Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar

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Giant chocolate chip cookie? Yes please! This recipe is delicious and super easy to make. Just mix, spread, and bake! My only advice for this recipe is to use a glass dish if you have it available. My textured pfaltzgraff dish, even though it was sprayed with lots of non stick spray, stuck very badly. If you don’t have glass, you could also line the dish with wax paper, just remove the cookie before it’s fully cooled to prevent the paper or the cookie from sticking. If you want thicker bars, you can also use a 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 baking pan. This recipe makes 10 bars.

What You Will Need

  • 1 Stick of Butter, Softened
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Mixing Bowl
  • 7 x 11 Casserole Dish
  • Non-Stick Spray

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add butter, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix until combined. Add Chocolate Chips and mix till evenly dispersed in dough.
  3. Spray casserole dish with non stick spray. Add Dough and spread evenly over the bottom.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a tester comes out clean.

Homemade Pasta – Fettuccine

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Homemade pasta takes some time, but it’s so much better than store bought or boxed pasta! Homemade pasta has texture and substance. This is the same pasta recipe I used for ravioli, however instead of making squares, we made strings. I also saw afterwards that it’s easier to cut the pasta by rolling it first before cutting, so make note. Making nests is also important, though I didn’t do that. When I cooked my pasta, it held the shape it was in, so it had lots of awkward bends and twists than would have been present if i just make them into nests. Finally, form into 4 nests, because this recipe makes 4 adult sized servings.

What You Will Need

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • Rolling pin and knife or pasta roller
  • Flour to dust
  • Optional Saran Wrap
  • Optional Freezer Bag

Directions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or on a clean counter, add flour. Add the eggs and oil, and mix until it becomes a shaggy dough.
  2. On a floured counter, knead the dough until it comes together. It is a drier dough that should not be sticky or we, you may add a bit of warm water if it won’t come together.
  3. Wrap in saran to roll out later. You can also choose to roll out the dough now. Using a rolling pin, or a pasta roller, make the dough less than 1 cm thick. Use a pasta cutter attachment, or flour both sides thoroughly, loosely roll, then cut the dough into pasta. Shake out pasta then hang on a pasta rack, or form into nests. Cook nest(s) for 30 seconds to 1 minutes, or place nests into freezer bag, seal and freeze.

English Muffins

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The original recipe is found here.

These English muffins were very delicious. The original recipe calls for instant yeast, however I substituted in active dried yeast instead. They both seem to work well, however instant yeast seemed to provide less rise during cooking. I also believe that waiting 12-18 hours was unnecessary with active dried yeast, since it seemed to only mature the flavor of the dough. My dough almost had no rise, and with active dried yeast you’d probably be fine cooking these muffins in an hour rather than waiting 12-18. I rolled my dough to about 1 cm thick and that was plenty for the rise I wanted. I also rolled some thicker, and it had no real affect on the overall thickness of my muffins, the only thing that did seem make a difference was what temperature you cooked them at. My first three rose very little due to the pan not being fully hot and heated before cooking. The rest popped up like balloons due to the heat within a minute. My oven has heat settings from 1-9 and I used 4 for this recipe.

What You Will Need

  • 2 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Active dried yeast
  • pinch of Salt
  • 2/3 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp Butter

Directions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine first three ingredients. In a separate microwaveable bowl, add your wet ingredients and butter. Microwave until liquid is finger warm and the butter can melt.
  2. Slowly add ingredients until a dry dough has come together. Mix until smooth adding additional liquid sparingly.
  3. Leave dough in bowl and cover with a tea towel and let sit for 1-2 hours. Turn out dough onto a floured surface.
  4. Roll out dough to be 1 cm thick, then use a 3 inch cutter or cup to make dough rounds. Flour both sides of the round and place aside.
  5. Rework dough then repeat step 4 until out of dough. Cover with tea towel and let rise another 45 minutes.
  6. Heat a nonstick frying pan over medium to medium-low heat.
  7. Use a spatula to move the dough to the frying pan leaving room for minor expansion. Cover with a lid and leave for 8 minutes.
  8. Flip your dough, cover, and let cook another 3 minutes before moving to a cooling rack. Let cool before eating.

Chocolate Chip Cookies: Aldis Brand Recipe Review

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You can find the recipe here!

Time for another review you’ll see. This time I’m reviewing Aldi’s Chocolate chip cookie recipe. You can find this recipe up above at the link, down below, or on the side of Aldi’s baking soda or chocolate chips bags. As a plus, these did in fact turn out to be chocolate chip cookies. They tasted like chocolate chip cookies and were fully done, as per instruction. However, these cookies did spread a lot and the dough was very thin, and not a dough I would/could roll out by hand. There was a good proportion of chips to dough, and the cookies did have a lot of flavor. These cookies also didn’t have much, if any, structural integrity. You’d have to break the cookie before it would crumble apart, then you’d have to quickly eat it before it fell all over everything. This was the case even once the cookies cooled. It’s a good recipe, and it made delicious cookies, however, I think Betty Crocker’s cookie mixes may still be better. If you try this recipe, be sure to let me know what you think!

What You Will Need
  • 1 cup Softened Butter
  • 1/2 cups White Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
  • mixing bowl
  • electric mixer
  • spoon/cookie scoop
  • Baking sheets
  • Non-stick spray
Directions
  1. Heat oven to 375 F
  2. In a mixing bowl using an electric mixer, cream together butter, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, vanilla, and eggs. Add flour and chips, then mix until combined.
  3. Spray baking sheets, then scoop out dough and place on sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden. Let cool 5 minutes before trying to remove from tray.

Bread with Orange Blossom Honey

Bread is one of my favorite gifts to make for others, and this recipe has been a huge hit. If you don’t have honey, just simply substitute honey for 1/3 cup sugar. I like the honey recipes not only because I have a lot of honey, but because it’s healthier and adds a bit of a different flavor to the bread. Though the honey in more noticeable in bagels and rolls, you still get some of the flavor, and the bread isn’t as overall sweet as it would be with the sugar. I doubled the recipe and made 2 loaves at once.

  1. Mix together in a bowl, bloom 1 Tbsp active yeast in 1 cups warm water and 1 cups flour. Add 2 cups flour, 3 Tbsp Orange Blossom honey, and 2 Tbsp oil. Mix by hand or with a dough hook until dough comes together. Knead until elastic.
  2. Place in an oiled bowl, turn over, cover with a hand towel, and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. Grease a 9×5 bread pan.
  4. Punch down the dough, kneed, and form into a loaf. Place in prepared pan, and let sit until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  5. About 10 minutes before bread has finished it’s second proof, turn oven to 350 F.
  6. Once risen, bake for 30 minutes. Let cool for 15 minute before serving

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