Speculoos-Stuffed Oreo Christmas Sprinkle Cookies

Written by Tad. Posted in Cookies

Here is what I said in my posting for Cookies and Cream Pudding Cookies about using Oreos in homemade cookies: I had a bit of a hard time trying these because it just doesn’t make any sense, really, to buy lousy cookies, crush them and put them in your home made cookies, which you hope will be delicious.

I was successful here but, next time, I will just try them with chocolate chips and see if they are as good.

If you don’t want them for Christmas, you can just roll them in large sugar crystals. (See below.)

Recipe By:

Good morning America

Yield:

12 large cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup butter
½ cup sugar
1½ cups dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2¼ cups flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1½ cup chopped Oreos (Keep cream centers.)
¾ cup speculoos
1 cup holiday sprinkles of your choice

Directions:

1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and toast for about 5 minutes until it turns brown and smells nutty. Pour the brown butter into a large bowl. Let sit for 30 minutes to cool (you can also refrigerate) before starting to make the dough.

2. To cooled butter, add granulated sugar and brown sugar. Using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer, beat for 2-3 minutes until fluffy.

3. Beat in vanilla, yogurt, egg and egg yolk until well-combined.

4. In a separate large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Sift 1/3 of the dry ingredients at a time into the wet ingredients. Beat just until incorporated, then scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula between each addition. Make sure not to overmix.

5. Fold in Oreos just to incorporate.

6. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

7. Heat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

8. Using 2-tablespoon cookie scooper, scoop chilled dough and form into a bowl-shape.
 
Repeat with a second ball. Add 1 tablespoon of speculoos to the center of one of the bowls.

Cover speculoos with the second bowl-shaped cookie dough. Pinch the edges of the dough together around the stuffing. Seal tightly and roll into a ball.


9. Immediately roll the cookie dough ball into holiday sprinkles, completely covering the top and all of the sides. Repeat with the rest of the dough.

10. Place the stuffed and decorated cookie dough balls onto the prepared baking sheets.

11. Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown and evenly spread. Cool on a cooling rack for 10 minutes before devouring!

Here is one rolled in large sugar crystals, if you don’ t want them to have the Holiday spirit.

Oatmeal Cocoa Nib Cookies

Written by Tad. Posted in Cookies

 

Yield: 18

Ingredients:

½ cup butter, at room temperature
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup cocoa nibs

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

2. In a large bowl cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy.

3. Stir in egg and vanilla.

4. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa nibs.

5. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in several additions until the flour is incorporated.

6. Portion out dough using a small scoop and place on the prepared sheet about 2 inches apart.

7. Bake 8 minutes or until the edges are just slightly browned. Transfer to a rack to let cool completely.

Salted Caramel Cookies

Written by Tad. Posted in Cookies

 

Recipe By: www.modernhoney.com

Summary:

Shari wanted to take cookies to Dennis and Ruth Packard, who are all loaded up to move back to Utah after being here for 50 years. She also wanted them to be simple to make because Hunter and Pippa were to help. These qualified in both ways. They are really just caramel sugar cookies.

Ingredients:

1 cup Butter, (lightly softened)
1 cup Dark Brown Sugar
½ cup Sugar
1 Large Egg
1 Large Egg Yolk
1 teaspoon Vanilla
¼ cup High-Quality Caramel Sauce,  (plus more for drizzling on cookies)
2½ cups Flour
½ teaspoon Baking Powder
¾ teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
Sea Salt Flakes (optional to sprinkle on the top)

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 390 degrees.

2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, and sugar for at least 4 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl often.

3. Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix for 1 minute longer. Stir in caramel.

4. Fold in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. If sprinkling sea salt flakes on the top of cookies, reduce salt to 1/2 teaspoon.

5. If possible, use a light-colored baking sheet. Roll cookies into light balls and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 8-11 minutes or until lightly golden on the sides. Remove from the oven and let set up for several minutes.

6. Drizzle caramel all over each cookie before serving. If so desired, sprinkle with sea salt flakes.

Notes:

Use room temperature butter. I love to use dark brown sugar because it creates a richer, chewier cookie texture. The extra molasses helps to create that chewy texture. You can substitute regular golden brown sugar as well. Cream the mixture for at least 4 minutes with a mixer.
Stir in high-quality thick caramel. I like to use refrigerated caramel as it has a thicker consistency. The cookie dough calls for 1/4 cup but for extra caramel flavor, I suggest drizzling caramel on top of the baked cookies.
Bake just until edges starts to become a light golden brown color. I always suggest using these light-colored baking sheets. Once you remove from oven, sprinkle with Maldon Sea Salt Flakes for extra salty-sweet flavor.
Drizzle extra salted caramel all over the top of the cookies before serving.

