Choc Almond Cookies

Today we made Chocolate Almond Cookies!

12 oz chocolate chips, 2T butter, 3/4C flour, 14 oz sweetened condensed milk, 1C whole lightly salted almonds

Preheat oven to 350F. Melt chocolate chips with butter. Blend well.

Choc Almond Cookies

Stir in milk. Blend well.

Choc Almond Cookies

Choc Almond Cookies

Sift in flour. Blend well.

Choc Almond Cookies

Mix in almonds.

Choc Almond Cookies

Drop by T onto foil-lined cookie sheets.

Choc Almond Cookies

Choc Almond Cookies

Bake 10 minutes or until matte and set.

Choc Almond Cookies

Prune Almond Biscotti

Today we made Prune Almond Biscotti!

3 2/3C flour, 1C firmly packed, coarsely chopped prunes, 1C coarsely chopped almonds, 1/2t baking powder, 1T vanilla extract, 1/2t baking soda, 1/2t salt, 3/4C sugar, 1/2C butter, melted, 2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. In separate bowl, mix sugar and eggs.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Add cooled butter.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Stir in vanilla extract. Blend well.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Stir in dry ingredients until a dough is formed.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Press in prunes and almonds.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Turn onto floured surface. Knead 2 minutes. Shape into 2 logs about 8″ long by 2″ wide. Place on greased cookie sheet 3″ apart.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Bake 30 minutes or until somewhat dried out. Cool 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 275F. Slice logs at a slant into 1″ wide wedges. Bake 20 minutes. Turn over and bake another 20 minutes or until crunchy. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from sheet.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Coffee Nut Cookies

Today we made Coffee Nut Cookies!

1/2C butter, 1/4C sugar, 14 oz sweetened condensed milk, 1C brewed strong coffee, cooled, 1T almond extract, 3C flour, 2 eggs, 1t baking powder, 1/2t baking soda, 1C chocolate chips, 1C coarsely chopped lightly salted almonds, 1C whole lightly salted pistachios without shells

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter with sugar.

Coffee Nut Cookies

Coffee Nut Cookies

Coffee Nut Cookies

In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, whisk milk and coffee.

Coffee Nut Cookies

Coffee Nut Cookies

Coffee Nut Cookies

Add eggs to butter mixture.

Coffee Nut Cookies

Coffee Nut Cookies

Coffee Nut Cookies

Mix in extract. Add dry ingredients alternately with coffee mixture to butter mixture in three batches, beginning and ending with dry until just blended.

Coffee Nut Cookies

Coffee Nut Cookies

Coffee Nut Cookies

Coffee Nut Cookies

Coffee Nut Cookies

Batter will be a little thin. Stir in nuts and chips.

Coffee Nut Cookies

Coffee Nut Cookies

Coffee Nut Cookies

Drop by T onto greased cookie sheets.

Coffee Nut Cookies

Bake 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned around edges.

Coffee Nut Cookies

Strawberry Meringue Cookies

Today we made Strawberry Meringue Cookies!

4 egg whites, 5 large strawberries, hulled, 1 1/2C powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 250F. Beat whites until soft peaks form.

Strawb Mer Cookies

Gradually beat in sugar until glossy peaks form, about 7-10 minutes.

Strawb Mer Cookies

Strawb Mer Cookies

Strawb Mer Cookies

In blender, chop strawberries into 1/4″ pieces. Push chopped strawberries through fine mesh sieve. Fold strawberry liquid into meringue.

Strawb Mer Cookies

Strawb Mer Cookies

Then fold in the strawberry flesh.

Strawb Mer Cookies

Drop by T onto foil lined cookie sheets.

Strawb Mer Cookies

Strawb Mer Cookies

Bake 1/2 hour. Turn off oven. Let cookies sit in oven 2 1/2 – 3 hours more until dry and crisp.

Strawb Mer Cookies

Pistachio Cookies

Today we made Pistachio Cookies!

1/3C whole pistachios with shells removed, chopped coarsely; 1 egg, 1 1/2C flour, 1/2C honey, 1T lemon juice, 1/2t baking soda, 1/4C sugar

Beat honey, butter and sugar. Batter will curdle.

Pistachio Cookies

Pistachio Cookies

Pistachio Cookies

Pistachio Cookies

Pistachio Cookies

Stir in egg. Blend well.

Pistachio Cookies

In separate bowl, sift flour and soda. Stir into wet ingredients alternately with lemon juice, beginning and ending with dry, until just blended.

Pistachio Cookies

Pistachio Cookies

Pistachio Cookies

Stir in pistachios. Chill batter 30 minutes.

Pistachio Cookies

Preheat oven to 350F. Drop by T onto greased cookie sheets.

Pistachio Cookies

Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets.

Pistachio Cookies

Chocolate Nut Cookies

Today we made Chocolate Nut Cookies!

