Friday, March 27, 2009

Per request for the Tyler Goddesses!

My favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Ok girls; here it is! I am not sure if it is the triple threat of 

Milk Chocolate

Semi-Sweet Chocolate

or White Chocolate

(The Triple Threat)

That makes me love these babies or the size. They are 1/4 cup just like Tyler's but I think they have more of a brown sugar flavor. 

Or it could be that when I have deprived myself of sugar for a long period of time these are the chocolate chip cookies I go to. I wished I had two of each recipe right here to compare (damn the luck!) but imagination and drool will have to do. Sorry I don't have any pics to go with these.. think I might make a batch tomorrow. The hubby is coming home and has eaten all of Tyler's cookies so maybe he needs mine to come home to. Ha Ha. Thanks for all the requests Girls!!

Jumbo 3 Chip Cookies

4 cups AP flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs, room temp
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips ( I usually increase to 1 cup... yes thats 3 total cups of chips!)
1/2 cup chopped nuts ( I usually omit as I don't want anything semi healthy in my cookies!)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

Combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. Beat in eggs (one at a time) and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts ( ha ha please!) 

Drop dough by level 1/4 cup measuring cup 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. 

Bake 12 to 14 min or until nice golden brown. Cool on baking sheet 2 min and then to rack to cool completely. Mine don't usually get to the "cooled completely" phase. Enjoy!

Damn Groundhog!!

Looks like we are suffering from the shadow of the groundhog. I hate winter. I do not find much appealing about it other than seeing how things can emerge from harsh conditions. I love spring, summer and fall but winter, nah! So this is what we woke up to this morning. I know I don't have it bad like people in the midwest so I am not going to continue to complain. I do have a favorite quote:  "To take notice of the beauty that surrounds you is to take notice of your existence in life" This weather makes me reflect to that and suck it up right!

Chips Ahoy Mattey!!!

Tyler's Big Fat ..... Chocolate Chip Cookies! 

My choice for Tyler this week was his Chocolate Chip Cookies. I know many of the girls have done this one with rave reviews. Chris had to take a class across country this past week and what better way to avoid getting tired than an old fashioned sugar high from these ginormous cookies. They were amazing... and YES I had SOME (not one, oh no.... SOME!!!) These cookies are my second favorite. I am sorry to disappoint... They are delicious. You truly should try these. I am a chewy cookie fan so I only baked them the minimum time but, if you go to the food network site they have a very good video on making these; with no other eye candy than Tyler himself. There was another person in the video but who paid attention to her! If you use a 1/4 cup to measure out the cookies you won't get many out of this recipe but they are big enough where you won't need many. Check out the thickness of the batter too; it was unbelievably thick. 

Happy Baking and don't miss out on these ones... They hit the spot. You can get the recipe here and you can watch the video here.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

I know this should be wordless but I had to explain the "blurriness" Lexi made a tea party for me and B and so we were honored (frightened but obligated) to drink the tea. The pictures are self explanatory but they are blurry because I was laughing so hard. 

Blueberry Crumb Cake

More like Coffee Cake

This week's recipe of choice comes from Sihan of Befuddlement. She picked the Blueberry Crumb Cake found on page 192-193. I have been out of the loop so to speak with the group and I was glad this was the recipe to bake because I am tired of making things that I would never eat; although I always give the goodies away anyways. I believe it is the smells that I really enjoy and this cake smelled delicious.

This is a really simple recipe (which can be found in entirity on the Befuddlement site). 

I used frozen blueberries and on the crumb it calls for a food processor but I was too lazy to get mine from the garage so I used a fork and it crumbed together just wonderfully. I think next time I will use blackberries and pecans. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day

March 17 - St. Patty's Day

I love St. Patrick's Day! Chris teases me about how I have tons of favorite holidays but I really don't... Just St. Patrick's Day, 4th of July, Halloween, and Christmas oh and my birthday can't forget that holiday! So today is a great day! We made green rice krispies and are decked out in our green today. 

Just some trivia for you... the shamrock was used by St. Patrick to symbolize the holy trinity. I also learned that people wear orange on St. Patrick's Day in defiance.... Who would do such a thing? Needless to say, I will be in my green which includes my son BAILEY's  green converse hand-me-downs and the earrings I made for this special day, and we will be eating green and enjoying a tiny bit of who we are and what we love today! Oh, I may have to include some Irish Whiskey and Irish cream in a cocktail tonight too....

Friday, March 13, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

On Friday

Chocolate Banana Bread

Tyler's Chocolate Banana Bread

I know this one has been posted several times for the Tyler's Friday Blog but who can resist Chocolate and Banana! I think next time some peanut butter mixed in would be awesome. The bread was chocolatey and moist, the bananas were not too overpowering. Although Chris described it as having too much chocolate I didn't think that those words could be used in a sentence together. Please try this one as it was great. 

Chocolate Banana Bread

2 cups All Purpose Flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 oz milk chocolate, melted
2 eggs
3 mashed bananas
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat to 350. Whisk flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in large bowl. 

Beat butter to creamy then beat in chocolate, eggs, bananas, and vanilla on low. Stir in flour mixture just till combined. Pour into buttered loaf pan. Bake 50 min or until done. Cool in pan 15 min and then to rack to cool completely.