Monday, June 1, 2009

Cookie Tray Cookies

I've been neglecting the blog a little lately; I have been trying to avoid the boredom baking that has been leading to my weight gain! If my baking doesn't have a purpose, I can't do it. These cookies, however, had a purpose in their short little lives. I decided to send a tray of cookies into work with Ad a few weeks ago for his birthday (it's like sending treats into school with your kid to share with their friends! Haha!) While I was planning out my game plan for what I was going to make, someone Ad works with asked me to donate some items for a fundraiser bake sale that was also that weekend. Here are a few items that I made...

These oatmeal cookies were a last minute idea; I needed something else to add that were quick, easy, and used ingredients that I had. This recipe started from Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies on Allrecipes, but I was low on oatmeal, so I changed it up a little. You can mess with the spices some too; I absolutely love cloves, so I added extra. I think these are one of my new favorites.

Oatmeal Cookies
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
2 eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. oats
1 pkg. white chocolate chips
Cream butter, shortening and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy. Add in remaining ingredients except for white chocolate chips and mix well. Stir in chips.
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

These No Bake Cookies are so old school, yet so many people don't know what they are. I love them. They are so easy to throw together, and are really more of a candy than a cookie. These are another great cookie to add to cookie trays because they are something a little different, and they require no baking (I actually made these because I was almost out of propane, but wanted to get one more cookie in!)

No Bake Cookies
2 c. white sugar
1/4 c. cocoa
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. peanut butter
3 c. quick cooking oats
In a saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa, milk, and butter. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat and stir in vanilla, salt, peanut butter, and oats.
Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Cookies will firm up when completely cool.

I love how decorated sugar cookies look, and really wanted to add some to Ad's tray. I am in search of a new sugar cookie recipe, as well, so this was a good chance for me to try out the No Fail Sugar Cookies on Cake Central. The recipe itself was easy to put together, the dough rolled nicely, and the cookies didn't spread at all. However, if I even just slightly overbaked them (meaning, if the bottoms got just a tiny bit golden) the cookies were hard as rocks! The ones that were still light on the bottom were great, though, and had really nice flavor. I followed the recipe exactly, other than cutting it in half. You can find the recipe here.
For the icing, I just made a simple royal measurements, just egg white and confectioner's sugar until it got to the right consistency. The only bad thing about making these cookies is that I had them laying out on the kitchen table to dry, and Cam kept poking them to see if they were ready! I ended up with maybe only a dozen good ones that didn't have round finger holes in the icing! Ugh! Kids!


The Tipsy Hostess said...

I love those No Bake cookies! They're so pretty!

Fahrenheit 350° said...

I just love cookies no matter what they are!