Pecan Pralines Cookies

Friday, January 28th, 2011

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As a young girl my mother took me to a bakery that made a delicious pecan cookie that I absolutely loved. The bakery is no longer in business and I have looked for a comparable pecan praline cookie. I experimented a little and found that I have come up with a pretty darn close version of that sweet chewy cookie from my memory of years ago. This recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Pecan Praline Cookies

Praline

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and place chopped pecans on tray to toast them for 8-10 minutes. Take pecans from oven and set them aside to cool. In a heavy saucepan, combine sugars, butter, cream and corn syrup. Bring to a boil stirring constantly for 7-8 minutes until syrup reaches a temperature of 240 degrees with candy thermometer. Remove from heat and stir in pecans. Spread onto parchment paper and let cool. When cooled, place into a heavy plastic bag and break into small pieces.

Cookie Dough

  • 1/2 cup butter, slightly softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla and mix well. Add dry ingredients and mix until well combined.

Set aside 1/2 cup of praline mixture and then stir remaining praline mixture into dough until well distributed. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and dip into reserved praline mixture to coat lightly. Space dough balls about 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-11 minutes or until lightly browned on edges. Let cookies stand on cookie sheet for 2 minutes and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Your family will enjoy these tasty cookies!

Delicious Chocolate Waffle Cookies

Friday, January 21st, 2011

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Most of the cookies I love to make are cookies I have been making since I was a little girl. This recipe came from a neighbor. I loved cooking so much and so at the age of 10 I made a recipe book. It has pictures of everything I loved in there… my favorite hockey team, favorite actors, but most of all my favorite recipes. I still have that book and use it today.

This is a fun recipe and easy to make. It makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Chocolate Waffle Cookies

Preheat Waffle iron to Medium setting.

In a medium sauce pan, melt 2 sticks of butter and add:

6 tbsp cocoa

Remove from heat and add:

4 eggs

1 ½ cups sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp salt

2 cups flour

1 cup of chopped walnuts, if desired

Mix well and drop by teaspoon onto preheated waffle iron. Put one teaspoonful into each section. Do not overcook. Remove and frost while hot.

Frosting:

In a medium saucepan, melt 1 stick butter

Then add:

2 tbsp cocoa

6 tbsp water

Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add:

3 ½ cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Spoon frosting over cookies while frosting is still warm.

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Image Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

If you are looking for a great recipe for oatmeal cookies, look no further. This oatmeal cookie recipe is one of the best! The original recipe came from a recipe card I found written in my mother’s handwriting. I don’t know where she got it from but it has become one of my favorite recipes for oatmeal cookies.

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup dried canberries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease baking sheet. Cream together butter and brown sugar. Add evaporated milk, egg and vanilla. Mix well. Combine oats with dry ingredients and mix into creamed mixture until well blended. Stir in dried cranberries and nuts. Drop by teaspoonful 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Move onto cooling rack. Cool and enjoy. Chewy delicious oatmeal cookies.

Award Winning Chocolate Chip Cookies

Friday, September 10th, 2010

chocolate chip cookies

Always a crowd pleaser, who could go wrong with chocolate chip cookies. Since I was a little girl I loved making chocolate chip cookies for my dad. He loved them too. I have tried many different recipes for the chocolate chippers and finally have found my favorite. Rich and chewy, this recipe comes from a good friend I have known for over 25 years. Thanks Chris for sharing this all time favorite cookie recipe. I make them at least once a month for family, friends and neighbors.

This is the best cookie recipe ever. So I entered them in the county fair and took First Place and received many compliments. I have found that the secret is to use the best ingredients and make them with love.

Award Winning Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 pound (4 sticks) butter (slightly softened)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 6 cups flour
  • 2-4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (your preference of chocolateness)
  • 2 cups chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together softened butter and sugars. Add eggs, vanilla, salt, and baking soda. Combine well. Add flour in thirds until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips; and nuts if desired. Drop cookies using cookie scoop onto heavy cookie sheets 2-inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

Remove cookies to cooling racks. Cool and enjoy! Keep your cookie jar full of this favorite cookie.