Welcome Cookie Lovers!
As promised, this is your Cookie Connection to score some sweet recipes.
These make great mini cupcakes, dusted with icing sugar and an icing star ornament. Bite size bliss!
Fabulous Fudge Brownies
The name says it all, doesn't it? Fudge and brownies. How much more perfect can it get?
1 cup softened butter
15 tbsp cocoa
11/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup hot coffee
4 large eggs
11/2 tsp vanilla
11/3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9" by 13" pan with parchment paper.
1. Melt the butter in the microwave in a glass bowl. I like my Pyrex 4 cup measuring bowl for this. And lots of other stuff. You should get one if you don't already have one.
2. Stir in cocoa. It will smell good and taste awful. It needs SUGAR!
3. So now add the sugars. The brown is what makes these brownies soft.
4. Add the coffee. Pour yourself a cup while you're at it. Me too. Double double. Betcha didn't know but coffee makes the chocolate flavour pop!
5. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
6. Add the vanilla. OK. Give in to temptation. It tastes as good as it smells.
7. Don't forget to add the flour, salt and baking powder if these are ever going to make it into the pan.
8. Bake for about 30 to 33 minutes.
9. Remove and cool while you make the icing. And this is my gift to you.
FUDGE ICING (cue choirs of singing angels)
1/2 cup butter
3 tbsp cocoa powder
4 cups icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup cream, evaporated milk or milk
Melt the butter in that Pyrex measuring cup (see, told you it was useful). Stir in the cocoa. Add half the icing sugar. It will be stiff so add the cream and vanilla. Now add the rest of the sugar. Add more cream and sugar (ha ha just like coffee) as you need to get the smooth consistency. This can't be runny and it can't be stiff or chunky. It should look like fudge. It tastes like it! Be prepared to share before it even gets on the brownies. And ... you're welcome!
Mason's Fave Chocolate Cookies
When all the candy hearts are gone, these should do the trick!
1/2 cup softened butter (nuke it in the microwave for 19 seconds, but cut it into a few pieces first)
11/4 cups white sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
12/3 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
11/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup icing sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a couple of cookie sheets with parchment paper. Fill a small bowl with the icing sugar.
1.Cream the butter and sugar together for a couple of minutes until it's light and fluffy, like a little easter chick.
2. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Regular, not hard-boiled or coloured ones.
3. Add the vanilla. And breathe in deeply. Aaahhh!
4. Stir in the cocoa powder.
5. Stir in the flour, salt and baking powder (not baking soda, ok?)
6. Watch the transformation from mucky to yummy. Time to taste it!
7. Now it gets messy. But fun. Roll the dough with your hands into 1" balls, and dip them in the icing sugar. No such thing as too much. Place them on the cookie sheet, an inch apart.
8. If the dough feels too sticky, chill it for 10 minutes in the fridge and try again. You may lick your fingers but not your entire palm, ok?
9. Bake at 350 F for about 14 minutes. The cookies will have lovely cracks on the top. And smell ridiculously good. Remove from the oven and cool. Enjoy! And maybe save a couple for the Bunny.
Hot Fudge Sauce
OK . Ok. I know it's not a cookie. It's even better than a cookie. So there. And you can put it on a cookie. Hah! This, my friends, is food of the gods. An aphrodisiac for this month of love. It is meant to be drizzled over ice cream, savoured in its splendiforous, fudgy state. I don't make this up. It's what my kids say as they scarf it down. And if you have a microwave, it is ridiculously easy to make and clean up. See. Even better than a cookie.
You need a 4 cup glass measuring cup (go buy one right now - ok not right now but soon) or a glass mixing bowl that holds at least 5 cups of water. Put in 3/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 3 tablespoons of cocoa. NOT hot chocolate powder. Swiss Miss won't work here. Stir it all up. Pour in 1/3 cup of coffee cream or evaporated milk. It needs to have fat in it to taste good so not the light cream or skim evap milk. Stir. Put in the microwave and close the door.
This is where things get tricky so pay attention! Microwaves vary in strength and this could turn into a ghastly mistake too fast if you don't keep your eyes on the prize. Set your timer for 3 minutes on high and watch carefully as the mixture boils. DON'T LET IT BOIL OVER. If it gets near the top, turn off the the oven and let the sauce go back down. Then turn the oven on again and keep repeating this process until 3 minutes are up. Take it out and stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 1 teaspoon of butter or margarine, and about 7 mini marshmallows (optional). Stir. Resist the urge to shove the spoon in your mouth because the sauce is still boiling hot. Instead, break out the ice cream and pour on the love. Like the song says, sweet dreams are made of this...
Our Fave Chocolate Chip Cookies
These are the most requested food item at our house. We supply the neighbourhood. You will be uber-loved for making them!
1 cup softened butter (nuke it in the microwave for 24 seconds, but cut it into a few pieces first)
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (artificial is fine and use a bit more. It tastes even better that way)
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups ground oatmeal (put two cups of regular quick cooking oatmeal in a blender or food processor. That's all)
2 cups chocolate chips (be generous. Remember how much you will be loved)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (I don't bake in celsius)
2. Cream butter together with the sugars. At least a couple minutes til light and fluffy. Scrape the sides with a spatula. Your finger will do in a pinch. Just don't tell people you licked it.
3. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Then beat in the vanilla. It will look really good and taste yummy. But you're not done yet.
4. Mix in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. The baking powder and baking soda are NOT the same thing. You need both.
5. Mix in the oatmeal and chocolate chips. Resist the temptation to eat most the chocolate chips before they reach the bowl.
6. Lightly grease a baking sheet or line one with parchment paper. Parchment paper is the greatest invention since the PVR. Available at grocery stores anywhere.
7. Scoop the dough into 1 inch balls and place on the sheet at least 2 inches apart. You can get a dozen on a sheet. Provided you don't eat all the balls first. No "one for the sheet, one for me" ok?
8. Bake at 350 F for about 12 minutes. Keep an eye on them so they don't get too brown. But they need to be turning brown. Remove from oven and cool on racks at least long enough not to burn your fingers on them, or your esophagus as you scarf them down.
Enjoy. Share with those you like and love. Bask in their affection. Freeze any leftovers, dough and cookies.
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