Nutty Dried Mango White Chocolate Cookies

Nutty Dried Mango White Chocolate Cookies

When I started my blog we’ve just moved here and its been an on and off thing  as I work and manage the home together with my husband and two children. I am also a wife and a mother so to speak but to say only these things would be unfair to myself because I never thought of it that way. I am me and I found that baking, cooking and writing is equally about myself, my life and my struggles. I want to write, I want to express my thoughts because it makes me feel good and useful. As I wrote before, ( http://kocinadepinay.com/life-is-what-we-make-it/ ) “Every woman is a person, not a camouflage. I enjoy conversation,making friends and I am not afraid to share my experiences. There are people out there who might need my reflections as a woman, as a person and probably they are just right there in one corner, afraid and lonely.” So, yeah…I would always go back to where I begin. I wont even care if my readers have long been gone, it doesn’t bother me at all.. write Lizza write.. This is totally changing my aging self and they say age is just a number but it’s not true, personally speaking.. I feel the curse of aging..ha ha ha! and I can see it too. There are days when I look at the mirror, I would see myself..and oh my..yes its me and perimenopausal hits me.. its bulls eye! There’s no escape, neither me nor you. So, I better get going and challenge myself to do the things that I love.. this time I wont be looking back,  this time I will continue to progress and put my perspective into a reality, so help me God! Please I’m not a melodramatic mama here ..this is a happy post…ha ha ha!

So I will begin by telling you about these magical cookies that I made last time. It seems that my daughter is worried about her weight and I often tell her to go out, do some running or brisk walking. My son who is now serving his two-year National Service and a certified health buff has told me to stop feeding his sister with unwanted or unnecessary food for health and weight sake. You see growing up I didn’t enjoy eating because I was born in the hard times..oh well this is another story. My tendency is to buy all the things that I know would be good and delicious. I bring home all the nice things that I can buy. I bake and I cook them too. Until my son told me that I needed to stop because I’m not doing any help to his sister and even to him at times. He told me that in as much as I want to do those things because I love them, I should stop, its enough because they are not small children anyway, they’ve had their time and they enjoyed it ..but I need to stop..yes STOP. These words struck me face to face and the realization hits me, my children have grown already. How come I don’t know that..I didn’t notice that..blame it on me yes.. and I will blame myself because I’m a working mother. Oh what a life..I love my children and I miss them badly as a small children.

Then let’s go back to these magical cookies..I played around with ingredients. I put nuts, dried fruits and chocolates. But there’s this batch of cookies that I will never forget because it brought me home, down the memory lane and they’re so good. I never realize that putting our very own 7D Dried Mango together with white chocolate chips and pecan would be that great. By the way, I opted to make cookies for my children. I stopped bringing home all the goodies and our cabinet is empty.. just empty of those unnecessary for the health and weight. But the real me wont just stop like that..so in the end my world turn into cookies and I’m sharing with you the first ever delicious dried mango cookies in my whole 48 years of existence here on earth.. ha ha ha.. please join me in laughing!

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup white sugar

4 large eggs

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups quick cooking oats

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup chopped dried mango

1 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped walnut

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

Cream butter and sugar.

While doing that process, combine all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Set aside

Add the eggs one at a time. Add in the vanilla

Add the flour mixture gradually. Combine properly.

Add the oats and make it just combined, then add the ff : nuts, dried mango and white chocolate chips.

Don’t over mixed. You can use apricot instead of dried mango, but use white chocolate chips only.

Drop 1/4 cup of dough or you can use a medium ice cream scoop about 7 cm apart onto lightly greased baking tray.

Bake for 16-20 mins 180 c /375

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It’s like embracing home once again.. I’m proud of our Philippine Mangoes, it’s the best and the  flesh is very rich and sweet. When its dried, its sweeter than sour and the texture is soft and chewy. Big and round that’s how I wanted my cookies. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am but Im sure the picture speaks for it.. these cookies are truly wonderful in a cup of coffee or tea. Let’s eat. Let’s giggle. Let’s be merry.

