Apocalypse Cookie Mash-Up

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So for my Happy Valentines Day Zombie Apocalypse care package, I found an idea for Apocalypse cookies on the blog Shards of Blue. For hers she brilliantly combined a recipe for Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies from Brown Eyed Baker and No Bake Cockroach Clusters from Bakingdom.

I’m kind of not very good at changing up recipes. I’m such a rule follower, but this logically made sense in my head, so I’m gonna share with y’all my very simple combination of these recipes.

Base Ingredients (From Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1/2  cup semisweet chocolate chips (instead of 1 cup from original)

Additives (From the Cockroach Clusters:

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (mixed in with flour)
  • 3/4 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup mini reese’s pieces
  • 1/2 cup crushed pretzel pieces (I used unsalted)

How to:

  • Measure out & whisk together your dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, & cocoa powder) Set aside
  • In a mixer, cream your butter, and add the two sugars, peanut butter, and vanilla.
  • Scrape down the bowl with a spatula, and add your egg. Mix on medium speed until everything is mixed well.
  • Add your flour mixture (slowly so it doesn’t cover your kitchen! I may have done that..)
  • Add all your mix-ins!! (Everything, reese’s, oats, chocolate chips, pretzels, and marshmallows!
  • Scoop large portions (3 Tablespoons approximately), place them 2 inches apart on your baking sheet, and bake at 350 degrees. Note: Use parchment on your cookie sheet, because the marshmallow may caramelize which will make them stick.
  • Tip: I have an older oven, so times for me may be different for you. But these took about 15 minutes in my oven. I scooped them kind of large, and I did not wait for them to get solid. Once the bottoms looked like they had set, I took them out and let them sit on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes to continue cooking. This makes for a chewy and delicious cookie!

So why are these Apocalypse cookies? Well the blogger from Shards of Blue described it pretty well..There’s practically everything but the kitchen sink in these cookies!! Can you imagine making food during an apocalypse?! I’d be throwing everything in there! Enjoy!!

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Getting Down to Baking Business: Chocolate Chip Cookie Style

WARNING: Late night, Christmas music, alone for Thanksgiving induced rant below! Scroll down for cookies!

So,  I’m staying up late making all kinds of cookies and such for my soldier’s mini- care package. Baking and I have a bit of a love hate relationship; yes, I went to school for baking & pastry, and yes, I loved it…but I don’t know I guess it’s just weird for me now. I was obsessed with opening my own bakery, and getting everything perfect and then all of a sudden my life got turned upside down and I didn’t want anything to do with my life really. But everyone wanted me to just go back to the way I was before so they would always get me to bake and make them stuff when really I was falling apart inside, so it just became like a character people wanted me to play, where it used to be something I was passionate about! When I got out of school I came home and I don’t think I touched a kitchen for about 3 months, then I took on a huge project of making 2 decorated cakes for a coworker of mine and around 3am when I was laying on my kitchen floor, eating icing, I just realized I wasn’t ready yet. It’s been a while now and now that I’ve actually dealt with the actual source of my problems and worked through them with the help of my soldier, I can be happy again and start to enjoy the little things that used to make me smile.The important thing now is: I bake when I want to, not when people want me too, and I keep things simple. There’s no reason for things to be complicated…ever!

Sorry for that little rant, it’s just late and it was on my mind.  But back to the sweet stuff! I made chocolate chip cookies…(So many chocolate chip cookies!), oatmeal raisin cookies, and brownies!  I know it may seem like a lot for one night, but it’s not so bad once you get rolling. I find it better to plan out how I’m going to do things before I get into the kitchen. Maybe that’s my culinary school kid training, but it works for me! I sit down with all my recipes, plan out what I’m going to be making and then figure out the best order to do it. For example, I know my oatmeal cookie dough works best when it has sat in the fridge for a while, so I made that first and sat it in the fridge while I made my chocolate chip cookie dough! As for the brownies..I just had a really hard time picking a recipe to go with. I have so many recipes for brownies that I adore, and I really wanted them to be delicious since they’re for my soldier, but not super complicated. Like I said, I’m a firm believer that simple is best! But for now we’re just gonna stick with the chocolate chip, I’ll write about the rest later.

The Process

Chocolate Chip Cookies (Recipe off the Ghiradelli Chocolate Chip Bag)

  • 2 & 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cups white granulated sugar (regular sugar)
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (invest in a good pure vanilla if you can)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups (1 bag) Ghiradelli  Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional, I left them out)

Ok so, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Then whisk your flour, baking soda, and salt together and set aside. Cream your butter with your two sugars (beat on medium until creamy), and then add your eggs and your vanilla one at a time. Gradually add your flour mixture and then once that is incorporated, mix in your chocolate chips and walnuts either by hand (I recommend) or on the lowest setting on your mixer. Scoop on to the cookie sheet and bake for 9-11minutes, or until you can see a little golden ring around the edges.

Ok…now here’s my little cookie pet peeve. I love my cookies soft, so I take mine out right at 9 minutes, and they still are soft and don’t look fully baked at all! (just till I can see the little golden ring around the edge). But I let them sit on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes so they set. Trust me…soft cookie goodness! Plus I think it will help these particular cookies not get hard as rocks when they’re being sent oversees to James! Which I’m sure he’s thankful for.

By the way, for those of you who may be sending these overseas, I vacuum sealed them (6 to a quart sized bag) and put them in these little holiday tins from the dollar store! I got a little handheld pump vacuum sealer from ziploc. It’s super affordable, unlike an actual vacuum sealer, and seems to work just as well. Be warned…if you seal them too tight you have just discovered the chocolate chip wafer. Not that I did that or anything…ok…I did…