Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thick and Chewy Snickerdoodles

I admit, I love snickerdoodles.  Cinnamon and vanilla?  Yes, please.  What’s funny is that I never really had them much as a kid, just occasionally in the school cafeteria.  I know, ew.

Anyway, snickerdoodles were one of the first cookies that the Munchkin helped make when he was little.  He could help dump everything in the mixer (or “loud noise” as he would call it!) and then it was fun for him to roll the balls of dough in the cinnamon sugar before putting them on the baking sheet.

Even since then, my go-to recipe for snickerdoodles has been this one by Emeril.  It’s a great recipe, baking up a thin, crispy cookie (at least when I make them!). 

However, I was looking for something different this time, something thicker and chewier.  I found this recipe from the blog How Sweet it Is.  I decided to try it, and while I did keep the ingredient list the same I changed up the method a bit to suit me better.  The result?  What I was looking for – thick and chewy…and great tasting!

I will say that it does not make many cookies, so depending on how many you will be sharing these with, you will probably want to double the recipe.

Thick and Chewy Snickerdoodles
Adapted from How Sweet It Is

1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp real vanilla extract
2 Tbsp milk

**additionally, for rolling the dough in before baking, you will need**
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon.  Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.  Add the egg and vanilla, and mix an additional two minutes.  Add the milk and mix another minute.

Slowly add in the flour mixture, beating just until incorporated.  The dough will look wet and sticky.  Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

While the dough is refrigerating, preheat the oven to 375’F and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

When the dough is ready, mix together the additional ¼ cup sugar and 1 Tbsp cinnamon in a shallow bowl.  Using a #40 disher (about 1” across) scoop the dough into balls and then coat with the cinnamon sugar.  Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake 8-9 minutes or until set.  Remove from oven, allow to cool on baking sheet for 3-4 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 22 (2 ¼”) cookies

Enjoy! :)

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sharing the Love

I don't know about you, but when I search for new recipes to try, I also like to read reviews from other people that have actually tried them. I think that's why websites such as and allrecipes are popular -- you post a recipe, others try it and leave reviews.  That's essentially what food blogging is all about -- sharing experiences with food.  But, I think a lot of us (myself included, if you include me as a food blogger, lol) tend to only want to post our own recipes, or our own take on the recipes of others. 

My husband claims that I can't follow a recipe to save my life.  That's not entirely true.  I do occasionally follow a recipe as written...sometimes...maybe.  :)  A lot of times I do feel like I change the recipe enough to call it "adapted" or "inspired by".  Sometimes though?  Yeah, changing one ingredient isn't really enough to make it my own.  Those are the recipes I'm going to be talking about today.  Ones that I've tried, that my family liked enough to make it to the "keep" file. 

I started reading food blogs because they are about real food written by real people.  That's what I am -- a real person, with a real family that often has really picky tastes.  Here are some of the recipes we've tried recently, and my thoughts on them.

  • I don't know why it took me so long to try the Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos from Our Best Bites, because they are dang good!  My family prefers flour tortillas, so that's they way I make them.  My BFF & her family prefers corn, so that's what she uses.  Honestly, I never make the dressing, though it sounds very good.  We usually dip in salsa or queso.  I've also done a version of the taquitos using regular salsa and taco seasoning mix and they were quite good as well.
  • Also from Our Best Bites, we really like the Stuffed Pizza Rolls (or pizza bites, as I call them).  They are a blast to make with the kids, by the way.  I use my favorite pizza dough and sauce recipes, but OBB is where I first saw the idea.
  • The Baked Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wings from Steamy Kitchen rock, and I don't really even like chicken wings!  I've done the same thing with chicken legs and it was very good as well.  The kiddos and hubby loved it too.  I did use Italian herb mix instead of just rosemary. 
  • The Maple Pecan Pancakes from the $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook (which I found via Once a Month Mom) were a favorite of mine, even if the Munchkin didn't like them.  The other kiddos did though!  I did freeze some of them and it was handy to have them ready to heat up for breakfast in a rush.
  • I love the Light & Airy Whole Grain Biscuits from Simple Scratch (I also love many of the recipes at her other blog, In Jennie's Kitchen).  I don't think I'd ever even heard of spelt flour before reading that recipe, but now I always have some on hand and make these biscuits quite frequently.   

Ok, those are seriously just a few of the recipes that I've gathered from other food bloggers.  What are some of your recent faves?

Enjoy!  :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Oatmeal, White Chocolate & Toffee Cookies

On Tuesday I had lunch with some former co-workers.  We went to this little cafe, and I enjoyed warm food and conversation with wonderful company - two great people that I haven't seen nearly enough of in the last few years. 

I was also reminded that I am Katy.  Meaning, I am more than "just a mom".  My children each carry a piece of my soul around with them.  That will never change.  But there is more to me than "mom."  However, being a mom and now a homeschooling mom has consumed so much of my energy, that I've had a tendency to forget about Katy, about my dreams and desires.  So, when I decided to make the time to get some cookies created and post about them today, it felt that much better to slip on my purple apron, turn on some music, and dance around the kitchen while baking up these treats.  I'm a sap, I know, I hear it from my husband all the time!

While we were at the cafe on Tuesday, we tried several different cookies for dessert.  One of those was an oatmeal cookie with white chocolate.  They were hands down the favorite at our table (though the snickerdoodle was a close second for me!).  I tried to recreate those, and while these aren't quite the same, they are tasty in their own right. 

I started with the cookie recipe here (which is a favorite at our house) and made the following changes.
  • I substituted white baking chips for the semi-sweet.
  • I decreased the coconut to 1/2 cup.
  • I added in 1/2 cup toffee bits.

That's it!  I do make my cookies smaller; I use a #40 disher (about an inch across) and they bake for about 13 minutes in my tempermental oven.