Cookie Insanity

December 15, 2012 CookingRecipes  10 comments

I am a crazy woman.

This is what I baked today:

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They are, beginning at the triangular shaped plate and going clockwise around the outside of the table, Chocolate Covered Nuts, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cheery Cherry Cookies, Rosemary Shortbread, Lucye’s Persimmon Cookies, Peanut Butter Dog Cookies, Confectioner Sugar Cookies, Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies, Cranberry White Chocolate Chip, Santa’s Whiskers, Buttery Brown Sugar Slices, and Pomegranate Butter Cookies.

The three in the middle, left to right, are Lucye’s Peanut Butter Cookies, Lucye’s Oatmeal Craisin Cookies, and Plantation Chews.

Yes, that is fourteen varieties of cookies, and Chocolate Covered Nuts.  I baked at least three dozen of every variety, meaning 14 times 3.  That’s at least 42 dozen, and that would be something over 500 cookies.

A woman obsessed.

Now, to be clear, I also put together 15 cookie trays this morning.  A half dozen have been delivered to friends and neighbors, some will go to the party I’ll be going to tonight, and the rest of that batch will go to the SIG group party tomorrow.

There are still unbaked cookies for most of the varieties in the fridge, though I have baked all the pomegranate and the rosemary shortbreads.

I am done making cookies, too, unless something irresistible strikes my fancy, but tomorrow the cookie baking supplies will get put away – I leave things out while I’m making cookies regularly, but now that I’m done, it can be put away.

I’ve used almost all the flour I had, and there are a few other things that need to be replenished.

So, I made dog cookies and baked the Confectioner Sugar Cookies and the Rosemary Shortbread, and made Chocolate Covered Nuts.

The dog cookies are easy.

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Peanut Butter Dog Treats

3 cups whole wheat flour
½ cup rolled oats
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ cups milk
1 ¼ cup peanut butter
1 Tablespoon molasses or honey

Preheat oven to 350.  Combine flour, oats and baking powder in a large bowl.  Mix the milk, peanut butter and molasses or honey until smooth.  Add dry ingredients.  Knead dough with hands.  It will be stiff.  Roll out to ¼” thickness and cut into shapes.

Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.  Turn oven off and leave in oven until cool.  Store in airtight container.  Makes about 3 – 4 dozen treats.

I baked the Confectioner Sugar Cookie, too.  I made some slight adjustments, nothing much, but I did add a healthy dose of almond extract.  I think these would actually be a nice basic dough – it suggested using them for pinwheels or checkerboard cookies, but the dough didn’t seem that firm to me to make that doable.  But the cookie is a nice, light, sugar cookie.

I decorated them with dragees when I baked them.  There was a period of some years when you could not find dragees.  They apparently have enough heavy metal – lead – in them that they had been outlawed.  Bear in mind, you’d be eating an enormous amount of dragees if you consumed a tablespoon of them, and they had only a trace to begin with.

They must have decided a few years ago that they do not represent of horrific public health threat, because they’re available again, and I am all in favor of that.

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Confectioner Sugar Cookies
Makes: 3 dozen

1 cup butter
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

Cream butter. Add sugar. Beat until light. Add egg and vanilla. Beat until fluffy. Add dry ingredients. Stir just until mixed. Refrigerate. Roll, cut and bake for 6 minutes at 350. (ungreased cookie sheet) Cool, frost and decorate.

Variations: Spread unbaked shapes with egg white and decorate with sprinkles-then bake. Add 1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans here in Texas). Roll in 1″ balls. Bake, cool and toss in a paper lunch sack with confectioner’s sugar to coat.

Roll dough in 1″ balls. Bake, cool and toss in paper bag with sugar/cinnamon mixture to coat.

Add 1 cup of candied fruits to dough. Roll in 1″ balls. Bake and cool.

Divide dough in half. Color dough and use dough as basis of pinwheel cookies or checkerboard cookies.

I baked my Rosemary Shortbread.  The rosemary was freshly snipped, and I used some vanilla sugar around the edges.  I’d originally planned to roll them out, but they never reached a consistency that you could do that with while I still had the ambition, so they became roll cookies, and that’s just fine, too.

They are NOT sweet cookies at all.  More savory.  I imagine they’d be really good with cheese added, too, Parmesan, perhaps.

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Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, chilled
1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Process first 4 ingredients in a food processor until mixture forms a ball.  Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a 2-inch cookie cutter; place on lightly greased baking sheets.

Bake at 325° for 18 to 20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Finally, I made Chocolate Covered Nuts today.  There isn’t really a recipe for it.  You take the chocolate you find in the grocery labelled as “Almond Bark.”

Melt it in the microwave, I use a glass measuring cup.  I used about three and a half squares of it, but I’ve no idea how much that is.  Maybe three or four ounces.

I took a can of salted mixed nuts, the “deluxe” kind that has less than 50% peanuts.  Dump them in your melted chocolate, and mix it up with a fork.

Drop them by spoonfuls onto wax paper.  I let them set for a few minutes, then tuck them in the fridge for a few minutes to set them.

Once they’re set, they don’t re-melt unless they get fairly warm.  It made about 48 of them, but you could make more or less, obviously, depending on sizes, etc.

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And that is, I think, mostly the end of my foray into cookie blogging.  That’s not to say that I might not post recipes in the future, but I think I have been an over-achiever in terms of cookie making.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the recipes, and you are all welcome to take them and try them.  If you publish them somewhere, I”d like a link back here, but nothing else.  Beyond that, I only hope you enjoy them.

Some of you reading this will actually get cookie trays, so now you have the recipes for them, too.

I have a party tonight, and I’ve been up since very early, so getting this done before I go will be a very good thing.

My oldest Scottie, Belle, turns 11 today.  Thankfully, she seems to act and feel like a pup most of the time.

Have a great day.

10 comments to Cookie Insanity

  • Wordwytch  says:

    I love all the cookies and recipes! I will have to make the dog treats, although, knowing Wolf, he and Brandy will share. He’s allergic to chocolate, so I make peanut butter cookies a lot.

    • MsConstanceExplains  says:

      The good thing about the dog cookies is there’s no reason Wolf CAN’T eat them, they are basically not very sweet and not very risen peanut butter cookies, closer to peanut butter crackers.

      If you make them for him, they should be Wolf treats, not dog treats.

      • Wordwytch  says:

        Exactly! And he will! I know him. To be honest, we go to the pet store and he tries the dog biscuits. He reads the ingredients first. If he doesn’t like the taste, he won’t buy them. So, I will be making Brandy and Wolf treats. LOL

        • MsConstanceExplains  says:

          I can understand that. Why would you expect your dogs to eat something that doesn’t taste good to you? I actually have a lot of dog biscuit recipes, but I only made the peanut butter ones this year.

          • Wordwytch  says:

            That’s Wolf’s reasoning. He’s even sampled the dog food on occasion when Brandy has been fussy. More than one bag of food has gone to feed animals at the local shelter because of that.

            Brandy is an odd ‘mix’. and needs high protein, so he is very particular.

          • MsConstanceExplains  says:

            And clearly, so is Wolf.

            Particular, that is.

          • Wordwytch  says:

            Yes, he is. LOL…

  • aisha  says:

    You are a wild woman. i wouldn’t dream of agreeing that you’re a crazy woman, but a wild woman? Oh,yes.

    🙂

    aisha

    • MsConstanceExplains  says:

      Wild women don’t get the blues.

      Crazy women get obsessed with cookies.

      🙂

      • aisha  says:

        O, clever answer!!

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