Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Cookies, Desserts

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

When I’m craving a cookie that is purely chocolate, these are always what comes to mind. They are delicious without being overly chocolatey, and seeing your cookies come out perfectly “crackled” is so satisfying!

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You will need:

  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup melted milk chocolate chocolate chips
  • 1/6 cup milk
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • granulated sugar
  • powdered sugar

Cream together shortening and brown sugar until well combined. Then beat in the egg and vanilla.

Melt chocolate chips for 30 seconds. Stir. If not fully melted and smooth, microwave for another 15 seconds and stir again. Wait for chocolate chips to cool slightly (but not harden), then fold them into your cookie dough.

Beat in your milk.

Add salt, baking powder, and flour. Dough should be thick and and clumped together, though still slightly sticky. If it still resembles brownie batter, slowly add flour until you get the correct consistency.

Chill dough in freezer for 10 mins.

Roll cookie dough into one inch balls, then roll those balls first in granulated sugar, then in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet. 15 will fit on a pan.

Bake for 10 mins at 350 degrees. Makes 30 cookies.

My crackle cookie recipe was inspired by Rock Recipes.

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Good Ol’ Homemade Brownies

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You will need:

  • 1 C Butter
  • 2 1/4 C Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 1/4 C Cocoa
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 C Flour
  • 2 C Flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in sugar and cook for 2 mins, stirring constantly. Do not allow to boil. Pour into large mixing bowl and beat in cocoa, eggs, salt, and baking powder. Stir in flour and chocolate chips. Pour into a greased 9×13 baking dish and bake for 24-28 mins for thick brownies. For thinner brownies, pour into a greased standard size cookie sheet and bake for 15-18 mins.

The brownies pictured above have my green mint frosting.

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Muffins!

Muffins are fun because there are a lot of different varieties. This recipe works as a muffin base, and then you can add whatever you wish for flavor: blueberries, strawberries, chocolate chips, cinnamon, nuts, bananas, poppy seeds…it’s up to you. And, with the aid of a baking mix, these are especially quick and easy to whip up.

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*I made strawberry chocolate chip muffins

You will need:

  • 2 C baking mix (Bisquick or otherwise)
  • 1/3 C sugar
  • 2/3 C milk
  • 2 Tbls melted butter
  • 1 egg

And that’s it!

Mix until just combined. Fold in desired toppings. Bake on 400 degrees for 13 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Makes one dozen muffins.

Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Cookies, Desserts

Shirley Cookies

Is there anything that speaks more quintessentially of childhood than the smell of Mom’s chocolate chip cookies greeting you after a long day of school? Not for me.

I grew up on Mom’s chocolate chip cookies. Mom made them for us every first day of school, last day of school, and once every week, it seemed. This recipe is very near and dear to my heart. It’s the first recipe I learned by heart. Arguably, these are the cookies that sparked my interest in cooking.

These cookies are, hands down, the best. Never dry, thin, or crumbly, but always soft and pillowy. We proudly call them “Shirley Cookies,” also known as “The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies You Will Ever Have.”

You will need:

  • 3/4 C Sugar
  • 3/4 C Brown Sugar
  • 1 C Shortening

Cream together. Beat in:

  • 1 Tbls Vanilla
  • 1 Tbls Hot Water
  • 2 Eggs

Sift together and slowly mix in:

  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 C Flour OR 2 C flour and 2 C Oats (I enjoy them both ways, just depends on preference)
  • Chocolate chips as desired (I use about a full average size bag)

Drop by tablespoons on a greased cookie sheet. I like using an ice cream scoop for consistency. For uniform cookies, roll in small balls.

Bake for 8 minutes at 350° F.

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Raw, completed dough

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Dropped dough

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Rolled dough