Cookies!

 

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So, in case we haven’t met, I love cookies. I like to make them almost as much as I like to eat them. This summer I got to make two batches of cookies for Phong to take to work and just barely managed to remember to take pictures of them.

The most recent was a combination Phong came up with himself- white chocolate chip cookies with avocado frosting. I’ve done an avocado frosting on cupcakes before but this was the first time I did it on a cookie and it turned out great! I’m not even a big fan of avocado and I still loved it.

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3/4 cup butter (180 grams)

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 tsp baking powder (bakpulvar)

1/4 tsp baking soda (bikarbonat)

1/2 tsp cinnamon (kanel)

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla (vaniljarom)

1  3/4 cups flour

2 cups rolled oats (havre)

White chocolate chunks

Directions: Cream the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl. Add the flour. And then mix in the oats and chocolate chunks. I roll them into ball and flatten into pucks.

For the Frosting: Mash up an avocado and then start mixing in powdered sugar until it becomes thick and that pretty lime green color. If you want to add coconut sprinkles (or any other kind of sprinkle) remember to do it before the frosting hardens.

 

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The other was Sugar Cookies. I’ve used this recipe a few times and it’s hands down my favorite sugar cookie recipe.

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1  1/2 cups butter, softened (240 grams)

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla (vaniljarom)

5 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder (bakpulvar)

1 tsp salt

Frosting:

4 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup butter

5 tbs milk

1 tsp vanilla (vaniljarom)

Directions: Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Separately mix flower, baking powder and salt and then add to butter mixture.  For the frosting just mix the ingredients and make sure the cookie is cool before you frost it. Sprinkle quickly!

If you’re not from the States you might have noticed that these recipes are. I play pretty fast and loose when it comes to recipes. I find that cookies are the most forgiving of baked goods when it comes to this kind of cooking. For tbs (tablespoon) I actually just use a normal sized spoon and tsp (teaspoon) I use a tea spoon or just eyeball it. I have a measuring cup so I don’t have to try to convert these into deciliters. 1 cup is a little less than 2 1/2 deciliters.

You might also have noticed that I didn’t give a baking time or temperature. I almost always baking cookies at 175 Celsius (350 Farenheit) until they look done. For me, done is a little brown on the edges, that moment when they just started to get color. I like a soft cookie.

 

Until next time!

-cheryl

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Stuffed Tomatoes and Onions

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This is one of those recipes that’s really simple and flexible and tasty but actually looks like you knew what you were doing.

I sautéed some mushrooms (cut them smallish first) while I cored the tomatoes and onions. For the tomatoes, it’s kind of like gutting a pumpkin but a lot faster and a little more delicate. I just cut the tops out and then use a spoon to scoop out the insides. The onions take a little more muscle and finesse to get out as much as possible without breaking the onion. It’s best if you only have one or two layers of onion left for the shell. And save your onion shavings! You can use those for other things!

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I mixed the mushroom with thawed spinach, chopped up feta cheese and some fake bacon bits (I’m vegetarian by the way, has that come up yet?). I’ve also made this using fake ground beef and different cheese on top of the filled tomatoes. You can really just do what you want here and fill it with what you like.

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Tips! If you use real meat, make it small and cook it first. And, because I tried, I learned that this is a lot trickier if you try to add egg to the mixture in the tomatoes because the tomatoes are already quite juicy and the liquid just makes it really hard for the egg to cook. Learn from my mistakes!

 

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