Eating My Way Through

Green & Gold Cake Balls February 15, 2011

Filed under: Treats — Nikki Wegner @ 5:15 pm

It has been a little over a week, but I am still basking in the glory of the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl Victory! I think the whole state of Wisconsin will cherish this one for a really long time. Obviously…my roommate Sarah and I were pretty excited about the game…

Go Pack!

Go Pack!

In honor of the festivities I made Green & Gold Cake balls. Ironically, I go the recipe from my friend Abby who’s a Steelers fan. Luckily we are still friends post-loss…I think.

Cake balls are definitely becoming a new “it” thing. I have seen them everywhere lately! They are really delicious, and definitely worth the multi-step process and extra calories (these don’t fit the blogs healthy eating theme, but I figured it doesn’t really count on Super Bowl Sunday, especially when the Packers are playing!)

Start with a boxed cake mix, whatever flavor you want, and prepare it according to the directions. I made chocolate and vanilla cake balls, using a yellow cake mix and a chocolate one!

Cake Batter

Cake batter

As a side-note, my new mixer=amazing. How did I live without it before? (Haley I will be forever in your debt/hope you don’t read this regularly enough to see this, because I know you won’t let me forget it ;)!)

Cake ready for baking

Cake ready for baking

Baked Cake

Baked cake

Once the cake is ready, let it cool for 10 or so minutes. You can cut about a 1cm border around the edge and remove the crusty outside. If you want it to cool even faster, cut slits in the cake.

Take the baked cake and put it in a large bowl for mixing.Take a can of frosting and add it to the mixing bowl.

Cake + Frosting

Cake + Frosting

Simply mix everything together!

At this point, you need to exhibit some self-control and keep from eating the combo right away. You still have a few more steps.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and stick it in your freezer for about 3 hours. After 3 hours, remove the cake/frosting mixture from the freezer and form into small balls. As you work, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put back in the freezer for about an hour.

Now you are ready for the finishing touch, coating them in chocolate! Melt down bars of confectioners chocolate, I used Godiva’s white chocolate bars, and then added food coloring to the white chocolate to make it green and gold.

Food Colored Chocolate for Coating

Food Colored Chocolate for Coating

Using kabob skewers, I dipped/swirled the tops of the cake balls in the chocolate. Then I replaced them on the baking sheet and repeated the process.

Green & Gold Cake Balls

Green & Gold Cake Balls

Admittedly they did not turn out as pretty as ones Abby has made, but I think for a first try they were pretty good! And once you take a bite, you really stop thinking about what they look like and just focus on how yummy they are anyways!

In the future, I will definitely try different cake and frosting combos, maybe if I am ambitious even baking a cake from scratch or making my own frosting, but there is definitely no shame in taking the shortcut and using mixes/tubes of frosting!

Green and Gold Cake Balls

1 box cake mix (and called for eggs, oil, water, etc.)

1 can frosting (16 oz)

2-3 bars of confectioners white chocolate or lots of confectioners coating disks

Food coloring

Directions:

Make the cake according to the package direction

Let the cake cool for 10 minutes, cutting slits in the cake to cool faster

Cut about 1cm border around the cake, and remove the “crust”

Place the cake in a large mixer and add the can of frosting, mix well

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for about 3 hours

Remove the mixture from the freezer and roll into balls, placing them on a baking sheet

Freeze the balls for another hour

Melt confectioners bar or coating disks according to directions (I used a glass baking dish and microwaved 1 minute at a time on 50% power, stirring in between until the chocolate was melted because it burns really quickly if you aren’t careful!)

Add food coloring if dying the chocolate

Dip cake balls in chocolate, placing back on the baking sheet

Stick them in the fridge or back in the freezer until ready to serve!

Yields about 36 cake balls per batch

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Salted Caramel Volcano Cookies December 23, 2010

Filed under: Baking,Treats — Nikki Wegner @ 12:49 pm

One thing I love about my office is everyone’s general love and celebration of baked goods, which I of course can get behind! Every year around the holidays someone organizes “The Cookie Smackdown” where everyone brings in cookies to be judged, eaten and awarded. For the past two years I have missed it for some reason, so this year I was determined to bring it!

I have always been obsessed with salty sweet combinations, and recently it has been salted caramel. Not sure why, but I have always wanted to try making my own caramel too. So after some online searching for recipe ideas and insight in how to exactly make my own caramel, I came up with this recipe for what I hoped would be a winning cookie,  Salted Caramel Volcano Cookies (aka chocolate shortbread cookies with caramel spooned into the center and sea salt dribbled on top)! We were supposed to try to come up with semi-creative names for our cookies…not sure if that cuts it but it works!

