Saturday, January 9, 2010

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

Another cookie that we make for Christmas is the chocolate covered peanut butter ball.  It is a variation on Ohio’s Buckeye.  This recipe was made by my Mother in my childhood.

Here is the recipe:

1 cup Unsalted Butter

2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs

1 cup Shredded Coconut

1 cup Peanut Butter

1 pound Powdered Sugar

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

12 ounces Semisweet or Dark Chocolate

Mise en place

This is the mise en place for the chocolate covered peanut butter balls.

Chopped chocolate

This is the chocolate.  If you are using chocolate chips you won’t need to chop it up.

Melted butter

The butter should be melted.

Peanut butter and coconut

The peanut butter and coconut get mixed together in a bowl with the melted butter and vanilla.

Wet ingredients all mixed

This is the mixture at this point.

Finished mixture

Then, the graham cracker crumbs and powdered sugar gets added.

Formed into balls

The mixture should then be formed by hand into about one inch balls.

Melted chocolate

The chocolate is melted in a double boiler.  Here I’m just using a Pyrex bowl over a tall pan with water.

Dipped into chocolate

The balls get covered in the chocolate and set aside to cool on waxed paper.

Finished cookie

Here is the completed batch of cookies.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookies

For Christmas every year my wife and I bake cookies for friends and coworkers.  This post, plus the following two will be a few of the cookies we made this year.

Chocolate chip cookies are a staple baked good.  We always have the ingredients on hand and we make them frequently throughout the year. 

This recipe is a variation on the Tollhouse cookie recipe and yields a somewhat softer and cake-ier cookie than the original recipe.  The variation comes from my mother: the flour is increased and the ratio of brown sugar to granulated sugar has been altered.

Here is the recipe:

3 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

1 teaspoon Salt

1 cup Softened Unsalted Butter (2 sticks)

1 cup Brown Sugar

1/2 cup Granulated Sugar

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

2 Large Eggs

~2 cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips

Mise en place

This is the mise en place for the chocolate chip cookies.  I’m making a double batch, so the quantities will be doubled.

Creamed butter and sugar

The butter and sugars go into a bowl and get creamed together.


Then the eggs and vanilla get mixed in.

Wet ingredients mixed

This is what the mixture will look like after the eggs and vanilla get mixed in.

Dry ingredients

Next up is the dry ingredients.  When making chocolate chip cookies, rather than getting another bowl dirty i usually just put the baking soda and salt in with the first cup of flour.

Cookie dough!

This is the cookie dough after all the flour has been mixed in.

Chocolate Chips mixed in

Lastly, the chocolate chips get mixed in.

Dropped cookies

The dough then gets dropped onto a cookie sheet.  You can vary the size, but I usually go with about 1-2 heaping tablespoons.

Finished cookies

The cookies then bake at 375 Fahrenheit for 8-12 minutes, depending on the size of the cookies.