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November 2012 - Cookies!

27. 11. 2012

Making cookies a month before Christmas is not as good an idea as it seems and it had quite demotivated me that I would have to bake in a couple of weeks again. However, it has provided me with the chance to go through a few recipes and probably incorporate them into my Christmas cooking.

First, I made a variation of Seven Layer Cookies from Jen. I had planned on making them for about three weeks before actually creating them. Also, I do not like coconut in many recipes, so I just omitted it.

200 g salted pretzel sticks
100 g melted butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk (about 375 grams)
70 g almond slices
100 g white chocolate, chopped
100 g dark chocolate, chopped

First, I crushed the pretzel sticks and mixed them with melted butter.



I pressed the base into a baking pan. I used the bottom of a glass to create a really flat and packed layer.




Next, I poured a whole can of sweetened condensed milk over the base. I had to use a rubber spatula to distribute the milk all over the base.




I sprinkled almond slices on the base.




And chopped dark and white chocolate.




This is how they turned out: chewy, salty sweet with a nice crunch from the almond slices and lots of chocolate. I also loved how easy they were to make and am totally planning on making them again!

The next cookies that I made were Peta's Foaming Cookies, mainly because I needed to make another recipe and I had all the ingredients in my pantry.

1 1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

4 cups flour

225 grams softened butter/margarine (I used a mixture of these two)

1 teaspoon soda

2 tablespoons hot water


First, I mixed the butter with flour.

Next, I heated the milk with sugar and let the sugar dissolve in the milk.

After that, I let soda dissolve in the water.


I basically mixed everything together. The dough was rather soft but I was not worried since the recipe said that it will get better as it cools down.


I took half of the dough, formed a log, covered it with a cling film and put it into the fridge.


I rolled the other half to 5 mm thick and cut out little duckies and teddy bears. I baked them at 180 °C for about 10 minutes, they were golden-brown. My brother got all of these for a snack :-)

After about 4 hours, I took the log out of the fridge.


I sliced it into 5 mm thick slices and baked at 180 °C for about 10 minutes.


This is how they turned out. I liked the idea of using only a few pantry ingredients to create cookies. However, the basic recipe missed something: flavour. They were plain sweet, nothing else. I also like the idea of them not being very crunchy. I think the basic recipe is quite good (as in "foolproof"), but clearly it needs some additions - spices, chocolate, vanilla perhaps.

And I didn't notice any foaming...