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DIY: Homemade Mint Chocolate Milano Cookies

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these delicious cookies! 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp kosher salt 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened 1 1/3 cups sugar 2 whole eggs 1 egg white 2 tsp vanilla extract 8 oz dark chocolate (I prefer Valrhona), chopped 1 1/2 tbsp organic peppermint extract Preheat oven to 325° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Combine flour and salt together and set aside. Cream together butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add in whole eggs and egg white, then vanilla, and continue to beat on high until light and fluffy. Lower speed and gradually beat in flour mixture until just incorporated. Transfer batter to a ziploc bag with a 1-inch hole snipped in one corner. Pipe batter into 2-inch long strips. Bake for 13–15 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies just begin to brown. Remove from oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks. Allow cookies to cool completely. Arrange cookie halves in pairs of similar shape and size. Melt chocolate in a double boiler until smooth, …

Cookie of the Week: M&M Cookies

I’m baking cookies for tomorrow’s end of year celebration at my son’s school. This is the basic recipe I use for chocolate chip cookies, but in honor of my son’s teacher Mrs. August  – these are made with M&Ms – her favorite candy. yield: about 18 large cookies prep time: 30 minutes cook time: 15-18 minutes 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled until warm 1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups M&Ms Adjust the oven racks to the upper- and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl; set aside. Either by hand or with an electric mixer, mix the butter and sugars until thoroughly blended. Beat in the egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined. Add the dry ingredients and beat …

Cookie of the Week: Chewy Oatmeal Pecan (C)raisin Cookies

Next week I’m going to try a lighter version of these cookies using only half the butter and replacing the other half with apple sauce. The original recipe asks for 1 1/2 cups of raisins, but I think they taste much fruitier if you use a mixture of raisins and dried cranberries (craisins). 1 1/2 cups pecans 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed 1 cup granulated sugar 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon kosher salt 3 cups old-fashioned oatmeal 3/4 cups raisins and 3/4 cup dried cranberries Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the pecans on a sheet pan and bake for 5 minutes, until crisp. Set aside to cool. Chop very coarsely. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. With the mixer on …

Cookie of the Week: Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

I make these divine, little cookies all the time. My kids don’t like nuts, but these are excellent with chopped pecans. The recipe is from the back of the Nestle Mini Morsels bag and is supposed to be “America’s Favorite Cookie Recipe” – I agree! 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp kosher salt 2 sticks of butter, softened 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 packed, brown sugar 1 tsp good quality vanilla extract 2 large eggs 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips 1 cup chopped nuts (optional) Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, sugars, and vanilla in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts (if using). Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake in preheated 375F oven for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes 50-60 cookies

Cookie of the Week: Ultimate Trail Mix Cookies

These cookies are loaded with peanuts, chocolate chips and raisins, suspended in a chewy, peanutty batter. This is the quintessential – load up the cookie jar – trail mix cookie! 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup peanut butter 1 cup light brown sugar 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1 tsp good quality vanilla 3/4 cup flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 2/3 cup peanuts 6 oz chocolate chips 1 cup raisins Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cream butter and peanut butter together. Add sugar and mix until well combined. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in the flour and baking soda. Mix to combine. Add the peanuts, chocolate chips and raisins. Drop by 2 tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10-12 minutes, then cool on sheets fro 2 minutes and transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 20 large cookies.