Monday, December 13, 2010

Will run for cookies!

It was a bit of a bake-a-thon in my house this afternoon!

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I started out with just a batch or two of cookies in mind, and then I ended up making a bit more. After sharing with my parents and my blog gift exchange recipient, I’m still left with a humongous Tupperware full of cookies.

Hence, the title. I will run for cookies. I will also do Jillian Michael’s 6-week 6-pack for cookies. And I did just that.

My lunch? Cookies.

My snack? Cookie dough. And cookies. And chocolate bark.

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It all started with this bad boy, and things just snowballed from there. <—no pun intended Winking smile

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Next, I tried my hand at making chocolate bark—layered white and dark chocolate bark to be exact.

Simple directions:

Melt your chocolate in the microwave. I used 1/2 of a Lindt 90% Dark Chocolate bar + 1/2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and pour your melted chocolate onto the paper. Smooth with a spatula. Then pop the pan in the freezer for about 15 minutes.

Once the dark chocolate is ready, melt your white chocolate. I used 1.5 C. white chocolate chips. They did not melt very well, and thus my bark is a bit chunky. But no less delicious.

Pour the white chocolate over the dark chocolate. Smooth with your spatula. Add toppings if desired! I added mini Christmas chips.

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Next up? Andes Crème De Menthe cookies.

I have never made these, but I love Andes thin mints, so I thought I’d give it a whirl!

The recipe was straight off this package:

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These did not disappoint.

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And lastly, I made WOW chocolate chips cookies. This recipe came straight from the side of the Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour package.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C. margarine (I used Earth Balance)
  • 1/3 C. oil
  • 1-1/2 C. sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk (I used unsweetened coconut)
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 2-1/2 C. Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1-1/4 C. rolled oats
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 C. chocolate chips (I used mini)

Directions:

1.) Cream together margarine, oil, and sugar.

2.) Add in milk and vanilla, blend well.

3.) Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and then stir dry into wet.

4.) When half-blended, add the chocolate chips. Finishing blending.

5.) Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

6.) Place on a grease cookie sheet and back at 350 for about 10 minutes.

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Now do you know why I run for cookies? Winking smile

Don’t worry though, I had some real food for dessert.

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Veggie bowl + Mama Pea’s Spicy African Peanut Soup <—this is my second batch, make this! It’s delicious!

Have a great night guys!

<3 Stefanie

15 comments:

movesnmunchies said...

all this holiday baking is making me drool. FUNFETTI!? i haven't seen that stuff in AGES! we cant get it over here!

Tes said...

It sounds like your home smell devine with all the holiday baking! Everything just looks so good :)

eatspinrunrepeat said...

OK, you've got me in a major baking mood now! I made some dough last night and it's sitting in the fridge, ready for full-on cookie making action after work today. Everything you made looks amazing, especially that chocolate bark... that wouldn't last long in my house!

Wilde in the Kitchen said...

I love all the cookies, especially the Andes cookies. Mint is my favorite holiday flavor, well, I'd take it anytime of the year...

Steph said...

SO FUN! I'm having my bakeathon this weekend, and can't wait. You're kitchen creations look amazing!

Melissa @ EatontheRun said...

Andes Creme de Menthe cookies are next on my list! Great ideas, looks like you're finding a way to beat the cold

Hannah @ The New Black said...

I've got a bake-a-thon going on at my house later in the week in prep for some cookie parties on the calendar. I can guarantee my take won't be as healthy as yours though!

Ashley @thefitacademic said...

omg, chocolate bark is one of my all-time faves! I've only ever had "regular" (usually milk) chocolate, or white chocolate, never a mix of both. Sounds fabulous!

Stefanie said...

@Tes Oh my gosh, my home smelled ah-mazing! :)

Stefanie said...

@eatspinrunrepeat Oh believe me, neither the cookies nor the bark lasted long! It was total cookie domination. :)

Stefanie said...

@Wilde in the Kitchen Thanks! I'm totally a mint person too!

Stefanie said...

@Steph Thanks! Have fun with your bakeathon, I'm sure I'll be baking again too. :)

Stefanie said...

@Melissa @ EatontheRun Oh ya, I'm beating the cold with eating! ;)

The Andes cookies were definitely interesting, yet delish!

Stefanie said...

@Hannah @ The New Black It's bake-a-thon season! I wish I had a cookie party to go to! I think I am going to plan one myself. And non-healthy cookies are always a must.

Stefanie said...

@Ashley @thefitacademic This was my first time making chocolate bark and I was so surprised with how easy it was! The dark chocolate/white chocolate is a must try! :)

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