Momofuku Milk Bar Cornflake Marshmallow Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Years ago, I started making cookies from recipes by Momofuku Milk Bar in New York City. I was eventually able to actually go to their store in Manhattan. I was not all that impressed with that experience but I continue to enjoy their cookie recipes. These are really fun cookies to make and eat. And they look great, too.

Recipe By:

All over the Internet

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, at room temperature
1¼ cups granulated sugar
⅔ cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1½ teaspoons salt
3 cups cornflake crunch (see below)
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup mini marshmallows

Cornflake Crunch
5 cups corn flake cereal
½ cup milk powder
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
9 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions:

1. Cream butter and sugars in bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Scrape down sides of bowl. Stir in egg and vanilla. Beat for 7 to 8 minutes.

2. Reduce mixer speed to low. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix just until the dough comes together.

3. On low speed, paddle in corn flake crunch, mini chocolate chips and marshmallows until they’re incorporated.

4. Divide dough into ¼-cup balls. Line balls on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or place in freezer for 30-45 minutes. (If they are not chilled, they will flatten out too much, especially if you mix the marshmallows in rather than use the stuff method.)

5. Heat oven to 375°F.

6. Re-arrange the chilled dough a minimum of 4 inches apart on parchment. Bake for 11-16 minutes. The cookies will puff, crackle, and spread. They should be a little brown around the edges and on the bottoms.

7. Cool the cookies completely on the sheet pans before transferring to a plate or airtight container for storage.

 

Cornflake Crunch:

1. Pour cornflakes into medium bowl and crush them with your hands or bottom of a cup.

2. Stir in milk powder, sugar, and salt. Stir in butter.

3. Spread on a parchment. Bake for 20 minutes.

4.  Cool completely before storing or using in a recipe. (I keep left-overs frozen.)

Coca-Cola Cookies

Written by Tad. Posted in Cookies

Another Covid-19 trial. My granddaughter, Pippa, helped me make them and ate quite a bit of dough and icing. They are moist and tasty but no one would guess they had Coke in them, by color or taste.

Yield:

24

Ingredients:

2½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ cup butter at room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar packed
½ cup Coca-Cola at room temperature
1 egg room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For frosting
½ cup butter at room temperature
¼ cup Coca-Cola at room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.

3. Cream together butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar, until light and fluffy.

4. Beat in vanilla extract, egg, and Coca-Cola, until just combined.

5. Slowly beat in the flour mixture, about a half of a cup at a time, until just combined.

6. Using a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop cookie dough onto a parchment paper or silicon mat lined baking sheet. The cookies should be about two inches apart to allow for some spreading.

7. Bake for about 13 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking. Remove from the oven, allow to sit on the pan for about two minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely before.

8. To make frosting, beat butter until it begins to turn creamy.

9. Stir in the first cup of sugar.

10. Once combined, stir in the Coca-Cola.

11. Then stir in the remaining cups of sugar, one at a time.

12. Pipe onto cooled cookies and top with sprinkles.

Salted Halvah Chocolate Chip Cookies

Written by Tad. Posted in Cookies

Our daughter, Hilary, gave us a mid-eastern cook book for Christmas. This recipe was in that book and, with the unusual ingredients of tahini and halvah, we just had to make them. Our grandson, Hunter flattened them out with the bottom of a glass and our granddaughter, Pippa pressed the halvah into the tops of the cookies. They came out very tasty, kind of like peanut butter cookies but different.

Recipe By:

Eating  Out  Loud

Yield:

12

Ingredients:

1⅓  cups all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup salted butter, at room temperature
  cup tahini paste
¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups bittersweet chocolate chips
½ cup small chunks of halvah, (see Note)
Flaky sea salt, for sprinkling

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, kosher salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

2. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix together the butter, tahini, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on medium-high speed until light and airy, about 5 minutes.

3. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until well combined.

4. Reduce the mixer speed to medium. Add half the flour mixture, and mix to combine. Add the remaining flour mixture and mix to combine, scraping down the sides with a spatula, if necessary.

5. Use a spoon or spatula to fold in the chocolate chips.

6. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for at least hour or overnight. (You can actually do this up to a week in advance!)

7. Heat the oven to 325°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

8. Using a 2-tablespoon cookie scooper, form dough into balls. Place the cough balls about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Push down a little on each ball to flatten it slightly. Place a couple little pieces of halvah on top of each cookie and gently press them into the dough. Sprinkle with the sea salt.

