For mother’s day, I decided to give my mom the choice of what dessert she would like to make, out of the Better Homes & Gardens edition of Cupcakes. If you are an avid baker, and have not picked up this special edition yet, you are missing out. There are some truly great recipes in this book. My mom chose the Mochaccino cupcakes. These cupcakes came with a complimentary with a pirouette cookie sticking out of the frosting-just a little addition to make these cupcakes a tad fancier. I mean, I never saw kids taking pirouette cookies to school with lunch, it was always an Oreo or Chips Ahoy-nothing wrong with either of those, but a nice pirouette for a treat is always a nice change of pace.
The coffee buttercream that topped this chocolate based cupcake was very decadent. And in all seriousness, the pirouette cookie made the presentation/taste that much better. Do NOT skimp on the pirouette cookies.
Look at how beautiful these are!
Hands down, my favorite cookies that Stew Leonard’s used to sell in Norwalk, CT were the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Every time that I now frequent the store, I write a suggesting in the suggestion box to bring these cookies back. Don’t get me wrong, the sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies are divine, but they can’t hold a candle to my fond food memories of the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.
To say the least, I decided I was going to change out the raisins in the typical oatmeal cookies and replace them with chocolate chips to try and replicate my childhood obsession with Stew Leonard’s cookies. I took the traditional Nestle chocolate chip cookie recipe, but I cut the butter amount in half, and replaced it with Crisco instead. This is a secret I learned from my future in-laws to make the cookies keep their shape rather than “melting” and forming a flat cookie. I then add the oatmeal to the cookie mix, use an ice cream scoop to make a mound of a cookie, and bake away. Eating 2 of these is certainly a feat, but oh so worth it! I will continue to write my suggestions at Stew Leonard’s, but until then, I think I have found a pretty good replacement.