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almond and brown sugar cookies

November 18, 2013

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole blanched almonds (2 1/2 ounces)
(a little anise extract and pumpkin pie spice – optional)

Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Beat together butter and brown sugar in a large bowl until pale and fluffy, then beat in egg and vanilla. Mix in flour mixture until a dough just forms. Stir in whole almonds. Divide dough in half. Using a sheet of plastic wrap or wax paper as an aid, form each piece of dough into a log 9 to 9 1/2 inches long (about 1 1/4 inches in diameter). Chill, wrapped in plastic wrap (or plastic grocery bag) until very firm, at least 4 hours. Freeze 30 minutes to facilitate slicing.

Preheat oven to 350°F with racks in upper and lower thirds. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut 1 log of dough crosswise into slices less than 1/8 inch thick with a thin sharp knife, rotating log after each slice to help keep round shape. (If dough gets too soft to slice through nuts easily, freeze briefly.) Arrange cookies about 1/2 inch apart on baking sheets.

Bake cookies, switching position of sheets halfway through, until golden brown all over, 12 to 15 minutes total. Transfer cookies on parchment to racks to cool.

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from epicurious

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made a few substitutions.

my brown sugar had some kind of larvae in it, so i substituted non-larvaed sugar in the raw with a half-teaspoon or so of molasses. it gave them a rich, thick flavor.
also, i have anise extract and never know what to do with it, and i like anise-almond, so i gave it a try. WOW! so perfect. the flavors compliment each other well. finally, i added a dash of pumpkin pie spice and a little pinch of chocolate chips.

there is so much going on with these cookies that they actually don’t need the chocolate chips at all. i would recommend omitting them, like the original recipe did.

i have never made icebox cookies before, but now i understand the basic idea. these cookies come out looking exactly like cookies from the store. they are even and flat on top.

typically, i’m more of the crumbly, chewy cookie type. i like cookies that turn your glass of milk into a milkshake in five seconds flat.
these cookies are very different. they are dunking cookies – and they actually stand up to being dunked until the end. they are crunchy, crispy, and could easily convert someone to the crispy cookie camp.

highly recommended as holiday gifts. unique, good-looking, and easy! highly recommended.

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amaretti di Saronno (gluten-free almond cookies)

November 18, 2013

2 1/4 cups blanched whole almonds (about 12 ounces), plus 15 for garnishing
2/3 cup sugar
2 large egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
15 glacéed cherries

Arrange racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat to 350°F. Lightly oil 2 large baking sheets, then line with parchment paper.

In food processor, combine 2 1/4 cups almonds and 1/3 cup sugar. Process until finely ground, scraping down sides once or twice. Set aside.

In electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat egg whites and salt at high speed until soft peaks form. Reduce speed to medium and gradually sprinkle in remaining 1/3 cup sugar. Return speed to high and beat mixture until stiff, shiny peaks form. Gently fold in ground almond mixture and almond and vanilla extracts.

Roll mixture into 1-inch balls, place 2 inches apart on baking sheets, and flatten slightly. Top each with glacéed cherry or almond. Bake until cookies are golden, switching positions of pans halfway through, about 25 minutes. Cool on sheets 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely.

Cookies keep, wrapped, several days, or frozen, several weeks. Recrisp in warm oven.

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from epicurious

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midnight crackles

October 24, 2013

70 g butter (0.619 stick)
140g brown sugar (0.636 cups packed)
150 g dark chocolate with 70% cocoa (1 T chocolate chips)
170 g flour (1.417 cups)
30g cocoa (5.556 T)
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of cloves
1 egg

optional:
1 pinch minced ginger or 1 splash ginger juice
one dash cayenne

melt butter, chocolate, and sugar together.

mix dough.

refrigerate 1 h.

bake at 180c (350f) for 10-12 minutes and do not overbake – they will seem soft coming out of the oven.

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adapted from prstohvat soli

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Very good! I used a rich dark chocolate cocoa powder, and dark chocolate chips, and the cookies were almost bittersweet. Chocolate isn’t my favorite, but this is a great cookie for (an adult) chocolate craving!

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blueberry and dark chocolate oatmeal cookies

September 30, 2013

i tweaked diane’s six-spice oatmeal cookies. i was so haunted by thoughts of blueberry-oatmeal after seeing photos on the delicious life that i smashed the recipes together.

i followed the recipe a bit more closely than this version here. although i like cumin, i did not think it belonged in this cookie. i recommend replacing it with coriander, anise, or, as i’ve done in this version, black pepper.

