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Cookies Galore: Lofthouse Sugar Cookies & Shortbread Cookies

5 Jul

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I had a wonderful 4th of July which I celebrated my mom’s birthday! We visited relatives in New York but avoided the crazy city & its tight security. Then we visited our town’s park, relaxed near the lake’s edge and watched fireworks blast loudly in front of us. I made 2 scrumptious cookies for her birthday- Homemade Lofthouse Sugar Cookies and Shortbread Cookies! I can never have too many of these! I was so proud of myself that the Lofthouse sugar cookies came out great and yummy! Normally, every baking session is a hit or miss which shows how baking is very technical!

The Lofthouse Sugar cookies were soft with sweet butter-cream frosting. You can shape and decorate these cookies any way you want. I made half of the frosting recipe and used less flour into the cookie recipe because I like soft cookies. These taste exactly like the actual Lofthouse cookies!

The Shortbread cookies were softer than I expected. Once I dipped them into melted chocolate, they were delicious! I like how simple and convenient this recipe is. You can definitely add more ingredients to this cookie such as using corn or rice flour.

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Shortbread Cookies by Sharmis Passion

Ingredients & Directions:

1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon/orange zest

1. Cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Add vanilla extract and mix quickly.
2. Pour in dry ingredients-flour, and salt. Mix well until dough is soft.
3. Chill dough in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. After dough is chilled, roll out dough on floured surface into 1/4 inch thickness. Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut the sheet of dough. Roll the scraps into a ball, roll out and cut again.
5. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Let cookies cool.
6. Optional: Microwave some chocolate chips or Wilton chocolate melts in 30 second intervals. Stir chocolate after every 30 seconds. Dip cooled cookies halfway into melted chocolate & add sprinkles on top of chocolate.

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Lofthouse Sugar Cookies by Just a Pinch Recipes

Cookie Ingredients & Directions:

1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1. In a large bowl, mix together butter, sour cream, vanilla extract, butter and eggs. Mix until there’s no lumpy butter.
2. Add flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda to the wet mixture. Mix well until dough becomes smooth.
3. Freeze the dough for 15-30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Scoop out evenly sized cookie dough, roll a ball in hands, and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-11 minutes.
5. Let cookies cool completely before decorating with frosting.

Frosting Ingredients & Directions: 

Modifications: Cut the recipe in half and no shortening

2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp  milk
1/4 cup butter, softened

1. Mix butter for 2 minutes on medium speed.
2. Add 1/2 cups of powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Then add another 1/2 cup and beat until smooth. Add in vanilla extract and milk. Add in rest of powdered sugar.

Stay cool and Enjoy!

Oreo® Whoopie Pies

21 Jun

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Happy First Day of Summer! Today I want to take the time to think about my first times-both the happy and sad ones. It’s a time to reflect the 20 years of my life and what life will throw at me in the future. So let’s begin…

First time I baked…7th/8th grade

First time I used a computer …when I was 3 yrs old

First smart-phone…Motorola Razr M, currently using it

First foreign country…Thailand, Best time of my life & all expenses paid trip! Thanx, RU! 

First time I moved to a different home…June 2003 to NJ

First time I failed an exam in college…Fall 2011

First paid job…Summer Camp Counselor at a special needs camp

First visit to Disney Land/World…when I was 5 yrs old 

First musical instrument played…Piano and still remember the song I played at my 1st recital

First pet…Goldfish and many of them! 

First sport I joined…Bowling

First Relay For Life by American Cancer Society…April 2012

First time I was diagnosed with scoliosis…December 2007

First time I cried for a dog that wasn’t mine…June 20, 2013, RIP Bobo

First gluten-free meal… Focaccia Melt at Twisted Tree Cafe, so DELICIOUS!

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I could go on and on but don’t want to bore you with all of my firsts. As always on Fridays, I made a Homemade Cookie Brand & they came out to be Oreo Whoopie Pies! I guess I did not take into account that my cookies would spread like lava on the pan. The Oreo ® flavor was there even though it didn’t look like an Oreo®. The recipe is by Cupcake Project. I cut the recipe in half because 40 Oreo® cookies is a huge batch for my family of 5. I didn’t use shortening in the filling recipe because I didn’t have it, but the filling was still sweet & yummy!

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Cookie Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder and salt

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degree Fahrenheit. Line baking pan with parchment paper or greased aluminum foil.
2. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in medium bowl.
3. Beat butter and egg together. Pour in previous mixture into blended egg and butter. Mix until smooth.
4. Scoop up a teaspoon of dough and flatten with palms onto the baking pan.
5. Bake in the oven for 9-10 minutes. Once done, let them cool on a plate or rack.
6. Filling: Beat butter until smooth. Pour in sugar and vanilla extract and mix until light and fluffy.
If it looks crumbly, add 2-3 teaspoons of milk. If too watery, add 2-4 spoonfuls of powdered sugar.
7. To form the cookie sandwich, spread a dollop of filling onto 1 cookie and place another cookie on top of filling. Gently press it down and continue to sandwich all cookies together!

