Spelt Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jan 11, 2013 by

Cookies are a wonderful treat. Some cookies, take a little time to prepare and others can be made on a whim if you have the right ingredients on hand. I really have to be in the mood to make the type of cookie that takes up time in the kitchen. These cookies? Nothing short of brilliant. I came across it some time ago but wasn’t into making cookies yet. I’m glad I saved it and I am definitely glad that I made them.

I found the recipe for Cream Cheese Cookies and wanted to make it as is. No adapting. I wanted to know what the original cookie tasted like. And I almost succeed.

I have been buying a variety of flours, all with the intention of experimenting and finding alternatives to regular flour. There are so many flours that have wonderful nutritional value. The one I have used the most in the past, is Quinoa flour. For this cookie, I chose to use Spelt flour. I didn’t plan to. My hand just steered to the right of the all-purpose flour. Sometimes in life, you just have to take chances.

 

Spelt Cream Cheese Chocolate Cheese Cookies

Spelt Cream Cheese Chocolate Cheese Cookies

 

Spelt Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe Type: Cookie
Author: Lyn, adapted from Food52
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 12 mins
Total time: 32 mins
A delightful cookie made with spelt flour, cream cheese and mini chocolate chips
Ingredients
  • 1 Stick Unsalted Butter
  • 4oz Light Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1 Cup Spelt Flour
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 4 Tbsp Mini Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a mixing bowl, add butter, cream cheese and sugar. Cream until light and fluffy.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt. Add to the cream cheese mixture and mix until just combined
  4. Using a cookie scoop, add batter to parchment lined cookie trays, leaving about an inch and a half between them.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes until the edges are browned and be careful not to over-bake
  6. Remove from oven and leave on the tray for about 3 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.
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The chocolate chips didn’t actually make it into the batter until half way through. The first batch was so wonderfully fragrant but I wondered  what I could add that would go nicely with these cookies. I added a few mini chocolate chips. The  regular chocolate chips seemed too large for these delicate cookies.

 

Spelt Cream Cheese Cookies

Spelt Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

I’m not sure how many cookies were taken from this rack while I wasn’t looking. Sticky fingers around here. I don’t blame them.

 

Spelt Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Spelt Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

I liked how delicate and dainty these cookies looked. I’m sure they’d make an excellent gift or even a quick treat if company popped by.

 

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Spelt Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

These cookies are absolutely delightful. With or without the chocolate chips, you’ll absolutely LOVE them. A definite keeper.

~Lyn

 

 

 

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Jan 18, 2012 by

I wanted to post the recipe for these cookies for a few days now but alas, I’m slightly behind in my posting. I’m so happy to share this with you though, as these are my husband’s favourite cookies. I kinda love them too. I promised him I’d make a batch this week so me posting is great timing. I love the simplicity, and also that I’m using  low-fat peanut butter, less sugar than what the original recipe called for plus I used dark chocolate chips. Sounds like some good stuff right? You can substitute peanut butter for the organic kind. I plan to use vegan dark chocolate peanut butter to see how it comes out. I may omit the chocolate chips to avoid overkill. We’ll see!

This recipe is adapted from Everyday Food.

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie

 

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Total Time: 31 minutes

Yield: 32 Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Low-Fat Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine peanut butter, sugar, egg, baking soda and salt
  2. Once combined, mix in chocolate chips
  3. Using a cookie-scoop, take walnut sized portions and with moistened hands, roll into balls
  4. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches between each ball
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes in a 350F oven
  6. Allow to cool on the baking tray for about 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack
http://lovelypantry.com/2012/01/peanut-butter-chocolate-cookies/

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie – Ready to eat!

 

Don’t you just want to dive in? Seriously.

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie

 

Take good care guys! ~ Lyn

 

 

 

 

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Ginger Molasses Cookies

Jan 5, 2012 by

Holiday baking was fun for me. I generally look for recipes that are quick and have fairly simple ingredients. I had been searching  for cookie recipes for a few days during the holiday season (lots to go through) and I was really happy to try this. I did not adapt the ingredients for this recipe in any way. It was perfect just the way it was. Find the original recipe here.

My kids loved it, and honestly, I had a hard time restraining myself while they were cooling. I messed up my first batch because I tried to bake 8 cookies on a tray. And when I say messed up, I just mean they baked stuck together and I had to cut them so they looked like weird squares. Tasted great all the same :-). These cookies start out small but they do spread quite a bit. 6 Cookies go on a 15.5inch X 10.5inch rimmed baking tray.

I made this recipe 3 times over the holidays! Yep, they were that good! I was able to give them as gifts and as a treat at a New Year gathering. I did my cookie baking at night so I did not get to take too many photographs but here are some that I shared on Facebook while I was making them.

Here they are, “chilling out” in the fridge before baking.

Ginger Molasses Cookies – Prep

 

And here is the first batch cooling. Thank goodness for stackable cooling racks! I only have 3 racks but once the cookies cooled, I transferred them to a cookie pan to make way for the set coming out of the oven. I definitely need more baking trays. This will reduce the overall cooking time drastically.

