Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies

This delicious cookie was served in the store on Saturday, October 5, 2019. It’s not the first time. We’ve served this cookie before. It’s always well-received and nearly always gone before the end of the day. We took this recipe from a book titled Sally’s Cookie Addiction by Sally McKenney published in 2017. It’s a book that we try to keep in stock because it’s so popular and is filled with the most tasty cookies!

The recipe calls for all the basics – flour, sugar, butter, etc -things that you might have on hand. But it also calls for chocolate chips, M&Ms© candies, and creamy peanut butter – things you may need to plan ahead for or pop to the market and purchase. This is exactly the type of recipe that one could easily swap out the “add-ins” if one preferred, say, raisins more than M&Ms©. As you read the recipe instructions you’ll find that, after baking, more chocolate chips and M&Ms© are pressed into the tops of the warm cookies. I submit that pressing a little toasted coconut flakes would also be delicious as well as pretty. You can also view the original recipe–posted in 2013–on her website here where you’ll get to read first-hand Sally’s own comments and musings.

Do you know that our October 2019 Monthly Feature give-away includes two of the items you need to make cookies? You can read more about it here. Make sure you are on our email list which automatically enters you into each of our drawings. You can sign up here. You can also enter by dropping a paper entry into our vase next time you are visiting the store.

Did you get to taste these cookies in the store? Have you made these cookies? Do you plan to make them? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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Monster Cookies
For this recipe you will need the following items which we carry in the store: Good baking sheet pans | Parchment paper or silicone baking mats | Pure vanilla extract | Stand mixer or hand mixer | Rubber or silicone spatulas |Cookie scoops | Cooling racks | Measuring cups and spoons
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 80 minutes
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 80 minutes
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until smooth, about one minute. Add the granulated sugar and brown sugar, and beat on medium-high speed until creamed, about two minutes. Add the eggs, peanut butter, and vanilla extract, and beat on high speed until combined, about one minute. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bols and beat again as needed to combine.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low speed until combined. With the mixer running on low speed, add the oast. Once combined, beat in the M&Ms© and chocolate chips. The dough will be thick and sticky. Cover and chill the dough in the refridgerator or at least 20 minutes (and up to four days). If chilling for longer than one hour, allow it to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before rolling and baking because the dough will be quite hard.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  5. Scoop balls of dough, two tablespoons (No. 30 scoop) of dough per cookie, and place 3" (7.5 cm) apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until lightly browned on the sides. The centers will look very soft.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on baking sheets for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. While the cookies are still warm, you can press a few more chocolate chips and/or M&Ms© into the tops—this is only for looks!
  7. the cookies will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.
Sheet Pan Sweet Potato Hash

Sheet Pan Sweet Potato Hash

This recipe is from the NordicWare site. We’ve chosen to include it here because of our October 2019 Featured Give-away.

Cooking your entire meal on a single sheet pan makes dinners easy and delicious and cleanup is a breeze. After you try this recipe, let us know what you think in the comments below. And don’t be afraid to experiment and change things up based on what you have on hand. The original recipe (as shown here) is southwest inspired but could easily be changed up by substituting different spices. You could use any summer squash in lieu of zucchini. Let your imagination (and your spice pantry) go crazy.

You’ll find the following items that were used in this recipe at The Kitchen Company.

** Used in this recipe **

  • NordicWare Baker’s Half Sheet Pan
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Mixing spoons
  • Chef’s knives
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Oven mitts/potholders

** Optional tools **

  • Silpat half sheet pan non-stick liner (optional)
  • Corn Cutter (for getting the kernels off fresh cobs) (optional)
  • Garlic peelers and mincers
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Sheet Pan Sweet Potato Hash
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Lightly oil or spray Baker's Half Sheet pan. Place sweet potatoes in microwave safe bowl and precook for 3-5 minutes. Alternately you can pre-parbake them or steam them for 8-10 minutes. When they are cool enough to handle, mix the cubed sweet potatoes with the zucchini, red bell pepper, onion, black beans, corn, olive oil, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and paprika.
  2. Spread the mixture evenly onto prepared half sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove from the oven and, using a spoon, make six wells in the vegetables for the eggs. Crack an egg into each well. Sprinkle eggs with salt and pepper and return to the oven for an additional 7-9 minutes or more depending on how you like your eggs. Serve immediately.
Buckwheat Banana Pancakes

