9.06.2013

Sharing Time

With so many of our friends announcing their pregnancies, it seems only fitting that we jump on the bandwagon and share...

...one of the best cookie recipes ever. I mean, all of these prego moms are going to be needing some special desserts, am I right? ;)

This is hands down one of the best cookies I've ever made. I had several people say that, so I had to share so everyone could enjoy them. I'm drooling just writing this post.

You can make them without the caramel to have brown butter snickerdoodles, but I'm not sure why you'd want to do that. :p

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Cookies
{inspired from Two Peas and their Pod}







Ingredients
2 1/2 cups all-purpose Gold Medal flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup unsalted butter, sliced
1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
1 cup caramel squares, cut into 1/4's {I kept mine whole but either way is delicious}
sea salt, for sprinkling on top of the cookies

For Rolling the Cookies:
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions
1. In a medium bowl, Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
2. To brown the butter, heat a thick-bottomed skillet on medium heat. Add the sliced butter, whisking frequently. Continue to cook the butter until melted. The butter will start to foam and browned specks will begin to form at the bottom of the pan. The butter should have a nutty aroma. Watch the butter carefully because it can go from brown to burnt quickly. Remove butter from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the brown butter and sugars. Mix until blended and smooth. Beat in the egg, yolk, vanilla, and yogurt and mix until combined. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
4. Form the dough in a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. You can chill the dough overnight.
5. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Measure about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into balls. Flatten the ball with the palm of your hand and place a piece of caramel in the center of the dough. Wrap the cookie dough around the caramel, making sure the caramel is completely covered with dough.
6. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar. Roll the balls in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place dough balls on a large baking sheet that has been lined with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper. Make sure the cookies are about 2 inches apart. Sprinkle the cookie tops with sea salt.
7. Bake the cookies 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. The centers will still be soft. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, or until set. Transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.

9.05.2013

Summer fun.

Hrm. I should update this, yes? Yes. So, what has happened in two months?
  • I worked out a lot. I signed up for two weeks of unlimited boot camp classes where I take my weekly classes [DrivenFitnessNow.com]. I loved it, and did it twice.
  • I won third place in my age group in the local 4th of July 5k. Yeehaw!


  • We barbecued with our friends the Martins (who moved and we really miss them), and waited a looong time for the Sun & Sail Club fireworks show. (Someone knocked over the display and they had to set it up all over again.)
Cuddling the scared fur children

  • We went to the Orange County Fair with the Martins later in July. It was a blast. I rode the Ferris wheel for the first time, and it was my first time doing a super fun photo booth.
The heavenly maple-bacon donut

Robert got his wish to go through a fun house




  • We went camping with our friends the Morrissettes and their two girls, adorable and adorable. This needs to happen again.
Dutch oven cobbler. 'Nuff said

Regrowth after the Malibu fires earlier this year

cuties

Holding a cutie

So proud of our first tent
  • We planned and bought Harley and Maya's Halloween costumes. To be shown in a later post.
  • We went to a concert for the bands Train, Gavin DeGraw, and The Script. We learned we didn't like The Script as much as we thought we did. I liked Gavin more than I originally did, and I got to touch Pat Monahan, who is really short.

  • We photographed an open house, family photos in a bathroom, and have other events lined up which we're excited for.
  • I interviewed for and was chosen to be the newest English teacher at our local high school. So. Excited. What's great about this is it's really an answer to prayer. I gained and was passed over a teaching job last year, which was for 7th, 8th, and 10th grades, where I had to travel to four different rooms. I was passed up due to pure favoritism. Although it was a big letdown, it mentally and emotionally prepared me for this year: teaching 10th graders at an even better school, in my own classroom, down the street from where we live. Amazing. God is good.
I'll post photos of my classroom when I get the time. G'night!