The Sugar Cookie

November 18, 2014

Sugar CookiesSometimes you just need simplicity to reign in your life so you don’t have to struggle with all the other crazy things life brings. We all have enough headaches throughout the course of our days with traffic to work, work itself, people showing up to work that don’t want to work, never having enough time to get everything done, and then traffic home where you have made so many decisions at this point your go to answer to everything becomes “I don’t care.” After all this, simplicity always wins out for me. Being a chef everyone always peppers you with very specific questions or statements about your food life, something like,  A.) Whats your favorite thing to cook? For which my response is always: “I’m a moody eater, therefore my moods govern my favorite thing to cook at any given time.” or B.) You must eat great meals every night! For this my response is “No, you are crazy.” My favorite thing to have in the evening time in the summer is a cold salad of some sort, like a summer salad or pasta salad; in the winter time it switches to grilled sandwiches (grilled cheese mostly) and soup (I’m a fan of simplistic tomato). See where this is going? After a long day at work where we cook for so many people, manage time and space and arrange for things to go just right, keeping it simple at home is my favorite. I know everyone likes to go to restaurants and order crazy things that they would never be able to do at home, and I say go for it! You get that lobster mac, or that entree salad with everything on it that ends up making the calories more than the other entree you were checking out that you thought was way more fattening than a salad. Because at home, we are gonna keep it simple, pasta and cheese, yes please, and a salad with, hmmm. . . . what do I need to get rid of before it goes bad?

Life is Messy!

Life is Complicated!

Lets Un-Complicate it: Well maybe we will just make some cookies that are really simple and eat a few and feel less complicated yea?! Sounds like a good plan to me too. I have a huge stock pot of cookie cutters that I need to dust off now that the holiday season is upon us (and yes, I have listened to a Christmas song or two and I totally watched The Grinch last week.) Cookies are going to be your best friend so let me throw a very simplistic cookie recipe your way and you can just bake your feelings and enjoy!

 

 

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Sugar Cookie
Simplistic sugar cookie dough that is easily manipulated to handle many inclusions and flavor profiles. My base for many of my favorite cookies.
Course Desserts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
Course Desserts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cream together the butter and sugar, until light and fluffy.
  2. Once the mixture is thoroughly combined, slowly add the eggs and the vanilla and almond extract. While this is mixing go ahead and combine your dry ingredients.
  3. Stop and scrape down your mixing bowl to make sure everything is mixed properly. Slowly add the dry ingredients a little at a time. The mixture will seem dry, but once ready, it will come together.
  4. Take your dough to a floured surface and roll out to the desired thickness, I prefer mine about 1/4 of an inch thick. But it is your choice entirely. You can also scoop these cookies and press them into rounds with a glass bottom, or your hands if you don't want to use the cutout method.
  5. Place on baking sheets with 1/2 an inch of room between cookies and bake on 350˚ F for approximately 8-10 minutes, or until the edge just turns golden.
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Banana Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

March 4, 2014

 

Breakfast, it is a sacred wake up time, a time to reflect and plan for your day. It is an imaginative time; I often think of the Alice in Wonderland quote: “Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” . . . it is the start to what could be a magnificent, or a down right ugh, sort of day. I plan the many things I would love to get done that day, and in reality, I will achieve half of those things. Because at breakfast, it is easy to feel grand about your abilities, you are lovely, and no one has wasted their energy trying to bring you down yet today, you haven’t had to fight against those that wish your day ill will, and you have met nothing but encouragement in the mirror. Yes, mornings are sacred, unblemished bits of our reality, and they pass ever so quickly.

 Breakfast Cookies

It’s the nature of the beast; we are busy creatures in this world and a lot of the time we must run around trying to achieve our important daily tasks, and in doing so, we forget about breakfast, about reflection and planning. We lose our imaginations and become strictly doers. I still think you can get your time in even if you are in the car, and I have a perfect recipe for those on the go. They are called Breakfast Cookies . . . I know, it seems to be quite the oxymoron. I mean, I’ve had cookies for breakfast before yes, but never breakfast cookies . . . and does that somehow imply that they will be less tasty? Not quite, a breakfast cookie is really just breakfast but in cookie form. This recipe only needs 4 ingredients to make the base, Oats, Honey, Peanut Butter, and Bananas. You don’t need any thing else, however I enjoy adding some things in, be it dried fruit, chocolate chips, nuts and seeds . . . Your choice. So here’s to your morning, may it be ever productive, wholly imaginative and may it kick some serious butt!

 

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
Very simple, very tasty, only 4 ingredients needed to make breakfast cookie magic.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Cookies
Ingredients
Oatmeal Cookies
Possible Inclusions
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Cookies
Ingredients
Oatmeal Cookies
Possible Inclusions
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350° and lining a baking sheet with either parchment paper or pan spray.
  2. In a food processor place 2 cups of oats and process until a course flour is achieved.
  3. On the side, in a medium bowl, mash together with a fork, the ripe banana, peanut butter, and honey. Then once all worked in together, mix in a cup and a half of the oat flour and any other inclusions.
  4. I like adding chocolate chips and chia seeds, but it is your choice. You could go with dried cherries or raisins.
  5. On the baking sheet spoon out the cookie badder to whatever size you want the cookies to bake off to, they do not expand once baked.
  6. Once portioned out, bake for 15-20 Minutes until they are almost completely set up. Let cool and enjoy!
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