Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

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We all have our favorite holidays, and mine is not the most common one haha. 4TH OF July is one, if not my favorite holiday. I guess it has to do with the appreciation I have for this wonderful country, and how lucky and blessed we truly are. Also the family tradition and festivities growing up were always going to the park behind my high school with the WHOLE family. We would lay on a blanket while eating a bucket of KFC and CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES, listen to live music, play cards all day with my cousins, and then finally watch the 30 minute firework show!!! Then the best part would be us doing “legal” fireworks as a family in the drive way after the show that was in town. Sometimes I wish I could take a time capsule back to these moments.

History Lesson

Fourth of July is also known as Americas Independence Day! Our Independence Day is a Federal holiday that was established 241 years ago on July 4, 1776. It was a day, and written document declaring the original 13 colonies would break off from the British empire, and start a new nation. FUN FACT: The actual separation from the British Empire took place on July 2nd. It needed congressman’s approval (John Adams, & Thomas Jefferson..etc), and it was approved on July 4th!! America is a place founded for opportunity, and to be free in many forms that other countries aren’t blessed with. America is a melting pot of immigrants from all countries, we must love and respect what we have. My father said, “Freedom with intellectuality is okay babe, freedom with stupid is scary..”-Michael Pietrantonio (My daddy).

Lets get to baking shall we… Fun fact* – If the chocolate chip cookie recipe your using has baking powder its a no go!!! In my experience over the years the best are with out baking powder for the right texture!!! My niece Caramia is always my baking partner. She loves to help people, and she loves to cook/bake! Plus its a good way to get the kids more involved, and away from the technology! Its always a plus to teach them fundamentals on how to cook/bake! She tells me she wants to be a chef like me, so we are training her early ahah.

          Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield:12-14 Cookies
Bake: 350° F 10-14 min (golden on the outside, light in the center)
Ingredients:
1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Tsp Honey 
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
1 Stick Unsalted Butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 Cup Chocolate Chunks
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
2. Cream the butter,and sugars together (brown sugar and granulated  sugar).
3. Add the egg, honey, and vanilla and cream together.
4. Scrap the bowl down. Scale all dry ingredients in a bowl with out the chocolate chunks : Flour, salt, and baking soda. 
5. Add the dry to the wet butter mixture. Mix just until incorporated
6. Add the chocolate chunks. and mix until just incorporated!
7. Place bowl of cookie dough in the cooler for 10-15 minutes.
8. Spray or line a sheet pan with grease, aluminum, or parchment 
paper. 
9. Make hockey puck rounds with the cookie dough. The size is between a golf ball and tennis ball.
9. Bake for 10-14 min on the middle rack. I like to rotate the pan in the middle of baking also. The  cookie should be golden brown on  the outside, and lighter in the center. Don’t be scared that it is raw in the center. The cookie carries over, and bakes for 
another 3-4 minutes when its comes out of the oven and its cooling
down.
10. Enjoy your warm goowwwwyyyy cookies with a glass of milk :]!!

*(you may alter this cookie recipe to the filling of your choice and 
it will still work. Example: Oatmeal, white chocolate, nuts..etc.. if you have questions of a cookie idea, or measurements you know where 
to find me :])

    Happy 4th of July Everyone! Stay happy, blessed, and safe!

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Italian Lemon Cookies

Happy Mothers Day

SHOUT OUT TO ALL MOMMAS!!

First and foremost Happy Mothers Day to all mommas, especially MINE! I love you very much, and appreciate all the loving things you have done for me, all the loving words you have said to me, all the loving devotion you put in me, and all the loving faith and support you have for me! I know its not only my momma, I’m sure we all feel this way, and I would like to take this well deserved time to acknowledge, and appreciate all the sacrifices they do for us!!

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My Momma ❤
Everyone has that specific dish, and/or specific dessert your momma makes that is soooo good, and they bring it to every dinner/event they attend! For my momma it is either her tiramisu, or her LEMON COOKIES!  I promise to post her tiramisu one day as well, so just keep up with me on my blog! These lemon cookies were actually from my Nonna- Lina. I watched her, and made these with her practically my whole childhood. Once again, she never really measures or writes recipes that are fully accurate. Italians will understand hah..but nonetheless this is the recipe we bake today! If your Italian, then you know exactly what cookie I am talking about. They are on every dinner table with coffee after every meal!! Or they are being shipped to every person in the whole family for Christmas, with an assortment of different Italian Cookies. These are the family favorite though.

Not only are they good as the after dinner coffee/tea cookie, they are great to bring as a gift, or to a dinner party. My momma has fun, and tries to be cute and festive with them. If there is a holiday, or theme dinner party, she will color the icing with the appropriate color scheme. For example before my baby cousin Gianna was born, we had a pumpkin gender reveal party. It was a girl!!

