How to Make Homemade Cookies

How to Make Cookies  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before you learn how to make homemade cookies, you need to know what tools you need to get the job done.  Making cookies is one of the most rewarding experiences for a home baker because cookies are like little circles of happiness that you can give to friends and family.  It's one of the easiest ways to put a smile on someones face.

Knowing how to make homemade cookies isn't as complicated as rocket science, but you foo need the right equipment.  Have you ever tried to bake cookies on a sheet pan from the dollar store?  I have, and those bad boys were blacker than Wesley Snipes on the bottom. :) Using the right tools makes a huge difference in the final product.

Here is my list of tools and equipment for making cookies at home.

  1. Set of Mixing Bowls- For measuring ingredients before hand and getting everything organized and with in arms reach
  2. Whisk- for whipping eggs before adding to other ingredients
  3. Measuring Spoons
  4. Dry Measuring Cups
  5. Liquid Measuring Cups
  6. Ofsett Spatula or table knife
  7. Paring knife
  8. Rubber Spatula
  9. Flexible spatula for lifting cookies off cooky sheets
  10. Rolling Pin
  11. Flat surface for rolling Roulpat
  12. Cooky sheet, Jelly roll pans half or quarter sheet pans
  13. Silpat mat so you don’t have to worry about cookies sticking-also eliminates the need for expensive parchment paper
  14. Grinder for nuts and seeds-flax or fennel seeds in your cookies
  15. Cooky cutters
  16. Electric mixer
  17. Silicone brush for greasing pans if you don’t have a silpat I prefer silicone because there is nothing more annoying than the fibers of a bristle pastry brush coming off on your food
  18. Oven thermometer

If you have never made cookies at home, this list should be helpful.  If you need an easy beginners recipe for cookies, try this one.

How to Make Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Maker-Almond Flavored

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Homemade ice cream Think making ice cream without an ice cream maker is hard?  Think again.  This homemade ice cream requires no special equipment or ingredients and taste just as good as any ice cream you can buy from the store.  You may even prefer it to your favorite store brand of cream.

Another benefit of making your own ice cream is that you can mix in whatever extras you want.  The only limit is your imagination.

By the way, the hardest part of making this ice cream is waiting four hours for it to freeze!  Enjoy!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp7KfwvwKQ0

 

How to Make Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Maker-Almond Flavored
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Kalisha Blair
Prep time:
Total time:
Ingredients
  • 1 can (14 oz)  sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Tbsp Almond extract
  • 2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
Instructions
  1. Blend the sweetened condensed milk and the extract until well combined, then set aside.
  2. Whip the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form.  This may takes 2-3 minutes.  Be sure not to overwhip it, or you will end up with butter.
  3. Fold the condensed milk mixture into the whipped cream until well combined and no streaks remain. Pour into a loaf pan or some other container suitable for the freezer.  Freeze for at least 6 hours.
  4. Serve with your favorite ice cream toppings.

Fresh Cranberry Orange Muffins Recipe

When fresh cranberries are in season, stock up and be sure to put these fresh cranberry muffins on your list of things to bake.

The hardest part about making muffins with fresh cranberries is getting the cranberries chopped.  It like herding cats.  The cranberries roll all over the place and half of them end up on the floor.   To combat this problem I tried a couple of things.  First I put the cranberries in a bowl and used my very stiff pastry blender to try to chop them up.  This started out as a good idea because the cranberries were confined to the bowl with no risk of them doing their own thing.  The problem was with the pastry cutter itself, The cranberries got stuck in between the blades and I had to scrape them out with a knife.

Quick and Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Three Variations

10-Minute Homemade Cranberry Sauce

2 cups sugar 2 cups water 4 cups fresh Cranberries

Boil sugar and water together 5 minutes. Add cranberries and boil, without stirring, until all the skins pop open, about 5 minutes.  

Remove from heat and cool in saucepan. Makes one quart 10-Minute Cranberry Sauce.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Variations

Cranberry Ambrosia

Pour sauce over thin-sliced oranges, top with shredded toasted coconut for Cranberry Ambrosia.

Minted Cranberry Sauce

Stir in teaspoon chopped fresh mint for Minted Cranberry Sauce.

Cranberry Apricot Delight

Add 1 cup cooked sweetened apricots for Cranberry Apricot Delight. Any of these sauces can be frozen for later use. Try the cranberry relish as a condiment for turkey wraps, or mix some into a beef stew for a sweet and savory flavor.

The Secret To Crunchy Clusters of Homemade Granola

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Home made granola My first two attempts at making homemade granola were not a total disaster, but close to it.  What I wanted was nice clusters of granola that could rival those found in the bulk bins at Whole Foods.  You know, the ones that cost more than $6/pound.  They look so good but every time I walk on by thinking that I could probably do better by making it at home myself.

Well that certainly was not the case a few months ago when I tried making my own homemade granola.  I thought the honey call for in the recipe would be enough to clump some of my clusters together but it wasn't.  What I ended up with was basically toasted oatmeal flakes with some other stuff mixed in.  And after the whole concoction cool off, it wasn't even crispy.  Oh well.

Fast forward to today when I went one of my new favorite food sites.  A recipe for granola!  As I read through the list of ingredients, one caught my eye and I thought "could that be the secret I need to my homemade granola to cluster?"  Turn out it was.  The secret ingredient is egg whites!  Who would have thought?

The thing I love about granola is that you can pretty much do whatever you want to it and add so many different ingredients, extracts, nuts, grains and seeds to make it totally your own.

Here are a few homemade granola mix in ideas:

Dried Fruits:

Pineapple Strawberries Blueberries
Cranberries Raisins Mango

Nuts:

Cashews Walnuts Pecans
Macadamias Almonds Hazelnuts

Seeds and Grains:

Sesame Seeds Millet Pumpkin Seeds
Flax seed or Meal Poppy Seeds Quinoa
     

As you can see that's just the tip of the iceberg.  Taking a walk through your bulk aisles at the grocery store will inspire you to come up with your own unique flavor combination.  Here is the recipe for home made granola.

Ingredients:

4 cups rolled oats

1 1/2 cup unsweetned coconut

1 cup flax meal

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup egg whites

1/2 tsp almond extract

1/2 cup craisins

1/2 cup dates

Directions:

Mix all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl to distribute the sugar and spices evenly.  Add the coconut oil, egg whites and extract and blend.  Put the mixture on two sheet pans (I used three smaller sheet pans) and bake for 20 minutes at 350°F

Take the granola out of the oven and carefully flip section by section so it can brown evenly.  My granola stuck together a good bit at this point but don't worry about breaking it up into smaller pieces until it has finished cooking and cooled completely.

Put the granola back in the oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes.  Let the granola cool completely before storing.  I put mine in spaghetti sauce jars. Try not to eat it all in one day.Smile

*If you take a look at the original recipe you can see I changed a few of ingredients so I could use what I have on hand and it turned out great.  I can't thank Sara Kate enough for sharing this recipe and getting me out of my granola rut.