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Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

This caramel stuffed chocolate cookies recipe is one that I made during Christmas time but it kinda got lost in the shuffle. However, as it’s an easy and yummy recipe (Starts with a cake mix!) I think it deserves to come back to light. And it’s chocolate and caramel and if that isn’t a great option for Valentines I don’t know what is.

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Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

12 ounces rolos chocolate covered caramels

1 box devil’s food cake mix

1 eggs

2 Tablespoons Ultra Gel

1 Tablespoon water

1/3 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine cake mix, eggs, Ultra Gel, water, and vegetable oil. Wrap dough around individual rolos and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Allow to cool for 3-4 minutes before moving to a rack to complete cooling. This is a very important step as moving the cookies too early can lead to caramel leaking out the bottom!

Dust with powdered sugar if desired.

Frosted Soft Ginger Cookies

We’ve made a couple of versions of ginger cookies in this space before. It should surprise no one that I love a good ginger cookie. I love the spice and the burn and the…yum. However, I’ve never really found a ginger cookie that I liked with an icing. Until now.

These cookies are based on a Swedish Ginger Cookie and they are a delightful spiced cookie with a nice chew and are awesome with a dab of cream cheese icing. Perfect for Christmas!

If you make them in small sizes they’re also great sandwich cookies. I’m fairly certain they could hold up to a drizzle of dark chocolate as well, but I’ll stick with my cream cheese icing for now!

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Frosted Soft Ginger Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 Tablespoon Ultra Gel

1 Tablespoon water

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup molasses

3 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Combine butter and sugars and beat until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat smooth. Add Ultra Gel, water, vanilla and molasses and beat well. In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and beat until just mixed.

Portion dough with a spoon or disher and bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. If your oven bakes at all unevenly, rotate baking tray half way through the cooking time. Let the cookies cool for 2-3 minutes then move to a cooling rack to cool fully.

Ice with cream cheese frosting and devour.

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoons Ultra Gel

1 pound powdered sugar

1-2 Tablespoons milk – as needed

In a stand mixer (or with an electric mixer) combine all ingredients except for the milk. Add milk and/or additional powdered sugar as needed to reach a spreadable consistency. Store any leftover icing in the fridge.

Adding Ultra Gel to Cookie Dough

For many people Christmas is the time when cookies take over. There are cookie exchanges and count downs and family favorites shared with the ones we love. These days I never make a cookie without adding Ultra Gel. I’ve talked about the reasons for this before, but to review:

1: Adding Ultra Gel holds moisture in the baked cookies so they will last longer. This is very important with cookies which are being shipped, or made ahead of time for Christmas parties.

2: Adding Ultra Gel allows you to freeze baked cookies and have them thaw beautifully with a nice chew and good moisture.

3: Adding Ultra Gel allows you to freeze cookie dough to give as gifts or to have on hand for quick baking.

4: In some recipe Ultra Gel can fully replace the egg to help with allergies or other concerns, while keeping the dough balanced and tender.

Cookie balls

So there are all the reasons for using Ultra Gel in your cookies, or at least some of them. However, the bigger question is often how to figure out how MUCH Ultra Gel to add. It is true that too much Ultra Gel can actually steal moisture in a very dry cookie (such as lace cookies or shortbread), but a little practice and you’ll know exactly how much for each recipe. My general rule of thumb is that I add one Tablespoon of Ultra Gel and 1 teaspoon of additional water for each egg in the recipe. If the recipe has pumpkin, applesauce or other very wet ingredients in it then I do not add the additional water. If the recipe is a dry cookie like a shortbread then I add 2 teaspoons of water per Tablespoon of Ultra Gel. This isn’t a perfect measure for every recipe out there, I’m sure, but gives you a good place to start!

Now, I have cookie to make. Who’s with me?

