Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I think this is my first time making peanut butter chocolate chip cookies but they came out so well! It’s difficult just to have one and I’ve been gaining weight because of them! ☹ It’s a struggle because I enjoy eating them but I also want to lose the last 10 lb from my post-partum weight. I grew up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from time to time but haven’t eaten peanut butter for years. I recently made fresh peanut butter using my Vitamix and it was delicious! You really can’t compare freshly made products from processed ones. I’ve been getting addicted ever since I made fresh peanut butter.

These cookies are a perfect way to use up some of your peanut butter at home. It’s a sweet indulgence that both kids and adults will enjoy! 😊

Full of peanut butter 🙂

Yield: 16 large cookies
Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat or regular pastry flour
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips (or whatever flavor you prefer)
  • 2 tsp flaked salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F with racks in the middle.
  2. In an electric mixer, cream butter, sugar, peanut butter, and baking soda on low-medium speed until well mixed.
  3. Add vanilla extract and 2 large eggs and beat until light and fluffy.
  4. Add flour and mix on low speed until flour is incorporated.
  5. Add chocolate chips and mix on the lowest speed for a few seconds or until chocolate is well distributed in dough.
  6. Gently make golf sized balls from the dough and spread out the balls so they’re not too close to each other on the baking tray.
  7. Chill dough in fridge for at least 15 minutes. This step is optional and helps cookies keep their shape.
  8. Distribute flaked salt evenly on top of the cookies for that extra crunch.
  9. Bake cookies for 13 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  10. An additional optional step is to gently press down on the cookies with the bottom of a glass cup for a chewy texture.
  11. Let the cookies cool and enjoy!

The Best Lactation Cookies

I had a rough start to breastfeeding as my child is a very fussy eater and still has trouble latching on. I wasn’t producing enough breast milk for the first week and now I’m behind on producing enough milk. I looked up various sources on how to increase milk supply because I was desperate to feed my child as much breast milk I could. I had heard of lactation cookies before I gave birth but hoped that I wouldn’t have to use it. After the first week I gave birth, I frantically sought all the key ingredients I needed for the lactation cookies that would help increase my milk supply such as rolled oats, brewer’s yeast powder, wheatgerm, and ground flaxseed meal. I’ve been eating these cookies everyday since I’ve made them. I’ve kept making more since I ran out of my first batch. These lactation cookies are super nutritious, addictive, taste great, and they’re part of my special diet to increase my milk supply. They’re also much more affordable then if you buy prepared lactation cookies or bars! I hope you enjoy them and here’s to good health for both mother and baby! 😊

Lactation cookies with chocolate chips.

Yield: 16 very large cookies
Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup debittered and unsweetened brewer’s yeast powder
  • 1 TBSP wheat germ
  • 3 TBSP ground flaxseed meal
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips and/or
  • Raisins or unsweetened coconut flakes to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F with racks in the middle.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together except the chocolate chips. (rolled oats, flour, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, flaxseed meal, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and sea salt)
  3. In an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar for about 2 minutes or until creamy. Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract and beat until well combined.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients and beat on low speed until just combined. Add chocolate chips and mix on stir mode until evenly distributed.
  5. Gently make golf sized balls from the dough and spread out the balls so they’re not too close to each other on the baking tray.
  6. Bake for 10-13 minutes until edges are golden brown. Wait for cookies to cool and enjoy!

Browned Butter Chocolate Cookies

This was my first time browning butter and using it to bake cookies. The browned butter adds a depth to the flavor of cookies in a tasty way. I’m glad that these cookies turned out so well despite it being my first time experimenting with them! I also recommend the walnut milk from Elmhurst in the photos. It’s very tasty without any artificial gums! Their oat milk is also delicious!~

These Browned Butter Chocolate Cookies were a gift to Chai as part of his Valentine’s day present. I created a personalized advent calendar for his Valentine’s day present and included these cookies as part of the treats for one of the days. Creating an advent calendar was a lot more work than I thought but it was worth it seeing the smile and joy on his face everyday! 😊

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Yield: 10 large cookies
Time: 45 min.

Ingredients

  • .75 cup or 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 ½ cup chocolate, chopped in large pieces

 

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F with racks in the middle. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan on medium heat while whisking frequently. When the butter starts to brown on the bottom of the pan, take it off the heat immediately.
  • Beat the brown butter and sugar until smooth in an electric mixer on low-medium. Add the eggs one at a time while continuing to beat the mixture. Add the vanilla extract and beat until well-mixed.
  • Add the flour, sea salt, baking soda, and cinnamon powder on mix on a low setting. Stir in the chopped chocolate.
  • Form balls of cookie dough about the size of golf balls onto the pan with enough space in between each cookie. You can place about 6 large cookie balls on each tray.
  • Bake for 12 minutes and allow cookies to cool before enjoying!

