cookies


I love spice cookies and the photo from this spice cookie recipe looked perfect!  It was super easy to mix, but I would recommend doubling the amount of raisins.  Yes, I actually had some in my cupboard and used them in the recipe.  I would also put the dough in the fridge so the cookies don’t spread quite as much.

Sour Cream Spice Cookie Dough  Sour Cream Spice Cookies

They smelled awesome baking and the taste?  Moist, spicy, sweet, and perfect!

I sometimes hate the fact I bake.  Why?  Because when I have a sweet tooth, I can easily go to my kitchen and make something.  Damn it!

So I was having a serious craving for cookies and decided I’d try Cooking Light’s low-fat chocolate peanut butter cookies.

They are very easy to throw together and I relied on my typical baking method of “throwing everything in the bowl,” so my cookies didn’t look like the photo.  I used a small cookie scoop and threw a couple of pans in the oven.

Low fat Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough  Low fat Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies  Low fat Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies  Low fat Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

When they come out of the oven, the cookies are soft and awesome.   When they cooled, they become crunchy and kinda reminded me of the size of the Keebler chocolate chip cookies…but they tasted so much better.  I really liked these cookies and would definitely recommend this recipe.

I love banana, oatmeal, and chocolate so finding this recipe for a cookie with all three was perfect.  If you need a metric conversion, here you go.  These are approximate, but they are the amounts I used to make my cookies:

  • 150g butter – 2/3 cup
  • 180g mashed ripe bananas – 1 cup
  • 140g granulated sugar – 5/8 cup or 10 TBSP
  • 210g plain flour – 2 cups
  • 230g quick cook oats – 2 cups
  • 360g chocolate chips – 2 1/2 cups
  • 80g chopped nuts (opt)

Once I figured out all the measurements and mixed, I baked at 375 for about 12 minutes.   I used a medium cookie scoop. 

Banana, Oatmeal & Chocolate Cookie Dough  Banana, Oatmeal & Chocolate Cookies  Banana, Oatmeal & Chocolate Cookie

I thought they were moist and tasted exactly like a banana, oatmeal, and chocolate chip bread.  Awesome cookie!

In my fridge, I found I had a few ounces of cream cheese and decided to find some recipes to use it up.  While I like watching Martha Stewart’s TV show since EVERYTHING is perfect, I had never tried one of her recipes. 

Until now.  I thought her recipe for cream cheese walnut cookies sounded delicious.  While there are more directions than I usually care to follow, they were surprisingly simple. 

When you’re making these cookies, don’t forget to factor in extra time for the dough to go into the fridge/freezer.  Also, I used a small heaping 1/4 tsp of Kosher salt (even though it called for more).

Once I molded into the best circular logs as I possibly could (meaning when I grew tired of trying to make them perfect), I cut them using a knife and a sawing back-and-forth motion.  Otherwise, you “rough” up the dough. 

Martha Stewart Cream Cheese Walnut Cookie Dough  Martha Stewart Cream Cheese Walnut Cookie Dough  Martha Stewart Cream Cheese Walnut Cookies  Martha Stewart Cream Cheese Walnut Cookies

When I took them out of the oven and tried a bite, the cream cheese gave the cookies a bit of a bite and the walnuts a crunch.  The cookies are definitely rich and reminded me a bit of shortbread. 

Seriously, if you find yourself with a little time, you should try to make these.  I liked them.

I had some buttermilk leftover and when I typed in “buttermilk recipes,” I found this one for buttermilk cookies

As one would expect, they were very easy to make.  I used a small cookie scoop and found they were slightly chewy with a rich and buttery flavor.  If you added lemon or orange zest, it’d be delicious!

Buttermilk Cookie Dough  Buttermilk Cookies

I don’t think I’d necessary run out to make these again, but if you’re looking for something different to help you use up your buttermilk, you won’t go wrong with these.

I love my Cooking Light subscription.  I really enjoy the photos and the numerous healthier recipes.  In their Septembere 2008 issue, a woman from Anninston, AL submitted this recipe for her favorite low-fat chocolate coconut oatmeal cookies. 

Since I couln’t find it posted anywhere, I thought I’d share it with you here:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 6 TBSP sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Mix everything together in a bowl and bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. 

When I was making it, I had to add another egg the dough would combine, but you may find you don’t need it.  I used a small cookie scoop and the cookies came out perfect! 

Lower in fat Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Cookie Dough  Lower in fat Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Cookies  Lower in fat Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

They were absolutely delicious with a pleasant coconut and chocolate taste — a perfect combination!  You have to try these!

If I don’t have a shopping list, I’m aimless in the grocery store and I end up buying things I don’t really need.  This is why I found myself with a couple of purposeless lemons.

I thought I’d try to make this recipe for lemon spritz cookies since the recipe looked easy.  But there’s no call for baking powder, baking soda, or eggs.  A strange recipe but one that I thought I’d try anyway.

When I was mixing everything together, I realized that the mix was too crumbly and was never going to work.  So I added 1 egg.  When I noticed it was starting to come together but still needed more, I added one more egg. 

Lemon Spritz Cookie Dough  Lemon Spritz Cookies  Lemon Spritz Cookies

Also, my lemons must have been very juicy too because I squeezed the juice from 1 lemon which meant there was about 3-4 TBSP of juice. 

The cookies were tart and lemon-y.  I liked them!

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