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‘Tis the Season for Cookie Swapping

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

To all of my loyal readers (besides Mom & Dad)…

I sincerely apologize for not blogging for the past few months and sharing my food adventures solely through Instagram. Fall has been hectic, living up the post-grad life and discovering what the “real world” truly is. But alas, it’s a weak excuse. And for that, I am giving the gift of a promise this year: a promise to have the redesigned wikiKitchen up and running in January!

But a promise is only worth so much. So I decided to treat a few fellow food bloggers by participating in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap and taking it one step further. What beats receiving a dozen cookies from a stranger in the mail? Receiving an assortment of cookies from a stranger in the mail! Baking five different kinds of cookies in one day is no easy task though, so I partnered up with my mom so her swap-mates could also enjoy the variety of cookies (and yes, she really does refer to me as “the spawn” on her blog).

So, what did my lucky swap-mates (Melissa’s Cuisine, Bonibella, and Aubrey of Real Housemoms) receive? (Click the images for recipes!)

  • Cocoa Almond Cookies – A must-have for those who like nutella but love Trader Joe’s cocoa almond spread (remember to substitute it in the recipe!)
  • Meyer Lemon Butter Cookies – A melt-in-your-mouth kind of cookie (my mom’s fave!)
  • Pistachio Fudge – An easy-to-make holiday treat
  • Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies – A festive cookie that can be easily customized when it comes to shapes & lettering

And for the final cookie, saving best for last: Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies. When we read they were the best snickerdoodles in the world, we had to try them! Let me tell you, brown butter really does make the world of baking a better place. The few leftovers we had of these snickerdoodles were the first of the cookie assortment to go in our house! But I can’t blame ’em. These cookies achieve perfection when it comes to texture and flavor.

And for those of you wondering what I received in the mail? Lemon crinkle cookies (and chocolate-covered almond toffee!) from Sushi Day (a fellow UC Irvine anteater – zot zot!), vanilla crescent cookies from Bailey Bakes, and chocolate peppermint crackle cookies from A Kitchen Addiction.

Stay tuned for the wikiKitchen redesign! But until then, enjoy the world’s best brown butter snickerdoodle cookies.

Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies
From Ambitious Kitchen
Makes 18-24 cookies

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
1¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt

For rolling mixture:
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and salt in a bowl and set aside. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. The butter will begin to foam. Make sure you whisk consistently during this process. After a couple of minutes, the butter will begin to brown on the bottom of the saucepan; continue to whisk and remove from heat as soon as the butter begins to brown and give off a nutty aroma. Immediately transfer the butter to a bowl to prevent burning. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.

With an electric mixer, mix the butter and sugars until thoroughly blended. Beat in the egg, yolk, vanilla, and yogurt until combined. Add the dry ingredients slowly and beat on low-speed just until combined.

Chill your dough for 3 hours or as long as possible in the refrigerator, or place in freezer for 30 minutes if you are super eager (this is what I did seeing as I had four other types of cookies to make in the same oven!).

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Once dough is chilled measure about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. Meanwhile mix 1/4 cup sugar and the 2 teaspoons cinnamon in a bowl. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place dough balls on cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.

Bake the cookies 8-11 minutes or until the edges of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. They will look a bit underdone in the middle, but will continue to cook once out of the oven. Bake longer if you like crispier cookies. Cool the cookies on the sheets at least 2 minutes. Remove the cooled cookies from the baking sheets after a few minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.


Table for Two: Do-It-Together Sushi

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Ever wanted to make sushi at home but were too intimidated by the challenge? Read about how my boyfriend and I had a sushi date night at home and try it for yourself. It’s not as difficult as it may seem (and it’s actually really fun!). This if my first article for Small Kitchen College, and I’m really excited to share it with all of you! Read on for the best sushi-making tips, the perfect sushi rice recipe, and ideas for your next sushi date night.

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Officially a Big Girl in a Small Kitchen

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

No, I didn’t gain weight. Yes, I still have a small kitchen. But what does this all mean? I recently found out that I will be a contributing writer for Small Kitchen College, a college food blog that was founded by Big Girls, Small Kitchen. If you’re looking for simple and tasty recipes, useful & relevant cooking tips, and college food stories, this is the blog to follow (their tweets & Facebook posts are entertaining, too!). (more…)


Episode #5: Starbucks Breakfast Battle

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Check out the fifth (and final!) episode: Starbucks Breakfast Battle. Like the Bitchen in the Kitchen fan page to watch past episodes!

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Bitchen in the Kitchen – Episode #5 Promo

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

The fifth (and final!) episode of Bitchen in the Kitchen comes out Wednesday, June 1! I battle Starbucks to create a healthier and tastier alternative of their Mocha Light Frappuccino and Bacon, Egg & Gouda Breakfast Sandwich in less time. Will my Rise ‘n Shiner and Protein Pita Pocket beat Starbuck’s breakfast? “Like” the Facebook fan page to be notified when the episode is posted. You can also follow our YouTube channel. And, as always, I will post a link to the episode here on wikiKitchen. (more…)

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