To start, I melted way too much butter with baker’s chocolate. (Since we are dealing with a competition here and cookies, I figured I would just forgo the whole healthy cooking thing this time around!)

 

Melting butter and chocolate

Melting butter and chocolate

 

Once you are done melting the two ingredients together, pour into a large bowl with sugar and unsweetened cocoa. Using a hand mixer on low, otherwise you will splatter everywhere, mix until combined and then add in some vanilla and mix a bit more.

Then you add in some flour and salt (which you sift together before), mixing until the dough is combined.

 

Cookie Dough

Cookie Dough

 

Next, flour lightly a large cutting board. Dump the dough onto the cutting board and knead together into a solid lump of dough. I was going for a square and I kind of got there…but not really.

 

Dough prepped for chilling

Dough prepped for chilling

 

You wrap the dough in plastic wrap, then chill for about 30 mins.

Once the dough is done chilling divide the dough into 1 1/4 inch balls and place them on a baking sheet. Then using your knuckle or the backside of a teaspoon, dent a hole in the middle of the cookies to make an impression, this is where you will pour the caramel in later. You can use your fingers to mold larger craters if needed.

Bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes. Remove them from your baking pan to cool.

 

Cookies!

Cookies!

 

While your cookies are cooling, you can make the caramel. Make sure to have your ingredients measured and at the ready, as once the sugar starts to brown, the process goes super quick!

Combine the sugar and water in a small sauce pan and heat over medium-high heat.

 

Sugar and Water

Sugar and Water

 

It will take a bit, but the mixture will start to boil, then all of a sudden start to turn a brownish color, when it does, slightly shake the pan to distribute the sugar evenly, do not stir before that point.

 

Carmelizing starting...

Caramelizing starting...

 

Once the mixture is a nice caramel color throughout, whisk in pieces of butter until well combined. Next, whisk in the whipping cream quickly to finish the caramel.

 

Caramel

Caramel

 

Your cookies should be cool by now, so using a teaspoon, spoon caramel into the craters you created in the cookies. Then sprinkle a bit of sea salt on the caramel. You can eat the cookies right away when the caramel is super gooey, or you can let them sit for a few hours and the caramel will harden a bit.

 

Salted Caramel Volcano Cookies

Salted Caramel Volcano Cookies

 

I am happy to report that though the cookies did not win the best in show category, they did win an award for being the favorite cookies of one of the firm’s partners, and my office mate Ashley and I won mixing spoons for them…so can’t be disappointed with that!

Salted Caramel Volcano Cookies (adapted from A Cozy Kitchen)

Cookies:

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

1 oz unsweetened baker’s chocolate, finely chopped

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 tsp vanilla

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/8 tsp salt

Caramel:

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 Tbsps water

2 1/2 Tbsps butter, room temp, cut into small pieces

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream, slightly warmed (20 secs in microwave)

Directions:

In a small saucepan melt butter and chocolate together

In a large bowl, combine the sugar and cocoa

Pour in the melted chocolate and mix on low-speed, add vanilla

Sift flout and salt together in a separate bowl

Slowly add flour to the large bowl and mix with the electric mixer on low to combine until well mixed

On a lightly floured surface, mold and knead dough into a square

Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes

Preheat your oven to 350º

Remove dough from fridge and form into 1 1/4 inch balls, placing on sprayed cooking sheets

Press indentations into the cookie dough and mold with fingers if needed

Bake 10-15 minutes then remove cookies from pans to cool on wire racks

While the cookies cool, heat the sugar and water on medium-high in a small sauce pan

Bring the mixture to a boil and watch it begin to turn brown, when it does shake the pot to evenly distribute the sugar

Once the mixture is totally brown, whisk in the butter until well combined

Next vigorously whisk in the warmed whipping cream until combined

Spoon 1 tsp of the finished caramel into the center of each cookie, top with sea salt

Yields about 16 cookies per batch

 

Fig and Goat Cheese Scones December 17, 2010

Filed under: Breakfast,Sides,Treats — Nikki Wegner @ 4:51 pm
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Being from Wisconsin I think it is inherently mapped in our DNA that we have to love cheese. I am a cheesehead, I accept it and embrace it. I especially am a sucker for cheese plates at restaurants or parties, I really have a hard time restraining myself. When I was visiting two of my best friends in New York City Maddy took me to The Dove Parlour, this beautiful little bar that had one of the best (and most affordable) cheese plates. After we stuffed our faces with a variety of delicious cheeses, an assortment of bread slices, apricots, jam, nuts, figs etc., I was inspired to make these fig and goat cheese scones.

