A couple years ago, I decided to try and make Alton Brown’s version of the classic Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip cookie and decided that this is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe (as you might have seen here). The only thing I changed was the size of the cookie. I didn’t have the same size scooper as Alton Brown used in the recipe, so I just used the one I had on hand.
Have you ever had the Mother’s iced oatmeal cookies? They’re the crunchy oatmeal cookies with the icing on top… or you can just take a look at the picture here. Yep, it will definitely jog your memory of having these cookies before. If you haven’t, then you can either go buy some or make these cookies right here!
Wheat Thins are one of my favorite crackers. Just eat them plain or smack some cheese and/or some salami, and you can have a nice tasty snack right there. I never imagined that you can make them in your very own home. That’s kind of silly, huh? I always thought that you just buy crackers… never make them!
Cut-out sugar cookies are something that I want to master. They’re just so versatile and you can make them for any occasion with just a good sugar cookie recipe, some cookie cutters, and royal icing. When I saw these cookies on Not Martha’s website a few weeks back, I knew I had to try these. Sure, it might be way out of my league (I’ve only made cut-out sugar cookies twice in the past), but I knew I wanted to try them in the near future. I immediately sent the link to D- thinking he’d be amused by the cookie, and he told me that his workplace is actually holding a bake-off for their Halloween party. We totally were going to make this for the bake-off.
You know that feeling when you wake up from a bad dream, that you just know … “Today is going to be a bad day.” Even though nothing terrible happened to me today, I felt like nothing good happened today. My dream just set the mood for the whole day. Whenever I get bad dreams, sometimes I think “why can’t I just not dream at all!?” That terrible dream where you are being chased for (what seems like) no reason just doesn’t put you in the right mood for a whole day at work.
D- was going to a football draft meeting turned potluck lunch a few weeks ago. When he told me about it, I was first excited about going to his drafting because I always wanted to see how that goes. But then immediately after that thought, I said “Let’s make dessert!” I am always in the mood to make cupcakes, but I never really have a reason to make them, so this was the perfect opportunity. I went browsing through my cookbooks one night and found the perfect cupcake recipe in Flo Braker’s book.
I’ve enjoyed how much simpler my life in the kitchen has become ever since I got a stand mixer. I can multi-task whenever I need to mix something and not have to stand there. It’s such a simple tool, but so helpful. I’ve had this stand-mixer for over a year, but it still amazes me how I lived without it. My stand mixer came with the three usual attachments: paddle, whisk, and hook. I’ve used the first two numerous times, but I’ve never used the hook. I hear how tough it is to bake with yeast because you pretty much need to babysit the dough. However, D- encouraged me to finally make some bread with the hook.