Bake Off: Cookie Edition

This last weekend was wonderful. It actually probably gave me the energy to get me through this week (which as you can tell must’ve been busy since I am posting this 7 days late!). Last Sunday, I got to spend the day on Long Island with my friend Magda and her wonderful family. It felt so good to be in a real home words can hardly describe!

And the Sunday activities were right up my alley: brunch, movies, nail painting, and baking. Oh, there was baking all right. In fact, Magda and I decided that instead of baking one thing (like normal people do occasionally),  that we would bake 5 different things (cookies, to be exact) and figure out which types we liked best.

You could say we got a little carried away…

But that was part of the fun! Each recipe was so delicious, and you know when you put two people who love science into a kitchen they are going to go all nerdy on you and start splitting recipes and figuring out the right consistencies for dough, etc. So worth the cookie dough stomachache.

Anyways, lest I ramble on more, here are each of the recipes and a side-comment on what we thought to name them. If you learn one thing about baking from this post learn this: have fun with it!

The experimental ingredients: everything sweet and delicious!

#1: The Imitation Lola (a tribute to Flour Bakery’s Lola Cookie)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 8 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 6 Tbsp coconut flakes
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

#2: The Polish (has nothing to do with Poland other than that the honey used in the recipe came from Poland)

From left to right: The Mother’s Worst Nightmare, The Polish, and The Imitation Lola all lined up and ready for baking!

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • a sprinkle of cinnamon, to taste

#3: The Canadian Cookie (it’s cause of the maple, eh?)

The finished Polish, Canadian (the pancake-looking one), and Snickerdoodle Cookies.

  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups oats
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

#4: The Mother’s Worst Nightmare (a cookie of sinful delights)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup potato chips, crunched up
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • handful of M&Ms (personal preference for amount, I chose a lot)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

#5: The Snickerdoodle (simple, and oh-so-good)

Clockwise from the top: The Imitation Lola, the Canadian, The Polish, the Mother’s Worst Nightmare, and Snickerdoodle in the middle. Oh that pile of cookies looks like it needs a tall glass of milk!

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

For each recipe, the directions are pretty much the same. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg together for a couple minutes. Add in flour, salt, baking soda and other various dry ingredients and mix until they just come together. Scoop cookie dough onto baking pans and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.

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