Tuesday, December 22, 2009

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies with Semisweet Chocolate and Craisins

I wanted to put a new spin on classic white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, so I thought to add craisins and some regular semisweet chocolate chips. I made two batches- one for an end of semester class dinner, and the other for a study session I was holding. They were a very big hit, with everyone asking for the recipe. The cookies come out with an interesting combination of textures and just the right amount of sweetness, and the colors are great for this time of year. Enjoy!

  • For 3 dozen cookies:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 (12 ounce) package white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cups chopped dry roasted macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 (6 ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 bag craisins
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream butter and sugars in medium bowl. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Blend in flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in white and semisweet chocolate chips, macadamia pieces, and craisins. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes, depending on oven. Let cool, dig in!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Chocolatey, Chewy, Crunchy, Satisfy-Every-Craving Cookies

This is based off an interesting recipe I found while snooping around online. I took the basics from that and basically threw in everything I found in the pantry that I thought could be good. Turned out to be a great cookie to feed a bunch of over-stressed and over-tired college girls! I DEFINITELY recommend having a glass of milk ready before biting into one of these.

2 large eggs
3/4 cups brown sugar
2/3 cups sugar
1 1/3 t baking soda
pinch salt
1/2 t vanilla
1/3 c butter (softened)
1/2 c peanut butter
1/2 c nutella
3-4 c oats (3 cups doesn't give that much of an oaty flavor so I personally like more)
1 c chocolate chips
1/2 c crushed pretzels

Blend together the first eight ingredients with electric beater
Mix in oats, chocolate chips, and pretzels (or any other odds and ends you might like, possibilities I've thought of adding are raisins, nuts, m&ms or crushed heath bar)
Bake 350° 13-15 mins, depending on your oven

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cookies

With cookie season upon us I figured it was just about time to start up the blog again. Last week I discovered this incredible chocolate chip recipe, easily the best homemade chocolate chip cookies I've had. The recipe makes a huge amount of cookies, I cut it in half and still had about 2 dozen. I recommend freezing the chocolate bar in advance and grating it in the blender, this made it very easy. Enjoy!

2 cups butter
4 cups flour
2 teaspons baking soda
5 cups blended oatmeal
24 ounces chocolate chips
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 8 oz chocolate bar, grated
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla

Measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder and soda. Add chocolate chips, grated Hershey Bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375° or until golden. Enjoy with a tall glass of milk!