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Block off the Ole Chip

Chocolatebrownie

Block of brownie goodness made from chocolate chips – and  few other basics.

Basic brownie history from New England Recipe website – click it

Basic Brownie

1/3 cup butter

¾ cup sugar

2 Tbl H2O

1 12-oz bag chocolate chips, divided (whatever kind of chips you want – mix it up)

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

¾ cup flour

¼ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

  1. Grease a 9×9 pan and preheat the oven to 325°.
  2. In a large saucepan combine butter, sugar and water. Bring just to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat and add ½ of the chocolate chips and the vanilla; stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time.
  5. Gradually add flour, soda and salt.
  6. Stir in remaining chips.
  7. Spread in the greased 9×9 pan.
  8. Bake 30-35 minutes.
  9. Cool completely before cutting.
  10. Makes 16 2 ¼ inch squares.

Adapted from the back of a Nestlés packet, c. 1985

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The Cool Cookies

On this the third day of Christmas…   the cookie days of Christmas continue

Then there are a whole category of cookies that involve no baking and very little cooking. The Refrigerator Cookie.

The Cool Cookies.

I don't remember how I came to have this book, I just know that I do. And I've baked cookies from it. And have not-baked  from it. Mrs. Fields Cookie Book 100 recipes from the Kitchen of Mrs. Fields 1992 from Time-Life Books

I don’t remember how I came to have this book, I just know that I do. And I’ve baked cookies from it. And have not-baked from it.
Mrs. Fields Cookie Book
100 recipes from the Kitchen of Mrs. Fields
1992 from Time-Life Books

The Refrigerator Thumb Print cookie is a cookie I have not-baked. Raspberry jelly is the jelly that is called for, which is SUCH an ’80’s thing I may never be able to eat the chocolate/raspberry combo again.Although my sister made some raspberry jelly…..

And since the chocolate called for is in chip form, and there are so many chip options, my imagination has gone a little wild with this.

Of the chocolate chip family,  there are bags in range from 12 to 10 oz. (a few a 11 or 11.5 – honestly – 11.5??????? You can’t go to 12?) so you may need to make some minor adjustments. If I did they were so minor that I didn’t record them. Or remember them.

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Semi-sweet

choc chip dark bag

Dark – and there are lots of brands now, it’s not just Nestle

White

White

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter

The secret ingredient is  QUICK OATS. Not to be confused instant or old fashioned  rolled. Oats.

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Quaker went to the round box in 1915 - how were they selling oats before that?????

Quaker went to the round box in 1915 – how were they selling oats before that????? Each answer just generates more questions.

Quaker introduce Quick Oats in 1922 - even then people were looking for a quick and easy breakfast food

Quaker introduced Quick Oats in 1922 – even then people were looking for a quick and easy breakfast food. The box hasn’t changed a lot in all that time, although Larry, the Quaker Man, had gotten an update.

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Refrigerator Cookies Suite

The Basic Chocolate  Overture

The Dark Chocolate Sonatas

The PB&J Coda

The White Chocolate Finale

 

The Basic Chocolate  (Overture)

¼ cup (half stick) butter

½ cup heavy cream

1 cup white sugar

2 cups (12 oz. bag) semi – sweet chocolate chips

1tsp vanilla extract

2 ½ cup quick (NOT Instant) oatmeal

1 cup well flavored fruit preserves (what do YOU like with chocolate? Apricot, Orange marmalade, cherry, ginger marmalade, cranberry jelly, seedless raspberry, (chocolate and raspberry is such and ‘80’s combo I don’t feel I need ever go there again…)…use what you have or get what you like!

  1. Combine butter, cream and sugar in a 2 Q saucepan. Warm over medium heat until sugar dissolves.
  2. Remove from heat. Add chocolate chips, 1 cup at a time, stirring so that they melt. Add the vanilla.
  3. Add the oats and stir until all combined. This is the dough.
  4. Shape the dough to 1” balls (I use a tablespoon) and place on a lined cookie sheet – something no-stick, like wax paper or a silicon sheet. They’re not going into the oven so it doesn’t have to be heat proof.
  5. Flatten the cookies either with the bottom of a glass or your impeccably clean fingers to be about 2” in diameter.
  6. Make a depression in the center of each cookie with your thumb (that’s why they’re called Thumbprint) – that’s where the jelly or the jam is going to go.
  7. Chill the cookies in the fridge for ½ hour or so until they’re set.
  8. Spoon ½ teaspoon of preserves/jam/ sweet stuff into each thumbprint.
  9. Try not to eat them all as you make them…finger lickin’ good!

