"Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time." Marthe Troly-Curtin

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies/Bars with Brown Sugar Frosting

Here is a little problem that worked out okay for me.  I started out wanting cookies... The only pumpkin I had in the house was home made puree which has a ton more liquid than the canned "stuff".  Soooo.... the cookies became bars.  I did have to add more flour than the recipe called for because the batter was pretty wet.  (about a cup more)  If you use the canned "stuff", this won't be a problem.  I also made the standard brown sugar/cream cheese frosting..  and we've got a winner! Frosting is dusted with Cocoa.

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups (12-ounce bag) milk chocolate chips, not semisweet
Nonstick cooking spray or parchment paper
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick spray or line them with parchment paper.

Using a mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Beat in the white and brown sugars, a little at a time, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time, then mix in the vanilla and pumpkin puree. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Slowly beat the flour mixture into the batter in thirds. Stir in the chips. Scoop the cookie dough by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared cookie sheets and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cookies are browned around the edges. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven and let them rest for 2 minutes. Take the cookies off with a spatula and cool them on wire racks.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Revisit Basil Lime Marinade Rotisserie Style

We decided since I have SO much basil right now we would give the Basil Lime Marinade a try on a Rotisserie Chicken. I also used the marinade as an injected liquid.  You can see from the picture below just how plump the chicken is.

 Almost ready for the grill.
 Have you ever seen such a beautiful bird?
 We were not disappointed in the results.  It fell off the bones and the juices were right on... even the breast meat was moist.