The Gift of Cookies

Cookies Under The Tree

I was lucky enough to receive a couple of gifts that turned out to be from David's Cookies. One was a tin of Pecan Meltaways and the other was the Cheesecake Brownie Tray.

I'm glad I received these two as I probably would not have chosen either of them. I'm glad because they were both delicious and I would never have known how good they both are.

If you like chocolate, you'll love David's Cookies - Delicious Gourmet Brownies and Crumbcakes. The cheesecake part was a little lost in the brownie. It all tasted like the best brownie.

One caveat, by the way, is if you don't eat it all within 48hrs, it's best to freeze the rest. You can freeze it for up to six months. I say gather a crowd and make it disappear.

The Pecan Meltaways were my favorite of the two. The cookies do just that, they melt in your mouth. They're coated with just enough powdered sugar to add to the goodness and just enough pecan pieces to make you want another cookie. By the way, they both go very well with coffee. Experience David's Cookies for yourself.

Cookies Baked with Love

Give Cookies
As we head into the holiday season, it's time to turn our attention to shopping. Shopping for baking supplies that is. :-) Cookies are always a tasty, inexpensive gift to give.  They are baked with love and given in the same manner. You'll need good bakeware and the time to start looking is now. There's a wide assortment to fit any occasion.

Cookies Are In The Mail
And, while you're at it, remember our men and women serving our country. They love to receive packages from home. If those packages contain cookies, that's even better. I know how that feels cuz I was one of them. You can click here for themed bouquets of cookies ready to be shipped.

For The Love Of Oatmeal Raisin Cookies!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal raisin cookies rank high on the list of my favorite cookies. With it's basic ingredients of oats and raisins, this cookie may qualify as health food. Add some wholewheat flour and nuts and you are on your way to cookie health food nirvana. Here are some of the recipes I found in my search:

And, if you're not in a baking mood, then find ready to eat cookies here.

Peanut Butter Cookies Or Bust

Peanut Butter Cookies
One my favorites cookies has to be peanut butter cookies. There are some good ready-made peanut butter cookies on the market. However, I'm partial to home made peanut butter cookies. In my search on the internet for peanut butter cookie recipes, I found there are as many different recipes for peanut butter cookies as there are cooks.

Peanut butter, sugar and 1 egg seem to be the basics. From there, it's whatever you feel like adding for your taste. 
Here is a recipe that, I feel, has all you need for basic peanut butter cookies. Enjoy!

JIF® Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies
* 1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
* 1/2 cup Butter Flavor CRISCO® Stick
* 3 tablespoons milk
* 1 tablespoon vanilla
* 1 egg
* 1 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
* 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 3/4 teaspoon salt


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place sheets of foil on countertop for cooling cookies.

2. Combine brown sugar, JIF® peanut butter, shortening, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Add egg. Beat just until blended.

3. Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended.

4. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly in crisscross pattern with tines of fork.

5. Bake one baking sheet at a time for 7-8 minutes or until set and just beginning to brown. Do not over-bake. Cook 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to foil to cool completely.
[This recipe is the one printed on the JIF labels.]

Oreo Cookies For Do-It-Yourselfer's?

The Art Of The Bake
Oreo's are good cookies right out of the bag. But, there are those who have their own cookie recipes and bake their own. I have to admit, it never occurred to me to bake my own Oreo's.

Oven Fresh
After checking out some of the recipe for Oreo Cookies, it has inspired me to try it, once the weather cools down. :-) Too hot to have an oven going now, but as soon as it does, I will report on the batch of homemade Oreo cookies In the mean time, if you are so inclined, here is a video you can check out to get you inspired for your fair weather day of baking.

Oreo Cookies' Variety Is The Spice Of Life

Let Me Count The Ways
Do you know how many different variations of Oreo cookies there are? I love Oreo cookies but I didn't realize there were so many variations of the beloved cookie. Let's take a look at some of them.

Original Sandwich cookies
This is the old tried and true beginners cookie. Probably one of your first teething cookies. :-)

Double Stuf
You're only allowed to eat this once you've mastered the above cookie.

Golden Double Stuff
See Golden Originals. Twice as non-chocolate good. Check'em out here. .

Snack Cakes-Soft Cakesters
Anything to snack on is great.

Milk Chocolate Covered, and  Mint Flavored

Off the chain. Off the charts. Don't get arrested.

100 Calorie Oreo Packs
Who are they trying to kid?  They disappear just as fast.

So if you're a Oreo cookie lover like me, one or all of these will meet with your approval. I have to admit, some of these I have never even heard of.  Hmmm, a new adventure awaits.
This is not a complete list of all the variations. This is just some of the many variations. There are more. Click here. Enjoy!


Nabisco's Oreo's Has New Packaging!
I bought a bag of Nabisco Oreo cookies at a local grocery store. I don't remember the last time I had a bag of Oreo cookies. What possessed me, I don't know but I did it. They still taste the same. Two chocolate cookies sandwiched together with white sugar icing. Ummm good cookies. Nothing new about that.  

News To Me!
What's new to me is the packaging. Once there was a time when you opened a package of Oreo's, that was it. You, or someone helping you, had to eat the whole bag or settle for stale cookies later as there was no easy way to reseal the package once they were opened.

What Will They Think Of Next?
Nabisco has heard the cries of the masses and come to the rescue. The new packaging comes with a easy open lift up pull tab.The pull tab is located on top of the package. This feature allows you to peel back the tab which lifts up the top of the packaging exposing the tray of cookies for easy access. When you've finished eating, you just roll the flap back down and press around the edges thus resealing what's left in the tray. The flap has some adhesive around the edge that allows the package to be resealed. Is this not news?

I think this one feature is a good improvement. It has caused me to go out and buy another bag to test. Nabisco didn't tamper with the cookies. They're still a great snack. I'm glad they left the Oreo's alone. They made it so you can enjoy them longer. That's good. I like Oreo's.

Oreo's To The Rescue!
So, if you haven't had any Oreo's in a while, go ahead and indulge yourself. You don't have to eat the whole bag. Think about it, since Nabisco came up with this resealable package, you don't have to eat the whole bag just because you opened it. Nabisco has saved your life. :-)