Friday, March 13, 2009

cookies...



Even though some of my blog friends have asked that I keep the food blogging to a minimum due to the fact it makes them hungry, I respectfully say...life is short and food is one of it's greatest pleasures, get over it.

Gourmet Magazine has posted an article about "FAVORITE COOKIES 1941-2008"
There are photos, recipes and all the fun stuff that goes with it. Good stuff. Now granted some of the "cookies" featured are actually bars or some other kind of concoction that doesn't feel like a traditional cookie, but I'm not complaining. Trust me. Flour, sugar, butter, eggs, it's all good times. You have to check it out.

The biggest problem for me is that now I have a bunch of new recipes I want to try. Still, my favorite has to be a classic, gooey chocolate chip cookie and the ever basic yet very tasty butter/shortbread cookie. Don't get me wrong, I have yet to meet a cookie I have not enjoyed in one way or another (except the ones that try to be "healthy") but I'm a bit old fashioned when it comes to my comfort cookies.

Do you have a favorite recipe? Share.


ONE of my favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes that I found:

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
(adding nuts is up to you)

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Grease cookie sheets or you can also line them with parchment paper.

2) Sift together the flour, baking soda & salt; set aside.
(Some people say that for a chewier cookie you shouldn't sift the flour. It's a personal choice. You should use an extra yolk, don't over beat the eggs and real butter for maximum taste & chew)

3) In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar & white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg & egg yolk until light & creamy. Mix in sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand (and nuts if you care) using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough balls (this is up to you how big you want the cookies to be. I prefer a larger cookie) onto the prepared cookie sheets. They should be appox. 3" apart.

4) Bake for 15-17 minutes in your preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets (if you can wait. I can't...) for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Enjoy.
-angelo surmelis

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31 comments:

Dan said...

your video bar has changed three times in about 20 minutes. what's up?

Joyce said...

Cookies? YES! LOVE THEM. Any kind but like you, chocolate chip are my favorite.

susan lm said...

cookies. cookies. cookies. the more the merrier,

trina said...

Great article in Gourmet. The pics and recipes definitely help! Thanks and have a great weekend. Will you be baking?

Shelli said...

The Gourmet Mag article was really fun. Interesting cookie choices. I too want to try some of the recipes.

Have a great weekend.

DesignTies said...

Oh Angela... I'm on a diet and you're posting about yummy looking and likely scrumptiously delicious cookies! I love cookies. I will cross a busy and dangerous street for my favourite sugar cookies! Yep... I avoid bakery section of my local supermarket :-)
Victoria from EdinDesign @ DesignTies

Angelo Surmelis Fan Page! said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANGELO!!!!!!!!!!!! (I know - it is tomorrow) - Just sending some love your way!

Anonymous said...

Here are two favorites from my childhood.


Snickerdoodles

1 cup soft shortening (part butter)
1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs
2 ¾ cups GOLD METAL flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. soda
¼ tsp. salt

Heat oven to 400F (mod. hot). Mix shortning, sugar and eggs thoroughly. Measure flour by dip-level-pour method or by sifting. Blend all dry ingredients; stir in. Roll into balls the size of small walnuts. Toll in mixture of 2 tbsp. sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon. Place 2” apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 min. (These cookies puff up at first, then flatten out.) Makes about 5 doz. 2” cookies.




Russian Teacakes

1 cup soft shortening (part butter)
½ cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 ¼ cups GOLD METAL flour
¼ tsp. salt
¾ cup finely chopped nuts

Mix butter, sugar and vanilla thoroughly. Measure flour. Blend flour and salt’ stir in. Mix in nuts. Chill. Heat oven to 400F (mod. hot). Roll into 1” balls. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 min. While warm, roll in confectioners’ sugar. Cool. Roll in sugar again. Makes about 4 doz. 1” cookies.

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Foodie posts and their joys aside, I WILL have "Michelle Obama" arms by July '09!! (Gosh, I love her!)

