Tuesday, 10 February 2015

My Munch Munch Oatmeal Cookies with Guava & Chocolate Chip

3/4 cup (170 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup (105 grams) all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups (260 grams)  oats
1 big guava
1 cup dried cranberries, cherries, or raisins or 1 cup white or dark chocolate chips (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Place the nuts on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant. Let cool and then chop into pieces.
  3. In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until creamy and smooth (about 2 - 3 minutes). Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat to combine. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and beat until incorporated. Stir in the the shredded guava, oats, and dried cranberries or chocolate chips.
  4. For large cookies, use 1/4 cup of batter (I like to use an ice cream scoop) and space the cookies about 2 inches (5 cm) apart on the baking sheet. Then wet your hand and flatten the cookies with your fingers depends on your preferred thickness. 
  5. Bake the cookies for about 8 - 10 minutes or until light golden brown around the edges but still soft and a little wet in the centers.
  6. Remove from oven and let the cookies cool a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.

Monday, 9 February 2015

My Version of Snowy Apple Cinnamon Cookies

2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon apple accent
1 teaspoon green or apple colour
Icing sugar for snowy effect

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  2. Combine the 3 tablespoons white sugar and the cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Blend dark brown sugar and white sugar in a large bowl with mixer on medium speed. Add butter and blend until grainy. Add eggs and vanilla extract, apple accent and mixing until light and fluffy.
  4. Whisk flour, baking soda and salt together in a separate bowl. Add to sugar mixture, mixing at low speed just long enough to combine. Overmixing makes tough cookies!
  5. Roll dough into 2inch witdh bar and then roll each side of the dough bar with cinnamon powder to coat. 
  6. Keep the dough bar into freezer for 30 minutes and afterthat you can slice is with 1 cm thick. 
  7. Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for 18 to 20 minutes. 
  8. Remove it from oven, and shift some icing sugar on top of the cookies to make the snowy effect.
  9. Remove from sheets and let cool on racks.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Super Easy Cocoa Powder Cookies

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Make sure that the butter is at room temperature, or put the butter in the microwave for about 15 seconds just to soften it up.
  3. Using a mixer, cream the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  5. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  6. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until everything is incorporated and you're left with a luscious chocolate dough.
  7. Make truffle-sized balls and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  8. Bake for exactly 8 minutes--no longer--no less.
  9. Let them cool and you can put a layers of icing sugar on top of it and some colourful chocolate rice.