Ginger Molasses Cookies Cooling

 

 

Ginger Molasses Cookies
Recipe Type: Cookies
Author: Lyn of The Lovely Pantry
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 12 mins
Total time: 32 mins
Cookies for the holidays but are good enough for any time of the year.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups all-purpose, unbleached flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar for rolling
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, mix butter and sugars until combined
  2. Add molasses and mix until incorporated
  3. In a small bowl, whisk eggs gently to break up the yolks
  4. Add eggs to the molasses mixture and mix until combined
  5. In a medium bowl, add dry ingredients – flour, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon. Whisk to combine.
  6. Gradually add dry ingredients into molasses mixture and mix together with a spoon (or a mixer, if you like)
  7. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for about an hour
  8. When chilled, use a mini-scoop to grab small portions and then roll into smooth balls.
  9. Roll each ball in the granulated sugar and assemble onto a baking tray. Allow to chill for at least 20 minutes in the refrigerator
  10. Once chilled, place 6 balls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet (I used a 15.5inch X 10.5inch rimmed sheet) leaving about 2-3 inches between each ball
  11. The balls waiting to be baked should remain in the refrigerator until ready to go in the oven
  12. Bake for 12 minutes in a 350 degree oven
  13. Bake in batches until the balls are finished. This recipe yields 54-56 cookies
Notes

Recipe from www.addapinch.com

 

Ginger Molasses Cookies for the Christmas Holidays

 

Ginger Molasses Cookies – Gift

 

I really enjoyed these cookies. They were delightfully crispy and had a satisfying crunch. I might make some more this week – just because! :-)

 

 

 

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Happy New Year 2012!

Jan 3, 2012 by

I just wanted to start the year off by thanking everyone for all their support and encouragement since I created The Lovely Pantry. I have so many ideas for recipes and concepts for photographs. I’ve grown so much and met so many wonderful people along my journey so far. I’m excited and grateful to be able to continue my passion through this medium. The holiday season has been quite busy for me, to say the least. But it was wonderful to be around friends and relatives and to share meals and watch the children play together. I miss my own family immensely (parents, brother, cousins etc) but hopefully I will get to see them later this year. There’s nothing like having your own family with you during the holidays! I’m still very thankful and blessed for those that I have around me that make me feel “at home”.

Now that things are slowing down a little bit, I have a lot of posts to catch up on! I have a few goals for myself which includes posting more often, improving my photography, meeting more foodies and making bread! Those are just a few things I have on my list. Below are some photographs of a meal I prepared for an informal gathering at my home during the holidays. No recipes today. :-) I still have to show you what I cooked for my own family after Christmas. I found a new love for cookies! My husband says he thinks he’s found his new favourite cookie – this may mean trouble for me! :-)

The menu is as follows, served with Jamaican style Rice and Peas:

Lemon Herbed Salmon. I’ve made this before – here’s the recipe. Underneath that herbed crispy topping, is moist salmon. It was lovely.

 

Lemon Herbed Salmon with steamed veggies

 

Veal Pastitsio – a definite crowd pleaser. I really love it, especially because my children enjoy it.

 

Veal Pastitsio

 

My guests specifically requested Oxtail! I aim to please! I don’t have oxtail very often but I definitely indulge the few times for the year that I actually make it. It brings back memories of Jamaica.

 

Oxtails & White Kidney Beans

 

Perhaps I went a little overboard, but you have to know that I enjoy feeding people. I also love getting feedback from my experiments! So basically I used the Ginger Carrot Bread recipe and modified it. I split the batter in 2 and used smaller loaf pans to bake them in. I made a plain Ginger Carrot Bread, and another with raisins. I modified the same recipe and used Vanilla Chai Soy beverage instead of carrot juice. I made it before so I knew what it would taste like however, this time (again, I split the batter) I made one with dark chocolate chips and the other with dried cherries. Then of course I made a cake that I had not tried before – Orange cake made with orange rind and freshly squeezed orange juice. Heavenly! I will be posting that recipe very soon!

 

Orange Cake, Vanilla Chai Bread x2, Ginger Carrot Bread x2

 

After a night of entertaining, I decided to make cookies. I don’t usually make cookies but I realized if I’m going to be a kitchen Goddess, I need to be able to make everything! :-) They turned out to be a success and I was even able to give them as gifts during the holiday season. Well, not the one’s my hubby loved the most.

 

Ginger Molasses Cookies

 

And finally, this is the reason my husband adores me. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. No flour required. I was even able to use low-fat peanut butter, clearly for my own satisfaction. I plan to use organic peanut butter next time to see if there’s any major difference in the taste. That’s our secret though. He doesn’t have to know.

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed ringing in the New Year. I wish everyone the utmost success in everything they hope to achieve and accomplish this year and beyond. 2012 is going to be an awesome year filled with personal growth and wonderful friendships! I believe this, so I know it will become reality!

Join me on Facebook as I will be sharing some more photographs there too. I share my own recipes and photographs, as well as beautiful recipes by culinary artists all over the world on Twitter. Follow me!

Say hello to me anytime.

Take care.

 

Lyn

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