chocolate pb oatmeal cookies

Nov 19, 2011 by

well, hello again, blog!  i’m happy to report that things are back to “normal” at the shoebox.  it was hacked a month or so ago, and we’ve been working on moving content around and finding a suitable server.  (hello, godaddy!)  the shoebox is back with one more nashville recipe.  then, we get to move onto the wa ones! i made these cookies for my dad on his last visit to nashville.  they’re all of his favorite cookies, rolled into one!  after a ten hour drive to nashville from michigan, the least i could do was have a batch of cookies ready for him to eat.  if cookies could make it through the mail, i’d probably send a batch of these to him tonight to celebrate the big buck that he got today and that...

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peaches n’ cream oatmeal cookies...

Apr 14, 2010 by

i’m a true foodie.  i watched “cooking for real” with sunny anderson on foodnetwork that featured this recipe wayyyyyy back in 2008.  i’ve been thinking about making these cookies ever since.  i finally did it today!  i should have started making these cookies much sooner.  they remind me of my favorite flavor of instant oatmeal: peaches n’ cream.  just as an fyi, this recipe easily doubles. 3/4 c all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking soda pinch salt 1 stick butter, softened 1/4 c light brown sugar 1/4 c dark brown sugar 1/4 c sugar 1 egg 1 1/2 c rolled oats (use the old-fashioned) 1/2 c chopped dried peaches 1/2 c chopped pecans 1/2 c white chocolate chips preheat oven to 350°. in a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.  in a stand...

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homemade oreo cookies

Mar 9, 2010 by

since i have started blogging about food, i have enjoyed looking around at other blogs.  i think it’s really cool to see what other people are making and i recently ran across this blog: the cupcake project.   the blog’s author stef loves cupcakes and baking and i found a lot of awesome recipes on her blog.  one of which was the gem below. notes:  i added green dye to my filling for two reasons.  1.)  i had butter-flavored crisco on hand and it changed the frosting to a pale yellow that needed to be changed stat and 2.)  st. paddy’s day is just around the corner! chocolate wafers 1 1/4 c all-purpose flour 1/2 c unsweetened cocoa 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 c sugar 1/2 c...

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chocolate wows

Jan 28, 2010 by

so i was in the mood for cookies.  really, i think i am in a perpetual mood for cookies/chocolate/sweets.  🙂  i found these babies in my good housekeeping cookbook.  it’s the first recipe that i’ve ever made from this cookbook and i’m pleased with the results! 1/3 c all-purpose flour 1/4 c unsweetened cocoa 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 3/4 c semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 c butter 2 eggs 3/4 c sugar 1 1/2 tsp vanilla 2 c pecans, chopped 1 c chocolate chips preheat oven to 325°.  grease two large cookie sheets.  in a small bowl, mix together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. in the microwave, melt 3/4 c chocolate chips and butter in 30 sec. increments on high heat.  stir after every 30 sec.  allow to cool. in a...

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coconut macaroons

Jan 14, 2010 by

found this delicious recipe on the back of a bag of coconut and the result was pretty delicious. 🙂  they taste like little almond joys! 5 1/3 c coconut 2/3 c sugar 6 tbsp flour 1/4 tsp salt 4 egg whites 1 tsp almond extract mix coconut, sugar, flour, and salt in large bowl until the coconut is evenly coated.  stir in egg and almond extract until well blended.  drop by well rounded tablespoonfuls onto a non-stick baking sheet. bake at 325° for 20 min. or until edges of cookies are golden brown.  immediately remove from cookie sheets to wire racks.  cool completely. to make them extra delicious, dip them in chocolate! melt one cup of chocolate chips in a ramekin.  dip macaroons  halfway in chocolate, scrape excess chocolate off the bottom.  place on wax...

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peanut butter sandwich cookies

Jan 10, 2010 by

boy met girl.  girl liked boy.  girl brought boy a bajillion cookies to his dorm room to impress him.  boy (and his stomach) fell in love with girl.  that’s only part of mine and tom’s love story!  but the story continues today and here’s another cookie recipe, just because you need something else to steer you away from your new year’s diet! 🙂 the peanut butter cookie recipe is a classic from the better homes and gardens cookbook.  i have a reprinted 1953 edition and LOVE it.  the filling comes from a november 2008 better homes and gardens magazine. cookie: “peanut butter crisscrosses” 1 c shortening 1 c granulated sugar 1 c brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla 2 beaten eggs 1 c peanut butter (i add extra, if using crunchy pb) 3 c sifted...

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iced berry piñata knock off

Jan 10, 2010 by

back in the day, i was a girl scout and i proudly sold girl scout cookies each and every winter.  i had a few favorites, including peanut butter patties, but my absolute favorite girl scout cookie didn’t come out until i was no longer in scouting.  they were called “iced berry piñatas” and they were absolutely delicious!  they have been discontinued, so i decided to make up my own recipe for them.  the secret to these delicious cookies is the toasted oatmeal, which gives them an unexpected crunch. 2 1/2 c old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant) 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 2 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground allspice 1 tsp salt 1/4 c butter, softened 1/2 c shortening 1 c brown sugar, firmly packed 3/4...

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sugar cookies and frosting

Dec 28, 2009 by

thanks to an early Christmas present to myself, i can make festive sugar cookies all year round!  the cookies pictured above were decorated at my sister-in-law’s house Christmas eve.  it was a fun way to get into the Christmas spirit!  here are the recipes that you will need: rolled sugar cookie recipe 1 1/2 c butter, softened 2 c white sugar 4 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 5 c all purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt in a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.  beat in eggs and vanilla.  stir in the flour, baking powder and salt.  cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight). preheat oven to 400°.  roll out dough on floured surface 1/4-1/2″ thick.  cut into shapes with any cookie cutter.  place cookies...

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basic spritz cookies

Dec 23, 2009 by

Christmas time is always a wonderful time of the year for me.  after moving to tennessee, it’s a little bit different and even though i’m far away from the majority of my family, i can still hold onto a lot of our traditions.  of course, my mom is an awesome cook and pretty much everything i know about cooking, i picked up from her.  baking is a big part of our Christmases, so of course, i had to bake up a batch of these.  it makes Christmas feel a little bit more like the ones i used to know. 🙂 first you need to find a good cookie press.  i’m a fan of the metal ones, they are durable and do not eat up batteries like the plastic ones.  i found this one on...

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