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M and M Cookies

M and M Cookies

My grandchildren’s delight!

These delicious cookies are really soft on the inside, and super simple to make.

 

These M &M Cookies make the perfect afternoon treat

These M &M Cookies make the perfect afternoon treat

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One Smart Cookie: Myriad Avatars

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One Smart Cookie: Myriad Avatars

What a journey! One recipe and myriad avatars!

Morsel of wisdom in mama’s kitchen!

Morsel of wisdom in mama’s kitchen!

They all come from the same basic recipe… It basically started off as a simple white chocolate and cranberry studded cookie, then along the way, it was rolled into some Kellog’s cornflakes and changed its nomenclature, and then got a makeover with random whimsical chocolate drizzle atop some!

I am going to be one smart cookie with you as my baker…

I am going to be one smart cookie with you as my baker…

In between some M&M’s incorporated before this smart cookie yelled S’ More and hopped and jumped in my bowl and gobbled some mini marshmallows, before settling down on my baking sheet.

Cookie centric sweet treats

Cookie centric sweet treats

Cute, chewy bites…

Cute, chewy bites…

 

That's not chocolate art?

That’s not chocolate art?

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Granny’s Breakfast Cookie

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Granny’s Breakfast Cookie

Wake up all ye cookie monsters…
Make your breakfast special with this healthy cookie!

 

Start the day the right way, with this quick, easy and nutritious cookie

Start the day the right way, with this quick, easy and nutritious cookie

Say bye -bye cereal bowls, hello to your breakfast cookie!

Say bye -bye cereal bowls, hello to your breakfast cookie!

 

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Just Some Coconut Kisses

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Just Some Coconut Kisses

Soft and chewy… a delicious coconut treat for you!

 Coconut Kisses…Some things just don't change!

Coconut Kisses…Some things just don’t change!

What happens when you rediscover your favorite recipe…you absolutely want to try it again to live the magic of yore!

 

Dainty, delicate and light with a crisp exterior

Dainty, delicate and light with a crisp exterior

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Meltaway Besan Ki Naan Khatai

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Small, round, petite and with all the goodness that goes perfectly with a cup of masala chai. These meltaways naan khatais are light, soft as a dream and an eternal Indian favorite.

 

Eat your cookies!

Eat your cookies!

Spending time with my daughter can be inspirational, or in my case, dreadful news. I tend to put on all those needless pounds and my cholesterol shoots up! We both are addicted to baking…and that too, sweet some things always!

Besan ki Naan Khatai are akin to butter cookies but distinct by their softer texture and a hint of cardamom. These can be made by using variations, such as using only plain flour, or a combination of plain flour and gram flour (chickpea flour). These are easy to make and good to eat!

Ingredients

½ cup butter/ghee, at room temperature
½ cup powdered sugar/icing sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup gram flour
¼ tsp baking powder
Pinch baking soda
¼ tsp cardamom powder
1 tsp yogurt
Nuts for garnishing

Directions
Cream the butter/ghee and sugar in a large bowl.
Sift the flours, baking soda and baking powder.
Gradually add to the creamed mixture.
Mix in cardamom powder.
Add some yogurt to make soft dough.
Let the dough rest for about 15 minutes.
Divide the dough into 12 small balls and place on a greased and lined sheet.
Flatten at the top slightly and garnish with chopped pistachios, sliced almonds or cashew nuts.
If you like you can sprinkle some cardamom powder on top.
Bake in a pre heated oven at 160 degrees C for about 15 to 18 minutes.

 

Warning: Eat in moderation!

Cranberry Chocolate Cookies

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Cranberry Chocolate Cookies

Cranberries and chocolate chips double the taste in these cookies. For a roaring good time, make these delightful cookies this holiday season!

 

 

Mornings can't be sweeter...

Mornings can’t be sweeter…

 

Cranberry Chocolate Cookies

 

Ingredients:

½ cup butter

½ cup brown sugar

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 tsp vanilla

½ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt (If using unsalted butter)

1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips/ or white chocolate bits

½ cup dried cranberries

¾ cup pecan/walnuts chopped

1 bar Galaxy, 100 gm, bits

 

Directions:

 

Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar, about 2 minutes.

Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually add flour to butter mixture and mix well. Stir in cranberries, walnuts, chocolate chips and galaxy bits.

Drop by rounded heaping tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray.

Flatten slightly.

Bake at 175 degrees C for 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.

Yield: 2 dozen.

 

 

(Adapted from www.tasteofhome.com)

 

 

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 Double Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

 

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1-1/2 cups rolled oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)

1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

 

Directions:

 

Preheat oven to 350°F or 176 °C

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

In large bowl, beat butter and sugars with electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Add vanilla and eggs; mix well.

Add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix until just combined.

Stir in oats, chips and cranberries.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheet 2-inches apart.

Bake 12-15 minutes or until light golden brown.

Cool on pan on wire rack 5 minutes; remove from pan and cool completely.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

 

(Source: www.wilton.com/recipe/Double-Chocolate-Cranberry-Cookies)

Granny’s Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies

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Granny’s Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies

Perfect treat for anytime of the year!

This post was inspired by my lovely daughter in law and my adorable grand children.

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Ingredients

2 eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

¾ cup unsalted butter, slightly soft

1 tsp. oil

1 cup icing sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 cups all-purpose flour

Food coloring and granulated sugar, if desired

Sprinkles

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Directions

Whisk the eggs and vanilla in a small bowl and set aside.

With a hand-held mixer in a large bowl, cream the butter until fluffy. Add icing sugar, and continue beating until light, 2 to 3 minutes.

Sift the salt , baking soda with the flour. Reduce the mixer to a low-speed and then add the flour mixture, mixing just until blended.

Turn the dough in another bowl. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Pour the rainbow sprinkles/colored sugar into a bowl.

Divide the dough into balls. Roll in sprinkles or colored sugar.

Use a spatula to transfer the cookies to a parchment-lined or non-stick baking sheet, spacing them about 1-inch apart. Flatten the dough with a glass bottom.

Bake at 180 degree C / 350 degrees F, until the edges of the cookies are a light golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to a rack to cool.

Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

The recipe yields 2 dozen cookies.

Variations: Insert a stick and make some cookie pops or make bite-size cookies.

(Cookie treat sticks are available at Wilton. I make do with some lollipop sticks)

Note: You can make your own color sugar. Take some granulated sugar in a sandwich bag; add a few drops of desired food color, and mix.

Just remember to keep the dough chilled.