9. Bake until the cookies are lightly golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool slightly on the pan before transferring them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Notes:

The author says that if you can’t find halvah, you can mix together 2 tablespoons of tahini with 2 tablespoons of honey. After you’ve flattened the cookies on the baking sheet, press small dents into each cookie and spread about a teaspoon of the mixture on each cookie. Finish with the sea salt. I can’t say how this would turn out but the melted halvah was the best part of the cookie, in my opinion. It was easy to get both the tahini and halvah on line:

 

Peanut Butter-Miso Cookies

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Shari and I went to Carlsbad for a week during Covid-19. McKenzie had this recipe and invited me to help her whip them up. They are lovely cookies to look at. The texture was nice but the flavor a bit nondescript. The chocolate drizzle fixed that!

Recipe by:

New York Times Cooking

Yield:

18

Ingredients:

  cups all-purpose flour, 225 grams
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½  teaspoon baking powder
½  cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup 1 cup (220 grams) light brown sugar, 220 grams
½  cup granulated sugar, 100 grams
  cup white miso paste
¼  cup chunky peanut butter
1 large egg
  teaspoons vanilla extract
½  cup Demerara sugar, *see notes

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and baking powder, and whisk until incorporated. Set aside.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix butter, light brown sugar and granulated sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

3. Add miso and peanut butter to the mixing bowl, and continue to mix at medium speed, about 1 minute. Scrape down sides of the bowl to make sure all of the ingredients are evenly incorporated, and mix a bit more if needed. Add egg and vanilla extract, and mix until just combined.

4. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the mixing bowl, and mix on low speed until flour mixture is incorporated. Repeat with remaining flour mixture in two batches until all of it is incorporated.

5. Place 1/2 cup Demerara sugar into a small bowl. Using a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop out a ball. Drop the piece of dough into the bowl of Demerara sugar and turn to coat. Transfer each ball to a parchment-lined baking sheet, arranging them about 3 inches apart. Repeat with all of the dough.

6. Refrigerate for 2 hours and up to overnight. (Even 15 minutes of refrigerator time will help the dough firm up, and the flavors meld. The longer the dough is refrigerated, the more mellow the flavors will be.)

7. When ready to bake, heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake cookies for about 15 minutes, until crisp at the edges and slightly puffed in the middle. They should still be a bit underdone in the center. Pull out the baking sheet and hit it against a counter. Place back into the oven to finish for about 3 to 4 minutes. When cookies are firm at the edges and slightly puffed in the center, pull them out and again hit the baking sheet against the counter. The cookies should appear flat and crinkly at the center. **see notes

8. Let the cookies cool on a baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Notes:

* I use Sprinkle King Con AA White Coarse Sugar from supplyvillage.com.

** I found that, cooked this way, they were overdone. I skipped both the counter banging and the second trip to the oven and they turned out great.

***As McKenzie and I were making these, the idea came up to put some chocolate on them. She melted some semi-sweet chocolate chips, stirred in some coconut oil then drizzled it over them. A great improvement in these interesting cookies!

Chocolate Thumbprints with Caramel and Sea Salt

Written by Tad. Posted in Cookies

These are more complicated to make than a lot of cookies but they came out striking looking and are delicious.

Recipe By:

Sunset

Yield:

12

Ingredients:

COOKIES
1 cup flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sparkling sugar or powdered sugar for rolling, or just leave plain

CARAMEL* see notes
1 cup granulated sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into tbsp.-size chunks
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus about 1/2 tsp. for sprinkling

Directions:

1. Make cookies: Heat oven to 350°.

2. Sift flour, cocoa powder, and salt into a bowl. Set aside.

3. In another bowl with a mixer on medium speed, beat butter and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy.

4. Reduce speed to low and add egg yolk, cream, and vanilla.

5. Gradually beat in flour mixture.

6. Scoop dough into rounded 2-tablespoon portions and roll into balls. Roll balls in sparkling or powdered sugar to coat. Place 2 inches apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

 

7. With end of a thick-handled wooden spoon, gently press an indentation into center of each cookie. (I use a cork that we have had in our kitchen for years. I don’t think it has any other reason than to make thumbprint cookies.)

8. Bake until cookies are just set, about 10 minutes. (The depressions tend to fill in a bit as they bake, so as soon as they’re out of the oven, give them another press with the spoon if necessary.) Slide parchment with cookies onto cooling racks and let cool. If you’ve used powdered sugar, sift a little more onto the cookies.

9. Make caramel: Put granulated sugar in a large nonstick frying pan; spread evenly. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Sugar will form clumps but eventually will melt and turn into a dark, amber-colored liquid, about 6 minutes.

10. As soon as it’s liquefied, reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in butter until incorporated.

11. Stirring constantly, drizzle in cream. Boil 1 minute, stirring. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. Scrape into a bowl and let cool completely.

