Category Archives: Cookies

Christmas Snowball Cookies

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Snowball Cookies! They are also known as Mexican wedding cakes (or cookies) and butterballs; however, they are perhaps most commonly called snowball cookies for their powdery white spherical appearance and for appearing around the winter holidays.

SAM_2731Whatever you know them as, these cookies are a tasty holiday treat.  I love making cookies around the holidays. Christmas is such a busy time of the year. Making homemade keepsake ornaments. Finding and decorating your Christmas tree. Hanging all your holiday decorations. Making homemade personalized gifts.  Cooking and baking special holiday treats. Writing and sending Christmas cards, and everything else I didn’t mention. Yes, this time of year is a busy time indeed. Even so, I always will find time to sit down and enjoy a few cookies with a hot cup of coffee or a cold tall glass of milk.

cmA wonderfully nutty and sweet little cookie. These cookies are very easy and simple to make, and simply scream the holidays. They also make wonderful gifts for anyone.  Made with only five ingredients. I start by setting out 2 sticks of salted butter to soften about a half an hour before I am ready to start. Then mix 2 cups flour and 1 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts) and set aside. Then grind 1 cup walnuts in your food processor until finely ground and set aside. Cream the butter and sugar then add vanilla extract and the other dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

SAM_2687Preheat your oven to 325 F. Once all the ingredients are well mixed grab your cookie scoop. Scoop and roll each cookie and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. These cookies wont melt much so you can place them fairly close together. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack for about 30 minutes.  Once cooled roll in powdered sugar and place in fridge to finish cooling about ten minutes.  Roll them in powdered sugar again and keep on counter top as long as they will last, they go fast. Or, box them up in a few tins and send them out as gifts.

SAM_2737Ingredients;

2 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

2 cups nuts

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup butter (softened)

1/2 tsp salt

 

Process: Preheat oven to 325 F. Soften 2 sticks butter. place flour and half of the walnuts in a large mixing bowl. Place the other half of the walnuts in a food processor and grind until fine and add to large mixing bowl. Cream butter and sugar together until white and add to mixing bowl. add vanilla and salt then mix well. batter will be stiff. Scoop with a cookie scoop and roll into a ball with your hands. Place on a parchment lined baking pan and bake for around 20 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom. Cool on a wire rack for 30  minutes. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes to cool.  Roll in powdered sugar again and keep on your counter.

 

Happy Holiday’s and Merry Christmas Everyone!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough!!

Author: Cassie Stevens

The best part of making cookies is the cookie dough, and let me tell you it was hard to keep myself from eating all of it. They baked up to be fantastic cookies too. My husband’s favorite cookie is the peanut butter cookie, and mine (if I had to choose) would be the chocolate chip cookie. So this cookie is the best of both worlds for us. Soft, and lightly chewy with a gush of ooey gooey chocolate with every bite.   HEAVEN!!!

SAM_2016Cookie dough coated in sugar. What a tease!!

This recipe was amazing. I will be saving this one for the heirloom cookbook for my family for sure. I made two and a half dozen cookies from this recipe, which only filled my cookie jar half full.  Of course, I had to try them as soon as they were done baking to make sure they were still amazing, and they were. So about two dozen made it into the cookie jar.

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So here is what you need:

1 1/4 cups flour

1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

3/4 cup white granulated sugar

1/2 cup butter softened (1 stick)

1 large egg ( at room temp)

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Tbsp whole milk

1/2 tsp Baking soda

3/4 tsp Baking Powder

1 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup chocolate chips

SAM_2054Tools of the trade…the cookie scoop…

Here is what to do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat the peanut butter and butter until smooth. Next add the sugars and mix well. Beat in the large egg then add the vanilla extract and milk then set aside. Sift flour and baking powders together and add to wet mix. Mix well then gently mix in chocolate chips. Scoop into balls and roll in sugar and place 12 to a baking sheet. Gently press down cookie balls with a fork diagonally and place in oven. Bake at 350 for ten to twelve minutes. cookies might appear to be undone but trust me they are done. Let cool on a wire rack. ENJOY!!

SAM_2031This is what a great cookie looks like! YUM!!

