Cookies

Cookies & Cream Cookie Recipe–Christmas Cookies #11

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1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 package Cookies n’Creme pudding mix
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
10 Oreos, chopped
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together butter and sugars.
Stir in pudding mix.
Add eggs and vanilla to cream mixture.
Mix flour, baking soda and salt into mixture.
Chop ten oreos into small pieces.
Add chopped Oreo’s and white chocolate chips to dough.
Stir until all ingredients are combined.
Drop spoonfuls of dough onto greased cookie sheet and bake for 7-9 minutes or until slightly brown on top.

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Cookies

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies–Christmas Cookies #3

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Ingredients
• 1/2 cup butter, softened but still chilled*
• 1/2 cup shortening
• 3/4 cup brown sugar
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 2 eggs
• 2 tsp vanilla
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 1 Tbsp hot water
• 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
• 2 cups white chocolate chips
• 4 oz macadamia nuts
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Using a stand mixer, beat the butter and shortening together until well mixed and smooth.
3. Add the brown sugar and sugar. Beat for 1-2 minutes, until nearly creamy.
4. Add the eggs, one at a time and mixing in between additions.
5. Dissolve the baking soda in the tablespoon of water. Add both the baking soda and the vanilla to the mixer and mix well. Mix in the salt.
6. Add the flour and mix until dough forms.
7. Mix in the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts using a wooden spoon or spatula.
8. Scoop dough by heaping tablespoons onto a parchment lined or silicon lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart.
9. Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are golden brown. Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.

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Cake

Chocolate Truffle Cake

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When the senior grad student needs chocolate, you give the thesis writer chocolate ! This is, as we called it in lab, an ‘epic’ chocolate cake.  Here is the link to the original recipe.  My cake decorating skills are not that great, but the cake sure tasted good.  here are some snippets !

http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/chocolate-truffle-layer-cake

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the cake layers

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the ganche layers

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a whipped chocolate frosting, I skipped the rich chocolate frosting to make the cake just a little lighter.  The frosting was a mix of cool whip, heavy cream and chocolate pudding mix

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the layering. NOTE; FOLLOW THE WHITE CHOCOLATE RECIPE ! I DID NOT AND MY GANCHE WAS ALL DRIPPY-FAIL !

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the finished product with shaved white and milk chocolate for decoration

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And let them eat cake 🙂

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roll the leftover ganache in chopped almonds and now you truffles !

Cookies, Treats

Cranberry, White Chocolate Cookies

I made these cookies following the recipe on the back of the dried cranberries bag–so I take ne credit for the recipe.  They were delicious, however, I thought that the white chocolate made it too sweet.  I might use dark chocolate next time around.  Nevertheless, I made them for lab meeting and everyone enjoyed them !  Purpose met.

Ingredients:

2/3 cup butter

2/3 cup brown sugar

2  large eggs

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 Cup Dried Cranberries

2/3 cup white chocolate chips

Method:

Preheat oven to 375ºF.
Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together in a medium mixing bowl until light and fluffy.

Add eggs, mixing well.

Combine oats, flour, baking soda and salt in a separate mixing bowl.

Add to butter mixture in several additions, mixing well after each addition.

Stir in dried cranberries and white chocolate chips.


Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.