Monday, January 19, 2015

Chewy Salted Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

I am a big fan of drop cookies. Especially when they are soft and chewy! I don't make them often, because I don't want to eat the entire batch and I will! Eat. The. Entire. Batch.



I'e been wanting to test out this new recipe for a while and tonight I finally got a chance. It's pretty rare to find time to get anything done these days, with baby boy having me wrapped around his cute little fingers ;)

These are pretty simple to make, they're quick, no complicated directions or difficult to find ingredients. If you're still trying to decide if you want to make these cookies, the answer is yes.

I used half coconut oil and half butter in this recipe, just for fun ;) it's a little healthier and I think makes the cookies a little softer and chewier. If you don't have/don't like coconut oil use all butter, if you want to pretend the cookies are totally healthy and therefore immune to your new years resolutions use all coconut oil ;)


Chewy Salted Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup solid coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • fleur de sel sea salt (my favorite)
Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cream butter, coconut oil and sugars in bowl of electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth and creamy. 
  3. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to bowl, mix just until incorporated. Add oats and mix just until incorporated. Add butterscotch chips at the end and mix gently until evenly dispersed. 
  4. Using a small (1 Tbsp) scoop to get even sized cookies, scoop and drop onto cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper or silpat mat. Press gently to slightly flatted cookie before baking.
  5. Bake for 9-11 minutes until cookies are slightly golden around the edges. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with sea salt. 



Samantha
Flour De Lis

Monday, January 12, 2015

Vanilla Bean Cutout Cookies (Updated Recipe)

My very first post here was my favorite recipe for Citrus Vanilla Cutouts. It was January 10th, way back in 2011, we had just moved back to Seattle from CO and I was happy to be a home and getting ready for my best friends wedding.
This recipe is still my favorite, but I have tweaked it over the years and rarely add the orange extract or orange emulsion.


I have baked more cookies these past two months than in the past year! Which I guess isn't surprising since I haven't been baking much at all with little boy here. He keeps me plenty busy and happy!



But I have been asked over and over again about my recipe this month and I am getting tired of sending people to the old post and then emailing or messaging them to add all the updates. It just isn't working for me anymore, so here is the new and improved recipe.

Vanilla Bean Cutouts

Ingredients:

  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter, cold, cut into pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (I use this)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In your mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until fully incorporated and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the egg, vanilla extract and vanilla bean paste. Beat until fully incorporated and use a rubber spatula to scrape side and bottom of bowl if necessary.
  4. With the mixer off, add flour, baking powder and salt. Turn mixer on low to prevent the "flour cloud" and mix until all dry ingredients are incorporated. 
  5. Mix just until a soft dough forms and pulls away from the bowl. 
  6. Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, cut out your choice of shapes and place onto your cookie sheets. 
  7. Bake for about 10-12 minutes. Cookies will be lightly golden on the bottom to very slightly brown on the edges. Remove from sheet and cool on rack.

Cutout cookies are delicious when eaten plain but traditionally they are decorated with some type of frosting, my favorite is royal icing.



Notes:
This cookie dough should be like a soft play dough. When touched, it should not stick to your hands, or the rolling pin.  To get the right consistency, I use 3 cups of flour in the winter and 3 1/2 in the summer, your flour amount may be different based on temperature, humidity and altitude. 
I usually roll my cookie dough out on waxed paper sheets for easy cleanup and so I can pop any extra dough into the freezer to be used later. I also like to keep each tray of cut out cookies in the freezer for at least 5 minutes before placing in the oven, they hold their shape much better this way.
If you line your baking trays with paper, always use parchment paper, never waxed paper. The wax will burn off or melt onto your cookies and leave a funky taste behind.


Samantha
Flour De Lis

Monday, December 15, 2014

Gingerbread Latte Cutout Cookies

Tis the season for gingerbread and warm beverages!

Gingerbread cookies are one of my favorite things to make this time of year.  Something about the soft, cakey texture, the spiced flavor and the smell that fills your house and lingers long after the cookies are baked keeps me smiling all winter.



My favorite gingerbread recipe is actually from the uber amazing mama and cookie artist SugarBelle aka Callye. Her recipe is divine! I didn't know I liked gingerbread until I tried it. Seriously, if you question your love of gingerbread, you should try hers, it will convert you!  If you don't need converting and you just want to make amazing cookies, go to the same place. You simply can't go wrong with these cookies.


Do you see those little dark spots? Those are the reason we are here today! The reason you are going to make cookies right now! Maybe you can run to the store first and buy a few things you might not have on hand and then make cookies ;)

So back to those dark spots... Those little flecks are freeze dried coffee. Instant coffee crystals add so much yummy flavor to these already delicious cookies. I prefer Nestle Tasters choice because I don't drink coffee and I can buy these singe serving packets and keep them on hand for baking. 

