve seen. By chance, I let it sit for awhile prior to baking while I was doing something else, and it seemed to be easier to work with after resting. I’m not sure if the oats needed to “soak” in some of the wet ingredients? I should caution you that I’ve had this “dryness” issue with other recipes when baking in the desert, so I also wonder if this is a climate thing? The photo below is the Neiman Marcus cookies alone.

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Nonetheless, I was able to form the dough into balls and bake cookies! After baking them, you would be none-the-wiser that the dough was dry as the cookies are perfectly soft and chewy. As expected, I had a hard time choosing between these cookies. The hubbs was easy – he’s an outer edge crunchy guy, so he is all about the NYT recipe. I think that will be the recipe to beat for him. In the end, I did join him on the NYT train, but it took me a day or so. While I love the texture that the oats give the Neiman Marcus recipe, there’s a caramel flavor that develops in the NYT recipe that makes me swoon. Guess the NYT recipe still reigns in our house (at least for another month!).

(Printable Recipe)

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted slightly from Brown Eyed Baker

Ingredients:
2-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 pkg. milk chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper, if using.

Blend the oats in a food processor or blender until they form a fine flour-like powder. In a medium bowl, whisk together the blended oats and the remaining dry ingredients – all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and both sugars until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula if needed. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Mix in the vanilla extract. On low speed, gradually mix in the flour, beating until just incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.

If the dough seems too dry, let it sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes. Form the dough into balls with about 2 tablespoons of dough in each ball. Place them on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until the cookies just start to set (they may be a little soft in the middle still). Let them cool for 2-3 minutes on the baking sheet and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bake-Off: NYT vs. Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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So… a few months may have passed since I started this chocolate chip cookie bake-off series. While it has been on the back burner for awhile, I really would like to find my “go-to” chocolate chip cookie recipe, so I am going to commit to a bake-off at least once a month. If nothing else comes from it, I will have a happy husband as he loves freezing dough in mini pie pans so he can have hot chocolate chip “pizookies” topped with ice cream whenever a dessert craving strikes. I may need to invest in a few more mini pans 🙂

In summary, I started this off as a way to bake through all the chocolate chip cookie recipes that I’ve accumulated without having to bake 20 recipes in the same day (way too many cookies!). I am pairing two recipes up, side by side and baking them on the same day. The “winner” of the round goes on to face the next recipe, basically eliminating recipes until we are left with one at the end. As explained, this bake-off starts with the winner from last time, the New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. The competitor (or second recipe) is the Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe from Baking Illustrated. I was excited to see how this bake-off would turn out. We basically fell in love with the NYT recipe last time, but the description of the Baking Illustrated recipe is completely my type of cookie. I want my cookies to have some heft and to have just a bit of that underbaked goodness inside.

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I won’t share or describe the NYT recipe again. It can be found in this post if you are interested. I used the recipe found on Brown Eyed Baker for the Baking Illustrated recipe. The Baking Illustrated cookies stay pretty true to their name as a thick and soft cookie. The differences in the recipe primarily are that it starts with melted butter and uses an extra egg yolk in addition to the whole egg in the recipe. Many of the ingredients are listed as weight measurements, and I made the recipe accordingly, using the weights. The cookies end up a bit raggedy on top, on purpose, due to the specific instructions on shaping them, and while it seems like a minor detail, I really like how they look. As far as storing, the cookies lasted well for a day or two but started to dry out significantly more as the days progressed. Here’s the recipe.

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(Printable Recipe)

Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
From Baking Illustrated, seen on Brown Eyed Baker

Ingredients:
2 cups plus 2 Tbsp. of unbleached all-purpose flour (10-5/8 ounces)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter (12 Tbsp.), melted and cooled slightly
1 cup packed brown sugar (7 ounces)
1/2 cup granulated sugar (3-1/2 ounces)
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups chocolate chips

Heat the oven to 325 degrees F. Prepare two baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper or by spraying them with nonstick spray. Set aside.

Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl; set aside. Mix the butter and sugars together in the bowl of a stand mixer until lighter in color and thoroughly blended. Beat in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla until combined. Add the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Roll a scant 1/4 cup of the dough into a ball. Hold the dough ball with the tips of your fingers with both hands on each side. Pull apart into 2 equal halves. You should now have 2 balls of dough with one jagged edge. Set the balls so that the jagged edge is up. Stick them back together to form one cookie being careful not to smooth the uneven surface of the dough. Repeat with the remaining dough and place the cookies on the prepared pans.

Bake until the centers are light brown with outer edges that are starting to harden but with centers that are still soft and puffy, about 15 to 18 minutes. Cool the cookies on the sheets for several minutes until they start to set-up. Remove and continue cooling on a baking rack.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bake-Off: NYT vs. Levain Copycat

So which recipe was the favorite? The NYT recipe won again for us. The depth of the flavor in those cookies was amazing. The Baking Illustrated recipe does produce a substantial chewy cookie, but the texture will begin to dry out as they are stored. I do like the Baking Illustrated recipe better as a quicker recipe, especially if it is one that will be eaten rather quickly after they are baked. I believe I said this about the Levain copycat recipe too, but I am favoring the Baking Illustrated recipe over the Levain one for quick purposes (although it truthfully has been awhile since I’ve made the Levain version). Overall, it is still the NYT recipe for us. Guess I better start planning ahead for those chocolate chip cookie cravings! 🙂

Protein Trail Mix “Cookies”

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Due to our work schedules, we generally eat dinner pretty late (at least on most people’s schedules). By late, I really do mean late. It’s not unusual to sit down around 9 (or later some nights). This creates 2 problems for me. As you can imagine, no matter what time of year, I don’t have much natural light for photos around 9 PM. Second, I tend to get hungry sometime in the hours between lunch and dinner. I generally do pretty well if I’m still at work, but if I happen to be at home, all bets are off. I’ve been trying to plan “healthier” snacks for those times so I don’t end up attacking the Nutella jar with a spoon 🙂

These “cookies” are one of those healthier snack options. Not only are they a bit sweet, but they’re packed with ingredients that really do help keep me full until it’s time to eat. I ran across this recipe thanks to one of my co-residents from last year, but the original recipe comes from Peas and Thank You. Don’t be worried about the texture of the mixture after you add all the ingredients. It will seem crumbly. You’ll have to pack the cookies a little with your hands to form the balls, but they will come out of the oven in one piece. Promise. My cookies tend to stay pretty soft in the middle, but for whatever reason, Brooke’s form this nice crust when she bakes them. I’m actually jealous of her crunch, but they taste great either way.

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trail mix protein bars before baking

These also make a great “I’m craving something just a little bit sweet” dessert swap. Not that I would know. 🙂 Enjoy!

(Printable Recipe)

Protein Trail Mix “Cookies”
From Peas and Thank You

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp. ground flaxseed meal
3/4 cup. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pepitas
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chocolate chips (calls for dark chocolate; I used milk chocolate)
1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
3 Tbsp. honey
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the ground flaxseed with the milk and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and mix to combine. Add the flaxseed mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until combined. To make the cookies, using hands or an ice cream scoop, pack the dough into balls. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies start to brown on the top. Let cool completely on the pan before transferring to an airtight container to store.

Yield: 12-15 cookies

Oatmeal Cookie Butter Cookies

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I am going to ask you to turn your oven on in this post. Yes… these cookies are worth every degree the temperature increases in your house. I promise!

I am a little behind the train on the Biscoff spread/Cookie Butter craze. I have not found the actual Biscoff spread here, just the Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter version, but I can tell you that the spread is definitely some addicting stuff. The first jar that made its way into our pantry disappeared via some spoons 🙂

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cookie butter cookies

This cookie recipe comes from the book Cookie Cravings by the cookie genius, Maria, at Two Peas and Their Pod. Maria and I seem to share a similar love of cookies, and this book is definitely on my want list. With the spices in the spread and the cinnamon in the recipe, I could absolutely see these cookies being a great holiday cookie. Nonetheless, my coworkers (as well as my husband and myself) certainly enjoyed them in the middle of July! Enjoy!

