Baking Cookies Everyone Will Enjoy

Closeup of a tray of fresh baked cookies, Chocolate Chip, oatmeal raisin Chocolate and white chocolate chip cookies on baking sheet and parchment paper -Baking Cookies Everyone Will EnjoyMost everyone enjoys a good cookie. But if you were to take a poll, and ask people what is a good baked cookie for them? Some might say, a cookie that is thin and crispy, another may say, soft and chewy, and yet another, light and cakey.

Crisp and Thin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Image Credit: Thin & Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies by: Handle The Heat

Do you have cookie lovers in your home who may prefer a cookie that is made the way they like it, that is crispy, or chewy, and possibly light and cake like? We have the solution to please all cookie lovers in your life.

To get a Thin & CrispySoft & ChewyLight & Cakey cookie, you need to make a slight modification to the ingredients in the cookie recipe.

Let’s use a basic Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. The following ingredients do not include the butter and sugar, as these ingredients are what determines what your cookies out come will be.

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs, room temperature

12 ounces chocolate baking chips

soft and chewy whole grain peanut butter cookie

Image Credit: Soft & Chewy Whole Grain Peanut Butter Cookies – by: An Oregon Cottage

If you want a Thin & Crispy cookie, you add this amount of butter, and sugar, with the addition of brown sugar.

2 1/2 sticks butter, softened

1 1/4 cups sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

If you want a Soft & Chewy cookie, you add this amount of butter, and sugar, with the addition of brown sugar.

2 sticks butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

soft and chewy whole grain peanut butter cookie

Image Credit: Soft & Chewy Whole Grain Peanut Butter Cookies – by: An Oregon Cottage

If you want a Light & Cakey cookie, you add this amount of butter, and sugar, with the addition of brown sugar.

Take note, that in this adjustment you use unsalted butter.

1 3/4 sticks unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

Baking Cookies 101

How does sugar effect cookies? To answer, we will share a little Cookie 101.  All sugars, either granulated, brown, powder or confectioners, have the ability to attract water. By doing so, sugars attraction of moisture helps keep it away from structure builders of the cookie, like the starch and proteins that are present in the flour and eggs.

The adjustment in the amount of sugar you do or do not put will determine the structure or substance of your baked cookies.

Another suggestion that will help to please your cookie lovers is using room temperature ingredients, particularly the butter and eggs.

How many recipes have you seen that call for room-temperature butter and eggs? Quite a few. Bon Appetit says that it’s a step you should not ignore, as many baked goods start by creaming together butter and sugar, which is made infinitely easier with gently warmed ingredients.

Is creaming the butter and sugar a big deal? Yes it is. Bon Appetit says, “Creaming together butter and sugar with a handheld or stand mixer, for example, should be done before the addition of wetter ingredients, like eggs. Why? The fat in butter holds air, and when whipped, expands. In the creaming process, sharp sugar granules slice through the butter, creating air pockets that ultimately give the pastry lift. Skip that step (or do it half-heartedly) and your end result will be dense and heavy (BonAppetit).

Here is Amanda Grant, editor of The Co-operative Food magazine to show us how to properly cream butter and sugar together.

Now you know how to make a cookie, that all cookie lovers in your life will go for. And you may just become, the Master Baker At Baking The Perfect Cookie.

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Kick Off the 2015 Supper Bowl with Beer Cheese Soup

Beer Cheese Soup

February first (1st) is Supper bowl day, and according to a poll we found on line from 2010, 7 in 10 American adults, about 68 percent, watch the Super Bowl.  Others polls state that most men watch the Supper Bowl for the commercials, which are later talked about on the social net-works they subscribe too.

Most men also love their cheese as well. Why look at all of the food items containing cheese that they sink their taste buds into:  Chili and Cheese, Ham and Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Philly Cheese Sandwich, Pizza with Extra Cheese, Chili Fries with Cheese, and the list goes on.

Because the Supper Bowl always is played on a Sunday, most homes will have a brunch prepared. Here at Splendid Recipes and More we have an item to add to the brunch list, and it contains cheese and a man’s favorite beverage, will most men, BEER!! Yes – Beer Cheese Soup.

