Friday, November 14, 2008

Recipe Deliciousness Testing

I love to bake. I also love to cook, but I really love baking.

I love to read cooking and baking blogs. I'm really in awe of people who can brilliantly tweak and make up delicious recipes. (Especially this blog. She rules.)

I am not one of those people.

I do, however, feel I can recognize what will be a delicious recipe when I read it. So, instead of being a recipe creator, you can count on me for confirmation of recipe deliciousness.

Here is my first confirmation of recipe deliciousness - Pudding Cookies.

I found the recipe on my friend Heidi's blog. (I want to be like Heidi when I grow up. She's amazing.) I knew just because Heidi liked the cookies that they would be good, but I can confirm that they are delicious.

Pudding Cookies
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup butter
1 package instant pudding
(you can use any flavor to change the taste of the cookies. On Heidi's recommendation, I used chocolate)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups of chocolate chips or 1 package of peanut butter chips
(Again, you can substitute whatever you want in terms of chips. I used semi-sweet.)

Mix the sugars and butter until creamy. Add the pudding, eggs and vanilla and cream again. Add the flour and baking soda until combined. Add the chips. Spoon onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet. (I used my Silpat.)

Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
(Mine took 11-12 minutes. I have a gas oven. I love gas for cooking, but I'm finding that it is tough for baking. The heat isn't constant. Or maybe I'm making that up. But it seems like I have to raise the heat five degrees or cook a couple minutes longer when I bake.)

They're delicious. I gave the entire batch away THAT DAY. Couldn't have them in the house. It's my new solution - I can bake whatever I want, but I have to give the whole batch away.

This is G-Man wishing he could have a cookie for breakfast:

This is G-Man dragging his chair around the house. It doesn't have anything to do with the cookies. I just thought it was a cute thing he started doing this week.


Molly said...

Cookies for breakfast...he's definitely related to me!

Jo said...

I learned that similar pudding cookie recipe from Stacie. One of my favorite combos is: Vanilla pudding mix and use 1/3 C each of white, milk, and semi sweet chocolate chips. The possibilities are endless!

rebecca said...

These cookies look delish! Thanks for sharing.

Stacie said...

I LOVE THESE! I have almost the same recipe and LOVE IT. The only difference is mine calls for 1/4 c. sugar and 3/4 c. brown sugar. And a little salt. I got it off allrecipes years ago. One of my favorite cookie recipes EVER.

I'm the same kind of baker- confirmer, not creator. :)

Oh, and I love to do a combo of chocolate chips, too. I firmly believe chocolate chip cookies should have lots chips! I do 2 c. semi, 1 c. milk, and 1/2 c. white. I'm not ashamed at all to admit this. :)

Stacie said...

P.S. I use vanilla pudding.

Sorry to be so annoying. Apparently I feel strongly about chocolate chip cookies.

Michal said...

i'll be honest--the recipe itself doesn't look very appealing. but the pictures of the cookies make me salivate. so i'm going to have to try the recipe, on your recommendation and your photos!

Stephanie said...

These sound sooo good, I'm making them tonight!

Macy said...

Stacie - I've never been disappointed with the recipes you confirm. They are delish. You are never annoying. I can't wait to try the one you posted on your blog.

Michal - You're right. The recipe does not look great. If not for the person who originally posted it, I wouldn't have believed in its goodness. But they are delicious. And I can't wait to try Stacie's version with vanilla pudding.

Rick and Britt said...

i checked out the link to that blog...who the heckfire is that girl? she's the kind that you want to "tonya harding", ya know?

Macy said...

Britt - You are hilarious. She is my cousin Michal's friend. I guess I did want to push her down a little bit at first, but the recipes are SO GOOD, I would have been sad if my pushing had impeded her from creating glorious recipes.

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