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Soft Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

21 May

Soft Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

What’s that one sentimental thing that you can’t bear to part with? I have this American Girl doll from when I was a kid. For those of you in-the-know, I have Kirsten, the pioneer girl from the 1850s. I wanted Kirsten for years and years and years. I read all the books from every American Girl’s series and poured over the magazines each month. I asked for Kirsten every birthday and Christmas for years. My dear mother rationally explained that these dolls cost a lot of money, and if I wanted her, I wouldn’t be able to get any other presents that year. I always readily responded, I didn’t care about other presents, I just wanted her, but my mom knew better. She knew I’d be crushed Christmas morning if I only  had one present under the tree when my greedy siblings had seven or eight apiece.

Soft Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

But one year, one unsuspecting year, after years of wanting/begging for Kirsten, I got her. She was the last present I opened, and I was shocked. We have my reaction on video, and it’s great because I actually start crying and clutching her to my chest. So much anticipation and love for that doll. I can never part with her.

Soft Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

These sugar cookies will remind you of the ones in the grocery store that have that bright frosting and sprinkles. You know they’re extremely bad for you, but you just can’t seem to say “no” when they’re in front of you.

Soft Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

I plan to save this sugar cookie recipe for future use. It’s the best one I’ve made so far, with the right amount of tenderness. It’s not sickeningly sweet, either. The frosting is out of this world and incredibly addictive. I may or may not have eaten a few spoonfuls and danced around the room like a monkey during my sugar high. (more…)

NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

27 Feb

NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

So this one night, when my brother and I were teenagers, we were driving home from a dance. (Well, my brother was driving.) It was raining and stormy and hard to see and my brother was jamming out to the radio, singing dramatically, basically every parent’s worst nightmare. We went around a sharp turn way too fast and lost control. I was certain we were going to die. My brother almost killed me. Miraculously, we didn’t die. Instead, we were heading straight for a field with a long row of trees and slid right in between two of them until we came to a stop. He looked at me. I was OK. He was OK. The car was OK. No need to tell the parents, right? Of course right. Until now. Mother and father, my bro crashed your car once.

My brother got married last weekend. It was a spectacular affair. The night before their wedding, my brother orchestrated a concert/storytelling night. There were beautiful songs, and a few stories. He directed me to tell some funny stories about him. I used this moment to tell this car-crashing story that we had sworn each other to secrecy about many years ago. Seemed like an apropos time, right?

You know what it’s also an appropriate time for? COOKIES. More cookies.

I’ve been making this recipe for years, so I thought it’s about time I shared it with you. If you haven’t had the pleasure of tasting the famous NY Times Chocolate Chip cookies, now is your chance. The recipe originally comes from Jacques Torres and was published in the NY Times a whopping 5 years ago. It stands the test of time.

I strongly recommend the use of a kitchen scale for these cookies. I’m guessing great pains were taken to determine the amount of flour needed for this ULTIMATE recipe, so I always use my kitchen scale when measuring my ingredients for this recipe.

This recipe is a bit more involved than your regular, off-the-back-of-the-chocolate-chips-bag recipe. But. It makes them that much better. These cookies don’t get flat. It’s amazing! And the combination of the saltier dough with the dark chocolate is something to be savored. Beware: the dough must be refrigerated for at least 4 hours before baking (the original recipe says 24 hours, but I’ve found an impatient 4 hours works just fine).

NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

Stir together your dry ingredients.

NY Times Chocolate Chip CookiesCombine your butter and sugars.

NY Times Chocolate Chip CookiesAnd eggs and vanilla.

NY Times Chocolate Chip CookiesCombine dry ingredients with butter/sugar combo, and mix for a few seconds with the mixer until partially combined.

NY Times Chocolate Chip CookiesFinish mixing by hand.

NY Times Chocolate Chip CookiesGet your chocolate ready.

NY Times Chocolate Chip CookiesAdd the chocolate to the dough. Yummm!

NY Times Chocolate Chip CookiesNow comes the hard part. Wait it out while the dough refrigerates for at least 4 hours.

NY Times Chocolate Chip CookiesThen—glorious day—make your large doughballs. About two tablespoons’ worth of dough per cookie!

NY Times Chocolate Chip CookiesBake to puffed perfection.

NY Times Chocolate Chip CookiesReady to eat!
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Cookie Dough Fudge

19 Dec

Cookie Dough Fudge

I am getting awfully excited for Christmas. It’s less than a week away—pretty hard to believe it snuck up on me this fast! I love to give treats away for Christmas. They’re obviously the perfect gift because they’re from the heart, homemade, rather inexpensive, and for the stomach. What more could you want?

This fudge is ridiculously easy. You don’t need to use a candy thermometer or worry about exact times to get the right consistency here. It’s all in the sugar! (No, really, it really does depend on how much powdered sugar you use.)

