King Arthur Fudgy Brownies

Thoughts Before Baking:

So I had originally wanted to post a Christmas mystery, but I just didn’t have very many-I’ll have to step it up next year, so you are all getting a recipe instead.

Christmas is coming and I continued my yearly tradition of baking cookies for certain families as their Christmas gift!

I thought that instead of making three dozen of one cookie, I would do three different cookies. That way I would be sure to have something everyone would love. So of course I did Rice Krispies Cookies, as everyone loves them.

The second cookie I decided on the Crispy, Chewy Matcha Green Tea Cookies

With the third cookie I decided to consult my The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion: The Essential Cookie Cookbook and settled on Fudgy Brownies.

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Yes Brownies are cookies, they are called bar cookies.

From the Cookbook: “Many of us here at King Arthur decided that our perfect brownie should be fudgy but not gooey, and rich enough to satisfy on its own. It should be assertively flavored and able to stand up to hot fudge sauce and vanilla ice cream. Also, it needs to have a crisp top layer-as one of the kids said, “Just like the ones from a box.” The following recipe fills the bill. Chocolate Chips will provide tiny molten pockets of chocolate within the greater brownie landscape. Add them if your desire for fudginess is limitless.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup (1.5 sticks) of Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Cups of Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Dutch Process Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup of Unbleached Flour
  • 1 Cup of Chopped Walnuts or Pecans
  • 1 Cup of Chocolate Chips

Directions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
    2. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch pan
    3. In a medium microwave safe bowl, or medium saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter.
    4. Add the sugar and stir to combine.
    5. Return mixture to heat, or microwave, briefly until it is hot, but not bubbling-it will become shiny when you stir it. Heating the mixture the second time will dissolve more of the sugar, which give the brownies a shiny top.
    6. Stir in cocoa, salt, baking powder, and vanilla.
    7. Whisk in the eggs, stirring until smooth.
    8. Add the flour, nuts, and chocolate chips-stirring until smooth. 
    9. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
    10. Bake the brownies for 29-32 mins, or until a cake tester/knife is inserted and comes out clean or with only a few amounts of crumb clinging to it.
    11. The edges of the brownies should be set, but the center still soft.
    12. Remove brownies from the oven and cool on rack before cutting and serving.

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Thoughts After Reading:

These brownies are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

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I wanted to eat them ALL!!!!!!!

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Merry Christmas!!!!!

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For more from the King Arthur Cookie Companion, go to Sugar Puffs

For more brownies, go to The “Best” Brownies

For more Bar Cookies, go to Lemon Bars

For more cookies, go to Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix in a Mason Jar

Chocolate Crinkles

Thoughts Before Baking:

Christmas is coming and there were three families on my list who I wanted to give a gift to and thought what better way than by baking cookies!

I thought that instead of making three dozen of one cookie, I would do three different cookies. That way I would be sure to have something everyone would love. So I decided to do the Regency Ginger Cookie, as it was sweeter than gingerbread but still a Christmas-y cookie.

Then I thought I would do the Rice Krispies Cookies, as everyone loves chocolate chip.

But the third cookie I was stumped. I decided to look in my The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion: The Essential Cookie Cookbook and settled in Chocolate Crinkles.

From the Cookbook: “This classic cookie is beautiful. With its Appaloosa coating of confectioner’s sugar, the cracks that form the surface as it bakes, makes it a miniature work of art. Nevertheless, the true reward comes in the eating. Just barely a crisp at the edges, soft and almost brownie-like in the center, these cookies are sure to make a lasting impression.

Chocolate crinkles, a seeming standard in the cookie baker’s repertoire, actually don’t appear to have a long history. Though it feels as if they have been around forever, the earliest mention we find of them in any cookbook is 1965. This cookie is quick and easy to put together, and forgiving in the oven. If you want a crispier version, bake a few extra minutes. For a fudgier center, go with a shorter baking time.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Cups of Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1.5 Cups of Sugar
  • 1.5 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 6 Tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 Cup of Cocoa Powder, natural or Dutch
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 Cup of Confectioner’s Sugar (Powdered Sugar), for coating the cookies

Directions:

  1. Preheat the Oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lightly grease two baking sheets.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Combine the melted butter with the cocoa in a medium-sized bowl and stir until the mixture is smooth. Cool to lukewarm.
  5. Once cooled, add the eggs and the vanilla-stirring to combine.
  6. Add the wet to the dry mixture. The dough will seem dry at first, but keep mixing until it becomes the consistency of stiff brownie batter.
  7. Scoop the dough by tablespoonful and roll into balls.
  8. Roll in confectioner’s sugar to coat.
  9. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets and bake for 12-14 minutes.
  10. The cookies will spread out and form cracks, the insides looking a little wet.
  11. Remove cookies from oven and cool for 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack.

