Archive | June, 2012

GIANT cookies!

26 Jun

I think we have kind of decided to bake new things on Mondays and Fridays (except this Friday because we are going on a Road Trip!). And this Monday we made…

S’mores Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies!  Based on this recipe with slight variations and modifications.

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2 sticks softened butter

1 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

2 eggs

1 Tbsp vanilla

3 1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

4 full sheets separated at all perforations into quarters

3 Hershey Bars, broken into rows of 1 wide X 2 tall

8 large marshmallows cut in half height-wise

1.  Preheat oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment.

2.  With a mixer, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla, continue to beat until well combined.

3.  Place flour, salt and baking soda into a bowl; mix to combine then add slowly to wet ingredients along with the chocolate chips. Dough may seem dry, don’t worry! It will work out perfectly.

4.  Layer a graham cracker quarter with 2 Hershey chocolate squares and 2 marshmallow halves.  Close with another graham cracker.

5. Top s’more with a large scoop of cookie dough.  Place in hands and place another large scoop on bottom then front and back sides as needed.  Form dough around s’mores. Place large cookies onto prepared baking sheet (optional: we popped ours into the freezer here for about 10 minutes so they wouldn’t spread) and bake for 15-17 minutes or until edges are golden and centers are cooked through.  Let cool for 5minutes before transferring the cookies on parchment to cooling rack.

Makes 8 large stuffed cookies.

(We had a bit of dough left over so we made even smaller s’more cookies by cutting the Graham Cracker quarters in half.)

Hopefully we have lots of time to make festive goodies before camping… : )


Reunited at last!

19 Jun

I am officially back from NorCal for the summer! And while most of the four days that I have been back have been dedicated to tackling the black hole that is my room, a few baking adventures have taken place. Thank goodness!

On Saturday we made clover-leaf rolls. No one took any pictures of them, but I did take a picture of the braided ‘loaf’ I made out of the extra. We used a recipe that came with our KitchenAid mixer, a variation on this.

On Sunday (Happy Father’s Day!!) we made these amazing ‘Ultimate Pecan Sticky Buns’ for the father. They were rather time consuming, but the deliciousness that we ended up with was totally worth it. It had a much nicer, soft, cloudy dough even after baking than our normal overnight cinnamon rolls. We used the recipe for Bon Appétit and added in some extra cinnamon-brown-sugar mixture along with the pecans for the filling. I never did get a good picture of the rolls though…sorry.

We also made some delicious oven-onion rings and zucchini fries. So tasty and crunchy! I think it was just dipped in seasoned four, dipped in egg mixture, dipped in lightly olive oiled panko bread crumbs, and baked in the oven.

On Monday I helped mom make a lovely blackberry Cabernet sorbet. Blackberry juice, wine, a little honey, and a whipped egg white. So refreshing (too bad it wasn’t a hot NorCal night). Some dark chocolate curls finished it off. Unfortunately, the only picture I have is after mom dumped all the extra shavings onto mine…

I may make cookies for my cousin-in-law who is fixing my bikes… Or chocolate zucchini bread…we are being buried in vegetables!

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