1 1/2 cups mixed all-purpose flour and oat flour (make your own by blending quick-cook oats)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice)
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
a pinch ground cloves
a pinch cayenne
a pinch black pepper
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 c dried blueberries, cherries, raisins, or a combination
dark chocolate chips or chunks, to taste

(i cut the recipe in half, but used the whole egg, and it was great.)

cream sugar and butter. add eggs and vanilla. finally, incorporate dry ingredients. don’t overmix. i refrigerated the dough about a half-hour before i preheated the oven to 375. leave them in balls on the cookie sheet. bake 10 minutes, less if your cookies aren’t massive.

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these are my new favorite oatmeal cookies. blueberries and dark chocolate are made for each other! highly recommended!

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maple pecan cookies

December 26, 2012

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
½ cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal, uncooked
½ cup chopped pecans, toasted

Maple Pecan Frosting

2 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1½ cups powdered sugar
⅓ cup chopped pecans, toasted

Preheat to 350.
Toast the pecans.
Beat the butter, applesauce and sugar in a large bowl by hand or with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy.
Pour the syrup into the mixture, and beat until incorporated.
In another large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, then gradually beat this into the butter mixture.
On a low sweet, mix in the oats and chopped pecans until just mixed.
Spoon out dough into rounded tablespoon sized cookies.

Bake 20 minutes or until cookies are golden brown.

While the cookies are baking, combine the cream cheese and butter for the frosting, creaming them together. Then add the maple syrup.
Sprinkle in the powdered sugar, stirring until well-mixed.
Set aside until the cookies have cooled completely.

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from the speckled palate

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healthier chocolate chip cookie dough bites

November 25, 2012

yes, this is a recipe for dough. just dough. no need to cook. did i mention it’s gluten-free, vegan, and free of refined sugar outside of the chocolate chips? also it’s ready in five minutes.

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6 T oat flour (or you can use 1.6 oz of oats and pulverize in your food processor)
6 Medjool dates, pitted
1-2 Tbsp unsalted pastured butter or coconut oil
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
a handful of chocolate chips
a pinch of powdered dessicated coconut (opt.)

If using oat flour, dump all of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips into a food processor and process until the mixture is smooth and forms a ball (this takes a while). Then add the chocolate.

If using regular rolled oats, add these to a small food processor first, pulverize them so you get something resembling oat flour, and then add the dates, butter, and vanilla and process.
After you have a ball of smooth dough, fold in the chocolate chips.

If using a large food processor, you may have to double the recipe in order to get the blades to reach it.

Don’t cook them! Just roll into balls and enjoy.

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adapted from a recipe from feastie

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edit jan 19

Incredibly rich. Incredibly sweet from the chocolate chips and dates. Does not taste gluten-free at all – just tastes like oatmeal chocolate-chip cookie dough. Couldn’t be easier. Highly recommended.

edit sept 7

I have made these no less than ten times. Make them now. Seriously.

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brown butter snickerdoodle cookies

October 18, 2012

using every ounce of self-control to not make these cookies for dinner

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 c buckwheat flour
1 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar (don’t skip this! see below)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter 1 stick butter
1¼ cup 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt
For rolling mixture:
¼ cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and salt in a bowl and set aside. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. The butter will begin to foam. Make sure you whisk consistently during this process. After a couple of minutes, the butter will begin to brown on the bottom of the saucepan; continue to whisk and remove from heat as soon as the butter begins to brown and give off a nutty aroma. Immediately transfer the butter to a bowl to prevent burning. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
Mix the butter and sugars until thoroughly blended. Beat in the egg, yolk, vanilla, and yogurt until combined. Add the dry ingredients slowly and beat just until combined.
Chill your dough for 30 minutes in the refrigerator (important!), or place in freezer for 10 minutes if you are super eager, although I cannot promise the same results if you do this. Fridge is always best!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F 325. Once dough is chilled measure about 1½ tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. Flatten the dough ball very thinly into the palm of your hand. Meanwhile mix ¼ cup sugar and the 2 teaspoons cinnamon in a bowl. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place dough balls on cookie sheet, 2 inches apart and flatten with your hand. (Really only the tops need to be flattened a bit!)
Bake the cookies 8-11 minutes or until the edges of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. They will look a bit underdone in the middle, but will continue to cook once out of the oven. Bake longer if you like crispier cookies. Cool the cookies on the sheets at least 2 minutes. Remove the cooled cookies from the baking sheets after a few minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

