If I never see another cookie again in my life, I will be happy.
Okay, maybe I should amend that to “If I never see another cookie until February, I will be happy.“
There, that’s more realistic.
So far, I’m 1-for-3 in the cookie baking extravaganza. The Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies were horrible. I could feel the brown sugar on my teeth. Blecch! Scrape, scrape, scrape–into the trash they went!
The One-Bowl Baker’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies were also a dismal failure. For some reason, they never would set. I blamed it on the recipe, but from the comments on the recipe site, some Girl Scout won an award with this cookie. So I’m guessing it’s just me. I’m now researching recipes that call for lots and lots of super chocolate-y cookie crumbs. Whatever it is will be destined for somewhere besides my belly.
The only recipe that’s turned out well is the one for Chocolate Peppermint Drops. I’m not sure where I first saw it, but what I like about this recipe is that it calls for plain yogurt, cocoa powder, and less sugar than many recipes:
Chocolate Peppermint Drops
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup plain yogurt (whole, lowfat or fat free)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies
Preheat oven to 350F.
Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.
In a large, microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter in the microwave at a low heat. Stir in the cocoa powder and both sugars, then stir in yogurt and vanilla extract. Working in two or three additions, stir in the flour and mix until just combined. Add in the crushed peppermint.
Drop 1-inch balls of batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Press down slightly to flatten.
Bake at 350F for 9-12 minutes or until set and slightly firm at the edges. Allow to cool on the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes about 2 dozen.
Alternatives: I didn’t have any peppermint candies, but I did have some Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses in my freezer, so I crushed those instead. I’m also planning to make these with white chocolate chips and perhaps some cranberries. Hmm, maybe I’ll try it with some PB2, maybe even the chocolate PB2. The possibilities are endless! It’s a good basic recipe that should stand up to experimenting by this non-Girl Scout type.
I have to laugh when I read through the reviews on these recipe sites. A recipe will have 5-out-of-5 stars, with comments like: “Outstanding!” or “Family Favorite!” Then the reviewer goes on to list all the changes she made to the recipe. So what she’s saying is that her version of the recipe is outstanding!
Another success I’ve had is with Turtle Pretzels. Hard to screw it up when you have three ingredients: pretzels, Hershey’s Caramel Kisses, and pecan halves. Cooking time is only 4 minutes. Pathetically easy, which makes it perfect for me. I’ve made and bagged about a zillion of them in the past week. Some have been delivered, and some are in my fridge to be delivered tomorrow a.m.
I have some family treats to make for Christmas Eve/Day, but those aren’t particularly sugar-y. ::gratitude moment:: I joke a lot about loving cookies, and I do love them, but more as a weekly or every other week kind of thing. I honestly do not know how I ate sweets every day in my before life. I’m more than ready to go back to my pattern of 1-or-2 Hershey’s Kisses every few days.
The good news is that meals are still healthy, and exercise is plentiful. In addition to bagging leaves, I’ve been clearing up the aftermath of a tree removal project. So far, I’ve hauled about 200 pounds of shredded tree roots, with more to go. Not tomorrow, though, as my muscles are screaming after 9 hours of lift-and-tote over the past 3 days. Tomorrow’s exercise will most likely be a walk or bike ride to Border’s Books (3 miles or so round trip) for one last gift and an exchange. Easy-schmeasy, and it doesn’t involve cookies!
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday week! I have a small Christmas planned, so I’ll be around. Hopefully, the echo won’t hurt my ears.