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legendof
Oct 27, 2014



Lemon almond biscotti from a KAF recipe. I'm shocked at how easy biscotti are. Will probably make these again, substituting other extracts for the almond. Will probably also add some chopped nuts next time.

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Sex Hobbit
Jul 24, 2007

because we are cat




A coworker put this recipe on my desk so I did what must be done. Hopefully they're okay with almonds rather than walnuts, because I forgot to get walnuts at the store but already had almonds (I like them better in cookies anyway).

Overall I'm happy with how this recipe turned out and might go with this one over the ATK recipe in the future; they're pretty much the same thing but with easy ratios instead of ATK's insistence on using fractional amounts of everything.

Croatoan
Jun 24, 2005

Hold the line, I have shitposting to do.


You should brown your butter. It makes better cookies.

Sex Hobbit
Jul 24, 2007

because we are cat


Croatoan posted:

You should brown your butter. It makes better cookies.

Eh I know

Meanwhile, the office every-month-or-so collective birthday celebration is tomorrow, and I have made Ruby Tandoh's buttermilk lemon black pepper cake, Sheet Cake Edition!



The actual recipe calls for two round cakes with the lemon curd sandwiched in between, but round/tall cakes are not generally well received at these parties in my experience so I just made a single sheet cake and I'll take the curd separate if anyone wants to try it. The cake gets drizzled with lemon syrup so it absolutely does not need frosting or anything, really. Just awesomely face-meltingly lemony with a little pepper to brighten it up.

Included in the celebrations this month is my own birthday, which was Monday! My mom (she of the Pusheen cookies upthread) made me a fruit custard tart:



I got a $50 Amazon gift card and have NO IDEA which of the dozen or so cookbooks on my list I'm going to get. Or maybe a new cookie scoop, since mine bit the dust from overuse a few weeks ago.

(Those are my chucks and my grandma's snoopy slippers that I just noticed I failed to crop out.)

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Magic Hate Ball
May 6, 2007

ha ha ha!
you've already paid for this




Still using up my packet of lavender. I have these down pretty well now, I don't even really have to think about the recipe which is kind of exciting after three tries. Shaping them while they're in log form is fun.

Boywhiz88
Sep 11, 2005

floating 26" off da ground. BURR!

Iíve been sick the last 4 days and all I wanna do is bake

Scudworth
Jan 1, 2005

When life gives you lemons, you clone those lemons, and make super lemons.


Dinosaur Gum

It's been a long time since I had a serious baking failure so my time had come.

I tried the foodwishes soft pretzel recipe which uses store bought pizza dough and should come together quick and easy in like half an hour.
No.
Everything went wrong that could possibly go wrong, boiling them in the alkaline solution was a huge foamy mess, and even making half of them cinnamon-sugar coated as insurance against failure was not enough.

They had such an intense PRETZEL chemical taste I nearly spit out my first bite. I left them for my housemates.

Sex Hobbit
Jul 24, 2007

because we are cat




Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies



Orange Almond Crumble Coffee Cake (This, in particular, was a massive hit.)

SymmetryrtemmyS
Jul 13, 2013



What are my best options for a vegan butter substitution? I'm making cookies for a crowd, and some dietary restrictions apply.

Scudworth
Jan 1, 2005

When life gives you lemons, you clone those lemons, and make super lemons.


Dinosaur Gum

SymmetryrtemmyS posted:

What are my best options for a vegan butter substitution? I'm making cookies for a crowd, and some dietary restrictions apply.

Vegan margarine is usually your best bet, but depending on end textures you can also use bananas, apple sauce, baking powder+water, or extra oil.
I often end up helping with the xmas baking for my vegan sister and the margarine is best overall, but for example the banana can work in oatmeal cookies even better. Whatever kind of cookie you're making, google for a vegan version and see what they used as your guide.

Sex Hobbit
Jul 24, 2007

because we are cat


SymmetryrtemmyS posted:

What are my best options for a vegan butter substitution? I'm making cookies for a crowd, and some dietary restrictions apply.

Butter-flavored Crisco, probably.

Mr_Roke
Jan 1, 2014



SymmetryrtemmyS posted:

What are my best options for a vegan butter substitution? I'm making cookies for a crowd, and some dietary restrictions apply.

I know my grandma and my vegan uncle use coconut oil. I'm not sure if they just use a straight 1:1 substitution ratio but the baked stuff I've had from them has been perfectly fine.

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Boywhiz88
Sep 11, 2005

floating 26" off da ground. BURR!

So itís getting to be that time of year where I cannot leave butter to soften over the work day without it getting melty. How long do goons take to soften their butter?

CrazySalamander
Nov 5, 2009


SymmetryrtemmyS posted:

What are my best options for a vegan butter substitution? I'm making cookies for a crowd, and some dietary restrictions apply.

If they are going to be fresh out of the oven, applesauce works fine. Using applesauce though will make them go stale really fast so keep that in mind. Coconut oil would probably be a perfect substitution, but I've never tried that.

fknlo
Jul 6, 2009

ALL of them.


Grimey Drawer



Peanut Butter Blondie. Absolutely delicious. I should have sprinkled some Reese's Pieces on top for a little more visual appeal though.