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No Bake Chocolate Cookie

No Bake Chocolate Cookie

This No bake Chocolate Cookie from Hazel of A Joyful Noise is such a treat. The change I made is to add 3/4 cup of chocolate chips and lessen the sugar to 1 1/2 cup. My son told me that it taste like a chocolate bar..and yes it is..I cant describe the taste. Its just so wonderfully sweet and creamy. It will make you giggle and laugh..I slumped myself in the sofa..it is so nice to just eat and enjoy!. I have posted its photos the other day together with my Baked Chicken Tortilla Wrap recipe. Fellow bloggers who dropped by liked it. I felt that when we discover something really good and wonderful, then we must do our part to share it, let others experience also the marvelous taste of discovery. Credit goes to Hazel of A Joyful Noise.
No Bake Double Chocolate Cookie
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
3 cups quick-cooking oats
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
In a saucepan,combine: sugar, milk, butter and unsweetened cocoa.
Stir the mixture and make sure theres no lump
Bring the ingredients to boil for 1 ½ minutes on top of stove.
Remove from heat and add: peanut butter, quick-cooking oats, semi-sweet chocolate chips and vanilla extract.
Drop by a tablespoon onto wax paper.
Press the cookie drops with the bottom of a glass, its perfect! believe me. 
Let cool until hardened and now its about time to enjoy. 
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Oh well, how was that? Now it made some sense, the smell, the look, the touch and finally the taste…as what my son said..taste like a chocolate bar!
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My brown little darlings told me not to underestimate their looks..they might be ugly little ducklings but they will surely sweep off your feet.Come on and grab them…


My Double Chocolate Chip Cookie

My Double Chocolate Chip Cookie

Since I started working,I make it a point to bake some goodies during days that I am off.The reason why I do this is for my children.I know that they miss my presence at home especially my daughter.It gives me a reason to at least still manage to be with them though I am out of the house.The fact also that I want them to have something to eat when they reach home after school and I am still out.I miss my daily routine at home but I love the fact that I am working.I enjoy my time outside and working has given me a new perspective.I love the pressure,the new learning and I appreciate the joy of laughter and food with my co-workers.


My children both enjoy eating cookies and for a long time buying cookies is on top of my list whenever I will do my groceries.Living in Singapore has taught me to learn well in the kitchen and that also taught me to bake them.At first,I am just curious how to make my own cookies.Until,it became a passion and later on I began to mix and match ingredients.I will never forget how my husband’s co-workers enjoyed my Oatmeal Cookie with Pineapple and raisin.It was really funny and both a pleasure to know that those guys loved that kind of cookie ..and quite surprise also that it has grated cheddar cheese.
 
Here is a very popular cookie recipe that I love to bake for my children.The basic recipe is taken from the internet but of course I made some changes.I discovered that combining brown and white sugar when baking cookies will give a good texture..soft and chewy.Another thing,combining butter and oil is also a great idea because both oil and butter provides a great result as a whole..cookies are not really that dry and you know the difference when you bite.The quality of your cookie will not change even for days.For every cookie recipe that I make,I always make sure to combine brown and white sugar, butter and oil.

Ingredients: 
½ cup sunflower oil
½ cup Butter, Softened
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
3/4 cup White Sugar
2 whole Eggs
2 tsp  Vanilla Extract
2 1/2  cup All-purpose Flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 pack vanilla pudding 3.5 ounces
1 tsp (heaping) Instant Coffee Granules
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
1 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped almonds

 In a bowl, stir together butter,oil, brown sugar, and white sugar until combined.

Add eggs and vanilla and stir together.

In a separate bowl, stir together flour,vanilla pudding,cocoa powder,instant coffee,baking soda and salt.

Add to wet ingredients in batches, stirring gently after each addition.

Stir in chocolate chips and chopped whole almonds.Do this by hand using wooden spatula.

Drop balls of dough ( a tbsp scoop, a cookie scoop or like me, you can use ice cream scoop) on a baking sheet line with  wax paper.

Bake at 350 or 180 for 15 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet and eat warm.( you can also keep in tightly sealed container).
                                                                                 

I just discovered chopped whole almonds is such a great company for chocolate chips.They make good combination for my double chocolate chip cookie.I also love the mixture of flour and vanilla pudding.The result is a cookie with brownie texture inside.Hmmmnnn…how would you like a cookie taste like a brownie inside….
                                                                          

Look at the almonds..terrific taste with lots of chocolate chips.Those nuts are crunchy while the texture of every cookie is rich with chocolate taste, soft and chewy…not dry and without crumbs….
                                                                          

Thanks to you dear bloggers for wishing me well on my new found job.I am 42 years old and struggling back.Thanks…there are people like you…I may not know you all in person but I am sure that you are sincere,thoughtful and warm when you wish me well on my new perspective.The gift of blogging is such a profound joy…there are people who truly cares despite distance and personal touch..its the thought that counts.I would love you dear people to enjoy my newly baked Double Chocolate Chip Cookie…Lets eat,lets giggle and lets be merry.Have a great week to everyone.