Thoughts After Baking:

What did I think?

You should defintely make them yourself.

For more cookies from the King Arthur Cookbook, go to 1-2-3-4 Peanut Butter Cookies

For more cookie recipes, go to REESE’S PIECES Peanut Butter Cookies

For more dessert recipes, go to Aunt Neal’s Old-Fashioned Tea Cakes

For more recipes, go to Crostini

 

C is for Chocolate Oat Crackles

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

So my niece was learning about Japan and wanted to cook some Japanese food. She’s extremely picky so I had a hard time finding something she would enjoy.

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Looks like we just caught a break.

I finally found this recipe from thedailyenglishshow and thought that with its chocolatey-ness it should be a hit.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 Cup of Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 Cup of Oil
  • 1/2 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Milk or Soymilk

Directions:

  1. Mix the oats and cocoa powder.
  2. Heat the oil, sugar, and milk or soymilk.
  3. Bring it to a boil and then simmer for two minutes.
  4. Add the liquid to the oats.
  5. Roll into balls or place in tupperware and when cool, cut into squares.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

This wasn’t that good.

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The mixture never hardened it was always damp and tasted weird.

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I don’t know what went wrong.

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For more chocolate-y recipes, go to Orange Chocolate Cake

For more desserts, go to Pumpkin Spice Cake

For more Friday the 13th recipes, go to Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups

For more oat recipes, go to No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

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Thoughts Before Baking:

So it has been HOT!

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I mean in the 100-110 degree range of hot.

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Yeah, not fun. Not fun at all.

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So of course I didn’t want to turn the oven on, but I wanted cookies! My alternative? This recipe.

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This recipe comes from FOOD.com. I picked it primarily because it said “No Bake” in the title.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons of Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 2 Cups of Oats (I use Quakers or the Walgreens Nice! Brand)
  • 1/2 Cup of Peanut Butter

Directions:

  1. Boil the sugar, milk, cocoa, vanilla, and butter on the stove.
  2. Once boiled, remove from heat.
  3. Place in a bowl and add the oats and peanut butter.
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper.
  6. Let cool, and then enjoy.

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So I had a picture for these cookies but I accidentally deleted it.

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I thought these cookies were fantastic! They were absolutely delicious and I ate way more than I should have.

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I definitely will be making these again, especially if this heat wave continues.

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For more cookie recipes, go to Mini Lemon Pancake Cookies

For more FOOD.com recipes, go to Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

For more dessert recipes, go to Happy 4th of July Triple Berry Salad

For more recipes, go to White Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens

Chocolate Covered Cherry Delights

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When ever I try to review something that has a titular recipe, such as in Joanne Fluke’s work; I try to do a recipe that matches the title. For instance I made chocolate chip cookies to go with Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, strawberry shortcake to go with Strawberry Shortcake Murder, etc. But sometimes when I find myself with a book title of a food I don’t like I find myself in an awkward position trying to search for another recipe to use.

In this case, I HATE cheesecake of all kinds.

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So instead of that I decided to do something different, but still had to do with cherries as that was the theme of the book. I choose the recipes Chocolate Covered Cherry Delights from Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder.

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Thoughts Before Baking:

This recipe appealed to me because I like chocolate covered cherries. I figured they must be as equally good in a cookie.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Melted Butter
  • 2 Cups of White Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup of Cocoa Powder
  • 3 Cups of Flour
  • 2 small 10-oz jars of
  • 1 package of chocolate chips
  • 1/3 Cup of condensed sweetened milk
  1. Melt Butter and mix in sugar.
  2. Let mixture cool and add eggs.
  3. Mix it thoroughly and then add baking powder, baking soda, salt, vanilla, and cocoa, stirring after each addition.
  4. Add flour and mix well.
  5. Drain cherries and remove stems, reserving juice.
  6. Roll dough into walnut size balls with your fingers.
  7. Place on a greased cookie sheet.
  8. Press down the on the center of the cookie with your thumb to make an indentation, placing the cherry inside.
  9. In a saucepan over simmering water, combine the chocolate chips and condensed milk. Heat on low until chips are melted.
  10. Add ~1/8 cup of cherry juice and stir into a thick sauce.
  11. Spoon sauce over the center of each cookie, covering the cherry.
  12. Bake at 350 for 10-12 mins. Let it cool.