12. Assemble cookies: Spoon about a teaspoon of caramel into each cookie. Sprinkle with a few grains of sea salt.

Notes:

You’ll have more caramel than you need, but that’s never a bad thing–it’s great on ice cream. Don’t be tempted to cook a half-batch of caramel, as it won’t cook right and will seize up.

I used the Peter’s Caramel block I had in the cupboard. Shari shaped a 12-gram discs of caramel for each cookie. Three minutes before they were to be cooked, I took the baking sheet out of the oven, placed a caramel disc on each cookie then returned them to the oven to finish cooking. I sprinkled the sea salt on when they came out.

Coconut-Oat Cookies

Written by Tad. Posted in Cookies

Sometimes, people in the emergency department would ask me to make eggs-free cookies. Other than coconut macaroons, it was hard to come up with something for them. Here is an egg-free cookie that is lovely to look at and delicious to eat.

Recipe By:

Food Network.com

Ingredients:

1½ cups unsweetened coconut flakes, divided
½ cup granulated sugar
12 tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon pure coconut extract
½ cup rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (I used more)

Directions:

1. Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 350˚ F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Toast the coconut in the oven or on the stove top until browned but not burned. Combine 1/2 cup coconut flakes with the granulated sugar in a blender and process until the sugar is finely ground and the coconut is in very small pieces. Set aside.

3.  Put the butter in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted. Let cool slightly.

4. Stir in the coconut-sugar mixture, brown sugar, salt, baking soda and coconut extract. Then stir in the oats. Add the flour and ½ cup coconut flakes and stir to combine.

5. Scoop heaping tablespoonfuls of dough and gently shape into 2-tablespoon balls. Arrange about 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake, switching the pans halfway through, until the cookies are set around the edges and the centers are puffy, 16 to 18 minutes. Let cool 3 to 5 minutes on the pans, then remove to a rack to cool completely.

6. Put the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring, until melted and smooth. Transfer to a small resealable plastic bag and snip a corner. Drizzle the chocolate over the cookies, then sprinkle with the toasted coconut. Let the chocolate set, 10 to 15 minutes.

Cheesecake-Stuffed Snickerdoodles

Written by Tad. Posted in Cookies

 

As I worked to seal these big blobs of cheesecake filling between the cookie dough discs, I thought they would never survive baking. I was sure they would be a huge mess but I was so wrong. They baked perfectly round with a wonderful filling. I also thought the graham cracker crumbs was a great idea. I am going to try them in my regular snickerdoodle.

Recipe By:

Food Network.com

Yield:

12

Ingredients:

Cheesecake Filling
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
Generous pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cookie Dough
1½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup honey graham cracker crumbs
4 ounces softened butter
½ cup white sugar
¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg

Coating
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup honey-graham cracker crumbs
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions:

1. To make the cheesecake filling, using the bowl of your stand mixer, add all of the ingredients and blend on low to combine. Scrape the bowl and beater and mix on medium speed until smooth, about 30 seconds. Portion the cream cheese mixture onto a parchment-lined plate in heaping tablespoon portions, making 12 scoops total. Freeze at least one hour. (I had to keep the balls in the freezer and take them out only one at a time as I stuffed the cookies. They really need to stay frozen.)

2. To make the cookies, using a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and graham cracker crumbs and set aside.

3. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the softened butter, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Mix on low to combine. Raise the mixer to medium speed and beat until smooth, 1-2 minutes. Scrape the bowl and beat the mixture for another few seconds.

4. Beat the egg into the sugar mixture, mixing on medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds.

5. Add the flour and graham mixture to the mixer bowl and mix on low until combined.

6. Portion the dough onto a parchment-lined sheet in heaping tablespoon portions, making 24 scoops total. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

7. Make the graham cinnamon sugar by combining all ingredients in a small bowl.

8. Heat your oven to 350 degrees and line two half-sheet pans with parchment.

9. Take one cookie dough portion and flatten it in your hands into a 2-inch disk.

10. Place a frozen portion of cream cheese on top.

11. Top with another portion of cookie dough, pinching the edges of the dough together to encase the cream cheese. Roll the dough in your palms slightly, and then roll the dough in the cinnamon sugar to coat. Repeat with the remaining dough to make 12 filled cookie dough portions. Roll all portions of cookie dough in the cinnamon sugar and then place 6 dough balls on each half-sheet pan. Don’t flatten the dough balls. Bake until puffed and golden around the edges, turning the pans about halfway through baking, about 17-18 minutes. Cool and enjoy! (I usually enjoy cookies best right our of the oven but these really do need to cool before being eaten.)

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