Chocolate Chip Ginger Drops

Don’t be mistaken, the lack of pictures is frustrating to me, too… I seem to have forgotten to pull up my camera soon enough, because my three teenage (well one is over twenty, but hey) brothers ate them all before I could take a photo. Too bad I didn’t make two batches, though, these are pretty amazing!

To give you a clue, I found the picture above on the Internet (it’s pretty adequate).

RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups chocolate chips of your choice

 

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth an creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until well incorporated. Stir in vanilla. Add flour mixture and mix well. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls (5 mL), about 2 inches (5 cm) apart, onto cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 9 to 12 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned, but still fragile. Cool on sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 5 dozen.

 

 

 

Photo source: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/cake-mix-chocolate-cookies/b181b72f-4126-4796-b851-e2be6b33a440

Please note: This recipe is an adaptation of the recipe for Chocolate Mint Chip Drops from Esther Brody’s 500 Best Cookies, Bars & Squares (Robert Rose Inc: 2004. pg. 30).

 

 

Chocolate Chip Orange Oatmeal Cookies

Another recipe!! Think of those chocolate sticks with an orange filling in the center. Like ’em? These cookies taste almost EXACTLY THE SAME! It blows my mind. Enjoy, and do comment and tell me what you think if you try them out. 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup shortening, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup milk, divided
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • grated orange zest from 1 orange
  • 1 tbsp orange juice (optional)

 

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Using two knives, a pastry blender or the tips of your fingers, cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in sugar, eggs, vanilla, half the milk, grated orange zest and orange juice, if using. Beat until the mixture is smooth and blended. Mix together remaining milk and oats and fold into mixture.
  4. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls (5 mL), about 2 inches (5 cm) apart, onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately transfer to wire racks to cool.

Makes about 4 dozen.

Please note: This is an adaptation of the recipe for Easy Oatmeal Drop Cookies from Esther Brody’s 500 Best Cookies, Bars & Squares (Robert Rose Inc: 2004. pg. 26).

Oatmeal Walnut Raisin Cookies !

Hi there!

After way too long, I’m finally back with another post. I decided to make some cookies and, as always, sticking to the original recipe seemed just too boring. So I adapted a recipe from Esther Brody’s masterpiece, 500 Best Cookies, Bars & Squares.

And who knew my 3 brothers would love these cookies so much, although they hate raisins! I ended up making two batches (#bigfamilyproblems).

Although the original recipe calls for 1 1/4 cups sugar (Esther Brody is American), I chose to use only 1/2 cup of sugar and they were still sweet enough! I also used raisins instead of chopped walnuts, because that was simply what I had on hand.

I hope you make them as well, I would love to hear about your first impressions!

 

oatmeal walnut raisin cookies

 Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla (I strongly suggest really good quality extract!)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp ground walnuts/almonds

 

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In another large bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in egg until incorporated. Stir in vanilla, maple syrup and milk and mix well. Add flour mixture and ground walnuts; mix well. Fold in raisins.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls (15 mL), about 2 inches (5 cm) apart, onto prepared cookie sheet. Using your hand or the back of a spoon, press down slightly to flatten. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.

Please note: This recipe is an adaptation of the following recipe: Esther Brody, 500 Best Cookies, Bars & Squares. Robert Rose Inc: 2004. pg. 25.

 

 

A small place I call home

Hello again,

I hope you’ve all had a good night’s rest. 🙂

today, I want to speak about where I come from. Slovenia. Do you even know, where it’s situated? ‘Cause most people don’t. 😀 I’ve gotten used to it. 😉 And no, not Slovakia, that’s 250 miles away. SLOVENIA is between Italy, Croatia, Austria and Hungary. With a bit of the Adriatic sea, the Alps and the Dinaric Alps, it offers a little bit of everything. It’s pretty great. 🙂

Location

The population is roughly two million. Compare that to New York, with a population of more than 8 million! Everybody pretty much knows at least someone from each and every of our tiny regions. We’re all like one big family. 😀 You run into an acquaintance/friend/family almost on a daily basis, at least in the capital (Ljubljana). Which can be a benefit, but is not always such. The country is like one huge town, in which townsfolk know exactly what you ate for dinner, how big the loan you took out is, what your children study, where they go to school and so on and so forth. Well, it’s not that bad. But it IS close. Intrusion of privacy much…

But hey, it does have its benefits. The country is so small (20.000 square kilometres) that commuting is very easy. No need to find a new expensive apartment close to where you work. You can basically get from one far end of the country to another in only 3 hours!  Plus no need to travel for days to get to the Mediterranean for the holiday season – it’s just around the corner.

Piran

And if you’re interested in hiking or mountain-climbing, no worries either. You’ll find many hiking trails in the north-western Alpine region, with the highest mountain reaching the height of 2864 metres.

Bohinj

To sum up, the country is truly worth a visit. Ljubljana even won second place on Lonely Planet’s Best of Europe last year.

Still don’t believe me? Google Slovenia and find out. 😉

ljubljana

Have a great day, and I hope to hear from you in the comments section below. 🙂

A day in my life

 

Hey there! 🙂

What have you been up to? I spent the morning working around the house, doing chores. Dull holiday days here in Europe, followed by a mediocre lunch.  Hours passing by too slowly, until I came across the very movie Julie and Julia! Meryl had completely amazed me the day before in The Iron Lady, and trust me, that doesn’t happen often. So I decided to download this masterpiece, dedicated to cooking. I’m not American, so I was completely unaware of the fact that Julie Child is the author of a well-known American cookbook. I was angry – how could I’ve been so ignorant all these years (although I’ve only lived 19)?! But the thought of watching one of my favourite actors play in a movie about one of my favourite subjects lightened my spirits. How could I say no to that? And, I know, I know, I eat way too much after watching such movies… So I hesitated at first. But hey? Why not? 😀

julie and julia

 

The movie was a revelation. Such enthusiasm, such willingness to perfect a dish! First I thought: yet another ridiculous movie, in which some ignorant AMERICANS try to comparetheircooking to the FRENCH cuisine. Who ever heard of such a thing? They don’t stand a chance!:D And yet, I proved to be wrong. I guess I underestimated them.

It reminded me of my deep-down dream to one day, truly, become a great cook. I’m probably the only girl withlow career expectations. I’d be satisfied with a standard job, if only I had a loving husband and children to live with and the time to master the art of cookery. At least I think so.

So what was I saying? Oh yes. The movie. It literally inspired me instantly. I went off to bake some delicious cookies. And not just any cookies. Cinnamon mocha cookies. First time making these and I’m already in love. And believe it or not, it was an American recipe. Ironic, don’t you think? I’m such a hypocrite. 😀

And after that, I googled Julia Child, found this book of memoirs called My Life in France and started reading. I don’t know, where I found the strength to put it down. So ya, I want to get back to reading that. Now. So obsessed… 😀

Have a great day, where ever you are, and I hope to hear from you in the comments section. Are you familiar with Julie Child? Have you tried any of her recipes? Do you share my dreams?

 

Barbara (: