Thursday, March 12, 2009

Cookies Galore

I'm pretty sure that you know by now, I love to bake. It's a good thing, because I am surrounded by boys. The Big Boy needs his sugar. If there isn't some sort of treat in the house, he starts to get twitchy. Then, there are the Little Boys. They are most certainly their father's sons, and they like their treats, too. This is my standard cookie recipe, which Steve claims I put an addictive chemical in, causing him to eat cookie after cookie, until he tells me I shouldn't make cookies anymore. The other day, the new issue of Martha Stewart's Everyday Food arrived in my mailbox, and, as always, it did not disappoint. Have you ever had the pleasure of thumbing through an issue of this magazine? If not, do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a copy this weekend. It is full of helpful hints, beautiful pictures, and recipes that anyone can prepare. I think my favorite thing about it is that the recipes don't require special ingredients that I don't typically have on hand. I made the Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies (on page 105) a couple of days ago, and they came out really well - - nice and soft, and the boys love them. Last weekend, I made the Chocolate 'n Cream Sandwich Cookies (page 103), which are basically homemade Oreos. Camden especially loved these, and I had fun making them. So, I think we'll add both of these recipes to the "regular" rotation, to keep things interesting. I forgot to take a picture of the Oreos, but did manage to catch the boys eating some.


Did you see Oprah yesterday? I rarely miss it, because I watch it while I'm preparing dinner. I was especially excited to watch yesterday, because Curtis Stone was one of the guest chefs on a show about cooking on a budget. I just love Curtis Stone - - I'm pretty sure it is a combo of the whole man-cooking-thing, the Australian accent, and...he isn't exactly hard to look at. Anyway, I can't wait to make this pizza tomorrow night -- it sounds delicious.

I also wanted to show you one of my favorite things in my kitchen - - my cookie jar.

I found this at Anthropologie a few months ago...I think the original price was something completely crazy, like $79.99 (no joke), but I got it for $7.00 on the clearance rack. The great thing about Anthropologie is that while their regular prices are way out of my league, they have the absolute best sales, so it is fun to go there every once in a while to see what they've marked down.

8 comments:

Susan said...

I collect roosters so I am partial to this cutie. He is precious and I know what is stored inside is yummy. I love the Everday Food magazine. It fits so nicely in my shopping bag.

Jean said...

Home-baked oreos????!!!!!!!!!! Oh, my word. I can't even allow myself to buy the store Oreos because I could easily eat a full package before Uncle Ken even knew they were in the house.

Cheryl and Ashton said...

Will definitely have to try the "oreos". I agree with Aunt Jean, I cannot have oreos in the house as I would inhale the whole package! The boys looked snug as bugs in the tote while sampling their cookies, cute photo. The cookie jar is so cute and what a deal you got.

kirsten said...

Funny! My everyday food magazine just arrived today and I was thinking those cookie recipes looked good.
love your cookie jar!

Heather said...

Kirsten - I love soft choc. chip cookies, and this recipe is great. I think I will make some more this weekend, and make a batch of dough to freeze, like the magazine suggests.

Heather said...

Susan, I thought I remembered that you collected roosters...I love this little guy because he is just so cheerful.

Aunt Jean, that is the same reason I never buy Oreos! The homemade ones only lasted about 24 hours, I believe!

Cheryl, the oreos were simple to make, and I think it would be fun to try different shapes, and maybe some peanut butter cream filling...

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

Love the rooster! And what a great deal.

Will definitely have to try the soft choc. chip cookies and oreos. We are big cookie fans around here and usually have to make big batches (8 doz or so) so they last.

Cheryl and Ashton said...

Just received my Everyday Food magazine in today's mail, I HAVE to make the "oreos" ASAP!!

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