Special to The Sun
Back-to-school season marks the start of the most delicious extracurricular activity: bake sales. Cookies and brownies are two of the most popular bake sale items, and this year, they’ll taste even better with a flavor twist. The McCormick Kitchens have developed easy cookie and brownie recipes — including one that combines the two — to make sure your treats are the talk of the table.
“Our new Choco-Mint Crownie recipe combines a vanilla-rich chocolate chip cookie with a cool peppermint brownie,” said Mary Beth Harrington of the McCormick Kitchens. “They’re easy to make — just add a splash of peppermint extract to your brownie batter, pour into a pan, spoon chocolate chip cookie dough flavored with pure vanilla on top and bake.”
Other easy recipes from the McCormick Kitchens take brownies and chocolate chip cookies from bake sale favorites to bake sale stars. It’s as simple as adding extracts to brownie mix or folding in tasty ingredients like cinnamon and cocoa to your favorite made-from-scratch cookie recipe.
Try adding these easy variations to made-from-scratch cookies:
• Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies — Draw a crowd with the warm, inviting essence of cinnamon.
• Double Chocolate Chunk Mint Cookies — Combine cool peppermint with rich cocoa and semi-sweet chocolate for a delicious grab-and-go treat.
• Double Chocolate Chunk Orange Cookies — Make a sweet treat with dark chocolate, chunks of rich semi-sweet chocolate and citrusy orange flavor.
Turn ordinary brownies into crowd pleasers by customizing them with easy flavor twists:
• Raspberry Brownies — Add 4 teaspoons Raspberry Extract to brownie mix and 2 teaspoons to chocolate frosting for a fruity alternative to this bake sale staple. Garnish with a raspberry.
• Orange Kissed Brownies — For citrus-infused delights, add 1 tablespoon Orange Extract and chocolate chips to brownie mix and 1 teaspoon of the extract to chocolate frosting. Top with an orange slice.
• Almond Brownies — For a nutty flavor, use 1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract in the brownie mix and 1/4 teaspoon in the chocolate frosting. Add colorful sprinkles on top.
Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 8 mins
Makes 5 dozen or 30 (2 cookie) servings.
3 1/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon McCormick Cinnamon, Ground
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups butter, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
1 package (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Mix flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Drop by rounded tablespoons about 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
(amount per servings)
Total Calories: 243
Prep Time: 20 mins Cook Time: 40 mins
Serving Size: 1 crownie
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract , divided
1 package (2 cups) miniature chocolate chips, 12 ounces
1 package (family-size) fudge brownie mix
1/2 teaspoon McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract
Mix flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and 2 teaspoons of the vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips. Set aside.
Prepare brownie mix as directed on package, adding remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla and peppermint extract.
Pour brownie batter into greased a 13x9 pan. Bake in preheated 350 degrees F oven 15 minutes.
Drop cookie dough by tablespoonful’s on brownie, covering the top evenly. (Batter will spread during baking)
Bake additional 20 to 25 minutes or until cookie top is golden brown. Cool completely in pans on wire rack.
(amount per servings)
Total Calories: 315
For more delicious bake sale ideas, visit McCormick.com, the “Bake Sale” board at Pinterest.com/McCormickSpices or Facebook.com/McCormickSpice. Look for McCormick Food Colors, Extracts and Spices in the spice aisle of supermarkets and mass merchandisers nationwide.