I whipped up a batch of this for a holiday potluck and have leftovers in my fridge to give away to any holiday visitors. I always feel the need to have a homemade treat on hand–you never know who you might need to give it to!

Cookie Dough Fudge

Start by making your cookie dough.

Cookie Dough Fudge

Now start the fudge base by combining butter, brown sugar, and half-and-half in a pan.

Cookie Dough Fudge

Heat on medium-low until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves.

Cookie Dough Fudge

Remove from heat and add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Stir until smooth after each addition.

Cookie Dough Fudge

 

Keep stirring until smooth and very thick.

Cookie Dough Fudge

After the last cup of powdered sugar is added, stir well until very, very smooth.

Cookie Dough Fudge

Toss in the cookie dough and stir to incorporate evenly.

Cookie Dough Fudge

Sprinkle in the chocolate chips and stir to combine.

Cookie Dough Fudge

Spread in a parchment-lined pan, and refrigerate until set.

Cookie Dough Fudge

Cut into bite-sized, 1-inch pieces. (more…)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sandwich Cookies

7 Nov

I swear one of my husband’s pet peeves is how technologically unsavvy I am…and purely when it comes to tech lingo. For the life of me, I cannot stop calling my laptop charger a battery, no matter how many times he corrects me. I do realize this can be confusing when I say, “Crap! I forgot to bring my battery with me!” when I’m sitting there typing away on my laptop with no apparent difficulty or loss of function. But come on, details, details.

Also, who the heck thought it was a good idea to call PCs “PCs” and not call other laptops (like Macs) PCs?? Here’s my thinking: PC means personal computer, so if I have any sort of computer, it’s my PC, right?! Who’s with me? No one. Well that’s OK. I’ll fight these battles alone.

Maybe your current pet peeve is how many cookie dough recipes I’ve been posting ever since buying The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook. Well tough (cookies)! I cannot get enough cookie dough. Doesn’t matter how many times per week day I eat it.

This recipe is the best of both worlds because you get chocolate chip cookie dough (yum) sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies (double yum). Enjoy!

Start by stirring up your cookie dough. No funny business.

Place cookies on a lined baking sheet and slightly flatten with your fingers or the bottom of glass.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until edges start to brown.

Meanwhile, stir up eggless cookie dough for the filling.

Throw a dollop of cookie dough filling between two cooled cookies.

Now it’s time to smoosh those cookies together until the filling reaches the edges. (Apparently “smoosh” is not a real word, but that’s exactly what you need to do in this step.)

Keep filling, smooshing, and eating. (more…)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

3 Oct

Sometimes I have no hope for the world. I went to Target and looked at their book section. Under the banner “Non-Fiction Best Sellers” were The Hobbit and vampire books. Under “Fiction Best Sellers” were self-help books, memoirs, and Mitt Romney’s No Apology. My husband shrugged this off as an honest mistake that anyone could make. I, dramatically, was horrified. Mistake? Mistake???! This is fifth-grade stuff, people.

Other times, I have the highest hopes and confidence in the world. Ever since I gifted myself The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook, my life has been 10x better. Every recipe I’ve made thus far has been an A+ winner.

These brownies are no exception.

Oh my gosh, when I took my first bite of this brownie, I felt like I was eating a stick of butter (IN AN EXTREMELY GOOD WAY, I PROMISE!!). Now that might turn some of you healthy people off, but trust me, these brownies are fudgy-cookie-doughy heaven. (And it’s not actually quite as bad as eating a stick of butter…I don’t think anyway…)

Enjoy my pictures, and then, please, I urge you, make these for yourself.

Start by stirring up your brownie batter.

Bake for 18 minutes.

Meanwhile, make your eggless cookie dough for the topping. Spread on cooled brownies.

Refrigerate until ready to eat, then cut into bars to serve. Look how fast that was?! OK, in full disclosure, these pictures were taken over the course of 2 hours, but it was worth it. (more…)

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

9 Jun

I can’t stop making chocolate chip cookies. It doesn’t matter how many times I eat them, I will never stop craving them.

I saw these cookies on Pinterest, and my heart fluttered. I couldn’t stop looking at them and dreaming about them. There is nothing more boring absolutely satisfying than chocolate chip cookies cranked up a notch.

These cookies are perfect because they give you that satisfying chocolate chip taste but look more special and fancy. They also ooze with melted chocolate when warm. Wanna eat them warm with ice cream? Let’s be friends.

Start with your chocolate chip cookie dough.

Use half of the dough to make 10 flat balls in the bottom of the muffin tin.

Top each with a dollop of melted milk chocolate.

Then top that with the second half of the dough.

Bake for 17 minutes or until golden brown.

Drizzle with any remaining melted chocolate. Enjoy gooey, melty, chocolatey goodness. (more…)