Milk and Cookies Snickerdoodles

This recipe is adapted from the cookbook “Milk and Cookies” By: Tina Casaceli. It is easily one of my favorite cookie cookbooks – if you don’t already have it – GET IT – and her recipe for Snickerdoodles is quickly becoming one of my very favorites. 

Milk and Cookies Snickerdoodles

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups white all-purpose flour

Start by combinding the softened unsalted butter and solid vegetable shortening. Beat until light in color and fluffy in texture.

Beat in the white granulated sugar.

Beat in the two large eggs, one at a time until combined.

Add in the pure vanilla extract, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Stir everything together to combine.

Gently fold in the white all-purpose flour.

Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine 1/4 cup white granulated sugar with 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon.

Roll tablespoon size dough balls into the combined cinnamon and sugar mixture before placing onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake one sheet at a time for 12 minutes.

Remove and allow to cool slightly.

Enjoy!

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Blaise the Baker IN AFRICA!

“Blaise the Baker IN AFRICA”! So grateful and thankful to my friend Karen for spreading the word on Blaise the Baker – even in AFRICA! Absolutely love this!




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Apple Brownies with Cinnamon Sugar 

I have been obsessed with brownies lately – and not the chocolate variety. I am talking about strawberry brownies, lemon brownies, banana brownies, pineapple brownies and even blueberry brownies. My latest development though!? Apple brownies! Think of the taste of your favorite apple cobbler in brownie form. These are moist, delicious, simple and perfect for any time of year! Stay tuned for other “brownie” recipes that will be on their way to you sooner than you think! Try these – enjoy – and let me know what you think! Fabulous! 

Apple Brownies with Cinnamon Sugar

1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter, soft
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 large egg
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 Granny Smith apple
1 Red Delicious apple
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons white all-purpose flour

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 8×8-inch square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray containing flour. Line with parchment paper, leaving excess hang over – creating handles – alongside two sides of the pan – then spray again lightly with non-stick cooking spray containing flour.

In a large bowl beat together the soft unsalted butter, white granulated sugar and light brown sugar until light in color and fluffy in texture. 

Beat in the large egg. 

Add in the ground cinnamon, pure vanilla extract, salt, baking soda and baking powder and mix until combined. 

Peel and core the apples. Cut into small pieces and add to the batter. Stir together. 

Gently fold in the white all-purpose flour. 

Pour into the prepared pan and smooth out the top. Place in preheated oven for 45 minutes. 

Remove and allow to cool. 

Store and eat straight from the refrigerator if you want your brownie to have a more “traditional” brownie texture. 

Enjoy! 

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Alexis’s Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yesterday I made – perhaps – the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had – not counting my own of course Ha! – so I decided that I HAD to share the recipe with you all. The recipe comes straight from the Queen herself – Martha Stewart. The story goes, her daughter Alexis, didn’t like her Mom’s chocolate chip cookies – thought they needed more brown sugar. Martha went into the kitchen and developed these. Fabulous! You can Google these for Martha’s original recipe. The recipe that follows has my additions – or subtractions – from the original. My recipe fits my taste buds. Extra pure vanilla extract, longer bake time, etc.


Alexis’s Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 pound (4 4oz sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3 cups light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 cup white granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 1/2 cups white all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, coated in 1 tablespoon white all-purpose flour

Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper. For these – only three cookies will fit on your typical baking sheet – so you may need to work in batches. 

In a large bowl cream together the soft unsalted butter, light brown sugar and white granulated sugar until light in color and fluffy in texture. 

Beat in the large eggs. Add pure vanilla extract, salt and baking soda. Combine. 

Gently fold in the white all-purpose flour. 

Fold in the prepared chocolate chips. 

Drop dough equal to the size of three tablespoons into 3 piles on the prepared baking sheets and bake in preheated oven for exactly 11 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature. 

Enjoy! 

