May 26, 2011

Project: For Sale- Bribe 'Em with Cookies

FIRST off, let me just say "THANK YOU" to all of you for your sweet comments, happy thoughts, and reassuringness (totally a word) about selling our house. It sure helps me out in times of stress.

Research shows....okay so my friends say and I agree...the smell of baking cookies and then fresh cookies ta' boot help sell your house. Okay so who really knows if this is true, but hey cookies never made anything worse.

So my theme for Project: For Sale today is Bribe 'Em with Cookies.

I whipped up a couple of batches of cookie dough, ate some dough, and then put it in the fridge to later use when we have a showing. Before a showing I bake some up. Then I put them on my cute tiered platter and set out some bottles of water.

Since today is Recipe Thursday (if you are somewhat new, yes there is a recurring recipe Thursday), I am sharing with you the two recipes I used for this showing.

First is an awesome Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. I had been looking for a new recipe, not because I don't love mine, but they tend to get crumbly if not eaten fairly quickly...not normally a prob for me. I came across this one last week and have already made it twice.

Love. It.

Next I will share the Brownie Chunk Cookies. I had been craving a brownie cookie something fierce. I came across this recipe and changed it up slightly. Making sure to under cook just slightly ensured that I had that oh-so-delightful fudginess of a brownie in cookie form.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

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2 C plus 2 T flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
12 T butter (1 1/2 sticks) melted and cooled until warm
1 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
1/2 C granulated sugar
1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
2 t vanilla extract
1 1/2 C semi-sweet or milk chocolate (my preference)
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Mix flour, salt, and baking soda together in mediumbowl; set aside.
Mix butter and sugars until thoroughly blended. Mix in egg, yolk, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients;mix until just combined. Stir in chips.
Portion out cookie dough, a heaping tablespoon, or a cookie scoop and place on cookie sheet. Bake until cookies are set around outer edges start to harden yet centers are still soft and puffy, 10-13 minutes.  Cool cookies on cookie sheets. Serve or store inairtight container.
Brownie Chunk Cookies

1 pkg chunky brownie mix (mine was Pillsbury)
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 stick butter, melted, cooled
2-3 Tablespoons cold water
2-3 dark milky way candy bars, chopped up into chunks

Stir together the flour, brownie mix and brown sugar.

Mix in eggs one at a time. The add butter and 2 T of water. If the batter appears  to dry add the other T of water. Batter will be THICK. Fold in candy bar pieces.

Cover and refrigerate the dough for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a cookie sheet. Drop heaping tablespoons of dough on the cookie sheet. The thicker the cookie the more it will be like a brownie, so press down lightly. Bake for 8-10 minutes...slightly undercooked is better than overcooked.  Remove from oven, cool for a couple of minutes on cookie sheet then transfer to a rack.

There ya have it...cookies that would make anyone happy. Hopefully it will make someone happy enough to buy our house.


Unknown said...

Thanks for the recipes! They both sound great!

Michelle J. said...

That just shows how thoughtful you are! I love that you included water bottles and presented them so adorably!

Kelli said...

Thank you so much for blogging about your adventure in selling you home. We will be doing the same thing soon and with three small children, frankly I am scared. It is nice to see that you can do it. I hope you stay sane during the process.

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Thanks guys!


YOU CAN DO IT. There will be tears, there will be hair loss, and there will be tums, but I am finding there is still balance in the whole thing and we are still having fun.

Unknown said...

I absolutely love these chocolate chip cookies!! It has become my go to cookie recipe after a lot of searching for a recipe that I loved. So thank you! Most of the time I end up eating a lot of the cookie dough so I was just wondering if you have a more exact yield (I'm making them for a bunch of people and I'm just wondering how many times I should double the recipe).


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