Pour a Glass of Milk and Prepare for a Month of Cookies
National Cookie Month is officially in full swing and here at KaTom, we will be celebrating the month-long holiday with weekly wrap ups from around the web. Think of these as your weekend to-do lists. Each week has a theme, so stay tuned for everything from family favorite recipes to the perfect large-batch freezer cookies.
Just before Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah, someone with the very important role of declaring food holidays decided there was a need for an entire month devoted to the art of all things cookies. With the endless lists of recipes, tips, and tricks, we are hoping Cookie Month ’14 will put to rest some confusion that comes along with the baking process and highlight some of the must-cook recipes and must-know tricks of the trade. Break out a tall glass of farm fresh milk; it’s going to be a delicious month!
Angi at Schneiderpeeps presented Chocolate Dipped, Sunbutter Cookies. SunButter is a great alternative to peanut butter, but has a small quirk. Angi shared that, “. . . there is chlorophyll in sunflower seeds and that chlorophyll will react with baking soda and turn green.” Find out how she kept these beauties golden brown.
Chris at Joybilee Farm created a chocolate-lover’s dream with her recipe for Triple Chocolate Chip cookies. With a combination of Bob’s Red Mill Organic flour, craft chocolate from Roger’s Chocolates out of Victoria, British Columbia, and organic, fair trade cocoa from Tropical Traditions, this is an indulgence you can feel good about.
Jess at the 104 Homestead went the extra mile and created a list of 8 Tricks for Extraordinary Cookies and developed a recipe for these colorful and sparkly Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies. Described as being a forgiving cookie to decorate, I’d venture a guess that they’re even easier to eat!
Sheila at Life, Love, and Good Food took her inspiration from one of the many cookbooks in her collection, the 1998 edition of Southern Living Christmas. She combined her love of chocolate with Bob’s Red Mill organic flour, and two spectacular ingredients from Asheville: Carmelita Goat Milk Caramel from Looking Glass Creamery and Unsweetened bean-to-bar chocolate from French Broad Chocolates. Trust me when I tell you this is an ingredient combination that couldn’t be anything shy of SPECTACULAR. I simply can’t wait to try her Chocolate Ganache Pecan Shortbread recipe.
Kathie at Homespun Seasonal Living opted for the warm, homey flavors of fall with Chai Spice and Cream Drop Cookies. These cookies are ideal for enjoying the crisp air of the season and would pair perfectly with a freshly steeped cup of tea. Interestingly, as with many of the more coveted treats in the foodie world, Kathie explains that the flavors in these cookies actually develop and become richer over a day’s time.Nikki at Nik Snacks shared what she describes as, “her best cookie recipe” and the one she entered into the World Food Championships in Las Vegas in 2013: Dark Chocolate Orange Cardamom Cookies. Try this cookie for a unique take on the traditional, quick chocolate cookie. There’s no reason “quick” should dismiss “creative.”
Tessa at Homestead Lady took the first week of National Cookie Month in a slightly different direction and shared her guidance on how to create your own ingredients for the most delicious and truly homemade cookies. From homemade vanilla extract to sprinkles and even flour, she covered a little bit of everything in her post Baking Supplies: Make Your Own.
Shari at Pure Grace Farms may have my favorite recipe of the week for the singular reason that she has found a way to make it socially acceptable to eat cookies for breakfast. That’s right, tell the co-workers to lay off the judgment. Introducing Shari’s Wholesome Sunbutter Breakfast Cookies. Cue the angelic riff!
Wendy at The Monday Box shared one of the most beautiful recipes I’ve ever seen in the cookie department. Unsure if I should just stare at them or actually taste them, they are definitely on my to-bake list for the weekend. Wendy combined the use of India Tree’s Natural Food dies with a unique food painting technique to achieve or life-like look. Be sure to check out her recipe for Gingerbread Fall Leaves before you plan your Thanksgiving dessert menu.
Stay Tuned for Week One: Family Favorite Cookie Recipes and Tips (October 5th through 11th)
Chances are you have a memory of sneaking into the pantry or cookie jar to snag another of your favorite childhood cookies. For me, it was all about waiting patiently(ish) for my Gram’s cookies to arrive in the mail each November. Truthfully, I didn’t even like oatmeal as a kid, but the love she shared through those homemade oatmeal cookies is indescribable. This week, the focus is on cookies just like that. The ones that evoke emotion include an ingredient that these bloggers are passionate about, and of course a few that are downright delicious.