Boywhiz88
Sep 11, 2005

floating 26" off da ground. BURR!

Yeah, Iíve made those a couple times to great resound. Although they each came out a bit dry but I think I just need to reduce the time, or increase the PB.

Boywhiz88
Sep 11, 2005

floating 26" off da ground. BURR!

Got a buddy in a band coming into town, asked what he wanted for his batch and he threw me for a loop: espresso-something. Any recipes for a delicious cookie w/ espresso flavor?

"oooo you ever mess with like toffee cookies or poo poo with espresso??"

Toffee suggestions are open as well but I have no experience with toffee nor know what it is!

Sehkmet
Oct 21, 2004
All I want is a kind word, a warm bed, and UNLIMITED POWER.

Fallen Rib

Toffee bits = Heath pieces if you've got them in your local supermarket. Could do something like this but substitute in toffee bits instead of chocolate chips, or do a mix of both? https://cookienameddesire.com/coffe...e-chip-cookies/

Also it's not cookies but close: I stress-baked lemon cupcakes with whipped vanilla buttercream.

Gwyrgyn Blood
Dec 17, 2002



Coffee+Toffee is pretty much a winning combo whatever you do.

Cappuccino Crinkles are a good choice if you want something very chocolaty. Don't have a particular favorite recipe for these but I have made these before: https://www.bhg.com/recipe/cookies/cappuccino-crinkles/

I liked these Espresso Chocolate Shortbread cookies: https://smittenkitchen.com/2007/12/...tbread-cookies/

I was actually thinking about trying to making some kind of pecan + toffee cookie tonight to see how that would go.

Sex Hobbit
Jul 24, 2007

because we are cat


I'm not vegan, but I'm going to a potlucky brunch thing where vegans will be present, so I made vegan almond poppyseed and cinnamon sugar scones!



quote:

Sex Hobbit's Scone Recipe with Vegan Substitutions

DRY STUFF
2 cups flour (you can mix and match here, I use either all AP or half wheat and half AP)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter / 4 tablespoons butter-flavored Crisco
2 tablespoons poppyseeds, if that's what you're doing

WET STUFF
1 egg / 1 egg's worth of egg substitute (I used Ener-G Egg Replacer from the local co-op)
2/3 cup buttermilk / 2/3 cup soy milk + 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons of vanilla or almond extract

Preheat oven to 425F

Make all the Wet Stuff and let it set for five minutes or so if you're doing the vegan subs, then mix it all together and set it aside.

Mix all the Dry Stuff except the butter/crisco together in a big bowl. Either cut up the butter/crisco into small pieces and mush it all together with your hands or pastry cutter until it looks like breadcrumbs, or do it in a food processor.

Make an indentation in your Dry Stuff and pour the Wet Stuff in. Mix it with a fork until you have a dough that sticks to itself and not the bowl. You might have to add a bit more flour. It shouldn't be TOO dry though. It should definitely stick to your hands a bit.

Put some parchment on your baking sheet, flour that up, and plomp the dough down on it. Press it into a circle about 1.5" thick and cut that circle into eight wedges. Separate the wedges; if you leave them all together they'll merge. Press some demerara sugar (for the almond poppyseed ones) or cinnamon sugar (for the cinnamon vanilla ones) onto the top of each wedge. Be careful not to mush them around too much; the more you work the dough the less it will rise.

Bake for 14-16 minutes. Depending on your oven you might want to check them at 13 and decide from there how much longer they need.

Transfer to a wire rack for cooling and use a food brush to get that excess flour off the underside.

This is a super adaptable recipe; if you want to put chocolate chips or craisins or something in them about 2/3 cup is the ideal amount. Put them in with the dry stuff, you'll never get them all incorporated if you try to add them after the buttermilk and egg.

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Boywhiz88
Sep 11, 2005

floating 26" off da ground. BURR!

Gwyrgyn Blood posted:

Coffee+Toffee is pretty much a winning combo whatever you do.

Cappuccino Crinkles are a good choice if you want something very chocolaty. Don't have a particular favorite recipe for these but I have made these before: https://www.bhg.com/recipe/cookies/cappuccino-crinkles/

I liked these Espresso Chocolate Shortbread cookies: https://smittenkitchen.com/2007/12/...tbread-cookies/

I was actually thinking about trying to making some kind of pecan + toffee cookie tonight to see how that would go.

Thanks! I donít really drink coffee so I donít have any instant stuff on hand. What should I grab or avoid? Wanna try one of these recipes today!

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SymmetryrtemmyS
Jul 13, 2013



Boywhiz88 posted:

Thanks! I don’t really drink coffee so I don’t have any instant stuff on hand. What should I grab or avoid? Wanna try one of these recipes today!

After some research last time I baked with coffee, most of my trusted sources say to use whatever instant coffee crystals you can find. I was happy enough with the results, but I complained about the lack of really assertive coffee flavor to a patissiere friend and she said that she uses Cafe Bustelo. It worked much better than the instant crystals, and there was no grit in the delicate texture. You can also brew coffee (but make it very strong) and use that in place of water in recipes that call for extra water, like some pies.

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