Chocolate Cinnamon Cookies

For some bizarre reason, the internet works everywhere in my house except for my room. Maybe it’s the universe telling me I need to spend less time on the internet or I am right about technology hating me. So I packed up my wires, my books and my laptop and I made my way downstairs to find my dad watching TV in the living room, and when he watches TV he makes full use of the surround system and so then I ended up in the kitchen. Quiet and alone, perfect for completing assignments (you would think) I lasted for about 45 minutes and then I succumbed to this

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I had cinnamon on my mind.
“What would go with cinnamon and is easy to make?”
“Chocolate Cinnamon Cookies!! Mmmm sounds yummy…wonder if i can find a recipe for it online.”
I cannot emphasize enough how amazing it is that you can think of a recipe, nearly anything at all, search for it on google and get multiple results! Oh internet you wonderful portal of discoveries.. scary.. but wonderful.
Back to the cookies.
The cinnamon wasn’t in the cookie itself but rather coated around the cookie along with sugar. The cookies were really soft and crumbly and I loved the pretty cracks in them. I’ve been baking cookies a lot recently, they make such good company.
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Earl Grey Lavender Cookies

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Fridays are no school days, and having submitted my internship forms the night before, a bake day was in order. I was torn between Earl Grey Lavender Cupcakes and Earl Grey Lavender Cookies. Went through a ton of recipes in search for the perfect cupcake recipe but I was just wasn’t feeling it, so i typed in Earl Grey Cookies and I was immediately set. About 8 minutes after I put the cookies in the oven the kitchen started to smell like I was sitting in a field of lavenders sipping on earl grey tea. Soooooo gooooood.

The whole time I was making these I kept thinking “Mum will love these for sure!” and I was right. These cookies would be a perfect mother’s day gift. Put them in a pretty box, or a mason jar, tie some ribbons and it would look so pretty.

This recipe is adapted from Martha Steward but I used earl grey lavender tea leaves instead, eliminated the orange zest and cut the ingredients by half because I really didn’t need about 8 dozen cookies.

You will need:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon finely ground Earl Grey Lavender tea leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

 Directions:

1. Mix together (with a spoon) flour, tea and salt in a separate bowl and set aside.

2. Mix butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Slowly mix in flour mixture until just combined.

3. Divide the dough into half and transfer each half to a piece of baking paper. Shape them into logs. I made my logs a little less round as you can see from the finished cookies above. Fold up the logs and freeze them for an hour.

4. Preheat oven to 175°C. Cut the logs into 1/4 inch-thick slices. Space 1 inch apart on baking paper.

5. Bake for about 13 to 15 minutes until edges turn golden. Let them cool and your Earl Grey Lavender cookies are ready!

Will definitely be baking these again. They will make such pretty and dreamy gifts.

Heart-Shaped Jam Cookies

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So these cookies were supposed to be my Valentines Day plan, put them in pretty jars and give them as gifts to my family and friends but when my jar quest failed so did my cookie plan. Baked them today because i’ve been feeling slightly overwhelmed and baking keeps me sane and it is also healthier than retail therapy. My mum is a hardcore cookie fan so she was extremely excited about these to the point of saying “I love you” before every bite. I know some hearts look weird and out of shape but hey, no heart is perfect right?

Sister: How did you make them?

Me: Cut out a small heart on one cookie, spread jam on the one without the cut-out heart and then sandwich them together!

Sister: Oh that’s it? *Unimpressed*

These cookies are such pretty  and simple treats that will make anyones day. They definitely made mine.

Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Decided to bake Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies to celebrate World Nutella Day yesterday! Oh Nutella, you truly make the world a happier and yummier place. I went through a couple of recipes online before finally settling on one and the cookies turned out great. Too yummy and so easy to make! The recipe only required four ingredients, flour, egg, chocolate chips and of course Nutella. I was a little skeptical at first “What!? No sugar!?!”, but I decided to trust that all that Nutella would be sweet enough and it was. Just writing about it is making me want to walk down to my kitchen and grab the whole tin.

Recipe here! 

Enjoy xx

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookies

Baked these delicious cookies yesterday! I’m not a huge fan of peanut butter so when i saw that this recipe included peanut butter in the cookies itself as well as Reese’s peanut butter cups i was a little worried about the peanut butter overload. Almost  stuck with just chocolate chip cookies but i decided to take a leap of faith, or a step of faith. The recipe said to add a whole cup of peanut butter but half was my limit. You don’t have to taste these cookies to know they’re sweet if you know how much sugar is in them. Frightened me a little to be honest, but i threw all caution to the wind with these ones. Crossed my fingers and my toes and hoped they wouldn’t turn out  either really sweet or really bitter. I even cut 1/2 a cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips just to be on the safe side.

Even so, i’m really happy with how these turned out. School is starting on Monday, oh horror. School means less time for baking and tv shows and time spent on traveling to school, being in school, and assignments. My mum is hosting a tea/open house at a new school, so i’ll be baking about 40 cupcakes for it this Saturday. Pretty excited to be baking for something other than my tummy.

Recipe adapted from Real Mom Kitchen

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • Mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, each cut into 4 pieces

Preheat oven to 175°C

1. Add flour, baking soda and salt into a bowl and set aside.

2. With an electric mixer, cream sugar, brown sugar, butter and peanut butter. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition, followed by vanilla essence.

3. Add in flour mixture, half at a time. Fold in chocolate chips.

4. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop dough onto wax paper. I filled my ice cream scoop about half way, i didn’t make the cookies too big and each cookie could fit about 3 -4 pieces of Reese’s chocolates. You also want the cookies to be thick enough so that when you press the chocolates in they wouldn’t make a hole in the bottom of them. Bake for 12 minutes.

5. Remove cookies from the oven and as they are cooling, lightly press the cut pieces of Reese’s chocolate on the top of each cookie. Let them cool for awhile before removing them off the wax paper.

Enjoyed munching on these delicious treats while waiting for the 200m women’s finals to start! #Olympicfever

Outtie.