Buckwheat Banana Pancakes

This lovely little pancake is from the Breakfast At Morning Glory cookbook by Patty Groth. Patty owns Morning Glory Restaurant in Ashland Oregon. Her cookbook is available at the restaurant and, if you are lucky, you may even get an autographed edition!

Morning Glory opened in 1997 in a converted 1926 craftsman style house at 1149 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland. Their specialty is breakfast but lunches are popular as well. They are open seven days a week (thank goodness for us!) from 8:00 am until 1:30 pm. If you are anywhere in the Rogue Valley or southern Oregon in general, it’s most certainly worth a trip to Ashland for breakfast (or lunch) in this well-loved establishment. Give them a call if you need any further information 541-488-8636

In honor of our celebration of National Pancake Day (September 26) and our pancake-palooza in the store on Saturday, September 28, 2019, we’ve been adding pancake recipes to our (slowly growing) collection of recipes. This is one of our favorites. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Cheers,

Roy (& Frank)

NOTE: This recipe contains cocoa powder. The Kitchen Company carries two types of cocoa powder by Guittard, makers of fine chocolate products for 150 years and based in the US.

These wonderfully thin pancakes have a richness to them that comes from the addition of cocoa. The batter seems thin but it thickens as it rests. Best if made the day before serving, covered and refrigerated. Just slice your bananas and add to the batter or serve on top. We do both. Serve with walnut butter or lemon butter and pure maple syrup.
NOTE: reprinted from the book Breakfast At Morning Glory – Recipes, Mishaps and Adventures from the Little Blue House by Patty Groth

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Buckwheat Banana Pancakes
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine flour, buckwheat, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together eggs, milk, and vegetable oil and add to the dry mix. Whisk to combine. If leaving until tomorrow, cover and put in the refrigerator. If cooking today, let the batter rest a bit.
  3. Cook on a hot, greased pancake griddle.
  4. Flip when bubbles appear on the tops and cook for two more minutes
Perfect Pancakes

Perfect Pancakes

Who doesn’t love a delicious perfectly cooked pancake? Pancakes can be savory or sweet, breakfast or dinner, silver dollar sized or dinner plate sized. But no matter how you like your pancakes, you should

  • start with a great batter made with the best ingredients you can get
  • patiently cook your pancakes on a pan that heats evenly
  • carefully flip your pancakes when ready

Below is our version of the perfect thick and fluffy pancake.

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Perfect Pancakes
This is a perfect recipe for thick and fluffy pancakes.
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Servings
Pancakes
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Servings
Pancakes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large measuring cup, mix the eggs and milk well.
  2. In an appropriate sized bowl that will accommodate all the ingredients, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  4. Add the melted butter to the egg/milk mixture then immediately pour it into the well in the dry ingredients.
  5. Stir until just combined using a silicone spoon or spatula to draw the dry ingredients up from the bottom. DO NOT OVER MIX The batter should be lumpy and thick but decently incorporated.
  6. Allow the batter to rest while you select your griddle or fry pan allowing time for it to heat to medium/medium high (you know your stove best). When you flick a few droplets of water on your pan and they dance around, your pan is ready. Add a little butter (or bacon grease) to the pan and coat it evenly.
  7. Use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to dip from your batter bowl and pour the mixture onto the waiting griddle/pan. Be patient. Do not flip the pancakes until bubbles appear and pop. If your pancakes are burning before they are bubbling then turn down your heat.
  8. Once they have bubbled and popped, flip them and let the other side cook. When they're done, they should slide on the pan easily.
  9. Serve immediately with your choice of "garnishes". Enjoy!