Monday, December 15, 2014

Biscoff Browned Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


I was pumped to do the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap again this year! It's so fun to try other people's baked goods from all different places in the US! I got the most delicious cookies from Liz, Kathi, and Sue! Thanks ladies!

And it's also fun to try a new recipe and hope that it doesn't turn out horribly since you are making 3 dozen cookies to ship out the next day and this was the only night you could bake them! Not that I'm saying that from experience.

I might have tried to make Biscoff Snickerdoodles on the first try and they were DRY, so I didn't ship those and instead made these delicious Biscoff Browned Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies! I'm kind of glad I messed up the first round :)

Since I had to brown the butter, these cookies were a little crispy, but had a good buttery taste unlike when you use room temperature butter. I also was really wanting to use Biscoff in a recipe because it is AMAZING and would like all the world to know. I eat it at least 3 times a week for breakfast.

As you can see, I'm not the best photographer, especially since I have to use my phone for pictures! Something weird happened with this picture, but I didn't notice until later when the cookies were all gone :( One day, I will get a nice camera and take a photography class so I can properly put pictures on my blog without looking like a newbie!

Wyatt had to sniff test the cookies of course, and don't mind the Popeye's trash on the floor.... 



Biscoff Browned Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup Biscoff spread (also called Cookie Butter at Trader Joe's)
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips


Directions:

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Continue to cook the butter, swirling the pan occasionally, until it foams and froth. The butter will begin to sputter and crackle. Allow the butter to become fragrant with brown bits beginning to form on the bottom of the pan. Once the bits are amber brown, remove the pan from heat and pour the butter into a small heatproof bowl. Be careful not to let the butter burn. Allow to cool until just warm, about 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line large baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and oats.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cooled butter into very well combined, about 3 minutes. Beat in the Biscoff. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. On low speed gradually add the flour mixture and beat until just combined. Beat in the chocolate chips.

Drop 3-tablespoon sized balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown at the edges. Let cool on a wire rack.

Adapted from Handle the Heat and Cooking Classy.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

All kinds of exciting news!

September 5th weekend was the best weekend ever! Turned 30, got a dog, and got engaged!!! Cool, huh?

 I LOVE my ring! It has a vintage look, but it's nice and simple which is what I wanted.

We had reservations at Table 52 for my birthday dinner, which is a place that I've been wanting to try for years! It's a little on the expensive side, so it was a perfect place for a special dinner. Art Smith is the chef (used to be Oprah's personal chef!), and his food is southern cooking with awesome flavors. The complementary goat cheese biscuits that came out first were so good, I almost missed getting a picture of them.

I had my heart set on the fried chicken, and it was pretty darn good. I wouldn't say it was THE best fried chicken I've ever had, but still really good!

We also got the mac and cheese in a cast iron pot, which was SO rich and creamy. I loved the top slightly burnt parts of the cheese the most. The best thing we ordered was actually the prime rib that you can kind of see behind the mac. It melted in your mouth and has the best flavor! It wasn't cheap, but it was a really, really good steak.

I also ordered the Hummingbird cake with blueberry sauce to bring home because we were so stuffed! It was pretty delicious, but I almost thought it had too much icing!

So after we got home, we went on a walk in the park near our house, and B got down on one knee and asked me to marry him :) It was the best birthday present I've ever gotten.

We had already planned on going to the shelter and looking at dogs that next day, and we said we were just going to "look", but if we saw a dog we liked we could decide then if we should adopt it.

And of course we found a black lab that we loved! We named him Wyatt, and he is 1-2 years old. He had only been there a week, so if we didn't take him home that day, he would've been gone the next week I'm sure.

That night we were going out with friends for my birthday, so we got to tell everyone our big news! It was a pretty crazy few days of telling everyone and getting used to the doggie, but now it's all soaking in and it's awesome.

The next weekend, my brother and niece came up to visit and go to my company's annual picnic! It was so much fun riding the Frog Hopper, and I made sure there wasn't a weight limit!


P had a blast doing all the activities without waiting in line or anything! It was pretty cool. We went to Ed Debevic's for dinner because I'd never been, and I figured P would like that the servers yell at you and and dance on the tables. She definitely liked it there. The food was pretty average though. Definitely a tourist spot!

So now we're just getting used to having another thing living with us, and having more responsibilities like feeding and walking him 3 times a day!

His favorite hobbies so far include looking out the window at squirrels, stretching in downward doggie, and chewing on shoes and potholders. We're trying to give him antlers and treats to chew on instead, so hopefully he will learn!


Just look at that face! Now I understand why people take/post so many pictures of their pets! I might start to become one of them...