Gingerbread Latte Cutout Cookies
inspired by SugarBelle

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup unsulphered molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp coffee emulsion
  • 3-4 tbsp coffee granules
  • 5 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
Directions: 
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add molasses, eggs, vanilla, coffee emulsion and instant coffee.  Beat until smooth and fluffy.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Whisk to combine.
  4. Add 1/2 of the flour mixture to wet mixture and blend, add remaining flour and mix just until dough forms and pulls away from sides of mixing bowl.
  5. Separate dough into 2 or 3 equal size pieces and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill for 1-2 hours or overnight. 
  6. Roll chilled dough out onto lightly flour surface to about 1/4-1/3 thickness. Cut into desired shapes and bake for 6-8 minutes depending on size and thickness. 


Gingerbread cookies can be eaten warm from the oven or you can let them cool and decorate with glaze or royal icing.

If you know your Starbucks red cups, you know this one is from last year... which should tell you about how long it has taken me to get this post written...



Notes: Gingerbread cookie dough tends to be more "elastic" than regular roll out cookie dough, it does spread a tiny bit, but will still keep it's shape well, you can reduce the spread by freezing the cut outs on the cookie tray for about 10 minutes before baking them. Callye's original recipe calls for 1/2 butter, 1/2 shortening. I am not anti shortening, I just don't use it in my regular cookies and therefore don't have it on hand when I make these ones so I use all butter. Instead of vanilla you can try using orange or almond extract, both are delicious! DO NOT try using starbucks via or any other instant coffee packets that also contain milk powder, yuck! Trust me ;)

Samantha
Flour De Lis

Monday, September 8, 2014

Meet Baby Boy

Once upon a time, I made cookies. I loved cookies, making them, decorating them, looking at other people cookies, reading cookie blogs etc. A year ago, I decided to make a baby. Three months ago, he was born and now I cuddle, feed, burp, diaper, soothe, carry, rock, bathe, clothe, swaddle, pacify, sleep, and then do it all over again everyday. All day. Seriously. Non-stop.  It's absolutely my favorite thing ever :)

We welcomed Baby Boy into our lives on June 8th at 2:32 pm. We fell instantly in love with all 19.6 inches and 7 lbs 0.7oz of him.

I am exhausted, but oh so happy!
Today, Baby Boy is 3 months old! I just can't believe it! These three months have gone by so fast and he has changed so much!

He's the happiest, smiliest, sweetest little baby I've ever seen!


I mean c'mon :)


We had an amazing experience with our newborn photographer Shauna.  She captured some of the best pictures ever and I will treasure them forever! If you are in the Seattle area and need a photographer, I highly recommend her!

He was almost 2 weeks old when those pictures were taken and I can't even remember how tiny he was! He has grown so fast!





It's really amazing how much has happened in three months!

He loves "reading", "talking" and smiling. And his strong, little legs never stop moving! 


Samantha
Flour De Lis

Monday, May 12, 2014

Happy Mothers Day and Happy 36 Weeks

This Sunday was not just Mothers Day, it was also the ever important 36 weeks milestone for my baby bump! Baby boy will be here oh so soon! I can't believe how quickly these 8 months have gone by!

This weekend we decided to drive down to Portland and watch the Trail Blazers take on the Spurs in game 3 on Saturday night. I am not sure this was a dr approved trip but it sure was fun. It was the closest game in the series so far, but the trail blazers just couldn't quite pull it off. Hubs and I are actually Miami Heat fans, but we like supporting our local teams and Portland is the only basketball team around here now.

We spent the weekend at my SIL and BIL's house in Vancouver, WA and had perfect weather. Sunday morning I had my first mothers day breakfast (delivered to me in bed, by the niece and nephew). After that we headed into Portland and strolled through the Pearl district eating and walking and eating and talking and just enjoying the sunshine.

Hubs and I both stopped in to the Nike store and bought new shoes, I LOVE mine! I'll need some cute and comfortable shoes to get me motivated after baby arrives :)

Here is my weekly bump picture (top and bottom from Pink Blush), I swear if I get much rounder, I am going to topple over and roll down the stairs!



So here is how we are doing this week, 
  • How far along: 36 weeks as of Sunday. My first Mothers Day :)
  • Baby is the size of…: Romaine lettuce, or a small melon 
  • Weight gain: 36 pounds
  • Baby Bump: So big. So, so big. Did I mention big?
  • Stretch Marks: None yet!
  • Exercise: Lots of walking and light weight lifting. 
  • Cravings: Blueberries, salad, water
  • Mood: Excited and tired 
  • Sleep: More please... Bathroom 
  • Wedding Ring: On for half the day. My fingers get swollen whenever it gets hot or when I am particularly busy so I usually take it off just to be safe. 
  • Baby Name?: All decided
  • Gender: Boy 
  • Movement: He is a mover and shaker. He particularly likes to move after I eat and when I am trying to sleep!
  • Maternity Clothes: I seem to be outgrowing all of my maternity clothes, so it's very good that I am close to b-day!
  • What I am looking forward too: Bringing baby home
  • What I miss: Sleeping through the night and real sushi!
  • Favorite thing this week: So difficult to chose just one! All the components of the nursery came and I somehow managed to put them all together while the mr. was at work! Crib is ready, rocking chair is ready, diaper changing station is stocked, closet is full and I am feeling accomplished! Hubs and I had ahhhhh-mazing massages on Friday night and then we celebrated mothers day in Portland. It was just a great week!
I hope everyone took the time to enjoy and appreciate the mothers in their lives, where would we be without so many great moms?