1/2C coarsely chopped walnuts, 1/2C coarsely chopped roasted lightly salted almonds, 12 oz chocolate chips, 1/2C sugar, 2T butter, 2 eggs, 1/2C flour, 1t baking powder

Preheat oven to 350F. Melt 1 CUP chocolate chips. Cool. In bowl, sift together flour and baking powder. In separate bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.

Choc Nut Cookies

Choc Nut Cookies

Choc Nut Cookies

Choc Nut Cookies

Beat in eggs. Blend well.

Choc Nut Cookies

Choc Nut Cookies

Stir in melted chocolate.

Choc Nut Cookies

Stir in dry ingredients.

Choc Nut Cookies

Choc Nut Cookies

Mix in nuts and remaining chocolate chips just until blended. Bake on well greased cookie sheets 12-15 minutes

Choc Nut Cookies

or until slightly cracked on top.

Choc Nut Cookies

Apple Cranberry Cookies

Today we made Apple Cranberry Cookies!

3/4C milk, 10 oz fresh, raw cranberries, coarsely chopped; 1 2/3C flour, 1/2 t salt, 3/4C brown sugar, 1 1/2t baking powder, 1T cinnamon, 2 small apples, peeled and chopped into 1/2″ pieces

Preheat oven to 375F. Stir dry ingredients.

Apple Cranberry Cookies

Cut in butter.

Apple Cranberry Cookies

Stir in milk until almost blended.

Apple Cranberry Cookies

Stir in apples and cranberries until just blended.

Apple Cranberry Cookies

Apple Cranberry Cookies

Apple Cranberry Cookies

Apple Cranberry Cookies

Apple Cranberry Cookies

Spoon by T onto greased cookie sheets. Bake 18-20 minutes or until cookie edges come away from cookie sheets.

Apple Cranberry Cookies

Apple Cranberry Cookies

Apple Almond Biscotti

Today we made Apple Almond Biscotti!

1 extra large apple, peeled and finely chopped; 3C flour, 1C brown sugar, 1T cinnamon, 1 1/2t baking powder, 1/2C butter, 2 eggs, 1/2C roasted, salted whole almonds, coarsely chopped; 1/2T almond extract

Preheat oven to 350F.

Apple Almond Biscotti

Mix eggs with brown sugar.

Apple Almond Biscotti

Apple Almond Biscotti

Apple Almond Biscotti

Apple Almond Biscotti

Add cooled butter to egg mixture.

Apple Almond Biscotti

Apple Almond Biscotti

Apple Almond Biscotti

Stir in cinnamon.

Apple Almond Biscotti

Add extract.

Apple Almond Biscotti

Add sifted flour and baking powder.

Apple Almond Biscotti

Make a sticky dough. Work in apples and almonds.

Apple Almond Biscotti

Apple Almond Biscotti

Shape 1 large loaf about 10″ long. Place on greased cookie sheet.

Apple Almond Biscotti

Bake 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned.

Apple Almond Biscotti

Cool 20 minutes. Cut diagonal slices 1/2″ wide X 4 or 5″ using a serrated knife. Lower oven temperature to 325F. Put back on sheet and bake another 10 minutes. Turn slices over and bake another 10 minutes or until crisp.

Apple Almond Biscotti

Chocolate Banana Nut Cookies

Today we made Chocolate Banana Nut Cookies!

1C chocolate chips, 3T butter, 2 small bananas, mashed; 1/2C flour, 1t baking powder, 1/2C sugar, 1/3C cocoa, 1/4C each of coarsely chopped almonds, cashews and walnuts

Melt chocolate chips with butter, stirring constantly until smooth.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Remove from heat. Stir in sugar.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Cool 20 minutes. In bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Preheat oven to 350F.

Choc Ban Nut Cookies

Add eggs to chocolate mixture. Blend well.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Alternately add dry ingredients and mashed bananas, beginning and ending with dry, in thirds, just until blended.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Stir in nuts.

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Drop by T, 1″ apart, onto foil-lined cookie sheets. Batter will be thin.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Bake 18-20 minutes or until cookie edges start to come away from foil.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

PB Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today we made PB Chocolate Chip Cookies!

4 1/2C flour, 2T baking soda, 1t salt, 1 1/2C brown sugar, 1 1/2C sugar, 5 large eggs, 1T almond extract, 3C chocolate chips, 1C creamy peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350F.

PB Choc Chip Cookies

Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, cream peanut butter and sugars until smooth.

PB Choc Chip Cookies

PB Choc Chip Cookies

Add eggs (5, total). Blend well.

PB Choc Chip Cookies

PB Choc Chip Cookies

Stir in almond extract.

PB Choc Chip Cookies

Stir in dry ingredients. Blend well.

PB Choc Chip Cookies

PB Choc Chip Cookies

Mix in chocolate chips.

PB Choc Chip Cookies

PB Choc Chip Cookies

Roll into balls and place on foil-lined cookie sheets.

PB Choc Chip Cookies
Bake 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Makes 4 dozen.

PB Choc Chip Cookies