Giant Sprinkle Chip Cookies

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I don’t really know how to start this one.  My grandma had a stroke over the weekend, and she’s not doing well.  I’m on the west coast, and she’s back east.  I miss her.  I miss my family.

I had this cookie recipe ready and waiting to post this week…  I don’t know if I can really write about them properly today, but the recipe feels appropriate, somehow.  Gramma would like them, and I could use a cookie.

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I made these big guys (they were photographed next to a batch of World Peace Cookies, for scale) a few weeks ago, and stashed them, pre-scooped and ready to bake, in a ziplock bag in my freezer.  It was a good move.  I plan to pull one (or two) out today, bake them until crisp and brown at the edges, and dunk them, still warm, in a huge glass of milk.

Or vodka.  (It’s the Gramma way.)

Take a second and hug the people you love today.  Call your mom.  Celebrate the life around you.  And maybe have a cookie – a giant one, with extra sprinkles.

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Giant Sprinkle Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles

Directions:

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugars until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl as necessary.  Add the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated, then add the vanilla.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.  Add the dry ingredients to the batter and beat on low speed just until incorporated.  Add the chocolate chips and sprinkles and mix gently  to combine.

Use a 2-inch scoop (capacity is just about 1/4 cup) to portion the dough into balls and place them on the cookie sheet (no need to leave room between – we’re not baking yet, just chilling).  Allow the portioned dough to rest on the sheet pan in the refrigerator until firm, then transfer the dough balls to a ziplock bag and let them age in the fridge for 12-48 hours (alternatively, you could just bake them off without aging).

When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, with a rack in the center, and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.  Place no more than 6 cookie dough balls on the sheet pan, spacing them evenly apart, and bake for 15 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through, until the cookies have spread out and developed golden brown edges.

Allow the cookies to cool slightly on the pan before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.  Repeat with remaining dough (I’ve found it’s best to just bake 1 sheet at a time).

Cookies will keep, well wrapped at room temperature, for about a week.

Makes roughly 25 cookies.

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I Think Thursday 1.15.15

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Today’s thinking links, plus a sheet pan Egg In A Bread In A Hole photo because BOY does that sound good right now:

  1. Cindy at Hungry Girl Por Vida made the Roasted Sausages with Red Grapes, Polenta & Gorgonzola from Sheet Pan Suppers!  And girl made that look good.
  2. What Ruth Bader Ginsburg Taught Me About Being A Stay-At-Home Dad.  Go, Dads!
  3. 52 Places to Go in 2015.  Yes please!
  4. Super interesting article on freedom of speech & the Charlie Hebdo tragedy.
  5. To Fall in Love, Do This.  Is THAT all it takes?  Hmmm.  Suspect.
  6. A Teenager’s View on Social Media.  This is fascinating.  Also wtf is Yik Yak?  #old.
  7. What it’s like having 4 kids.  Hilarious.
  8. Harry Potter in illustrated form!  This guy nailed it.
  9. When I was a kid, wine was gross, but now I love it.  How did that happen?
  10. Has the internet killed innovation in ramen?  (Also, does anyone besides David Chang really care, so long as we can keep eating ramen?)
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Slow Cooked Chicken Tikka Masala

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I made us dinner!

It’s in a pot and everything!  (And #MadeWithChobani.)  I feel like that’s a real accomplishment, today.  I’ve been feeling a little bit off my cooking game lately — just lazy in the kitchen, mostly.  Too often, dinner these past few weeks has consisted of takeout noodles or, better yet (worse yet?), a bunch of crackers with cheese.

…And then a bunch more cheese.

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But that happens, right?  Even directly after New Years resolutions are firmly resolved?  EVEN to people who write cookbooks about easy and delicious home cooking?

(The correct answer here is, apparently, YEP.)

But then!  Then you find yourself with some meaty chicken thighs, a scoop of tangy yogurt and a whole lot of spices, and there you are!  Back in the kitchen, chopping and mixing and stirring, and before you know it you’re humming happily and catching yourself saying: “this is going to be GOOD.”

And you know what?  It really is.

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I Think Thursday 1.8.15

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Holy jeez it’s January!  AND it’s Thursday!  I still haven’t gotten over my wedding (above) (duh), but let’s start this year with a few new thinks:

  1. Sheet Pan Suppers is featured on Today.com! (HI KATHY LEE AND HODA!)
  2. Andrew Knowlton’s Food Predictions for 2015.  I can get behind a few of these (tacos + Shake Shake, mostly).
  3. You Can’t Detox Your Body.  Take that, juice cleanse.
  4. What are your favorite tips for eating healthfully?
  5. Cartoonists respond to the Charlie Hebdo tragedy.
  6. Where are you most excited to travel this year?  The Saveur staff shares their faves.
  7. Is the practice of tipping getting out of hand?  I have mixed feelings about this.
  8. White privilege is real.  An explanation.
  9. Would you eat salad for breakfast?  I would if it looked like Gina’s!
  10. I heart the New Yorker.  #BenedictCumberbatch
  11. Ellen & Portia forever.
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My Favorite Salads

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It’s 2015!  Let’s let that sink in for a minute.

HOW has it been over 15 years since N*SYNC’s first album came out?  Jeez.  My youth.  Anyway, how were your holidays, friends?  Mine were filled with Maui-style sun and sand and fish tacos and new family, so all in all?  GREAT.

I’m back in Seattle now and haven’t had a piña colada in three days, which feels wrong, but that’s New Year’s for you, isn’t it?  Fresh starts and resolutions for all!  This year, my resolutions are about family (seeing more of mine) and travel (doing more of it) and dental floss (this last one seems self-explanatory, I think).  I’ve got a lot I’d like to do this year, but mostly I intend to be a kind, happy, healthy, involved and productive kind of person in 2015.  Hooray!