Serve with a cold glass of milk or whatever drink you prefer! Happy Baking!

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Homemade Mrs. Fields Cookies & 1 Week Gluten-Free Eating

7 Jun

I’ve made a BIG decision today! It’s not getting a tattoo, taking a road-trip (I wish…), changing my major (if life was really that simple…), nor opening up my own bakery business (possibly in the future).

My decision is to eat and be GLUTEN-FREE for 1 week and possibly more! I know it’ll be tough at first but I’m determined to eat healthier, try this new eating style, and make yummy gluten free meals. My inspirational blogger has to be Yammie’s Glutenfreedom blog & her other one, Yammie Noshery. My family did not criticize me or told me I was making a huge mistake which I was afraid they’d say.

Upon my research, gluten is a main staple in most people’s diet-pasta, pizza, bread/breaded food, salad dressing, cake, cookies, cupcakes and lots more! Click gluten for list of gluten containing foods. Half of these foods I live off of but it’ll be worth the pain!  I should remind myself to not starve myself when eating gluten free food…I just have to eat smarter and food-shop smarter too! You can do it, Jen!

Anyways, the 2nd round of Homemade Cookies Brand are Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookies, recipe adapted from Lauren’s Latest.

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1st batch I left it in the oven too long b/c I was a multi-tasking ninja & crazy lunatic that day. Cookies were hard outside but chewy inside. 2nd batch was soft, chewier and not hard. I discovered what oat flour is which this recipe uses and it’s basically blended rolled oats…AWESOME!

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Top: 1st batch
Bottom: 2nd batch

These cookies are simple and will be milk’s best friend for life! I had some BEFORE I decided to be gluten free, so it was my last taste of goodness and comfort! It’s fun smooshing the cookie dough flat to be large, thin, chewy sweetness! Thank you Mrs.Fields for being an awesome baker! 

Next time I’ll try this recipe- Mrs. Fields Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies by gluten free on a shoestring.

Also, any tips or gluten free recipes you’d like to cook/share? All the help is appreciated! Now I’m just going to drool over the glutinous cookies, cupcakes, and cakes I can’t eat for a week or more!

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Yields 8-11 cookies

Modified to 1/2 cup of granulated or light brown sugar, and less chocolate chips

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar or light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Pour rolled oats into a blender and blend well until finely grained to make oat flour.
2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and line cookie sheet with aluminum or parchment paper.
3. In large bowl, mix butter and sugar until for few minutes. Add and mix in egg and vanilla extract until well blended. Mix in dry ingredients-oat flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
4. Stir in chocolate chips. Freeze the cookie dough for about 30 minutes.
5. Spoon out frozen dough and flatten it to be 2-3 inches wide on cookie sheet.
6. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned on edges. Let cookies cool for few minutes.
Serve & Enjoy!

TGIF! Taken at the grounds of RU!

TGIF! Taken at the grounds of RU!

Homemade Nutter Butter

31 May

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Summer Project #1: Homemade Nutter Butter Cookies

I can’t believe June is already here and summer time has just begun! My current summer internship has me in charge of a new campaign which I’ll post about later but it’s related to The Ellen Show. I’m super excited but slightly nervous too!

Time really does fly too fast and eating these homemade Nutter Butter cookies goes by fast too! However, my attempt to make these sweet Nutter Butters had some downfalls.

My cookies cracked, became to be GIANT Nutter Butters, and made too much filling (currently licking off a spoonful of filling…KIDDING-maybe not).  Despite my downfalls, these tasted great and were easy to make!
This summer project will be cutting into my Yoga/Dance time but my love handles will thank me later. Get ready for more delicious homemade cookie brands!

The recipe is from Cookies and Cups. This is a really cute blog with some sweet-looking recipes!
I cut the recipe in half because I figured I’d have too many cookies chilling in my kitchen & changed the ingredient measurements.

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Yields about 15 sandwiched cookies

Modifications: Cut ingredient measurements in half, use less sugar 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup white or brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda and baking powder
  • optional: 1/4 cup  sugar for rolling cookie dough in

Filling

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 TBsp milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. In large bowl, mix butter, sugar, peanut butter on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. On low speed, add flour, baking soda, powder. Mix until well combined.
  3. Refrigerate or freeze cookie dough
  4. For the peanut butter filling: In large bowl, beat butter and sugar together until smooth. Slowly add in powdered sugar to mixture and add milk 1 tablespoon at time until smooth.
  5. Form chilled cookie dough into 1 inch balls and form into log shapes. Roll the log in the extra sugar and place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  6. Use a fork to make criss cross marks by pressing down on dough. Pinch the middle of dough to make peanut shape.
  7. Bake for 6-8 minutes until lightly golden. Let cookies cool for few minutes on baking sheet and cool them on wire rack.
  8. Spread some P&B filling onto two cookies and smash smoosh those Nutter Butters together to create a delicious cookie sandwich.

It’s ok if you had more than 2 like I did! Serve and Enjoy!