Sweet Tooth

I don’t really crave sweets that often. Especially in this pregnancy, I’ve craved spicy and salty foods, like pickles, kimchi, and olives. But everyone else in the house has a sweet tooth that they like to appease quite often. That being said, if the sweets are here, I’m not going to just look at them. Ahem.

It’s difficult to find something that everyone agrees on.

One likes apples, but not cooked. The others like apples prepared any way. One likes pies but not fruit pies. One likes cake but only chocolate; one likes cake but only vanilla. One will eat anything. The other rarely eats anything unless it resembles a chocolate chip cookie. (Don’t dare try to fool him with oatmeal raisins, either.)

I’ve had some hit or miss successes with making sweets this winter. I don’t have pictures of them all, but most can be found on Pinterest if you search for the recipe name. I promise if you read to the end, I’ll include a recipe for you.

Fail: White Chocolate Lemon Truffles … really wanted to like these. But they were just not my thing. Nor were they anybody’s thing. I made these for Christmas. They’re still sitting in a mason jar in the fridge. It’s probably time to say goodbye.

Win-Win: Pumpkin Slab Pie … Everyone loved this one. I made it twice in a month and the request for more keeps coming.

Semi-Win: Sheet Pan Sugar Cookie Bars … I thought everyone would love these. Some liked them, some didn’t, no one loved them. I liked them, my husband liked them, but the kids weren’t nuts about them. What kid doesn’t eat sugar cookies? Apparently mine.

Um???: Copycat Orange Juilius … These were just ok. I don’t think I will fix them again. I like orange, and I like the aroma of orange. But anything sticky orange-y and it takes me back to pregnancy glucose tolerance testing with that nasty-horrid-orange-flavored-high-fructose-corn-syrupy-flat-orange-soda-drink that the OB forces you to drink. {Using a midwife this time around, and I got to opt out of it. Win-win.}

Win-Win: Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls … Um, yes please, may I have another {cough, under my breath: six dozen}. Everyone loves these. Too much. Get these things away from me because I have no self-control around them.

Jury Is Still Out: No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake … I love cheesecake. In fact, I used to make and sell my cheesecakes once upon a time. Real ones, not the no-bake kind. This one was just ok. Disappointing would be a strong word to describe it. Still better than a store-bought one, but not one that will stay in my cycle of recipes.

Delicious Winner: Best Caramel Apple Cobbler … Oooh. Aahhh. This one put the zing in amazing. I used 3 varieties of fresh from the orchard apples and it was one of the best desserts I’ve ever made. This fall I intend to buy bushels upon bushels of orchard apples and can them so I can make desserts like this whenever I want.

Blue Ribbon: Lunch Lady Brownies … Everyone loved these. I ended up making these twice in one week. Even my son with autism loved these. He has never eaten anything like this before. That week, we were all into fitness…fitness whole pan of brownies into our mouths.

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And finally, last but certainly not least…this one won’t be found on Pinterest because it’s my own modified recipe.

Winner-Winner: Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies … these were a big hit. Thank you, sir, may I have another?

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I never have white granulated sugar on hand. It’s not that I’m always running out. I just don’t buy it. I don’t like it. I always buy raw sugar. Even though the packaging says it bakes up the same, I find that it just doesn’t. But what I do always have on hand, is white powdered sugar. Because when you’re making buttercream frosting, there is just no substitute for white powdered sugar. So in my cookie recipe, I used powdered sugar in place of white sugar. Everyone was pleased with the results. Believe it or not, there were some leftover the next day, and they were still soft and chewy.

  • 3/4 cup butter, mostly melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (or white sugar)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk or semi-chocolate chips

 

  • Melt butter. Cream together the butter, brown sugar, and powdered sugar until well mixed and creamy. Add eggs and vanilla. Slowly mix in flour, baking soda, and salt; mix just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Refrigerate dough for about 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oven to 325.
  • Using small scoop, combine two scoops of dough and carefully form into a ball, flatten slightly. Space well. Bake only one tray at a time.
  • Bake for 8 minutes, then rotate pan. Bake an additional 7 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to cool on pan for about 5 minutes before removing to cooling rack.

This recipe made 32 cookies for me. I found that working with one tray at a time worked better than two pans. My oven is kinda small, so that may be a problem that only I have. Here is the scoop that I used, each cookie is two level scoops rolled together. The tablespoon is pictured to show you how big the scoop was (smaller than the tablespoon). If you use a different method of scooping your dough, you may need to adjust the bake time. You may just need to watch carefully while the first batch bakes up and adjust your times accordingly.

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Thanks for stopping by today. I hope to be back in a couple of days with an update on our goat shed. And I promise, I will eventually show you what we did in the baby’s room.

 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Hello. How are you. Came across your blog today. Congrats to the new baby to be. I enjoyed your post and look forward to reading more of them.

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    1. triciasengul says:

      Thank you, and thanks for stopping by today!

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