Happy early Birthday!

Jessie

imjacobsmom said...

Cookies, bring'em on! I think the Girl Scout cookies lasted all of 15 minutes in this house! I'm with you - I love chocolate chip cookies - especially the dough - but sometimes I need a good Oatmeal cookie.

2 sticks of butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
t teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups Oatmeal (uncooked)
1+ cup of craisins or raisins
1+ cup of coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cream butter and sugars
Add eggs and vanilla
Add dry ingredients
Stir in oats, craisins, & nuts

Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet
Bake 10 -12 minutes (I make mine larger 2 tbsp) and bake longer 15-17 - they are soft and chewy
Cool 1 minute on pan then transfer to wire rack.

~ Robyn

angelo said...

WOW!

THANK YOU so much for sharing the cookie recipes Jessie & Robyn! I am all over these. They sound really good and I will report back once I have tried them. I think I need to go to the store for more flour, butter, eggs and COFFEE. Lots and Lots of coffee.

Have a great weekend,
Angelo

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Angelo! A little early. I hope you have a fantastic day filled with lots of sweets and coffee. Enjoy your special day.

Lia

leah said...

i have to agree...good basic chocolate chip cookies. my mom and i have a secret ingredient we put in our cookies to make them absolute delish, always and forever. sugar cookies. oh yum. peanut butter. yes, please.

and mom marks her sugar cookies with the flower shape on the top of a spool of thread. and her peanut butter cookies by laying her fork down on the top. it actually make them better tasting. it does. for reals.

Olivia said...

Cookie Madness! I love it and you. Happy Birthday. I hope there are plenty of cookies as well as all your other favorite treats this weekend. Much continued success and happiness!!!

Jillian said...

mmmmmmmmmm cookies!

Angelo, your love of all things baked and delicious is killing my waistline. Unlike you (I have no idea how you do it) I cannot indulge in the things I love all the time. Do you work out? You must.

Thank you for the cookie info. The Gourmet Magazine article was great.

Happy Weekend Baking.

Lynda said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

keiley said...

I hope you have the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!!!!

I know there will be plenty of good food wherever you are.

Here's to another wonderful year of inspiring us!

keiley said...

P.S. The Gourmet Magazine Article was really great. Thank you for the head up on that. You REALLY should be combining your passion for design & food into some new show. I'd watch you do anything, but I would REALLY watch you do THAT!!!

Michael said...

Jay's aunt has the BEST shortbread cookie recipe ever, but the recipe is top secret and she refuses to share. If you come across a good shortbread recipe, you'll have to post!

Diane&Kevin said...

HAPPIEST of BIRTHDAYS!!!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend and taking some much needed time off!!!!!!

Seth said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

yvonne said...

happy birthday angelo. may your day be filled with as much beauty as you give us.

DesignTies said...

Mmmmmmmm, cookies!!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe :-) I have a really good recipe for a sort of unique cookie -- lime sugar cookies with pumpkin seeds. Here it is:

1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 tbsp vegetable oil
Zest of 1 lime
1 large egg
2 tbsp lime juice
1-3/4 cups unbleached flour
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted and roughly chopped
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Cream the sugar, oil, butter, and lime zest until light & fluffy. Add eggs & lime juice, and beat together to incorporate.

2. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, pumpkin seeds, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry mix to the wet mix and stir togther.

3. Using a 2 oz ice cream scoop, or forming 3 tbsp balls*, drop the batter onto a cookie sheet, leaving space in between to allow the cookies to spread during baking. Flatten each slightly and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

* I make them about 1 tbsp in size -- more to go around that way :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

P.S. Happy Birthday!!

NYC fangelos said...

I love cookies! Thanks for the Gourmet Magazine head up. It's pretty cool. I don't have a cookie recipe because I'm an awful baker (and cook) but I always try. I think I am going to make some of the recipes listed here (including yours) and maybe even attempt some of the Gourmet ones as well.

