Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
The mission, since I chose to accept it:
Put the brownie in the cookie dough and bake the cookie. (A→B=COOKIE)
I can't deny that I wasn't afraid of this mission. I mean, an entire 1/2 cup of dough for one cookie?!! That's just crazy!
Well, troops, I did battle in my kitchen and took this glob of dough and smacked a brownie in it.
Above, you can see the size of the beast compared to a normal spoon. Stop shuddering. It's going to be ok. As seen below, I attacked that beast and balled it all up.
Make brownies according to package and let cool. Cut about ten 1 inch squares. Enjoy the remaining brownies.
For the chocolate chip cookie dough, beat butter with a mixer until creamy. Add brown sugar and beat until smooth. Add eggs, yolk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt in a medium bowl and stir together with a wire whisk. Add flour to butter mixture and beat until combined. Stir in mini chips.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Use a measuring cup to scoop batter by the 1/2 cup. Since it’s chilled, you may need to pack it with a spoon. Then use the spoon to remove the dough from the cup and place it on parchment paper. Work quickly so the dough remains chilled or either prepare one cookie at a time so the rest of the dough remains cold.
After the dough is on the parchment paper (Erika's Extra - I've never used parchment paper), make an indention and place a 1 inch square brownie in the center. Press the brownie down gently and work the remaining dough around the brownie. You can use your hands to shape the dough into a ball. (Erika's Extra - I found that once the brownie was covered, it was a good idea to pinch some of the extra dough off so the cookies weren't TOO large.)
If your dough gets too soft, you can chill the rolled dough balls for a few minutes right before baking.
Prepare six cookies at a time using a large baking sheet (15 X 20) and bake at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes. Return the remaining dough to the refrigerator until time to bake the second batch.
Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes and then cool completely on a wire rack.
Makes about ten cookies using a little less than a 1/2 cup of dough for each cookie.
If your cookies start to get too brown before they are done baking, you can place a sheet of aluminum foil over top for the last few minutes.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
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Bake well and prosper!
Monday, July 12, 2010
So, while I was in Ireland, (Wait.....real quick! Check out my cute oven mitt and pot holder from Ireland! Look! A Black sheep. This goes well with my goose measuring cups, giraffe teaspoons, and alligator rug. :) Yay!)
A bit of sugar for garnish
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Beat until combined.
Press one side of the dough ball into the leftover sugar.Place sugar-side up on a baking sheet, about two inches apart.
Let's see a close up of these. Super yum!Bake well and prosper!
Friday, July 9, 2010
This is the last post about my trip to Ireland and the dessert I had while there. Aw...stop crying. I know you're sad.
Here's a pretty flower to cheer you up.
That's from the glorious gardens of the Muckross House in Killarney. Of course, to get to this house (or ANYWHERE in Ireland), one must travel the scary roads.
I HAD to ask....what in the world was it?
The gooseberries were very tart, but in a good way, and the custard evened it out very nicely. If I had access to gooseberries here, I would make this as a perfect lite summer sweet. Yummy!
Bake well and propser!
Besides green, one thing Ireland has tons of is Celtic crosses (and I kinda fell in love with them!)The one above and below are from Clonmacnoise (which was founded in 545 AD.)
This one is from the Rock of Cashel (which is a castle, but we're not to that subject yet.)
Then there are cliffs. Beautiful and majestic and ruggedThe above cliffs are the Cliffs of Moher. For the more adventurous, the below are Slieve League (Cliffs of Slieve - slieve = mountain.) They are almost three times higher than the cliffs of Moher.
Check out the pieced together panoramic.
Ah well. One not so amazing dessert on my trip did not make me turn my back on desserts for good. :)
Bake well and prosper!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Now, what’s the first thing that people think of when Ireland is mentioned? (No, not drinking.) Green!
Let me tell ya, there was plenty of green for even Kermit the Frog to say it IS easy being green…in Ireland.