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Oatmeal Cookies March 14 2013 (1)

I made some oatmeal cookies awhile ago. When I say “made”, I mean that in the very loosest sense of the word. All I did was add an egg or two, some oil, and water, and the cookie dough was done.

Oatmeal Cookies March 14 2013 (2)

They turned out okay, but you could tell that they weren’t homemade. I usually don’t make things from mixes, and these cookies confirm why. If I’m going to put in the effort to bake something, I might as well do it all by myself instead of using a mix, cause it always turns out way better.

That’s not to say that they didn’t get eaten though. Within a couple days they were all gone.

I made sugar cookies not too long ago and thought I’d share them with you.

Sugar Cookies February 14 2013 (6)

First I combined the dry ingredients together.

Sugar Cookies February 14 2013 (1)

Then I mixed together the wet ingredients. I added the dry to the wet and combined.

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I split the dough in two pieces and wrapped it in plastic wrap to chill in the fridge for a few hours.

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I then let it come to room temperature, rolled it out (with lots of flour to keep it from sticking), and cut out the cookies.

Sugar Cookies February 14 2013 (4)

I think they come out looking pretty good. Apparently I’m still feeling Christmas-y cause I used wreath and star cookie cutters. Don’t ask why I picked those two cause I have no idea.

I used the recipe from Martha Stewart’s Cookies, but I found a very similar recipe on her site here.

What’s the last thing you baked?

Gingerbread Cookies December 6 2012

Mixing the dry ingredients together, with almost half a cup of spices.

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Mixing the wet ingredients together. The brown sugar gives it the brown color.

Gingerbread Cookies December 6 2012 (1)

After mixing the wet and dry ingredients together it smells amazing.

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Wrapping it up to put it in the fridge to chill before rolling it out.

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Cutting out the gingerbread men.

Gingerbread Cookies December 6 2012 (5)

Fresh out of the oven.

Gingerbread Cookies December 6 2012 (6)

Cooling, making the house smell so good.

Recipe can be found here, thanks to Martha Stewart.

I make shortbread cookies every year for Christmas. I could make them whenever, but I think they taste better at Christmas.

Shortbread Cookies November 22 2012 (1)

The dough is pretty basic, and was easy to make. These cookies have to be some of the easiest to make, even if you’re not a baker.

Shortbread Cookies November 22 2012 (2)

Once the dough is mixed together, you put it into a parchment paper lined pan. I used the bottom of a measuring up to flatten the top. Before you put it into the oven you use a sharp knife to cut it into squares.

Shortbread Cookies November 22 2012 (3)

Once it’s been baked and cooled, re-cut the pieces again, and they’re ready to eat! They keep well in the freezer.

This is a very similar recipe to my go to one for shortbread. I got the recipe from Martha Stewart’s Cookies.

Pinterest Pumpkin Cookies

Every year for Thanksgiving I make these amazing pumpkin cookies. They’ve become a Thanksgiving staple in our house, just like turkey or cranberry sauce. I found the recipe in Martha Stewart’s Cookies. They’re amazing – they’re basically pumpkin pie in a cookie.

There’s lots of pumpkin puree in this recipe – which is why I think it tastes so good. There’s also quite a bit of brown sugar, but it surprisingly doesn’t make the cookies too sweet.

Pumpkin Cookies (4)

The icing came together really quick. With the butter, evaporated milk, and vanilla that’s in it, this icing is pretty rich.

Pumpkin Cookies (1)

There was lots of icing, so each cookie get a pretty good amount. I had a little icing left over, but a few cookies got eaten for the sake of “quality assurance” before they I got around to icing them.

Even though I got the recipe from a cookbook, it’s also available online in the Martha Stewart site. Click here to check it out.

We’re having our Thanksgiving dinner tonight, and I can’t wait. I hope everyone else who’s celebrating enjoys lots of good food and time with family.

Since today is homemade cookie day, I thought I’d post a round up of the cookies I’ve featured on the blog.

Chocolate Chip Cookies October 1 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Snickerdoodles October 1 2012

Snickerdoodles

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies October 1 2012

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies October 1 2012

Peanut Butter Cookies

Pecan Cookies October 1 2012

Will you be baking any cookies today?

Pinterest Pecan Cookies

I ended up making pecan cookies in honour of Pecan Cookie Day that’s coming up on Friday. Cause I need an excuse to make delicious cookies, right?

Pecan Cookies (6)

I got the recipe out of my go to cookie book, Martha Stewart’s Cookies, though there’s a very similar recipe on her website. Click here to check it out.

