Saturday, February 14, 2009

Cookie Club Recipe #3

Wow! I can't believe we are already on recipe #3. These are going so fast. I hope you are enjoying them as much as me. I am a little ahead of myself this week and decided to go ahead and post this recipe instead of waiting until tomorrow.
If you would like to join the Cookie of the week club, just grab the banner in this post. Simply copy it to your a file on your computer in jpeg format. Then add it to your blogs side bar linking it to my blog. Voila! Easy peasy and your are ready to join in on the cookie fun.

(P.S. when I figure out how to create a real banner I will post that too.)

This recipe is full of flavorful chunks. Yummy! Some ingredients can be optional or substituted as well. I will be using parchment paper on my pans this week.

White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 c. shortening
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 c. AP flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 c. coconut (optional)
CG Note:Should probably add extra oats in place of coconut if you choose to leave it out.
1/2 c. old fashioned oats
1/2 c. Nuts (macadamia,pecans,or walnuts)
12 oz. white chocolate chunks

Combine sugars and shortening and beat til fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and blend well. Combine flour,soda,salt, and baking powder in a separate bowl. Add to wet mixture and blend slightly. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Drop onto a parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool and place on wire rack. (depending on the size of cookie scoop you use, the bake time will vary. I make mine a little large and bake for 10-12 minutes)

Have fun with these and let me know what you did to make them special!
I would love to see pics on your blogs too.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Cocoa Mallow Cookies~Valentine's Style

Here are my Cocoa Mallow cookies from the Cookie of the week club. I added a few extra pictures to give you an idea of what they will look like before and when you bake them.
Some of you had trouble with the cookies sticking. I had mentioned using parchment paper to prevent that problem. I was of course out and decided to use bakers joy. It worked like a dream.

Once they are baked they come out looking like this. Not too fluffy not too flat.

I let them cool about a minute before transferring them to a cooling rack. They cooled completely before I added the filling. I decided to do them Valentine style and added a little pick icing color to the cream. YummmY!

The only thing I did different than the regular recipe is that I had to use 1/2 and 1/2 and water instead of milk because I was out of that too. (Really need to make a trip to the market)
I used pink icing color in the filling and Bakers Joy on my cookie sheets instead of greasing them.
They turned out beautifully! Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

What more do you want?

Look up! See the poll at the top of this page? I have added this to find out from you what would help make my blog better. I would love to hear from you, so please take the poll and add comments to this post. Let me know what more you want from the Cookie Girl Blog. I really want this to be a great place everyone will enjoy visiting.
Let the suggestions begin!

My Honest Scrap

Woohoo! I just received an Honest Scrap award from my friend Suzi at Savy Suzi.

With this I get to tell you something, actually 10 somethings about me.

Here is what I must do.

List 10 honest things about yourself.

Pass this on to 7 bloggers whom you feel embody the spirit of the Honest Scrap.

So here goes....

I pass this on to these Blogger Friends....

Panz at A Divas Hammer

Tammy at White Iris Designs

Gourmet Mom on the Go

Groovy Baby Blog


Optimistic Cynicism

From a desperate housewife

1. I sing. Yep! I belt out songs without any warning to those around me. If I feel one coming on..I just can't help myself (get it) I just can't help myself...I love you and nobody else. LOL Much to their surprise, It is actually in tune. I sing in the choir at church and have been known to sing at weddings too. (yes I was requested) :)

2. I sell Premier Designs Jewelry. I never thought this would be something that I would ever do but I actually love it. Even though I enjoy singing in front of others I have a hard time speaking in large groups. I think it is the "All eyes on me" thing that really freaks me out. Ever since I started selling premier and holding home shows, I have really relaxed and get a kick out of talking to people. ( just picture them in their underwear) just kidding!

3. I am obsessed with CLEAN. Germaphobe if you will. For instance,if someone walks by me coughing or sneezing I actually hold my breath until I get 100 ft away from them. I know, I know! It is crazy and makes no sense but I can't help myself. Yes my house is germ free! LOL Not really, but in my mind it is the cleanest house around. Does this actually fall under the OCD category?

