For me, few things can beat the flavor of the good, old homemade cookie, but it does take a bit of culinary knowledge to bake them right. As a newbie cookie maker, I quickly realized that the craft can be hacked if you have reliable recipes up your sleeve. Set on baking delectable snacks? Here, try these simple recipes the next time your sweet tooth sounds its calling.
- 3 egg whites
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 vanilla bean scraped seeds
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh orange zest
- orange gel-paste food coloring
- a pinch of tartar cream
- a pinch of salt
- Mix egg whites and sugar in a heat-resistant bowl, add vanilla seeds, and stir until sugar has dissolved completely. Add cream of tartar and salt.
- Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed until the meringue turns stiff, then place it in the oven preheated to 200 degrees. Once the meringue has cooled, add orange zest.
- Use a paintbrush to draw vertical stripes of coloring to the inside of a piping bag with a 1/2-inch tip. Pour the meringue into the pastry bag and squeeze 1 3/4-inch shapes 2 inches apart on parchment-covered baking sheets. As you finish each squeeze, reduce pressure applied to the bag and swirl off the tip.
- Bake meringues until crisp, and let them cool on a wire rack before serving.
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 12 halved marshmallows
- chocolate frosting
- Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Next, mix butter and sugar using an electric mixer or KitchenAid food processor until light and fluffy. Mix milk, egg, and vanilla, and stir in the flour-based batter at low speed.
- Use a tablespoon or ice cream scoop to drop the dough onto baking sheets. Bake in the oven preheated to 375 degrees until cookies turn firm and start to spread.
- Take the cookies out from the oven. Drop marshmallow bits to the center of each cookie, and press down lightly. Put the cookies back into the oven and continue baking until marshmallow starts to melt. Next, transfer the cookies to the wire rack and let them cool well before adding the frosting.
- Starting from the center and going towards the edges, spread a tablespoon of frosting atop each cookie until the marshmallow’s completely covered. Serve when the frosting turns firm.
Chocolate chip cookies
- 3 cups flour
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons hot water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Mix together butter and white and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla extract.
- Dissolve baking soda in water and mix it into the blend.
- Add nuts, chocolate chips, flour, and salt to the mixture and whisk until smooth.
- Use a tablespoon to drop the batter onto the pan covered by a baking parchment. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes.
I love making cookies for my family over the weekends, and if you venture to try my recipes, I promise you’ll fall in love with the joys of pastry craft too. Bon appétit!