ITALIAN LEMON COOKIES

YIELD:20-25 Cookies 
BAKE TEMP: 350°F 10-12 Minutes
INGREDIENTS:
Cookie Dough:
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Crisco Shortening
3 Eggs
2 Tsp Lemon Extract
1 Lemon Zest
1 Tsp Lemon Juice
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1/4 Tsp Salt

Icing:
3 Cups Powder Sugar
1 Lemon Juiced and Zested
1 1/2 Tsp Lemon Extract
1-2 Tsp Milk

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Cream shortening, sugar, and zest together.

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Scrape sides of the bowl, and add/mix in the eggs, lemon juice, and extract.

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Add the flour, salt, and baking powder.

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DO NOT OVER MIX! Just mix until incorporated.

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Grab a pinch of dough at a time and roll into logs, and then tie into a KNOT. ** Putting a touch of oil on the board, and your hands prevents the dough from sticking.

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These cookies do not spread very much, so pack them in!!

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Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit 10- 12 minutes! You want them soft, DO NOT OVER BAKE!

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ICING: Mix all ingredients to an Elmers glue consistency. You want it pasty, but not liquidy.

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After the cookies have cooled down for 30 minutes. Dunk the tops in the lemon icing.

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After going through all the cookies, repeat the process a second time for a thicker coating.

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After all the cookies are glazed place in the cooler for 20 minutes so the coating can get hard, and you can store them!!!

Once again HAPPY MOTHERS DAY (DOG MOMS TOO!!), and happy Sunday!! See you next week! Let me know what you think!!! Thank you, and come bake with me!! They need a Happy Dog Parents Day or Happy AUNTS/UNCLES DAY haha.

CHEWY Nutella & Peanut Butter Cookies

Give the gift of…..

NUTELLAAA-ELLLAA -ELLAAA- ELLAAAA

For starters growing up, Nutella was basically a main food group in my household. Nutella became popular in the states more so around 10 years ago. Unless you had European parents who gave you this as a child, and introduced it to all your friends(ME), you didn’t know about it. Nutella was created in 1964, by a pastry chef who lived in Piedmont Italy. It was first created as a chocolate cream for patisseries to use. The inventor,  Pietro Ferrero had a son who perfected it into a chocolate spread that we eat today! My mom used to give it to us with BREAD, croissants, crepes, crackers, fruit, or the best way in my opinion…..ON THE SPOON! I have so many childhood memories with Nutella, and the tradition Has moved down with my niece.

You can use Nutella to bake with. In my opinion honey, and peanut butter are a match made in heaven with this spread!!! Considering mothers day is next week, I am giving the gift of Nutella! My mom personally loves peanut butter & nutella, so I decided to make a cookie for her!! These cookies are so rich, chewy, and moist.  They are perfect with a glass of milk, tea(my favorite), or in this case her favorite which is COFFEE! I tend to show my love through baking as a gift. Material objects are over rated! Of course I need my professional tester…… CARAMIA!

         Nutella & Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield:15-20 cookies
BAKE:350°F
INGREDIENTS:
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup NUTELLA
2 Tsp Baking Soda
1/8 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Cup Honey
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 3/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
1 Tsp Salt
1/2 Cup Sugar
2 Sticks of Butter 
2/3 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter

Directions:
1. Cream together the butter and sugar.
2. Add, and mix the peanut butter.
3. Add the eggs, vanilla, and honey.
4. Add the dry ingredients and mix: flour, salt, baking powder, 
and baking soda. 
5. Swirl in nutella with a fork.
6. Place the cookie batter in the fridge for 15 minutes before 
scooping to become more firm. 
7. Scoop golf ball size scoops “2” inches apart.*** 
8. Bake at 350°F for 8-12 minutes.
9. Let rest for 20 minutes, and ENJOY!!!!

**I like big CHEWY cookies. These will spread and baking to a thin   chewy cookie that are softball size. If you want to get a higher     quantity, and like smaller cookies, you can make them a smaller scoop size just watch the baking time. It might take 2-3 minutes shorter  in time since they are smaller. 
*** remember to bake just till the edges are golden brown, and a     little on the top if you want them this chewy!! They carry over and cookie 3-5 minutes after taking them out od the oven as well!!

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Tea Time

“Sereni·tea “

“n. The absence of stress while drinking tea”

I have never been a coffee drinker; so I guess me and tea, were just meant to be! I love baking a variety of cookies that are perfect for tea time, or to bring as a favor to any event. The shortbread cookie with jam is a traditional tea cookie. Tea Biscuits were developed in the 17th century in Yorkshire, England for the upper classes as a light snack between full-course meals.

Lets spruce it up a bit, shall we? I tried to create a cookie that would be a great balance between a traditional tea biscuit, and something that would still fulfill all my sweet and yummy cravings! You can change the filling to your particular craving or preference if you would like. I have done this same cookie dough and concept with any toasted nut & cinnamon sugar, nutella, vanilla custard, or any marmalade/jam filling.

This buttery and flakey shortbread cookie, with fig marmalade & toasted almonds will hit the spot! The combination is perfect with a warm cup of tea, and a great book!

Shortbread Cookies with Fig Marmalade & Toasted Almonds

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Enjoy, If you have any questions please feel free to ask. Thank you, see you next week..