Posts Tagged ‘cookie’

Ok, so 2 posts in a matter of hours? What can I say, I haven’t been well, and don’t feel like doing much… I’m a bit bored.

With school starting back soon, it’s that time when lots of mums are looking for things they can prepare in bulk, then freeze ready for the lunchbox. I have previously blogged about making Cowgirl Cookies, and how I did a jar of them for a gift. What I didn’t blog about, was how I prepared some for the freezer. It was a pretty simple process, and I think it would work for just about any cookie dough that you make.

Firstly, I made a double batch of dough (I will post the recipe down the bottom of this post)

Then, I rolled the balls of dough, and placed them on a plate , and popped them into the freezer, uncovered, for 10mins. This started the freezing process, so they wouldn’t stick together when I stored them in the freezer. I had to do these in batches, as my freezer was pretty full.

As they were ready, I took them out and sealed them in a snap lock bag, that was labelled with the date the cookie dough was made, and the baking instructions. The first few I cooked, I thawed before baking, but as time went on, I got that little bit lazier, and I started just popping them into the oven frozen, and cooking for a little longer. They still tasted good to me!

This was a perfect solution for us. It meant avoiding snacking on too many cookies, because there were about 30 in a container; it allowed me to bake last minute treats when visitors were due; and it also meant I could only bake what I needed, when I needed. A couple of days a week I would pull out 4 balls, and bake them either the night before, or the morning of school, ready to be packed into the lunch box (don’t worry, I didn’t let my daughter take that many to school, but I needed to make 1 for me to have with coffe, and some for the other daughter too to have for morning tea :-p).

I plan to make make a couple of batches of these, and maybe some choc chip cookies also, over the next couple of weeks, and have them ready to go when school starts back at the end of the month.

Cowgirl Cookies

1 1/3 cup all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup & leveled
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooking oats
3/4 cup m&ms
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 – 1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 slightly beaten egg
1/2 cup butter (melted slightly in the microwave)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Stir all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the wet ingredients and mix using the back of a large spoon. You may even need to use your hands to get everything incorporated.

Then roll the cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, place on a parchment/baking paper covered baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes in a preheated 180 degree oven.

Note: I left out the pecans. I also think these would be nice with chopped, unsalted Macadamias or Peanuts, but am yet to try.

So, where I can, I really like to try to give hand made gifts. I don’t do it for everyone, as I often wonder if they are truly appreciated. Sometimes, I think some people interpret my hand made gifts as me trying to be “cheap”, when in reality the time, and often money invested/value of materials, is way more than what I would have spent in store.
Anyway, in my regular group over on Ravelry there has been quite the fascination with Cowgirl Cookies by Bakerella for quite some time, and in the lead up to Christmas it was revealed by one member that IGA supermarkets were stocking the pink and white m&m’s. To say we all went a little crazy would be an understatement! We basically had our own black market trading happening, as people stocked up, and shipped m&m’s off around the country, even across the ditch to NZ!!……quite amusing really!
I decided the concept was great for gifts, so I also went to my local store and purchased every packet they had left in stock…may have been a bit OTT, but hey, they are awesome!
I gave the recipe a whirl, and was quite impressed!
Not only was the cookie dough super yummy, but the cooked version was amzing! (I made a double batch, rolled all the balls, then froze some. They were super good for whacking in the oven at the last minute for snacks, school lunches etc).
Anyway, after having successfully made the cookies, I was SO keen to gift the mix in the jar, just like on the Bakerella site. The opportunity arose when Miss C was invited to Miss A’s 5th birthday party.
Miss A loves to bake, and has her own cute little apron and chef’s hat etc, so I knew they would be perfect! I did have to play around with quantities to get the mix to fit in the jar, but I got there in the end.
I made some labels, and grabbed some fabric and leather ties from Lincraft to pretty it all up, and was super happy with the result. My girls also LOVED the concept, and have suggested I give them to all their friends for their birthdays! I thought it needed a little extra to go with it though, so got my craft on to make some cute little clips, and a mini crochet hand bag.
The clips are just fabric yo yo’s with buttons sew on, then hot glued to the clips. I also added a yo yo to the hand bag, which I thought finished it off nicely.
I used Family Roots Kona Worsted in “Camilla” with a 5mm hook, and the pattern is Granny Stripe Boutique bag, which I found over at Ravelry.