Most weeks when I choose what to bake, I end up just idly flipping through the pages of my cookbooks looking for inspiration. Something that catches my eye. Or at least something that I have all the ingredients for. Occasionally, however, I find myself trying to satisfy a particular craving. This is one of those weeks. When I was going through my ingredient bin last week (yes, I have a giant bin full of various types of chocolate chips and other stuff), I found some Mini Reese’s Pieces that I’d bought with no particular recipe in mind and never got around to using. And I couldn’t stop thinking about them. So this week I really wanted to use them. I was toying with the idea of going full peanut flavour and adding them to some peanut butter cookies, but then I thought about intensely chocolatey cookies, studded with little nuggets of peanut butter flavour. Yes. That’s what I wanted. I have a go-to chocolate cookie recipe that I use to play with various additions, so I started there. I made sure there were lots of chocolate chips in there too, because I really wanted a chocolate cookie. And then I loaded it up with the Reese’s Pieces. First one I tried out of the oven? Perfect. Exactly what I was hoping for! (more…)
This is another recipe that I stumbled upon ages ago, and flagged because I thought it sounded so good. It’s based off the flavour of a Chunky chocolate bar (yum!) – loaded with lots of chocolate, raisins, and nuts. Sounds good, right? So why haven’t I made it before now? Well, let’s be honest. Most people aren’t crazy about raisins in cookies. I know there are some fans out there and right now they’re probably sputtering “but they’re delicious!” But really, honestly, do you think everyone else feels the same way? Nah. But that just means more raisin cookies for you. Yay! (more…)
I’ve got a rule here for this blog – I never make the same recipe twice. Sometimes to my coworkers’ displeasure. There have been several times over the past few years that cookies have been specifically requested, and I’ve had to say “nope.” The only exception is when I’m making alterations to a recipe – adding different flavours or inclusions, like I do with these chocolate cookies that have appeared again and again, but never the same way twice. I’ve never made the exact same recipe twice since I’ve started this blog. Until today. A few years ago I made what I thought were some pretty amazing cookies – peanut butter with both melted butterscotch chips and whole butterscotch chips mixed in. They were a unique flavour, and had a tender almost creamy texture. So why have people left comments complaining the cookies came out too crumbly? One person went so far as to say it was a bad recipe.
So yes, we’re revisiting this recipe to figure out what’s going on. (more…)
I wasn’t particularly craving anything this week, so I just flipped through the pages of my cookbooks until something caught my eye. This cookie right here sounded amazing. Chocolate cookies with a bit of cayenne pepper for heat, rolled in cinnamon sugar. Delicious! I love the contrast between sweetness and heat – think mango salsa, or these delicious peach jalapeño popsicles I made a couple years ago. (more…)
I’m gonna be honest, I wasn’t really in the mood to bake this week. If you read about my troubles with finding a new apartment, you know I have an old kitty with some health issues. Sadly, she’s been having a bad few days and all my energy has been going to taking care of her. It’s also the reason you didn’t see a new post last week. She’s doing a bit better now – eating a little more, and looking a little happier. But still, it was an emotionally draining week. And come Sunday (cookie day for me), I was looking for something really easy to make that didn’t require any special preparation or ingredients. This cookie right here fit the bill. And let me just say, you guys are lucky I chose this one, because this is a really good cookie. A soft chocolate chip cookie with three kinds of chocolate (and lots of it), topped off with a crunchy toasted pecan. The cookie jar was almost completely empty by the end of the first day. (more…)
I saw this recipe while I was looking for last week’s jam thumbprint cookies recipe. I was almost tempted away from making the heart cookies when I read these ingredients, but I managed to convince myself to hold off on this one for a week. Don’t they sound amazing? Soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies, absolutely bursting with chocolate (3 cups!), plus tart dried cherries. Spoiler alert – they really are as good as they sound. (more…)
Because I’m a sap, I really wanted to make some heart-themed cookies for Valentine’s day this year. I missed last year, but in the past I’ve made sparkling sugar cookie hearts and heart-shaped linzer cookies. I didn’t want to just do another heart-shaped cookie cutter this year though (not to mention the fact that all my cookie cutters are still buried in a box somewhere). And then I thought of those delicious jam thumbprints I made for our cookie exchange in December. Remember I was wondering why I only ever see them at that time of year? So I decided to extend their season a bit, and make them heart-shaped. (more…)
