Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cinnamon Swirl Cookies

I was looking through a Martha Stewart Living magazine February 2009 and saw this cookie and decided to try it. Cinnamon and walnuts sounded like a great combo. These cookies are the best. However, they are a bit of a pain to make you have to keep putting it in the frig to get cold.

Cinnamon Swirl Cookies


2 1/2 cups unbleached flour
you will need a bit more for rolling the dough
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup softened butter
1 cup white sugar
1/4 tsp. grated orange zest
2 large eggs


4 tbsp. softened butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1/2 tsp. cinnamon


Make the dough: Sift flour, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.

Beat butter, sugar and orange zest in a mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes.

Beat in eggs on at a time.

Reduce speed and gradually add flour until just combined.

Divide dough in half and wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour or over night.

On a well floured surface roll dough into a rectangle of 10 X 12 inches. Transfer this onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate for about 10 minutes.

Make filling until crumbly. Crumble mixture evenly over rectangles.

Starting at long edge roll first rectangle into log and wrap in parchment paper and refrigerate for 1 hour or over night.

Preheat oven 350º.

Cut each long crosswise into 1/4 inch thick slices.

Transfer onto parchment lined cookie sheets and bake until edges are golden brown, about 19 minutes.

Let cool on sheets on wire racks.

Cookies will keep, covered for up to 3 days.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Triple Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies

While shopping on Sunday I came across this recipe in the baking isle. It uses eagle brand milk. The picture looked yummy. The cookies are not bad.

Triple Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies



1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate, chopped ( I used chocolate chips)
1/2 cup eagle brand milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla


3/4 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup eagle brand milk
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups unbleached flour
pinch salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup milk chocolate, chopped ( I used chocolate chips)
1/2 cup white chocolate, chopped ( I used chocolate chips)


Preheat oven to 350º. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Filling: Melt chocolate with sweetened condensed milk in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat. Reduce to low and stir until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Cool in frig.

Beat butter, sweetened condensed milk and brown sugar until well combined. Add egg and vanilla; beat this mixture well.

Add flour, baking powder and salt. Beat this until just combined. Mix in all the chocolate. Cover and put in frig to chill for about 15 minutes.

Roll 1 tbsp. dough into balls. Place on prepared cookie sheets, about 2" apart. Flatten slightly.

Bake in oven 10 to 14 minutes. Until lightly golden. Cool on wire racks.

Place 1 tsp. cooled filling on the underside of the cookie. Top with a second cookie, underside down. Repeat until all cookies are sandwiched.

Makes about 24 cookies.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Cinnamon Loaf

I have been making this loaf for a long time. I do not know where I got the recipe now, however. It is a very nice loaf. If you like Cinnamon you will really like it.

Cinnamon Loaf


½ cup butter
2 eggs
1 cup white sugar
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Baking powder
½ tsp. Baking soda
2 tsp. Vanilla
1 cup sour milk ( I used buttermilk today) ( add 1 tsp. of vinegar to make milk sour)


3 tbsp. Brown sugar
1 tbsp. Cinnamon


Cream butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs one at a time and beat until light and creamy.
Whisk dry ingredients together.
Add dry ingredients alternately with the sour milk. Add vanilla.
Pour half the batter in a well greased loaf pan.
Sprinkle ½ the filling over the batter.
Add the rest of the batter over the cinnamon filling. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon filling on top.
Bake in 350̊ oven for 1 hour or until tester comes out clean.

Cool on rack completely for 1 hour. Then slice and enjoy.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Triple Chocolate Brownies

A few weeks ago I was watching a show of Fresh with Anna Olson. She also had a show Sugar which is no longer on but her episode archive is still available. I have tried a few of her recipes and they always turned out to be very good. These brownies were a I have to try them. And they did not disappoint. The girls at work liked them as well.

Triple Chocolate Brownies


1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate, chopped ( I used chocolate chips)
2/3 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1/2 cup unbleached flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 325º.

Prepare a 8" X 8" baking pan. I used a 9" X 9" baking pan. Greasing and lining with a sheet of parchment paper.

Over a pot of very gently simmering water place bowl and melt semi-sweet chocolate and butter, stirring gently. When melted remove from heat and add sugar and vanilla.

Stir in eggs, one at a time.

Then add flour and salt.

When this is just mixed together, fold in the white chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Cool. Then cut into squares.


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