it's a cookie swap

12.29.2010

I've actually never heard of a cookie swap until this past holiday season. And all of a sudden, it seems like everyone I know is partaking in one. I made two cookies from Magnolia's Bakery's Cookbook. Both were super easy and absolutely delicious.



chocolate dropped cookie
adapted from magnolia's bakery cookbook
ingredients
  • 2 1/4 cups unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped
directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl; set aside.
  3. In another large bowl cream the butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth; about 3 minutes.
  4. To the butter mixture, add the eggs and mix well. Next add the milk and vanilla extract. Blend for another minute.
  5. Stir in the flour mixture and beat thoroughly. Add the pecans. Form balls of dough with teaspoons, drop the cookies on an un-greased baking sheet.
  6. Leave a few inches between each cookie as they will need room to expand.
  7. Bake for about 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven, cool cookies on the sheet. Remove the cookies after 1 minute and cool on wire rack. 



The second cookie I made was Magnolia Bakery's oatmeal raisin cookie with my own little twist. Instead of raisins, I used dried cherries. 


oatmeal raisin almond cookies
adapted from the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook

ingredients
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter, 2 sticks, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 finely chopped almonds
directions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Put aside.
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix well.
  5. Add the flour mixture in batches, beating until well combined.
  6. Add in the oats, again beating well, and then add the cherries and almonds.
  7. Chill the mixture for around 30 minutes.
  8. When chilled, drop by rounded teaspoon-full onto an un-greased cookie sheet, leaving enough room for the cookies to spread.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Allow to sit on the cookie sheet for a minute before moving onto a cooling rack.

6 comments :

  1. Both cookies look wonderful.

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  2. are these soft or hard cookies? ordered a magnolia bakery cookbook on the way... looking forward to it!! :)

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  3. are these cookies soft or hard?
    ordered the magnolia bakery cookbook on the way.. looking forward to it!! :)

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  4. teri,

    these are soft cookies! the magnolia bakery cookbook is pretty awesome. i refer to it all the time. happy baking!

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  5. where are the posts lately? keep us updated!!!

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