Category: cookies

2-Ingredient Cookies

Hear me out before you turn your nose up.

Yes, these are healthy. And easy. And probably not for everyone. But we liked them, and the bonus is that you can eat them for breakfast and not feel weird about it!

I called them 2-Ingredient Cookies, but then I wanted to add some decadence to them, and that became 3 ingredients, or 4, or whatever.  The first time I made them I just added some chopped pecans. The second time, I added a mixture of chocolate and peanut butter chips. That was a winning combination!

3 ingredient cookies

 

3-Ingredient Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup nuts, chocolate chips, dried cranberries, or whatever you like added

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mash the bananas with a fork. Stir in the oats and add-ins.
  3. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. I flattened them a bit with my finger.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes.
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Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Cookies – Secret Recipe Club

Chocolate chip cookies are chocolate chip cookies, until you make them with dark chocolate and sprinkle sea salt on top.  Then, as they say, they go from drab…to fab.  (Ugh, that just annoyed myself!)

I don’t know much about Sara from Cupcake Muffin, but I do know she’s pretty adventurous in the kitchen.  She uses exotic-sounding ingredients like kabocha squash, lamb sausage, and cardamom pods, and her recipes are completely mouth-watering.

The reason I love Secret Recipe Club time because not only do I get to find new blogs to be inspired by, but it’s so fun to flip through my assigned blog and pick out what I’m going to make that month.  I was going to make Sara’s Spicy Pumpkin Wontons, but then I spied these cookies and knew I needed to make them.  I forgot the oats, but it wound up being a happy mistake.  The cookies were flat, but chewy and wonderful regardless.

Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Cookies
Adapted from Cupcake Muffin

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • Scant 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 10 oz dark chocolate (I used Hershey’s Special Dark), chopped
  • sea salt, to finish
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Whisk together the flours, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Cream together the butter, both sugars, and vanilla.  Beat in the eggs.
  4. Stir in the flour mixture, then stir in the chocolate.
  5. Using a 1 Tbsp cookie scoop, scoop dough onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  Sprinkle each mound with a bit of sea salt.
  6. Bake until edges are browned but centers are still soft, about 8 minutes.  Remove from the oven, let rest on the cookie sheet for a few minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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Rolo Cookies

The other night (pre-Halloween so we didn’t have a bunch of junk food hanging around), my husband and I really wanted something chocolatey for dessert, but I had run out of frozen cookie dough and it was fairly late so I didn’t want to get out the mixer and make a mess with flour, sugar, etc.  I saw a bag of Rolos and a box of devil’s food cake mix in our pantry and remembered I had something on Pinterest about cake mix cookies with Rolos in them.  30 minutes later, we had our dessert (my son was already in bed so I couldn’t recruit him to help unwrap all those Rolos or it would have been even faster).

I originally found this recipe on Buns in my Oven (one of my faves), and the ingredients and directions couldn’t have been easier, so it was a no-brainer that I’d make these.  Mine didn’t turn out nice and flat like hers did, but a light press with the spatula when it came out of the oven fixed that situation.

These are delicious warm (but not straight out of the oven…the caramel will burn your tongue.  Ahem.) or just room temperature.  In fact, I think I preferred room temperature because that allowed the caramel to go back to it’s chewy state, rather than the creamy state when it was hot out of the oven.

Karly made hers a bit smaller than mine, but that’s because I misread the directions.  She said to make the ball HALF the size of a golf ball.  I made mine a full golf ball size.  That’s okay, big cookies rule, even if it’s by accident.

Ingredients
Recipe found on Buns in my Oven
  • 1 box Devil’s Food cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • Rolo candies, unwrapped
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (only the best invention EVER).
  2. Mix together the cake mix, eggs, and oil. Grab a piece of dough about the size of a golf ball and roll it into a ball. Smoosh it flat, place a Rolo in the center, and then close the dough around the Rolo. Repeat until all of the dough is used.
  3. Bake for about 9 minutes. 
  4. If your cookies are still in ball form, flatten them slightly with a spatula.  Let sit on the cookie sheet for 3 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack.
Makes 24 cookies.

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Double Doozies

When I found out we were having overnight guests the other night, I knew I wanted to make them something special that I had recently seen on Buns in My Oven.  I’d never had brown sugar chocolate chip cookies before, and combining that with chocolate buttercream frosting…it just seemed magical. 

I whipped them up in no time, and before long Chris’ cousin and I were licking spoonfuls of buttercream in my kitchen.  Heaven.

There’s really not anything more to say about them except that they were really simple, really delicious, and totally worth making. Houseguests not required.

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Hamentashen

This weekend is the Jewish holiday of Purim when we celebrate another one of our triumphs over those who tried to murder or oppress us. Part of the celebration is eating cookies/pastries called “hamentashen,” which are triangular-shaped. They’re modeled after the tri-corner hat the bad guy in our story (Hamen) wore.
Hamentashen are typically filled with fruit jam, prunes, or some sort of weird poppy seed goop. Me, I go for the fruit ones. Although the prune ones are surprisingly delicious.
I’ve never made hamentashen before, and wasn’t sure I really wanted to try but a coworker asked me to make some for her and after looking up a few recipes, I found one I wanted to try.
My first batch were apricot and they turned out delicious but some of them opened up on me. The tutorial kind of scared me off of pushing the dough down enough to close them well, but I got over it for the second batch, and those turned out better.
It’s a very simple recipe, and really not hard to execute, but I found my issue to be rolling out the dough uniformly. Didn’t change the taste at all…just gave them some character.
Go check out the recipe and make some for yourself!
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  • 3 C flour
  • 3 t baking powder
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 3/4 C butter, room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • your choice of filling (jam, jelly, preserves, chocolate chips, nuts)
  1. Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  2. Mix in butter and eggs.
  3. Roll out dough and form hamantashen
  4. Bake on a well-greased cookie sheet or on parchment paper for 12-15 minutes at 400 F.

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