These scones are a great savory, yet sweet treat. I love making a big batch and freezing them, heating them up for breakfast or eating with a hearty soup for lunch. I have made these a bunch of times in the past, but this time I tried to make them a bit healthier by using light butter and whole-wheat flour, and I splurged and bought some fresh chevre from my fave cheese shop in DC, Cowgirl Creamery. So Good!

The great thing about this recipe is that you can use fig jam (which I use here), fresh or dried figs, whatever you can find/is in season. You can also substitute in other fruits if you prefer, I think apricots would taste great too.

To start, gather all your ingredients and preheat your oven.

 

Ingredients Assembled!

Ingredients Assembled!

 

In a large bowl combine your dry ingredients, the two-types of flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.

 

Dry goods

Dry goods

 

Then drop in the butter pieces, working them into the flour mixture with your fingers. Once mixed in, add the milk and goat cheese and stir until the dough comes together. You will end up with a slightly sticky ball of scone dough.

 

Scone Dough

Scone Dough

 

Next, simply mix in the fig jam or fresh/dried figs. Then take the dough and form into 12 2-inch balls of dough. Place them on baking sheets you sprayed with cooking spray and slightly flatten.

 

Scones for baking

Scones for baking

 

Bake the scones for 15 minutes, or until their tops are slightly brown, and remove from the oven. Take off the baking pans and let cool on a wire rack before enjoying! If you want to freeze some, let them completely cool before wrapping for the freezer.

 

Fig and Goat Cheese Scones

Fig and Goat Cheese Scones

 

These scones are super easy and delicious! As a bonus the dough base is a great starting point for any scone recipe you may want to experiment with. If you are going for something a bit sweeter I would probably add a bit more sugar, not a lot, but just a bit. I did that with a batch of blackberry scones, and though they turned out purple, they were pretty yummy.

 

Blackberry Scones

Blackberry Scones

 

Fig and Goat Cheese Scones (Adapted from Yum Sugar)

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole-wheat flour

1 Tbsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

3 tsp sugar

1/3 cup light butter, chilled and cut into large pieces

1/2 cup low-fat milk

1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese (4 ounces)

6 Tbsp fig jam or 3/4 cup fresh or dried figs

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400º

Spray baking sheets with cooking spray

In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar by mixing

Add in butter gently using your finger tips to rub the butter into the flour mixture

Add the milk and goat cheese, stirring until dough comes together in a slightly sticky ball

Mix in fig of whatever type you are using

Divide the dough into 2-inch balls and place on the baking sheet and flatten slightly

Bake 15 minutes or until the tops of the scones are slightly browned

Let cool on a wire rack

Yields 12 scones

 

Cooking With Friends: Baked Falafel and Apple Cider Crisp December 13, 2010

Filed under: Cooking With Friends,Dinner,Treats,Veggies — Nikki Wegner @ 6:23 pm

One of my favorite things about cooking is how it brings people together. I always feel so warm and fuzzy inside after cooking with friends (though it could be the wine we usually consume!)

My friends Jen, Frank and I had talked forever about making dinner together one night, and we finally got around to it recently! Frank offered to host and get the groceries and Jen and I took care of the cooking.

There were a few challenges to planning out the menu as one of us has a dairy allergy/leans vegan and Frank is, as his name suggests a boy, and not to stereotype men but he doesn’t exactly have a fully stocked kitchen when it comes to gadgets, pans, pots, even knives. When asked if he had a food processor, Frank responded with, “What’s that?” and I had to send him a picture. But we worked through all this and made a great meal!

For dinner we decided on making falafel and then serving it with pita, a yogurt sauce, salad and a vegan apple crisp for dessert. To give the falafel a healthy update, we wanted to give baking instead of frying it a shot and after a lot of searching, I found a great recipe on a new fave blog Eat Real. Turns out, it still tastes great and it’s a lot better for you!

To start the falafel, get out your food processor! Place the garlic, cilantro, parsley, chickpeas and bread crumbs in the bowl and cover, pulsing a few times to chop. Then add a tablespoon of lemon juice and pulse a few more times. Add the baking powder, cumin, salt, some tabasco and more lemon juice so the blades don’t get stuck/too weighted down and then mix until a paste-like consistency.

