Who?Who would hate cookies? I hope you are not saying yes, this would make reading the rest of this post just about completely pointless.I am not here to waste your time, nor is it my wish in life to waste your time.I am serious.
I am also serious about cookies, deadly serious.Cue the threatening and dramatic music.Would life be better if we all had a personal soundtrack? Maybe.Would the world be better if we always had cookies? Yes, yes it would be.
I went nuts over the weekend and made three cookies, I am going write about two of them, though in the photo I post may in-fact have three.That is not me admitting that the third cookie was below par, no way.I am just lazy, and will post that one, another time.
So, for tonight, I give you Butter cookies, and peanut butter fudge swirl cookies.
You will be thanking me, so, you are welcome.
- 1 cup of flour.
- 1/2 cup of Earth Balance.
- 1/4th cup of sugar.
- 2 teaspoons of lemon juice.
- 3 teaspoons of vanilla.
- 1/4th cup of chocolate chips.
- 1 tablespoon of shortening.
You are going to want to begin by whipping the butter, with a spoon, perhaps a blender, just to soften it up.Once you have done this, toss in the vanilla, lemon juice, sugar and stir well.Stir like you have never stirred before! I am going to calm down, now.
Now, mix in the flour, in halves.Sir, beat, whatever, just do it well.
Wrap the dough in something, and place in the fridge and let it chill a couple hours.
You could take this time to clean, bath, read a book, watch a movie, use whichever social network you use, I do not know.Just do something.Perhaps, work out, to make room for the fat and calories this cookies will soon be bringing to you.
Okay, that is not the best thing to say.Scratch that.
Alright, has it been two hours? Lightly flour a flat surface, and take half your dough and roll it out flat.Take a cookie cutter and cut out your cookies.No cutter? Get creative and find some small circular shape to use.
Repeat with your second half of dough, then place them on a non greased , non sprayed baking pan.
Bake them at 375 degrees for 7 minutes.While they are baking, heat up and melt the chocolate chips and shortening.
When the cookies are done baking, and cooled enough on a rack for you to grab, dip them in the chocolate.I dipped only half way.That is a nice touch, and I think it would be wise to replicate that.I do, I really do.
Peanut butter Fudge Swirl
- 1/2 cup of peanut butter.
- 1/2 cup of Earth Balance.
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable shortening.
- 1 cup of sugar.
- 1 egg’s worth of Egg Replacer.
- 1/3rd cup of soy or rice milk.
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla.
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
- 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.
- 1 teaspoon of salt.
These are amazingly yummy, not that the other cookies are not, but I have a deep and profound love of peanut butter.
Beat or blend the butter, peanut butter, and shortening and follow that by adding about half the flour.Now add everything else remaining other then the chocolate.Got that? Everything other then the chocolate.Mix, stir, blend well.That includes the last of the flour.
Break the dough into two halves.Melt your chocolate, and mix that in with one of the dough halves.Okay, now it gets a bit tricky.
Well, not that tricky, but it is work.
Take two pieces of wax paper, placing one half of the dough in between them, and roll it out the dough.You are looking for it to be about the shape of a rectangle.No worries, if it not, you can cut some off.Do this with both halves.
Now, make sure they are of similar size.The next step is a bit precise, so be careful.Line up both rolled out rectangles of dough on top of each other, and roll from one side, till it is rolled up much like a fruit roll up or, well, I do not know, just roll it up.
Once this has been done, wrap it and let it sit in the fridge for a couple hours.
Once again, find something to do.Pick up that book you were reading, or something.I do not know.
Now that it has chilled in the fridge, remove and now you have to slice the cookies.I went with about 1/4th or so of an inch, using a sharp knife.Place them on, once again, a non greased baking pan, and cook at 375 degrees for 12 minutes.
There is some time, and work involved in these cookies, but I assure you, they are worth it.Really, I mean it.Seriously.