I’ve been in a bit of a mood the last couple of days. It happens; you know what I’m talking about, that moodiness that occurs for every yet no specific reason. Frankly, I’m blaming the heat. A week straight of 95+ degree days is enough to make everyone cranky.
When these moods strike (thankfully not often!) I do what most people do; I go on a baking frenzy! Oh, wait, are you going to tell me that normal people don’t bake 9 dozen cookies and 2 lemon cakes in one afternoon? Well fine then! Still, it’s what I do. Something about the rhythmic actions of baking, especially baking cookies calms my mind.
Here is what I did this afternoon:
I crank up the stereo and sing along in my very off-key voice to whatever music strikes me at the moment. Currently, I'm listening to The Lumineers. I highly recommend them!
Aren't the colors so pretty? These cookies totally remind me of cookies that I use to get as child. We lived in Minnesota and went to a grocery store called Byler's. Even though I haven't lived in Minnesota in 20 years and haven't been to a Byler's in at least 10 years, I still remember these huge M&M cookies.
In a world where I feel like I can't do much right these days, at least I can make dozens of cookies without a mistake! There's something strangely comforting about that.
The texture in these cookies is just downright fabulous! They're chewy and chunky and dense. I need a glass of milk STAT!
M & M cookies
Makes 36 cookies2 cups + 3 tbsp Flour
½ tsp Baking soda
1 ½ sticks butter, melted and cooled
1c Brown sugar
½ c Sugar
1 egg + 1 yolk
1c M & M’s (or whatever you like!)
1. Turn oven to 325F
2. Melt butter in a small saucepan or in a microwave-proof bowl , set aside to cool.
3. In a stand mixer or a medium bowl mix both sugars, butter, and vanilla until well blended. Then add both eggs.
4. In a separate bowl mix all the dry ingredients, except the M&M’s. Add in 2-3 batches to the wet ingredients. The mixture will look crumbly, but it will come together. Fold in the M&M’s.
5. Using a 2” ice cream scooper or a spoon, make round balls. Bake for 8-10 minutes until slightly browned on the edges and puffed in the middle.
Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
Makes 36 cookies
1 ¼ c Flour
½ c Cocoa, unsweetened1 tsp Baking soda
1 tsp Baking powder
6 tbsp Butter, room temperature
3 tbsp Coconut oil
½ c Sugar
½ c Brown sugar
1 ½ tsp Vanilla
1c Old fashion rolled oats
1c Chocolate chips
1. In a medium bowl or a stand mixer combined the butter, coconut oil, sugars, vanilla, and egg.
2. In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients, except the coconut and chocolate chips.
3. In 2-3 batches add the dry ingredients to the wet. Fold in the coconut and chocolate chips.
4. Turn oven to 350F. Make 2” balls, flatten slightly on top. Bake for 10-11 minutes.