Best Snickerdoodles and Chocolate Chip Monster Cookies Recipe

Snickerdoodles

Best Snickerdoodles and Chocolate Chip Monster Cookies Recipe

Best Snickerdoodle and chocolate chip cookie recipe!  I like my cookies big and fat with a good chew. I found a great chocolate chip cookie at my local market made by Carol’s. It was so good, with a melt-in-your-mouth shortbread like quality but not too dry and crumbly.  I had to find the recipe even though I am certain she guards hers!  I found this Colossal Hard Boiled Egg Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe and it was close! I made the recipe a few times and even had people request the recipe but I still wanted to perfect it, plus the idea of using hard boiled eggs grossed me out even though this is a fantastic cookie!

I use basically the same recipe but instead of the hard boiled eggs, I blend the eggs, vanilla and lemon juice together and gently add it to the “shortbread” crumb mixture just until everything sticks together like you are making a pie crust; you don’t want to over work the dough!  I have no idea what Carol’s Snickerdoodles taste like but these are the best!  I use the same recipe for the chocolate chip cookies see the details at the end of the recipe….these come out almost like Carol’s with the toffee bits!   Note: my food processor is a normal size but I had to do this in  two batches because it is just too much dough to fit in my processor all at once! You can also just half the recipe to make one batch…but then that makes only about 7 cookies…

For the Snickerdoodles:

2 3/4 cups bread flour
1 cup cold butter (2 sticks), cut into large chunks
2T cornstarch
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 TBS vanilla extract (use a good one for best results)
2 eggs
2 tsps lemon juice
Topping:
1 1/2- 2 TBS cinnamon
1/3 c granulated sugar
Directions:
1. blend eggs, vanilla, and lemon juice in a bowl and set aside:
egg mixture
2. Add flour, sugars, cornstarch, salt and baking soda to food processor and pulse until combined:
dry ingredients
3. Add butter chunks and process until fine crumbs:
butter
add butter
4. Add egg mixture gradually, pulsing just until dough comes together:
add eggs
5. Dump out on a board or large bowl and sprinkle 1TB cinnamon over the dough  (I don’t measure!) then fold dough in half and sprinkle the other TB of cinnamon to get “marbled” effect:
snickerdoodle dough
snickerdoodle recipe
6. Form  handful size balls,  roll in granulated sugar and place on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. You can flatten the balls slightly:
making cookies
snickerdoodles
          Preheat oven to 350 deg F.
7. Place cookie balls in freezer while you preheat the oven about 15 minutes. (or just chill the dough before you form the balls!)
8. Bake cookies  on parchment paper in a cookie sheet for 17-20 minutes… or until tops brown slightly.
*For the chocolate chip cookies omit the cinnamon and add:
2c. chocolate chips or chunks
1c.  toffee bits
1c. walnuts
snickerdoodles

This Snickerdoodle recipe is now my favorite cookie, even tops any chocolate chip except maybe this one!

chocolate chip cookie recipe

Monster chocolate chip toffee cookies

So did you figure out the secret to great cookies? The first is the bread flour, it gives the cookie more weight and chew, then the cornstarch will add a delicate crispness to the outside and finally baking on parchment paper keeps the cookie from spreading thin ( if you like fat cookies!)

For more baking and dessert ideas follow my Pinterest board Dessert Ideas

Let me know if you try out this cookie recipe and if you like it! Comments welcomed!

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Jewelry, Accessories, Masks

 

Colorful Long Tassel Necklaces

Colorful Long Tassel Necklaces

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Jewelry, Accessories, Masks

Dia De Los Muertos

Colorful shop at the Pike Place Market, Seattle

Colorful shop at the Pike Place Market, Seattle

I have always loved the colorful and festive Day of the Dead Celebration even up here in Seattle.  I remember as a kid seeing fun dolls with skulls at the Pike Place Market.  I even had a Day of the Dead Christmas tree complete with tin skeletons!  I  enjoy making vibrant jewelry featuring howlite “sugar”skulls with colorful aluminum chain tassels.  My  fun and funky one-of-a-kind long tassel necklaces are made with upcycled glass knobs or buttons. I also make lightweight  tassel earrings and hair sticks with the colorful skulls:

Long tassel necklaces

Long tassel necklaces; each one I make is one-of-a-kind!

