From The Kitchen Of Rachelle Underwood

Monday, April 16, 2012

Chewy Sugar Cookies

I think I have about 3 recipes now for sugar cookies on the blog. What can I say, I love a good cookie! Each one has their purpose, and this one has a great texture that is chewy and flavorful. I was hesitant about putting cream cheese into the cookie batter, but that must be the ingredient that gives the cookie a chewy texture. You could add lemon zest, orange zest, almond extract or whatever other flavoring to these cookies. These cookies are sweet enough so no frosting is necessary.

Chewy Sugar Cookies

2 1/4 c flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 c sugar (plus more for rolling dough in)
2 oz cream cheese
6 tbs butter, melted
1/3 c oil
1 egg
1 tbs milk
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl. Pour melted, warm butter into bowl and mix well until cream cheese and sugar are incoporated. Add vanilla, milk and egg, mix well. Add oil, and mix until combined. In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, and then roll into sugar. Place on an ungreased baking sheet, and slightly flatten with the bottom of a cup. Bake for 11 minutes. DO NOT over bake. These cookies should just barley be golden on the bottoms. Let sit for 2-3 minutes before removing from the pan.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Sweet and Sour Chicken

This recipe is in my husbands words, "super good". You will no longer have to go to a Chinese restaurant to have sweet and sour chicken. I like Chinese food alot, but it is very difficult for me to replicate dishes that you would get @ a place say like Pick up Sticks.
This recipe really delivers on flavor, texture, and ease. I tell the kids its candy chicken, and of course they are very willing to partake. I have not experimented with too many vegetables. I usually just put pineapple and onion in with the chicken. Traditionally there are green bell peppers added to the mix. So, play around with this one, and add what you like. White or brown rice is a MUST. Recipe adapted from here

Sweet and Sour Chicken

3-4 boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed into bite sized chunks
salt and pepper
1 c cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 c oil

1/2 c + 2 tbs sugar
4 tbs ketchup
1/2 c vinegar
3 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp garlic powder

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high. Season chicken chunks liberally with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken into cornstarch, and then egg. Add to oil and fry until brown and crispy on both sides. This will need to be done in a couple of batches. (Chicken does not need to be fully cooked through, as it will finish cooking in the oven). Using a slotted spoon remove chicken and place into a 9x13 dish. Mix together all the sauce ingredients. Pour over chicken, and add whatever vegetables/pineapple you want. Mix together in the dish, and put into the oven. Bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to coat well. Serve over hot cooked rice.