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This was really good but a little too sweet for my taste.

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I ended up having to half the syrup drizzle as I only had one cup of chocolate chips instead of a whole package, but it worked out pretty well. I only missed a few cookies.

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My biggest problem in making these was that there was no picture as to see how much chocolate should I drizzle. I had to guess with some cookies having a little chocolate and others having a whole lot.

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But everyone else loved them and thought they were fantastic. In fact I took them to a party and they were gobbled up instantly.

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For more recipes from Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, go to Regency Ginger Cookies

For more Hannah Swenson recipes, go to Apple Orchard Bars

For more cookie recipes, go to Cocoa M&M Cookies

For more desserts, go to Sour Cream Lemon Pie

For more recipes, go to Irish Soda Bread

Cocoa M&M Cookies

So I don’t know how your guy’s Valentine’s Day went, but this is typically mine.

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Except I don’t pig out, I bake some cookies!

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Thoughts Before Baking:

So this recipe comes from the Hershey Cocoa Cookbook, published in 1979. Oh yeah it’s an oldie but a goodie. I’ve been making these for years and I just love this cookie.

I especially like to make these either right after Christmas or Valentine’s Day as the M&M packages are all on sale for 80¢ or less.

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Ingredients:

  • 2/3 Cup of Shortening
  • 1.5 Cups of Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2/3 Cup of Dairy Sour Cream
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Cups of Unsifted All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup of Hershey’s Cocoa
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 2 Cups of M&Ms

Directions:

  1. Cream shortening and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add eggs, sour cream, and vanilla; beat well.
  3. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; blend into creamed mixture.
  4. Stir in M&Ms.
  5. Drop them by the tablespoonful onto a lightly greased cookie sheet, cool on wire rack.

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Thoughts After Baking:

Sorry for no picture, but these cookies do not photograph well. But that doesn’t matter as they taste delicious!!!!

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They are one of my favorite cookies to make. I just love them!

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For more cookie recipes, go to Sand Tarts

For more desserts, go to Gingerbread Men Cookies

For more holiday recipes, go to Brioche French Toast

For more recipes, go to Oven-Crispy Creole French Fries 

Dinomite’s Fluffy Bites

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So as I just reviewed Blueberry Muffin Murder, I was going to do my favorite recipe for blueberry muffins. I wasn’t going to use the one in the book as I didn’t like it. It was too sweet and sugary.

Unfortunately, just as I was getting ready to post my recipe, I couldn’t find it anywhere.

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So I’m going to do a fun cookie recipe instead.

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This is a cute dinosaur head shaped cookie filled with marshmallow. I made this recipe for a challenge, and I think you’ll enjoy it.

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Ingredients:

  • 7-8 Marshmallows cut into thirds
  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 2/3 Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Crisco
  • 2 Unbeaten Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Cup of sugar to roll the dough in
  • Almond slivers

Directions:

  1. Cut the marshmallows into thirds and place them in the freezer.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  3. Sift together with a whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In a  large, separate, bowl; cream together sugar, brown sugar, and crisco.
  5. Blend the two unbeaten eggs and vanilla into the sugar and crisco mixture.
  6. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  7. Take the marshmallows out of the freezer
  8. Take 1-2 tablespoons of dough and flatten it in your hand.
  9. Place a marshmallow third into the center of the dough. Roll the dough around the marshmallow, creating a ball.
  10. Take that ball of dough and role it into an oval. On one side of the oval, pinch it with your fingers to create the snout of the T-Rex head.
  11. Fill a bowl with 1/4 cup of sugar and roll the T-Rex head dough in it.
  12. Place it on the baking sheet. Put an almond sliver on it for an eye.
  13. Bake for 5-7 minutes.
  14. Let the cookies cool. When they have cooled, cut a triangle out the pinched side so that the T-Rex has an open mouth.
  15. Eat & enjoy!

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Thoughts After Baking:

So these are fantastic. I have never been a fan of “stuffed” cookies, but these definitely changed all that.

This is perfect for anyone who loves dinosaurs or marshmallows.

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For more cookie recipes, go to Regency Ginger Cookies

For more desserts, go to Dark Choco Almond Butter Cookies

For more recipes, go to Pumpkin French Toast