Pecan Cookies

I chopped up the pecans, which surprisingly it didn’t take as long as I thought it would.

Pecan Cookies (1)

The batter came together pretty easily.

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The last step before putting them in the oven was to add a pecan half to the top of each cookie.

Pecan Cookies (3)

They spread a lot – good thing I put a lot lot of room between each one like the recipe said. Sometimes it’s tempting to put them closer together, but it definitely wouldn’t work with this recipe.

Pecan Cookies (4)

They didn’t take too long to cool once I put them on the wire rack because they were such thin cookies.

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I thought they turned out really pretty, not to mention tasty. They were definitely a success. The only down side to these is that they’re a pretty fragile cookie, so they wouldn’t be very good taking them somewhere, I think they’d end up breaking. Not that that would make them taste bad though.

Better late than never, right? Here’s what I did over the weekend.

Greek Festival June 26 2012 (4)

Friday after work my dad and I headed down to the Greek Festival that was being put on. The main attraction for the two of us was definitely the food. We both ended up getting the chicken souvlaki and a side of pita and tzatziki. Both were pretty good.

Greek Festival June 26 2012 (5)

I asked my dad why he was making a face and he told me that was his “tzatziki face”. Apparently he had been craving it for awhile and thought that face conveyed how much he needed it.

While we were eating the Euro 2012 game was on – Greece vs Germany. The place just about erupted with cheering when Greece scored and tied up the game.

Greek Festival June 26 2012 (1)

We finished off the meal with baklava. Seriously, it has to be one of my favourite desserts. I almost (almost) couldn’t finish it cause it was such a big piece, but it would be a shame to let it go to waste, right?

Sugar Cookies June 26 2012 (2)

Saturday afternoon I made sugar cookies. They turned out pretty good (they didn’t last very long so they must have been tasty), though the only thing I would have changed was to bake them for a few minutes longer. You’ll hear more about these cookies later though.

Bowmont June 26 2012

Sunday I took it pretty easy. I went for a two and a half hour walk with a friend in Bowmont. Two and a half hours of walking and didn’t even cover half the park – I just gave her the “Highlights According to Fiona Tour”. It was from this spot that we saw a deer down in the valley. We both saw something moving down there and at first thought it was a dog (most of Bowmont is off-leash), but then we realized it was way too big to be a dog.

Dirty Socks from Bowmont June 26 2012

The walk started off a little bit rainy, but after about half an hour it stopped. Needless to say though that the grass, boardwalks, and trails were all still wet though. I wore my runners instead of my trail shoes like I probably should have. When I got home I realized how wet and dirty my socks got. It was definitely worth it though. It was a beautiful walk and I got to spend some time with a really good friend.

Did you know today is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day? I thought I should celebrate, so over the weekend I made some peanut butter cookies. Whenever I eat one they remind me of childhood.

Peanut Butter Cookies June 12 2012 (3)

I used my usual recipe for them. I found it a few years ago on the Betty Crocker website, and since then I’ve made a few changes and adjustments to perfect them.

Peanut Butter Cookies June 12 2012 (1)

The dough has to be refrigerated at least two hours, so because I had soccer the night I started them, I left them in the fridge overnight until the next day when I had time to finish them.

Peanut Butter Cookies June 12 2012 (2)

They always turn out just a little chewy in the middle – I love that texture! The whole kitchen smells like peanut butter when I start to take the baked cookies out of the oven.

I think peanut butter cookies would have to be one of my favourite things to make with peanut butter. A very, very close second would be putting peanut butter on toast. I love when it melts. It’s so good!

What’s your favourite peanut butter creation?

 

ATK Healthy Family Cookbook

I decided to make oatmeal raisin cookies the other day. They sounded delicious in the cookbook, so I had to make them. I got the recipe from this cookbook. It’s one of my favorites.

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I mixed them up pretty quick. It was a fairly simple recipe to follow.

Raisin Oatmeal Cookies  (1)

I’ll admit, it was really hard trying to NOT eat them before they were baked. They smelled so amazingly good.

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Luckily they smelled even better after though. I don’t know what it is, but somehow just about everyone in the house came through the kitchen just as the first batch was coming out of the oven. I think they all have some kind of fresh baked cookie radar or something.

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They turned out perfectly chewy, yet still baked through. They’re one of the best oatmeal cookies I’ve ever made. I’ll definitely be using this recipe again.

What’s the last thing you baked?