Tuesday, January 11, 2011

the final cookie

Ally, here.

Here it is folks, the final cookie from the epic 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. And it's a good one to end on, my friends.

The final cookie is an oatmeal cookie. But this is not your run of the mill oatmeal cookie. It's full of random ingredients that I never would have thought would taste appetizing together. But my, oh my, did they taste good. Cinnamon, honey, coconut, and dried cranberries. Yum. You'll never eat an ordinary oatmeal cookie again.

So take a deep breath and prepare yourself for Guy Fieri's crazy oatmeal cookies.

2 cups flour (I used whole wheat, as always)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
3/4 cup dried cranberries
2 cups quick oats
1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped (I left this out)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, soda, powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with a mixer. Mix in honey and vanilla until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time. Mix in coconut, cranberries, oats, and rosemary. Fold dry ingredients into the butter mixture.

Form into balls and place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake 13 to 15 minutes. Cool on cookie racks.

You're going to love it!

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Never fear, Christmas cookies are still here.

Becca here. 

I am terribly sorry for the delay of the Christmas cookie wrap up.  It's actually all my fault. Leaving computer at the apartment while home for the holidays and then just being busy.  Maybe no one would have noticed, but Ally and I have to finish what we started.  

A while ago...like a month ago...I made the Day 11 cookie.  What I didn't realize until making it was that this was what my family calls Russian Tea Cakes.  Why Russian, I do not know. This recipe used walnuts instead of the pecans my family uses.  They were good! But I must admit, if I'm going to eat a cookie...I want to eat a COOKIE. 

Polvorones (Ground Walnut Cookies)

You'll need:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup ground walnuts
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup powdered sugar (plus more for serving)

Begin by...
Preheating oven to 325°F

With an electric mixer, beat the butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. 
Add the sugar and beat until well blended. 

Beat in the flour, and then the ground and chopped walnuts.

Divide the dough in half, forming each half into a ball.

Wrap separately in plastic and chill until cold, about 30 minutes.

When you're forming the cookies, keep the dough you aren't using in the fridge so it keeps cool.

I used a Tablespoon and formed each cookie into a ball, to be about that size.

(Be careful to not break them! Fragile little guys...)


If you're like me, you'll want to roll them around in powdered sugar once they are completely cool.  It makes it look more like a snowball I think.
Enjoy! Merry Winter!