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.
My lack of counter space is almost painful… But I’m learning to deal with it. No fancy stand mixers anytime soon though.
It 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!
Makes 2-3 dozen.
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
1 stick butter, room temperature
3 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 C brown sugar, packed
2/3 C molasses
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!
I 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.
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.
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.
1/2 C butter, softened
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 C flour (GF or regular all-purpose)
1/2 tsp baking soda
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
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.
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.
Good luck on finals if you have any! I’ll bring you recipes for some stress-relieving treats soon, I promise!
Since discovering I have a few friends who can’t eat gluten, I’ve really enjoyed trying different gluten free recipes, like my brownies and pizza. These cookies were supposed to be gluten free… then I found out not all oats are created equal. Whoops. But they were really delicious, so next time I’ll have to get some specifically GF oats so I can share with my GF friends!
Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
Makes about 2 dozen. Gluten free.
1/2 C GF oats
3/4 C GF oat flour (you can buy this or make by putting oats in a food processor)
1 Tbsp corn or potato starch
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 stick butter
1/3 C sugar
1/4 C packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp milk
1/2 C chocolate chips
1/2 C shredded coconut
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a baking sheet or line with a silicone mat.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats, oat flower, starch, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a smaller bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla.
4. Slowly add wet to dry. Add milk if mixture seems too dry.
5. Fold in chocolate and coconut.
6. Drop spoonfuls on baking sheet at least an inch and a half apart. Bake 15 min. Cool before serving.
Warning: these are very addictive! You might not want to share ;)