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adapted from ambitious kitchen

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they did not shrink very much. tamp them down if you like ‘em flat. if you make giant puffy cookies, they will bake up raw and doughy in the middle and crunchy on the bottom. i changed the temp to 325 to reflect this. 350 would work for those of you who prefer small cookies.

the yogurt added a nice sourness that the cream of tartar (which i didn’t add) would have also added. with the butter cut down by a half, they don’t have that shortbready sugar cookie texture. it’s hard to explain. the ousides are biscuit-y crunchy, but a little more caramelized. the insides are raw cookie dough.

next day texture:
sort of strange. crumbly. not the best. wonder if it was the lack of cream of tartar that did it? the flavor is so good that i don’t mind about the strange texture. i’ll definitely be making these again – maybe i’ll actually get some cream of tartar for next time.

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update several months later:

turns out the cream of tartar is completely necessary. i made them today exactly as specified, cream of tartar included. they came out completely differently than the crumbly-cake biscuits they become without it. this time, they were picture-perfect, crackly-centered, crispy-edged, squishy-centered sour cinnamon snickerdoodles! these cookies are highly, highly, highly, highly recommended.

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gingerbread cookies

August 4, 2012

it rained for the first time in a long time. and it rained all morning. and it sat waiting all afternoon. and now at 11pm, it’s raining old ladies and sticks. the humidity broke enough that i remembered it won’t be 102 forever. made me crave autumn. i’m looking forward to sleeping in on rainy weekends and long hikes and bike trips. also, cookies.

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(adapted from) these gingerbread cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour (i used a mixture of apf, coconut powder, buckwheat flour, whole wheat flour, and oat flour)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup molasses
2 teaspoons vanilla
a few pinches of freshly ground pepper
a few pinches of fennel
a pinch of nutmeg
a dash of anise extract
a pinch of cayenne
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

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In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves until well blended.

Separately, beat butter, brown sugar, and egg until well blended. Add molasses, vanilla, and lemon zest and continue to mix until well blended.

Gradually stir in dry ingredients until blended and smooth.

let stand at room temperature for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours.

Grease sheets and roll dough to a scant 1/4-inch thick.

375, 7-10 minutes

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dough’s pretty good. it’s resting now. i used blackstrap; the dough mostly tastes of molasses.

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cookies are definitely hearty! i didn’t measure the spices, and didn’t put enough cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, or clove. the molasses is really overwhelming, and makes them really heavy. the best ones are undercooked, and a little doughy in the middle. good winter recipe. not my favorite. i like how gingery they are, though, and how little butter they require.

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eggless crunchy dark chocolate cookies

August 3, 2012

apparently, i haven’t posted these scottish ‘biscuits’ until now. they were a go-to cookie recipe for a long time when i lived with vegans. i’ve made these cookies for many a vegan, and the typical response is, “give me the recipe”.

people swear there are walnuts in this recipe. there are no nuts at all. the secret?

RAW STEEL-CUT OATS.

i know it sounds weird, but the nutty crunch in the finished cookies is awesome. you will probably find yourself adding steel-cut oats to all kinds of baked goods once you try this.

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eggless crunchy dark chocolate cookies

3/4 cup all purpose flour (a pinch of powdered coconut is great in there, too)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature (works well vegan, too; use something with a buttery flavor.)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons steel-cut oats
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

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don’t overbeat. chill a few mins before baking. grease cookie sheet. ~ tablespoon-sized dough balls; press the tops down. 350. bake until tops crack – check em at 9 mins.

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maple oatmeal cookies

April 22, 2012

less than 3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
less than 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup raisins
pinch of powdered coconut
generous sprinkle of cinnamon and allspice

just like it sounds, at 350.

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the batter’s wet – really wet – so i added just two handfuls of extra oats. they came out dry. so i’d say go with it, even though it’s wet.

i liked them overall. very buttery, very oatmealy, very salty, can’t taste the maple well or the coconut at all. i’d recommend cutting the butter and salt (reflected in the recipe as “less than…”). maybe not my favorite oatmeal cookie recipe, but not bad for a random “well, oven’s on anyway, may as well throw in some cookies” recipe.

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modified from this.

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