There’s a cookie war out there and I am ready for battle!
Over the holidays, I spent my time searching for the ULTIMATE cookie recipe. Last year it was making home-made dog treats as gifts wrapped in beautiful jars. However, this year I wanted my home to smell like baked goods instead of raw liver. Bake what, was the question.
While flipping through channels I caught a glimpse of a blue furry friend I’ve forgotten about all these years and there he was saying, COOOKKKKIIIEEE! Yes, the Cookie Monster. Then I thought, cookie? Hey, when was the last time I made homemade cookies? It must have been over two years at least if not more. There my cookie hunt began. I went to my social media pages and put out the call in search of the Ultimate Cookie Recipe. Recipes poured in from Denmark to Berlin, Hawaii to the Phillipines but at first glance I noticed that I’ve baked those cookies before, nothing new jumped out at me, Grandmas old fashioned Chocolate Chip cookie, Melt in your mouth Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, Peanut Butter Snap Cookie, you name it. I may not have baked that exact recipe but I know I’ve baked all of the above at least one time in my life.Feeling defeated I left my cookie woes behind and headed out to my Women’s Breakfast Meeting.
To my delightful surprise a colorful box with a velvet bow sat quietly waiting at the table for me given to all us by our table leader. I opened it up and there were five different baked goods in it and I tried them all but one ignited my senses to the extreme and after eating five pieces of it in one sitting, white flag up I surrender THAT was the cookie I HAD to make. Recipe in tow, I went home and baked it. It was an instant hit especially by my 6’2 Italian Cookie Monster who doesn’t like eating snacks whatsoever. Five days later my 4 dozen cookies disappeared. My cookie test run was a success. 144 Cream Cheese Crunch Cookies later I must say this was worth the battle.
The wonderful thing about this recipe not only that it is deliciously yummy in every bite it is also easy to make. Moms if you don’t have the time to bake the entire recipe you can freeze half and bake later.
Here is the recipe, let the scrumptious battle begin:
Cream Cheese Crunch Cookies
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 11/4 teaspoons course salt
- 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 6 ounces cream cheese (not whipped), room temperature
- 11/4 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons, plus 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 21/2 cups walnut halves- 11/2 cups toasted and coarsely chopped; 1 cup finely chopped
- Whisk together flour and salt in bowl.
- Put butter and cream cheese in bowl of electric mixer. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy (about 2 minutes)
- Mix in sugar and vanilla
- Reduce speed to low and add flour mix until just combined (don’t overmix)
- Mix in toasted walnuts
- Transfer dough to a work surface, and divide in half. Shape each half into an 8×2 log. Wrap in parchment paper and freeze about 30 minutes or up to 2 weeks.
- Preheat oven to 350
- Roll log in chopped walnuts, coating completely
- Cut into 1/4 inch rounds, place on baking sheet and cook 18-20 minutes