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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Quick and Easy Cinnamon Buns!

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Alright, so I generally try to avoid recipes that have yeast in them because I don’t like having to wait… perhaps because I have a habit of starting something else while waiting and then forgetting about them. Anywho, I found this great recipe for cinnamon buns without yeast a long time ago and just love them! They’re so easy to make and I’ve even done them without sugar and with lots of raisins before and it was still great.

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Ingredients:

¼ cup cottage cheese
½ cup milk
¼ cup sugar
4 tbs butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tbs baking powder
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking soda
1 ½ tbs butter, melted
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 ½ tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat to 200 degrees Celsius. (375 Fahrenheit)

In a blender mix cottage cheese, milk, sugar, butter and vanilla.

In seperate bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Add milk mixture.

Knead and roll out the dough. Spread melted butter on top and then sprinkle with the brown sugar and cinnamon.

Bake 20-28 minutes, until the tops start get golden.

For a topping I just mix some powdered sugar, milk and vanilla and then drizzle it on top.

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Cocoa 101

This might be silly but I’m going to put it out there. Cocoa. It is not to be made from a little pouch of prepackaged sugar and chocolate powder with dried up marshmallows. I have discovered this and though I am certain many, MANY, people already knew how to make cocoa on their own- I did not. Not until I moved to Sweden about four years ago and learned that most everything that came in boxes of premeasured ingredients could actually be made without boxes at all! In fact, you don’t even have to measure anything! If you want more sugar, you add more sugar. If you want your cocoa chocolatier (it is definately a word) just add more cocoa!

I also add vanilla and sometimes cinnamon and even that random vanilla cocoa powder my boyfriend bought once and then forgot about. Seriously, get creative. I’ve discovered over the past couple years that most things in the kitchen you can just make up as you go along (not cakes though..)

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I measure the milk by pouring it into my cup and then into the pot. After that it’s just whisking in whatever you want until you love it and it’s steamy. That’s it! If you’ve never made your own cocoa, do it. Cocoa in the cafe is fantastic but we can’t always get dolled up and trudge out to the cafe. Sometimes we have to have cocoa while sitting in our pajamas at the computer.

Now, if you’ve made your own cocoa since you were little and it is basic knowledge to you, ignore me or perhaps take a moment to smile at the fact that, honestly, until I was twenty-two I had no idea that this could be done.

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