🍪 Two Cookie Thursday 🍪
Friends, let me tell you all a not-so-secret secret.
I LOVE cookies.
I make them when I’m upset. I bring them to parties. I make them to cheer people up. I even decorated my graduation cap with them!
My dedication to cookies is SO GREAT, I once drove thirteen hours just to buy a dozen cookies and savor them hot out of the oven. More on that story another time…❤
So to honor my love of everything cookie related, I’ve decided to touch on an old classic recipe in my family and a new favorite – Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and Hamantaschen, a jam-filled Jewish cookie that is made during Purim celebrations (which happened this past weekend). Both recipes are slightly long, so look for the full instructions posted in the recipes tab this weekend!
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
This cookie has always been one of my favorites. We had a recipe growing up for Mrs. Field’s Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and they were a staple in my house ever since we found the recipe. Once you’ve had oatmeal in these cookies, it’s hard to go back!
Like most cookie recipes, it starts with eggs, sugar (both brown and white), and vanilla, beating those together and slowly incorporating the flour, spices, oatmeal, and chocolate chips. The recipe I used is from the first cookbook my mom ever gave me, and I’m still learning more every time I use it 🤗
The little kid in me fights to not eat the whole bowl of batter at this stage!! Next cookie post I make with be recipes on edible cookie dough, I promise 🤞
The cooking and finished products. These were made for a housewarming gift for my friend who just moved here. So excited to share these with everyone!
This was an awesome experience for me. I got to spend the weekend with my Jewish friends who introduced me to Purim, the holiday that celebrates Esther’s courage and smarts saving the Israelites from being wrongly murdered at the hands of the King’s jealous right hand man (Haman) with a god complex. Super interesting story, but back to the cookies!
I had never made these before, so I offered to make a homemade apple raspberry jam as a filling (see rectangular Tupperware above), and man, was that a hit! I had to stop people from double dipping into the jam before we got through making the cookies. It would be delicious on bagels, muffins, over ice cream, on waffles, you name it! That recipe will also be written out on the recipes tab later this weekend.
The cookies, which translate to “ears of Haman”, are supposed to represent either Haman’s ears or the three-cornered hat he used to wear. They make the cookies in this shape to make fun of him, to a point (haha see what I did there 😂).
Starting from the top down, the flavors we made were…
- Black Current (my British Grandma would’ve been proud)
- Apricot (very traditional Hamantaschen flavor, I was told)
- Homemade Raspberry Apple jam (the next two rows down)
- Black Raspberry
- & Strawberry
The cookie dough batter, a recipe from a blog by Tori Avey, reminded me of almost a shortbread cookie dough and had a hint of orange zest in them, which paired really well with the super sweet jams and jellies in the middle. The link to her recipe is here:
So tell me friends, are there any cookies that are special to your family? What traditional cookies have been passed down through generations and the recipe is kept under lock and key? I’d love to see pictures or comment down below! Until next time, happy baking, and stay tuned for more 🤗