Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Just One More

  I have one more recipe to share today. This one I did not find on Pinterest, but my grandmother told me to try (which is fitting considering the name of the cookie). I have NEVER found the "perfect chocolate chip cookie" until now. Our family's favorite recipe has always been this one (the very first recipe on the page, titled "Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie"), which has an inclusion of oat flour in the recipe. The cookie is incredible, but sometimes you want a pure-flavored chocolate chip cookie without the taste of oats. Enter Jamie's "Grandma's Chocolate Chip Cookies". Oh my goodness! This now my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe.

-I ended up adding 1/4 cup additional flour to the dough. 
-I also baked the cookies at 375 degrees then removed them from the oven to rest on the pan for 5 minutes before cooling completely on cooling racks. Although Jamie (from jamiecooksitup.blogspot.com) lives in Utah I still had a problem with the cookies coming out flat (a problem I typically only have when trying an out-of-staters recipe).
-I used "Private Selection" brand chocolate drops which I purchased at my local Kroger-owned store (Smith's). They are cheaper than Guittard, but are still a very large chunk of chocolate like the Guittard chips are. I love that these are extraordinarily large chips and most importantly, that even the milk chocolate drops melt (something I can't say for most milk chocolate chips). I used 3/4 bag each of milk and semi-sweet chocolate drops.

So You Don't Think I've Gone Completely Off The Grid...

  I thought I'd share some recent Pinterest successes. If you still don't know yet what the Pinterest craze is all about, check it out. You'll be so happy (and sorry) that you did. I have found some really incredible recipes and ideas through the pins my friends and family members have posted. The web address links go directly to each recipe. Hope you enjoy as much as our family has!
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Chicken Salad French Bread Sandwich-cucinafamiglia.com

This is a spectacular warm sandwich!

Spring Asparagus Pancetta Hash-smittenkitchen.com


 Spicy Honey Chicken-ourbestbites.com

I've made this a few times since finding it and it "WOWs" us every time!

 Bacon Wrapped Smokies with Brown Sugar and Butter-tastykitchen.com

Mind-blowingly good!

 Hawaiian Lava Flow-thecoterieblog.com

Heaven in a cup!

A delicious portable version of one of our favorite cakes!

 Homemade Nutter Butter Cookies-cookiesandcups.com

These were a home run! 

  A few notes: Because of the altitude difference, I had to add about 1/2 cup more flour. Also, I put quite a bit of frosting in between the cookies and still had enough for a double-batch of cookies. So if you want to make only one batch of cookies, cut the frosting recipe in half.

Sopapilla Bars-cucinafamiglia.com

These are crazy-good and highly addictive!

  We decided the filling would be perfect with 1 3/4 bars cream cheese.

Cashew-Caramel Cookies-marthastewart.com

Used homemade caramel...delicious!

  There are many, many, many more recipes we have tried that I could share, but thought I would start you off with just a few. Try them out, then come back and let me know what your family thought of them.