4. I love to bake and cook. No surprise I know this. But what you don't know is that I don't like cooking unless it is for a large crowd of people or a party. I would rather eat out during the week. Go figure. Baking is a little different though..I will bake anytime. Just love it and it is a "Very good thing" LOL

5. I am very uncomfortable with my size. I am tall 5'7" and 160 lbs. I feel like an amazon woman. I lost 30 lbs and got to 130 about a year and a half and it was great but then I gained it all back plus 5 lbs. Turning 30 didn't help either. No pity party here, I promise. I know it is in my control to lose it again. It's just these darn cookies and stuff. LOL

6. I love the fine things in life. Gourmet foods, extravagant tropical getaways, all the pampering a girl can handle, clothes and shoes. There is a BUT it is! But I don't indulge in such things as much as I would like. I think that getting wiser (not older) and having a family really changes ones priorities. It sure did mine. I actually find myself being more frugal by the minute.

7. I am the baby in my family but have first-born traits and habits. I think being 10 years apart from my sister has a lot to do with that. I grew quickly being around adults more than kids. It has made me a more serious person but thanks to my husband I have really changed.

8. I love animals. Dogs and horses mostly. All the horse lovers out there will understand this next part and not think I am weird....I love the smell of a horses face. The velvet soft feel of there nose is so sweet to me. I love nuzzling them. Dogs are wonderful animals and very loyal. My favorites are Rottweilers and Boxers. I have had 3 Rottweilers and now have a boxer named Izzy. They are great with children and enjoy loving and being loved on.

9. I have an extensive collection of cookbooks. Over 200. I have an uncontrollable desire to buy them when I go to a book store.

10. #9 leads to this one. I love Barnes and Noble and Starbucks. The smell of all the new books and coffee combined sends my creative senses into overdrive. I can hang out there from open til close. Wanna join me?

I hope you have enjoyed reading a little more about me.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Not Me Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday!

I did NOT wake up extremely late this morning to find my three year old staring at me NOT asking for her breakfast. I did NOT stay in my PJ's until 3:00pm and I did not watch Day's of Our Lives instead of being a responsible adult and clean my house. NOT ME!
I did NOT wait three days to wash my NOT filthy hair because I did NOT have anywhere to be that was relatively important enough to look good for.
I did NOT forget my friends birthday because she is so very special and a GREAT friend like me would NOT do such a thing. I did NOT express mail her card to get there on time either.
And last but NOT least. I did NOT eat the entire key lime pie I made on Sunday!
This is what I did NOT do! How about you? Want to join in on the NOT ME fun?
Check out MckMama's blog for more great NOT me reads.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Sweet Jelly Bean: Giveaway: Messenger Bag from Satchel Studio

Check out what Sweet Jelly Bean is giving away!
The Sweet Jelly Bean: Giveaway: Messenger Bag from Satchel Studio

Cookie Club Recipe #2

Use Parchment Paper on cookie sheets to prevent sticking
CoCoa Mallow Cookies
This one is for you Tam. Noooooo coconut! :) Just yummy chocolate and gooey Delicious marshmallow filling. Enjoy!!!!
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 c. milk
2 c. AP Flour
1/2 c. cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Directions: Grease cookie sheets. Combine sugar and butter and beat until fluffy. Add vanilla and egg, stir in 1c. milk. In a separate bowl sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to sugar mixture and blend well. Drop batter by teaspoonful onto cookie sheets. Bake 7-9 minutes at 375 degrees. Cool 1 minute and place on wire racks until cooled completely.
2 cups powdered sugar
1 c. marshmallow cream
1.4 c. butter (softened)
1/4 c. shortening
3-4 tsp. milk
1 tsp vanilla
Mix together filling ingredients. Spread small amount on flat side of cookie, place another cookie on top and press lightly. Store cookies in a tightly sealed container.