cookie monster

September 12, 2009

I hope everyone is having a brilliant weekend.

I’ve had a lovely Saturday afternoon that culminated in a couple of hours baking, which was exactly what my heart desired. I also got to see the lovely Holly earlier today for an eight mile run. She was actually running twenty miles (crazy lady) so I joined her for the final part. Just three weeks til my race! We took it really slow since it was hot and muggy out and I have to say running with a partner might be my new favorite thing! The time flew by, and I got to catch up with that cute lil’ lady.

Chocolate Cookies

I’ve been in the mood for baking for a while. I can’t tell you (but you can probably tell from my last few posts!) how wonderful it is to finally have a kitchen that is not the size of a matchbox, that actually makes me want to bake and cook. I love it!

Would you believe me if I told you I’ve never made cookies before? True story. Since one of my favorite activities is getting inspiration from food blogs, I thought I would big up two of my new favorites for today’s bake-fest.

I took this recipe from eat make read, who has one of the most beautiful blogs around and constantly inspires me. I believe she actually used a Nigella Lawson recipe for these bad boys though.

Ingredients (makes about 24)

3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) soft butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Cream the sugar and butter, then beat in the egg and vanilla.
  • Mix the flour, cocoa, and baking powder in a bowl and gradually beat into the creamed mixture.
  • Fold in the chips.

  • Using a rounded Tablespoon scoop, scoop out dough and place on Silpat or baking parchment, leaving a little space in between them.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes and then let then sit on the baking sheet for a couple minutes. Then move them to cooling racks.
  • Devour!

These are really quick and easy to make (perfect for a first-time baker) and they are also pretty rich so they taste perfect with a glass of cold milk (what cookie doesn’t, actually?). Mine came out thinner and less dense than eatmakeread described but I’m okay with that due to the richness.

They taste totally awesome!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

This recipe comes from the blog Annie’s Eats which is also a rocking source for amazing recipes!

Ingredients (makes about 40 thin cookies)

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cups light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
dash salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1.5 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • In a large bowl beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs and vanilla until well blended. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture, stirring until just combined.
  • Fold in rolled oats, raisin and walnuts.

  • Drop dough by rounded teaspoons about 2 inches apart onto a cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes and remove to wire rack to cool completely.

These turned out super thin and really crunchy which is just how Dan likes them so I hope he enjoys them! I am more of a soft cookie girl myself but I think these would be excellent dunked in a cup of tea. Plus, I’m glad we have one batch of richer cookies and one light and crispy. Hurrah!

Well, my girlfriends are about to show up for a night of pizza and wine so I must skeddadle!

What is your favorite type of cookie to bake or eat?
Mine probably has to go to the soft peanut butter cookie. Utterly delightful.

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VeggieGirl September 12, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Just baked/posted about cookies too :)

Favorite type of cookie = peanut butter oatmeal

So exciting that your race is coming up!!


platipus329 September 12, 2009 at 7:17 pm

I definitely like a soft cookie as opposed to a crisp one. For flavor, I'm really all over the place. If I want something "healthy" it'd probably be cinnamon raisin. otherwise, can't go wrong with chocolate chips, or a good Hermit.


Gab* September 12, 2009 at 7:35 pm

I love baking, it really relaxes me. My faves would be choc chip cookie and the anzac biscuit, but I think they're an Aussie thing.


Maya September 12, 2009 at 7:39 pm

yumm, i always want o bake, but something is holding me back, i think i am scared ill mess it ll up hhaa..but i really want to make muffins. but anywhoo lol, ur cookies look so good! my favorite cookie is either ginger snap or chewy white chocolate macadamia nut.



Michelle September 12, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Your cookies look delicious! My favorite are definitely the peanut butter ones with a Hershey kiss in the middle.


Leianna September 12, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Love chocolate chip cookies anytime! Good job on the run with Holly!


melonshots September 12, 2009 at 8:41 pm

DELICOUS! thanks for the recipe!

i love ginger snaps or chocolate chip!


Erica September 12, 2009 at 9:05 pm

I <3 baking cookies (and Josh loves eating it works out well!) I like making my oatmeal chocolate chip recipe most, but Maria at Two Peas has some incredible recipes too!


april September 12, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Wow you did bake a lot today!! And everything looks incredible!

I love soft cookies! My mom makes some amazing cinnamon and sugar cookies.. they are delicious!


BroccoliHut September 12, 2009 at 11:52 pm

Holy cookie wonderland! My favorites to bake are oatmeal raisin (that smell while they're baking is SO intoxicating!) and Christmas cookies (just for the fun decorating part), and I love to them all!