Soft Gingerbread Cookies & Butterplätzchen (German Butter Cookies)

It’s nearly Christmas! My favorite holiday of the year!!!
One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to bake Christmas cookies or baked goods. Our family also always gets a Christmas cake on Christmas Eve. We have too many Christmas related snacks and baked goods due to our recent trip from Germany including various stollen, lebkuchen, daily Lindt chocolates from our advent calendar, even more chocolates, and even more different German Christmas cookies! I don’t think I’ve eaten so much chocolate in my life especially on a daily basis thanks to the advent calendar! We also really didn’t need to bake cookies this year since we already have so many sweets to eat but I thought it would be nice to bake with Chai this year and continue what’s become a family tradition to me.

My favorite Christmas cookies to bake are Gingerbread cookies! I love this recipe because it’s not too sweet and the cookies are nice and soft! Chai chose Butterplätzchen for us to bake which turned out pretty yummy especially when it was still a little warm from the oven!

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We were working out at home doing Insanity while waiting for the Butterplätzchen dough and Chai made a comment that most Germans would be watching a movie or relaxing instead of working out while making Christmas cookies. I thought that was pretty funny and he may have a point but I need my daily exercise especially when I’m eating all these sweets and delicious foods! 😉 We ended up watching a movie later that night. It’s another Christmas tradition to watch a lot of movies together! 😊

What is your favorite sweets to make during Christmas? Do you also have Christmas traditions with family? I’d love to hear your comments below~

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Soft Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

Yield: 13 large gingerbread man cookies
Time: 2 hours 25 minutes (including 2 hours of letting dough stand)

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 TBSP unsalted butter
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 TBSP ground ginger

Directions

  1. In a mixer, beat brown sugar, egg, and butter together on a low-medium speed until well blended.
  2. Add molasses and vanilla and mix until well blended.
  3. Gradually stir in dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, ginger) and mix on low until a nice smooth dough forms.
  4. Divide the dough into two and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough stand for 2 hours at room temperature.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375°F with racks in the middle.
  6. Lay enough parchment paper to cover the baking tray.
  7. Place a dough on a flour-dusted surface and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough evenly to about ¼ inches thick.
  8. Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut out pieces and carefully place them on the baking tray with at least 1-inch space apart from each other.
  9. Form, roll out the dough, and cut pieces again until there is not enough dough left. Repeat the process with the second dough.
  10. Bake in the oven for 7 minutes and let the cookies cool before enjoying or decorating them!

 

Butterplätzchen (German Butter Cookies) Recipe

Yield: 8+ large cookies depending on the size
Time: 1 hr 25 min (including 1 hour of letting dough stand)

Ingredients for Cookies

  • 1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ½ cup cold butter, cut into pieces

Ingredients for Decorations

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 TBSP milk
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Sprinkles or Decorating gems (optional)

 

Directions

  1. Mix the flour, sugar, vanilla, egg yolks, and butter on medium speed until you get a crumbly mix.
  2. Use your hands to combine the mixture into a smooth dough.
  3. Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and let it stand for 1 hour at room temperature.
  4. Preheat the oven to 355°F with racks in the middle.
  5. Lay enough parchment paper to cover the baking tray.
  6. Place the dough on a flour-dusted surface and roll out the dough evenly to a 4 mm thickness.
  7. Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut out pieces and carefully place them on the baking tray with some space between each cookie. You can also choose to make simple round cookies without any cookie cutters.
  8. For decoration: whisk the egg yolk and milk. Brush thinly onto the cookies and then decorate the cookies with sprinkles and/or turbinado sugar.
  9. Bake for 13-15 minutes until golden. Let the cookies cool a little before enjoying them!

 

Jam filled Cookies

I let myself indulge in these Jam filled Cookies this summer. This type of cookies is a favorite anywhere you go whether it’s the US, Europe or Asia! I see them often in supermarkets and freshly made in bakeries. This was my first time making them and was happy to see that they’re easy to make and simply yummy! Chai said that the cookies remind him of Danish cookies that are enjoyed by Europeans especially around the Christmas season. My mother took about ¾ of all the cookies and shared them with her friends. I wish she left a little more cookies for us to enjoy but I’m happy that more people get to enjoy the food I made. I think that’s the beautiful part about food and cooking!

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Yield: about 15 cookies
Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients
½ cup softened butter
½ brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup of your favorite jam*

*Notes
I used a French berry jam.


Directions
1) Preheat oven to 350°F with racks placed in the middle of the oven and line baking tray with parchment paper.
2) Use an electric beater to whisk butter, sugar, and vanilla extract until creamy. Add egg and whisk until combined. Slowly stir in flour until well combined.
3) Form a large TBSP of dough into balls and place on to the tray. Flatten the cookies slightly with fingers pressed together until the cookies have an even surface. You don’t want to flatten the cookies too much so that they’re too thin. You can also use cookie cutters to make fun shaped cookies!
4) Use the back of a ½ tsp spoon to create indents in the center of the cookie. Put ½ tsp of jam into the center of the indents of each cookie.
5) Bake in oven for 15 minutes or until the cookies are a light golden color. Let the cookies cool and enjoy!