 

Brownie Cookies

About a week ago I was having a night filled with serious chocolate cravings. However, I didn’t just want any old chocolate bar I wanted brownies. Fudgy and chewy and decadent. It sounded perfect, but I didn’t want just any brownies either. I wanted brownies that were all corners since you get even more chew that way. Now, there are Pans designed to give you more edges, but I don’t own one of those. Honestly I agree with Alton Brown about unitaskers (in general) and it’s just not a pan I have space for given the number of times I’d use it. So what’s a chocolate craving girl to do?

Cookies. Brownie cookies. One batch gives you more servings than an 8×11 pan and everything is edges with this gooey yum right in the middle. And with the addition of Ultra Gel these moist cookies freeze really well. My daughter loves them to munch on when we go for an afternoon walk, and when it comes to ice cream sandwiches you just can’t go wrong!

Brownie Cookies

Brownie Cookies

1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces

12 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips

3 eggs

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 Tablespoons cocoa powder

2 Tablespoons Ultra Gel

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup flour

Combine chocolate chips and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Cook in 30 second bursts, stirring between until the chocolate is melted smooth. ((You can also do this over a double boiler if you prefer)). In a separate bowl or stand mixer combine eggs, sugars, cocoa powder, Ultra Gel and vanilla and beat smooth. Add chocolate mixture to creamed mixture to mix to combine. Combine dry ingredients and add to chocolate mixture until just combined. If desired add white chocolate chips or mini chips for even more chocolate death. Drop spoonfuls onto a lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. Let cool on sheets for 2-3 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies with Thick Gel

Today (May 15th) is National Chocolate Chip Day. This whole food holiday thing always amuses me, but the very most when the food in question is something I really love, and chocolate chips are something I really love.

So in pondering a recipe to share for such a wonderful food holiday I went back to the classic chocolate chip cookie. What I want in a chocolate chip cookie is a delicate balance of a crisp edge that gives with a satisfying chew and a soft chocolatey center. Then, just to make things hard, I want a cookie that I can keep over night or freeze while maintaining the same qualities because as much as I love my chocolate chip cookies I know better than to eat the whole batch at once. With all of this in mind I went to work with a few adjustments to the recipe, again. Often I put Ultra Gel in my cookies and I do love what it does, but this time I worked with Thick Gel. I get the cookie I want and a cookie that will keep, all good things in my book. And I’m never unhappy to find another recipe to use Thick Gel in. :)

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies with Thick Gel

2 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons Thick Gel

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup brown sugar, packed

3/4 cup sugar

2/3 cup unsalted butter, soft

1 large egg + 1 egg yolk

1 tsp vanilla

1 bag chocolate chips (I prefer semi-sweet, but if milk chocolate is your thing I’m not judging)

In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, Thick Gel and salt and set aside. Cream together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Seriously, give it 3-4 minutes, even as many as 10, light and fluffy! Add egg, additional yolk and vanilla and mix well. Add dry ingredients in three batches, mixing to combine. Fold in chocolate chips. Now the hard part: put the whole thing into the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Some folks will say as long as overnight. I personally don’t like that and find the resulting dough to be very stiff to work with without getting much benefit from that much chilling. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. I like these cookies big so I use a two ounce disher and can put about 8 per batch. Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes until just barely golden brown around the edges. Allow to cool on the pan for 2 minutes and then remove to cooling racks. Serve warm, or cold, or freeze any option is a good one!

Fudgey Chocolate Chunk Brownies

A few nights ago Bunneh and I were catching up on some of our DVRed shows and just enjoying the evening. At a certain point I found myself wandering around the kitchen because I wanted… Something. Something really amazing, something I could make in a hurry. I mentioned this to Bunneh and he said, “So you want brownies too?”

