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    It's the yearly celebration of the Zombie Baby Jesus, and given that you're a totally penniless bike racer, how are you gonna adhere to societal norms of giving worthless shit to people semi-close to you?

    Answer: Baked motherfucking goods.

    I'm a huge fan of the offerings over on Smitten Kitchen. Deb speaks to my inner Paula Deen on a pretty much daily basis with an amped up dose of sardonic articulation.

    On the docket this year: The basic slice-and-bake cookies and homemade oreos. I also made the crispy salted oatmeal cookies raved about, but found them not much to my liking...so I promptly fed them to coworkers and housemates.

    Modifications to the slice-and-bakes included a double dose of almond extract, mixed in zest of a couple oranges, then a roll and dusting in a crushed blanched almond/turbinado treatment. I made my logs pretty thin, so the finished product resembled something like a big plantain chip, but g'damn are these good with your morning coffee. Break through the sugary almond crust into a sandy, buttery, citrusy interior. OMNOM.

    My molestation of the Oreos was pretty heavy. I was reading horror stories in the comments about how they were rising too much with use of standard baking cocoa instead of Dutch-process. Again, poor, not shelling out $8 for a can of the stuff at WF when I've got a perfectly good tin of Hersheys that's gonna get neglected for the rest of the year - especially when the cream filling is going to be the centerpiece. In hopes of counteracting the puff-puff, I rolled the dough out to about a quarter inch thick and used a cutter for the wafers instead of spooning it out. Success! They puffed a bit in the oven, but then would fall - this was my barometer for doneness. Anywho, wafers done, I went after the cream filling. I abhor veggie shortening - not only is it nasty and boring, if I were to invest in a can it would sit on my shelf until the following Christmas, at which point I'd probably buy ANOTHER can out of concussion-addled forgetfulness. Instead of it, I subbed a mix of half duck fat and half heavy cream for the shortening. A little more liquid than the standard Oreo filling at 75 degrees, but given that Utah's an icebox between Nov-Feb, I'm pretty safe. I also had orange zest from the sliced cookies leftover, so mixed that in with (again) almond extract. Needless to say, between the duckfat and orange in the filling, these are pretty "OMFG" inducing.

    My only fear is the Oreos might get lost in the morass of Pillsbury-prepackaged-crap-cookies I keep seeing in vast quantities. Gross.

    Anyone else get baking-heavy this time of year? Cookies interest me because the same basic 8-9 ingredients seem to always be able to morph into totally different forms depending on prep. Kinda cool.

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    Default Re: Cookies

    You sir are awesome.
    PS this thread is meaningless without pictures.

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    This mofo and his 9yo son now nicknamed "cake boss" after the real "cake boss" are about to make a red velvet cheesecake with Oreo cookie crumb crust. I swear I'm only eating one small sliver of a slice.

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    I'll get some snaps tonight while packaging for delivery. They're not much to behold, but hotdamn! Saved the remaining buttercream in the freezer. Might be good on like...pancakes. Or waffles. Or anything.

    Cakes are something I've always sucked at pretty horribly. I don't know if it's that we're at altitude (4500ft), but I can almost NEVER get the consistency right.

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    Hmmm, this is beginning to sound like a bro-down with cakes.
    Gentlemen.

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    Some cell phone imagery:
    (orange almond sandies atop)


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    No need for modesty they look fantastic.

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    just in from pick'n ashley up at tampa airport -- had to drop down in ebor city for a cup of righteous espresso -- maybe 2 cups -- anyway, a lady and hubby selling cookies at farmers market --- tammy wanted some fresh organic no pesticide tomatoes, her crop is a little sparse (i ate em)..
    best damn oatmeal, raisin, wild black walnut cookies i ever ate, no espresso & cookies ever so good..., outside the trader jacks pressed & peanut butter in warwick..

    life is so gooood with the right cookie,

    ronnie

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    I've been invited to a Super Bowl party. I don't know who's playing, and I refuse to actively seek that fact out.

    However, I WILL try a new self-concocted recipe on the attendees: Bourbon Vanilla Big Hunk Blitzkrieg.

    Stay tuned.


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    baking these right now: http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/12/pe...utter-cookies/

    Thanks for the heads-up Heisenberg, we'll see how they turn out.

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    with helpers


    They are fantastic. Will be keeping this recipe.

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    Those are some handsome dogs.

    Mrs. Haole is making up some brownies today. Starting withy he ghiradelli mix, but they are getting a healthy dose of rum soaked shredded coconut in the mix. I just got a taste of the batter. Mmmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maunahaole View Post
    Those are some handsome dogs.

    Mrs. Haole is making up some brownies today. Starting withy he ghiradelli mix, but they are getting a healthy dose of rum soaked shredded coconut in the mix. I just got a taste of the batter. Mmmm.
    Mrs. Haole (or you) sent a pretty darn good cookie recipe that's been consumed at Josh's camp as well.
    Those brownies sound like they'll be over the top
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    I'm SO HAPPY this isn't about internet browser cookies. Thank you for staring this thread I love cookies and I've always felt that if you go through the trouble of making them from scratch there should be no guilt in eating them.

    Here's a twelve month notice, if you come to my house for the Super Bowl will you bring cookies?
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    Let me contribute more than my enthusiasm. The website Simply Recipes is amazing. I've cooked a small fraction of what is on here but everything has been amazing. I can recommend the baked shrimp in tomato and feta sauce, moqueca, turky chili verde, and I dunno it's all good. anyway, back on track, she bakes too, go to this page and tell me there is a single thing here you wouldn't devour:

    Cookie Recipes | Simply Recipes

    I dare ya.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedyChix View Post
    Mrs. Haole (or you) sent a pretty darn good cookie recipe that's been consumed at Josh's camp as well.
    Those brownies sound like they'll be over the top
    The brownies were very good. I was ordered to bring the leftovers to work and make my co-workers fall on the grenade to deal with the leftovers.

    the cookie recipe is from my mom. they are partially responsible for making me the amorphous blob that I am today.

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    a terrible photo of the Big Hunk Bourbon Blitzkrieg:


    They were rad.

    Also did salted brown butter Rice Krispy treats with a semi-failed bourbon caramel on top that were a big hit.

    Yes, I tend to cook Iron Chef-style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heisenberg View Post
    I'll get some snaps tonight while packaging for delivery. They're not much to behold, but hotdamn! Saved the remaining buttercream in the freezer. Might be good on like...pancakes. Or waffles. Or anything.

    Cakes are something I've always sucked at pretty horribly. I don't know if it's that we're at altitude (4500ft), but I can almost NEVER get the consistency right.
    More baking powder, less baking soda. You need more levening at altitude.

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