Double Chocolate Crinkles

What a difficult cookie to make!

Seriously.  I don’t even like crinkles but my friend R requested that I make one so I tried.  The first batch that I made was not successful because the icing sugar melted into the cookie making it damp.  The second batch I made was a little bit better but it still is not that good.

I did not taste it but my taste testers said the following:  (1) It tastes bitter and (2) It tasted like crinkles.  I wish I tasted it but as I have said, I don’t like crinkles that much.

I don’t know if I my failure at baking this cookie stemmed from me not choosing the right recipe to follow or it is a really difficult cookie to make for an amateur like me.

You can find the recipe here.  Let me know if you are able to successfully bake one.

Some of the changes I made are:

  1.  I used Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Cocoa instead of Dutch cocoa.
  2. I rolled the cookie balls in white sugar before coating them in confectioner’s sugar so that it will not come out damp.

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Coconut Mango Cookies with Chocolate Chips

The reason why I was not able to bake last week is because I was so ambitious that I tried to make sponge cake.  The sponge cake turned out to be like sponge – but not the one you eat but the one you use to scrub your dishes.  I was so devastated with all of the waste I made that I had the “failed cake” sit on top of the table for 2 days just because I wanted it to have a purpose.  The purpose was to teach me to take things slow.  That I still need lots and lots of practice before I can finally make my dream cakes – butter icing cake like Mama used to make,  Brazo De Mercedes like Mama used to make, and Sans Rival like what my sister makes.

Slowly, I think I will get there.  So now it’s back to baking cookies for me.

This recipe is wonderful.  I am so lucky that I found this site because it gives me a lot of ideas.  When choosing which recipe to follow, I just use my gut feel.  I read the site, look at the ingredients, and if it sounds good to me, then I decide to follow it.

Baked by an Introvert is probably one of my favorite dessert recipe site now.  Head on over to that site to check all the delicious desserts the owner, Jen, have been making.

I promised myself that I will only eat 2 cookies every time I cook because otherwise, I would have to run what I will gain off and I never liked running.  So yes,  I finished two cookies already but I am still craving for more.  The simple solution to the problem is to just give all these off and dream about its sweet, textured goodness.

By the way, I used dried mangoes from the Philippines because hello, they’re the best.  And I used See’s chunky chocolate chips that my friend got me from San Francisco.

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Orange Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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My first cookie experiment, yay!

I waited for my Silpat mat to start baking cookies but I think I did not do it right.

This is the recipe that I used.

The way I decide what I cook is this:  what ingredients I have in the house and what fruits should be saved before they go to waste.

I have oranges and the rest of the ingredients in this recipe.  Yes, I even have the Lindt chocolate that I mysteriously was not able to devour.  Maybe because all the Haagen Dazs ice cream sticks in the fridge is always my priority (and we never run out of it!).

This cookie recipe comes from Life Made Simple Bakes website.

Here are some changes I made:

  1.  I used only half of the recipe since I did not want to waste ingredients in case they do not turn out right.
  2. I don’t have kosher salt so I used regular salt.

Here’s the result.

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Expectation

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Reality

 

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I followed the recipe religiously (other than halving it) but I still ended up with a bitter aftertaste after I ate the cookie.  Must it be because of the zest?  I am not familiar with “zests” because we never use that in the Philippines so I must have grated the orange in the wrong way.  If you have any idea how I can take off the bitter taste, let me know.  Or maybe, it really should taste that way?  Want to try?

The Very Nutty Apple Cake

 

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The Very Nutty Apple Cake

I hate throwing food away.  The only time I throw food is when they are expired.  Expired food is a no-no in my kitchen.  No excuses.

As I have said, I hate throwing food away so when I saw apples in the fridge that I totally forgot were there, I decided to bake an apple cake.

Nagi, of RecipeTinEats, is my most favorite food blogger.  Every time I follow her recipe, it is always a success.  So I headed to her site first to look for a recipe of Apple Cake.  Luckily, she had one.  The title just blew me away:  “Easiest Ever MOIST Apple Cake“.  Easy and Moist in the same phrase?  I am in!

These are the changes I made:

  1.  Cloves – but I never really liked the taste of cloves so I skipped it
  2.  Almonds – I did not have ready flaked almonds so I used chopped almonds instead (and chopping almonds was actually the hardest part of this recipe for me)
  3. I put more almonds than what Nagi did so my food taster said it was a little bit nutty hence I changed the name of this recipe
  4. I do not have a cake pan so I used the leche flan tin pan that I got from the Philippines.  I wonder if it would made a difference if I had a “real” cake pan.
  5. I don’t have a cooling rack so I cooled it on a plate.
  6. The size of my tin pan is not the same size used in this recipe.

The result?  My food taster loved it.  And I loved it too and I don’t even like apples.

Again, thank you Nagi for always making my baking experience a blast.

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Top cake is Nagi’s,  bottom cake is mine

The reality is kind of different from the expected but I am not kidding you when I say that it is really, really good.

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