9.01.2014

perfect snickerdoodles


I realized last week that it has been months since I posted a cookie recipe on the blog! That is far too long. I make cookies a lot, but I usually just make some variation of my favorite chocolate chip cookies, so they're not really blogworthy. I've been trying to come up with some fun after-school snacks for Abby since school started last week, and these snickerdoodles made the perfect treat!


Snickerdoodles have been one of my favorite cookies since I was little. They just taste so homey and comforting and perfect! I've been using the recipe from my mom's ancient duct-taped Betty Crocker Cooky Book (which I have now stolen) since I learned to bake cookies, but the last few times I've tried it, they haven't worked for me. I really don't know what's up with that, since I've made them a million times with no problems, but after several failures in a row, I went off in search of a new recipe, and found this one! It is truly fantastic, and I think it has edged out my previous recipe for the best snickerdoodles ever. They're buttery and chewy and soft and delicious - everything you could want in a cookie!


Perfect Snickerdoodles

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
cinnamon sugar

In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add the flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar, and mix until combined. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Toward the end of the chilling time, preheat the oven to 300. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone liners. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls, then roll each ball in the cinnamon sugar. Place one inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake 12-13 minutes, or until just golden on the bottom. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before removing to a cooling rack. Enjoy!

adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything


8.28.2014

cheesy chicken and broccoli pasta


It's back to school time at our house! My daughter Abby started on Monday, my husband Geoff started Tuesday, and my little Lizzy started yesterday. I'm really excited to get back to our usual routine after a summer of chaos and constantly changing schedules, but it was a little hard to send Abby off to school and realize she's so big now! Lizzy spent the whole day Monday moping that her playmate was off at school, and kept asking me if it was time to pick up Abby yet. To celebrate the new milestone of second grade (I can't even believe it!) on Sunday night I made some of Abby's favorites for dinner. This cheesy chicken and broccoli pasta was a hit (as always)! I make some version of homemade mac and cheese for the girls at least once a week, and this is one of my favorite variations. It has so much going for it: it's a super easy, flavorful, one-pot meal that's ready in less than 30 minutes! Plus it's a good way to make those veggies a little more enticing (what doesn't taste better covered in cheese sauce?).

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

1/2 pound dry pasta (I used gemelli, but pretty much any shape would work great)
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 -1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
3/4 - 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded cooked chicken (I used rotisserie)
1 cup broccoli, cut into bite size pieces

Cook pasta according to package directions. Add the broccoli during the last few minutes of cooking time. While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. When the butter is melted, whisk in the flour to form a paste. Let cook 2-3 minutes until golden. Gradually add the milk, whisking so there are no lumps. Let cook for a few minutes until thickened, then gradually add the chicken broth, continuing to whisk constantly. Whisk in the salt and pepper, then let the mixture cook for a few minutes, until thickened to desired consistency. Remove from heat and whisk in the cheese until melted. Toss with the drained pasta and broccoli and the chicken. Return to heat and cook, stirring frequently, until heated through.


8.27.2014

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