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Rocky Road Bark

I love the flavor combinations of rocky road and I love chocolate bark – so what could be better than combinding them together? The fabulous part about this recipe – aside from the fabulous results – is that the recipe can literally be transformed into millions of different flavor combinations! I use semi-sweet chocolate for the base but feel free to use bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate or even a combination of chocolates all swirled together. Also top with anything your heart desires. Crushed up potato chips, crushed peppermint candies, dried fruit, candy sprinkles – ANYTHING! 

How fabulous is that!?

Rocky Road Bark

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon solid vegetable shortening
2 cups chopped walnuts, lightly toasted
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 1/2 cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 tablespoon solid vegetable shortening

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place on top a sheet of parchment paper. 

In a large bowl combine the semi-sweet chocolate chips with the solid vegetable shortening. Microwave on high power 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until the chocolate is melted and smooth and glossy. 

Carefully pour the melted chocolate directly in the center of the parchment paper. Using the back side of a spoon spread the melted chocolate out into a rectangle about the size of 12 inches by 18 inches. You want the chocolate thin enough to snap when cooled but not too thin as to break when loading on the topping. Be careful not to make the chocolate too thick either or it will not form traditional bark. 

Once the chocolate is formed sprinkle on the lightly toasted walnuts, mini marshmallows and the mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.

In a microwave safe bowl combine the white chocolate chips with the solid vegetable shortening. Microwave on high power 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until the white chocolate is melted and smooth and glossy. 

Take a spoon and drizzle the melted white chocolate over the entire surface of the bark. Use whatever pattern you desire but I think that a single line back and forth across horizontally looks the best. 

You may not use all of the white chocolate. 

Place into the refrigerator for 2 hours. 

Remove and carefully break the bark up into pieces. Store at room temperature. 

Enjoy!

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Chew This! Strawberry Pizza, From Scratch 

Happy “Chew This!” Sunday! As many of you know, I write a food column for “The Courier-Times” on the first and third Sundays of each month called “Chew This!” I absolutely love it and love sharing my family recipes, stories and memories. If you are in the Henry County, Indiana area – pick up a copy of the newspaper today and let me know what you think! If you are not, but would still like to take a look, sign up for an online subscription at http://thecouriertimes.com Need help with the online signing up!? Write to me and I’ll be happy to help! blaisethebaker@gmail.com

My newest recipe is an updated classic! I love the traditional strawberry pizza – that’s made with store bought sugar cookie dough, a cream cheese mixture and a mix of strawberries and store bought glaze – but for this recipe I really wanted to take it up a notch. This recipe is so easy! The crust is 4 simple ingredients, the filling the same and the strawberries with homemade glaze will have you wondering why you don’t bake from scratch more often! This is the perfect spring and summer dessert for entertaining! 

Also my “Ask and Answer” feature talks all about the proper ways of freezing cookie dough! Bake – freeze – bake again. My method is a foolproof method you’ll need! 

Pick up a copy of “The Courier-Times” TODAY and let me know what you think!


Strawberry Pizza, From Scratch 

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Enjoy!

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Where to buy!?

COOKBOOK REMINDER: My cookbook, “Blaise the Baker Dessert First” is available to purchase at Carousel Flowers and Gifts in Shirley, Indiana! Limited supply – so make sure and stop in and get yours TODAY! Shoutout and special thanks to Janice Jessop Burton for giving me this opportunity!

ALSO

My cookbook is once again back in stock at “The Book Nook” in New Castle, Indiana! Stop by 1325 G. Ave. and pick up your copy TODAY! Call ahead at 765-521-2188. All copies available to purchase outside of my personal address are pre-autographed with my signature as well as Grandma Barbra’s and Grandma Deloris’.

You can also stop by Glen Oaks Health Campus in New Castle, Indiana – room 112 to buy your copy from my Grandma Deloris. She loves seeing everyone and selling them for me. She’s a good business woman! Ha! Stop in and chat awhile…

You can also order my cookbook directly through me by sending $15 total ($12 for the cookbook / $3 shipping and handling) to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. You can also pay online through http://paypal.com Use the email blaisejdx@gmail.com when sending money. If ordering 4 or more cookbooks – shipping and handling is FREE!

