Cookie-Palooza

Recently my mom, unfortunately, had to undergo surgery. As an art teacher, this meant she was out for a few months to recover. During this time she became fearful that the newer, younger, hipper sub would usurp the hearts of her impressionable high school classes. And thus she concocted a genius plan to win them back over; enlist her oldest daughter to bake cookies for every single student.

Of course the original plan was to go through a few bags of Tollhouse mix but I,unbelievably bored after two weeks home from college with basically nothing to do, decided to go a step further and embark on what I like to call:

Cookie-Palooza

The plan was to create four different types of, collectively, 100+ cookies to be distributed throughout her art classes. The hard part was really sifting through my ridiculous amount of unused cookie recipes to come up with some exciting but not terribly experimental options. I finally decided on the following:

1. Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookies – Just like you might guess from the name, chocolate chip cookies with a gingerbread-like dough. Wanting to spice up the traditional chocolate chip cookie (pun unintended but appreciated), I found this recipe floating around the archives and thought it was interesting enough to try but normal enough to not scare off high school kids.

I got the recipe here from www.sugarhero.com, where pictures of ooey-gooey molasses-darkened cookies temptingly laid out alongside what I imagine as chai-spiced hot chocolate drew me in. You can watch the cookie-making process in the delightful slideshow featured below:

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2. Red Velvet Cookies – Probably the least adventurous of the crop, but who doesn’t love a good red velvet crinkle cookie? I know I do. I always feel using a recipe with a ready-made mix base is a bit of a cop-out, but I had three other recipes to get through here so I thought I could cut myself a little slack. The recipe came from Duncan Hines and required only 3 real ingredients: a box of Duncan Hines Red Velvet cake mix (obvi), 2 eggs and 1/3 cup vegetable oil. Simplicity can be nice for a change. 🙂

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3. Chocolate Peanut-Butter No-Bake Cookies – I originally got this recipe from a friend, but found an identical one online to share and OHMYLORDARETHEYAMAZING. Like, cookie perfection, not lying to you. If it helps convince you further, they were the first ones to go, and we all know how much high schoolers love food.

They’re scrumptious, unbaked concoctions of sugar, cocoa, milk, butter, peanut butter and oatmeal. Yummmmm. And the best part? You can eat all the dough before you even make the cookies and not feel a bit guilty (or rather, you might feel guilty, but at least you don’t need to worry about salmonella…)

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4. Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies – This is the one Cookie-Palooza recipe I’ve actually done before, and posted about before, so I already knew they were amazing (although I might’ve forgotten exactly how amazing). Again, I used the recipe from Picky Palate (this woman should be considered a baking Messiah. Patron Saint of Baking. Really good baker.) with drool-inducing results. Although it is slightly worrying that we, as a society, feel the need to sandwich sandwich cookies in between chocolate chip cookies. ‘Murica.

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And so that’s it, the four unique baking excursions that joined as one to deliver unto us Cookie-Palooza. This might have to become an annual thing (so much consumed raw cookie dough, no regrets). And below is the awe-inducing finished product:

What can I say, every once in a while a girl has to go crazy and bake an obscenely prolific amount of cookies. We all get that urge, right?

Right?

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Rainbow Concoctions

I didn’t exactly make this recipe with blogging in mind, but after it turned out so pretty I thought I’d post it and share with the world!

My sister, a cheesecake aficionado, told me I could make as crazy a cheesecake as I wanted for her 16th birthday. So, as such, I decided to go out and combine this white chocolate cheesecake recipe (minus the brandy sauce, although I’m sure its delicious) and this colorful recipe for a rainbow cheesecake. Baked goods are already the best, but throw in a rainbow and they get even better.

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Basically I followed the white chocolate cheesecake recipe, split the batter into six bowls, died each a different color, and poured one on top of the other. The batter was a little too thick for it to spread properly at first, so I realized pretty quick a little spreading with the spatula was necessary after each layer.

And then, of course, after baking and sitting in the fridge for a while, it completely deflated. But it nonetheless tasted delish and looked gorgeous once you cut inside:

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And I topped it all off with a homemade chocolate syrup sauce. Just save the sauce until after you show off the final product, a glob of brown syrup doesn’t look nearly as nice as a cheesecake rainbow.

So for my first foray into the world of rainbow baking I feel like this ended on a fairly successful note. 🙂 Good luck in all your own culinary adventures and have a lovely Tuesday!

Cookieception

I like food. A lot.

The following image pretty much sums up my entire existence:

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This too:

That’s me passing Dunks every Sunday on the way to voice lessons with my sister. If you ever need to get me to do anything, the lure of baked goods is always foolproof.

Hand-in-hand with my love for eating comes a love for cooking and baking, so I can make dangerously scrumptious batches of treats all for myself. I actually started a diet a little while ago, but all my summer free-time combined with hours spent Stumbling for recipes have all added up to a lot of self sabotage. And since I’ve been making so many things lately, and I’ve decided to breathe some summer life back into my beloved Zebu, I thought I’d share some of these culinary confections up here. 🙂

It’s almost the last day of school for my little sister, who’s a high school freshman, and she asked if I could throw together some treats. If I applied myself half as much when studying for school as I do researching new recipes, I might be Valedictorian.

After much deliberation I decided on these beauties from Picky Palate:

My madre modeling the confection in question.

Recipe here: http://picky-palate.com/2011/01/06/oreo-stuffed-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies, entirely from scratch (well, I mean, except the Oreo…) and ridiculously delicious-looking. I made a brownie stuffed version too from a different website, but neither the brownie nor the dough were as delicious as this one. Oh my goodness, I’m telling you, the deliciousness that is a homemade chocolate chip cookie combined with the heavenly crunch of an Oreo center is pretty much pastry perfection (except cookies aren’t actually pastries, but next to cooking on my list of favorite things are alliterations, so it stays).

I sent my sister to school with 30, she came back with 2. Just sayin’. If you’ve got free time and calories to spare, try these. And if you’re lacking either of the former, try them anyway. It’ll be worth it. 🙂