I am excited to be doing the review for a very cute and interesting upcoming cookbook! Miranda Couse, who blogs at “Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt” is releasing her cookbook called “The Easy Homemade Cookie Cookbook”, which is up for release on October 31 and up for pre-booking on Amazon. Since I am a pretty lazy cookie maker but a lover of cookbook reviews, I decided to jump at the opportunity and get it going.
The book is published by Rockbridge Press and contains more than 150 recipes of classics, occasion special and other American favorites. The book starts off with a lovely introduction about how Miranda started the whole process of working on the cookbook and she dedicates it to the two cookie monsters in her family – her husband and little boy. The book then moves on to mentioning the essentials required for baking, and then splits the recipes into various sections – Favorite Drop Cookies, New Classics, Shortbread-Slice n Bakes-Cutout Cookies, Sandwich Cookies-Whoopie Pies-Thumbprints-Macaroons, Christmas and Other Holiday Cookies, and finally some tempting Brownies and Bars. The whole book is done with a pretty outlay of red and blue with black print. Not all recipes have pictures attached but the pictures in the book are absolutely tempting and beautifully done. The overall impression the book gives is that it is a keeper for those who love baking and especially love baking cookies, and want more options and interesting variations to try.
Now what did I choose to make? Whoever reads the blog knows that I have a soft corner for chocolate, so I had to choose something in those lines. And what better option than one that I have been wanting to make for so long now and finally I have done it – Chocolate Crinkle Cookies!!!
Do I need to say these were awesome? I had pined up the recipe on my kitchen cupboard – I am old fashioned, you see! – since I chose the recipe but I kept delaying it. Finally last weekend, I did a late night bake. After doing the dough, I rolled them into the icing sugar and baked my first batch. I realized a few faults – one, I shaped my cookies big (not a fault though! 😉 ), I hadn’t rolled them in enough icing sugar and I baked them for lesser time, hence there wasn’t much of a crack nor did it have its white patches. I ensured my second and third batch was done correct – and wow, what lovely cracks I got for the cookies! Aren’t you able to see those beauties?
The only change I made to the recipe was to reduce a little of the sugar, though I would have gone a little more lighter on it. For the remaining, I stuck to the recipe to the T. It was like eating a brownie in a cookie format. It was crunchy on the out, but soft and chewy on the inside. The recipe says I can make 36 cookies, but since my cookies were humongous, I got exactly 17 cookies. I packed up the good looking 6 cookies from a friend I was going to visit and kept the remaining at home.
Would you want to know who loved these cookies? If you are going to tell me it’s my girls, then the answer is a big no. Then who is it??? HD!!! He ate up one the night it was baked, a further two the next day morning, muttering in between each bite about how delicious it was! I thought I was dreaming but it was true that it was my “elder child” who were enjoying these cookies! 😀 Finally, when he was enjoying the fourth one, I took out the cookie tin which had 4 cookies remaining and they were finished up by the girls, my friend and her girl. OK, if you are wondering who ate up the remaining 3 as per the math – 1 each by me, Rasha and B. Total 17! 😀
If you love chocolate and if you love cookies, I urge you to try this recipe as soon as you can. I am already looking at baking another batch within this week, InShaAllah… I have already bookmarked a few recipes from the book to try whenever I get some time, like – just to tempt you! – Banana Bread Cookies, White Chocolate Macademia Cookies, Chocolate Orange Cut-out Cookies, Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies, Monster Cookie Sandwiches and Strawberry Cheesecake Crumb Bars… Whew! 😀 I guess by typing out all, I have gained my whole quota of calories for the day! Hehe… Moving on to the recipe…
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ¾ cup cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- \1/2 tsp salt
- 50 gm butter, softened
- ¼ cup oil
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 tsp vanila extract
- ½ cup confectioner's sugar (icing sugar)
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Keep cookie sheet ready with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients till well combined. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer, whisk the butter, oil and both sugars till light and fluffy, around 3 minutes.
- Add eggs and vanilla and beat till combined.
- Add the dry ingredients and beat on slow speed till combined. Use a spatula if necessary.
- Keep the icing sugar in a plate for rolling.
- Using a scoop or your hands, take out a ball, roll them in the sugar and set them onto the sheet. No need to flatten, Place each cookie with 2 inch space in between. (refer notes)
- Bake cookies for 12 to 13 minutes till the surface looks cracked on the top.
- Let the cookies cool in the tin for 5 minutes before transferring it to the cooling rack to cool completely.
Use the mentioned baking time for the normal sized cookies. But if your cookies are big like mine, then bake for 18 minutes - it was perfect.
The book is received for free for review. Opinions are unbiased and totally mine.