Here is what you will need ( soup recipe adapted from Soup Recipes for Men):

Beer Cheese Soup 

1/3 Cup Butter

1/3 Cup Flour

1 ½ Cups Carrots, finely diced

1 ½ Cups Onion, finely diced

1 ½ Cups Celery, finely diced

2 Cloves Garlic, minced

Tabasco

Kosher Salt

Fresh Cracked Pepper

2 Cups Beer

3 Cups Chicken Broth

4 Cups Whole Milk

6 Cups Sharp Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese, grated

1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard

1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce

Chives (garnish)

Crumbled Bacon (garnish)

Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add flour and whisk constantly for 4 – 5 minutes to create a light roux, about the color of a dull penny. Next, add carrots, onion, and celery; sauté until tender, about 7 – 9 minutes. Add garlic, a few dashes of Tabasco, and season with kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper. Slowly add the beer and chicken broth, stir and bring mixture to a slow boil. Add milk, and return to a slow simmer, stirring often. Reduce heat to low; fold in the cheese, mustard, and Worcestershire. Stir until all of the cheese is completely melted – soup should be rich and creamy. Ladle into a bowl and serve.

Link here for some more favorite Supper Bowl Day recipes: Enjoy the Supper Bowl with Splendid Recipes.

 

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Healthy Breakfast Ideas Your Kids Will Love

Healthy Breakfast Ideas Your Kids Will Love

Kids are picky eaters and there’s no getting around it. While it’s so tempting to go for an easy fix and just give them a bowl of Fruity Pebbles every morning, you have to realize that this is not healthy for your child. Cereals are highly processed and they are almost 100% refined carbohydrates. Cooking breakfast for your kids doesn’t have to be a production number each time. In fact, you can whip up a healthy meal in as little as 10 minutes! Check out these healthy breakfast ideas below that your kids will go crazy about.

Ham and Egg Panini

What you will need: cooked ham (you can use any kind of ham like turkey, prosciutto, smoked or farmer’s ham), 1 large egg, salt and pepper, 2 slices of wheat or multigrain bread and a slice of cheddar or Swiss cheese.

Directions:

1.) beat the egg in a small ball and add a dash of salt and pepper

2.) put a few drops of olive oil into your nonstick skillet, pour in the egg and scramble until fluffy.

3.) transfer the cooked egg to the sliced bread then top it with ham and cheese

4.) put the other slice of bread on top and then grill it in a Panini press for 2 to 6 minutes depending how brown you want the bread to be. If you don’t have a Panini press, you can just grill the sandwich on your skillet.

 

Homemade Granola Bars

What you will need: 1 1/2 cups rolled oats, 1 cup dates, 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup almond or sunflower seed butter,  1 cup chopped roasted almonds (unsalted) and 1/2 cup of dried cranberries.

Directions:

1.) put the dates in your food processor and process until it forms a dough-like consistency

2.) pour the honey and almond or sunflower seed butter into a small sauce pan and warm over low heat until well-combined

3.) combine the oats, almonds, dates and cranberries in a bowl and then pour in the honey and nut butter mixture

4.) mix everything together and press the mixture into a 8 x 8 baking dish lined with parchment paper

5.) cover the pan with a plastic wrap and allow everything to set in the fridge for 20 minutes before chopping the bars

This is a great make-ahead recipe that the kids can eat as a snack.

 

Breakfast Parfait

What you will need: 3/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt, 1 cup blueberries or any fruit that your kid likes and 2 teaspoons wheat germ.

Directions:

Place yogurt in an ice cream/dessert dish and top it with fruits and wheat germ. That’s it! It couldn’t be easier than that.

 

It has been scientifically proven if you eat breakfast every morning, you can live 10 to 20 years longer. Also eating the right foods in the morning can ward off diabetes. So teach your kids now about the importance of the most important meal of the day…breakfast.

Link here for a FREE e-book: Breakfast for Your Health

 

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