Oatmeal Cranberry Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Oh wow! What a mouthful! I know it’s a lot for one cookie, but these power packed energy boosting cookies will win you over when you hear what goes into them and just how good they are for you!  These little cookies go great with coffee in the morning for a quick breakfast, or just an anytime snack with milk.

cookiesCranberries, Coconut, Honey, Oatmeal, and Chocolate chips.  All super foods for energy and health (in a cookie), with no added sugars. My one year old loves them. I think she really likes the chocolate chunks in them more than anything, but they are a big hit with my family. So, lets take a minute to review how healthy these great ingredients can be for you health and happiness.

Oatmeal can lower blood cholesterol, because of its soluble fiber content.  An oatmeal bath, made by adding a cup of finely ground oatmeal to one’s bathwater, is also commonly used to ease the discomfort associated with such things as chickenpox, poison ivy, eczema, sunburn and dry skin.

Cranberries are a source of polyphenol antioxidants, phytochemicals that are for benefits to the cardiovascular system and immune system, and as anti-cancer agents.  There are benefits from cranberry consumption against bacterial infections in the urinary system.

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Coconut peel may contain novel anticancer compounds.  Inside a coconut is a cavity filled with coconut water, which is sterile until opened. It mixes easily with blood, and was used during World War II in emergency transfusions.  Also, young coconut juice has estrogen-like characteristics. There are countless other healing properties and wonderful uses from coconuts.

Honey has been used by humans to treat a variety of ailments, from gastric disturbances to ulcers, wounds and burns, through ingestion or topical application.  Honey has also been used for centuries as a treatment for sore throats and coughs.

cookies4Chocolate can help reduce the risk of certain cardiovascular problems and also reduce blood pressure in adults.  Chocolate boosts cognitive abilities.  Cocoa or dark chocolate positively affects the circulatory system.

Now, with all that said here is the recipe.

4 cups Oats

1 1/2 cups flour

3 eggs

1/4 cup cream or whole milk

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp baking soda

1 cup chocolate chunks

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1 cup shredded coconut

1/2 tsp salt

1/2  cup butter

1/2 cup honey

First mix all your dry ingredients then in a separate bowl mix all your wet ingredients then mix the two together. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Drop cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet pan 1 tablespoon at a time. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

Coconut Macaroons

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Author: Cassie Stevens

I love coconut. I was born and raised in Florida. I spent 24 years enjoying the beach and having fun in the sun. We always picked up coconuts on the beach and pretty much everywhere else around. We had a blast finding inventive new ways to break open a coconut. They were so good. I have since then moved to the mountains and have to buy my coconuts. If you have ever been to a grocery store then you know there a a couple of different kinds of coconuts. The most popular are the green ones then the ones that come from Hawaii, they are brown and very small. I have found that the Hawaiian ones are very bitter. I like the green ones better, or a great time saver is to just buy shredded coconut. I made this recipe one day for my husband who is also a big fan of coconut. It is a simple go to recipe for something sweet and healthy. It’s quick and easy.

2 cups sweetened coconut

1/2 cup sugar

2 egg whites

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

dash of salt

Beat the egg whites, salt, and vanilla until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar while beating until very stiff and glossy. Fold in coconut, drop by rounded teaspoons about 2 inches apart onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees F about 20 minutes or until set and light brown. Enjoy!

Honey Almond Cookies – from Almond Meal

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Author: Cassie Stevens

I wanted to see what I could make with my almond meal that I get when I make homemade almond milk. I came across a recipe on allrecipes.com that I really liked for almond cookies. I couldn’t remember the exact one or I would link it. They were different than the ones you get from take-out restaurant. These were thick and fluffy and they looked real hearty. So, I tried it out and, like almost all my recipes I change it up and make it my own. Then, out came these wonderful soft and fluffy honey almond cookies.  I’m glad I tried it out.  Once I made the dough, I rolled it up in plastic wrap and put it in the freezer for a little while to stiffen up the butter, then unwrapped and sliced the cookies to my desired thickness.  They will rise up some while baking. They are great for breakfast on the go, or as a snack. So, if you want to give them a try here is what I used.

1 stick room temp. butter

1 cup almond meal

1 3/4 all-purpose flour

2 Tbsp honey

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

1 tsp almond extract (you can use vanilla)

2 eggs

1/4 cup cream (you can use whole milk)-you could probably use almond milk too I haven’t tried that yet. If you do tell me how it turns out.

Bake at 350 for about ten minutes, let cool and enjoy!