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New York Time’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yields about 18 cookies.

Ingredients:

•    1 1/4 pounds bittersweet chocolate disks (60% cacao or more)
•    1 2/3 cup (8 1/2 ounces) of bread flour
•    8 1/2 ounces cake flour
•    2 tsps natural vanilla extract
•    2  1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter
•    2 large eggs
•    1 1/2 tsps baking powder
•    1 1/4 tsps baking soda
•    10 ounces golden brown sugar
•    8 ounces granulated sugar
•    1 1/2 tsps coarse salt
•    Sea salt

 Directions:

1.    Flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt all to be sifted into a large bowl and set aside.
2.    In a separate bowl, use a mixer (preferably fitted with a paddle attachment) to make cream out of the butter and sugars – mix for approx 5 mins – it should be very light and airy.
3.    Add eggs while mixing well between each addition.
4.    Stir in the vanilla.
5.    Lower the speed, add dry ingredients and mix approx 7 secs – should be mixed very well.
6.    Drop chocolate pieces in and incorporate without breaking them.
7.    Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.
8.    When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.
9.    Scoop 6 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet, making sure to turn horizontally any chocolate pieces that are poking up; it will make for a more attractive cookie.
10.    Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes.
11.    Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes.
12.    Slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more.
13.    Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day.
14.    Serve warm.

 

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Soft Almond Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup shortening (room temp)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Course sugar for the top

Directions:

1.    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.    Mix sugar, butter and shortening.
3.    Add the eggs and almond extract.
4.    In a separate bowl, mix flour, cornstarch, and baking powder and salt until all combined and pour into butter/egg mixture.
5.    Make rough balls, adding in a sprinkle of the course sugar
6.    Put in the oven for 4 mins.
7.    Carefully use an appropriate utensil to flatten cookies while in the oven.
8.    Bake for 4 more mins.
9.    Remove for cooling.
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Fruit Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1 small pack of ready made sugar cookie dough
  • 4 cups of colorful fruit of your preference
  • 1  8 ounces pack/bar of softened cream cheese
  • 1 pack of cool whip

 

Directions:

1.    Roll sugar cookie dough into small balls just under an inch and place them in muffin trays, in cup shapes.
2.    Cook sugar cookie cups in the oven at 350 degrees for approx 7 mins,
3.    Whip cream cheese.
4.    Add in cool whip until well integrated.
5.    Transfer the whip in a plastic food storage bag, cut off the corner of the bag with scissors and squeeze out the cream onto the baked cookies.
6.    Play around with the adding of fruits as you like.