Welcome to The Cookie Monster, a blog about the most marvelous, versatile, and beloved bakeable item in the land: The cookie. You may see occassional forays into pies, bars, and other sweet treats, but my main focus is and has always been on the bite sized genius behind my very favorite snack. Happy Baking!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cake Wars, Sister Edition

This little guy just turned 1!!!!!

I know, I know....crazy stuff.  And although I did not make any cookies for this young man's birthday, I did decorate a cake. Sadly, my sister also decorated a cake, and hers was way more impressive. You be the judge:

Mommy's cake

Auntie's cake. 

I mean, she drew a deer y'all.  Pshhhhh. Anyway, the adults enjoyed the gorgeous Auntie Jame creation, while my 1 year old smashed and devoured his momy's cake. All parties were satisfied.

Good times, had by all. Especially this little guy:

More cookies to come. Happy Baking!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Microwave, single serve, chocolate chip cookie

Hi friends! It has been a million years, it seems, since I posted a recipe.  Since last we blogged (or I blogged) I've made fancy tea party cookies, peanut butter M&M cookies, white chocolate cranberry cookies, banana bread, and probably more.  Parenting and blogging, for me anyway, just do not mix well.


Tonight I share with you a glorious discovery: the cookie for the stay-at-homers, the pressed-for-time moms, the single ladies....and in my case the wives who are subject to hunting season. I give you, a single serving cookie that takes less than 5 minutes to make.  You're welcome and I'm sorry.

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Pinch salt
Splash vanilla
1/2 an egg yolk
3 tablespoons flour
Chocolate chips at your disposal

In a mug, or ramekin, Melt the butter, about 20 seconds in the microwave.  Add the sugars, salt and vanilla, mix. Add in the egg yolk, mix. Finally add in the flour and chocolate chips and mix until combined.

Microwave for 30 seconds. If the cookie still looks wet on top, zap it for 10 more.

Let it cool for a minute, then Eat it with a spoon. With ice cream. And maybe a beer or a glass of wine. Happy Saturday night for this mommy :)

I am hoping to recap some of my missed-baking endeavors soon, and perhaps even launch a lifestyle-type blog, in an effort to keep my posts more regularly.  In any case, make one of these bad boys between now, and then. :)

Happy weekend! 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Nutella Sandwich Cookies

Happy Weekend Friends!  I managed to bake again this month.  Hooray!  And there are a few fun projects coming up in the near future, but for today I'm sharing my recipe for Nutella Sandwich cookies, and man oh man, are these tasty.

1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
dash salt
1 1/2 cups of flour
3/4 cups quick cooking oats

Start off by mixing the shortening and the sugars until combined.  Add in the egg, vanilla, salt and baking soda.  Mix well.

Mix in the dry ingredients until just combined.  Roll the dough into half inch balls, and space them 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Press the balls flat with the bottom of a glass or a spatula....

Bake at 375F for 8 minutes. let cool on a wire rack before sandwiching.

And enjoy!  My husband insists that the best way to eat these cookies is warm, with some coffee ice cream on the side.

I hope you're all enjoying you're last few weeks of summer!