Falafel Mix

Falafel Mix

Prepare your baking sheets by lining them with foil and brushing them with olive oil. Using a tablespoon measuring cup, scoop out some of the falafel mix and then form it into patties with your hands. Then arrange the patties on a baking sheet and brush their tops with oil too.

 

Falafel ready for baking

Falafel ready for baking

 

Bake the patties for about 15-20 minutes, flipping them half way through. Remove them from the oven with the tops are nice and browned and let them cool for a few minutes.

While the falafel was baking we whipped up the yogurt sauce to go with it and prepped the apple crisp for baking.

For the yogurt sauce all you do is combine non-fat greek yogurt, fat-free sour cream, minced garlic, dill, lemon juice, salt and some chopped cucumber in a bowl and mix well! Place it in the fridge to stay cool until the falafel is done.

 

Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt) Sauce

Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt) Sauce

 

Then we prepped the crisp! We timed everything so that while we ate our main course the apple crisp baked.  This apple crisp is so easy! And by using margarine instead of butter, also vegan friendly. I have made a similar crisp/crumble using rhubarb in the past and it always turns out yummy.

Once again you will need your food processor. In the bowl, you combine some flour, sugar, brown sugar and margarine/butter. You pulse a few times until you have a crumbly consistency. Set this mixture aside.

Then, in a large bowl, combine chopped and peeled granny smith apples with a bit of apple cider, sugar, lemon juice, flour and cinnamon. Stirring until well combined.

Spray an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray and pour the apple mixture into the pan. Then sprinkle it with the crumb topping.

 

Prepared Apple Crisp

Prepared Apple Crisp

 

Once the falafel was done baking, we popped the crisp in the oven and got ready to eat!

 

Baked Falafel with Pita

Baked Falafel with Pita

 

I have to say, our spread was pretty great!

 

Yum!

Yum!

After we had thoroughly demolished the falafel, pita, salad, hummus and veggies, wine, etc….we somehow managed to have room for dessert!

 

 

Apple Cider Crisp

Apple Cider Crisp

 

This was a great meal to make with friends! We tried something new, but at the same time, it wasn’t too difficult that we couldn’t execute it all together and without killing each other/taking hours. I definitely recommend the falafel recipe for a healthy update to a favorite and the crisp is always a good go to easy dessert!

Baked Falafel with Tzatziki Sauce (From Eat Real)

Falafel:

2 cloves garlic, quartered

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

2 cups (16 oz) chickpeas

1/2 cup breadcrumbs (I used the panko variety)

2 Tbsp lemon juice, fresh

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cumin 1 tsp salt

1 tsp tabasco sauce, red or green kind

Tzatziki Sauce:

1/2 cup non-fat yogurt

1/2 cup fat-free sour cream

1 large garlic clove, minced

1 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped

1 Tbsp lemon juice, fresh

1 cucumber, finely diced

Salt to taste

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 450º

Place garlic, cilantro, parsley, chickpeas and bread crumbs in your food processor

Pulse a few times to chop everything up

Add 1 Tbsp of lemon juice and pulse a bit more

Then add the baking powder, cumin, salt, tabasco and additional lemon juice

Pulse the mixture until it has a nice and paste-like consistency

Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and brush it with olive oil

Taking a large tablespoon, scoop the mixture and form it into patties

Place the patties on the baking sheet and then brush the topes with olive oil so they don’t burn

Bake the patties for 15-20 minutes, flipping them half-way through, until they are golden brown on top

While the patties are baking, make the sauce by combining all the ingredients in a bowl and mixing well

Cover the sauce and chill in the fridge until ready to serve

Remove the patties from the oven when they are done and let cool for a few minutes before serving with pita, sauce and other veggies

Yields 4 servings

Apple Cider Crisp (Adapted from Weight Watchers)

Crumble:

1/2 cup flour

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup butter or margarine, chilled and broken into smaller pieces

Filling:

7 granny smith apples, peeled and cut into chunks

1/3 cup apple cider

2 Tbsp sugar

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp flour

1 tsp ground cinnamon

Cooking Spray

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375º

Combine crumble topping ingredients in a food processor and pulse until crumbly

Set aside

Combine filling ingredients in a large bowl and toss gently until everything is well coated

Spoon mixture into a 8-inch square baking pan sprayed with cooking spray and top with crumble mixture

Bake for 40 minutes

Yields 8 servings

 

Brunch: Orange Pecan French Toast Casserole December 8, 2010

Filed under: Baking,Breakfast,Treats — Nikki Wegner @ 11:53 am

To round out the menu for the previously mentioned brunch, I figured I should have something sweet for those who weren’t egg lovers. I also wanted to make something that I could prep the night before because, since I invited people to start coming as early as 9:30, I knew I wouldn’t have a ton of time to get everything done! (And my neurotic need to make sure everything was perfect in time would just stress me out.)

