Saturday, April 26, 2008

Neiman Marcus Cookies

This one I have to give proper credit for... Phil found this recipe for me here and they're the most common chocolate chip cookies to go through the house.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
  • 1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy (approximately 30 seconds)

    2. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds.

    3. In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture at low speed for about 15 seconds. Stir in the espresso coffee powder and chocolate chips.

    4. Using a 1 ounce scoop or a 2 tablespoon measure, drop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into a 2 inch circle. Bake for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges. Bake a little longer for a crispier cookie.

    Yield: 2 dozen cookies

    Sunday, April 13, 2008

    Cappuccino Chip and Double Chocolate Muffins

    These two are our #1 and 2 sellers at the cafe on Sunday mornings. I thought I'd share my recipes for them.

    Cappuccino Chip Muffins
    (12 servings)

    • 2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder (or instant coffee)
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1/2 cup butter -- melted and cooled
    • 1 egg -- beaten
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (milk or dark can be substituted here)
    Grease up 12 regular size muffin cups (or 6 jumbo size). Combine dry ingredients. Stir moist ingredients until blended, fold into dry just to combine. Stir in chocolate chips. Spoon into muffin cups. Fill most of the way for muffins with big tops! If you use dark chocolate chips, sprinkle some on top (milk chocolate will burn so be careful!)

    Bake 15 to 20 minutes at 400 degrees F.

    Double Chocolate Muffins
    (12 servings)

    2c flour
    3/4c unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 1/2c sugar
    1/2t baking soda
    2t baking powder
    1/4t salt
    1 1/4c milk
    1 egg
    2T canola oil
    1t vanilla
    1c chocolate chips

    Preheat to 350 degrees. Grease muffin cups. Mix dry ingredients, mix wet in a separate bowl then combine to just mixed. Divide between 12 cups. Bake 20-25 minutes. DO NOT overbake these! They end up dry and flavorless.

    Saturday, April 12, 2008

    Buttermilk Pancakes

    Half this recipe is more then enough for us for a Saturday morning!
    3 1/2c flour
    1/4c granulated sugar
    4t baking powder
    1t baking soda
    1/2t salt
    2 eggs
    4c buttermilk
    1/3c canola oil
    Mix all ingredients then pour onto medium hot greased griddle and cook until browned on bottom. Flip and cook until cooked through.

    Wednesday, April 9, 2008

    Tomato Soup

    I never really had this that I remember growing up, but it did always seem comforting the thought of having this with grilled cheese, so the other night we made this version on our own and even the most critical in our family loved it!

    1/2c chopped carrot
    1/4c chopped celery
    1T dehydrated onion (you can use fresh, but I didn't feel like crying involuntarily)
    1 T olive oil
    In medium saucepan, cook vegetables in olive oil for 5-8 minutes or until tender. Add:
    1 28oz can of diced tomatoes, undrained
    1 5.5 oz can of tomato juice
    2t sugar
    1/2t Italian seasoning
    salt and peper to taste
    Bring to a boil and simmer 10 minutes. Put half at a time in the blender and blend until smooth. You can add water to bring to desired consistency, but we liked it nice and thick. I can't believe I actually got Joshua to eat carrots!!

    Tuesday, April 8, 2008

    PB&J Muffins

    Not the best picture I've ever taken, but these muffins are great!! You should try them at least once!

    1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
    1/2 c wheat flour
    1/4 c granulated sugar
    1/4 c packed brown sugar
    1T Baking powder
    1/2 t Salt
    1 1/4 c fat-free milk
    1/3 c creamy peanut butter
    1/4 c egg substitute
    2T melted butter
    1t vanilla extract
    1/4 jam or preserves

    Preheat oven to 400.
    Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray. Combine dry ingredients in one bowl. Combine wet in another. Blend wet and dry mixtures together just until moist. Spoon batter into muffin cups until each is half full. Put 1t of preserves into the center of each one. Divide remaining batter among the cups to cover jam. Bake for 20 minutes or so until they spring back when touched in the center. Cool for 5 minutes then remove from pan to wire rack.

    I wish I had a picture to show you the yummy center... but I ate mine to fast!