I didn’t mention eating more salad/greens, and that was intentional (because COME ON and also just chocolate), but I know this is the time of year to get into the veggies, and FINE, I’ll comply.  But not because you asked me to, internet.  …Because I want to.

So here, some of my favorite salads to make this time of year!

1. Citrus Beet Salad with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

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Now’s the time for citrus!  This one’s a no brainer.

2. Warm Truffled Mushroom Salad

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Is this one really a salad?  (You might ask.)  What with the truffle oil, gorgonzola and FRIED SHALLOTS on top, it’s hard to say, really.  But yes, yes it is.

3. Kale, Coconut & Persimmon Salad

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Can’t find persimmons?  Try mangoes instead!

4. Pink & Greens Salad

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Roasted greens, tangy citrus, fresh herbs and quinoa.  Great for a cold and rainy day.  (So, like, every day in Seattle?)

5. Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad

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This one comes together in a snap ON A SHEET PAN.  Just saying.

There’s plenty more where these came from, both on this site and the interwebs beyond (I’m loving the looks of this salad, this one, this gem and these beans), so I hope you get your health fix this January (and beyond).

Here’s to a bright new year ahead!

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Baked Brie & Berries

Guys!  We are T minus 2 days until the new year.  Twenty-fifteen holy smoooookes.  Should we, like, eat some cheese or something?

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WE SHOULD.  And it should be warm.

Here’s one last Holiday Mollygram, the last of 2014, anyway, with a recipe for Baked Cheese & Raspberries!  It’s a riff off of a recipe in the appetizer section of my cookbook (in the book it’s Baked Brie & Strawberries, p.9).  Whether you use raspberries or strawberries (or pears or blackberries or whatever), it’s a great recipe to ring in the new year.

CHEERS, FRIENDS!  LOVE TO YOU!!

Did you get all that?  No?  Written recipe is below!

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Lemon Meringue Tart

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It’s Post-Christmas Pie Day Friday!  A.k.a Boxing Day, a.k.a let’s just go with the pie because what even is “Boxing Day?”  Someone in Britain made it up I think?  I just know it has literally nothing to do with boxing.  So.

Lemon Meringue Tart!  This feels right for today.

(FYI, in the realm of Pie Day Friday, tarts are fair game.  Thank goodness).

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This lemon number is extra tart and creamy, with a sweet cap of smooth, torched meringue.  (It’s the torched meringue that gets people ooh-ing and ahh-ing, yknow?)

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OOOOOH.

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AHHHHHHHH.

There are three main components/steps to get this thing up and running (into my/your mouth): crust, curd, and the aforementioned meringue.  Crust is easy (and, if you want to, you can use store-bought — I won’t tell).  Lemon curd is simply a matter of gentle heat, steady stirring, and then straining through a fine sieve.  And meringue?  A hearty whip whip whip and we’re pretty much there!

Can’t you see this beauty going down smooth with a little bubbly, and wow-ing everyone on New Year’s Eve?  I can see it.  The end of 2014 is going to be tart and sweet and great.  Cheers to 2015!

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I Think CHRISTMAS Thursday

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It’s CHRISTMAS!  Merry day!!  Since you’ve finished opening presents/eating pancakes/doing dishes, probably, I thought you might want some fun thinking links to check out (it’s still Thursday, after all)!

  1. DIY peppermint lip balm!  I want to try this.
  2. An amazing/hysterical piece on an Emotional Support Alpaca (among other things).
  3. Did you watch Love Actually this holiday season? I did (I always do, it’s a gem), but I can’t stop laughing/agreeing with this commentary.  (ps: I hate Uncle Jamie!)
  4. Ileana’s espresso panna cotta looks like it would be SO GOOD on New Year’s Eve, no?
  5. What Serial Really Taught Us.
  6. Also, Serial + Christmas + SNL = Yes.
  7. This is fun to watch, and I’m not even a dog/cat/pet person.
  8. Is Chinese takeout really more popular on Christmas?
  9. Did you make Christmas Gingerbread this year?  There’s still time!
  10. The history of roasted vegetables? (#sheetpans)

MERRY MERRY!!

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Eggnog Marshmallows

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Make your own mallows!  Plain vanilla is an option, but we can make ones that smack of eggnog so WHY NOT?

Nogmallows?  It’s just two days until Christmas, after all.

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Are you ready?  I am READY.  We spent last week doing all manner of Seattle Christmas things; we trimmed our little tree, baked (and then ate, but mostly that was just me) all of the cookies, saw the last showing of the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s classic Nutcracker (made famous by Maurice Sendak-designed sets), and were lucky enough to gather with family and friends a few nights in a row for general merriment and reverie.

But today it’s off to Hawaii we go!  For sunshine, surf and sand.  And poke.  YES!

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Will it be weird to spend Christmas in 80-degree weather?  Maybe.  Will it be kind of great?  Probably.  Can we still make marshmallows and drown them in hot chocolate?

YEP!

I’ll be back with a few nuggets of wisdom things and some recipes soon, so check back on Thursday, but in the meantime you can find cookies here, and also: HAPPY ALMOST MARSHMALLOW CHRISTMASTIME!  I’m thankful for you and hope you have the merriest of the merry this holiday.

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Spicy Brown Sugar-Rosemary Cashews

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I know, I know.  It’s supposed to be Pie Day Friday!  Where is our pie???

Well, let me tell you.  I made a pie this week, and it was no good.  It was a bad pie.  (Lest you think bad pie didn’t even exist, I am here to tell you that it does, it really does.)

BUT!  I made you a new Holiday Mollygram!  It’s got cashews and brown sugar and some terrible singing, too.  Enjoy, friends!!

Catch all that?  You can find the actual recipe, from Sheet Pan Suppers, below!

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