(Printable Recipe)

Oatmeal Cookie Butter Cookies
Adapted from Cookie Cravings 

Ingredients:
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup Cookie Butter/Biscoff Spread
1-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 pkg. white chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter and sugars. Mix until light and fluffy. Add the egg; mix well. Mix in the vanilla. Add the cookie butter and mix until combined. Mix in the flour mixture. Mix in oats and white chocolate chips until combined. If the dough still seems quite sticky, you can add a bit more flour, a couple tablespoons at a time. 

Form the cookie dough into balls and set on the baking sheet. Press down slightly. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the cookies are set and firm around the edges. Do not bake until the cookies are starting to brown. Let cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes. Remove and finish cooling on a wire rack. 

Yield: about 18 cookies

SRC: Sugar Cookie Bars

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Well… it’s been awhile since I’ve been on here. I am happy to report that I finished up my residency at the end of June, certificate and all. Hoping that means that I’ll be cooking a little more regularly (and I think I’m not the only one). I think the hubs is ready to hand the kitchen back over to me!

What better way to get back into the swing of things that with a SRC reveal day? My blogger for this month was Raina from Connor’s Cooking. Raina has a fun variety of recipes from stir-fries to baked oatmeal, and I still want to try many of these! In the end, I ended up listing to my sweet tooth and chose to make her sugar cookie bars

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This recipe makes a sheet pan of cookies, and it turned out to be the perfect recipe because I have been receiving a few hints that I should bring some treats into work. Even in the sheet pan, the bars end up nice and thick, staying soft throughout. I needed to bake these for about 20-22 minutes, but I am just realizing now that I baked them at 350 rather than 375 degrees. Either way, it works well.

My only suggestion for the future would be to adjust the frosting recipe (possibly adding a little more powdered sugar) as mine tended to get a little bit too soft when kept at room temperature. Then again, it is July in Arizona and refrigerated cookie bars taste pretty good 🙂

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Thanks for a great recipe Raina. I look forward to seeing your posts in the future! 

(Printable Recipe)

Sugar Cookie Bars
Adapted from Connor’s Cooking (Originally from http://www.loveandoliveoil.com)

Ingredients:
Cookies:
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Frosting:
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of salt
4-5 cups powdered sugar
5 Tbsp. milk (I used almond milk)
food coloring, if desired

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs, mixing one at a time until well combined. Mix in vanilla. In a separate  bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking soda. Add to the butter mixture until just combined. Grease a large rimmed baking sheet (10×15-inch) with nonstick spray. Gently spread the dough over the sheet. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the edges of the bars are just beginning to brown. Place on a wire rack to cool.

While the bars are cooling, beat the butter in a large bowl until smooth and fluffy. Mix in vanilla and salt. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, alternating with a little milk. Mix until smooth and spreadable, but sturdy. Add a few drops of food coloring if desired. Spread over the cooled cookie bars (only after they are completely cool). Cut and enjoy!


Club: Baked – Speculaas

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This week’s Club: Baked recipe was co-posted with our sister group, Baked Sunday Mornings. Both of our groups are baking through the book, Baked Explorations, but we are typically on different schedules as the Sunday morning group was established before we began our trip through the book. For fun, this time we decided to join-up on a recipe. More people baking together at one time. Should be fun. I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s posts! As described in the book, these cookies came together really easily for me. I mixed them up before leaving the house to run some errands, and they were ready to roll out and bake when I got back. My dough was a little sticky when rolling it out, but that is the only (minor) complaint that I had. 
speculaas - rolling out dough
These cookies certainly end up on the crunchy side of things. I feel like mine were a little soft when I took them out of the oven, but the y set-up quite a bit as they cool. From the description of the cookies, it sounds like they are meant to be a crunchier cookie. I typically am a chewy cookie gal, but I found myself going back for these again and again. They were right up my husband’s alley as he likes his cookies crunchy. I can’t write this post without mentioning my beetle cookie cutter. I do actually drive a Beetle and received this cookie cutter as a gift from a 7-yr old family friend. Too cute!
speculaa in car shape
These cookies certainly have that “holiday” type flavor and seem like they would keep really well for some time (not that I would know as ours didn’t last very long). Something that I will definitely have to keep in mind for future holiday cookie plates. Be sure to check out the Club: Baked page to see the post from both our group and the Baked Sunday Mornings group. Should be a great round-up!