Bachelorette Baking – Oatmeal Cookie for 1

Watching cooking shows is oh so dangerous. They say not to go grocery shopping when you’re hungry – I shouldn’t be allowed to watch cooking shows when I’m bored.

S’mores is in Nashville, so this is one of the first weekend days that I haven’t done anything with him. I checked everything off my to-do list for the day and decided to watch a little of my favorite cooking show – Chopped. The judges were talking about some sort of spice mixture and somehow, oatmeal cookie made its way into conversation.

And then I really really REALLY wanted an oatmeal cookie.

But I really really REALLY didn’t want to do dishes. Or wait around for all the cookies to bake. Or have all the extra cookies around the house begging me to eat them…

Pinterest to the rescue! A search for “single oatmeal cookie” pulled up this lovely recipe.

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Easy ingredients, all of which I had. I added a splash of vanilla and a pinch of nutmeg. I also didn’t want to deal with 1 tablespoon of egg, so a little Googling suggested that milk may work too so that’s what I used instead of egg.

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The recipe says to bake for 13-15 minutes but after about 10 minutes I smelled something burning…never a good sign! I took it out and this is what I ended up with

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Is it pretty? No. Does it look like her picture? Heck no! But it was actually pretty tasty! The edges didn’t taste burnt; they had a lovely chewy, caramel-y texture. The middle was delightfully soft and a little gooey. A quick and easy (and super tasty) way to curb my oatmeal cookie craving.

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Love and Cookies

Woah.

It’s been a while! But for good reason! My dating has stopped. Well, not really stopped I guess. I’m doing plenty of dating – but it’s just one guy. I’ve settled on one dessert! S’mores is quite wonderful. He gave me permission to post his pictures (but I’m keeping his name a secret. Plus I just love calling him S’mores…)

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Aren’t we cute?!

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Call me crazy, but I’m going to marry this guy. Mark my words, internet world!

A few weeks ago, I made S’mores some bacon bourbon chocolate chip cookies.

Bacon bourbon

He approved

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I’m not a huge bourbon fan, but they were certainly yummy! They actually smelled of bourbon more than they tasted like it. The saltiness of the bacon is the perfect combo with the sweet but tiny bit bitter dark chocolate

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Baking Bonanza!

I may have gone a little overboard this weekend…

My high schoolers had their concert Sunday (which went very well) and I always bake treats for the next day. There is no better choir recruitment/retainment tactic for high schoolers than food! I also wanted to give some Christmas goodies to my accompanist (because she is AMAZING and saves my sorry terrible piano playing butt). To top it all off, I had the house to myself Saturday and Sunday. What better way to occupy some time than baking?

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I got so carried away I even forgot to take pictures of a lot of them. But that 6 hours spent dancing and cooking in the kitchen with my Pandora shuffle blasting was pretty fantastic.

Here’s the rundown

Salted caramel pretzel bark

pretzel bark collage

So tasty. And SO EASY!

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Oreo truffles – I bought the family size package of Oreos because I wasn’t sure how many I wanted to make. And you always have to leave some room for eating – I mean, error….

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Gingerbread cookies (I didn’t get a picture!)

Chocolate crinkle cookies

crinkle cookie collage

These were super tasty but a little time consuming since I had to let the dough chill. And let me tell you, you HAVE to let the dough chill. If you don’t, there’s no way you’ll actually get a ball of dough. More like a sloppy sticky mess.

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Last but certainly not least, Grandma’s sugar cookies and frosting.

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These are pretty stinking delicious. And the frosting is SO yummy! The recipe is direct from grandma’s email (yeah, she’s pretty hip…)

Cookies

1 1/4 c butter
2 c sugar
2 eggs
5 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 c milk
1 tsp almond or vanilla extract or 1/2 tsp each
cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, beat until fluffy. Stir dry ingredients together. Add alternately to creamed mixture with milk. If its too sticky add a little flour so it is easy to roll out.
bake at 375 for about 8 minutes
Frosting
1/2 c crisco
1/2 c butter
1 tsp vanilla
4 c powder sugar (1 lb )
2 tbs milk
Cream butter and crisco. Add vanilla. Add sugar 1 c at a time. It will look dry. Add milk.If it doesn’t spread nice add a little more milk. Beat at med speed

Cuckoo for Cocoa Cookies

I’ll take my chocolate any way I can get it, but in the winter my chocolate drug of choice is hot cocoa.With marshmallows of course. I found this recipe that combines marshmallows and cocoa and puts them into cookie form.

The result?

cocoa cookie collage

Chocolatey deliciousness.

I made a few tweaks to the recipe:

– instead of 3 cups of chocolate chips (1 each of semisweet, white, and milk) I decided to dump 2 bags (about 4 cups) in the mix – 1 milk chocolate 1 white chocolate. I don’t like opening up a bag and only use some of it (I usually end up eating the rest before I can use it in another recipe…)

– I didn’t have any mini marshmallows but I did have some super sticky, somewhat old, regular marshmallows that needed a home. So I cut them into chunks with my kitchen shears and shoved them in the middle of the cookie. I actually really liked the result – a chewy molten center of melty gooey marshmallow.

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