This Orange Pecan French Toast Casserole seemed like the perfect make-ahead option. Plus, I always trust reader reviews on the websites I gather recipes from. People always have great ideas on how to improve a recipe, what worked and what didn’t, and whether it is worth attempting to make the dish…and this recipe got rave reviews.

To start, you make the topping that will caramelize as you bake the casserole. In a small bowl, whisk together some brown sugar, melted butter and maple syrup. Pour into a 13×9 baking pan sprayed with cooking spray. Then sprinkle pecans over the top of the sugar mixture.

Sugary Pecan Coating

Sugary Pecan Coating

Next, you combine orange juice, milk, cinnamon, vanilla, 3 egg whites and two whole eggs in a large bowl with a whisk. Making sure everything is well combined.

Then, slice your french bread and arrange the slices over the pecans in the pan. Filling in the wholes with torn pieces of the bread.

French Bread

French Bread

Once you are all set, pour the egg mixture evenly over the bread slices.

Prepped Casserole

Prepped Casserole

Cover the casserole with plastic wrap and put in the fridge for at least one hour, or up to overnight.

When you are ready to bake the casserole carefully turn each bread slice over, so the other side will sop up any remaining moisture. Preheat your oven while you let it stand at room temperature for about 20 minutes.

Bake the casserole for about 35 minutes, or until it looks nice and golden brown.

Orange Pecan French Toast Casserole

Orange Pecan French Toast Casserole

Let the casserole cool for about 5 minutes after you remove it from the oven. Flip it over on a serving dish so the pecan-crusted side is on top.

If there is any topping left-over, simply scrap it from the pan and add to the slices.

Before I made this recipe I was a little nervous about the orange juice element and that it would overpower the rest of the dish. However, it turns out it lent a nice hint of citrus to the casserole and didn’t mask the sweetness of the glaze or the nuttiness of the pecans. It was a big hit and I will definitely be making it again. Perfect make-ahead recipe for an early morning brunch!

Orange Pecan French Toast Casserole (Adapted from Cooking Light)

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup light butter, melted

2 Tbsp maple syrup

cooking spray

1/3 cup chopped pecans

1 cup orange juice, preferably fresh

1/2 cup 1% milk

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 large egg whites

2 large eggs

9-12 slices of french bread (depends on the size of your loaf)

Directions:

Combine brown sugar, butter and maple syrup in a bowl

Pour into 13×9 pan coated with cooking spray

Sprinkle pecans evenly over sugar mixture

Combine orange juice, mil, cinnamon, vanilla, egg whites and egg in a large bowl; whisking until well-combined

Arrange bread slices over pecans in the baking pan

Pour egg mixture over the bread slices

Cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate 1 hour or up to overnight

Carefully turn bread slices over and let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes while you preheat the oven to 350º

Bake the casserole for 35 minutes or until golden brown

Cool 5 minutes before removing from the pan by flipping over to serve

Yields 12 servings

French Toast on FoodistaFrench Toast

 

Frozen Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pie September 29, 2010

Filed under: Treats — Nikki Wegner @ 7:32 pm

One of my favorite food combos: peanut butter and chocolate.

There is something about the slightly salty taste of peanut butter combined with chocolate’s sweetness that makes the perfect treat. I have been known to make ginormous peanut butter chocolate shakes, or simply down Reese’s Pieces as if it were my job when I am in the mood/stressed.

But when a classier situation arises, like having people over for dinner, or attending a party, this pie is the perfect dessert! It is so simple to make and doesn’t involve the oven, so it is a great no-bake treat. All you do is mix everything together and then freeze it for a few hours.

This may sound like a super rich dessert, but by using reduced-fat or fat-free ingredients, you cut a ton of calories, but none of the yumminess!

To start, combine the peanut butter with the cream cheese (make sure you have let it sit out a bit to soften), using an electric mixer.

Peanut Butter and Cream Cheese

Peanut Butter and Cream Cheese

Then you gradually beat in the sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice.

Next you fold in with a spoon the whipped topping. Stir until nice and combined.

Peanut Butter Pie Batter

Peanut Butter Pie Batter

Then you add in the chocolate chips and stir.

