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Gingerbread…

…is super-fun to make, especially for the holidays!  Food Network Magazine featured a recipe for perfect gingerbread men, and I couldn’t wait to make them!

For perfect gingerbread you need:

  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice (we just added extra cinnamon)
  • 6 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 tbsp. melted shortening
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg

Sift the flour, baking soda, and spices together in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, combine the butter, shortening, brown sugar, and molasses.  Beat the egg in with a mixer.

Mix the flour mixture into the wet ingredients in two additions.  The dough will become crumbly and seems like it will never incorporate, but keep working with it!

Divide the dough in half,  wrap each portion in Saran wrap and pat/roll it to 1/2 inch thick.  Pop the dough in the fridge for a couple of hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 and lightly flour the counter.  Roll each each of dough to 1/4 inch thick, dusting with more flour if you need it.  Cut the dough into gingerbread men or whatever shapes you desire.  If you can believe it, we actually don’t have a gingerbread man cookie cutter, so we used our Star Wars set with other random shapes.  And, as you can see, Schatzi attempted his own gingerbread man.

And, the Star Wars gang was all there!  We added chocolate chips  and sprinkles to some of the cookies, and it made them taste all the better!  When cookies have been cut, place them on parchment-lined cookie sheets and place back in the fridge for 15 minutes.  Then, bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes and let them cool on a rack.

 

I highly recommend mixing chocolate chips and sprinkles to your batter-it is delicious!  The Food Network chefs weren’t kidding when they deemed this perfect gingerbread–it’s soft, sweet, spicy, and just plain wonderful.  Whip up a batch for the office in the last couple of weeks before Christmas!

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…are in order, as it is the Christmas season!  Last year, Food Network Magazine did this wonderful segment, 50 Holiday Cookies, in which they gave several great base recipes along with variations.  Why this has been hiding on my bookshelf, unused, for a year is beyond me!  Well, this weekend, we made their classic chocolate chip cookies and they are absolutely fantastic (and easy!)!

For these chocolatey, gooey cookies you need:

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Cream the butter and sugars together until fluffy.  Then, beat in the vanilla and eggs.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda.  Stir it into the butter mixture.  Add the chocolate chips and pop the dough into the fridge for half an hour.

Roll the dough into balls and bake them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment for 8-12 minutes at 350.

Let the cookies cool for just a few minutes on a rack.

Grab a handful of delicious cookies and kick your holiday season off right!

These are honestly the most perfect chocolate chip cookies you can make!  They are both crispy and gooey as well as sweet and salty.   These are an absolutely wonderful holiday treat and they really could not be any easier!

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…and cookies are wonderful things.  Schati received some early birthday gifts this year, one of which was a fantastic set of Star Wars cookie cutters from Williams-Sonoma.  Being the total nerds we are, we were both pretty excited to whip up a batch of star wars themed sugar cookies!

For sugar cookie goodness you need:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Beat the butter with a mixer until it is creamy.  Then, beat in the sugar until the butter becomes fluffy.  Add in the egg and vanilla and beat the mixture for another minute.  Proceed to add the flour slowly.  Beat everything until a stiff/crumbly dough forms.  Divide the batter into two balls and roll them into disks.  Wrap the disks in saran wrap and refrigerate them overnight.

The next day, let the dough stand for about 5 minutes outside the fridge and preheat the oven to 350.  Then, on a floured surface, roll the disks until they are about 1/4 inch thick.   Cut out your shapes and place them on parchment-lined cookie sheets.

Bake the cookies for about 13 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely before icing with your favorite frosting.

These cookie cutters are ridiculously awesome and super-fun.  And, the sugar cookies themselves are pretty darn tasty!

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…is currently upon many a student, unfortunately.  I know that while we dearly miss Elon, Schatzi and I are quite grateful that the only thing we have to closely study this week is the back of our eyelids as we fall asleep!  However, many of our friends and family are not so lucky.  So, I decided to make a batch of chocolate chip cookies and ship them out to a couple of people, in hopes that the tasty treats would provide them a moment of sanity and joy amidst their stressful weeks.

For this classic cookie you need:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate or milk chocolate chips
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt

These are a super-easy bake.  Start by preheating the oven to 375 and line a couple of cookie sheets with that beloved parchment paper.  Also, melt the butter in the microwave and let it cool for a couple of minutes.

Whisk together the butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla, until everything is nice and smooth.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

Stir the dry ingredients into the moist ones, just until everything is combined.  Don’t over mix the dough!  chewy cookies can be tasty, but not when they are made by over-mixing.   When everything is well-incorporated, fold in the chocolate chips.

Scoop heaping tablespoons of dough out onto the cookie sheets.  Then, dampen your hands and roll the dough into balls.  It’s a very sticky dough, so continue to wet your hands as you go–it makes the dough much easier to work with.  Place the balls of dough about 2 inches apart on the sheet.

Bake the cookies for about 14 minutes, until nice and golden.  Then, cool them completely on a cooling rack and you are ready to go!  I got about 2 dozen cookies out of this particular recipe.

Unless they were lying, my cookie-receivers really enjoyed these.  Of course, before mailing them, Schatzi and I tried one to make sure they weren’t horrible!  Alas, they are incredibly tasty.  So, whip up a batch for a student you know, or give yourself a treat!

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Sugar cookies…

…are just so darn delicious!  Whenever mom and I go to Subway, we always get a cookie for dessert and my choice is (without fail) a sugar cookie.  Believe it or not, Subway actually has some incredibly tasty cookies.  I am constantly surprised by this!  Anyway, our church is having a bake sale this weekend, so I made some delicious sugar cookies for the event.

For a sweet, soft cookie you need:

  • 3/4 cup butter (Don’t use margarine. Ever. It is no better than butter in the health category and is beyond better for cooking!)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt

Start by heating your butter slightly in the microwave (10 seconds ought to do the trick) to soften it.  Softened butter is much easier to mix than butter straight from the fridge.  Cream the butter and sugar with your mixer until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Then, add in your eggs and the vanilla.  Use the mixer again to get everything nice and smooth.

Next, sift together all of your dry ingredients.

Add your dry ingredients to the moist ones and beat until everything is smooth and well-incorporated.

Stick the dough in the fridge for at least 1 1/2 hours to get it to stiffen up some.  The dough will be quite sticky and hard to cut if you don’t chill it adequately!

When it has chilled for awhile, roll the dough out on a floured surface until it is 1/2 inch thick.  Cut it with whatever shape of cookie cutter you would like and pop the cookies into a 370 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.  Every oven cooks differently, so this may not be the best temperature for you.  Watch the cookies carefully and adjust the temperature or cooking time as you go.  Also, make sure you either grease the cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper.  I think the parchment paper is MOST definitely the way to go–it is foolproof!

After the cookies have cooled a bit, you can either frost them or eat them plain.  I personally think a sugar cookie is perfect as is, so I skipped the frosting bit.

Yum!!  Heads up: when you store your delicious cookies, throw a piece of bread into your storage container.  The bread will actually keep your cookies gooey and soft as ever!  This is a tip from my mom and I never can believe how well it works.  Make some cookies and try it for yourself!

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