For those of you who entered the PPB wallet giveaway, don't forget to check and see who won!

Samantha
Flour De Lis

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Hospital Bag and GIVEAWAY!

My absolutely gorgeous diaper/hospital bag arrived yesterday! And now I officially have baby fever!


Petunia Pickle Bottom
I am seriously in love with this bag! It's the perfect minty shade, it's organic, it has a fun print, tons of pockets and it's HUGE! I have another small bag that I will use more frequently for everyday stuff, this will be more of a travel, longer trip diaper bag. 

I have everything ready to pack inside it for the trip to the hospital, I probably definitely overpacked! But better to have everything I might need, than be missing the one crazy thing I didn't think to pack.


So here's the breakdown of everything I think I'll need :)

  1. Diaper Bag
  2. Water Cup
  3. Safety Sign
  4. Snacks
    1. Trader Joe's Omega Trek Mix packs
    2. Jerky for the mr.
    3. Pistachios
    4. Organic Apple Chips
    5. Organic Protein Bars
    6. Trader Joe's Organic Fruit Leather
    7. Jelly Beans
    8. Bit-O-Honey
    9. Gum
  5. Loose fitting pajama bottoms with nursing top
  6. Flip flops
  7. Robe
  8. Cute grannie panties (thanks Jessica Simpson!)
  9. Baby's going home outfit (daddy picked it out :))
  10. Blum Face Wipes
  11. Travel size deodorant
  12. Travel size Tums
  13. Nail file
  14. Monkey Balm
  15. EOS Lip Balm
  16. Hair bands
Not pictured are my cosmetic bag (probably won't need), toothbrush, a change of clothes for the Mr. and change for the vending machine, just in case we didn't bring enough snacks ;) 


Here's a little update on the giant baby bump! At 35 weeks :)

Now for the good part, when I ordered my PPB bag, they sent me a free wallet! But it doesn't match the bag print and I don't particularly need a new wallet at this time, so I figured I'd just give it away to one of you lucky people!

It's their Wanderlust Wallet in a pretty pink print.  Giveaway ends on Mothers Day!








Samantha
Flour De Lis

Friday, April 4, 2014

Carrot Cake Cut Out Cookies

Just in time for Easter, I made a new roll out version of one of my favorite treats! Carrot cake is just so perfectly, perfect for celebrating spring!




As with all my cut out cookies I started with my basic Citrus Vanilla cookie recipe. It's a recipe that I've tested and tested and I know it's great and it's so east to adapt the flavors.

I added more flour and sugar to this version as you can see, because the carrots add a lot of extra moisture into the mix. If you want to stick with the original measurements or if you choose to use your own recipe and adapt it for these flavors, just squeeze out the carrot juice before adding the grated carrots to the dough.


Just look at those delicious carrot shavings and spices all mingled together! 


Carrot Cake Cut Out Cookies
recipe by me

Ingredients:
  • 4 to 4 1/2 cups Flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, cold
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup finely grated fresh carrot (I used a zester to get very fine pieces)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped flake coconut (I like to pulse it in my food processor a few times just to break it down so the dough cuts easier)

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg in a separate bowl and set aside
  3. In your mixer, cream the butter and sugar together.
  4. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
  5. Add the grated carrot and mix until incorporated.
  6. Gradually add in the flour and spice mixture while mixing. Scrape the bowl as you add. 
  7. Add in coconut and nuts (if using) with the last addition of flour and mix until dough is uniform and pulls away from the bowl.
  8. Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface (I usually do this on waxed paper sheets so I can pop the into the fridge to firm up)
  9. Cut out the shapes you want and place onto your cookie sheets (lined with parchment paper, not waxed paper!)
  10. I usually place a tray of cut out cookies into the freezer for at least 5 minutes before placing in the oven, they hold their shape much better this way!
  11.  Bake for about 10-12 minutes. Cookies will be lightly golden on the bottom to very slightly brown on the edges. Remove from sheet and cool on rack.


This recipe yields a softer cookie, with a texture closer to Lofthouse sugar cookies (my weakness). These cookies are super delicious anytime, but seemed perfect for spring! So you can decorate them however you want!



Samantha
Flour De Lis