Once everything is nice and mixed together, just pour it into the pie shell and smooth the top. Then sprinkle with the remaining chocolate chips.

Frozen Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pie

Frozen Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pie

Cover the pie and place in the freezer for a minimum of four hours.

When ready to serve, simply take the pie out of the freezer and slice! Serve with some extra whipped topping if you are feeling really adventurous.

This pie has always been a crowd pleaser. And it doesn’t hurt that it might be one of the easiest things I have ever made.

Frozen Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pie (adapted from Weight Watchers)

1/2 cup reduced fat peanut butter, creamy variety

8 oz Fat-free cream cheese, softened

12 oz Fat-free sweetened condensed milk

2 tbsp lemon juice, fresh

1 cup Fat-free whipped topping, thawed

5 tbsp mini-chocolate chips, semi-sweet variety

6 oz Reduced-fat graham cracker crust

Directions:

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together peanut butter and cream cheese

Gradually beat in condensed milk and lemon juice

Fold in whipped topping

Stir in 4 tbsp chocolate chips

Spoon mixture in to pie crust and smooth top

Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips

Cover pie

Freeze until firm, at least 4 hours

Slice and serve

Yields 12 servings

 

Salty Oatmeal Cookies July 14, 2010

Filed under: Treats — Nikki Wegner @ 4:16 pm

There is a chain of tea houses in DC called Teaism that I adore. They have a great lunch menu and really delicious baked goods. Sometimes on the weekends I will set out on a pilgrimage to the one near my house to get their iced Japanese sweet green tea… I have convinced myself that it cures hangovers, or at least makes them a bit better.

But the tea and its magic powers aren’t even the best thing about Teaism, it’s is their Salted Oatmeal Cookies.  These cookies are the perfect combination of sweet and salty, something I always crave. They are chewy, yet have a nice crunch, and always seem to hit the spot.

So this weekend I set out on a mission to recreate them/find the recipe. A writer from the Washington Post had the same thought a few years ago, and it seems Teaism’s recipe is top-secret which of course isn’t surprising. But, they did come up with something close that I used as a guide. I made a few more changes myself, substituting light butter, using dark brown sugar and adding in some nutmeg, and am happy to report the cookies were a big hit!

To start, you whip the butter until it is nice and fluffy with a mixer. If you have one of those amazing Kitchen Aid mixers that you usually only get when you register for a wedding and I covet/want desperately, use that! Unfortunately, I was operating with my slightly crappy, might break any day hand mixer I got for like $6 at Target, oh well.

Fluffy Butter

Fluffy Butter

Then you add in the sugars, baking soda and powder, cinnamon and nutmeg and beat some more. Then add in the eggs and vanilla, and beat until nice and creamy.

Yummy Batter

Yummy Batter

All you have to do then, is add in the flour and rolled oats.

Flour and Rolled Oats

Flour and Rolled Oats

Mix that in on a low speed (otherwise you will have a giant flour cloud/mess on your hands). Then you cover the batter with plastic wrap and let it chill in the fridge for about an hour. Part of the trick is trying to resist eating most of the batter before you can make the actual cookies!

Once the batter is done chilling, remove from the fridge and form into cookies. Sprinkle each cookie with a generous shake, or five, of sea salt. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes.

Salty Oatmeal Cookies

Salty Oatmeal Cookies

And there you have ’em! Obviously these cookies didn’t come out tasting just like the ones at Teaism. But, they are pretty close and pretty tasty. They are a really nice twist on the classic oatmeal cookie, and might have to enter into my rotation of cookies I use to soften up/bribe my co-workers with!

Salted Oatmeal Cookies (adapted from Washington Post)

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) light butter, at room temperature

1 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

2  eggs, large

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups flour

2 cups rolled oats

Sea salt, for sprinkling

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, whip butter with a mixer until fluffy, about 3-4 minutes

Add in sugars, baking powder and soda, cinnamon and nutmeg, mixing until combined on medium-high

Add in eggs and vanilla, mixing until combined on medium high

On a low speed, mix in flour and oats until batter is well combined

Cover bowl with plastic wrap, let chill in the fridge for 1 hour

Just before the hour is up, pre-heat your oven to 375º

Line baking sheets with parchment paper, or if you don’t have it, spray baking sheets with cooking spray

Place cookies on baking sheets, sprinkle generously with sea salt

Bake cookies for 15 minutes, being careful not to overbake

Remove cookies from pan, or simply pick up the parchment paper if used, and place on a wire rack to cool

Yields 24 cookies