Laurie's Kitchen

A cooking blog of some of my favorites

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (Gluten Free) January 23, 2013

Filed under: Breakfast,Brunch,Chocolate,Cookies,Dessert,Fall,Peanut Butter — laurms15 @ 6:29 am

This is a great breakfast treat. To make it healthier change the add-ins. Raisins, Cranberries, almonds, or anything else you can think of. You can use two toppings at 1/3 cups each.

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

INGREDIENTS
1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 cup rice cereal
1 cup instant oats
1/3 cup dried Cranberries
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS
1. In a large bowl combine rice cereal, rolled oats and raisins. Set aside.
2. Melt peanut butter and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat until smooth and combined.
3. Pour peanut butter mixture over rice cereal mixture and stir until all of the cereal and oats are coated.
4. Allow mixture to cool for 5 minutes then gently stir in chocolate chips.
5. Pour mixture onto parchment paper and flatten and let cool.
6. Place in fridge and cut into bars.

If you purchase and use gluten free rice cereal and you can tolerate the gluten free instant oats then this recipe is gluten free friendly.

 

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies December 18, 2011

Filed under: Cookies,Dessert,Fall,Winter — laurms15 @ 12:14 pm
This recipe is basically the one that comes off the Quaker Oats container with my own spin added. Much more cinnamon, orange zest and dried cranberries.
Ingredients
  • 1/2  cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4  cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2  cup granulated sugar
  • 2  eggs
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla
  • Zest from 1 orange
  • 1-1/2  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 3  cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 2 cups crazins (dried cranberries)

Preparation

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add Orange Zest; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and crazins; mix well.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time Time: 08 min
 

Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

Filed under: Chocolate,Cookies,Dessert,Peanut Butter — laurms15 @ 12:07 pm

Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

Servings: about 24 cookies

Ingredients

1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons milk

1  cup + M&M’s (sometimes I add a little more to make sure all of the cookies have enough)

3/4 cup of mini chocolate chips

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking soda, whisking until combined.  Set aside.

4. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter on medium high speed until smooth, about 1 minute.

5. Add the sugars and peanut butter, mixing until smooth, about 2-3 minutes.

6. Reduce the mixer speed and add the egg, vanilla, and milk, mixing until completely combined.

7. Using a rubber spatula, gently stir in the M&M’s and chocolate chips.

8. Drop the cookie dough by rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets and bake the cookies until lightly golden around the edges, about 10 minutes.  Let cool completely.

Original Recipe

 

Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

Filed under: Chocolate,Cookies,Dessert — laurms15 @ 11:59 am

These were great cookies but their original post mentions how soft they are. I had trouble with that. Mine were crunchier then I would have liked.

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup Nutella
1-1/2 cups chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and prep baking sheets with silpats or parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, the sugar and the brown sugar. Add the eggs and the vanilla until combined.

4. Gradually add the flour until the mixture is combined.

5. Then mix Nutella. Finally add in the chocolate chips.

6. Use ice cream scoop and drop on baking sheets and bake for 9-11 minutes.

 

S’mores Cookies October 25, 2011

Filed under: Chocolate,Cookies,Dessert — laurms15 @ 10:44 pm

I made these for a BBQ this summer and they were a huge hit!!

Source: Ice Cream Before Dinner

11 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 ½ cups flour
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup mini marshmallows (I used a few more)
3 regular sized Hershey’s bars, broken into pieces
1-2 packages graham crackers, broken into squares

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line baking pans with parchment paper. I used one 11×17 pan and one 9×13 pan but you can really use any sized pans you want.

Lay out graham crackers side by side on the pans as close as possible (they should be touching). I used 16 graham cracker squares on one pan and 10 squares on another. You may have to add or remove graham crackers according to how much dough you have. If you want your cookies thicker you will use more dough and less graham crackers.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, sea salt and cinnamon to combine. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter with white and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.

Add the flour mixture to the butter mixer and combine on low speed.

Fold in the chocolate chips and marshmallows. (you can chill the dough overnight at this point I didn’t)

Place tablespoons of dough on graham crackers about 1 – 1 ½ inches apart. I averaged about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough per graham cracker square as seen in the picture above. Press down slightly with fingertips.

Bake for 5 minutes then remove from oven to press Hershey’s bar pieces on to the top. You can place as many pieces or as little as you want depending how much chocolate flavor you want.

Bake for 5 – 7 more minutes or until dough is beginning to turn golden brown at the edges. Remove to a wire rack to cool. For clean cutting make sure cookies are completely cool and cut with a sharp knife.

 

Chocolate Caramel Cookies with Sea Salt October 16, 2011

Filed under: Caramel,Chocolate,Cookies,Dessert — laurms15 @ 10:42 am

Another fantastic Pintrest (love) recipe. Notice the theme? Pintrest is my new favorite pastime.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter
7 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa (I used dark cocoa)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Soft caramel, rolled into little balls (I used KRAFT Caramels but I need to find something different as they were not soft enough.)
Sea salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF; line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Sift together flour, soda, and salt; set aside.

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat; stir in cocoa powder and sugars (mixture will resemble coarse sand). Add yogurt and vanilla, stirring to combine. Add flour mixture, stirring until moist. Wrap the chocolate dough around the caramel balls. Place balls on cookie sheets and sprinkle with sea salt.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until almost set. Cool on pans 2 to 3 minutes or until firm. Remove cookies from pans; cool on wire racks.

These are amazing served with vanilla ice cream!

Original Recipe

 

The Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie August 22, 2011

Filed under: Chocolate,Cookies,Dessert — laurms15 @ 7:53 am

These cookies are GREAT. I found them on Lauren’s Blog  and she found it on allrecipes.com so this is a well traveled cookie recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I used one cup of large milk chocolate chips and one cup of the mini semisweet chips since thats really all I had)
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.
  4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.