Saturday, December 22, 2007

Cookie Extravaganza

It's Christmas time and I want cookies!!! I have to admit that I've never made cookies myself other than those "place and bake" types, so it was imperative to find some easy recipes for this cookie baking virgin ;)

I have 3 recipes to share and they are NOT WW friendly!!! Drink extra water, run a few laps around the block, and take some fiber tablets to counteract all the taste testing you'll be doing with these recipes.

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies
*The word "easy" is in the title for a reason!*

1 c. peanut butter (I used creamy)
3/4 c. white sugar
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine ingredients in a bowl. Roll cookies into 1" balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press down with a fork to flatten. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are brown.

*If the dough looks too runny, just add a bit more sugar. The dough should be stiff.*

Quaker Oats Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I guess you could search high and low for another, comparable oatmeal raisin cookie recipe, but why bother? This one is awesome!

2 sticks butter, softened
1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1.5 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
3 c. Quaker Oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
1 c. raisins

Preheat oven to 350. Beat together margarine and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; mix well. Stir in oats and raisins; mix well. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack. Makes about 4 dozen.

Almond White Chocolate Chunk Cookies
*So rich and good, serve with a glass of milk*

2 sticks butter, softened
1.5 c. sugar
2 eggs
1.5 tsp. pure almond extract
2.25 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
8 oz. white baking chocolate, coarsely chopped (or you can use the morsels)
6 oz. slivered almonds

Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer on medium until light and fluffy. Add eggs and extract; beat until well blended. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually beat into butter mixture until well mixed. Stir in chocolate and almonds. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls 1 inch apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake in 375 degree oven for 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let stand for 2 minutes on cooking sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool.

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