I have a few recipes that I photographed and even edited, but they are still waiting their turn. They are good, some are even very good, but they can wait. And then there's this recipe. Cookies that I made totally randomly this past weekend without any blog post in mind. Now I cannot get these cookies out of my mind.
I was making Strawberry Muffins (really good recipe, btw, post is still to come) for my dear friend's baby shower and I thought that it may not be enough. I did not really have anything else in mind to make, so I started looking through the recipes I saved from those Joanne Fluke mystery books I was reading. Strawberry muffins were also her recipe which I modified, so I was hoping to find something that would use more strawberries too. Instead, I saw a recipe for Blackberry Cookies. I thought that I could definitely switch the fruit. I also made a few tiny changes to the recipe and patiently waited for the cookies to bake. I did not expect anything special, just good solid cookies.
Oh my god!
They were absolutely AH-MAY-ZING!
A. took a cookie saying his usual "Yummy" then he actually bit into it, looked at me with a surprised look in his eyes and said: "These are good, these are actually really really good!" He likes almost everything I make. He likes some things more, some things less, but in most cases if I ask him if I should make something again, he says yes. What is rare is for him to actually ask me to make something. Again. Right after eating it. Doesn't happen often. Especially not with sweets. For some reason, he doesn't like sweets much (weird, I know!). These cookies he really liked and asked to make again... while eating them... before dinner! And that never ever happens!
So, what can I say about these cookies? They are not crunchy, they are not chewy, but they are very cakey, soft and fluffy. In fact, I wanted to call them cakelets, except it turned out that it's a trademarked term here and I decided not to go that route. Anyway... Back to these delicious cookies! They are very soft and have cake-like texture with little morsels of fruit, like little strawberry filled clouds or pillows. Since I added my favourite Orange Oil, they have a hint of citrus and are absolutely delectable.
I am definitely going to make these again, maybe even this weekend. When peaches are in season, I'll make these with peach and I think that they will be quite delicious with small pieces of apple and some cinnamon in the fall.
makes about 3.5 dozens of bite sized cookies
Fresh strawberries - 1 cup
Salted butter, room temperature - 1 stick
White sugar - 1/2 cup
Light brown sugar - 1/2 cup
Baking powder - 1 teaspoon
Orange oil - 1/4 teaspoon
Egg - 1 large
Flour - 2 cups + 1/2 tablespoon
Milk - 1/4 cup
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Dice strawberries into 1/4 inch pieces. I did it by quartering each strawberry and then dicing each quarter into three parts, so they are the size of small raisins.
- Place diced strawberries into a bowl with 1/2 tablespoon of flour and mix. Flour will help strawberry pieces to separate and not stick together when fruit is added to the dough later.
- In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. You can use a stand mixer or hand mixer like I did this time.
- Add the baking powder, orange oil, egg and mix until well incorporated.
- Add the flour one cup at a time. If you are using a stand mixer, then keep using it. If you are using a hand mixer, then at this point it might be easier to switch to a spatula to mix in the flour.
- Add the milk and mix until soft dough forms.
- Add the strawberries and mix trying to not smash the berries.
- Drop the cookies by teaspoon onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper. About 12 to a standard sized pan. I used a small cookie scoop to do that.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes until cookies are puffed up and turn light golden colour. It took exactly 15 minutes in my oven.