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Testing…Testing

19 Aug

Last week I got a text message, “Why do my chocolate chip cookies always go flat on me?!”

I answered Elizabeth by sharing that the temperature of her butter or over-creaming the butter and sugar was probably the issue, and that lead me to my weekend cookie experiment.

I was in charge of cookies for our 3rd annual Brewers tailgate yesterday and I thought that was the perfect time to do some testing. First though, I had to fulfill a request of oatmeal butterscotch cookies. Thanks, Hershey’s.  (and so sorry for the blur, I may have been too excited to get on to my experiment to stand still)

Then I tackled my experiment. Since chocolate chips cookies are my fave and easily a crowd pleaser, I wasn’t worried about having too many cookies and grabbed two recipes for the weekend. First, the cold butter, puffy cookie, and second a softened butter, chewy cookie.

As the first recipe explains, you begin with chilled butter cut into cubes, much like pie crust, and the batter you create is thick and smooth, but tight, almost like a rough peanut butter.

These are pretty mess-less and easy to make because if you don’t have a cookie scooper or dough disher, you can roll these into balls without being sticky!

For the chewy cookies, look no further than Martha Stewart. I mean, she’s pretty much the cookie queen, right? This recipe was almost identical, except the recipe called for softened, room temperature butter and a deep creaming with the sugar, this dough looks a lot more like a thick cake batter and is prettttttty sticky!

Definitely needed a scooper to help me out here.

For both cookies I used half dark chocolate and half milk chocolate mini kisses, for scientific experiment consistency, of course. Plus, you know I like to mix things up.

The verdict? They were both delicious, but I kinda like the puffy ones better. It might’ve been the cuteness factor. Your thoughts?

Christmas Cookies, Cakes & Candies!

25 Dec

This Christmas baking season started just when it should have – December 1st! I’ve always wanted to bake throughout the month of December and I finally got the chance. In the end I realized two things from this decision, #1 – it is a really good thing I started so early because the last two weeks were full of lots of working and interning so I didn’t have a lot of baking time. And #2 – that although starting early was a good idea, I still should have done my usual planning because I ended up with so many similar things that I did have to scramble in the last week and make sure to get those Christmas-staples (sugar cookies, biscotti, etc) on the plates! Either way I ended up with 19 delicious festive treats!

In no particular order: Oatberry Cookies, Sugar Cookie Cut-outs, Red Velvet Cake Slices, Vanilla Bean Bars, Cranberry Bliss Bars (my faves), Amaretto Biscotti, Coconut Macaroons, Caramel Chocolitas, Creme De Menthe Brownies, Sea Salt Fudge, Mississippi Mud Cookies, Pretzel M&M Cookies, Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Strawberry Jam Bars, Mini Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chippers, Snickerdoodles, Gingersnaps, Five Layer Bars and Chocolate-Mint Bark Cookies.

The links are to the recipes I used or the ones I based my basic cookie on, but you know me, I’m full of twists and substitutions, and this month was filled with those – mostly good ones! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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