Purple sugar skull necklace with tassel

Purple sugar skull necklace with tassel and upcycled buttons!

Sugar skull tassel earrings

Lightweight sugar skull tassel earrings

Skull Hair Sticks

Skull hair sticks with angel wings

My friend  Cova from Cobalt and Copper on Etsy  makes these fabulous  beaded wire wrapped sugar skull masks:

sugar skull mask

Mask from Cobalt and Copper on Etsy

Mask from Cobalt and Copper on Etsy

Mask from Cobalt and Copper on Etsy

For more, please follow my Pinterest board, Day of the Dead ideas:

See more Day of the Dead necklaces and pendants!

Do you enjoy the festive Day of the Dead colors  and skulls as much as I do? Comments welcomed!

THE One Must-Have Accessory for This Fall: The Long Necklace

Abby from The Vintage Inspired Passionista Blog wearing a BKD Knob necklace!

Abby from The Vintage Inspired Passionista Blog wearing a BKD upcycled knob necklace!

THE One Must-Have Accessory for This Fall: The Long Necklace

The long necklace is the one must-have accessory for fall!  I love making these upcycled, one-of-a-kind long necklaces made from wood or glass knobs and a few with buttons! Some are tassel necklaces and others have charms or antique keys. Long necklaces are great over a fall or winter sweater, or I like to wear mine with a cardigan. Abby from The Vintage Inspired Passionista Blog  layers hers with a shorter necklace to make a totally unique statement:

 

Layer a short necklace with a long necklace to make a statement!

Layer a short necklace with a long necklace to make a statement!

 

 

A long necklaces looks great over a winter sweater.

Tassel necklaces or long necklaces look great over a  fall or winter sweater.

 

 

Day of the Dead tassel necklaces.

Colorful, fun Day of the Dead tassel necklaces

 

 

Pink tassel necklace

Pink tassel necklace with glass knob

 

Long key necklace in emerald green

Long key necklace in emerald green

 

Be sure to follow my Pinterest board to see my latest long necklace creations: Long Tassel Necklaces and other Long Necklace Pendants

Do you like to wear long necklaces or one of a kind items? Comments welcomed!

DIY Upcycled Jewelry: Simple Cuff Bracelet from a Brooch

Simple DIY Cuff Bracelet

Simple DIY Cuff Bracelet

DIY Upcycled Jewelry: Simple Cuff Bracelet From a Brooch

DIY simple cuff bracelet made from a brooch. I love quick and easy projects! All you need is some wide elastic, mine is 1 1/4″, you can find it in all sorts of great colors now but I had  some black, and a brooch:

 

DIY bracelet cuff

 

Simply wrap the elastic firmly  around your wrist and overlap about 1″ and cut. ( it will stretch and the weight of the brooch will make it flop around more so you want it tighter than you think!)  You can hand sew it but I did a zig zag back and forth several times with my machine on both ends:

 

DIY jewelry project

 

Trim all of the threads,  I pinned my brooch over the seams so they didn’t show.  You may want to stitch the brooch down in a couple spots if necessary. For the clasp, I like to use a dab of rubber cement to hold it closed more securely, later you can somewhat easily remove the cement if you want to use the brooch again. I am not a bracelet person but this may be cute for a special occasion, it reminds me of Christmas! These would be great for proms too!

 

DIY brooch bracelet

 

DIY bracelets

Brooch Bracelet Cuffs

 

I love to make upcycled necklaces and earrings also, be sure to check out my Etsy store, BluKatDesign and see my latest upcycled vintage brooch necklace:

 

upcycled vintage brooch necklace

Upcycled vintage brooch necklace on Etsy

 

For more jewelry DIY’s follow my Pinterest board, DIY Jewelry Tutorials:

Or keep up to date with my latest upcycled jewlery creations:

 

Are you a fan of vintage upcycled jewelry?  Think this would be an easy and fun project? Comments welcomed!