Quick Cookies your way

Whether your  friends pop by without warning, or you forgot that bake sale at school, or perhaps you had a hard day at work and want to eat cookies for dinner (no judgments here) these are the cookies for you.

Introducing The Fastest Cookies in The West

Easy Chocolate chip Cookies

In under 2 minutes you can have these bad boys in the oven and in about 15 you can be munching them down!

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That Dirty Whore Always Wants S’more

This week Shelly over at Cookies and Cups has declared it S’mores week and I am so on board!

There might be a small glitch in my master plan at creating a kick ass s’more though.

I have never eaten a s’more.  This means I have no clue what they taste like.

But it can’t be that hard can it?

And so i did what is natural when faced with a challenge – I Googled it!  This was how helpful Google was:

image via Hershey’s Kitchen

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Baking Tips #2 Recipes

#2 Following a recipe – the most important parts!

For those of you who are just learning / starting to bake I thought I would share some advice with you about some of the things I have learnt along the way, not that I’m a professional or anything just that these tips will help you get consistent results!

It may seem obvious but when following a recipe in baking you must follow it as closely as you can!

This is because when a recipe tells you to cream butter and sugar for 5 minutes there is a reason – not just to make the process a little longer, or to make your arm tired – these are the most important stages in a recipe.

Here is what my cookbook looks like!

Heavily annotated!

When I first started using Cook Books other than my Mum’s and Grandma’s I was baffled by the need to ‘whisk eggs for no more than 2 minutes’ or ‘cream butter and sugar until it looks like sand.’  These things confused me and I immediately turned to my mum for help!
“I don’t understand what the recipe is telling me – it doesn’t look like the kind of batter I am used to?”

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Oreo Cuppies {If you like it then you should have put a cookie on it }

Everywhere I go these days people are putting cookies in cupcakes and sandwiching things in cookies and making sandwiches out of cookies and  generally using cookies in awesome new ways that you never thought would work (or wanted to do but didn’t want to look like a food junkie) so I thought I would join the fad!

And that is the great thing about this blog – I can show you all the food junkie things I do and no-one is there to tell me not to, or ask me how many calories are in that!

I just show you and you (who are you by the way – is anyone reading?), you fabulous web-world people, read and hopefully enjoy and maybe, if I am super lucky, go on to make it share it with your friends and family and share the joy of cooking.  That’s all I want really!

So for this recipe that I have been bigging up in my mind I made my standard cupcake recipe from the Hummmingbird Bakery cookbook aka my bible and popped a cookie in the bottom (but only on half – just to be safe!)

I have to say most of my baking is done at night – being a night owl and also its better than watching tv (anyone else addicted to the vampire diaries? I have a secret thing for Damon

– don’t tell anyone but I so think Elena should be with him) and so here I am at 10pm writing up the recipe as the little cuppies grow and prosper in the oven.

So here you have it one recipe, two cupcakes (well 18 really), two icings (frostings if you will) and a very simple way to show someone you love them.  As I am trying to be super good and not eat tons and tons of junk food, at least half of these will probably be given away to my seminar group and friends.  I love giving cuppies away!

These cupcakes are the simplest and most effective ones I have ever made – dry ingredients wizzed up with butter to look like sand, then slowly add the liquid ingredients and BAM excellent cupcakes every time.  They are moist, and rich, light yet with a dense chocolate flavor.  Couple this with light creamy chocolate frosting or a thick cookie frosting and you are on for a winner!

These cupcakes are my fail-safe, go-to, ready in no time, absolute fave!

These are the cupcakes that prompted my lecturer to open up and tell our class why his nephew called him marshmallow man (and a weird seminar was had by all).

This time when shared again the lecturer told us why he thought he should go hunting (another strange Tuesday night!)

Have I bigged them up enough? Do you want the recipe now?

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All New Cupcake Classes

Starting March 16th I will now be running Cupcake making and decorating classes.

Scoops and Spatulas - little and large!

Scoops and Spatulas - little and large!

These will be Pampered Chef Specialized:  This means that the cost is £60 per person for the afternoon but up to £45 of which is redeemable on Pampered Chef goodies!    Plus for those who purchase the full £45 or over will receive a free gift!!!

Places and dates are limited so contact me soon to get your desired dates

For further details please comment with your email address, or subscribe to the blog and I will email you.

This class will be in one of three locations – Bristol, Surrey, or your house! (UK only)
That’s right – invite your friends over and open a few bottles of wine because I can travel to you! (limitations apply please contact in the above way for details)

Chocolate Cupcakes on the amazing Stoneware baker