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It’s Memorial Day weekend, why not whip up some cookies that everyone will remember?

If you’re after the popular sweet and salty combo, you are bound to get hooked on these.

Memorial Day Cookies aka cookies to remember
Makes 24 cookies

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 1/4 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of tightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup broken up pretzel pieces
  •  Sea Salt

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a larger bowl, beat the butter and sugars together on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). On low speed, slowly add the beaten egg and vanilla extract. Beat to combine, scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the flour mixture and beat just until there are no more streaks of flour. Stir in the chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and pretzels. Cover and refrigerate for an hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop out well rounded tablespoonfuls of the dough, flatten slightly then sprinkle with sea salt. Leave about 2 inches between each cookie. Bake for 10 minutes. If you prefer crispier cookies increase the baking time by 1-2 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing.

This week’s Recipe for Fun as well as yummy eating is from Sugar Cooking.  You can find many other delicious and unusual recipes that you may like to try on her blog. She also tells us that if you have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe you could use it for the base instead.

Thanks Sarah for this memorable recipe.

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Have you ever experienced cookie failure? The dough is so good and definitely worth eating, but somehow when you pull the cookies out of the oven they are way spread out and flat.

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie blog has this helpful chart to help correct cookie flops. As the name implies, it is your go to source for you know what, everything chocolate chip cookies.

Problems

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Do any of these cookies look familiar? I have seen number 4 several times and now I know why! Silly me, I never knew the dough could be over mixed – hello number 5.

There are many variables in baking.  Pictured are cookies with various problems using the same dough (with flour adjustments in numbers 3 &4).
1.  This cookie is done just right. It is pictured to compare with the rest.
2.  This dough was not refrigerated.  It is still good but a little flatter than it should be.
3.  This dough contained too much flour and did not spread much at all. It is interesting to note that the dough looked identical to the correct dough, but was much stiffer and drier.
4.  This dough had too little flour.  It spread too much and didn’t bake evenly.
5.  This dough was over-mixed.  It had a poor color, baked flat and had a strange consistency.
6.  This dough was formed too small.  It was overcooked at eight minutes. It is fine to make smaller cookies, just bake them for less time.
7.  This dough was formed too large.  The outsides were done while the middle was too high and underdone.
8.  This dough was baked in an oven 25 degrees too hot.  The outside was overdone and the inside was slightly underdone.
9.  This dough was baked in an oven 25 degrees too cool.  It fell flat and became too crisp without much of an inside.
10.  This dough was frozen when baked.  It took longer to bake and didn’t cook as evenly.  To use frozen dough, set on cookie sheet at room temperature while oven is preheating, 15-20 minutes.  It takes the frost off and bakes perfectly.

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Red Retro Kitchen large

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys has many pretend kitchens for beginning bakers. Stop by or visit us online!

Bye Bye Erin

Today we wish our fantastic Erin farewell as she heads off to continue her studies at the University of Minnesota.  You will be greatly missed Erin.

As Julie Childs told us “a party without cake is really just a meeting”.

triple layer cake at totally Kids

So of course we had a cake especially for Erin. You can always pretend bake a cake!

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Julia Childs

One hundred and two years ago today Julia Childs, the Queen of cooking was born.  With her goal of adapting sophisticated French cuisine for mainstream Americans, she wrote a two-volume cookbook called Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which was considered groundbreaking. Her cookbook has since become a standard guide for the culinary community.  Julia became a television icon with her popular cooking show The French Chef.

Anthony Bourdain says: “Julia Child was the single most important, influential and game-changing figure in the history of American gastronomy”. “Everything tracks back to her. And though uniquely situated to do so, she never endorsed a thing: not a pot, not a pan, not a chain of restaurants, not a spice blend, apron or boil-in-the-bag dinner. She will be remembered for what she did on this earth, which was to inspire millions to cook — and eat — better”.

blue retro kitchen at Totally Kids

Julia once shared, “I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.” Don’t let your little ones wait until they are 32, start practice cooking now.

Then Julia had her ideas on standard kitchen appliances – “Every woman should have a blowtorch”.

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys does not have pretend blowtorches yet, but this little mixer is always a hit with the younger cooking set.

Baking Set at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys

Farewell dear Erin and Happy Birthday Julia.

And with Julia’s signature sign-off may we too say: Bon appétit!

We’re Talking Turkey Today.

Looking for a good Thanksgiving turkey recipe? There are so many different cooking methods today it could be difficult to know which one to choose, especially for those new to cooking, or with the responsibility of their first Thanksgiving dinner.

Deep fat frying, is claimed to be the fastest method, requiring a special (outdoor) cooker, approximately 5 pounds of peanut oil and the risk of possibly being most dangerous way to cook your bird.

Pan roasting and basting is the best known tried and true traditional American way to prepare a Thanksgiving turkey. When basting the big bird, be prepared to visit it in the oven every 15 to 20 minutes to squirt (baste) the turkey with it’s juices and pan drippings procured from the bottom of the roasting pan.

Some folks really like special made for turkey oven bags. These bags trap the original evaporating moisture in the bag, not loosing it to the oven. They also provide an effortless auto basting of the turkey, thus maintaining maximum moisture of the turkey. Here, the downside is, if you wait all year long salivating for the crispy skin of the roasted turkey, it just might be the reward belonging to the cooking bag, sticking with it, not you. Also, the bag can not be opened during the cooking process, even if for some reason you may want to open the oven door to sneak a peek at it and talk turkey about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or give it football updates.

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Grilled, rotisseriesmoked methods are out of kitchen methods.  In some families this BBQ style turkey cooking is reserved for the man, leaving the mashed potatoes, sweet potato marshmallow casserole, jiggly Jello salads, green bean mushroom dish with French onions sprinkled on top and pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato or mincemeat pies for the women folk.

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If you have been pondering how to deep fry a turkey, Fabulous Food’s will take you through the process step by step in pictures. (worth a thousand words)

Strange Brew beer can cooking is another twist to add to the mix (you up).

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Did you ever consider wrapping your turkey in bacon?

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Before choosing your final turkey cooking method, you can count on Martha Stewart for the Perfect Roast Turkey. She will show you how to brine or roast a turkey. Martha also offers basic turkey tips for newbies as well as experienced cooks. Every smart novice must not forget to consult with Martha for “Everything Thanksgiving” to be in the know.

Now, you decide.

It’s a good thing!

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Remember to start thawing your frozen turkey a few days before Thanksgiving, then roast it in this modern kitchen’s microwave or oven.

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This may be the year to try cooking the Thanksgiving turkey on the barbie, or least pretend that you are.

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Find fabulous little aprons at the Hip Hostess.