Small batch, XL Peanut butter cookies

XL Peanut Butter cookies topped with melted hershey kisses

It is rainy and windy here today, so I am baking more cookies (in addition to steak pizziaola), as we watch hockey. Instead of putting a Hersey kiss on top to make peanut blossoms, I melted a bunch of Hersey kisses and out that on top of the cookies instead.

Cookie monster!

A couple of notes about these cookies – I used a mix of cake flour and all purpose flour. If you don’t have cake flour, you make make it by adding 1/2 tbs of cornstarch to 1/2 cup flour and soft together. Remember to scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the right amount. I froze the cookie mounds for 30 minutes to help prevent spreading. I preheated the oven to 410 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. I did not cook these longer than 13 minutes. I did not want them to get too done and dry out.

These make 5 really big cookies. You can double the recipe and make 10 if you want.

  • Ingredients list
  • 12 cup butter, cold, grated with a cheese grater or cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1 cup flour

Directions – cream butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add egg, vanilla and peanut butter. Blend in dry ingredients. Divide evenly into 5 pieces of dough and roll into tall mounds. Roll each in sugar. Freeze at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 410 degrees for 20 minutes. On a cookie sheet lined with nonstick baking liners or parchment paper, place 5 cookies on it, leaving room between each because cookies spread. Bake 10 to 13 minutes. No longer than 13 minutes. Cool completely.

Topping – in a bowl, combine 20 unwrapped hershey kisses with 1 tsp vegetable oil. Microwave in 30 second increments until you can stir smooth. Spoon on top of cooled cookies. Store in covered container.

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Triple chip cookies

Triple chip cookies

I am absolutely delighted how these turned out. Huge mounds of puffy goodness. I do not like flat cookies! I am not quite sure why. These were a last minute request from Rob, so I used crisco, which I believe helped with the puffiness. I also made peanut butter cookies and those are not his bag, if you will, so I whipped up a few of these triple chip cookies, which we also call “the franks” because our friend Frank loves them!

Look at all those chips!

Remember to scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the right amount. Also preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking so it cycles to the right tem (a tip from a Sears appliances tech – thanks Stanley for the invaluable advice). If you use butter instead of crisco, I recommend chilling the mounds of dough for a few hours or freeze them for 30 minutes to avoid them spreading too much.

This recipe made 8 good size cookies (I uses 1/4 cup dough scoop for each one)

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup crisco
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1.7 ounce instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions – preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or nonstick baking liners. In a bowl, cream crisco and brown sugar. Add pudding mix. Blend in vanilla, egg, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Fold in flour. Stir in chips. ( I used my hands to blend the dough together once I added the chips). Scoop out 1/4 cups of dough and place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 13 minutes. You will see golden patches on top. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

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Chocolate chip/chocolate chocolate chip cookies

While trying to decide between. A chocolate chip and chocolate chocolate chip cookie, I just decided to combine them and present this monstrosity for the Bills victory cookies. Wow, does my mood change after a win.

I decided to brown the butter with these. You don’t have to, but browned butter can give treats a unique and delicious taste. I recommend chilling this dough. Remember to spoon your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup and to preheat your oven to 325 degrees before baking. I baked these for 18 minutes. I have no idea if they are done, but did not want to burn them. I think my ESPN friends will still be happy with them.

Here are some tips to brown butter – cook it in a pan over low to medium heat, stirring occasionally, until you see little brown bits. Remove from heat and cool 5 to 10 minutes.

Cookie monster!
  • Chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 3/4 cup butter, browned
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions – in a bowl, combine browned butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add egg, yolk and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients. Stir in chips

  • Chocolate chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 3/4 cup butter browned
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions – in a bowl, combine browned butter, brown sugar, sugar. Add egg, yolk and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients. Mix in chips.

Forming the cookies – scoop out 3 tbs of each dough and mold together, forming a tall mounds of dough. Chill a few hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Stagger cookies on it.

This is what I mean by staggering cookies

Bake 15 to 18 minutes (you will see a few golden patches on top). Cool completley. Store in covered container.

Now that’s a cookie!

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The perfect chocolate chip cookies (puffy)

Perfect and puffy chocolate chip cookie

These represent what I believe is the perfect chocolate chip cookie – puffy. I know a lot of people love flat cookies, UT I prefer mine to be puffy. I added a tsp of cornstarch to the dough to help with that and also chilled the dough for 2 hours.

Remember to spoon your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the right amount. Also, form your individual doughs into cylinders and chill your dough for a few hours before baking.

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, cold and grated
  • 1/2 cup crisco
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 3.4 oz vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Directions – in a bowl, cream butter, crisco, sugar, and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Blend in pudding mix. Fold in flour, baking soda, and cornstarch. You may need to use your hands to blend completely the dough together. Fold in chips. Scoop out 2 tbs of dough and corn tall cylinders. Chill a few hours. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or nonstick baking liners. Stagger cookie cylinders on sheets. Bake 12 minutes (light golden patches on top). They will be a little undercooked on top, but will firm up as they cool. Store in covered container.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. If you make these, let me know how they turn out.

Football friday week 9- treat # 2 – snickers stuffed peanut butter cookies

Go Bills!

Another endeavor as I attempt to use up leftover Halloween candy. These are snickers stuffed peanut butter cookies. I recommend freezing the fun size snickers for an hour or so. It keeps them from melting too much when baking.

Remember to scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the right amount. Preheat oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes before baking so it cycles to the right temperature.

  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup crisco
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbs milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Fun size snickers, frozen (or other candy)

Directions – preheat oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners or parchment paper. In a bowl, cream peanut butter, crisco, sugar, and brown sugar. Add eggs, milk, and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients. Scoop out 1 1/2 tbs dough. Flatten slightly.

