Chocolate Chip Cranberry Pecan Cookies

Happy first post of 2014! WOW! Can you believe I’ve been blogging since 2011? I really can’t… It doesn’t feel like that long at all. Looking back though, since I started this blog I’ve been baking in¬†SIX¬†different kitchens! My parents’ house, two college apartments, two places I just lived in for a summer, and my new apartment here in New York. Wow, I need to stop moving!

Chocolate Chip Cranberry Pecan Cookies from Square Root of Pie

These cookies are thick and chewy – just the way chocolate chip cookies should be. Yum! If you’re not a big fan of pecans or cranberries, feel free to throw in some of your favorites: walnuts, M&Ms, peanut butter chips, MORE chocolate chips… anything you want!

Chocolate Chip Cranberry Pecan Cookies from Square Root of Pie

Chocolate Chip Cranberry Pecan Cookies
Makes about 2 dozen.

Ingredients
1 1/4 C flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
dash salt
1 stick butter, room temperature
1/2 C sugar
3/4 C brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 C semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 C dried cranberries
1/2 C chopped pecans

Instructions
1.
Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a larger bowl, cream butter and sugars. Beat in egg, then vanilla.
4. Gradually add flour to the butter mixture until the dough is formed.
5. Mix in chocolate, cranberries, and pecans.
6. Drop spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart. Bake for 16-18 minutes, rotating halfway through.
7. Let cool on a wire rack and enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cranberry Pecan Cookies from Square Root of Pie

Gingerbread Cookies

The past couple of months have been crazy. I moved across the country and started my first job. And craziest of all… I had to learn how to bake in a tiny Manhattan apartment kitchen.

Gingerbread Cookies from Square Root of PieMy lack of counter space is almost painful… But I’m learning to deal with it. No fancy stand mixers anytime soon though.

Gingerbread Cookies from Square Root of PieIt took me awhile to get settled, but I’m finally starting to feel like I have a home! And now that I’ve gone through the whole mess of moving, buying furniture, blahblahblah, I can finally get back to what I love… baking!

Gingerbread Cookies from Square Root of Pie

Gingerbread Cookies
Makes 2-3 dozen.

Ingredients
3 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
dash salt
1 stick butter, room temperature
3 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 C brown sugar, packed
2/3 C molasses
1 egg

Instructions
1.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, soda, spices, and salt. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and coconut oil.
3. One at a time, beat in brown sugar, molasses, and egg.
4. Gradually beat in the flour until the dough is formed.
5. Split into two balls, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 3 hours.
6. Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet. Remove the dough from the fridge at let it come to room temperature.
7. Roll out and cut into shapes.
8. Bake for 8-10 minutes, rotating halfway through.
9. Let cool and decorate!

Gingerbread Cookies from Square Root of PieI made a quick icing out of powdered sugar and a little bit of milk, but these would be great with some more color, candy or sprinkles.

Gingerbread Cookies from Square Root of Pie

Happy Holidays!

 

Triple Chocolate Espresso Cookies

The school year is coming to an end… finally! I just passed the two week mark until graduation. WOOHOO! I don’t have much going on during finals week, so hopefully that means I’ll have time to bake a lot and use up all of my ingredients before I move out.

Triple Chocolate Espresso Cookies from Square Root of Pie

I made these cookies as a thank you to my dancers for a great semester and brought them to our last rehearsal. The show was great and I was so happy! And I know they were very happy with the cookies too ;)

Triple Chocolate Espresso Cookies
Makes about 1 1/2 dozen.

Ingredients
1/2 C butter, softened
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 C flour (GF or regular all-purpose)
1/2 tsp baking soda
dash salt
1 Tbsp finely ground coffee
1/3 C white chocolate chips
1/3 C milk chocolate chips
1/3 C Sno-Caps or other chocolate chips

Instructions
1.
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars with an electric mixer. Add egg and vanilla and combine.
3. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, soda, salt, and coffee.
4. Gradually sift dry into wet.
5. Fold in chocolate chips.
6. Place spoonfuls on cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart. Bake 10 minutes until browned. Cool before serving.

Triple Chocolate Espresso Cookies from Square Root of Pie

I made one batch with regular flour, and one batch with GF flour… both came out great! The GF cookies were actually a little fluffier than the regular ones, which came out more crunchy, but both were delicious.

Triple Chocolate Espresso Cookies from Square Root of PieGood luck on finals if you have any! I’ll bring you recipes for some stress-relieving treats soon, I promise!