All posts tagged: Cookies

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

To practice my royal icing skills, as I recently did with my Norwegian Sweater Cookies, I needed some kind of cookie to use as the base. Typically I am all about flavors and textures, but for this I really only needed something quick and simple to use as a canvas. In light of that I went out searching for the perfect recipe…and not surprisingly found myself browsing around Sweetapolita’s website. I ended up using Sweetapolita’s Perfect Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookie Recipe, which I ended up liking in the end though I faced a few challenges along the way. To start off, the recipe called for 6 cups of flour and I decided immediately that there was no way I needed that many cookies, so I cut the recipe in half. Additionally, the recipe originally said it would make 30 cookies…though as mentioned I cut the recipe in half, and I ended up with 24 cookies and a bit of left over dough. I would have had to make cookies the size of my head to …

Royal Icing Take 3: Norwegian Sweater Cookies

I have used Royal Icing to decorate cookies two times before. Both I would consider to have been fairly successful, but somehow I look at what I have done and then I look at what others can do and I realize how much more potential there is for growth. In light of this and the weather, I decided to hibernate and practice my royal icing skills…or lack thereof.

Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

As I have challenged myself and made more complex and extravagant baked goods, I have also found myself less satisfied with mixing up a batch of drop cookies. None the less, cookies are delicious, loved by everyone, and easy to make and serve for a crowd, and that is exactly what I was in need of today. You may remember from some of my previous posts (like my Matcha Cookies and Fruit Swirl Cookies) that I am part of a Japanese conversation group (会話サークル) and that I can often be found baking for our meetings. Well, today I needed a dessert for an epic event: a traditional American barbecue and bonfire! This–to my fellow Americans–may seem simple, and you might be confused at my stress at baking something for this event. However, it has required extra planning to get all the members of the club (about 15-20 people) from the city out to my parents place in the suburbs…where the closest bus station requires a car to get from there to the house. So I …

Biscoff Nutella Thumbprint Cookies

Have you ever eaten peanut butter off of a spoon, directly from the jar? I am guessing most of you have (and if you say otherwise, I think you are probably lying). Well, if you enjoy eating peanut butter directly from the jar, you are going to have an incredibly hard time keeping the amount of ingredients you need for the recipe in your home until the recipe is complete. Seriously, it is a challenge not to grab a spoon and eat the star ingredients for todays recipe! Speaking of star ingredients, have you ever used Biscoff Spread or Nutella before? I grew up eating Nutella on toast–typically accompanied by peanut butter–for breakfast, so for me this taste is as nostalgic as it is delicious. However, while I have had Biscoff cookies before, I had no idea that there was a peanut-butter-like spread made out of them! Apparently it is more widely known/used in Europe, though to be perfectly honest, I do not know in what capacity. If you haven’t tried at least one of …

Fruit Swirl Cookies

“It is spring. It is spring, and in spring there is rain, and flowers, and happy things,” I say to myself. Then I open my eyes and look out the window at the blizzard. Yes, you heard me correctly, it is April 18th, and we are having a snow storm. Last year on this date in Minnesota, it was 65 degrees. I was probably wearing shorts. T_T Well, in the meanwhile, I am going to think happy thoughts and bake spring-like things. Maybe all the positive thinking will turn this weather around? *crosses fingers*

抹茶クッキー aka Matcha Cookies

Well, devoted readers, are you sensing a trend in my cooking lately? Matcha Bread, Matcha Cheesecake, GF Matcha Cookies…   I think this is the 4th thing I have made with 抹茶 or Matcha, a powdered Japanese green tea, since January. Maybe it helps me learn Japanese? *sigh* If only that were true! Anyhow, I made these Matcha Cookies, and the recipe worked really well! I made them more decorative with different kinds of chocolate than the original recipe called for. Truthfully though, they are delicious–albeit less pretty–simply plain without chocolate. I was a little worried about how they would turn out, but I have gotten approval from Japanese and non-Japanese friends alike! YAY!