Chai Can’t Believe How Great These Cookies Taste!

Hi there! Today I made Chai Spice Tea cookies. They were fun to make and tasted great but my favorite part was that I got to bake them with one of my best friends Ellen! Baking is always more fun with friends.

Recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons finely ground chai-spiced tea
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten

For the tea, I broke open tea bags because loose tea is hard to locate.

Directions:

  • Combine the flour, salt, and ground tea in a bowl; set aside
  • Beat the butter and sugar until blended. Beat in the egg and lemon zest.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture until well blended. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and butter 2 cookie sheets
  • Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick, and cut with cookie cutters (we used lots of fun shapes such as frogs and music notes!). Place on cookie sheets 1 1/2 inches apart and brush with egg white.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden. Transfer to a rack to cool.

Ellen and I also decided that a glaze would go really well on the cookies. IT WAS THE BEST DECISION EVER. The glaze was 1/2 cup of water, a lot of confectioners’ sugar, and some cinnamon.

The cookies tasted incredible. We made some chai tea to go with them and had a lovely time drinking them on the patio. Thanks for making them with me, Ellen! Image

 

 

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Snickerdoodle-ee-doo

Hello. Today, I made my all time favorite cookie recipe: Snickerdoodles! I remembered the first time I had them in the first grade. They tasted delicious then and they taste delicious now.

Recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside
  • Beat the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Stir in the egg and vanilla.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixtures until well mixed.
  • Stir the sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Shape the doughs into 2-inch balls and roll them in the sugar-cinnamon mixture. Place them on a greased cookie sheet about 2 inched apart and lightly flatten them.
  • Bake for 12 to 14 minutes until light golden. Transfer to a rack to cool and top with additional cinnamon sugar.

The recipe says it makes about 24 cookies. However, I wanted to make as many cookies as possible so I made about 36 small cookies as opposed to 24 normal sized. Image

 

 

CHOOOCOLAATE

After a week off, it felt good to be baking again. The cookies I made tonight are called Chocolate Ice Box Cookies. They are delicious and would go great with your Fourth of July meal this week! They do take a while to prepare so make sure you have plenty of time!

Recipe:

  • 4 ounces Milk Chocolate
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg white, beaten
  • 1 cup milk chocolate sprinkles

I realize now that I did not beat the egg white. They still turned out fine.

Directions:

  • Melt the chocolate and set aside to cool. (The recipe suggests a double boiler but I just melted it in the microwave. I also made this like step 4 as opposed to step 1.)
  • Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Beat the butter and sugars in large bowl until fluffy. Add the whole egg and the vanilla. Stir in the chocolate.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture and stir until blended
  • Divide the dough in half. Shape the dough into 2 logs 2 inches wide by 9 inches long. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for 2 hours
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 2 cookie sheets
  • Unwrap logs and let them soften a bit. Brush the logs with egg white and roll them in the sprinkles. Slice into 1/4 inch cookies Place on cookie sheets
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges are lightly browned. Transfer to a rack to cool.

These turned out very well and went great with coffee flavored ice cream.

P.S. The title of this is supposed to be aImage SpongeBob reference.