Thank you so much Chaya of My Meatless Monday and Bake With Bizzy for featuring my Banana Bread.You can check out her places, she cooks and she bakes…shes a mentor too.She welcomes me in her kitchen with warmth and kindness.
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Cheesy Oreo Choco Chip Cookie

Cheesy Oreo Choco Chip Cookie

Whats gonna happen if I make an Oreo Cookie with lots of grated mozzarella cheese, chocolate chips and cups of crushed Oreo Cookies?Wow!The idea seems to be perfect and I imagined already the outcome,the taste.It should not be soft..yet its not that crunchy.I bet its sweet yet the cheese will create a beautiful balance and I could feel the crunchy toasted strips of grated cheese,the chocolate chips melting as I bite and chew my precious cookie!
And you know what,my imagination is right.It happened..I have done it and I am just so happy…I have tried my best not to boast about the taste but I really can’t help it. When you’re happy, when you discover something great and delicious in the kitchen,then the idea is to talk about it…share it and let others experience the joy of eating a magical cookie….. hmmmmnn..its a celebration of taste and I welcome you all.. Lets eat, lets giggle and let’s be merry!
 
Here  are the ingredients:
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 small box vanilla pudding about 3.4 ounces
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 to 2 cups crushed Oreo cookies
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
Beat butter,sunflower oil,white sugar and brown sugar together until creamy.
Beat in Vanilla pudding,eggs and vanilla.
Combine flour,salt and baking soda then add to the butter mixture.
Mix the ingredients until well blended.
Then add  crushed Oreo,chocolate chips and grated cheese.
Mix using wooden spatula until just combined.
Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. 
Bake at 350 or 180 for 15 minutes (or until edges start to brown)
                                                                    

Crushed Oreo Cookies,Grated Mozzarella Cheese,Chocolate Chips and Vanilla Pudding has made a perfect balance for these cookies…look at them..adorable,lovely and a great temptation for someone like me whose trying to lose weight…
                                                                       

I would love to tell myself stop and dont come back anymore, enough is enough but I cant resist it..My children has the same reaction.The gift of taste is a surprise..it will make you laugh and it will make you forget the time..allow me to take a seat..be in my own comfort..I may not have a porch but I have my couch!
                                                                         

I got to go and pack a dozen of it…please dont tell anyone ..I am reserving for my own consumption tomorrow night.I think its lovely to enjoy this with my coffee after a day’s work…
 

 

My Oatmeal Crispies

My Oatmeal Crispies

My husband discovered oatmeal cookie through our daughter.We went to Ikea one afternoon and my daughter who loves cookie decided to buy a pack of oatmeal cookie.I am not into oatmeal cookie…I wouldnt even bother take a look at it but my daughter find it so good.My husband got tempted,he took one piece..he told me..”oh its good”…I doubtfully responded,”really?ewwww!I dont like that”..! Well,apparently they have the same taste and they look alike too…so I formulated this cookie for them ..in the end all three of them including my son love oatmeal cookie.. I bake..because of them.
1/2 cup butter softened 
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1 /2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup white Sugar
2 whole Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1-½ cup All-purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
3 cups Quick Oats
½ cups Finely Chopped walnut
 
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter,oil with both sugars until well combined.
In a separate bowl, beat eggs together. Add vanilla and stir to combine.
Add to the butter/oil/sugar mixture and mix well.
In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt and baking soda.
Mix carefully into the egg/vanilla/butter/oil/sugar mixture until well combined. 
Now add the quick oats and mix well again.
Finally add the finely chopped pecans and mix well to combine.
Divide the dough in half and place each half of the dough onto a sheet of waxed paper.
Roll the dough into a log and then wrap it tightly in the waxed paper.
Chill or freeze the dough for about 30 minutes.
Then take out the cookie dough, slice 1/4 inch thick per cookie dough round.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes until they are golden brown.
 
Here they are..I may not like them but I still happily make them for my husband and children…they all love these beautiful crispy nutty cookies…
Hmmmnnn..take a look, I cant describe them..yes, it must be good cause they told me its good…I just bake them..in the end..yeah..I have to admit that it is really good…perhaps I need to consider and join my husband and children..Oh for the love of Oatmeal cookie!
Dear Oatmeal cookie…yes,I may not be your fan..but I am beginning to love you and admire you..in fact youre one of the most sought cookie in my list… I guess we have to love each other more… I need you and you need me…LEts eat,lets giggle and lets be merry…
 
Welcome to Kocina De Pinay
Come and join me in my blog as I discover the world of Filipino Fusion Cuisine.These are all tried and tested recipes in my kitchen, a fusion of cuisines that intrigues me and my palate.Everything I write, post and share is a product of my exploration, my research, and done in my kitchen. Please Come in. Enjoy and Have a nice stay. You are all welcome.