Thank you for always inspiring us and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

mrsben said...

Great recipes! Will definitely try some. (Thank you)

ΧΡ'ΟΝΙΑ ΠΟΛΛ΄Α
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU .... ANGELO!
-Brenda-
(Hope I'm not too late extending
my wishes.)

Whispering Pine Cottage said...

Happy Birthday! I know I am late but, I hope it was a great one! Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite! You must have a speedy matabolism, you don't look like you ever eat cookies! Thanks for the recipe, I am going to try it. Angie

mrsben said...

Hi Angelo: Know that you are a chocolate and cheese lover, so here is my favourtie
Chocolate 'n Cheesecake recipe as don't have one for cookies :)

(Requires a 9" Spring Foam Pan)

Crust:
2 Cups Chocolate Graham Wafer
Crumbs (Prepackaged) (500 ml)
l/4 cup White Grandulated Sugar
(50 ml)
l/2 cup Butter..melted (125 ml)

In a medium sized bowl, combine
crumbs and sugar, blend in m/butter. Well grease the sides and base of the 9" Spring Foam pan and firmly press crumb mixture into pan. Chill pan 'n crumb mixture.

Filling:
3 cups Softened...Cream Cheese
(brick) OR 3 pkgs. of 250 grms.
(250 grams = 1 cup)
1 cup White Granulated Sugar
(250 ml)
3 Large whole eggs
2 tsps. Vanilla or Almond Extract
(10 ml)
3 squares Semi-Sweet Chocolate
... then melt

In a large bowl; with a wooden spoon beat softened cream cheese til smooth. Gradually beat in sugar. With an electric mixer at low speed, beat in eggs one at a time also adding/blending the vanilla extract flavouring.

Pour about 'half' of this creamed mixture/batter into another bowl. Add melted chocolate and blend in in well. (Leave the other half white.)

Pour 'half' of the white mixture/batter into the prepared crust; top with 'half' of the chocolate mixture/batter. Repeat steps again. (You now have four layers.)

With a kitchen knife, make a marble design by gently drawing it thru the four layers of mixture/batter. (Don't stir it.)

Bake in 300 F degrees oven (105 C degrees) for 1 (one) hour.
Turn off oven, leave cake inside for another 1 (one) hour....then cool. Remove ring but leave on Spring Foam pan base.

Glaze:
2 squares Semi-Sweet Chocolate
2 tBsps. Butter (25 ml)

Melt chocolate with butter and blend well. *Drizzle mixture on top and down sides. Chill in fridge for at least 4 (four) hours before serving.
Serves: 6 to 8

Footnote:
'Baking' Chocolate is used. One square equals 1 oz.) *If you prefer to just spread a layer of the chocolate mixture on top, do it before you remove the SFP-ring. The mixture will harden when refridgerated.
To grease the pan, I use 'PAM'.

Bon Appétit!!!!!!

Sandra said...

Cookies ROCK!
(You do too!)

Thank you for the recipe. It looks like you've inspired others to share their. Excellent baking info for me. I need help in that dept.

Michael said...

I don't know how I was oblivous to all the b-day comments...I was too fixated on cookies!

Hope you had a great birthday!

Robert said...

HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY!!!!!

It's still your birthday weekend and you should also be celebrating birthday month!

Hope it was great!

Holly said...

HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPiEST of BIRTHDAYS!

You are an amazingly talented and humble man. You are the reason I watch any of these shows. They can be so awful, you make them watchable. Even my husband thinks you're good.


ENJOY yourself!!!

Willis Family said...

Happy Birthday and thank you for all you do to inspire and encourage me. You don't know how you have effected me over the years. Your constant encouragement and "can do" attitude on TV along with your genuine personality and enthusiasm have made me feel like I too can make changes in my home. You are the real deal and more important to our family than you will ever know.

We are BIG FANS!

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