Place a frozen snickers on top.

Scoop out another 1 1/2 tbs dough and flatten slightly

Seal edges and place on prepared sheets. Bake 9 to 11 minutes. You will see gold patches around the bottom edges. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

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Football Friday #8 and Happy Halloween!

Go Bills and Happy Halloween!

These sugar cookies are awesome.. so easy to make and so soft. And no chilling of the dough is necessary. These cookies are my all-time favorite to make, bringing back memories of making cutouts with my mom. I am terrible with decorating, so these jack o lanterns are one of the few things people can decipher. I started out frosting some and decorating with mini yellow and green m&ms. That was too time-consuming, so I sprinkled a handful on top of some other cookies instead. Then, to speed up the process, I made sandwich cookies.

Remember to scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the right amount. And, preheat your oven for 20 minutes before baking so the oven cycles to the right temp.

A handful of m&ms
  • Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups crisco
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. Line a cookie sheet with non-stick baking liners. In a large mixing bowl, cream crisco and sugar 3 to 4 minutes. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Slowly blend in dry ingredients. Lightly flour your countertop. Roll out dough to desired thickness (I like mine thick), and cut. Place on prepared cookie sheer. Bake 8 or 9 minutes. (Cookies will be light, but no doughy. Do not overcook). Cool completley.

  • Frosting ingredients
  • 3 tbs melted butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Milk (enough to get the consistency of frosting you want)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Blend together. Frost or fill cookies. Store in covered container.

And the sandwich cookie!

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Chocolate milk chocolate chip and m&m cookies for football Friday #4

Go Bills!

I have this bag of mini m&ms that seems endless.  No matter what I bake, there always appears to be a half bag left.  In my attempt to use them up, I present chocolate cookies with mini m&ms and milk chocolate chips.  Here’s to week 4!  Go Bills!

Remember to scoop your flour and baking cocoa from your flour bag into your measuring cup, so you get the correct amount.    Also, preheat your oven to 350 degrees or 20 minutes before baking so it cycles to the right temp.

Football Friday
  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar (firmly packed into measuring cup)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups flour (scooped from flour bag into measuring cup)
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • 11/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup mini m&ms
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

Direction – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  mix butter and brown sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Blend in dry ingredients and fold in chips and candy.  Scoop out 1/4 cups of dough.  Using floured hands, shape dough into tall mounds and stagger on prepared cookie sheets.    Bake 13 minutes. (Do not overtake or they will dry out).   Cool completely. Store in covered container.

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Celebratory blondies

Go Bills!

In honor of the Bills 21 point win over the defending Super Bowl champion Rams, I felt a celebratory treat was in order. Rob suggested blondies, so here they are.

Remember to preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes so it cycles to the right temp. Also, spoon your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the right amount. If you pour the flour directly into the measuring cup, it gets packed in and you actually wind up with too much flour and your treats could be dry. A grave offense.

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled 10 minutes
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Directions – line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. In a bowl, combine butter, brown sugar and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Fold in flour. Mix in 1 cup chips. Press evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup chips on top of dough and lightly press into dough. Bake 20-25 minutes. Bars will be light golden around edges. Cool completely and cut. Store in covered container.

Cookie monster!!!

I am so happy football season is here. We get the Sunday ticket once again for free and I am absolutely thrilled. Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by.

Happy NFL draft day!

Chocolate chip cookies!

I love the NFL draft. I actually like all the pro sports drafts and seeing the joy of all these young people and their families celebrating the realization of a dream, after all the years of hard work and dedication. Four years ago, my beloved Buffalo Bills drafted quarterback Josh Allen. I was hoping at the time, we finally had our franchise QB, and it turned out for the first time since Jim Kelly retired on 1997, we did. I think Josh wins us a couple of Super Bowls too.

My recipe is based on the Nestlé Tollhouse classic. These chocolate chip cookies use crisco instead of butter because I wanted them puffy. I also added some cornstarch to keep them soft and puffy.

Remember to scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the right amount. I like to chill the dough before baking, but you don’t have to. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking so your oven cycles to the right temp.

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup crisco
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Directions – cream butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Fold in dry ingredients. Mix in chips. Scoop out 1/4 cups of dough. Chill. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners or parchment paper. I stagger my cookies evenly , putting 8 on a sheet. Bake 12 to 14 minutes. There will be some light golden patches on top. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

Good luck Ice Knights Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft Chocolate Chip cookies

The hockey team at my beloved alma mater, SUNY Geneseo, is playing in the Division 3 national championship game tonight in Lake Placid, NY. These are a good luck cookie for them! (Similar to what I do on football fridays for the Buffalo Bills). Go Ice Knights!

I used corn syrup and cornstarch in these cookies, which make them very soft. You could also use pancake syrup or honey, should you choose. I also used bread flour because I have a lot of it and don’t use it too much. You could sub in all purpose flour. I do recommend chilling the dough for at least a few hours before baking so they don’t spread too much.

Remember to scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the right amount. If you pour it in, you pack it in and wind up with more flour than you should… which cam make for a dry cookie. Also, preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking so your oven cycles to the right temp. I also took these out when they looked a little undercooked. They will be fine after they cool down. And, they will be soft.

  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, melted and cooled for 5 to 10 minutes
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 3 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
A pile of cookies!

Directions – combine butter, brown sugar, and sugar. Blend in vanilla and eggs. Stir in corn syrup. Add dry ingredients. Mix in chips. Scoop out 3 tbs of dough and form tall mounds. Chill for at least a few hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners or parchment paper. Stagger cookies on sheet (they spread a littlle)little. Bake 10 to 15 minutes, until you see golden patches on top. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

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