 

The Dark Chocolate Sonatas

¼ cup (half stick) butter

½ cup heavy cream

1 cup white sugar

2 cups (10 oz. bag) dark chocolate chips

1tsp almond extract

2 cups quick (NOT Instant) oatmeal

¼ cup sweetened flake coconut

¼ cup slivered almonds

Melt, mix,drop by spoonfuls, flatten, fridge and enjoy – very much like an Almond Joy

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The PB&J Coda

¼ cup (half stick) butter

½ cup heavy cream

1 cup white sugar

2 cups (12 oz. bag) peanut butter chips

1tsp vanilla extract

2 ½ cup quick (NOT Instant) oatmeal

Grape jelly

 Melt, mix, drop, make a thumbprint, chill and add jelly.

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The White Chocolate X-Mas Finale

¼ cup (half stick) butter

½ cup heavy cream

1 cup white sugar

2 cups (12 oz. bag) white chocolate chips

1tsp vanilla extract

2 ½ cup quick (NOT Instant) oatmeal

Maraschino cherries, 1 jar

Mint jelly (the green stuff)

Melt, mix, chop the cherries and add. Drop by spoonfuls and make a thumbprint. Add the mint jelly and think of White Christmas – the song and the movie

Can't you see them all munching on these cookies after the finale?

Can’t you see them all munching on these white chocolate  cookies after the finale?

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Twelve Days of Christmas….COOKIES

On the First Day of Christmas Cookies

which isn’t the same as the Twelve Days  of Christmas because now is the time to plan the all important cookie baking, so the cookie days must come before Christmas.

The actual Twelve Days of Christmas are AFTER Christmas ending with Twelfth Night or Epiphany. But you knew that. And I just made up the Christmas Cookie Days. No partridges, no pear trees, not a goose or a hen, French or otherwise, a-swimming or a-laying or a-leaping or a-milking. Just cookies.

Ah…the Cookie Days of Christmas!

After the Pie Ways of the Autumn, it is time to bring in Winter with hot cocoa and cookies. Cookies also travel well, for cookie swaps and impromptu parties and any other sort of gathering.

Cookies are a great little nibbles while watching Christmas Specials on TV – Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer (from 1964)

Nobody likes a skinny Santa - he needs a few more cookies...

Nobody likes a skinny Santa – he needs a few more cookies

or White Christmas

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from 1954. Snow, Snow, Snow – and maybe a Snowball cookie or two…

And Santa is coming to town, and it’s only polite to leave a few cookies out for him.milk-cookies-santa-11259883

Cookies aren’t the only baking for Christmas, but at the ancestral home, they were defiantly a constant.

Some, like Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies are easy and not necessarily holiday specific. And have great back-story. More on that after the holidays.

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Here’s the recipe right on the packet – butter makes a crispier cookie, margarine makes a bendier one, and as far as I’m concerned, nuts are optional.

Sugar cookies are also easy and adaptable. Stir N Drop Sugar Cookies are easy and if you use red and green sugars, festive. Or there’s the prepackaged route.

Nothing easier - and you can spend your artistic energies decorating

Nothing easier – and you can spend your artistic energies decorating while you get great cookie baking aroma

Gingerbread has a long history with the holiday, so that will be an upcoming story.

Stuart gingerbread molds - 17th century

Stuart gingerbread molds – 17th century English from the Gingerbread House Project blog

Oh, Joy! Chocolate Coconut Macaroons with Almonds  are a Christmas cookie.

Shortbread will count as a cookie for the holiday, as will brownies.

Then there’s a long list of Italian cookies…..

some of which are known as  ‘Italian Cookies‘……Italian cookieswhich go by various aliases like Charmella or Sharmella or Jemellos’s or Anise Cookies…..or as my Uncle Johnny would sometimes call them – Snowballs. 

 As for other Italian cookies….there are Susemielle (made with honey – that’s the mielle) which are also known as S-Cookies – but so are so many others…..

Susamielli Napolentani - close enough....

Susamielli Napolentani – close enough….

and there are also Wine CookiesBiscott di Vino, which are cookies made with wine, not necessarily cookies to go with wine…..and little chocolate cookies with nuts and raisins inside…

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies….assorted Cornmeal Cookies.…..

The Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies are only suggestions. Mere suggestions. No Pressure.

Take a deep breath and ponder – Why isn’t there  a “It’s Beginning to Smell a Lot Like Christmas” song?

Bake on.

 

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