I know I just made some peanut butter cookies a few weeks ago (at the request of a pregnant co-worker), but I was totally craving something peanut buttery this week. I’d always believed that the best peanut butter cookies were the crumbly kind. But I’ve made lots of different peanut butter cookies over the years, and I’ve discovered a new favourite peanut butter cookie, which was surprisingly soft and chewy and had just a hint of cinnamon. That is still definitely a favourite, but this cookie has earned the new top spot for the crumbly shortbread-y texture. Wow, is this ever a good cookie. It has amazing peanut butter flavour, the perfect amount of chocolate, and it seriously does melt in your mouth. I totally want to bake another batch just for me. (more…)
This is a recipe that I flagged ages ago because I was intrigued by the combination of flavours, but I had to put it aside because there was one odd ingredient that I was missing. Cinnamon chips. Have you heard of them? I hadn’t! King Arthur Flour makes them and apparently so does Hershey’s – they’re just like chocolate or butterscotch chips, except cinnamon-flavoured. Unfortunately, I never did find anything like that locally, but I found something different (also called cinnamon chips) that are literally little chips of cinnamon-sugar. So I bought them instead. And then I kept putting this recipe aside because I had so many other things to make. But today I came upon it again, and this time I knew I had all the ingredients so I decided to go for it. (more…)
So you know that candied orange peel I made a couple weeks ago? This is the cookie that I needed it for. I’ve had my eye on this recipe for awhile, but I’ve never had quite all the ingredients at the same time. I bought a supply of pistachios a while ago with this cookie in mind, but every time I thought to make it, I’d realize I’d forgotten about the candied peel component. This time, however, I made sure I had everything I needed, including some oranges to make that candied peel. And I remembered to actually make the candied peel the day before, too. (more…)
I once again found myself needing to make some candied orange peel for a cookie recipe – I went so long without ever making it until that first time, but since then I feel like I’ve made it so many times it’s starting to feel like old hat! The first time I made it, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing and couldn’t believe that I was somehow going to make orange peels edible. Those were the bits that got tossed in the compost, not eaten. And yet I did. And while it took a bit of time, it really wasn’t hard at all. And so very delicious. (more…)
It’s cookie swap season, y’all! I was so disappointed to find out that the Food Blogger Cookie Swap wouldn’t be happening this year. I really enjoyed it the last two years I participated – sharing cookies and meeting other bloggers – and I was really looking forward to doing it again. Boo. Hopefully they’ll start it up again next year. I’ve heard about another group doing one, but sadly I didn’t find out in time to join this year. On a more local front, I’ve been organizing a cookie swap with my coworkers for the last few years as well, and that one definitely happened this year. With more participants than ever before!
This year as we were discussing what to make, I threw out the idea of making some jam thumbprint cookies. The response was pretty enthusiastic. This is the only time of year I ever see them. Why is that? They’re such awesome little cookies! (more…)
As we head into the winter season (and we actually have snow here in Vancouver! it’s officially winter), I find myself craving the traditional cookie flavours – molasses and spice, and even eggnog (which is really mostly nutmeg in flavour). This cookie looked like an interesting variation on a spice cookie, with a combination of spices and flavours that’s a little different. Plus oatmeal. I’ve never had an oatmeal spice cookie, have you?
There’s a lot of spice in these cookies, including two full teaspoons of allspice and a half teaspoon of black pepper, so I was expecting something with a bit of bite. But while there is a lot of flavour, it’s a very pleasant blend of spices. And it’s unique. It’s not like any spice cookie I’ve had before! The spices themselves may be the usual blend, but the proportions are completely new to me. (more…)
I’m continuing the chocolate trend this week, but this cookie is very different from last week’s. There’s a lot of chocolate in this recipe – 1/2 cup of cocoa powder, plus lots of melted chocolate and chocolate chips – and while it definitely has a lot of chocolate flavour, it’s a milder chocolate flavour than the triple chocolate cookies I made last week. It doesn’t have the same oomph. It’s simply the difference between milk and dark chocolates. Milk chocolate has a much milder, sweeter flavour, and that’s what this cookie is all about. (more…)
I suddenly realized it’s been awhile since I’ve made a chocolate cookie. And I just happened to be totally craving something chocolate-y, and as good as they are, a plain chocolate chip cookie wouldn’t do the trick. Oh there are chocolate chips here, sure, but this cookie has so much more. We’re starting with a perfectly good chocolate cookie, and then we’re adding both dark chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips. Yes, triple chocolate. And then I decided to spoil myself and add cranberries too. Because I love the combination of rich dark chocolate and tart cranberry. And I wanted to treat myself this weekend. Why? Why not. (more…)