And truthfully, yeah, I did. But I didn’t want just any brownie. I wanted homemade, from scratch, amazing brownie goodness that I could be eating within a half hour. When I have these kinds of cravings the place to go is the family cookbook. Yeah, the internet is all fine and dandy and everyone on Pinterest will tell you they have the best recipe for this or that, but the family cookbooks are always my go to source for culinary goodness. I am rarely disappointed, and this time was no exception. I found a fudgey chocolate chunk brownie recipe from my cousin and it was just the thing to sooth my craving. With a little bit of Ultra Gel to hold the moisture in we’ve been munching on the goodies for nearly four days, and that’s pretty good for a 9×9 inch pan and just the two of us. :)

Fudgey Chocolate Chunk Brownies

Fudgey Chocolate Chunk Brownies from Shaina Cornaby Sorensen

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

2 Tablespoons milk

1 Tablespoon Ultra Gel

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9×9 inch baking pan by greasing or lining with parchment and then greasing. Set aside.

Beat together butter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time mixing between additions. Add milk and mix through. In a separate bowl stir together Ultra Gel, flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients gradually to creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chunks.

Pour batter into prepared pan (it’s a thick batter) and bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Serve warm with ice cream! Or cool and eat by the block!

Emergency Sugar Cookies

These were not the Valentine’s sugar cookies that I was going to share with you this week. I have a recipe for kick butt sugar cookies. They’re thick and chewy and hold shape beautifully and freeze and if they get dried out you use them for cookie crumb on the bottom of a cheesecake. I intended all those things. Then this week totally got away from me and I found myself in a sugar cookie emergency as I had to have cookies for an activity on Wednesday no matter what. Now…I pondered just pushing through said sugar cookie emergency and still making the original recipe today, but, truth told, the emergency sugar cookie recipe is also kick butt. So after much pondering today you’ll get my emergency sugar cookie recipe, which is a go to, works-every-time, learned to make them when I was 6 recipe, and then we’ll do a surprise flash back next week and give you the roll out version.

Soo…as I was saying, these sugar cookies are fast and phenomenal. They are wonderful to eat plain, are a perfect base for fruit pizzas, frost like a dream or can be rolled in sprinkles, nuts, powdered jello or colored sugar for many different effects. They freeze well either as dough balls, large rolled in sprinkles logs or after baking. As well our sugar cookies strike the perfect balance between the camps of crispy cookie and chewy cookie with a crisp buttery edge and a rich chewy center. And the batter only takes about 15 minutes to whip together and you’re good to go, talk about an ideal cookie.

One of my other favorite things about this recipe is how kid friendly it is. It’s simply enough that even very young children can help make the dough, and everyone can get involved when it comes to decorating whether you’re topping it with fruit or frosting, sprinkles or M&Ms.

Quick Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter, soft

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 Tablespoons Ultra Gel

2 1/4 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a stand mixer combine the butter and sugar and whip until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients and stir well. Mix dry ingredients into creamed mixture until thoroughly incorporated. If serving plain scoop by tablespoons onto cookie sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are golden brown. For other uses chill the dough for at least 15 minutes to make it easier to work with. For fruit pizzas scoop into 3 ounce balls and place on cookie sheets. Bake for 15-18 minutes until edges are golden brown. Allow to cool on tray for 3 minutes before moving to cooling racks. For sprinkle covered cookies, scoop by tablespoons and roll into a ball, roll the ball in desired topping and move to cookie sheet (If you are worried about the topping making a mess you can line your cookie sheet with parchment paper). Cook for 10-12 minutes until done through. To freeze: either scoop dough into balls and freeze individually before moving to a freezer bag, or form into long logs, roll in sprinkles and then roll in waxed paper and aluminum foil. Date and freeze. Good for upto 3 months.

Buttercream Icing

1 cup butter, soft

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

2 Tablespoons Ultra Gel

3-4 cups powdered sugar

milk or cream as needed to achieve desired consistency

In a stand mixer combine butter, salt, vanilla and Ultra Gel with 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Beat until very thoroughly combined. Scrape down sides and beat an additional 30 seconds. Add additional powdered sugar to reach a spreadable or pipable consistency. Thin if needed with milk or cream. Color and get to icing! (This recipe is excellent for cake as well, though sometimes I’ll add a Tablespoon or two of Jam in a Jiffy raspberry jam for flavor and color and it’s excellent!)