Today, December 4th, is National Cookie Day!! What a perfect day to celebrate with your favorite cookie and a cold glass of milk. Now that the holidays are here, everyone is talking about festive cookies and which recipe to try. The internet has changed so much of how we get information, including recipes. I have found some of the most delicious recipes via social media sites and the Google search box!
This year, the holidays are all about the homemade and handmade food gifts. I set up a special Pinterest page with ideas for you to get inspired and baking in the kitchen. When choosing a recipe this year, try something that is not the usual flavor combination and surprise your recipient with a brown butter chocolate chip cookie or how does a sea salted chocolate, bourbon marshmallow and bacon bark sound? Sounds weird, but just try it and it will change your life.
On Saturday, December 7th between 7:30am and 8am on News8 Daybreak, we will be featuring homemade foodie gifts to get your creativity juices flowing. Oreo truffles, Deluxe S'mores, Candy Cane flavored vodka and a host of other treats will be on set including the "Bling" mixer that has been featured in InStyle magazine, will make any sparkly girl's heart flutter.
Here is the Cookie Recipe of the Day!
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt
• 1 cup unsalted butter
• 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
• 1¼ tsp. baking soda
• ½ tsp. coarse sea salt
• 1 cup light brown sugar
• ½ cup granulated sugar
• 1 large egg
• 1 egg yolk
• 2½ tsp. vanilla extract
• 1 Tbsp. plain yogurt
• 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut the butter in pieces and place in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisking frequently allow the butter to brown. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and sea salt. Set aside,
3. In your mixer, combine sugars and brown butter. Blend until smooth. Add the egg, egg yolk, vanilla, and yogurt.
4. Next, mix in the dry ingredients. Fold in the chocolate chips until incorporated. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
5. On a non-stick baking sheet, or lined with parchment paper, scoop the dough out by tablespoons about 2 inches apart.
6. Bake until golden brown in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes
I hope you had a chance to see my Foodie Segment this morning on News8 Daybreak with the lovely Shon Gables. We were making Hawaiian Ribs in the slow cooker (crock pot) and the studio smelled ah-mazing!! I love this recipe because after all the cooking and cleaning for Thanksgiving, its an easy meal to throw together. Can't wait for you to try it! Share your pictures of your dish on my Facebook page:
Thank you for sharing your Saturday with us!
• 2 lbs. boneless beef short ribs
• 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
• 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
• 1 1/2 Tbsp. honey
• 3 Tbsp. pineapple juice * If you don't have pineapple juice around the house, you can usually find a smaller can at the convenience store in the beverage section.
• 3 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
• 1/2 tsp. Chinese 5 Spice powder
1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray or insert a slow cooker liner.
2. Evenly distribute rib meat inside slow cooker.
3. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, pineapple juice, minced garlic and Chinese 5 Spice powder and stir until evenly combined. Dump over rib meat.
4. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. You will love the way your home smells~Good Heavens!!
Chinese 5 Spice is a great spice to have on hand and it goes great with pork & chicken too You can make a big batch and bottle it in a cute jar for Holiday gifts this year!!
Here is the recipe for the Chinese 5 Spice:
1 TBSP whole star Anise
1 tsp of ground corriander
1 tsp Sichuan Pepper
2 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
6-10 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1. Measure ingredients to start. You’ll adjust as you see fit.
2. Place a dry pan over medium high heat, place spices in pan, breaking up cinnamon and star anise.
3. When the spices get warmed up, you’ll be drawn over the pan, inhaling the scent. Notice little black seeds coming out of the Sichuan pepper, the fennel starting to darken?
4. Take the pan off the heat and pour the spices onto a plate to cool.
5. Once cooled, place in spice grinder and buzz it up.
Black Friday weekend for me, means...no "cooking" recipes!! Time for you to take a seat and let the slow cooker do the work. There are so many good recipes for the slow cooker also known as, the "crock pot", that it was tough for me to decide what to make. Anything is possible in this magical pot. I have experimented with so many recipes that nothing surprises me when someone tells me what "new" recipe they tried. My buddy, Weatherman Ron Jackson, of Fox Channel 4 posts all his different recipes that he makes on his Facebook page that he should have his own cook book! He is a crock pot genius!
Please watch your favorite foodie, tomorrow morning between 7:30am- 8am on Channel 8 WFAA's Daybreak. I will be in the kitchen with Shon Gables to show you how to make Slow Cooker Hawaiian Ribs!! You will love it and we have a surprise "give away" from the Jelly Queens!! The recipe will be posted here on the Foodie Blog, Saturday morning. Bonus Recipe for Chinese 5 Spice!!