Message me, text me, call me, email me for any further questions. I would be happy to send invoice also for preorders, etc.

Thank you all again for the dedication and support!

Blaise 

Chew This! Make Ahead Streusel Coffee Cakes

Happy “Chew This!” Sunday! As many of you know, I write a food column for “The Courier-Times” on the first and third Sundays of each month called “Chew This!” I absolutely love it and love sharing my family recipes, stories and memories. If you are in the Henry County, Indiana area – pick up a copy of the newspaper today and let me know what you think! If you are not, but would still like to take a look, sign up for an online subscription at http://thecouriertimes.com Need help with the online signing up!? Write to me and I’ll be happy to help! blaisethebaker@gmail.com

My newest recipe is a make ahead wonder! Make my “Make Ahead Streusel Coffee Cakes” TODAY and have them all week for a quick grab and go breakfast or snack! They are deliciously easy to whip up and store beautifully in an air tight container at room temperature. These are portable, flavorful and lets be honest – fun to make! I love making streusel and how bad could it be really – sugar and butter!? 

Also my “Ask and Answer” feature is about the use of coffee with chocolate and how it brings out all the flavors of the chocolate without any flavor of the coffee! 

Pick up a copy of “The Courier-Times” TODAY and let me know what you think!


Make Ahead Streusel Coffee Cakes

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Enjoy! 

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Mrs. Bennett’s Peanut Butter Cookies

I have a collection of around 10,000 cookbooks or so – I refuse to know the exact amount because I refuse to count them – and I am always on the lookout for more. I love the history of food and the history of recipes and how and where they originated. I always tell people once I am retired I will become a “Food Historian”.

Back to the cookbooks though…

Browsing over a old Church cookbook I found a peanut butter cookie recipe, from Mrs. Bennett, that caught my eye. I decided to try it and after taste testing, I was immediately taken back to my childhood and the local “Egg Farm” where my family and I visited for cookies, cakes and pies. This recipe is a keeper! I went back and adjusted a few things, including the bake time, to get the finished results I wanted.

This recipe produces a light, crunchy almost “brittle” type cookie. Trust me – these are FABULOUS! 

Thank you Mrs. Bennett!

Mrs. Bennett’s Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup white granulated sugar
1 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups white all-purpose flour

Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl combine the white granulated sugar, light brown sugar, smooth peanut butter and solid vegetable shortening until light in color and fluffy in texture.

Beat in the 2 large eggs.

Add in the baking soda, pure vanilla extract and salt. Stir to combine.

Gently fold in the white all-purpose flour.

Roll teaspoon size amounts of the dough into balls and place on prepared baking sheets. Gently press down making a cross mark on each cookie with a fork.

Bake, one sheet at a time, in preheated oven for 14 minutes.

Remove and allow to cool slightly.

Enjoy!

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Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

I LOVE sweetened condensed milk and will admit to eating it straight from the can. During my recipe research I found a few recipes for making your own, which always sounded too difficult. Why make your own when you can buy it already made? After experimenting I found that it does not have to be complicated to make your own – and can even be fun! Save this recipe to try – and if nothing else – save it for when you are out of the canned variety.

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

3/4 cup white granulated sugar
1/3 cup boiling water
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup powdered milk

In a large bowl combine the white granulated sugar, boiling water, melted unsalted butter and pure vanilla extract. Using an electric whisk beat until combined.

Add in the powdered milk and beat until thick and smooth. This will take, at high beating speed, about 7 minutes. 

Using a clean spoon taste the sweetened condensed milk. If there are sugar crystals you can taste on your tongue place bowl in microwave for one minute and beat again. Sugar needs to be completely dissolved. 

Cool to warm room temperature and store in refrigerator or use right away. 

Enjoy! 

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