Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Time To Bake The Cookies.............

My first batch, Kevin And Amanda's Secret Ingredient Christmas Cookies, was done late last night. I stumbled across this yummy recipe last week and decided to give it a try. It is quite a bit of work (for me, personally), but they were very good. If I make them again, I will leave small pecan pieces in the mix. 

Kevin & Amanda Secret Ingredient 
Christmas Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 cup whole pecans
1 cup quick one-minute oats
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For the Rolling Mixture:
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

1. Melt butter in a heavy bottomed sauce pan over medium to medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted and begins to foam, start whisking constantly. Once the butter is brown and has a nutty fragrance, transfer to a large mixing bowl to cool.

2. Meanwhile, toast the pecans in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 4-5 minutes until the pecans are dark brown and smell toasted. Immediately transfer to the bowl of a food processor. Add the oats and pulse until the oats and pecans are smooth and combined. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and whisk in the flour, baking powder and salt until well combined.
3. Next add the sugar and brown sugar to the cooled brown butter and beat on medium to medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat for another 2-3 minutes until well combined. Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until just combined.
4. Use a medium (1.5 tbsp) cookie scoop to form dough into balls, then roll in cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes until edges just start to turn golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

The  second, Oreo Cream Cheese Cookies, a recipe that a friend pinned to her facebook wall, was completed by 6:30 AM today. Now there is an apple pie my dad requested in the oven ! Next up, gooey butter cookies for my daughter and chocolate chip cookies for my son (although I don't think we really need more cookies!). 

Oreo Cream Cheese Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
6 oz cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup mini dark chocolate chips
2 cups Oreo crumbles

Preheat oven to 375, line a cookie sheet with parchment. I have found that parchment keeps the cookies from spreading too much, as they tend to do on a greased pan or a silpat.

In the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed, cream together butter and cream cheese until thoroughly combined.

Add sugar and vanilla, mix well.

Add flour one cup at a time and mix on low just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips with a rubber spatula.

Pour Oreo crumbles into a bowl. Scoop dough out and roll into roughly 1.5" balls, then roll in cookie crumbles, coating thoroughly. Be sure to cover the dough balls really well in crumbs, as this is what holds the cookie together while baking. Space cookies about 1-2" apart on sheet. Bake on center rack about 14-15 minutes and allow to cool on sheet several minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.
What's that, a Christmas tree in the background of the photo of the cookies ? Why yes, yes it is ! As I was making the Sugared Pecan Cookies last night about 10 PM, hubby decided to drag the tree out - then proceeded to walk away leaving Hyla kitten unsupervised. She never climbed it, but she did have too much fun attacking the branches and hopping around the tree stand. I had to call it quits baking to keep shooing her away from the tree and make sure she didn't eat any of the needles that had fallen on the floor. Not sure how much I will get accomplished today despite being up since 5 AM if she keeps messing with the tree! Geeesh. 

I won't have time to post them today, but I made a neat box to hold hand made cards for my mom and a cool pants with wallet and belt card for my brother in law. I finished them up last night. I'll post the how to's later this week.
Merry Christmas !

Edited to add a photo of the freshly baked from scratch,
even the crust is home made,
apple pie - yum ! 

1 comment:

  1. Ohhh... You are making me hungry!! LOL at the tree!


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