January 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hi, it is Erik. This time I have some cookies to share. This recipe for snickerdoodles has come from Crepes of Wrath, and the original is located here. This is the first time I’ve tried to make this type of cookie, and I think these came out really well. They had a much stronger flavor of nutmeg than I’m used to in snickerdoodles, stronger even than the cinnamon, but I thought it was a refreshing change. The original uses some shortening and includes cream of tartar. I had neither on-hand, so I used all butter and omitted the latter. The texture may have changed as a result of this, but these were universally liked by my family, so I can wholly recommend it.

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Peanut Butter Blossoms

December 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

These peanut butter kiss cookies are also among my favorites for the holidays.  They have just the right amount of peanut butter — it’s not overwhelming but it gives you the lovely chocolate-PB combination to which I am absolutely addicted (admitting you have a problem is the first step, right..?).  My mother gave me this recipe when I moved into my new place and I was anxious for the Christmas season to get here so I could try it out for myself.  I was not prepared, however, for how many cookies this recipe made (nearly three dozen!) so clearly a couple care packages had to be sent.  But what better time of year to send boxes of cookies to those you love?  Share the holiday magic!

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Mexican Wedding Cookies

December 18, 2010 § 1 Comment

… also known as Russian Tea Cakes, and referred to by my mother as Pecan Drops.  It has more names than any other cookie I know of; one of my friends tells me that there’s a Greek version as well.  Whatever you call it, it’s always been one of my absolute favorite Christmas cookies, and when I found a recipe for them on Smitten Kitchen, there was nothing that would stop me from making these delectable, shortbread-y, slightly nutty, slightly sweet spheres of awesome.

Also, I have decided to give them a new name.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

November 19, 2010 § 1 Comment

Just to warn you, I am nowhere near done my annual pumpkin binge.  This is the second awesome pumpkin recipe I have for you, and there are more to come!

A note about these cookies.  First, they are super easy.  You have no excuse not to make them!  Second, I decided that it could be awesome to add some peanut butter to them, so I split the batch in half and added a tablespoon or two to one half of the dough.  I thought they came out pretty well, and I thought I could taste the difference, though it was pretty subtle.  I also thought the peanut butter added a bit of a richness to the cookies that wasn’t there in the originals.  If you want a stronger flavor, I would suggest maybe 2.5 – 3 tbsp of peanut butter if you’re adding it to only half of the dough, and maybe 4 or 5 if you want to add it to the entire batch (though you really should make some without, both for comparison purposes and because the original was pretty awesome without peanut butter too!).

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Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

October 19, 2010 § 1 Comment

Continuing my attempt to get this ridiculous backlog of recipes/posts up here, let’s shift gears and move from dinner on to dessert.  I came across this cookie recipe while browsing through the very long list of food blogs I frequent, and decided that it was sufficiently different from my standard chocolate chip cookie recipe that it would be worth trying.  (…no but who am I kidding, you really never need an excuse to try a new cookie recipe!)  They turned out great, disappeared quickly, and the dough was pretty delicious too, which is always a plus, because who doesn’t sneak a spoonful or three of cookie dough before you bake it?  So, without further ado, here’s the recipe.

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