Dee September 13, 2009 at 12:09 am

wow! someone was a busy baker! the cookies look great :) have a great rest of the weekend


Taylor September 13, 2009 at 1:19 am

No way!! First time?! Well I'm glad you broke your cookie baking virginity ;-) They look delicious, so you are approved to bake some more! hehe. Hope you had a fun pizza night!! I personally love love snickerdoodles. And my "mom's cookie" recipe which is delicious and always a hit!!


janetha September 13, 2009 at 1:39 am

awe honey, you baked! i love all the cookies, sans raisins, and your photos are super artsy, love them. and love you! and i love a PB cookie or just a good old fashioned chocolate chip! xoxo


christina- MINDFUL LIVING September 13, 2009 at 6:55 am

chocolate chip are hands down my favorite to make.
that is great that you joined holly in the last bit of her run…bet she was thankful for that!


K from ksgoodeats September 13, 2009 at 8:30 am

Aw, that's great you joined Holly for the rest of her run!

I'm a baker at hearts so it blows my mind you've never made cookies! Both creations look awesome!

Snickerdoodle or white chocolate mac. nut cookies are my favorite :)


joyofood September 13, 2009 at 8:43 am

I very rarely eat cookies/biscuits or cakes, but if I had to pick a favourite it would be Jaffa cakes (spunge like biscuits with orange jelly on top, covered in chocolate) YUM



Abby September 13, 2009 at 9:10 am

Never made cookies? Gasp! Looks like you learned quickly! I'm not big on eating cookies, but I love baking and am pretty darn good with the cookie scene.

Peanut butter with peanut butter chips and oatmeal raisin are popular requests, but I go all over the board. The holidays are full of different cookie recipes and my oven gets a workout.

If I do eat cookies, gotta be soft…


Jules September 13, 2009 at 11:23 am

Cookies are the best! It's hard to believe you've never made them before, since those cookies look so delicious. I've been in a baking mood myself lately, and I made three different batches of chocolate chip cookies this week. Yum!


Thinspired September 13, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Your cookies are gorgeous, for a pro, let along a first-timer! Lovely photos, too. My favorite cookies are oatmeal. Oatmeal with chocolate chips and walnuts are even better :)


amy. September 13, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Love your cookies! Such a classic treat.

I loved your enthusiasm on my "this or that" post, haha! Here are my answers to YOUR questions ;)

1) ketchup!
2) depends on the person…but hugs never let down :)
3) pen
4) dresses
5) sun! or moon…both! day and night are both beautiful.

you came up with tough ones.

have a good one!


Holly September 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm

were these cookies made post-run? let's just say they better have been, otherwise these would have made the perfect post-run fuel :)

thank you SO much for running with me – i really don't think i could have gotten through it without you. i hope i was able to help you out a little bit!

back in madtown – gotta go unpack and eat, love you lots! talk soon :)


Holly September 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm

p.s. fave cookie = peanut buttah!


Susan September 13, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Mmmm…I am 100% with you on the soft baked peanut butter cookie. But I don't discriminate when it comes to cookies ;)

Have fun pizza-ing and wine-ing!!


Jenny September 13, 2009 at 7:44 pm

you are a baking goddess, end of story.


Sophia September 13, 2009 at 9:14 pm

That's so cool that you got the meet Holly. She's awesome! Two awesome girls running together…That's AWESOME! Ok, I'll stop…

Gosh, baking…I haven't been doing that in a while! How nostalgic…


ohonemorething September 13, 2009 at 9:18 pm

AWWWWEsome. I purposely only put caps on the awe. I bet they'd be awesome crumbled on some muesli ;)

For some reason I thought of two kinds of cookies I've baked before that I reaaaally loved: nutmeg meltaways, and these chai shortbread ones that had peppercorns in them. But lately I've been baking different kinds of biscotti, and it's perfect because I'm a big tea drinker.


Erin September 13, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Hi hon.

How fab you have a kitchen that's proper for baking now!

I adore Nigella. She could make jello sound fabulous.

Oatmeal scotchies are my favorite cookie, ever. Oatmeal + butterscotch + normal beautiful cookie ingredients. So delish.

Your oatmeal raisins look phenom.


Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) September 14, 2009 at 9:14 am

You're quite the baker there, girlie! :-) I have to agree…soft, peanut butter cookies are my favorite too. Although cinnamon oatmeal raisin cookies are high up on my list too. :)

I think cookies are one of my favorite desserts, although I say that about a lot of different things…haha. But seriously. There's something about a homemade cookie right from the oven…mmm…

Ahh..excited for your race! You'll do great! :D


Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance September 15, 2009 at 11:15 am

Your cookies look amazing? What part of England are you from? I used to live there in the early 90's as my Dad was stationed there in the Air Force close to "Ipswich", I loved it and miss it a lot! =) Laura


runnerskitchen September 16, 2009 at 9:41 am

Mmm, I LOVE cookies. I have a friend who calls me the cookie monster :-) My fav type of cookies are called kitchen sink cookies – m&ms;, chocolate chips, oatmeal, peanut butter chips, and anything else you want to add in. Soo good!


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