So, here’s another cute, crave-able cookie. I’ve been on the lookout for a soft, chewy molasses cookie that doesn’t use shortening. It’s harder than you think, since a soft, chewy texture is usually achieved by adding shortening to cookie dough! But, given the choice, if I’m the one doing the baking, I’d much rather bake with butter.
Truth be told, these cookies may be soft, but they don’t quite have the chewy, ultra-moist texture I was hoping for. For that, I may have to break down and buy some shortening… But they do have their own unique, buttery flavor and a tender texture that I find irresistible. Continue reading
Mmm, cookies… I can’t get enough cookies lately. And I’m not going to call it a “pregnancy craving” because, truth be told, I always have and probably always will crave cookies. But now, at 36 weeks and 3 days pregnant, the combination of mild sleep deprivation, growing discomfort and anxious waiting (Is that a contraction!?) has rendered my willpower to resist any sweet completely non-existent. And happily, cookies and milk make everything in life seem a little more manageable; just a tad more enjoyable.
But, so I don’t go too overboard, I made up one simple cookie rule: No eating cookies unless I bake them myself. It’s fair enough, really… If I can muster the energy to mix up a batch of my own cookies and scrub the dishes afterwards (plus take a few blog-worthy pics as I polish my photography skills for soon-to-come baby), then I deserve a treat.
These plain little beauties don’t look like much, but let me tell you, they’re completely and utterly irresistible. They’re not gooey or chocolaty or overly sweet… They’re tender and toasty – pure comfort. And their diminutive size means you can eat more than one (which feels super indulgent) without really overdoing it. Best of all, they’re one of the easiest cookies you’ll ever make. Really. Just a few ingredients combine to make some serious cookie magic. Take it from the pregnant lady. Continue reading
I’ve been trying not to go crazy with holiday sweets this year, since I’m pregnant and trying to eat healthy (oh, the pressures of eating for two!). But last week I decided to make cookies for Geoff’s work… And if I got to eat a few cookies here and there, I figured I couldn’t feel too guilty considering I did all the baking, right? Still, just to be safe, because I know the limits of my own self control, I decided to make the relatively harmless (I couldn’t bring myself to type the word “healthy” here), yet traditional and fun gingerbread cookies. Continue reading
If you were a cookie, what kind of cookie would you be? I can’t remember where I first heard this question, but somehow it stuck with me – I went through a period in college where it became my conversation starter of choice. Friends and new acquaintances would tell me their cookie and I would confidently spout out their personality profiles, like a fortune teller working on a Psych degree. And maybe I was just good at imagining stories, but it really did seem like people’s answers were a reflection of their personalities (watch out for those Oatmeal Raisin types!).
And my answer to the question? Chocolate Chip: Classic, traditional, cheerful, easy-going, sweet and simple, always welcome, and, most of all, everyone loves Chocolate Chip Cookies. And that is why every baker needs a go-to Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe in their apron pocket.