All posts filed under: Chocolate Chip

Lookie at my Cookies: Chocolate Chip Pie

I went to an all girls high school, and I loved every minute of it. With no boys around we wore absolutely no make up, rolled out of bed, threw on our uniforms, and went to school each day. We played ridiculous pranks on each other, had so much fun, laughed a lot, and ate a ton! I think I gained the “Freshman 15” my Freshman year of high school–no joke. I didn’t really think about it at the time but a lot of our events at school were centered around food. We had weekly advisory meetings where a group of us who shared an advisor would get together, talk, and feast. Advisory happens to be where I picked up my habit of dipping butter cookies into a tub of icing–yum! It was actually gross how much food we would consume in a half an hour…but it was so good. And of course there’s the whole school lunch cuisine. We were lucky enough to have a great dining hall at school–almost too great. By senior …

Lookie at my Cookies: Oreo Cookie Cookies

Has anyone seen the new “Next Iron Chef” promos on Food Network? They just came on and let me say Alton Brown is so fetch. That’s the only word I can think to accurately describe him, fetch. If you haven’t seen Mean Girls then here’s your def courtesy of Urban Dictionary: “Variation and shortening of the word ‘fetching’. Used to describe something cool and trendy. General usage by females, teeny-boppers. You can almost hear it replied with “Like, totally!” Coined by the movie Mean Girls“. Alton is like so totally fetch and so are these new promos. Good job FN. I gotta say I love Alton, but I am not into this southern character that is in the episode of “Good Eats” that’s on right now. Has anyone seen the gumbo episode? This guy is rather confrontational and loud…not liking his style. Hm. I’m sure Alton’s gumbo will be great with or without annoying Mr. Bayou stereotype. (I just called Ariel to read her my blog post and she started laughing when I read this …

Lookie at my Cookies: Snickerdoodle Blossoms

I attended summer camp well into my late teens…actually all of my teen years. Many people told me it was time to grow up and get a real job, well, this summer I finally caved. I absolutely loved the time I spent at camp, those days were easily some of the best of my life. While I was at camp I loved getting mail, sometimes it’s nice to return to snail mail! But my favorite thing I received each summer was a special package from my parents, a package from a cookie place in Nashville–Christie Cookies. It became a tradition for my mom and dad to send my brother, my sister, and me all a tin of the cookies with all our favorite flavors. My personal favorites were (and still are) the M&M, chocolate chip, and Snickerdoodle. When making theseSnickerdoodle Blossoms I found on Lick the Bowl Good I tried to recreate those amazing Snickerdoodles I got from Christie Cookie every summer, except these are improved because they have a Hershey Kiss in the middle too! The Snickerdoodle Blossoms were …

Lookie at my Cookies: Double Chocolate Covered Pretzel Peanut Butter Cookies

Double Chocolate Covered Pretzel Peanut Butter Cookies, whew! That’s a mouthful and these cookies definitely were! As you can see they are chocolate peanut butter cookies with white chocolate chips and chocolate covered pretzels. I knew they would be good when I tried them, but I didn’t realize just HOW fantastic they would actually be.I found these super chunk cookies on Picky Palate. She suggested to use Trader Joe’s Chocolate Covered Pretzel Slims, I used The Snack Factory’s Chocolate Covered Pretzel Thins and I thin they’re pretty close to the TJ’s brand. In any case, they tasted great in the cookies! The chocolate from the pretzels melts off and into the cookie and adds to the already amazing chocolate and PB flavors. The white chocolate chips are the second chocolate in this cookie, I happen to be on a major white chocolate kick lately so the sweet punch from this chocolate is very welcome. Then we get to the actual pretzel thins, the crunch from the pretzel makes this cookies unique and and gives it lots of spunk, …

Lookie at my Cookies: Cookie Dough Eggrolls

I consider my hometown of Nashville, Tennessee to have quite the selection of foodie worthy restaurants. Just wait until I’m home this summer and I start frequenting all my favorites, I’ll have y’all convinced you need to take a trip to “Country Music USA” just to do a restaurant tour. Ask any of my friends and they will tell you I am obsessed with everything about Nashville including it’s restaurant scene. This recipe originates as a copy of a dessert served at Nashville’s own Jackson’s Bar and Bistro. I was first exposed to the Cookie Dough Egg Rolls on a dinner out with some girlfriends and I never forgot them, neither will you after this post. I used to visit Jackson’s just to order this dessert but then my friend Addie told me she was cooking them up in her own kitchen! How convenient! Because if you’re craving Cookie Dough Egg Rolls you’re probably sitting around in sweat pants AND you might want an unlimited supply…not that I’m speaking from experience or anything. Also they’re easy, leave you with …

Lookie at my Cookies: Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies

I first saw the recipe for Jacques Torres’ Chocolate Chip Cookies on some other food blogs and when I saw it again in Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook I knew I had to make them. Good chocolate chip cookies, like really really good ones that don’t come from a package, are hard to find. Jacques Torres’ chocolate chip cookie recipe is a favorite of Martha Stewart, the NY Times, and countless other newspapers and food blogs. Add me to the list of fans! These cookies were melt in your mouth good. Using nicer chocolate and the mix of cake and bread flour made all the difference for me. The texture of the cookies was spot on, they were chewy on the inside and perfectly crisp on the outside. The chocolate chunks elevated the taste of the cookies so they’re not just your average Tollhouse Break and Bake. Not that there is anything wrong with those, but when you want something a little more special these are the choc chip cookie for you! The original recipe makes a TON of cookies, …

Lookie at my Cookies: Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Eat your heart out Reese’s, there’s a new peanut butter cup in town. I am convinced peanut butter and chocolate were made for each other, like Charlie and Claire on LOST–I’m only on Season 2 right now but someone please tell me they have gotten together. I find that a lot of my baked creations involve these two perfect ingredients because they are two of my favorite foods…they actually might be my MOST favorite foods. Needless to say, the combination of flavors when peanut butter and chocolate meet is heavenly. Salty meets sweet, mmm delicious.  My Peanut Butter Cup Brownies were adapted from a recipe found on Bake or Break, I opted to use milk chocolate chips instead of the peanut butter chips for a little different flavor. I loved the sweet smoothness of the milk chocolate in the brownie, it provided a nice contrast to the semi-sweet chips. The generous dollop of melted peanut butter in the middle of the brownie was just enough for me, I think any more would have been a PB overload …

Lookie at my Cookies: Oatmeal Zebra Chip Cookies

I love baking for more reasons than I can count, including that it is a huge stress reliever for me. Sounds cliche, but really there is something about it that calms me down. So what did I do last week instead of studying for my second round of Midterms? Bake cookies! Who knew baking could be so useful, it helped me calm down and helped me procrastinate. SUCCESS! I was trying to avoid having to go out and buy any ingredients that I didn’t already have on hand because, well, I did have a 12 page paper due I hadn’t started…I simply didn’t have time for all that! So I rummaged through my baking cabinet and threw together these oatmeal cookies. Here’s where I ran into trouble: I had just run out of vanilla and brown sugar, two staple items for making cookies from scratch. Trouble averted: I decided to ditch the vanilla (oops) and use white sugar instead. Let me just say I would make the cookies again the exact same way, they were …