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  • How to Make Easy Snowflake Sugar Cookies

    How to make Easy Snowflake Sugar Cookies

    Yield: about 40 cookies

    Prep Time: 30 minutes

    Cook: 10 minutes

    If you don’t have almond extract, feel free to omit. It simply adds an extra element of sweet flavor to the recipe.

    Ingredients

    For the cookies:

    3 sticks (339 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    1 1/2 cups (300 grams) granulated sugar
    2 large eggs
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    4 1/2 cups (572 grams) all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder

    For the icing:

    2 cups (250 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    4 tablespoons water or milk

    Directions

    Make the cookies:

    In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until well-combined and smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, vanilla, and almond extract and beat until combined. On low speed, slowly add in the flour and baking powder and beat until incorporated.

    Divide the dough into 2 equal portions. Place one dough portion between two sheets of parchment and roll out to 1/4-inch thickness. Repeat with the remaining portion of dough. Place the two sheets of dough on a baking sheet and chill for at least 1 hour or up to 1 day. You can also freeze for 30 minutes.

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

    Remove the dough from the fridge and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter, rerolling any scraps and cutting more shapes. Transfer the shapes to the prepared baking sheets.

    If the dough is warm, freeze for 15 minutes or until firmed again.

    Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cookies are set and begin to brown. Be careful not to over-bake. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Baked un-iced sugar cookies can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

    Make the icing:

    In a small bowl, use a fork to beat together all the ingredients except the food coloring. The mixture should be very thick but still pourable.

    Transfer the icing to a squeeze bottle using a funnel. You can also scoop into a pastry bag fitted with a very small plain tip. Before you begin icing any cookies, take a few moments to practice on a piece of parchment paper to get the feel of the icing.

    Holding the bottle or bag tip directly over one corner of a cookie, create lines and dots to enhance the snowflake shape as seen in the photos. If desired, garnish with edible dragees, glitter, or sprinkles. Let the icing set before serving.

  • Apple Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

    How to make Apple Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

    Yield: about 30 cookies

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook: 15 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the cookies:

    1 1/2 cups (150 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats
    1 2/3 cups (212 grams) all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon fine salt
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    4 tablespoons (57 grams) unsalted butter, melted
    3/4 cup (150 grams) packed light-brown sugar
    1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
    1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
    1/2 cup (118 ml) applesauce
    1 cup (100 grams) peeled and chopped Granny Smith apple
    3/4 cup (90 grams) chopped California walnuts

    For the glaze:

    3/4 cup (94 grams) powdered sugar
    1 to 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
    1 tablespoon apple juice or water

    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.

    Make the cookies:

    In a medium bowl combine the oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.

    In a large bowl stir together the melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Add the egg, egg yolk, and applesauce and stir until well combined. Gradually stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Stir in the chopped apple and walnuts.

    Drop 1 1/2 tablespoon sized balls of dough onto prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart.

    Bake cookies until golden and just set, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack set over parchment paper to cool completely.

    Make the glaze:

    Whisk the powdered sugar, syrup, and juice until a thick yet pourable glaze forms. Add more sugar to make thicker, and more juice to make thinner if needed. Drizzle over cookies. Let stand at room temperature until the glaze is set before serving.

    Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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  • Butterscotch Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

    How to make Butterscotch Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Yield: 25 large cookies

    Prep Time: 25 minutes

    Cook: 15 minutes

    Ingredients

    2 sticks (227 grams) unsalted butter
    1 1/2 cups (187 grams) all-purpose flour
    1 cup (127 grams) bread flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon fine sea salt
    1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
    1 1/2 cups (300 grams) packed dark brown sugar
    2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    2 cups (200 grams) chocolate covered butterscotch caramels (see post above)
    1 cup (170 grams) semi sweet chocolate chips

    Directions

    In a small saucepan set over medium heat, melt the butter. Swirling the pan occasionally, continue to cook the butter. It should become foamy with audible cracking and popping noises. Once the crackling stops, continue to swirl the pan until the butter develops a nutty aroma and brown bits start to form at the bottom. Once the bits are amber in color, about 2 to 3 minutes after the popping stops, remove from heat and pour into a mixing bowl. Stir in the granulated sugar and dark brown sugar. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes to room temperature.

    In a medium bowl combine the flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

    With an electric mixer, beat the cooled butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until well combined, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the eggs, yolk, and vanilla, beating until combined. On low speed, gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips and butterscotch caramels. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 24 hours but no more than 72 hours.

    Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper.

    Let dough sit at room temperature just until it is soft enough to scoop. Divide the dough into 3-tablespoon sized balls and drop onto prepared baking sheets. At this point you can freeze the dough balls until hard then transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 2 months. Let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before baking as directed.

    Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Serve or store in an airtight container for 3 days.

  • S’mores Cookie Cake

    How to make S’mores Cookie Cake

    Yield: One 9" cookie cake

    Prep Time: 1 hour 25 minutes (includes cooling time)

    Cook: 25 minutes

    Ingredients

    1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 6-7 full-sheets)
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
    3/4 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    1 large egg
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks
    1 and 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
    Optional: 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks or chips, melted

    Directions

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9″ pie plate (or cake pan or springform pan) with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

    In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer, cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg and vanilla, making sure to mix well after each ingredient. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add in the chocolate chunks and mix until just combined.  Scoop the cookie dough into the prepared baking dish and smooth it out into one even layer.

    Bake at 350°F for about 25 minutes or until the top is set and lightly browned. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool for at least one hour, but it’s best to let it cool completely.

    Just before serving, top with the mini marshmallows, return to the oven and broil until the marshmallows are lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven, slice, and enjoy.

    Adapted from: All Recipes

  • S’mores Cookies

    How to make S’mores Cookies

    Yield: about 32 cookies

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook: 15 minutes

    Ingredients

    1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons (206 grams) all purpose flour
    1 cup (8 full crackers or 120 grams) graham cracker crumbs
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon salt
    Pinch of cinnamon
    2 sticks (226 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    3/4 cup (149 grams) granulated sugar
    3/4 cup (149 grams) light brown sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 large eggs
    1 cup (170 grams) miniature chocolate chips
    1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
    2 Hershey bars, chopped

    Directions

    Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

    In a medium bowl combine the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

    In a large bowl, use an electric mixer on medium-high speed to beat the butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract until creamy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Slowly beat in the flour mixture until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips.

    Use a medium cookie scoop to drop 1 1/2 tablespoon-sized balls onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes, and remove from the oven. Push 3 to 4 marshmallows and a few pieces of hershey bar into each cookies. Return to the oven and bake an additional 3-4 minutes until fully cooked. Cool cookies on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container and room temperature for 3-4 days.

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  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

    How to make Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

    Yield: About 8 to 10 servings

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook: 20 minutes

    The bread flour helps create a chewy texture. If you don’t have any, use all AP flour. But I’d highly suggest picking some up on your next grocery run because it’s my fave trick for chewy cookies!

    Ingredients

    For the chocolate chip cookie base:

    2 sticks (227 grams) unsalted butter, melted
    1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
    1 1/4 cups (247 grams) lightly packed dark brown sugar
    1 tablespoon milk
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
    1 1/2 cups (191 grams) all-purpose flour
    1 1/4 cups (159 grams) bread flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon cornstarch
    1 teaspoon fine sea salt
    2 cups (340 grams) semi sweet chocolate chips

    For the buttercream:

    1 1/2 cups (153 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
    4 ounces (113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    Pinch fine salt
    2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    1 tablespoons cream or milk

    Sprinkles, for garnishing

    Directions

    For the cookie base:

    In a large mixing bowl, stir together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until well combined.

    Stir in the eggs, milk, and vanilla until well combined. Gradually beat in the flours, baking soda, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips. Bake now or cover the dough and refrigerate until ready to bake.

    When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch spring-form pan with nonstick cooking spray.

    Press the cookie dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown but not overcooked. Let cool completely.

    For the buttercream:

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase the speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes. Add the salt, vanilla, and cream and beat on medium for 1 minute, adding more cream if needed.

    Spread all over the cooled cookie cake then garnish with sprinkles. Serve or cover and let stand at room temperature for up to 1 day, or refrigerated for up to 3 days. Let come to room temperature before serving.

  • Chocolate Nutella Cookie Cups

    How to make Chocolate Nutella Cookie Cups

    Yield: 24 cookie cups

    Prep Time: 40 minutes

    Cook: 13 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the chocolate cookie cups:

    1 and 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
    1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1 large egg
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    For the Nutella frosting:

    1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
    1/4 cup Nutella
    2 cups powdered sugar
    1 tablespoon heavy cream
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    tiny pinch of salt (optional)

    Directions

    To make the chocolate cookie cups:

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 24-count mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

    In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg and vanilla extract, making sure to mix well after each ingredient. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

    Evenly distribute the cookie dough between all 24 mini muffin cavities. Bake at 350°F for 11-13 minutes or until done in the center. Remove from the oven and gently press down the center of each cookie cup using the bottom of a measuring teaspoon. Allow the cookie cups to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, or until they’ve firmed up a little and can easily be removed from the pan. Remove from the pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

    To make the Nutella frosting:

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Add in the Nutella and mix until well combined. Next, add in the powdered sugar, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and salt and mix until fully combined.

    Pipe the Nutella frosting into the cooled cookie cups as desired.

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